John Edward

Quick Look at John Edward

  • Who: John Edward McGee, Jr. (born October 19, 1969) — better known as John Edward — is an American psychic medium. He is best known for his TV shows Crossing Over with John Edward and John Edward Cross Country.
  • What: Gained popularity after publishing his first book, One Last Time: A Psychic Medium Speaks to Those We Have Loved and Lost, and a subsequent appearance on Larry King Live.
  • Claims: Says that deceased people — generally friends and relatives of audience members — communicate with him from “the other side.”
  • Controversy: Critics claim Edward uses techniques known as ‘hot reading’ (forehand knowledge), ‘cold reading’ (making high-probability guesses from observing and analyzing a person’s body language, gender, style of dress, manner of speaking, etcetera), and ‘warm reading’ (utilizing known principles of psychology that apply to nearly everyone, in combination with the judicious use of statements that seem personal, yet apply to many people). [1]

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  • Great hits & misses of psychic John Edwardoffsite by Andrew Endersby, Skeptic Report
  • How come TV psychics seem so convincing?offsite The Straight Dope: “…the readings of TV psychics don’t look so impressive once you understand the techniques involved. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the performance, just as you can enjoy a good magician’s sleight-of-hand. But you’d do well to maintain your skepticism – and keep one hand on your wallet.”
  • Psychicsoffsite Information from Watchman Fellowship. Includes a Biblical response.
  • The Psychics: Can They Help You?, by Marcia Montenegro, of Christian Answers for the New Age. The author writes from a well-informed perspective: she previously participated in psychic development & similar classes which taught spirit contact, meditation, seeing auras, communication with the dead, psychic healing, & telepathy, among other things.

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  1. Regarding these techniques see the Wikipedia entry on cold reading
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