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Burning Question

Q On Feb. 5's The Bachelorette, Trista Rehn and a suitor tested their compatibility via aura photography. Is this high tech or hokum?

A Jamie Butler, who claims she captured Trista's bodily electricity on a colorful Polaroid, says: ''I'm able to look at someone's energy field and tell them what they've done in past lives, what [they're] here to do in this lifetime. You need an intuitive psychic to read the energy.'' But outside of practitioners, support grows hazy. ''[It's] people with broken cameras doing cold readings,'' says magician/debunker Penn Jillette. ''No one's been able to define an aura scientifically.'' (Send queries to BurningQuestions@ew.com)

Originally posted Feb 21, 2003 Published in issue #696-697 Feb 21, 2003 Order article reprints