Exposed “healer” Popoff is back to take your money

We are again pleased to bring you news of brilliant skeptical activism from UK’s Good Thinking Society as they expose former fraud televangelist Peter Popoff. He’s back to his old tricks “healing” people. But also, he has what appears to be a lucrative fund-raising plan that demands money from patrons in exchange for gimmicks and trinkets.

Good Thinking Investigates: Faith Healer Peter Popoff

The story of GTS’s investigation made the Daily Mirror (WOW!) including the print edition. They outright call him a charlatan, but that’s an established fact so it’s not libel.

Is the old charlatan “Reverend” Peter Popoff returning to his wicked ways?

The American snake oil salesman has been in the UK, churning out begging letters and holding a rally to heal the sick.

Among those “cured” at the latest London gathering was a woman who said her body was wracked with pain.

Popoff laid his hands on her and yelled “Back to the pits of hell”, apparently with remarkable results. But was it all it seemed?

Source: Two very different charlatans both selling the divine right to get rich quick – Mirror Online

Check out the entire story in this 5 minute video. The highlight is the “healing” of a woman who was observed handing out promotional material. After she was “healed”, she got up and left the session. Hmm. If he can fool people once, he can fool again.

More on the modern Popoff: Popoff scumbaggery continues – Selling miracle water to wash away debt

  20 comments for “Exposed “healer” Popoff is back to take your money

  1. drwfishesman
    September 24, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    A friend of mine used to be a believer in all sorts of woo, she’s now engaged her skeptometer after years of interaction. I once showed her Randi’s late night nuking of Popoff, and she cringed and said, “No way that tool ever came back from that.” until I showed her that he had come back with a whole new way to fleece people. I explained THAT’s why there is a skeptical movement of sorts…to push back against the overwhelming tide of BS in the world. That really hit home with her. After that she started reading about critical thinking and proper skepticism in general. I thought, well at least Popoff can serve as a bad example.

  2. Mike C.
    September 24, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    He should really be called Peter Ripoff.

  3. September 24, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Pretty astounding that he would be doing this again, after The Amazing Randi and his folks exposed him on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. I guess he figures people have short memories.

    I saw him on late-night TV not too long ago, selling water that was supposed to make you rich or something. He still pushes that “Prosperity Gospel” line – God as ATM – and seems to take his shtick straight out of Burt Lancaster’s performance in “Elmer Gantry”.

    I hope someone goes after him again.

  4. busterggi (Bob Jase)
    September 24, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Believers practice lots of willful ignorance, exposing a fraud like Popoff means nothing to them – its easier to explain away the lies than give up false hopes.

  5. Tom
    September 24, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    I find it deplorable that this parasite was allowed entry into this country and it is sickening that he found an audience to corrupt.
    If Teresa May truly does have “a little list” then this man should be on it.

  6. Charlie
    September 24, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Anything for that all mighty dollar , or pound , blessings are now for sale wow !
    “Yeah I’ll take two please!”

  7. Terry
    September 24, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    How is what he does different from what you will encounter when you enter into any church, mosque, or other religious environment?
    People have , and continue to fall for bizarre spiritualism since the beginning of time. Sadly , it seems this is human nature, and there is no hope it will change.

  8. Headless Unicorn Guy
    September 24, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    “I don’t like Popof preachers1
    Just give me some solid teachers…”
    — Gene Scott song back when Popoff got exposed
    (Now git on those telephones!)

  9. jockmcdock
    September 25, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    @Terry. I rate god right up there with Santa Claus and unicorns. And it’s been 51 years since I’ve been to church. But…I believe there are some differences between Popoff and the church/mosque/synagogue. In the latter, the priest/iman/rabbi actually believes in his or her god. Popoff knows he’s fake.

    The second difference is scale. Popoff is asking for large donations, starting with donations in the 10s of dollars and then slowly(?) building the requested amount until it becomes quite large. In church, you can make relatively small donations. Of course, if you go to church often, this will mount over time. And then there’s tithing…

    Sadly, I have to agree with both of your last two sentences.

