Shamans, psychics, yogis, channelers–almost every culture singles out people with extraordinary gifts. This ambitious book explores the bizarre lives of paranormal celebrities through the ages, from mages and mystics such as Merlin and Rasputin, to controversial contemporaries such as John Edward (Crossing Over) and Gerard Croiset, who was recognized internationally for his ability to find missing objects and persons. As you might imagine, not everyone in this unusual field is genuine; author Chris Wangler also exposes a handful of bona fide paranormal shysters.