"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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About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!!!!
Interesting read . . . still not quite sure what I think of the guy. But in what other set of acknowledgements can you see Uri Geller and James Randi thanked in the same sentence? That has to count for something!
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...
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!
If only all supposed psychics were this honest, psychics wouldn't even exist!