Sylvia Browne's psychic predictions for coronavirus were touted as one of her more famous predictions that came true, along with her foreboding warning the virus would return. Psychic Sylvia Browne's background is a tapestry woven in controversy. The hit and miss of Browne's predictions plagued her lifelong career, and her 2020 coronavirus prediction proved just as controversial.
Sylvia Browne's Psychic Predictions for Coronavirus
In March 2020, the Internet blew up with a post about Sylvia Browne's psychic predictions for the coronavirus, COVID-19. Browne's predictions about a pneumonia-like pandemic was posted by reality show celebrity, Kim Kardashian (West).
Kardashian's Twitter Post About Psychic Prediction About COVID-19
Kardashian uploaded a photo to her Twitter account of a page from Sylvia Browne's 2008 book, End of Days. In the photo, Browne's 2020 pandemic prediction is circled in red. Browne's psychic prediction warned that the deadly illness would return in 2030.
Debunkers of Sylvia Browne's 2020 Pandemic Prediction
The passage from Browne's book was shared around the world. Naysayers and debunkers dove in to pick apart her prediction word-by-word. However, others like Kardashian believed that Browne's message was a clear and prophetic warning.
Sylvia Browne's Actual Psychic Prediction Quoted From Book
In her book End of Days, Sylvia Browne writes, "In around 2020 a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe, attacking the lungs and the bronchial tubes and resisting all known treatments. Almost more baffling than the illness itself will be the fact that it will suddenly vanish as quickly as it arrived, attack again ten years later, and then disappear completely."
Sylvia Browne's Accurate Predictions
Certainly, Sylvia Browne had many correct predictions; however, these are often overshadowed by the ones she got wrong. Three well-known predictions that Sylvia Browne made stand out that later came true.
Oklahoma City Bombing
Sylvia predicted that the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing would be solved, resulting in the arrest of two people. This horrific bombing killed 168 people and injured 680. The blast radius covered 16 blocks and damaged over 324 buildings. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols were arrested for the bombing. McVeigh was executed in 2001 and Nichols received a life sentence.
Jon Benet Ramsey Murder
The 1996 murder of Jon Benet Ramsey in the basement of her parents' home on Christmas night. Sylvia predicted that this tragic case would not be solved. To date, the case remains unsolved and is still listed as an open investigation.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Run for Governor
Sylvia predicted that actor and bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger would run for California governor. Schwarzenegger threw his hat in the ring for the 2003 recall election and won. In 2006, he was re-elected and served a second term as governor.
Sylvia Browne's Inaccurate Predictions
Sylvia Browne's failed predictions were mostly about missing children. Sylvia predicted several children to be alive, but later they were found dead. Some she said were dead later turned up alive.
In 2004, Sylvia appeared on The Montel Williams Show with Louwanna Miller, mother of missing Amanda Berry. Sylvia told Miller that Amanda was dead and the distraught mother would only see her daughter in the afterlife. Louwanna died two years later believing her child was dead. In 2013, Amanda escaped her captor and the social media attacks on Sylvia were brutal.
In another missing child case, Sylvia stated that missing 11-year-old Shawn Hornebeck (kidnapped 2002) was dead. She told his parents that his body was near "two jagged boulders". He was found five years later in the company of his kidnapper.
2012 Predictions Miss Mark
Sylvia made annual predictions. In 2012, she inaccurately predicted President Obama wouldn't be re-elected. He was re-elected to serve a second term. She also predicted that a medical breakthrough would result in a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.
Skeptics Document Sylvia Browne's Failed Predictions
In 2006, the website Stop Sylvia Browne was published by (the now deceased) Robert S. Lancaster. This website (defunct) was created to document the medium's failed predictions. According to additional skeptics, such as Brill's Content, Sylvia Browne's predictions weren't accurate.
Drilling Down on Sylvia Browne's Case Predictions
Thrity-six cases were examined by Brill's Content with the findings that 21 cases contained info she predicted that was just too vague to verify. In the other 14 cases, law enforcement and family members didn't give Sylvia any credit for being useful in the investigations.
Who Was Sylvia Browne and What Was Her Background?
Psychic Sylvia Browne (1936-2013) hailed from Kansas City, Missouri, and had a diverse religious background that included a Jewish father, Episcopalian mother and Lutheran grandmother. Due to the many differences in their religious beliefs, the family was baptized together into the Catholic faith when Browne was still young. However, many websites still state she was of Jewish faith.
