Grief Vampires, Wikipedia and More

September 21, 2019

6:00 pm
Lucky Lab Pub North, 1700 North Killingsworth, Portland, OR

Susan Gerbic, Skeptical Activist, and Mark Edward, Magician

Susan Gerbic and her partner Mark Edward made the New York Times magazine last February in a report about their investigations into celebrity psychics, who they call “Grief Vampires.” Gerbic has run a number of stings and investigations under names like “Operation Pizza Roll” and “Operation Peach Pit.” Her goal with these stings is to uncover how the psychics ply their trade and then to get this information out beyond the skeptics’ community and into the public and to those who are grieving and being scammed. She will discuss her recent stings, focusing on how to have a real effect on the Medium. For more information about Gerbic’s projects Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW) and psychic investigations see:

Susan Gerbic, affectionately called the Wikipediatrician, is the founder of the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW) project and is a self-proclaimed skeptical junkie. She is a frequent contributor to Skeptical Inquirer magazine and the Skepticality podcast, and is a CSI Fellow. She is the 2012 winner of the "In the Trenches Award," the 2013 James Randi Award for "Skepticism in Public Interest," and the 2017 James Randi Prize. In 2018, Gerbic founded and now manages About Time, a non-profit organization focusing on scientific skepticism and activism. 
Mark Edward is a magician and author of Psychic Blues: Confessions of a Conflicted Medium. Edward "has worked as a 900-number psychic, ghost hunter, and Hollywood Magic Castle medium. He has also worked vigorously to debunk psychic frauds."