"Some people are better at seeing the future than others, like mentalist Sidney Friedman. ... We love Sidney!"
- Hoda Kotb, TODAY SHOW
- Carrie Seim, NEW YORK POST
"2013's Most Accurate Psychic"
- Tobias McGriff, SUPERNATURAL SCIENCE radio show,
Art Bell's Dark Matter Radio Network
for their year-end evaluation
For 20 years, year after year, one person keeps seeing what tomorrow brings, or, well at least 72% of it.
Considered by many as the most accurate prognosticator of our time, mentalist / futurist Sidney Friedman's goal is to present his prescient impressions for fun and intrigue, always with care when he foresees a serious warning, and above all, with honesty when he is wrong and with modesty when he is right.
Yes, at new year's time, psychics come out of the woodwork like gnats at a barn fire, but Sidney Friedman has the credibility of a documented track record of a 72% accuracy (some years as high as 77% and never lower than 62%) for 20 years stating predictions on shows like ABC-TV’s THE VIEW, NBC-TV’s TODAY SHOW, ABC-TV's 20/20, and numerous other local and national TV and radio shows plus publications like FORBES magazine and the NEW YORK POST.
This includes a 92% record of predicting OSCAR winners.
And since he began including economic foresights five years ago, Friedman has been on-target predicting the exact trend of the stock market and unemployment figures in 6 of those 7 years.
Most extraordinary, in 2012, as published in a NEW YORK POST article, January 2nd, 2012, Friedman stated, "Snow was BIG news last year in New York City. This year it's water!!!" He also predicted, "Strangely, for a short time there is an UNOCCUPYING of Wall Street." As it turned out, both of these foretold the ravaging effects of one of the most unlikely weather incidents for that metropolis, HURRICANE SANDY, when in late October, Wall Street shut down, evacuations occurred, the markets closed, and water flooded much of the city, subways and islands.
Here are Friedman's
foresights for 2012:
as stated this year on various media,
including WGN-TV, FOX-TV and the NEW YORK POST
(((( RESULTS AS OF 12/23/12 POSTED IN RED ))))
84% accuracy !!!
1. Through the clutter of candidates and seemingly different poll leaders each week, Mitt Romney eventually will emerge as the Republican candidate for president. A HIT , though other candidates took the lead during the primaries (i.e. Perry and Gingrich), and pundits had contrary predictions.
2. President Obama will be re-elected. Period. This is not a political statement, but just what I foresee. I predicted Obama would win the presidency a year-and-a-half prior to the last presidential election when Hillary Clinton was favored, and even though the coming election will be a battle for the ages, especially with new voting rules in many states and record amounts of campaign funding yielding an unprecedented number of attack ads cluttering the airwaves, Obama will still win. He will not win states like Indiana which he won last time, but he will win two southern states, including North Carolina or Virginia. Also, two third-party candidates will siphon off votes from both the Republican and Democrat side. Plus, expect an August surprise. By the way, Mitt Romney will not win his home state of Massachusetts.
A HIT. It may seem obvious in retrospect, but keep in mind, with the economy and a poor 1st debate performance by Obama, a different result could have easily occurred, PLUS Friedman AMAZINGLY predicted Obama would carry TWO southern states (Virginia and Florida). Sidney was wrong about third party candidates, but all in all, his prediction was better than the New York Times' Nate Silver in that FRIEDMAN predicted this result a year in advance.
3. Also, I predict Romney will actually not flip-flop for one week. And Obama for a few days will actually remember some of his campaign promises from 2008. HA. A jocular prediciton, but mazingly, neither of these occurred.
4. Jennifer Aniston will get engaged in 2012 or early 2013.
A TOTAL HIT. (And likely not anticipated by anyone but here.)
5. What's in the KARDS for the KARDashians? A Kardashian will "kollapse," but all will be fine. A HIT. As reported in HollywoodLife.com pm April 10th, a pregnant Kourtney Kardashian fell in her high heels in NYC's Bryant Park on some stairs, but she was fine.
6. There will be a rash of injuries in the NBA, far more than normal, and especially eye injuries for some reason. A HIT.
7. Oprah Winfrey's return to TV with her new show on her OWN network does not boost the network's ratings with any significance. A HIT.
8. In North Korea, new leader Kim Jong-un will be Kim Jong-uninspired and Kim Jong-underwhelming. Surprisingly though, by year's end or early 2013, he will be seen enacting several key reforms for his country and also engaging in some talks with outside countries. Also, a mysterious death will occur among the ruling elite. All in all though, North Korea will remain enigmatic, unpredictable and potentially dangerous. MOSTLY A HIT.
