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Baby Mind Reader - Derek Ogilvie

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Eldrick Report 30 Jun 2008 11:00

Baby psychic Derek Ogilvie has flopped in a bid to win a million dollar paranormal challenge.
The mind-bender went through a series of tests to convince a top US paranormal sceptic he was the real deal.
But he failed to bag the Randi challenge jackpot after scoring a dismal one out of 20.
Former magician James Randi revealed; "It was abysmal, a disaster, a fiasco, and an excellent example of the proof of the laws of the chance".
Paisley-born Derek, 41, flew to Miami with a TV crew in May, convinced he could demonstrate supernatural ability and scoop the £500,000 prize.
He wanted a showdown with Randi - who has had numerous court run-ins with Uri Gellar after discrediting his spoon-bending tricks.
Derek was confident he would back the cash and told how he had dreams of buying a posh LA mansion and a Lamborghini.
He was followed by a team from Five - after his show The Baby Mindreader proved a huge hit with the channel's viewers last year.
The test was carried out in a sound studio at the University of Miami.
Derek was asked to choose a set of parents and child from a selection of volunteers.
He then had to prove he could read the youngster's mind during a series of strictly controlled tests - but bombed. Randi revealed: "He copmleted the required forms, so we have the conclusive, signed-and-witnessed statements from him in which he agreed that all the conditions for his test were fair, binding, and acceptable.
"We used a soundproof set of rooms that ensured isolation of the target area, the production area, and the area in which Ogilvie was located. This arrangement met with his approval, and ours. First we allowed him to select, from several sets of volunteers, a set of parents and child about who he felt confident.
"The father of the selected trio said that he was not convinced of the abilities that Ogilvie claimed, while the mother accepted such powers and felt the tests would be successful.
"We placed the principals in their respective positions, we set up the cameras, I stepped out of the area, and they started recording.
"The result? It was abysmal. Derek got exactly one out of 20 correct - precisely what chance, without any of his mystical powers at work, would have called for".
Randi claims the TV company - which planned to produce a documentary on the trip - demanded the results were kept under wraps. but her has decided to speak out after discovering Derek is appearing on a new mind-reading series being screened across the Netherlands on the RTL4 channel.
Randi added "It appears Ogilvie may have neglected to mention those results when they were negotiating his contract."
Last night Derek said "I can't say anything because I am contractually obligated to Five. But I have my opinion on what happened and he has his."

Oh, his new series has been ditched by Channel 5 as well :-)

Good to see common sense and morals actually do exist!


AnnCardiff Report 30 Jun 2008 11:03

oops - another one bites the dust!!


Kay???? Report 30 Jun 2008 11:08

I have never heard of him,,whats his claim to fame then,?


Eldrick Report 30 Jun 2008 11:19

He reads the minds of babys.........

Mick from the Bush

Mick from the Bush Report 30 Jun 2008 11:22

The minds of babies! What next!

"gooo goooo gahh gahh!"


maggiewinchester Report 30 Jun 2008 11:25

But how do we know the baby's thinking what he says? It's like me saying I can read my cats' minds - I have a pretty good idea what they want, and how they feel, but have no idea whether they are contemplating the weather or reciting extracts from Proust to themselves because, like babies they can't express themselves in enough detail to tell you their inner thoughts!!!


Toria Report 30 Jun 2008 11:26

lol was just reading about the channel 5programme ...........on going to see one child he is reported as saying that the nineteen month old had a short attention span................funny I could of told him that at that age it would range between 45 seconds and 2 minutes as an average anyway .The whole program on channel 5 looks like the usual set up .With them saying that he knows nothing about the families lol with all the research done for something like that .It comes as no suprise to me that he failed the critiria set out by Randi as well .


Kay???? Report 30 Jun 2008 11:27


Does this mean all especially *Mums* can put this claim forward,,,,,!


Eldrick Report 30 Jun 2008 11:28

Heres a transcript fromsome of his programmes

Even with my experience of the depths of human depravity, I am amazed that he has such a lack of decency to claim he is for real, let alone to do it, and for a television company to sceen it to entertain is absolutely mind boggling.

Fortunately it will never return, I am informed.