Psychic for a Cause

GLOVERSVILLE – Charlene Norton said she had suspected psychic powers were real before, but after a show Friday night, she was sure of it.

“That was proof positive,” Norton said.

Robert Channing, a psychic performer who wowed audiences last year in a show at Johnstown High School, returned to Gloversville on Friday for a performance at the Glove Performing Arts Center to raise money for Nathan Littauer Hospital.

Channing said the point of the show was to do some experiments in a phenomenon known as extra-sensory perception, or ESP. This involves reception of information not gained through the normal physical senses but sensed with the mind.

Channing, who says he’s a world-renowned mind reader, began the show by saying if someone could prove he used “stooges” as part of his show, he would give out $100,000.

“I’ve never had to give it out before,” Channing said.

As a warm-up, Channing correctly predicted the amount of change in an audience member’s pocket.

He then called up audience members to help him.

Channing, with the assistance of audience members Cindy Lakata and Brian Crankshaw, covered his eyes with two coins, duct tape and a blindfold to make sure he couldn’t see.

Channing had Lakata and Crankshaw grab items from the crowd, including leather gloves, a sweatshirt and a ring, along with other items.

After some gentle teasing, Channing made Lakata and Crankshaw rub the items on their own heads and he predicted what they were. He said he did this through ESP.

Channing guessed the items he didn’t have his assistants use in the demonstration, such as a ring and a small pack of diapers.

While he was blindfolded, he read audience members’ questions that had been written on cards and placed into a bowl.

Kelly Colby, development coordinator with the Nathan Littauer Foundation, said the proceeds from the event will go to the Electronic Medical Record Project.

Colby said the project would allow for digital copies of a patient’s records to be available at other hospitals. Colby said a patient can avoid unnecessary testing when she goes to a different doctor, saving time, money and resources.

The event’s VIP tickets cost $50 and included a reception at the Eccentric Club afterward. The cost was $20 for general admission.

Colby said around 150 tickets were sold.

“We are pleased with the tickets thus far,” Colby said as the event began Friday night.

Channing said he has read the minds of famous journalist Barbara Walters and former President Bill Clinton.