The St. George City Council has refused to grant an exception to a $50-a-day business license fee for a self-proclaimed psychic.
Robert Wade-Mahany told council members he is a "pioneer" in the field of "psychogenic research." He operates a small business in town but says the city's practice of charging so-called "occult sciences" an exorbitant business license fee is prohibitive."What are you going to do with a guy like me, just throw me in the dumps?" he said. "I'm a very talented person."
Wade-Mahany said he taps into a client's "metaphysical body" to locate stress centers and then helps them relax.
"I don't do the healing at all," he said. "I do the mechanical work at getting to the problem."
He said he operated his business in California for several years without a hitch. However, Assistant City Attorney Gary Kuhlmann said San Carlos, Calif., licensing officials weren't aware of the type of work he was doing.
Wade-Mahany's California business license, Kuhlmann said, listed his business under "other professional services" and indicated he was doing research.
San Carlos would not have issued the license had officials known Wade-Mahany was counseling people, the attorney said.