Charlie Goldsmith claims he can heal sick people with the touch of his hands and the power of his mind.
By “focusing energy”, the ‘celebrity energy healer’ says he has a dramatic effect on people’s health, allegedly curing conditions from leg pain and arthritis to cold sores and depression.
For 18 years, the 37-year-old said he kept his ‘healing ability’ out of the public eye. However, he went public with his unique abilities in 2015. Goldsmith now is the subject of his own reality TV show The Healer on US cable network TLC and treats celebrities like Miranda Kerr and Lola Berry.
On Tuesday night, Andrew Denton spoke to Goldsmith on Interview. It was an exchange that left viewers deeply unimpressed.
“I was at breakfast and sat down to get my knife and fork and as I went to get them my hands pulled together,” Goldsmith told Denton of how he discovered his gift at age 18.
“I know how to do things that I have no business knowing how to do… 30 years of chronic pain, gone in 60 seconds.”
Watch some of Charlie Goldsmith’s interview with Andrew Denton below. Post continues after video.
While Goldsmith, who is the nephew of Olivia Newtown-John, said his healing powers work 80 per cent of the time and explained his efforts to have his abilities medically tested, the interview became tense when Denton questioned the nature of his testing thus far.
In particular, the veteran journalist referred to a study Goldsmith has agreed to which is being conducted by a University of Arizona professor who believes in ghosts, News.com.au reports.
“By associating yourself with people who are either ill-equipped or highly unlikely to view you critically, doesn’t it bring into question your claim you want to be seriously assessed?” Denton pushed.
“Which from your point of view as someone who wants to be credibly tested, which I think is admirable, I think is problematic … where you are talking and where you are walking, it’s different places — you are talking you want credibility but you’re not walking that space.”
In response, Goldsmith said he was open to being tested by anyone, especially in academic and scientific fields, even if it debunks his claims of being able to heal people with his mind.
“I am putting myself to do this test, like I don’t have a choice what the outcomes are going to be.”
After the episode aired, Goldsmith shared his thoughts on his interview with Denton on Instagram.
“How dare I help people and subject myself to every study I get offered,” he captioned an image from the interview on Instagram.
Much like Denton, many viewers were equally unimpressed with Goldsmith’s claims of healing the sick, calling the healer a ‘charlatan’ and ‘con-artist’.
— Invincible (@AngelWhite2015) May 22, 2018
#AndrewDenton doing what he does best, exposing truths. This bloke, #CharlieGoldsmith is nothing more than a charlatan, a snake oil salesman, and a fake swami. He isn’t the first nor will he be the last for there will always be gullible fools.
— Hello, my name is Grant. (@G_D_Ison_Writer) May 22, 2018
This #andrewdenton interview with the bloke who can “heal” people with his energy is brilliant. What a con-artist.
— Steve Boylan (@StevieBoylan) May 22, 2018
— milknazi (@milknazi) May 22, 2018
He’s one brain cell away from bending spoons. Does his ‘healing’ apply to curing cancer or regrowing limbs? Thought not. I can fly to Jupiter and back in 38 minutes. Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? But there’s as much science in that as there is proof this charlatan can help anyone
— Cam (@camliveshere) May 22, 2018
There were, however, those who supported Goldsmith and believe in his abilities.
— Jackie B (@Busta2810) May 22, 2018
I wonder how many of the cynics have ever dealt with health conditions that western medicine has no answers for? Despite all the double blind controlled trials they still have no answers for so many things. I know this from many years of experience.
— Louise Bibby (@GetUpNGoGuru) May 22, 2018
Disappointing that the interview tonight was so sceptical @charlegoldsmith was humble and showed a lot of integrity #andrewdenton was badgering – appreciate the need for #evidence but some things aren’t always #knowable
— Annette L-Smith (@aloughlinsmith) May 22, 2018
Interview continues next Tuesday night at 8.45pm on Channel 7.
Do you believe in energy healers like Charlie Goldsmith? Did you watch his interview with Andrew Denton, what did you think?