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  • Shhh! I’m not telling!

    I used to love his show!!

    • Anonymous

      Me too. Most of the shows on TV about deceased people make the after life seem like one big bore. Who wants to be a ghost that haunts the same room all the time?

  • Anonymous

    Fake

    • Anonymous

      Yes…I can’t comprehend it, so therefore it can not be. Simpler than trying to accept the possibility that things beyond most peoples’ mental capabilities may exist, I guess.

      • Guest

        And here we go! So, the con artist’s mind can comprehend it?

        Point us to a single double-blind study displaying evidence for psychic abilities.

        • Anonymous

          That’s my point.  For some people, if science can’t prove it, then it can not be.  Meaning science can be used to decipher anything.  If only that were true.

          • Anonymous

            Science has proven it wrong through giving us another very viable explanation: Placebo Effect. People want to hear from a lost love one, and are willing to shell out big money to hear from them again. They pick someone that is looking distressed or overly hopeful, then make broad statements such as “I’m seeing a man…” and begin narrowing it down from there until they can weed out specifics about that person by asking questions of the attendee.

            I point to the section on research conducted pertaining to this subject by the British Psychological Society listed in the research section of this wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medium_(spirituality).

            Their conclusion was that mediums making broad statements were judged most accurate by those being read, but once they started making specific statements about that lost relative, those statements were judged most in-accurate. If someone was truly reading a real spirit, they would just as accurte throughout, with all details fuzzy, or all details clear.

            It is a complete con game. These guys are like magicians. They try to overhear conversations in the crow, do guess work based on worn clothing and assumptions about a person. It’s all in the game of trying to ‘read’ the person, not the spirit. It’s slight of hand, and it’s generalities. People that want to hear from a lost relative and genuinely believe that they can will often give up details and talk about someone they’re missing. The ‘medium’ grabs onto those statements and makes up statements and feels out the reading until the person is satisfied. Often times, they’ll get just into the specifics category, and then the Medium will stop asking questions and begin saying generalities like “He says he feels you’re doing well, and is very proud of you.” Just a scam game for people that are wanting to be scammed.

          • Guest

            I appreciate your effort, but it’s wasted on people like the individual you’re replying to.

            Once someone believes in magical thinking, there’s no room for argument.

          • Anonymous

            Honestly, what difference does it make? I watched a few of his shows, found it interesting. Read one of his books, found it interesting.  With the ones I viewed and in the book I read, he never did anything to hurt anyone. So, even if it is a con, he is bringing relief and/or peace, and people want that. People NEED that.

            So, let’s say it is a con, and he tells someone, “your loved one wants you to know that they are at peace.” How did that hurt someone who WANTS to believe? How would it hurt someone at all, regardless of their belief?

            It doesnt. And therefore, it really makes no sense to even be bashing the man.

          • Anonymous

            It matters because taking advantage of someone for their money is not right.  The truth is more important then making someone feel better.  $750 for a private, fraudulent reading.  That is criminal

          • Guest

            No-harm fallacy…

      •  I can’t comprehend how anyone is gullible enough to believe in Liberalism, yet they do. Therefor, it must either be real, or mass hysteria on their part.

  • $150 for a ticket???
    Say what !!
    Can I use my EBT card?

  • Anonymous

    $150 per ticket????? Holy cow…… What’s that saying? “A sucker born every minute” comes to mind…… good grief

    • Anonymous

      I know, wasn’t he already discredited? 

      • Anonymous

         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qx0Jt2jnLOQ

        Classic scamming.  Do people really believe this junk?

    • Anonymous

       When you’re saying things like, “Is there someone in the audience who has a relative whose name starts with J or L?” you’re definitely scamming.

  • Anonymous

    after watching a few of his shows I would love to see him in person but holy…$150 is a bit much for that…

  • He is kidding himself if he thinks he is going to get a big crowd… I hope that BDN reports how many people actually show up (and waste that much money)!

  • Anonymous

    Quite a gig this guy has invented for himself.  What a showman. Funny how he first describes himself as someone who gets message from the dead, but then also talks about his ability to predict the future. Not exactly the same thing.

    • Anonymous

      You do have to admire his cajones to have made a solid living for himself at this.

  • DonHorchKingofMen

    Jehovah does not like mediums.They are in league with the devil himself.

    • Anonymous

       . . which is exactly why he likes them.

