Guilty by Association.
But as woo would have it, he seems to have been popping up all over the place of late- even to the degree of having his very own an anti cult protest(!).
Anti cult eh? This of course sparked the eyebrow of cynical raising, the Fatcat sonar if you will.
It appears the dude or Guru Tony if you will, has been hosting extremely expensive seminars in exotic locations where clients can go along and work out how to unlock the secrets of their minds. For a not inconsiderable fee el Tone will 'splain to you why and how you need his guidance to make the most of your life. Once your inner something has been released or 'splained to you, you can then return home and use his teachings to guide you through the pitfalls of life the rest of us mere mortal must navigate Tonyless.
Quoth model mum and stylist and somebody I'd actually never heard of Lisa Fitzpatrick.
""I think it's a case of whatever works for you. Some people go to fortune tellers and if that works for them, I'm all for it.
"If someone wants to read into angels then let them on and if someone else gets help from Tony Quinn's seminars then it can only be doing good for them.
"I would never put down anything whether it's Reiki, massages, acupuncture or Tony Quinn's methods," she added.
And given that Lisa is about to launch her own Style and Body academy, she's all about building confidence from an early age."
Quite. Angels. Reiki. Fortune tellers. Oh my.
You can read the rest of Lisa's path to spiritual enlightenment here.
(I particularly liked how model mum Lisa can now talk freely to those pesky college educated weirdos, thank to Tony's motivational stewardship. Nothing says self help success more than being able to tolerate college folk.)
Anyhoo, never one to pass up a story, the venerable Sunday world did a look see on El Tone's unlocking ways. The story with photos can be read here.
You can read it yourself, it's quite entertaining.
Now it's hard to know what to say about this kind of thing. I'm am always reminded of Gamma's line about fools and their money whenever I run across the woo laden. And yes, my personal view is we're dealing with a sophisticated form of woo here. Energies? Auras? Hypnotism? Expensive retreats? But there again if people are willing and indeed eager to part with their hard earned cash and get a tan in the process, who am I to get sneery with it?
I remain HIGHLY sceptical though, normally when it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck it's a god damned duck. And you can find ducks on any old pond, not just expensive sandy sun kissed lakes.
I will slot this one under 'Questionable Duck hunting.'
Labels: Questionable Duck Hunting.