John Edwards. Have any of you been lucky to have had a reading with him?

  1. Today, I felt really jealous. My friend came over to say that she overheard a client in the salon where she works saying that her brother is going to have a private reading with John Edwards.I watch his programme, have read his books, and I would so love to have a reading. He is excellent.I have never heard of him coming to England, but has anybody ever had a reading with him?
     
  2. John Edwards... the TV psychic? I remember reading that he was a scam artist who sent out private investigators to research clients so that he would be accurate. Does anyone remember this too? Ugh! Sorry I do not believe in this stuff.
     
  3. OK it was in Time Magazine. I'm going to find the article now.
     
  4. Yes he is a TV Psychic, but I don't think a scam one.However,there are many that aren't genuine.Here in London, I have seen a couple of amazing ones, but it is a personal choice of if you believe or not. I am a pretty accurate dream reader though, and have done it for just family and friends over the last 15 years or so. Personally, I find it all fascinating, but don't live my life through it word for word.
     
  5. Courtesy of Time Magazine:

    March 5, 2001

    Talking To The Dead
    To reach those who have "crossed over," John Edward may have crossed one line too many

    By Leon Jaroff

    Clairvoyants who claim to communicate with the dead--and warnings not to listen to them--go back at least as far as the Old Testament, yet psychics continue to flourish in back parlors and storefronts across America. None today is better known or more listened to than John Edward, a fast-talking former ballroom-dancing instructor who is cleaning up on his proclaimed ability "to connect with energies of people who have crossed over." Died, that is.

    Indeed, his nightly Crossing Over with John Edward is the highest-rated show on the Sci Fi network and is about to go into syndication. He has made appearances on Larry King Live, Dateline, an HBO special, Entertainment Tonight and other TV shows. Between his fees for individual appointments, tickets for his seminars and stage appearances, and sales of his books, audiotapes and videotapes, Edward seems to be one of the few growth industries in an otherwise lackluster economy.

    But is he for real? Edward's critics claim his feats are merely illusions created by standard magicians' ploys--helped along, they charge, by a few tactics that are downright underhanded.

    Like other mediums, Edward relies heavily on a technique known in the trade as "cold reading." It involves posing a series of questions and suggestions, each shaped by the subject's previous response. Practitioners often begin, for example, by uttering a generality: "I sense an older father figure here," eliciting a response that leads him to the next question. "I'm getting that his death resulted from a problem in his chest" is a statistically sound guess that could cover everything from lung cancer and emphysema to a heart attack. Should the subject answer no, the cold reader will often say, "Well, we'll get back to that," and quickly change tack. It's a sophisticated form of the game Twenty Questions, during which the subject, anxious to hear from the dead, seldom realizes that he, not the medium or the departed, is supplying the answers.

    Michael O'Neill, a New York City marketing manager, had no preconceived notions about Edward but experienced what he is convinced was a "hot reading"--a variation on the cold reading in which the medium takes advantage of information surreptitiously gathered in advance. Given an extra ticket by family members hoping to hear from his deceased grandfather, O'Neill attended a performance and was singled out by Edward, who received what he claimed were communications sent directly from the dead grandfather.

    While many of those messages seemed to O'Neill to be clearly off base, Edward made a few correct "hits," mystifying everyone by dropping family names and facts he could not possibly have known.

    It was not until weeks after the performance, when O'Neill saw the show on TV, that he began to suspect chicanery. Clips of him nodding yes had been spliced into the videotape after statements with which he remembers disagreeing. In addition, says O'Neill, most of Edward's "misses," both on him and other audience members, had been edited out of the final tape.

    Now suspicious, O'Neill recalled that while the audience was waiting to be seated, Edward's aides were scurrying about, striking up conversations and getting people to fill out cards with their name, family tree and other facts. Once inside the auditorium, where each family was directed to preassigned seats, more than an hour passed before show time while "technical difficulties" backstage were corrected.

    And what did most of the audience--drawn by the prospect of communicating with their departed relatives--talk about during the delays? Those departed relatives, of course. These conversations, O'Neill suspects, may have been picked up by the microphones strategically placed around the auditorium and then passed on to the medium. (A spokesperson for Crossing Over would say only that Edward does not respond to criticism.)

    Meanwhile, O'Neill e-mailed his suspicions to the James Randi Educational Foundation in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where the Amazing Randi, a magician and skeptic, had been tracking Edward's career. Some of what Randi has learned is scheduled to be aired this week on Inside Edition, in what will probably be the first nationally televised show to take a skeptical look at the Edward phenomenon. Among other things, the show will feature Randi's demonstration of the cold-reading technique used by magicians to entertain and mediums to hoodwink an unsuspecting public.
     
  6. ^^ This story seems cut off but that's all I got.
     
  7. Wow, what an article. I still think he is good, and I also read a great book about Allison du Bois, I think you may have a show in the States about her called Medium/Psychic. She has had great feedback too.

    www.lestroisenfants.com
     
  8. He's a huge scam artist. :censor: South Park was right when they voted him biggest douche in the universe.

    It makes me sick to my stomach to know that he's still out there taking advantage of grieving people like that. Psychics prey upon people who can't let go, and he's the worst one of them all!
     
  9. Yeah, I read that somewhere too. I used to watch his show daily and wondered how great he was. Then I read that article :push:
     
  10. So do you think that there are no genuine psychics out there?
     
  11. I really don't think there are genuine psychics out there, just really good scam artists. But that's just my personal opinion.

    I remember reading another article about a so-called psychic. I can't remember if it was John Edward or another TV psychic (but I'm pretty sure it was John Edward because I've always hated him!). This psychic would send his aides out to the homes of people who would be appearing on his show. The aide would knock on the person's door and say she needed to use the telephone because her car wasn't working or something like that. And once she got in the house, she would make a mental note of where things were, like whether there was a swimming pool or construction in the backyard. And he would use it on the show. It made me sick!!

    Oh I remember reading somewhere else that the psychic's aides would talk to the guests beforehand, pretending that they were also guests. Basically the aides would ask the guests why they were there, what happened to the person they lost, pretending to trade sob stories. Needless to say, this probing led to some very accurate answers from the psychic!
     

  12. In response to this question:

    I have had four readings over the years, three of them at Lilydale. Have described these in other postings. They left little doubt, for me, that our minds have capacities for some kind of empathy that cannot be explained using any "science" we now have available.

    If you're interested, there is a book called The Unconscious Universe by Dean Radin. He describes experiments which were meticulously conducted, where psychics read the minds of subjects. The findings were highly statistically meaningful -- there was virtually no probability that these findings could have occurred by chance.

    Having said that, there are of course myriad scammers and showmen out there. I tend to believe that the people who are true seers are often very quiet people, very highly attuned to what is around them and often made uncomfortable by overwhelming stimuli. Definitely not show people.
     
  13. I don't think he is a scam artist - I saw a program on TV quite a while ago which showed him, JOHN EDWARD, being tested at a major university to see how real he was and his tests came out amazingly accurate - they didn't say that he actually comunicates with the dead but they said that he does have extraordinary gifts.
     
  14. I thought you meant John Kerry's former running mate and I was THRILLED for you!!

    This John Edwards is a scam artist. Sigh.
     
  15. I believe everyone has psychic ability. Some people just have an easier time "accessing" it. What comes into play though are ethics, and how much a person with those abilities decides to exploit and/or capitalize on those abilities. There are a lot of people doing the same kind of work John Edward is but they are way more low profile than he is. Alison DuBois is one- even though there is a TV show about her, she's relatively low profile.