The Psychic Fair

Near my home in New Castle, Pennsylvania, is a place known as the
Haunted Hill View Manor.  The sign at the end of the driveway said, “Psychic Fair”  with another sign, “Free Admission.”

I’ve heard it was previously an old age home, but the promotional material makes it sound much more ominous than the locals I have talked to, but they are allowed.  It would be very boring without an interesting back story.

There were many psychics on hand to tell your fortune, read your aura, palm, tea leaves or whatever.  These people are the real deal.  You can tell they are real by the $30 to $40 charged for a reading.  The speakers were free, and we got there just as a man talking about how to access the astral plain was getting started.  As you may imagine, meditation is key, with the possible addition of mind altering substances.

There were also many vendors selling jewelry, symbols, candles etc. If you find my description lacking I must apologize.  I walked through, but could not linger.  The mold level inside the building was quite high.  I did complain to the person in charge and was referred to their waiver, which excludes them from any responsibility for any thing that may cause you injury or harm, up to and including death.  And what did I expect, “It’s an old building.”

Today, I sent this email:

Greetings,  I attended your Psychic Fair on Saturday, June 2.  I could not linger and had to quickly leave due to asthma and the mold in your facility.  I said something to the person in charge, who referred me to the Waiver, which basically says you are not responsible for anything at all, ever, under any circumstances. While I can see that is of great benefit to you, it does nothing to inform me of the dangers involved.  Any other attraction open to the public has large signs warning of dangers to specific people with a higher than average risk.  At the hotel hot tub, “Not recommended for people with high blood pressure, diabetes, pregnant, or children under the age of 10.”  Similar signs are found at amusement parks.  Even the TSA warns people with pacemakers to inform the agent.  Especially for events, open to the public, you need a warning posted that those with respiratory issues should not enter due to mold.  I believe your waiver still leaves you open to liability, but I am not a lawyer, so what do I really know.  Being an old building doesn’t let you off the hook, as many old building have had mold remediation. But once again, I am not a lawyer.                          I  wish I could have enjoyed your Psychic Fair, but I couldn’t and shall not return, nor recommend a visit to your facility.

So now all of you know what I expect.  Any lawyers who might be reading, perhaps you would like to weigh in on the level the waiver protects them.

I do apologize if you find my tone dismissive of the psychic realm.  I assure you, that is not the case, but when it comes to psychics, there is no licensing board.  I myself have toyed with the idea of hanging out my shingle, and quietly advertising.  Charlatan?  That depends on your beliefs.


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  1. Interesting thoughts. We are no where near as litigious in this country as America is and obviously what I say can’t be taken as advice but in this country such a waiver would not save any company of such things. I would have thought America would have been even harder to get such a thing though.

    When did my business degree (a long time ago) we were told putting up a board that says “watch your step” or the like when there is a spill on the floor makes you liable for worse than if you didn’t put the sign there. Reasoning is because you knew the spill was there and did not fix it (even if you were in the process of doing it). Without the warning sign you have plausible deniabillity. It’s probably morally and ethically wrong to ignore the spill and lie you didn’t know it was there but the law suit would be less.

    In this country the same would go for a waiver. You’re admitting there is a problem/issue you are not fixing, if an injury or death could be attributed to that which you are admitting you are at fault whether someone monikers a bit of paper or not.

    There is a “condition of entry” on all our theme parks yet a few years ago when several people were killed on a water rapids ride because the ride malfunctioned the park instantly became liable for injuries and deaths and paid a massive amount in compensation because even if the ride was not found to be fault they were liable for their ride. They all agreed to the ‘condition of entry” that said theme parks were dangerous and that the park can’t be held responsible for accidents on dangerous rides, but it meant next to nothing to the pay outs they were required to offer, which were deemed by a judge.

    I have no doubt that the place you visited likes to think they are covered, and they can probably afford a lawyer who could fight a pretty good case but I’d reckon the health department might have a different view if peoples safety was at risk.


    1. I thought of going to the health department. I don’t think the waiver is worth anything. Recklessness is not covered, and I think not dealing with an known problem is reckless, When we purchased our house mold inspections were required, and mold remediation is a serious matter, if it is black mold, otherwise only people with respiratory issues care. The place is a sad dump. Obviously empty for a very long time.


      1. I would tend to agree. I don’t know what your health department is like but ours would take more than one letter to do something. They’d pass the first letter off as an angry patron who didn’t get what they wanted. It’s wrong and it’s silly but finding someone to care would be the hard part.


      2. At time of sale inspections would have been made, again prior to opening, and I imagine fairly routinely. A change in situation might take a little while to find. But their attitude pissed me off. And they want access to anything written about them. They can read my blog any time. They can reprint it. I won’t hold my breath


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