9. I hope this does not occur, but I have a recurring impression a high-ranking foreign official is held hostage. A HIT. The unfortunate and tragic death of ambassador Christopher Stevens upon the siege of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on September 11th was even more calamitous than a hostage situation, but a high-ranking foreign official in this dangerous and fatal situation most likely makes this an accurate, yet regrettable vision of the future.
10. Regarding mother earth, I foresee upsetting earthquake activity on the west coast (most likely northern west coast). Also, volcanic activity becomes prominent in Iceland again. A HIT. No major quakes or eruptions, but there was significant activity.
11. The doctor's bag and bowling bag as handbags become IN accessories for women. HALF A HIT. Not huge trend but still prominent.
12. Food-wise, Jewish cooking (i.e. Matzoh balls and Gefilte fish) makes an entrance on general restaurant menus. And more gluten-free cooking as restaurant choices will emerge in a big way. Also Nordic food (i.e. cured fish, even Snow Grouse, Reindeer and lingonberries) becomes a minor trend. A HIT re: Jewish cooking as reported at TheShiksa.com on April 16th in an article titled "Gefilte Goes Mainstream." Re: Nordic and other Scandinavian food, England has seen a definite trend but so far only in pockets of the USA. And re: gluten-free, probably A HIT as the choices are increasing on menus, but we'll check this out further.
13. In music, former "Idol" star Ruben Studdard will make a comeback with his most successful album and single to date. And hip-hop artist Estelle makes a big splash in the pool of music releases this year. Plus, the music industry sees a significant increase in PAID music downloads. A HIT regarding the increase of paid downloads. Not a hit re: Studdard and Estelle.
14. In sports, the magic of quarterback Tim Tebow will wear off, and in comparison to top quarterbacks of the league, he will be several notches below them. A HIT.
15. Contrary to everything Clooney has stated in the past about this subject, it will be announced that George Clooney will become a father!!! A HIT.
16. I predict Miss Piggy will be snubbed at the OSCARS again. ...Seriously, over 14 years doing dozens of OSCAR predictions, I have only missed on two, and have even predicted the exact year Scorsese would finally win his OSCAR after being ignored for many years. It's always a huge challenge, but here goes for this year: For the first time since 1987, Woody Allen wins an OSCAR with Best Original Screenplay for "Midnight in Paris." Octavia Spencer wins the Best Supporting Actress OSCAR for "The Help." I will have more OSCAR predictions released by mid-January, ahead of the nominations. Check back on this site. HITS ON BOTH OSCAR PREDICTIONS.
17. An unusual bug is found in Brooklyn. A HIT. In April, at the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, they reported and published "Unusual Endocarditis: Rare bug, Rare Site" when a patient was diagnosed with rare vegetations on both sides of his heart, the first reported case of this type. Published source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22270403
18. I don't exactly know what this vision means, but strangely, for a short time there is an UNOCCUPYING of Wall Street. AN AMAZING HIT foretelling the effect on New York's Wall Street area as a result of HURRICANE SANDY where Wall Street and the markets were shut down and residnets had to leave their homes.
19. Snow was BIG news last year in New York City. This year it's water!!! Again, an AMAZING HIT regarding HURRICANE SANDY with water flooding the city, subways and islands.
20. Mysterious unfortunate deaths will occur on a subway system. A HIT. New York Subway in January.
21. A rare and wonderful bird is spotted in Central Park.
22. Unemployment will drop to 7.6%, with an outside possibility of 7.2%. That's still too high for the good of our country, but it's a significant improvement over where we've been in the last 3 years. Btw: I predicted a drop last year against most punditry, and the unemployment rate did indeed drop. I hope, expect, plea, pray to be correct on this trend again. A REMARKABLE HIT. Contrary to most pundits who at year's start said the rate would be lucky to drop to 8.5%, this FRIEDMAN prediction is on target with a reported rate of 7.7% announced in November. December's rate will likely be lower.
23. Credit unions will see increases in deposits but will not surpass big banks like Chase, BOM (Harris), and Citigroup. Interestingly, BofA may see a split into several smaller banking entities. So far A HIT re: credit unions.
24. Credit card delinquencies will drop slightly in the spring and early summer, then rise again in fall. Some card companies will issue new additional "programs" to help card members pay down their debt. So far A HIT on all.
25. Consumer spending will have some dramatic increases in Spring and again in the late Fall. Not a hit for Spring. A HIT for the Fall.
26. There is no reduction in airline baggage and legroom fees, but major airlines will issue special promotions and coupons to eliminate some of those fees on occasion. A HIT.
