413: Mark Edward | True Confessions of a Fake Psychic

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Mark Edward is a professional mentalist who specializes in magic of the mind -- including a convincing stint as a fake psychic. He's the author of Psychic Blues: Confessions of a Conflicted Medium.

What We Discuss with Mark Edward:

  • What is mentalism, and how does it use our desire for the outlandish to be true against us?
  • Why all so-called psychics are frauds, though a small percentage genuinely believes their own hype.
  • Cold reading vs. hot reading, and how psychics use the results of these readings to convince you they're able to consult supernatural entities.
  • What it was like to work for the Psychic Friends Network, and how Mark used his mentalist superpowers to mine information from people over the phone -- and keep them calling back.
  • How big-name celebrity psychics ply their trade in front of large studio audiences while keeping the scam safely under control.
  • And much more...

Full show notes and resources can be found here: jordanharbinger.com/413

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