PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



A Meeting and a Reading with Ms. Salli K

I consider myself a pretty open person, but ultimately I am a skeptic when it comes to the strange world of psychics, magic, North Korean propaganda and of course, the Willard Preacher.

So when I decided to visit and get a reading from Ms. Salli K, the only “professional psychic” within almost 70 square miles, I went into it as open minded as possible while still ensuring that I wasn’t going to give in to cold readings, educated guesses, and other tricks of the trade that I have come to discover this industry requires. In the end I was pleasantly surprised, but we’ll get to that later.

She is located in a small neighborhood behind the Sheetz on the way toward the mall. It’s a little tricky to spot, but eventually you’ll find yourself driving down a little dirt road and you will see her office at the bottom of a small hill. Inside you are greeted by Ms. Salli K herself, who actually reminded me a lot of the character Madame Serena from the 1989 movie “Teen Witch.”

A.K.A. Zelda Rubinstein

That part was already awesome because I loved that little woman growing up. There might not have been a beaded doorway or an awesome headdress, but there was a lot of crystals, candles, bottles of oils, geodes and incense inside, all of which she sells and utilizes for readings and such. Basically, it looked exactly what you would want your psychic’s office to look like.

When I walked into Salli K’s office and began feeling it out, I was pretty convinced that even if this wasn’t the work of the otherworld, it was going to be a really cool experience nonetheless.

Along with a friend, we decided to get our palms read before walking in, but after Ms. Salli K told us she was having a holiday special on an expanded 15 card Tarot readings for $35 we quickly changed our minds. I don’t know if it was the atmosphere or the fact that we were spending a collective $70 dollars, but at this point I started taking this way too seriously.

It was then that she showed us her Tarot cards which she told us were 30 years old and the only deck of its kind. She told me to pick them up and begin to shuffle them, which I did with shaking hands, because at this point I was getting really nervous that this woman might be able to see into my soul, and if I messed up her cards I was sure I would wake up the next day with warts and/or as a toad.

I asked if I could take a picture of my card layout but she told me that psychics have their own techniques and they don’t like to share their arrangements, so basically, no pictures, but it looked something like this:


She assured me that she would relay exactly what she sees, good or bad. I was squirming in my seat at this point, making sure to keep a poker face in case she tries to go off my reactions in a cold reading.

I can’t speak as to whether or not my poker face worked, but I can tell you that at the end of my 10-15 minute reading I felt hollow, transparent, and a little worried to talk to anyone about the experience. She said some things that were quite specific — stuff that you really wouldn’t think anyone could guess about yourself. However, she also missed some important stuff. For instance while she might have been freakishly accurate about my love life, she did follow it up with “You know how girls can be.” Nope…I don’t. I’m gay.

Despite the obvious flaws, it was actually a lot of fun. As a college kid — or anyone, for that matter — it’s hard to justify spending that much money for something like a psychic reading, but neither of us regretted the trip at all.

Am I convinced that psychics and magic are real? No, not really. However what I can tell you is that it’s a lot of fun to pretend it is, especially when the person is really good at what she does and can make you wonder if she’s the real deal.

About the Author


More by Steven

Behind the Hashtag #WDYDF (Who Do You Dance For?)

In this Instagram Series, The College of Communications Photo Journalism Students asked THON volunteers, “Who Do You Dance For?” In this series we see the parents, children, dancers, and moralers of THON give their respective answers. The result is a powerful thing, and refreshing reminder of the beauty in humanity. Follow Hashtag #WDYDF for more stories

THON’s Obstacle Course Concourse

Superheros Are FTK (Comi-THON)


Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

The incident surrounding Marche’s death is “under investigation,” according to the Philadelphia police department.

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Penn State Hockey’s Evan Barratt, Aarne Talvitie Participate In World Junior Summer Showcase

Ally McHugh Wins 400 Medley National Championship

Student Life

Nike Releases New Penn State Sneakers

This year’s sneaker is available to purchase online for $109.99.

Penn State Parking Office Runs Into Student Permit Purchase Issues

Girirajan Lab Seeks To Bridge The Gap Between Fly And Human Genomes

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Fall Move-In Traffic & Construction Changes

When 40,000 students need to move back to State College over the course of four days or so, things are bound to get crazy.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend