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‘The Psychic Lawyer’: Probably Not A Psychic. Is He Even A Lawyer?

Ever wonder what that kid from the Sixth Sense would have been when he grew up? Seeing dead people could really get in the way of most careers. It turns out we have the perfect career for him: lawyer. It’s probably time for a sequel.

Because there’s a guy out there right now using his J.D. to be a psychic. I guess more technically, the subject of this story is a medium, meaning he does less predicting the future (convenient) and more communicating with the spirits of the departed. Or taking advantage of a bunch of vulnerable and bereaved people with easily understood cold reading techniques. But who am I to crash the party with science?

Billing himself as The Psychic Lawyer®, he supplements his career as “a successful attorney and certified mediator, licensed to practice law in Florida, Washington D.C., and before the United States Supreme Court” by telling people what they want to hear the spirits of their loved ones have to say.

Being a medium is one thing. But why advertise that you’re also a lawyer? Aren’t you just tanking your credibility in both fields?

I mean, how can you trust a psychic who managed to lose a case? If he’s not channeling Clarence Darrow and confronting the jury with the victim’s side of the story to get his client off, I don’t see what his psychic abilities bring to the table.

This legal soothsayer calls himself Mark Anthony, and he claims both his parents were mediums, which is why he has this “gift.” I guess they didn’t foresee that his law degree was going to go to waste when he decided to join the family business and become a celebrity medium. Hopefully Mercer Law wasn’t too expensive. Oh, and Oxford. Because Anthony “earned his law degree from Mercer University in Georgia and studied law at Oxford University, England.” Seems like an odd pair. “I studied at the Sorbonne and got my degree from the University of Phoenix!”

I was hoping to find some examples of Anthony practicing law to show you, but I couldn’t. Searching the Florida and D.C. bars did not turn up a “Mark Anthony,” so maybe his website is less than accurate on the “licensed to practice law in” part. I hope that doesn’t shake anyone’s faith in his powers. It’s possible he operates under a pseudonym, but for now, let’s characterize his being an actual lawyer claim as unproven. He makes the “I’m an attorney” claim a prominent part of his persona — it’s in his name — and yet he doesn’t link to his practice and doesn’t use the same name for his license, if he is presently licensed. If he is a lawyer, why hide the ball?

So Mark Anthony showed up on Great Day Houston this week making some readings — and yet never really addressing how his legal degree fits into all of this, which is odd because you’d think it would be the first question one would ask since the lawyer thing is RIGHT THERE IN HIS NAME:

Oh, a “lot of guys are coming through today”? When the audience is mostly older women? What are the odds?

Mark Anthony — The Psychic Lawyer®

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