John Edward, psychic improv artist

Popular psychic aims to be a medium with a message

As he faces a Columbus theater full of people, John Edward hopes to provide comfort for a few troubled souls.

“Life and love are eternal,” the psychic medium said. “To help somebody in their healing process, giving them the tools of understanding — that would be my hope for anybody sitting in front of me.”

Onstage before a crowd, Edward works to bond with individual audience members. He discusses his theories on spiritual energy and how he gets his information, tries to connect audience members with the souls of lost relatives and answers questions from the audience.

“It’s basically psychic improv,” he said.

Edward finds the process easier than performing a one-on-one session.

And during personal readings, the pressure is on, Edward said.

Tip: DJ Groethe (@DJGroethe) via Twitter

This is an astounding piece. It basically shows Edward does not do anything paranormal but is using observations and basic psychological ploys to make people think they are coping with death.

During a one-on-one session the client is much more likely to call you on your misses than in a public setting with many people, where there’s always a chance that if you just spew out a generic statement about a personailty trait, people will willingly give you the answer.

“Psychic improv”? That sounds almost like he’s kinda sorta, but not really, admitting to cold reading. Well well well, Mr. Edward. We knew that all along.

  4 comments for “John Edward, psychic improv artist

  1. July 12, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Telling lies is psychic improvement?

    John, you don’t look at all sleazy in that suit.

  2. xxicenturyboy
    July 12, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    We, Columbus OH, had a huge train disaster on July 11, no one died but the videos of the explosion are terrifying. It would have been nice for him to give us a heads up. Oh yea, I forgot, he’s a fake.

  3. Walt Barnhart
    July 13, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Not psychic improvement, Bob; psychic improvisation. Kind of like comedy improvisation except… O.K., exactly like comedy improvisation. Only funnier.

  4. Thomas
    July 17, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Well, he does do a fairly competent cold read. Did anyone on here actually believe his “act” was real?
    I’ve always found he and his ilk to be the “poster children” for the dangers of Theistic superstitions.

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