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No (Criss) Angel and Demons

Vegas TV magician claims tarot and divination are not in the cards for him as “Mindfreak” blasts psychics

GUEST COLUMN: DANNY KENNY — In a CNN interview, Criss Sarantakos (a.k.a Angel) told Larry King, “no one has the ability, that I’m aware of, to do anything supernatural, psychic, talk to the dead. And if somebody claims to have supernatural psychic ability, I’m going to bust [him] live and on television.”

Ironically, Criss is Greek, and the word psychic also seems Greek to him (from the Greek psychikos—“of the soul, mental”) as it refers to an alleged ability to perceive information hidden from the normal senses through extrasensory perception, or to people who claim to possess such abilities.

Criss, like most great stage magicians, is a master of misdirection, so let me redirect you for a moment to one very key word in there. . .

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Spiritual Surf: Beatles & Jesus, Madonna, Obama, “Guiding Light”

The Beatles vs. Jesus; Madonna at the MTV Awards; Obama talks healthcare; and the demise of Sunday’s “Guiding  Light”

Rock Band; Beatlemania returns but are they still more popular than Jesus?

“I  never had a Mother, he never had a childhood” Madonna pays tearful farewell to MJ

“Guiding Light,” debuted on the radio on Jan. 25, 1937 ; Time magazine had just described television as “science which shows no serious signs yet of becoming an industry

“Health Care I own it” Preaching to the unconverted, Obama Tells 60 Minutes in White House Interview he will be ultimately responsible for legislation

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Spiritual Surf: Kathy Griffin teases Oprah, Gwyneth Paltrow’s diet, Jeff Sharlet infiltrates C Street

Soul’s Code has suffered occasional blow-back for critiquing Oprah’s mixed messages. We  challenge Oprah from the non-dualist, spiritual “left”; celeb-spoofing comedienne  Kathy Griffin has made a career out of roasting Oprah from the secular “right.”

Expect the biggest round of Oprah jokes in the media, ever, thanks to Griffin’s publicity tour for her upcoming memoir, Official Book Club Selection, (the foreword is addressed to Winfrey, and Griffin has launched a facetious petition to get it on Oprah’s Book Club).

Griffin’s newest Oprah riffs are in this video, where the Life on the D List host has fun with Oprah favorites, The Secret, and Eckhart Tolle (who also happens to be a Soul’s Code favorite).

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Spiritual Surf: Paris Hilton, Eckhart Tolle TV, Star Wars symphony, Lance Armstrong

More than a soft-core brand: Paris Hilton does have a soul — and a kind mind

A documentary which had its first national audience at the end of July on MTV is the ultimate celeb enlightenment-moment: Paris Hilton has been playing us — and a character — all along.

Paris, not France reveals that the woman-famous-for-being-famous is a refreshingly grounded, self-aware, entrepreneur with a sense of irony and inner strength.

It also shines a new light on her pre-prison reading, The Power of Now and the Bible. Contrary to blog-banter at the time, perhaps Paris wasn’t posing and positioning.

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Spiritual Surf: Eckhart Tolle on Michael Jackson, gay marriage and the Book of Common Prayer, and mathematical meditation

According to the spiritual teacher and modern-day mystic, Eckhart Tolle, Michael Jackson was not a successful entertainer so much for his technical virtuosity. Instead, Jackson made a connection with gazillions of people because he was a portal into consciousness and presence. A quote from a rare Tolle lecture, Living a Life of Inner Peace:

You’ll probably laugh but I saw Michael Jackson on TV the other day. Even if you say that he’s strange, he’s weird  — that’s what people say — the moment he goes into the music mode, something takes over. Woosh. Wow. What was that? He actually said that you can’t think, it doesn’t come from thinking. You can learn the externals but not the essence. So the moment he switches into music notes, an energy takes over. It’s beautiful.

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Spiritual Surf: TIME on infidelity; The New Yorker on soul, hell, and nuns

When dinosaur media properties fight for life in an industry depression and macro recession, they invade whose turf?

Love, loss, realization, sex and “sin” are some of the life highs and lows that provoke spiritual exploration in the first place, and are among the core themes to which Soul’s Code is devoted.

We are amused when Old Media tries to juice summer newsstands sales by doing what we do best.

TIME’s attempt: “An increasingly fragile construct depending less and less on notions of sacrifice and obligation than on the ephemera of romance and happiness, as defined by and for its adult principals, the intact, two-parent family remains our cultural ideal, but it exists under constant assault.”

Wow, what (an original) concept.  Think Ann Coulter said it first. In 1860.

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Spiritual Surf: Episcopalians and Catholics on Twitter and Facebook, E-consciousness, Roger Ebert on reincarnation, Julia Roberts in India and Madonna in Poland

Controversial and visionary British bishop, Jonathan Blake (head of the Open Episcopal Church) has denounced the head of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales for portraying Facebook as a suicide risk.

The object of his dissent: Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols believes that social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook increase the risk of teen suicide and un-fulfilling transient relationships.

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Will Michael Jackson’s funeral transcend Diana’s?

Will Michael Jackson’s funeral transcend Diana’s?

7 Reasons why Michael Jackson’s shocking June 25, 2009 death will become a larger event than Princess Diana’s

BY PAUL KAIHLA — Diana, Princess of Wales, had one of the most famous funerals in living memory — and the memory of the ‘Peoples’ Princess’ was celebrated in saturation TV coverage of her public vigils.

But the public outpouring for Michael Jackson has grown much larger and widespread than that for his friend, Diana, even though he was far more controversial than she. Within minutes of the Reagan UCLA Medical Center’s DOA announcement, networks called Jackson’s death “the story of the year.”

Here are 7 reasons why Jackson’s June 25, 2009 death will become a larger event in the global village’s collective consciousness than Diana’s 1997 tragic demise in Paris:

1. Michael Jackson became known when he was 11 years old; Diana, age 20. Jackson touched a much wider swath of humanity for a far longer period of time.

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