Alfred Hitchcock’s psychic scam

Alfred Hitchcock's psychic scamE.G. Marshall and Jack Klugman are wage-slaves in this 1957 TV episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Mail Order Prophet

This episode, where a character receives visionary letters from a psychic named Christiani, parodies a real-life mail-order spiritual movement called Psychiana, started in 1928 by the self-professed prophet Frank Bruce Robinson. In this TV episode, Marshall’s character begins to ask himself: "What if this psychic really can predict the future?" while Klugman remains skeptical. The episode also reveals the supposed workings of an elaborate con-game, and slyly messes with our ideas of faith.

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