Extraordinary People: The Million Dollar Mind Reader (2007)

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Derek Ogilvie is a self-proclaimed psychic medium and self-styled baby mindreader from Paisley, Scotland. He lives in Kilbarchan, near Glasgow. He performs live shows around Europe in his capacity as a medium and has filmed TV programmes showcasing his talents for Ireland's RTÉ, where he has appeared weekly on The Afternoon Show, and has recorded Derek Ogilvie - The Baby Whisperer for Dutch Television station RTL4. In the film documentary, "Extraordinary People: The Million Dollar Mind Reader" Ogilvie participated in and failed two experiments that tested his claim that he could read babies' minds. In one experiment at Goldsmiths College, London, Ogilvie was tasked to produce some unique knowledge about the baby's parents under conditions where the baby was brought in by a child minder. Ogilvie did not get to meet the parents. In the opinion of the researchers, Ogilvie appeared to cold read the child minder, but failed to produce any valid information pertaining to the baby's parents. Ogilvie failed to demonstrate mind reading ability, as per the test. Ogilvie argued that he could only report what the baby was telepathically projecting.

Ogilvie then flew to Miami, to participate in a controlled laboratory experiment, constructed by skeptic James Randi, to test for psychic ability. If Ogilvie could correctly guess 6 out of 10 randomized toy choices made by a toddler in another room, then he would have proven his psychic ability to the satisfaction of Randi, thus winning one million dollars. Ogilvie correctly guessed 1 toy choice out of 10, thus failing the test and losing the challenge. A correct guess of 1 out of 10 random toy choices was expected by chance alone.

In a final test, Ogilvie subjected himself to an electroencephalogram (EEG), insisting to Coral Springs psychologist Dr. Gerald Gluck that he (Ogilvie) was not faking his abilities. Ogilvie pointed to his forehead, saying he thought his ability was related to activity located in the "frontal lobe." Gluck produced charts and graphs that seemed to support the possibility that Ogilvie's brain was sensitive to emotional and non-verbal communication. In the film, Gluck did not interpret the data to mean Ogilvie possessed telepathy or mind reading ability. Gluck did not conclude on the basis of the EEG results that Ogilvie was a mind reader.

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