For Immediate Release
Hollywood Medium Dodges Proof of Ability
Los Angeles, CA: The Los Angeles-based Center for Inquiry Investigations Group (CFIIG) has heard nothing for months after challenging Tyler Henry, the reality star of the TV show Hollywood Medium, to demonstrate his “extraordinary” ability. The skeptic group offers $250,000 to anyone who can prove psychic ability under scientific testing conditions. Henry claims to communicate with the dead on his E! Television Network show – based in Hollywood. The investigators sent registered letters to the alleged psychic’s agent and publicist in September.
“We thought this would be an easy opportunity for the lad to show his stuff,” said Jim Underdown, chair of the group. “He’s in Hollywood, we’re close by. Why not stop by and make an easy quarter million? Surely either Tyler or someone he knows could use that kind of money,” Underdown added. Underdown appeared on the Dr. Phil Show in 2012 to refute the notion of psychic powers being real.
Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry has been running for years on E!, but the young star has ignored big-money cash payout offers from skeptics. Henry claims to have been getting “intuitive hunches” since boyhood and gave readings while in high school near Fresno, CA.
The IIG has been testing and investigating paranormal claims since 2000, when it was formed in Los Angeles. The group has affiliates in San Francisco and uses colleagues in other cities to form a network of science-oriented skeptics who openly test people who have alleged mystical powers. No one has yet to win the $250,000 prize money, though many have tried.
Underwriting the $250,000 Challenge is the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), the publisher of Skeptical Inquirer magazine. CSI has been in existence since 1976. CSI executive director Barry Karr added, “It’s disappointing that national media figures like Tyler promote psychic claims but refuse to take a real test of those claims. The American public deserves to know.”
For more information about the $250,000 Challenge or the science-based Center for Inquiry Investigations Group, contact James Underdown, Executive Director, Center for Inquiry West at junderdown@centerforinquiry.