The magicians Penn and Teller follow the tradition of _Harry Houdini_ and set out to debunk supernatural fraud in the first episode of a series designed to expose B.S. artists of all kinds. First they explain their overuse of profanity. The terms "liar," "quack" and "scam artist" will expose them to the more litigious of their subjects; but various obscene terms are legally acceptable. Choosing obscene terms over more precise ones will help keep them out of court. Later, they profile the celebrity psychics, _John Edward (III)_ and _James Van Praagh_, who claim to speak with their clients' dead loved ones. They set out to debunk _Rosemary Altea_, who professes the same ability. _Mark Edward_ is a psychic as well, but his motivation for appearing on this show proves a surprise. Written by
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You'll notice more obscenity than we usually use. That's not just because it's on Showtime and we want to get some attention. It's also a legal matter. If one calls people liars and quacks, one can be sued and lose a lot of one's money. But "motherfuckers" and "assholes" is pretty safe. If we said it was all scams we could also be in trouble but "bullshit!", oddly, is safe. So forgive all the "bullshit" language. We're trying to talk about the truth without spending the rest of our lives in ...