|When:||Back to Calendar » June 9, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm|
In association with the Spring Arts Collective:
Author, psychic, mentalist, entertainer MARK EDWARD performs at The Last Bookstore, celebrating in conjunction with his newest title, Psychic Blues: Confessions of a Conflicted Medium.
On June 9th, Mark Edward will perform a live demonstration of “psychic entertainment” on the downstairs stage at The Last Bookstore. This audience interactive performance with culminate in a book signing upstairs at Fold Gallery from 5:30-6:00pm
Mark Edward confesses that for years he exploited believers who wished to connect with supernatural ideas and sad family members who missed dead loved ones. Edward is a professional mentalist who has worked the Magic Castle in Hollywood for over thirty years and is also on the Editorial Board of Skeptic magazine, where he has worked with other critical thinkers to reveal the methods of psychic scamsters. This entertaining book is at once confessional and instructional regarding human belief and those who exploit it.
Edward believes that most practitioners of the psychic business are out-and-out scam artists, and that the common need to believe in things supernatural is merely a part of human nature.
More about Edward:
Mark Edward is a professional mentalist who specializes in magic of the mind. He has spent over thirty years in world class venues from high-end night clubs and theaters to hundreds of private party and corporate events. As one of only five specially chosen and trained mediums in the history of Hollywood’s famed Magic Castle, he has performed fifteen years of seances that helped him perfect the role of spirit medium and psychic entertainer. During this time he wrote several books on these subjects and appeared on television as both primary consultant and on-air performer in such diverse programming as A & E’s Biography: “Houdini, the Great Escape,” NBC’s “The Other Side” and “Psychic Secrets Revealed,” The Sci-Fi Channel’s “Mysteries, Magic and Miracles,” The Discovery Channel’s “Forces Beyond,” and most recently on two episodes of The Learning Channel’s “Exploring the Unknown.” His featured segment as a spirit medium on the pilot episode of Showtime’s “Penn & Teller’s Bullshit!” series entitled “Speaking with the Dead” helped secure an Emmy Award nomination for that episode in 2002. He continues to be consulted by the media for his knowledge of spiritualism, psychic fraud and ghost lore.
“Mr. Edward is staking his claim to belong to a very special subcategory of magicians and mediums: those who both perform their crafts and debunk them. From Harry Houdini to James (the Amazing) Randi and the duo of Penn and Teller, there is a long tradition of magicians who believe that it is their duty to inculcate skepticism in the audience.”
- Mark Oppenheimer, New York Times
*Please note: The closing reception for Mark Edward’s art exhibit Soothsayer, will be taking place upstairs at the Fold Gallery from 5-6:30pm.