Challenge Sally – The Press Conference


Last week, we offered ‘Psychic’ Sally Morgan the opportunity to demonstrate to all that she is able to talk to the dead, and therefore does not rely on well-known illusions and trickery in her stage shows. As I’m sure many people are aware, she declined the opportunity – however, we wanted to leave things as open as possible for her, which is why we kept our word and gathered at the Adelphi Hotel at the appointed hour, in case she changed her mind.

The challenge we offered to Sally, which she did not take up, is still open – if at any point Sally feels that demonstrating to her critics, and indeed to her fans, that the services she sells are genuine, she need only get in contact and we’ll happily arrange for the test to take place. Collaborating with the JREF, we had the test set up as an official preliminary test for their $1m challenge, and a future test for Sally would fall under a similarly official remit.

Each Halloween, we intend to give those with paranormal claims the opportunity to demonstrate what they believe they are able to do. More details of the focus of next year’s challenge will be announced late next year.

Below you can watch the press conference we held, including talks from Simon Singh, Chris French and myself.

Part 1: Introduction from Mike Hall, and talk from Dr Simon Singh:

Part 2: Talk from Prof Chris French

Part 3: Prof Chris French Q&A

Part 4: Talk from Michael Marshall and Q&A

Note: Although it shouldn’t need to be pointed out, it’s worth clarifying that the Merseyside Skeptics Society don’t condone or support people publishing contact details for Sally, her office, her lawyers or anyone, nor do we support anyone sending her abusive phone calls or emails (if indeed anyone has done this). Our challenge was offered in an open and respectful way – we wish Sally no personal harm, we just want to establish whether the extraordinary claims she makes and the wholly-unproven services she sells are genuine, or not.

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  1. #1 by Marc Naimark on November 8, 2011 - 11:17

    Mike made it through the whole press conference without saying “fuck” or “fucking”. Good job!

    How about an October of skepticism: A ten23 event on October 23, a Halloween Challenge on October 31, and a QED somewhere in the month?

  2. #2 by Mike on November 9, 2011 - 09:36

    Good on you for organizing this press conference and putting together these videos – these are well produced and well organized. I’m impressed you’ve gone to this effort and are standing firm in the face of legal pressure from her lawyers,

    (PS I’m not the same Mike who was there on the day)

  3. #3 by Chris Quinn on November 14, 2011 - 12:27

    I see that Sally appeared on the Derren Brown program about luck, pontificationg on the energy fields surrounding the “Lucky” dog statue in Todmorden

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