Jobless hairdresser Patrick Baecker, 35, posed as a mystic healer and told Axel Pfeffer he would make him see for £20,000.
The court in Fehmarn, Germany, heard how the former motorcyclist had tried everything to restore his sight after losing it in a crash.
Baecker's magical remedy of choice? Pickles laced with LSD! No word yet on whether or not gherkins constitute an effective drug delivery system.
But instead Baecker fed him pickles laced with powerful mind-bending hallucinogenic drugs to induce visions.
The court was not impressed with Baecker's defense.
‘You are a hairdresser, not a shaman,’ Judge Markus Faerber told Baecker in court.
In all fairness, there's no reason that a hairdresser couldn't also be a shaman, but I think it's safe to say that this guy is anything but the genuine article. He sounds like somebody who read an account of South American practitioners using ayahuasca and thought "hey, shamans use hallucinogens - I can do that too!" and then decided that he might as well start charging exhorbitant amounts for his magic pickles.
Let's hope this story gets enough exposure that nobody else decides to try out this ridiculous scam.