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  • Have you ever seen the show Crossing Over? Now, some of what John Edwards does could be simply good con training - talking fast, getting people to volunteer information, etc. However, he often mentions some very specific information that I don't see how he could have gleaned, unless he heard them talking about it before the show or something.

    Any thoughts on John Edwards in particular?

    • Use the power of google. Here's an article from the New England Journal of Skeptism []. Hint: its a TV show. The editor can make JE look like a psychic genius since they aren't obligated to show you everything he got wrong.
    • I'm not familiar with John Edwards (I don't watch TV), so I can't comment on him in particular, but here's how some of this works with psychometry -- and it works better with receptive people. First, you ask for their keys or some other personal object so you can "receive vibrations" from it. This object serves as a distraction for the person. It's important to be vague, but also provide the mark with different things to focus on so they have trouble seeing what's really going on.

      Then, ask their name.

    • I think I read somewhere that he sometimes screens the guest for information before they come on to the show. I think this is a technique used by faith healers and such if they can. Then again, if you can edit a show they way you want you can look like a genius, too. :-)
  • Do you have an ISBN or author name for that book?
    • Regrettably, no. From what I could tell, this was something that someone put together at home and distributed by self-publishing. In fact, my friend only received a photocopied (several generations of photocopies, by the looks of it) copy by promising the person that he received it from that he wasn't going to let people outside of the industry know about it. Since my friend was in the industry and proved his "street cred" by doing cold readings in bars (he found he had a talent for it), he managed to ho

    • I found a reference to it []. Google likes to strip punctuation, but I found this through Altavista by quoting "T.H.E. S.C.A.M." The article has a bit more information about the "statistics" I was mentioning earlier.

      • Most people prefer gold jewelry to silver
      • Most red-haired people get hay fever in the summer
      • Most men prefer showers
      • Most women prefer baths
      • Most men enjoy reading books written by men
      • Most women enjoy reading books written by women
      • Most people have had at least one memorable su
  • South Park very recently had an episode slamming Crossing Over. Stan tries to show it is a hoax, and uses the same techniques Edwards uses to show people it is a hoax. But try as he might, everyone believes him, even as he is saying how he is doing it and that it is a trick. :-)
    • Well, I have different South Park episode idea. You see, I have another friend who used to work as a "Phone Actress". She would send out weekly summaries to her friends of her most hilarious calls, but I think you'll understand if I fail to explain "hilarious".

      /me has some weird friends

  • I think the C stands for Children.

    Best, Rich