What, you mean that crystal ball isn’t crystal?
: Flimflamstar John Edward may be brought up on charges in Australia because — gasp — there’s doubt that he can actually talk to the dead.
Consumer Affairs Victoria is examining a complaint alleging celebrity self-proclaimed psychic John Edward cannot talk to the dead.
Melbourne mind illusionist Mark Mayer claims the star of worldwide TV hit Crossing Over with John Edward “is a specialist at fooling people”.
Mayer made a formal complaint to Consumer Affairs on Friday, claiming Edward’s sell-out show in Melbourne would breach the Trade Practices Act….
He said Edward’s key technique was “cold reading”.
“He asks questions in rapid succession, then when he gets an answer he feeds it back as if he already knew the information,” Mayer said.
He alleged Edward then used probability, suggesting common names or ailments that were likely to strike a chord with the person in the audience, he said.
Mayer said if Edward were genuine he would be able to hear full names, not only the first letter.
“Why can’t the dead articulate? Why are they mumbling?” he said.
Chief Wiggles is home!
: After one helluva year, Chief Wiggles is back home from Iraq.
He changed the world, our Chief. He created a wonderful way for Americans to give a little joy to Iraqi children with gifts of toys. He shared his experiences with the world on his blog and brought it all to a human scale with a human heart. He got attention for his good word in the press and on TV and told his story to an even wider audience.
I know we all are delighted he back and safe and offer our congratulations for a job spectacularly done.
I know we all also want to offer him our prayers as he helps care for his father, who is ill.
Go read the story of his return.
: Chris Pirillo alerts me to a blog devoted to commenting on my mag child, Entertainment Weekly. Well-done.
Support for Iraqi bloggers
: Tom Villars has successfully transferred the first tip-jar contributions to an Iraqi blogger. That is big news. It took incredible fortitude from Tom to figure this out. He is willing and eager to help other Iraqi bloggers. I urge all my friends there to sign up; there are plenty of readers around the world who are eager to help your good work. Details here.
The 16th minute
: After Rex Hammock blogged his visit to the White House, he got tons of media and blog attention and the flowers and flak that come with it. Now he reports on his reaction. Go read his latest posts. He continues to invite us all into his experience and it’s a kick to be there. This was Rex’ goal and he succeeded at it masterfully: “I did feel like (and while some of you will get this, non-bloggers will think it ridiculous) I had an obligation to other bloggers to record as much of my personal point-of-view of the experience as I could. I know we all disagree on where we stand on the issues and how we perceive President Bush, but I felt even his detractors would appreciate a blogger-version of the experience.”