Sally Morgan has never “used a hidden earpiece during her performance in order to receive instructions from her team which she then repeated on stage as if she had received them from the spirit world”. I am entirely happy to make that clear now, right at the beginning of this piece, because she’s just won a libel case against The Daily Mail on that particular subject.
She does, though, claim to be able to talk to dead people. So, while I cheerfully acknowledge that she isn’t using an earpiece, or any other kind of technological assistance, in her shows, we are left with three options.
1) She really is talking to dead people.
You know what? I’m just going to ignore this option. Call me closed-minded if you like, but in that case I refer you to this song.
2) She is not really talking to dead people, but does genuinely believe that she is talking to dead people
In general, we tend to think of delusions, hallucinations and hearing voices as symptomatic of a neurological or psychiatric disorder, but this is not impossible.
3) She is not really talking to dead people, does not genuinely believe she is talking to dead people, but does want to convince other people that she is talking to dead people, at least partly for financial reasons
Let’s be completely clear what is going on if this third option is true. It means that she is pretending, to grieving people, that their lost relatives and loved ones are talking to her, when they are not. She is exploiting the vulnerability of the bereaved, and the gullibility of the gullible, and she is making money from doing so. And it’s very easy to do: see Derren Brown and Richard Wiseman for a discussion of the skill of “cold reading”:
So she isn’t using an earpiece. But I don’t think the other options are all that palatable for her, either.