Peter Popoff

German-american Televangelist
Born Jul 2, 1946

Peter Popoff is a German American televangelist, conman and self-proclaimed prophet and faith healer. He conducts revival meetings and has a national television program. He initially rose to prominence in the 1980s. He went bankrupt in 1987 after skeptics James Randi and Alexander (Alec) Jason exposed his method of receiving information about revival attendees from his wife via an in-ear receiver. According to Fred M.… Read More

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1946 Birth Popoff was born in occupied Berlin (West Berlin) on July 2, 1946, to George and Gerda Popoff. … Read More


1970 24 Years Old Popoff married his wife Elizabeth in 1970 and the couple settled in Upland, California. … Read More


1985 39 Years Old In 1985 Popoff began soliciting donations for a program to provide bibles to citizens of the Soviet Union by attaching them to helium-filled balloons and floating them into the country. … Read More


1986 40 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1986, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry charged that Popoff was using electronic transmissions to receive his information; Popoff denied it, insisting that the messages were divinely revealed. … Read More
1987 41 Years Old …  His ministry's viewer ratings and donations declined significantly after the Carson airing, and in September 1987 he declared bankruptcy, listing more than 790 unpaid creditors. … Read More


1998 52 Years Old In 1998, The Washington Post reported that Popoff was making a comeback, seeking to jump-start his ministry by repackaging himself for an African-American audience, buying time on the Black Entertainment Television network. … Read More


2007 61 Years Old 1 More Event
A February 2007 Inside Edition segment reported that Popoff's new infomercials depict him "healing the sick" in a manner identical to his methods prior to James Randi's exposé. … Read More
2008 62 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 2008, a Nanaimo, British Columbia resident was reimbursed by Popoff after she went public with her concerns over his fundraising tactics. … Read More
2009 63 Years Old In 2009, Popoff began running advertisements in UK periodicals offering a free cross containing "blessed water" and "holy sand". … Read More
2012 66 Years Old Popoff was also the inspiration for a character in the 2012 thriller film Red Lights, a psychic who uses information fed to him via a hidden earpiece to persuade the audience at his shows that he is receiving personal details psychically. … Read More
2015 69 Years Old In September 2015, Michael Marshall of the Good Thinking Society documented Popoff's latest promises of "fabulous extreme fortune" and "miracles" in exchange for donations to his organization. … Read More
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