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Recent psychic fraud trials in NY, Florida expose line between fortunetelling and the law

They're in a mystical business with few guarantees, so perhaps anyone could foresee tension between psychics and the law.In two prominent examples, self-declared clairvoyants were recently convicted of big-money scams in New York and Florida, where one trial featured a romance-writing titan as a victim. But beyond those cases is a history of legal wrestling over fortunetelling, free speech and fraud.While the recent trials involved general fraud charges, numerous cities and states have laws banning or restricting soothsaying itself.Authorities say they aim to distinguish between catering to people's interest in the supernatural and conning them. Still, some psychics feel anti-fortunetelling laws are unfair to them and to people who believe seers have something to offer.New York psychic Jesse Bravo decries seers who make impossible promises or press clients to consult, and pay, them frequently. "There are a lot of predators out there," he says.But Bravo, an investment banker who moonlig...

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