"Psychic" John Edward Protest Draws Police.

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"Psychic" John Edward Protest Draws Police.

Post by bindeweede » Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:06 pm

Published on Jan 31, 2015.

Heather Henderson, Wendy Hughes, and Linda Lawrence of Los Angeles skeptic group, Investigation Network organized a protest of John Edward's "Psychic" show at the Pasadena Convention Center and soon face off with Edward's staff, Convention center management and police as they defend their right to demonstrate and inform attendees of the sham that all psychics are.

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Re: "Psychic" John Edward Protest Draws Police.

Post by Ketchup » Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:07 pm

Er ... why is this in any way newsworthy?
Hypocrite mentalist magician Mark Edward, the guy who enjoys a cosy income living off the backs of psychics (and who happily takes advantage of the fact that he is often mistaken for well-known psychic John Edward) , doing his usual trick, trying to create publicity for himself, now teamed up with equally laughable bunch of hypocritical pseudoskeptics who call themselves 'guerillas'.

A review of Mark Edward's book 'Psychic Blues' sums it up:
I read this because I wanted to understand the mentality of someone who acts as a psychic while knowing they're a fake. Apparently the answer is 'massive self delusion and cognitive dissonance'. The author admits he's a fake, admits he uses plants and makes it all up, yet is angry at the 'shortsightedness' of sceptics. At one point he says he likes to look in the mirror 'and see integrity looking back.' This is someone who literally admits he just makes stuff up to persuade people he has non-existent powers.

Unpleasant, delusional, ego-ridden and uninformative. Can't imagine why James Randi put his name to this.
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Re: "Psychic" John Edward Protest Draws Police.

Post by Dubious Dick » Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:08 pm

Even if we accept that Mark Edward is a dodgy geezer that doesn't make John Edward a non-dodgy geezer. He has been comprehensively shown up to be a fraud and a charlatan, and nowt takes away from that.

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Post by bindeweede » Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:08 pm

What interested me in that not-too-serious post was the implied legal intimidation about the right to protest, private versus public property, and the dress of the security officers, looking to me, very like real police officers. But they weren't.

Who was the dodgier?

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Post by Dubious Dick » Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:09 pm

Absolutely. Police so often get drawn into protecting business thus taking on an almost private security role as opposed to their proper duty to act impartially. We have a growing problem in this country of security guards behaving as if they have police powers.

It takes guts to protest in such circumstances when the target uses intimidation e.g. Mark Tilbrook and the Sally Morgan mob, or from the farces of law and order.

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Re: "Psychic" John Edward Protest Draws Police.

Post by chaggle » Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:09 pm

Ketchup wrote:
... the guy who enjoys a cosy income living off the backs of psychics
So that I can understand your post better, can you explain what you mean by the term 'psychics' here?
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Post by Ketchup » Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:10 pm

chaggle wrote:
Ketchup wrote:
... the guy who enjoys a cosy income living off the backs of psychics
So that I can understand your post better, can you explain what you mean by the term 'psychics' here?
I mean the 'psychic industry' that he makes his living around.
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Re: "Psychic" John Edward Protest Draws Police.

Post by chaggle » Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:11 pm

Isn't he just a part of it?
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Post by Ketchup » Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:11 pm

Not sure what you mean, chaggle. :?:
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Re: "Psychic" John Edward Protest Draws Police.

Post by chaggle » Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:12 pm

I mean in what way does he differ from the others who are part of the 'psychic industry'?
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Re: "Psychic" John Edward Protest Draws Police.

Post by Ketchup » Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:13 pm

Are you asking - what is the difference between a performing 'magician/mentalist' and a 'psychic'?
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Post by chaggle » Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:13 pm

Yes
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Re: "Psychic" John Edward Protest Draws Police.

Post by Tinkerbell » Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:14 pm

:( I think I know where this is going....

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