Sabrina knew she had "the gift" from the time she was about 9 years old. "I wasn't completely accurate, but I have gotten better with age, with practice," said Sabrina, now a young mother to her own daughter and a professional psychic in northeast Mississippi. Sabrina, who asked that her real name and exact location be kept secret, said she inherited psychic abilities from her mother, who had received it from her grandmother. They are of Romanian descent, as are many of the psychics here and across the country. (Psychic TV) programs' success arises perhaps because three in four Americans believe in at least one form of paranormal activity, according to a 2005 Gallup poll. Communicating with God through prayer is one thing, but communicating with the dead through psychic powers is another. Conservative Christians - like those in the Mid-South - are less likely to believe in anything outside the religious norm, said Michael Harrington, chair and professor of religion and philosophy at the University of Mississippi. "I found that the more conservative the believer, the less receptive they are to this," Harrington said. "They tend to write it off to the work of the devil." That's not true of Betty or her clients. The Verona psychic, who also asked that her identity be kept secret, said everything she does with her gift reflects God's will: He is the one who gave her the powers and He is the one who guides her visions. A devout Christian, Betty does not advertise nor does she charge for her services because she says she's doing the work of the Lord. If she got greedy with her gift, she said, God would take it away. (Le Coz, Mississippi "Daily Journal," 6/11/06).