Psychic Blues: Confessions of a Conflicted Medium

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"Mark Edward is an equivocator, fibber, and mountebank. Which begs the question: if a liar admits to lying, can he be telling the truth? He is a literate, informative, intellectual, a student of the psychology of humans, a foe of those who would defraud the public for personal gain, and as an author and practicing psychic, he is first and foremost an entertainer."—Joel Moskowitz, International Brotherhood of Magicians

Mark Edward confesses that for years he exploited believers who wished to connect with ...

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Overview


"Mark Edward is an equivocator, fibber, and mountebank. Which begs the question: if a liar admits to lying, can he be telling the truth? He is a literate, informative, intellectual, a student of the psychology of humans, a foe of those who would defraud the public for personal gain, and as an author and practicing psychic, he is first and foremost an entertainer."—Joel Moskowitz, International Brotherhood of Magicians

Mark Edward confesses that for years he exploited believers who wished to connect with supernatural ideas and sad family members who missed dead loved ones.

Edward is a professional mentalist who has worked the Magic Castle in Hollywood for over thirty years and is also on the Editorial Board of Skeptic magazine, where he has worked with other critical thinkers to reveal the methods of psychic scamsters. This entertaining book is at once confessional and instructional regarding human belief and those who exploit it.

Edward believes that most practitioners of the psychic business are out-and-out scam artists, and that the common need to believe in things supernatural is merely a part of human nature.

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"Mr. Edward is staking his claim to belong to a very special subcategory of magicians and mediums: those who both perform their crafts and debunk them. From Harry Houdini to James (the Amazing) Randi and the duo of Penn and Teller, there is a long tradition of magicians who believe that it is their duty to inculcate skepticism in the audience." - Mark Oppenheimer, New York Times
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Edward's book, part memoir, part exposé, explores his years working as a psychic. He began his career at the Psychic Friends Network where he remained for close to ten years. He exposes the network as a fraud—old news to just about everyone. He then moves on to psychic fairs, call-in shows, and private parties. His own skills are more akin to those of a mentalist, able to pick up on clues and then offer seemingly "psychic" advice; for example, a woman without a wedding ring will likely be told she will find true love shortly. Next, he discusses his palm and tarot reading, again using more common sense than actual psychic ability. Overall his tone is condescending, bordering on nasty, e.g., women (most of his clients are woman) are depicted as shallow, vain, or even downright stupid. He tosses in redemptive tales meant to show he's not a bad person, but they seem contrived. VERDICT Recommended only for the true cynic who wants to confirm once and for all that psychics are con artists.—Susan Flaherty, Portland P.L., ME
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936239276
  • Publisher: Feral House
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 637,109
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Both skeptic and skeptical of skepticsm, author Mark Edwards has worked as a 900 number psychic, ghost hunter, and Hollywood Magic Castle medium. He has also worked virgorously to debunk psychic frauds and currently works on the Editorial board of Skeptic Magazine.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Chapter I Illusions Aside

The leap from Magic to Magick and how it all began 1

Chapter II The 900 Years

The psychic sweatshop and how I got my start there 11

Chapter III World's Greatest

Opportunity knocks and I make the leap 45

Chapter IV Talking to the Dead

Making a living talking to yourself 79

Chapter V Radio Spirit

Hopping on the media bandwagon 85

Chapter VI The OC Occultist

Navigating the land of the Woo-Woo Gurus 111

Chapter VII Very Private Readings

The demands from being too close for comfort 157

Chapter VIII My Dear Agents

Those who help make psychic dreams come true 167

Chapter IX Ladies' Night

Held hostage for my gift 179

Chapter X The Celebrity Syndrome

"Psychic to the Stars" and everything that comes with it 195

Epilogue: Future Tense

Potentials and pitfalls that await 217

Acknowledgements 221

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  • Posted December 4, 2013

    Barnes and Noble, you have to come up with a system that lets th

    Barnes and Noble, you have to come up with a system that lets the reviewers give negative stars. This book is a con. The author is neither a psychic nor a medium, but a con artist, and proud of it. I'm a psychic medium, I connect the bereaved and the truly grieving to those they have lost. I don't use body language, ask leading questions to get information from those I an reading, or use tricks. Using the terms Psychic and Medium in the title of this book is misleading and corrupt. Anyone knowledgeable in the REAL field would be warned away from this book by seeing that James Randi wrote the forward. Randi makes a lucrative living pretending that there are no psychic/mediumship abilities, that it his con game. Shame on everyone involved in misleading the uninformed with the title of this book. It should be titled "I Pretended to Read Your Mind, and Here is How I Did It." That would be the truth, and for once from this author, NOT a big trick. Not recommended for anyone except those trying to become 5cent magicians at little kids' parties. And there are MUCH better books for that audience too. You cannot call your self a medium if you are not, and this guy is NOT. Shame on him!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Wow

    Im very dissapointed in someone who would do this... i am sensitive/ medium since 4 yrs old..... i thought this was a book about the ups and downs of seeing, knowing things others dont.. its hard on the body and mind at times but a beautiful gift at the same time.....i have never done a magic trick and there is a huge difference between commom sense and a gift...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    A GREAT Read!

    Very well written and entertaining. Anyone who has ever worked in the new age business probably will probably enjoy this a bit more than those who hadn't.

    My favorite part of the book has to be all the stories that he gives, examples of previous clients. Admittedly, it does get a bit slow at the end, though, as the clients seem to get more high profile.

    I recommend this to anyone: Skeptics and Shut-eyes alike!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Entertaining and informative

    If only all supposed psychics were this honest, psychics wouldn't even exist!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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