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Psychic Blues: Confessions of a Conflicted Medium

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  93 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
"Mark Edward is an equivocator, fibber, and mountebank. Which begs the question: if a liar admits to lying, can he be telling the truth? He is a literate, informative, intellectual, a student of the psychology of humans, a foe of those who would defraud the public for personal gain, and as an author and practicing psychic, he is first and foremost an entertainer."--Joel Mo ...more
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Published August 14th 2012 by Feral House (first published May 15th 2012)
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Aug 29, 2012 Ben rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading "Psychic Blues" and am a bit confused as to why James Randi endorsed it. Randi's reward for doing so is to appear in the "Acknowledgements" section alongside Uri Geller, which must hurt. The author at no point shows any particular remorse about his actions and implies that he continues to make a living by telling people their fortunes. I suppose I was envisaging some sort of conversion or something, but, no, he keeps on suckering chumps, with Tarot cards, for money.

Christopher Brown
Fantastic peak behind the curtains of the world of charlatans, psychics and con-artists. If you have ever wondered "how could he possibly know that?" this book is for you.
Melinda Elizabeth
Psychic Blues gives you a inside look into some of the most commonly used techniques to part your from your money – pretending to be ‘psychic’.

There’s some great examples of cold reading and hot reading in this book, and it’s apparent that Mark has a lengthy career and experience behind him, allowing him to be a very convincing fortune teller.

My favourite chapters of the book are where Mark recalls his time as a 900 number psychic reader. Every bizarre scenario you can think of is thrown at hi
Ross Blocher
Oct 26, 2012 Ross Blocher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mark Edward has found a unique niche in the world of entertainment. Coming from the world of magic, he started working as a psychic aware that he (and almost certainly every other psychic) possesses no supernatural ability. Instead, Edward paints the seasoned psychic entertainer as having legitimate skill cultivated from years of observation. It is that experience he shares with the reader, detailing his methods, along with the highs and lows, of being a psychic on the phone, over the radio, at ...more
David Rutter
Sep 08, 2012 David Rutter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It must be a twisted ball of wax that puts James Randi, Uri Geller, and Kreskin in the same book's acknowledgments, and indeed, it is a plain tale plainly told without any remorse. Yet at no time does Mark ever indicate he is less than completely skeptical about any paranormal activity, and even now goes out of his way to expose frauds like Sylvia Browne. Perhaps in this memoire, he was trying to walk the line which would allow him to continue his psychic work even in a world in which everyone h ...more
Oct 04, 2012 Grace rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After years as a stage magician at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, Mark Edward decides he'd make much more money being a fake psychic.

I thought this would be a book about a con man who finally comes to the realization that being a scammer and lying to people is unethical and wrong, and then decides to use his behind-the-scenes knowledge to debunk fake psychics and educate people on how to spot fakes and encourage people to use their critical thinking skills.

But, quite the contrary, he stays i
Michelle Browne
Jul 13, 2016 Michelle Browne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really entertaining read. Mark Edward knows what he's doing, and a carefully cultivated personality is evident through the pages. I would have liked more detail about the spiritualist church, and about some of the celebrities, but Edwards really knows how to keep you tantalized.

The writing is pretty good, but the editor has a problem with contractions that REALLY bothered me. Dialogue sometimes sounded stilted because of the lack of them, and while the text is clean and lacks errors,
Jan 22, 2015 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book. Some seem to misunderstand where Mark is coming from. He is a magician & was credited during alledged scientific tests as being a great psychic. Many magicians (mentalists) work in the world of shut eyes, or sheep as parapsychologists call them. (Non believers being defined in parapsychology as goats.)
It is a job, but often too easy. A magic audience looks for the slight of hand, the trick. Believers in psychic ability, make even poor readings work. That make the reading fit wh
B Kevin
Apr 29, 2016 B Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: skepticism, woo
This was a quick and easy read, one I enjoyed more than the last couple of book I read. The subtitle is "Confessions of a Conflicted Medium." And my feelings towards this book are also "conflicted." First of all, it is an entertaining collection of of anecdotes from his stints as a 1-900 psychic, stints on radio, TV, fairs, and Psychic for hire. Anyone what has read more than 10 sentences on cold reading knows the technique, so no great revelations. I am conflicted because knowing it is BS, publ ...more
After the first 20 pages, you get the gist: Mark Edward is observant, but not psychic. He's a mentalist, not a fortune-teller. Some of the cases are entertaining, but much in the same way that Edward's clients tend to ask about the same things (money, love, travel), the anecdotes quickly become repetitive. By the latter half of the book, I was struggling to keep going. Edward comes off as terribly narcissistic and, at times, downright unlikable. Though he valiantly seeks to tell his clients what ...more
Oct 16, 2014 Br rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author reveals that he is a terrible con-artist, liar, cheat and fraud. Is he a skeptic or a believer? Whichever ways the wind blows. This book blows.
Jul 14, 2013 Josh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for someone who explains the mechanics of psychic tricks, don't pick up this book.

