A Gallup poll conducted in 2005 revealed that 41% of the poll participants believe in ESP. About 26% believe in clairvoyance, while 31% believe in telepathy. Many also believe that ESP and other psychic abilities can be developed in people through the use of techniques such as meditation and other methods developed through years of study and research on psychic phenomena. This widespread belief in paranormal abilities is perhaps the reason the psychic industry is still thriving today.
People who believe themselves to be gifted with any type of psychic ability typically make a living as professional psychics and appear on TV and radio. Psychics with a proven record of successful predictions are often consulted in times of tragedies, calamities, and natural disasters. One way in which psychic abilities can be put to good use involves helping the family members of victims of kidnappings and other crimes locate the victims or apprehend the dangerous perpetrators. Psychics and mediums have worked hand-in-hand with the police and other government agencies to locate missing persons, anticipate the next moves of criminals at large, or predict disasters such as the 9/11 terror attacks. Some of the most famous psychics include John Edward, Sylvia Browne and, Gary Spivey, all of which have their own shows or are typically invited as guests on TV and radio programs.
Psychics also enjoy close relations with celebrities. Many celebrities and even the wives of famous presidents rely on the ESP abilities of psychics to see the future. Other psychics also make a living helping others hone and fine-tune their ESP abilities through traditional and online classes.