The Psychic Tests
An Adventure into the World of Believers and Sceptics
Award-winning journalist Gary Nunn investigates psychics, mediums and astrologers to understand their uncanny, under-investigated and unregulated power.
Gary’s sister Taren consults mediums to process grief after a death in their family. Gary, concerned she’s being exploited, remains sceptical. When he reports on a clairvoyant’s link to a huge stockbroking firm collapse, personal questions become professional. Why do so many surprising people believe?
So begins a two-year investigation into the colourful world of psychic-mediums and sceptic activists. Gary tries out some psychics himself, sometimes with hilarious results. He hears about their secret influence over world leaders, CEOs, news editors and the criminal justice system. Believe in them or not, psychics can impact who will date you, befriend you and even who’ll hire you.
The Psychic Tests is a moving examination of trust, faith and connection. Strap yourself in – things are about to get weird.
‘Nunn takes your hand and guides you through this world of startling truths and shocking lies. A terrific, brave book. I couldn’t put it down.’
‘Gary is the next Jon Ronson. Each page leaves you gasping or laughing out loud. Whether you’re a believer or sceptic, this funny, insightful and empathetic book will leave you questioning all of it, no matter what side you started on. You will not stop reading until you’ve devoured the last page. Gary is that good.’
‘Sharp, insightful, authentic writing on a curious industry we’ve all wondered about at some point, seamlessly woven with Gary’s deeply moving personal narrative. There are moments in this wonderful story about human connection that will make you laugh out loud, shriek in shock and cry all in the same breath.’
Patrick Abboud, journalist and broadcaster
‘Nunn’s book is a work of lethal reportage, an exhilarating ride of scrutiny and flair. He lays out expansively and diligently the supernatural’s influence on the media, police, carceral system, celebrities, financial business people and ordinary people.’
Jessie Tu, The Age (October 2021)
‘Whatever your views on the subject, The Psychic Tests is an entertaining, informative, personal and thought-provoking book.’