If you're looking for an account that details the narcissism of fraudulent psychics and the disdain they hold for their victims, read here. Edwards reads like a character straight out of a Chuck Palahniuk novel, except real. Edwards said that the character here was meant as an anti-hero, and he accomplishes that and more.

The book itself is ultimately fairly boring. Each chapter describes how he
K.J. Charles
I read this because I wanted to understand the mentality of someone who acts as a psychic while knowing they're a fake. Apparently the answer is 'massive self delusion and cognitive dissonance'. The author admits he's a fake, admits he uses plants and makes it all up, yet is angry at the 'shortsightedness' of sceptics. At one point he says he likes to look in the mirror 'and see integrity looking back.' This is someone who literally admits he just makes stuff up to persuade people he has non-exi ...more
Cody Sexton
The author makes a very salient point towards the end of this book about how being psychic is a natural part of being human and being human a natural part of being psychic. There is no supernatural component to what a psychic does it's merely a matter of supply and demand, giving the customer what they ask for, albeit indirectly. But apart from all that, and as you can imagine, being a medium can get you into some very strange situations, and put you into contact within an even stranger cast of ...more
May 30, 2013 DL rated it it was ok
I'm one of those people who would like to believe that mediums are legitimately able to speak with spirits. However, I am too skeptical to truly allow myself to. This book reinforced that skepticism. Mark Edward may have claimed that he was conflicted but I didn't really see that. He seemed quite happy to fleece the gullible. His only complaint was that it was hard work and he wanted to be paid more. Once in a while he would claim ethical dilemma but quite weakly. The main problem with this book ...more
Aug 02, 2013 Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating read by a psychic who at once recognizes the benefits of the service he provides while also maintaining a healthy skepticism. He knows that he’s not working magic, and that he’s in this for the paycheck. It’s an interesting balance and an interesting look behind the curtain (or rather, on the other side of the 1-800 number).
Dec 24, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mark keeps his feet on the floor & his head in the here & now while exploring the esoteric world in this nicely crafted biography. Scammers & shut-ins will give Psychic blues a wide birth & the gullible crowd will squirm. A very entertaining & enlightening read - recommended.
Jon Bristow
Jan 10, 2016 Jon Bristow rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Lacking of any real coherent "story" or purpose, this autobiography is a little more than a few war stories about being a professional psychic. The stories are fun, but I felt like it didn't really dig deep enough to create a compelling narrative.
Pretty friggin' dull. Somehow I thought this was the "Crossing Over" guy when I downloaded it. When I was in high school my sister used to watch that show after school and I would watch with her and ruin it, telling her how he scammed the audience.
Jan 27, 2013 Ian rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
The fact that James Randi wrote the forward is one of the main reasons I borrowed this book. I read enough of it to get what he was about. He illustrated the cold and hot readings he did through examples. Meh.
May 15, 2013 Sara rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-reading
Seriously kicking myself for paying for this book. It started off really interesting but quickly became dull.
Marty Monahan
Apr 06, 2013 Marty Monahan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent insight into the psychic industry.
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Mark Edward is a professional mentalist specializing in magic of the mind. His amazing mind reading techniques make a statement about our limited powers of observation and our refusal to believe manipulation can easily happen to the best of us. He has performed as a psychic entertainer at the Hollywood hot spot Magic Castle as well as world-class venues, nightclubs and corporate events. His televi ...more
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