Having worked in reality television, I can’t watch reality television. But fortunately, Skepchick drew my attention to this clip from the show Shark Tank, where Mark Cuban called out a deliberate scammer.
The scammer, Ryan Naylor, attempted to get investors for his Power-Balance-like “applied kinesiology” wrist bands.How do we know he’s a deliberate scam artist and not just a naive fool? Well because he demonstrates the product on one of the sharks using an infamous applied kinesiology trick that requires deliberate deception.
The Australian Skeptics demonstrated and exposed these tactics years ago by showing exactly how its done:
I’m glad all the sharks rejected this fraudulent product but I’m especially proud of Mark Cuban for calling it out as a scam on network television immediately. Well done. This is a great example of applied skepticism in the media.
- Watch Mark Cuban Call Out A Total Scam On ABC’s Shark Tank (mediaite.com)
- Inventor Selling Pseudoscientific Product Gets Caught in Shark Tank (patheos.com)