I just saw a preview for Shut Eye on Hulu about a con artist posing as a psychic. Tarot cards appeared in the trailer quite a bit.
So we have Romany crime families controlling the fake psychic trade...
(at this point I'm sort of retching)
Then just when I've had enough it looks like he receives actual psychic abilities. Hmmmmmmm.
I absolutely understand why a storyline and setting about psychic con artists is appealing to writers who think everything we do is mumbo jumbo. I get it, you get all the great occult set pieces and candles and statuettes and you get a crime story which Americans just love.
And like... yes this is a significant cross-section of the reader population. But it's such a detriment to all the true believers or "eyes-shut" readers out there.
I think I might watch because:
It looks like he gets actual psychic powers so maybe.... maybe there is something there
Seriously though, Isabella Rossellini has been a role model since Death Becomes Her.
Also, I'm not Romany, but it does look like the show could be pretty racist towards Romany.
I always worry that this is the sort of thing that will make people say "see, they are a bunch of phonies, I saw how they did it on TV." I worry even more than if I get tow episodes in I'm going to be thinking "Yep... I'm a phony."