    • Anonymous

       You’re spot on.  With guys like Edwards, you don’t want to walk away from them, you want to RUN!  Demons are as real as God is real, and you don’t want to mess with them.  I once inadvertently got tangled up with some of them through some “alternative medicine” (Reiki, dowsing, etc.),  and they made my life a living hell without the fire.  Thank God for Catholic priests who have all power over demons, because one of them saved my life, and maybe even my soul.

      • Anonymous

        And if you believe that, I have a bridge for sale that you might be interested in.

    • Anonymous

      And what do you know about it?

  • Anonymous

    Not worthy of a story at all.

    There are no such things as psychics or mediums, or whatever it is you want to call these frauds. All they do is fish with a littany of questions and allow the suckers to make the “connections,” then reel the suckers in with what anybody would want to hear from a lost loved one.

    • Guest

      You are “dead” wrong. These mediums don’t ask questions………they make statements. If you have never been……you shouldn’t be commenting.

      • “They don’t ask questions, they make statements”   and that somehow makes them honest? What people like Edwards do is called cold reading, it is a parlor trick.

      • Anonymous

        I used to watch this con man’s show for laughs.

        “I’m sensing something to do with the heart. Is there someone in the family or someone you know with heart problems, or had heart problems, or is worried about having heart problems, or having some kind of procedure done involving the heart?”

        “Do you know someone named Mary or John, or M.J.”

        That’s his shtick.

        But really, watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtVxNrUqmY0&feature=related, where he fires off a series of rapid questions (fishing), ignores misses, then asks more questions on the hits (which are tenuous and solidified by the client, who has a vested interest in making any sort of connection). (Huh, the motorcade guess he makes and misses with just vanishes…)

  • Anonymous

    I find it rather interesting, and would love to see a show of his. However, I won’t pay 150 bucks to do so.

  • John Edwards is the worst type of scumbag on this earth, a man who uses people’s grief to con them out of money…..If you in anyway believe the crap that comes out of Edwards mouth then please use your google machine and look up “Cold Reading”.

  • Anonymous

    I loved the show and I went to see him a couple of years ago,sadly I wasn’t one that got a reading and if I had the money I would go again.Wish I could have a private reading with him that would be awesome…

  • Anonymous

    What a big ole load of crapola. LOL

  • Anonymous

    Fake ghosts and fake gods.Some people will believe and reach out for anything.

  • Guest

    Those are extreme prices for people who have lost love ones and have the hope of “hearing” from them. There are several very good mediums in this state that charge much less for a “reading.” I once paid 25.00 in a local church and it was amazing………….who came through and what this women had to say to the folks that were there. She could not have made up these messages. They were very detailed and accurate. Well worth the money. I’m sad to say that I feel like those prices are preying on people that are grieving.

    • Anonymous

       Yes, I absolutely agree as I’ve had the same type of thing happen to me also.
      But watch out for the naysayers who will treat you like you’re a liar.  Guess they just can’t comprehend the possibility that true mediums do exist, and will grill you like you’re on the top ten most wanted list if you say that they do.

      Did you get a message from her? 

  • They forgot to mention that Edwards was once named “Biggest Douch In The Galaxy”

  • Anonymous

    I’ll keep my money thank you- if a dead loved one wants to reach me that bad they can “come through” to me. This guy is a joke- I have seen him in action- he is a professional prober. Anyone can do what he does with enough  practice and study. If he were for real he wouldn’t charge for his time.

  • Anonymous

    A Small Medium at Large!  

  • Anonymous

    John your prediction to your cousin was true , “Well, we can clearly say that Obama isn’t winning.” Obama may have won the election 2008, however he certainly isn’t winner as a president, matter of fact he’s a major loser.  Even the media is finally no longer mesmerized by him.

    Back to the article, anyone that would spend $150 to see this guy has no common sense.  much of what he says is by observing people and people are pretty predictable.  Instead of making this guy rich help out a family member in need.  

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if he knows that Mainers don’t give up $150 that easily, no matter how “good” he is. Good thing he’s not going to the CC, it would be empty.

  • Anonymous

    2012 and people still fall for these shysters………….

  • Jake_OO7

    Ray Richardson had him on his show the other day.  A couple of buffoons sucking up air.

  • Conley Raye

    You have people that still believe in TV Wrestling, Amway, Cults, and Jesus on a piece of toast. So,he is trying to liberate some of their funds. It is to bad for the ones who really want to believe but…if they have the loose funds and if it makes their day, I guess one could argue that may be worth it, to them . It is just a form of entertainment and we all can choose our own. 

