Those interesting people who keep staring into crystal balls never seem to be embarrassed by their repeated failures to make accurate predictions.

Even so, there really ought to be plenty of red faces among that crowd because of the trial that opened this week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in the case of Penny Pellito.After a plank fell on her head at a store, Pellito went to court seeking damages on the grounds that the resulting injury deprived her of the clairvoyance that once enabled her to foretell the future.

The case raises some pointed questions. If Pellito really was able to look into the future, why didn't she see the accident coming and get out of the way? If psychics can't benefit from their own powers, why didn't one of her fellow clairvoyants warn Pellito that her future held not a tall, dark man but a long, hard board? Or are the answers obvious?

The court ought to come up with a few answers, too. Why did the court even accept this strange case? Does the court's decision to entertain such a lawsuit constitute a backhanded judicial endorsement for claims of clairvoyance? Come now, your honor!

Meanwhile, the nation can look forward to quite a show as professed clairvoyants and debunkers of psychic phenomena parade in and out of the Florida courtroom. Is there no crystal ball gazer who will tell us the outcome now?