Television Review: Crossing Over with John Edward
by Jim Van Nest
Published: December 20, 2000
Having two toddlers, I don't get to watch too much television. And when I do, it must be after bedtime. I've found one of the neatest shows on after dark on Sci-Fi. It airs at 11pm EST and is called Crossing Over with John Edward.
John Edward is a medium. He claims to be able to reunite people with friends or relatives who have "crossed over" into the spirit world. Now, before you hit the "back" button, I know what you're thinking. I thought the same thing too. I don't buy into any of that "fortune telling, palm reading, crystal ball" stuff either. But, what this guy does is nothing short of amazing.
The show starts off with John coming out into a gallery in the round. He gives a brief explanation of what he does and then begins. The only way to explain what happens next is incredible. He will be "led" in a certain direction to an audience member, or to a section of audience. He'll begin asking questions along the lines of "Who has a brother named James?" or "Who knows a person that was murdered?" Within seconds, he'll have the area narrowed down to whom the spirit is directing him.
Once he finds the correct person, the images start flying at him. And this isn't like one of those carnival fortune tellers that notices your wedding ring and tells you that you'll have children. He pulls obscure stuff out of nowhere that no one else could possibly know. Some examples I've seen have been: He asked one woman why he was getting a vision of hiding money under the kitchen table. After the "reading", the woman in question confirmed that her parents were from World War II Poland, and they used to have to hide their money in all sorts of weird places, including under their table. Another one had John asking an audience member about her husband's stinky feet. The woman broke down in both laughter and tears. She later revealed that her late husband had the worst smelling feet she'd ever smelled. Those are just 2 examples of the out-of-this-world kind of stuff he comes up with. Now, there may be a logical explanation for it, but I can't think of what it could be.
Somewhere in the middle of the show, he'll have a one-on-one segment (several times with celebrities), where he sits down face to face (or back to face, with celebrities, so he doesn't know who it is) with a person or group of persons hoping to make contact with a deceased loved one. These are pretty good, but not near as interesting as the gallery readings.
I've been trying to write a review of the show for several weeks now, and I've had a really hard time doing it. It's hard to say what the show is or what it's about. In fact, I'm not altogether pleased with this review. But, I want to get the word out to folks that it's a fascinating show. So, I'm going to make this my last attempt at writing a review.
The best way to put it is check this show out. If you believe in this kind of stuff, and subscribe to the theory of life after death, you *have* to watch this show. If you're a skeptic, then I really want you to watch it. I want to see if by watching him a couple times any other skeptics can be turned like I was. Now, I don't know if there's life after death, or if what John Edward does is real or not. What I do know is that my ideas on the subject have totally wavered after watching this show for the last few weeks.
I want to end this article, the same way he ends his shows. Whether you believe in what he does or not, his final message is something that all of us should heed. Remember to communicate, appreciate and validate the people in your life today, so a medium like John doesn't have to be the one to do it for you later.
For more information on John Edward, check out his Sci-Fi website at http://www.scifi.com/johnedward.
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