    • Anonymous

      It is not always just entertainment though.  There are several psychics, I am not sure about this one, who have employed tactics that have really rehashed emotional trauma through fake readings.  There was a british psychic recently who found out through cold reading that a woman had lost a child to drowning.  For dramatic effect, she then began to “channel” the child which basically consisted of making horrible gasping and drowning sounds that the child would have been making at death.  The woman in the audience was truly traumatized.  Some of this crap is sick and they are profiting huge off of it. 

  • Anonymous

    About 30 years ago I went to a group reading session at the Temple Heights Spiritual Camp in Bayside (near Northport).  I was going through tremendous turmoil and pain in my life at the time.  I was very skeptictal of the whole “Spiritualist” thing so I made absolutely sure that I didn’t give any hint of my troubles in the presence of the reader (lots of smiles and laughter, etc).  After she did a reading for someone they would get up and leave.  She had read everyone else before me so when it came time for my reading it was just the two of us in the room.

    She walked over and sat down beside me and grabbed my hand.  She said that she was overwhelmed by the pain I was going through.  I did not say a word while she was saying this to me.  She then proceeded to quote the exact situation that was hurting me so much.  I’m talking EXACT names, places, dates, etc. It really blew my mind as there was no way she could have known these things about me.  I had never met her before, nor did I know any of the other people who had been in the room with me.  I was a skeptic when I walked into that room, but a true believer when I walked out.

    • Guest

      There’s one born every minute.

      • Anonymous

        I really don’t care what you think about my experience.

        • Guest

          Of course you do. It’s why you posted it in a public forum.

          • Anonymous

             The reason I posted it on this forum is because the topic is about mediums.
            And as far as your opinions about it, still not caring……..

    • Anonymous

      Admittedly that is fascinating and I suppose if I experienced that I too would believe that something was happening.  I have read where some use microphones planted for the purpose of having people listen and overhear conversations people have with others or having people planted for that purpose.  Was there a charge for this reading?

      • Anonymous

         If I remember right it was donations only.  I believe I gave $5.00 or so.   I wish I could remember that medium’s name.  I’d love to see her again! lol.

        Like I said before, when I arrived at the meeting I really was a skeptic about this whole “medium” thing.  I did not disclose any information about myself to anyone the whole time I was there.  I deliberately smiled and laughed in order to portray myself as a “happy” person when in reality I was at a dismal point in my life.  I did everything I could think of to prevent the reader from getting any “cues” from me.

        Even during my reading I would not confirm or deny anything she said.  What was really strange about it all was that she didn’t ask me any questions at all (like someone who uses verbal or body cues would).   She just sat down beside me and started telling me about my life.  The exact names of people in my life (she told me the names of both my parents and also of the man with whom I was involved with at the time), the exact significant events in my life,  the exact reasons why I was in so much pain, etc. There were no generalities stated at all.  I was in shock to say the least (and a little bit frightened too).

        I do believe that there are people out there who truly can communicate with the dead.  There is no doubt in my mind that the woman who read me was 100% genuine.  On the other hand I also think there are a lot of frauds out there too.

        I also don’t hold much regard for mediums who claim they just want to “share their gift with the world” and yet they will charge an exorbitant amount of money for a private reading (John Edward charges $750.00 for one) , or charges $150.00 a plate for a group reading.  It tells me that the only way you’ll receive their “gift” is by giving up a big wad of cash.  Not gonna happen in my world. :)

          

        • Anonymous

          If what you say were true, you would know the woman’s name. You would never forget it.

          • Anonymous

             It was 30 years ago.  This event was not the the highlight of my life.  Not everyone is capable of remembering every second of their life like you apparently can.

          • Anonymous

            If you met someone for the first time, and that person, without asking questions, told you your life’s story, you’d remember her name — especially if you were a skeptic entering the session and a believer when you left.

            Your story is full of holes, and you even admit as much when you say you don’t remember her name.

            Gee, I remember meeting a psychic 30 years ago. I had never seen her before. She knew what was going on in my life.

            It turns out she knew my oldest sister, who fed her the information ahead of time. Oops.

    • Anonymous

      Anecdotal. 

    • Anonymous

      If you’re a human being, of course you’ve felt pain. And if you’re desperate enough to go to a psychic or medium or whatever, of course that indicates you’re in some kind of pain. If everything were hunky-dory and you were happy with everything, you wouldn’t be there.

      As for this person knowing “exact” details of your situation, how many questions did she ask? Did you have to sign up for this reading? Was there a waiting period before everyone was let into the room?

