DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
ILOVED Lawrence Leung’s first show. I can’t remember what it was about, but I know I really liked it. I love this one, too— so far. He does psychics for tonight’s episode. Isn’t that like shooting fish in a barrel?
He begins with a funny opening monologue, because he is a funny guy and so why wouldn’t he? Then he goes to the Mind Body Spirit Festival.
Even just walking in he does this small gag you hardly notice, where he puts his hands up to his temples to will the self-opening doors to open. Stupid, but we’re talking about psychics here.
Lawrence describes this event as being like the Big Day Out for New-Agers ‘‘ except no one’s wearing Australian flags’’.
He does the rounds — past life therapy, affirmation scrolls, astroscan analysis. I have no idea what any of them are, but one guy tells him he has a fairly big base chakra.
‘‘ Does it make me look fat?’’ Lawrence wants to know.
He winds up in what he calls the food court of psychics, where he meets a range of experts and asks them about what lies ahead.
Not especially illuminating, no. Quelle surprise. But then
Sceptic: Lawrence Leung he visits a fortune teller named Lynne Kelly and discovers a technique called cold reading, and after that he decides to try a bit of it himself.
All it really takes is a long, flowing headscarf.
Some of these people are fantastic.
One highlight is Lawrence’s meeting with Jason Betts. He is a ‘‘ Psychic of the Year’’ title holder.
Like boxing, this
... sport? Would you call it a sport? Let’s go with pastime that relies on big talk, and Jason’s full of it.
‘‘ I amaze myself,’’ he tells Lawrence at the end of a rundown of his skills. Or ‘‘ gifts’’ is probably the word Jason would use. Lawrence Leung’s Unbelievable ABC1, 9.30pm