Early Childhood Psychic Visions
Browne claimed she began having visions at the young age of three when she saw her grandfather dead and she predicted the birth of her sister to take place in three years. Both predictions came true.
Early Background and Psychic Training
With the help of her maternal grandmother, who was also a self-professed psychic medium, Browne learned how to understand what she was experiencing and seeing. Her psychic abilities were world-renowned, and she was widely regarded as an expert on parapsychology. She lived in California but continued to tour the U.S. and Canada as a guest lecturer.
The Career of Sylvia Browne, Psychic
Sylvia Browne psychic talents earned her fame and fortune, with the rich and the famous seeking her guidance and advice. Her yearly predictions were eagerly awaited, discussed and often debated; while there were plenty of anti-Sylvia publications and websites, there were just as many faithful followers. For some, her clairvoyance was mainly entertainment, but for others, her psychic know-how offered them help with life-changing decisions.
Sylvia's career began in 1973 when she conducted tarot readings at a gathering at her home. Her guests were so impressed, Sylvia soon found herself working as a professional psychic medium. Sylvia claimed to work with police and FBI agencies on missing person cases as well as the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
Church, Research Center and Hypnosis Center
A very spiritual person who believed in reincarnation, Sylvia established several organizations and businesses in her desire to help fellow humans reach an understanding and peace with life after death.
Nirvana Foundation for Psychic Research
In 1974, Sylvia established the Nirvana Foundation for Psychic Research. The non-profit changed its name to Society of Novus Spiritus. She established the foundation to support her mission to help others. Her research into hypnosis as a spiritual tool and past life regression lives on in The Sylvia Browne Hypnosis Training Center.
The Sylvia Browne Corporation
She established the Sylvia Browne Corporation. She conducted readings, toured the country to share her insights on God and spirituality. The corporation continues under the guidance of her son.
Sylvia Browne Books
Sylvia Browne had 22 New York Times best-selling books. While Browne's best-selling books were certainly based on her clairvoyant talents, she continued to wow audiences with her charisma and gregarious speaking ability.
Work in Media
In fact, Sylvia Browne was so entertaining that even non-believers tuned in to her predictions or sought her books to read what she had to say. She regularly appeared on the Montel Williams Show and Larry King Live.
How Did Sylvia Browne Die?
In 2003, Sylvia appeared on Larry King Live. During the show, Sylvia predicted she would die when she reached 88 years old. She died in 2013, at the age of 77. Her cause of death wasn't listed, although TMZ stated they were told she'd suffered a stroke and her health had gone downhill afterwards. A Google search reveal a Google banner that states "Congestive Heart Failure" but doesn't offer any source for the statement, just a link to what congestive heart failure is. According to USA Today, no cause of death was listed.
Sylvia's Son Carries on Psychic Mediumship Tradition
Sylvia Browne's website offered visitors an opportunity to schedule a psychic reading or lecture event. Today, her son Christopher Dufresne takes center stage on her website with a dedicated page to Sylvia in remembrance of her life. While Sylvia obviously had a huge crowd of devoted believers, Chris follows closely in her footsteps with more than 30 years working as a psychic.
Readings From Chris and the Inner Circle
When you visit the website, you have several choices for readings from Chris, such as a 30-minute ($219) or a 60-minute ($349) phone reading, Skype 30-minute ($245) or a 30-minute in-person reading ($350). The rates are subject to change. Chris also offers a three-tier membership for Inner Circle that includes a newsletter, webinars, readings, DVDs, jewelry, and more.
What to Expect From a Reading
Chris claims to "psychically reach into your soul" so he can then tell you about your plans for the future. According to the website, some things you can expect from a reading include:
- Checking to see that you are on the right track
- Finding out what other people might do in your future
- Looking at your options to choose the best direction
- Looking for hidden health issues to provide possible solutions or alternatives (Chris reminds visitors to always see their doctor)
- Learning where your deceased loved ones are and recognizing signs of them communicating with you
- Receiving advice on your career, relationships, spirituality, finances and family issues
Life and Legacy of Psychic Sylvia Browne
Whether you were a Sylvia Browne fan or a skeptic, there is no denying her legacy lives on after her death, proven by the 2020 COVID-19 predictions. And just as in life, her predictions long after her death are still controversial. Her books continue to sell, and her son carries on her work in the tradition of their 300-year-old family business of mediumship in reaching out to others.