Dr. Oz and John Edward: Con Man, Meet Con Man

Dr. Oz and John Edward: Con Man, Meet Con Man May 1, 2015

Frauds of a feather flock together, it seems. Shameless shill Dr. Oz is welcoming grifter and fake “psychic” John Edward on his show and Oz is doing his usual overselling of the whole thing. Just like all those “miracle cures” he peddles, he says talking to the dead has changed his life!

As a rule, the worlds of western medicine and psychic phenomena just don’t mix, but that’s not the case on Tuesday’s installment of The Dr. Oz Show. Oprah discovery Mehmet Oz will welcome famed psychic medium John Edward, who claims to relay messages from the dead, and the two men will discuss how connecting with the afterlife can be therapeutic for those in grief. Edward also conducts readings for several members of Dr. Oz’s studio audience, and offers advice on how to pick up signals your dead loved ones may be sending you — things you can do without the help of a psychic. TV Guide Magazine spoke by phone with Dr. Oz, who had quite a wild time watching Edward do his thing. In fact, the good doc says the experience changed his life!

TV Guide Magazine: The idea of you — one of western medicine’s best known and respected figures — finding healing value in talking to the dead is intriguing. It’s pretty monumental, really. What gives?

Oz: [Laughs] Trust me, I was probably the last person who ever thought we’d have John Edward on our show! But it turned out to be great and not at all what I expected. Let me tell you, it changed my life! It was the most bizarre experience I’ve ever had — and I’ve seen and done a lot!

TV Guide Magazine: What prompted you to book him?

Oz: It’s funny. My wife and I had gone on vacation a while back with several friends — five couples — and I happened to ask how many of them believed in the afterlife. Seven of the people were believers — five women and two men — and I was very intrigued by that. It was much more than I expected. We also found out there’s a Pew poll [from 2008] that says 74 percent of the American public believes there is an afterlife. So, basically, we had John on the show because I’m all about learning. I’ve always liked the guy. He seems authentic, not at all like a charlatan. I’ve learned in my career that there are times when science just hasn’t caught up with things, and I think this may be one of them.

*headdesk* Yeah, he seems authentic. That’s why he uses cold reading techniques that have been used by “psychics” to separate the ignorant from their money for centuries. That’s why his “spirit guides” can never just give him someone’s name, only popular letters so that he can turn any miss into a hit. Because he’s authentic. He’s about as authentic as Dr. Oz. They’re both frauds.

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