  10. Andrew Eaves
    September 26, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Nadia Popov was more convincing than this chap. #onefortheBritish40somethings.

  11. Ken
    September 26, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    If I recall it right, recently, since Randi retired from the JREF, the prominent JREF skeptic Jamy Ian Swiss spoke out trying to define what the Skeptical Movement is and must be… And similar to his “don’t move the tent” speech a couple years ago, where he wanted to define Skepticism as just being the things the old time skeptics like him have focused on, and in some cases based their careers on, … Things like debunking bigfoot hoaxes and ufo sightings, and that Skepticism should not include consideration of belief systems like religions, and should not make room for people working to eliminate sexism and harassment of women, … he tried to declare that Skepticism should not include stunts like this where Skeptics infiltrate and confront charlatans such as Popoff. Even though Randi himself is famous for having done so.

    I for one applaud the incredible work of the people from the Good Thinking Society, and hope that they have the support to keep doing good work like this.

    I can’t wait for the day when the old leaders stuck in keeping things aligned with their own narrow definitions are gone, so that they can no longer try to limit the application of critical thought and Skepticism to just the things inside their personal tents.

  12. September 26, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    This is not correct, Ken. Jamy was very clear in that Randi’s “stunts” were WELL PLANNED and WELL EXECUTED. I would say that the GTS project was also well executed. They have consulting lawyers, clear goals, and contingency plans. What Jamy was referring to was somewhat specific to “stings” done by amateur skeptic groups that don’t work and may be detrimental to skeptical activism.

    Exposing Popoff as a charlatan taking people’s money under the guise of religion is certainly fair game. We do it here. However, we refrain from putting a focus on eliminating religion. Both CFI and the Skeptics Society currently place a heavy emphasis on promotion of atheism. That is something you will NOT see here.

    The old leaders pretty much are gone — they are not running the show anymore. In fact, there is a leadership vacuum and lack of clear direction in the two orgs that remain active. I discussed the GTS with Simon and Marsh so I am familiar with their setup. The WILL exists to do the same type of activism over here but, there is distinct lack of people willing to do that hard work. And, let’s face it, we don’t have a Marsh equivalent.

  13. BobM
    September 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    As I remember it, Randi also mentioned in his books that they do come back. After a period of lying low, starting with a low-key radio station show or something like that, or maybe a different audience if this guy has been seen in the UK. It’s been happening since the 19th century. (Did an undergraduate assignment on it once) 🙂

  14. Headless Unicorn Guy
    September 27, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    The highlight is the “healing” of a woman who was observed handing out promotional material. After she was “healed”, she got up and left the session.

    i.e. Using SHILLS.

    Both CFI and the Skeptics Society currently place a heavy emphasis on promotion of atheism.

    A fact which is noted and HEAVILY plugged from the pulpits. Not only by the Popoffs but the IFBs, Calvary Chapel types, and Fundagelical MenaGAWD of all stripes to keep their pewpeons “safe from the Devil”, i.e. under the MoG’s control and tithing.

  15. Sindigo
    September 28, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Nice. 😉

  16. Bill T.
    September 29, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    ” I guess he figures people have short memories”, as far as i can tell, he’s right.

  17. Travis
    October 9, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    The biggest difference is that he doesn’t believe what he’s selling.

  18. Richard
    October 13, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Didn’t the Amazing Randi arrange to eavesdrop on the radio broadcasts where Poppie’s wife was feeding him information that she had gotten from interviews before the services began? And also arrange for a man in drag to be “cured” of uterine cancer? That should have ended his career, but sadly I’ve noted he’s back on cable tv & the internet, selling the same lies.

  19. Henry B.
    October 27, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    “And also arrange for a man in drag to be “cured” of uterine cancer?”

    Oh man, that’s hilarious.

  20. Chaotic Entropy
    December 17, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Wow… at least have the foresight to hire a stooge for just ONE staged role as opposed to basically staffing the event as well.

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