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Psychic Blues: Confessions of a Conflicted Medium Paperback – August 7, 2012
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The types of people who seek his services are an interesting range of types, from lonely alcoholics phoning from their trailers at 3:00 AM, to true believers in magic, to high powered executives looking for a little affirmation. A career like this must be interesting for that alone, seeing the sheer variety of humanity, if that is, you're interested in that sort of thing.
As for the tricks of the trade, there may not be that much here that is news, at this late date, for people who have made any effort to inform themselves. Has anyone really not heard of cold reading by now? Of course, actually doing it requires quick thinking, observational skills, and a gift of gab which most of us probably just don't have, but the principles are easy enough to understand.Read more ›
I realize that Edward's attempt with "Psychic Blues" is to show the con side of psychic practice and confess his participation in that industry, especially during the 1990's when he worked for many years and in many ways with the Psychic Friends Network. He shows how his career path was not that different from Stan's path in the 1947 movie, "Nightmare Alley": a movie about a carnival barker who becomes a psychic con. But I'm not sure that Edward is completely successful in his attempts.
In this book, Mark Edward comes across as anything but a con. He comes across as someone who cared about the work he was doing and the people he was talking to. He certainly shows how the "business" of psychic mediums is corrupt; he shows how people are ripped off and strung along to keep paying out more and more money, but he fails to show how the art itself, when practiced by an honest medium--one who is honestly trying to do his or her best for their clients--becomes part of that con. Edward himself, in his "confessions" does not strike me as a con man--far from it.
In fact, in the book, Edward seems a little naïve, but in the best way. He truly doesn't want people to get ripped off, but he, himself, seems to want to help people with his readings. What he no longer believes, and never really believed since his early days as a stage magician, before he became a psychic reader, was that he was supernaturally gifted.Read more ›
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Ran into Mark at a party and decided I had to pick up his book. This is a fascinating exploration of the psychic "underworld" -- the Psychic Friends Network, doing readings... Read morePublished 8 days ago by John Constantine
This was a really entertaining read. Mark Edward knows what he's doing, and a carefully cultivated personality is evident through the pages. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SciFiMagpie
A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to sit next to Mark Edward on a transatlantic flight. We had a very interesting talk about psychic phenomena, coincidences, hauntings, and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ali Stevenson
Like listening to a good story and not wanting it to end! Loved the inside look at the real life work of a psychic entertainer.Published 13 months ago by Book Reviewer
Fun and fast read. The author is very honest about the life of a professional psychic, and helpfully reminds us that it's a business. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Emily B
This was a funny and insightful look into the world of con artists extraordinaire, psychics. It's a classic tell-all of a despicable industry. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Blaine Little
I am fascinated by the idea of mediums but not at all by this book. It is poorly written and painful to read. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Research Junkie