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  • by djberg96 (2603) on 2002.12.06 14:54 (#15236) Journal
    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 [theness.com]. 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. :-)