No matter how far back you go in history, there is evidence of the human desire to figure out what's coming our way, and the people who claim to be able to tell us. Trying to commune with the dead, or predict the future, can be traced back at least 5,000 years. The Ancient Egyptians practiced "scrying" -- reading shapes formed by dropping ink in water. The Mesopotamians did the same thing with oil. Palmistry is believed to have originated in India. When Chinese Emperor Shennong discovered tea in 2737 BC, his subjects promptly began reading leaves.
The Bible itself acts as a sort of prediction manual too -- especially the Book of Revelation. By 1555, the most famous soothsayer of all time, Nostradamus, was in full swing, having just released Les Propheties (The Prophecies) -- a now legendary book of global predictions for the ages. By the 1700s, the French had transformed Tarot playing cards, which had been around since the 1440s, into a tool of divination. The Victorians were obsessed with séances. And in the first decades of the 1900s, the mystic Rasputin captured Russians' imaginations -- and, more importantly, their ruler's.
No matter how civilization has grown and developed -- including technological advancements that seemed implausible even 50 years ago -- our fascination with people who claim to tell us what our futures hold, or talk to the dead, has continued unabated. In fact, according to a 2016 report, the psychic industry has been steadily growing since 2010, bringing in around $2 billion in revenue a year.
TV has (very wisely) capitalized on this for years now. Let's take a look at the psychics who have graced our screens over the years and how they compare to one another.
Tyler Henry, Hollywood Medium