27. The foreclosure gridlock and housing market will not significantly improve. As I forecasted at the end of 2008, the rise and true emergence from the deep economic hole of that time will take 7 to 9 years. I predicted climbing, stumbling, and re-climbing. It's no different now with 4 to 6 years remaining. That being said, housing starts will increase ever-so-slightly. A HIT so far.
28. Bank deposit rates increase just ever-so-slightly. Loan rates will rise toward the end of the year. A HIT so far, as several banks raise their savings account rates, i.e AMerican Express Bank which raise its rate .05% in May and again in August, in spite of the Fed lowering the prime interest rate. Ally Bank, UFB Direct, Sallie May Bank and others raised rates slightly on savings and money market accounts.
29. With bumps along the way and reactive drops relating to European economic news, overall the stock market will climb. SO FAR A HIT.
30. The Occupy movement will continue, not so much in occupying parks, but in demonstrating at political rallies and conventions, AND most significantly, in Washington D.C. in front of the Capitol building and perhaps even the White House. Also, one or two spokespeople will emerge from that movement onto the media spotlight. A HIT on the first two-thirds. Not yet on the last sentence re: spokespeople.
31. Contrary to numerous statements by interpreters of the Mayan calendar and such, the world will NOT end in 2012. (added 1/1/2012) A HIT, but this one does not count.
32. And hmm, the CUBS. Yes, year after year, I always predict they'll be in the World Series. So yes, this year they will finally make it. ...And I predict I'll be wrong again. HA.
Added 2/25/12: The OSCARS are tomorrow and this year I had no other solid impressions other than the two listed above from my December statements (made pre-nominations). A few more predictions though are coming into view: Although Viola Davis is favored/anticipated by most observers/critics to receive Best Actress, I am seeing Merryl Streep walking away with this honor. I also see Christopher Plummer winning Best Supporting Actor, though this one is apparently a bit more obvious. (Please note, as always, I never see the films, so my predicitons are not based on my opinion of performances, but rather solely on intuitive impressions.)
Also, expect a major wash of "silence" at the beginning of the broadcast. And I'm also foreseeing the highly unusual possibility of an actual tie in one category.
Plus, "The Artist" beats out "The Descendants" and "The Help" for Best Picture, though the latter two are favored by many. But "The Descendants" does win for Best Adapted Screenplay. "Rango" wins for Animated feature Film. Had a vivid dream about that title just two nights ago. And my deep hunch is that the Best Cinematography award goes to "Tree of Life" and Best Original Score goes to "The Artist."
6 out of 7 Oscar predictions were HITS, including the surprise of Streep over Davis. Missed only on Cinematography. When you add these to the two accurate Oscar predictions in #16 above, that's 8 out of 9 in total.
17.5 out of 23 were on target for a 76% accuracy.
(This excludes the annual jocular CUBS prediction.)
Tumult in Toledo? Rancor in Raleigh? Bedbugs in Boston? Bling in Belgium? What’s in store for 2011?
One person more than perhaps any other may know. Mentalist Sidney Friedman has a documented track record of 70% accuracy over 13 years of stating predictions on shows like ABC-TV’s THE VIEW, NBC-TV’s TODAY SHOW, and numerous local and national TV and radio shows. This includes a near perfect record of predicting OSCAR winners, only missing one time in that period. And since including economic foresights two years ago, Friedman has been right on target, even with prognosticating the exact trend of the stock market. Here he announces his completeFRIEDMAN’s FORECAST for 2011.
Even with his track record, Friedman says, “Frankly, I didn’t hit on many of the major events of the previous year, such as the massive oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. I did not foresee it happening. So this shows even with my heightened intuition, most of the future is not meant to be known and is a necessary mysterious part of life. Still, of what I did foresee, once again my accuracy was at 70%. Some years I’ve been higher, some years a bit lower.”
Here is the official FRIEDMAN’s FORECAST for 2011:
1) Lady Gaga becomes a teacher at a university. Maybe it’s just for a day or two, but she lectures at a school of higher learning. MOSTLY A HIT. Although it wasn't a university, it turns out GAGA did work with school kids and sang with them on her Thanksgiving TV special.
2) A photo surfaces showing Justin Bieber kissing and groping with two women. One of the women is much older. Yes, it’s blasphemes, and a lot of little girls will be upset, but hey it’s just what I foresee. HALF A HIT. Friedman did foresee something scandalous occuring with the clean-demeanored pop star. The paternity suit (which was later dropped) was a big news story in the fall.
