Psychic Blues: Confessions of a Conflicted Medium. 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. From Harry Houdini to and the , there is a long tradition of magicians who believe that it is their duty to inculcate skepticism in the audience. Mark Edward knows what he's doing, and a carefully cultivated personality is evident through the pages. As far as the legality of such things, the following is a long, but interesting read: Also of interest may be the California Supreme Court Case, Spiritual Psychic Science Church v. The book itself is ultimately fairly boring.
I read this because I wanted to understand the mentality of someone who acts as a psychic while knowing they're a fake. Dialogue sometimes sounded stilted because of the lack of them, and while the text is clean and lacks errors, This was a really entertaining read. Unpleasant, delusional, ego-ridden and uninformative. Edward, I also think having someone affirm our existences and confirm what we know yet don't want to admit can be enriching--it just doesn't replace professional legal, medical, or mental help. 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.
Coming from the world of magic, he started working as a psychic aware that he and almost certainly every other psychic possesses no supernatural ability. I think a psychic or a seance could be a really entertaining experience--if you walk into it with open eyes and understand that it's a performance. Thus what might be fraud for one might not be fraud for another. I pretty much seem to be agreeing with solarzar's point of view. It can evolve into a manipulative and highly destructive pattern.
But, quite the contrary, he stays in the business and gives one rationalization after another on how he somehow is helping people by giving them positive readings and trying to steer them out of bad situations or relationships. I mean, his even dithers on the subject: Claims of psychic phenomena challenge even the most rational thinker. After years as a stage magician at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, Mark Edward decides he'd make much more money being a fake psychic. Funnily enough, I walked away with a lot of respect for psychics and what they do; there's a lot of educated guessing and a real art to figuring out how to reassure people the right way. If someone is using what they think is a genuine skill, they are not a fraud. My own views are nuanced, and do not lend themselves to simple categorization.
Which begs the question: if a liar admits to lying, can he be telling the truth? Edwards said that the character here was meant as an anti-hero, and he accomplishes that and more. January Veteran user 388 Posts There are different concepts and arguments here--what's ethical, vs. However, I am too skeptical to truly allow myself to. Believers in psychic ability, make even poor readings work. One of the many people I got to meet was Mark Edward, well known psychic entertainer and skeptic.
Psychic Blues: Confessions of a Conflicted Medium. Mark Edward may have claimed that he was conflicted but I didn't really see that. On the other hand, he does not openly disclaim such powers. By the latter half of the book, I was struggling to keep going. And taking in money while you are doing so. It must be a twisted ball of wax that puts James Randi, Uri Geller, and Kreskin in the same book's acknowledgments, and indeed, it is a plain tale plainly told without any remorse.
A fascinating read by a psychic who at once recognizes the benefits of the service he provides while also maintaining a healthy skepticism. Edward is not a natural writer. The author at no point shows any particular remorse about his actions and implies that he continues to make a living by telling people their fortunes. I thought this would be a book about a con man who finally comes to the realization that being a scammer and lying to people is unethical and wrong, and then decides to use his behind-the-scenes knowledge to debunk fake psychics and educate people on how to spot fakes and encourage people to use their critical thinking skills. Edward discusses in his book is simply an ability to speak in vague generalizations about common hardships.
The really confounding thing about Edward is that he himself is a skeptic, exposing the secrets of Mediumship to one audience while plying that same trade to others. As he gave bogus advice to desperate people, earning pennies a call, his lot was not so much better than theirs. The book itself is ultimately fairly boring. From working the overnight shift answering the telephone for the to counseling the rich and famous at celebrity galas, the author paints a picture of what it is really like to work in this profession. Plus it was pretty boring to read.
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. This entertaining book is at once confessional and instructional regarding human belief and those who exploit it. Other times he defends his work as pure entertainment. Mark Edward knows what he's doing, and a carefully cultivated personality is evident through the pages. It's a bleak yet humorous exposé both of humanity from every level of American society and of Mark Edward's personal failings, failures, and fortunes. When Mark first released his book I interviewed him for my radio show.