      It’s worth noting that despite this person’s abilities, you kind of forget to tell us her name…

      • Anonymous

        She didn’t ask me any questions…….that’s what freaked me out about it all.  No I didn’t have to sign up to go.  It was a walk-in type of meeting.  I did not discuss my life with anyone that was involved with that meeting.   Like I said before – I was a skeptic just like you are.  No, there was no waiting period before we went into the room.

        No, I can’t remember what her name was.  It was 30 years ago, and at the time I did not feel a need to burn this person’s name into my memory.  All she was to me was this freaky lady who could read me like a book. I have no idea if this person still does the medium thing or not (she could be dead for all I know).  For that matter, I don’t know if they still do the “spiritualist thing” down there in Bayside anymore or not, as I never felt the need to go back there and quite frankly I don’t care if they still do it or not.

        No, I was not “desperate” to see a medium . A friend of mine kept bugging me to go so I went.  Maybe you’d like a description of the car I was driving at the time?  The mileage too?

        So I’m sorry that I can’t provide you with the woman’s name, address, telephone number or social security number.  I was trying to relate a story I thought someone may find interesting.  I didn’t think that I would be subjected to the 3rd degree about it.  Sorry I even brought it up.

        • Anonymous

          “A friend of mine kept bugging me to go so I went.”

          [Clearing my throat.] There you go…

  • Anonymous

    Whack job. OOPS! Does that make me a skeptic? lol.

  • “traveling psychic medium who does in person what he used to do on the show”  Scamming people out of money.  Put your $150 to a better use and don’t pay this charlatan bottom feeder. 

  • $150 a ticket? I mean honestly – my dead parents – hell my entire dead family would probably be so angry that I spent $150 they’d tell him to refund it or die

  • How many here would love to show up and prove this guy the fraud he is?

    For $150, my dead loved ones can write me a letter! They all know my address!
    Has anyone’s dead relative chastised them for being so stupid as to pay $150 for this crap?

  • Exactly! I have been privileged to have known people who really did truly seem to have “something”. They could somehow tune into things that there was no earthly way they could have known of. I once had lunch with a gentleman who told me about an incident with “Aunt Tilly”, an incident that no one but myself really knew about. This man was a stranger to me, yet he “knew” of the incident and could discuss it with me in detail. This was not a cold reading. I asked the man a question and he pulled Tilly right out of thin air.
     
    BTW, I have been around the paranormal subculture long enough to know the ins and outs of  those people who are the real deal and the charlatans who are some of the worst mankind has to offer because they make money off the grief and pain of others. Edward’s $150 a ticket event says plenty about which of the two he is.

    • Anonymous

      Obviously you have not been around long enough because you still think some people are the real deal.  If you know someone with paranormal abilities then please tell them to contact the James Randi Foundation and take the Randi challenge.  If they can agree to a test to prove their ability then they will win a $1, 000, 000 from the foundation.  Look it up. 

    • Anonymous

       I’ve had the same thing happen to me.  It was fascinating (and a little bit scarey too).  There are real mediums in the world, but there are also a lot more fraudsters.  And yes, it is despicable when they charge ridiculous amounts of money for a reading.  I’ve watched a few of John Edward’s shows on TV and I never was impressed with him because he makes it quite obvious that he does cold readings.

      I found your story very interesting.  Thanks for sharing it.

      And now stay tuned for the naysayers with their snarky comments.

  • Anonymous

    This guy is such a fraud. At $150.oo per ticket, he will gladly accept skeptics. His tv show was heavily edited to make it look like he had a talent. Read the reviews about his live shows to see how much of a scam this is. But, hey, I’m sure it’s entertaining and everyone who likes entertainment should go. Just don’t plan on really talking to Grandpa.

  • Anonymous

    Suckers!!!!!

  • waynorth1

    Don’t need a medium for closure.  Amazing how these people, including that dude that was responsible for three deaths in the sweat lodge deal, prey upon the depressed and vulnerable, and then whip out the calculator and walk it all the way to the bank.  I can say to a woman “I feel a presence, it’s a male”…….they start reacting….uh, everyone has a dad.  Crap.   

  • Come this guy is the real thing! I should know, I am a medium as well. I will prove it to you. You had a close relative die in the past. You currently or in the past had parents. You recently ate at a restaurant. Now, you should send me $150 instead, or better yet please donate the money to your local food pantry. This guy is a multi millionaire that donates little to charity.

  • Anonymous

    This guy has been discredited so many times.  If he is so confident in his abilties then he should accept the challenge put forward by the James Randi Foundation and earn himself a million bucks.

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