The ''Crossing Over'' host John Edward contacts the Great Beyond and answers some stupid questions

By Dan Snierson
Updated June 30, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

Crossing Over With John Edward

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Who says the summer is a dead time for TV? The Sci Fi Channel, for one. On July 10, the creepy cabler debuts Crossing Over With John Edward, a series hosted by the well-known psychic who says he communicates with the deceased. ”I agreed to do the show to teach people about the other side, so they understand this is not hocus-pocus,” says Edward, 30. Let’s see if he had a ghost of a chance against our stupid questions.

Okay, Mr. Big Shot Psychic: What’s my first question?
[Laughing] I have no idea…

What’s my favorite color?
Nice try.

When you see dead people, do you smell them, too?
Actually, you can. It’s called clairalience. It’s one of the ways someone on the other side can let you know that they’re there, whether it be in a floral scent, a specific perfume, or tobacco — something that would remind you of them. But it’s not like they need spiritual Right Guard.

What’s the weirdest place you’ve ever been contacted by the dead?
One time I was in a restaurant with a group of people, and there was a couple having a dinner date. The woman’s husband had passed on and was coming through and letting me know that it was her first date since he had passed. Everyone was like, ”Are you going to tell them?” I said, ”No, he’s not going to get lucky if he thinks the dead husband’s still hanging around!”

Can you, like, kill me with your mind and stuff?
No, but thanks for the offer.

Does the Psychic Friends Network pack more baloney than an Oscar Mayer plant?
Here’s my take on that: I cannot believe that all those gifted and talented psychics are sitting at home at four in the morning, just waiting for the phone to ring.

After watching Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense, were you like, ”Gimme a break! I could blow that kid out of the water!”?
No, I thought he was amazing. As a matter of fact, the scene when he goes, ”You know the prickly things on the back of your neck?” — well, I said out loud, ”That’s them!” and people looked at me. And then he responded, ”That’s them!” My wife looked at me, like, ”Oh, shut up!”

Don’t hold back: How hot is my future wife going to be? Are we talking Gwyneth Paltrow?
I don’t see you getting married. Sorry.

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