It's nearly impossible to prove if a psychic medium is really communicating with spirits or merely pretending to. However, there are a few simple things you should think about when consulting a medium that can give you a fairly good idea of their intentions. A bit of observation can help save you the embarrassment and expense of being taken advantage of by a fraud.
Their Reviews Are Generally Positive
You are researching your mediums before going to go see them, right? In the age of the internet, it's so easy to get feedback from other people with only a few clicks of the mouse that you really have no excuse not to. Even if you haven't been referred to them by someone you know, you should be able to get a basic idea of your medium's style and satisfaction rate.
While you're looking them up, take a quick look at their website design, too. Does it look professional? Is their face somewhere on the page? Are they pushy, asking for credit card information too quickly and too often? Do they have a public performance calendar? It's always a good idea to see a medium perform a reading in front of a crowd before booking them for a private session.
They Charge Reasonable Rates
Many people make the mistake of assuming that more expensive mediums provide better readings. Nothing could be further from the truth!
A medium's rate is indicative of only one thing, and it isn't accuracy--it's popularity. The more popular a psychic medium is, the more valuable their time becomes and the more they can charge for it.
Yes, mediums usually become popular because of accuracy and skill, but those are far from the only factors. Occasionally a mediocre medium may get a boost from a celebrity reading, or a well-designed ad campaign will drive them to center stage. At the other end of the spectrum, there's a long history of the best mediums spending their entire lives unnoticed and unremarkable. Popularity alone is an unreliable way to tell if your medium knows what they're talking about.
Most mediums aren't in the business for the money. The cranks and frauds are, of course, and so are always trying to charge the highest rates they can get away with, but most mediums are just in business to help people. Excessive marketing and inflated rates are good signs of an imposter--stay away!
They Treat Their Work Like Work
Accessing the spirit world may not be easy to observe, but that doesn't mean that it isn't work. A real medium will treat it the same way any other professional would treat their work. Take a moment to observe your medium's environment and approach the first time that you meet them. Are they quick and businesslike? Or are they obsessed with theatrics and mumbling gibberish under their breath? The latter is a bad sign.
They Emphasize The Positive
This isn't to say that you're only going to get good news from your medium. The truth is the truth, and sometimes the truth hurts.
What it does mean is that your medium has your best interests at heart; they wouldn't emphasize the positive otherwise. Fear is a much more effective motivator to make money from clients; just take a look at any of the advertising that you run into on the street. A common scam is to declare that a client is under some sort of curse that requires large sums of money to remove; if you encounter this, leave immediately and seek a second opinion!
On the other hand, if your medium helps you find the good things even in the worst news they bring you, you've probably found the real deal.
Keep these four factors in mind, and you should have no problem avoiding all but the most dedicated of frauds. Best of luck in your search!