3) The country has wild fluctuations of warm and cold this winter. In fact, the cold will be so numbing, Nancy Pelosi (D) will think she had another face lift. It will be so cold they'll freeze all spending in Washington. It will ice the tears of John Boehner (R). All kidding aside, regardless of the cold spells, Chicago and New York will each have a 70 degree day in February. MOSTLY A HIT. Winter had huge fluctuations, and the thermometer rose to the rare 60s in both Chicago and New York in February.
4) A first for a royal wedding: Prince William and Kate Middleton invite a large group of "commoners" (everyday people) to their wedding party. A HIT.
5) Also, a strange illness besets Kate Middleton for a part of the year. It will pass and all will be fine. A HIT.
6) Colin Firth wins an Oscar for Best Actor, his first (or firth) ever. A HIT.
7) I sense Natalie Portman winning an Oscar for Best Actress. Like Colin Firth, it’s her first. A HIT.
8) Economically in the U.S., I sense the climate in some ways continues to improve, slowly but surely. Here are more detailed predictions on this. The unemployment rate drops close to 7.7%, which is an improvement but still too high. The stock market, amid some drastic fluctuations in springtime, has a steady rise before a distinct drop during summer, followed by a rise again to the end of the year. It will finish close or a touch lower than it is now. Also, I’m sensing perhaps some kind of legislation will be passed in Washington regarding exports/imports, probably regarding tariffs. Additionally, by summer there will be some major news regarding the banking industry and bad loans. Overall, there is increased optimism mixed in with growing anger over the divide between the haves and the have-nots, and even though there is inflation by the fall period. But as I predicted at the end of 2008 just after the meltdown, a full recovery from that deep pit would take 7 to 8 years of climbing. We now have 5 to 6 more years before the U.S. is above ground. (Important: As always, with investments, consult a financial advisor and combine that input with your own research and intuition.) A BUNCH OF HITS. In spite of many economists forecasting the contrary, the unemployment rate did drop. It was 9.4% in Dec, '10 and is now at 8.6%. It's not the 7.7% Friedman predicted but but still he foresaw a drastic downward trend. Friedman's predictions of stock market activity is an absolute HIT, the THIRD YEAR IN A ROW HE HAS DONE THIS. Friedman's statement of "increased optimism mixed in with growing anger over the divide between the haves and have-nots" is also a HIT, especially with the slightly improved economic numbers along with the emergence of the Occupy Wall Street Movement.
9) This I truly hope does not occur: A major league baseball player inexplicably dies on the field. HALF A HIT. Sadly, Seattle Mariners outfielder Gregory Hallman was stabbed to death in Holland.
10) I am not precisely certain of what this is, but an explosion in the sky is seen in the middle part of the country. A HIT. Eerily, in the early part of the year, in Arkansas, thousands of birds fell fromt the sky to their death. The same also occured in other mid-country states.
11) Fraud occurs in a state lottery. A HIT. In June in Kentucky, four people were indicted on charges of state lottery fraud.
12) A major bridge malfunction occurs in New York City. MAYBE A HIT. This may have to do with the march of Occupy Movement disrupting traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge. Also, trains from New Haven to Grand Central were disrupted due to the Norwalk bridge malfuntion in early October.
13) Part of either New York City or Washington D.C. goes dark, perhaps as a result of some tremors. A TOTAL HIT. A rare east coast earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale occurred on August 23rd.
14) A new and beautiful species of bird is discovered. A HIT. On August 30th it was announced that the first new species of bird in over 37 years was discovered in the U.S.
15) Like last year, when I correctly foresaw earthquake activity, there is more this year, this time in the Midwest and eastern part of the United States. The seismic activity will have some major affect on water. A HIT.
16) New Jersey governor Chris Christie will be the Republican front-runner among Republicans by year’s end heading into primary season. A TOTAL MISS. Whoops.
17) President Obama’s approval ratings rise in the early part of the year (probably end of January) and again in the fall. (I incorrectly predicted his approval ratings last year. We’ll see if I am better at this in 2011.) HALF A HIT. His ratings dropped in the early part of the year, but have risen dramatically in the later part of the year.
18) Malicious cyber attacks on Apple operating systems and on smartphones increases dramatically. A HIT.
19) Blue, the number 1 and the number 5 will be exceptionally significant this year. Not yet conclusive.
20) And once again, I predict the CUBS will make it to the World Series. I always predict this, and I won’t stop until it happens. So there!Wrong again! Ha.
Two more predictions (added 1/16/11):
At the OSCARS, I foresee Christian Bale will win Best Supporting Actor and David Fincher will win Best Director. A HIT on the Bale prediction. A MISS on the Fincher prediction.