The Future of Fortune Telling

Robinson says Fortune 500 companies have hired her as an "intuitive consultant," and she'd be willing to tell us which companies use her skills if she hadn't signed nondisclosure agreements. "It's too controversial," she says. "Look at the trouble Nancy Reagan got into," referring to reports that the former first lady set her husband's agenda after consulting with San Francisco astrologer Joan Quigley.

4. The Secretary of Foresight: Cabinet-Level Clairvoyance As one of several psychics who claim to have foreseen the capture of Saddam Hussein, medium Jill Dahne is now predicting that the next president will create a new Cabinet position, "secretary of foresight."

Dahne has a strong feeling that President Bush will be re-elected, but the Florida medium is promising to work with John Kerry if she's wrong.

"You have to be willing to get involved if you've got a special gift," she says. "It's not enough to predict the future. You have to do what you can to make the future a better place."

If a career in politics doesn't work out, Dahne's future is still sweet. Her mother markets Micki Dahne's Psychic Scents, a set of 12 specially formulated fragrances to complement the unique personality traits of the 12 astrological signs.

5. Celebrity DNA Readings: Bio-Astrology

As Shakespeare might have said, "The fault lies not in our stars, but in our stars' DNA."

Psychic Bayless Secord of Medina, Minn., believes that in the future, fortunetellers will be reading DNA, just as they've been reading palms. Last year, he set up, a Web site that explained how extra strands in the DNA of celebrities like Tom Hanks account for their special auras.

"A friend told me, as a DNA psychic, I'm a little ahead of my time. It's a little like trying to sell real estate on Mars," he told The Wolf Files last year, after launching the site. "I take that as a challenge." Unfortunately, DNA fortunetelling has yet to catch on, and Secord has temporarily shut down his Web site. "I'm still working on this," he says.

"It took thousands of years for astrologers to chart out the stars. Now, we must do the same thing with our DNA, because we'll be working toward truly cosmic answers."

Buck Wolf is entertainment producer at The Wolf Files is published Tuesdays. If you want to receive weekly notice when a new column is published, join the e-mail list.

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