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Digital Subscriptions > Skeptical Inquirer > May June 2019 > Canadian Psychic Charged with ‘Witchcraft,’ Media Get the Message Wrong

Canadian Psychic Charged with ‘Witchcraft,’ Media Get the Message Wrong

In October 2018, Dorie Stevenson of Milton, Ontario, who goes by the name Madeena, was arrested by police and formally charged with witchcraft. Stevenson was not arrested for practicing magic per se; charges were laid under Section 365 of Canada’s Criminal Code, “Witchcraft—Fortune Telling,” as a form of fraud: “Every one who pretends to practise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration; undertakes, for a consideration, to tell fortunes; or pretends from his skill in or knowledge of an occult or crafty science to discover where or in what manner anything that is supposed to have been stolen or lost may be found.” Other charges included fraud and extortion.

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