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li-psychics-reuters-584.jpgActress Jennifer Love Hewitt, star of the new television series The Ghost Whisperer, listens to famed psychic James Van Praagh during the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in Beverly Hills. (Fred Prouser/Reuters)

He can't see the future, but magician and skeptic James Randi was seeing red after a recent ABC Nightline episode featured psychics displaying their abilities on air.

Following an Aug. 17 Nightline show, which showed celebrity psychics including James Van Praagh and Allison DuBois performing cold readings on well-known TV news anchors, James Randi was livid the psychics were passing off their readings as legit.

Randi has reissued a challenge to celebrity psychics everywhere, promising to pay them $1 million to prove their powers. A longtime debunker, Randi is the founder of the Florida-based James Randi Educational Foundation - an organization devoted to educating the public and media on the dangers of accepting unproven claims.

"The challenge is open to everyone, famous or not, but the high-profile operators are getting rich by preying on people's grief and guilt about loved ones who have died. It's really despicable," Randi told CBC News via email.

Though Randi hasn't heard back from Van Praagh or DuBois, one well-known Toronto psychic known as Nikki is thinking of taking Randi up on his offer. Nikki swears her abilities are legit, and her website claims she predicted the Sept. 11 attacks and the Japan tsunami, along with the death of Michael Jackson.

Should news programs feature psychics on air? Why or why not? Do you believe some people possess legitimate psychic powers? Share your comments below.

(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

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