Are Psychics Genuine or Money-Hungry?

A question that ponders my mind at 2am, Are Psychics Genuine or Money-Hungry? 

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A typical Psychic Reading shop, Source: KQED

A strange question to be wondering about, but let me answer this question, especially in “The Entertainment Capital of the World”: Hollywood, Los Angeles. When it comes to Hollywood, the first thing(s) that comes to my mind are blockbuster movies, rich celebrities, etc. But have you ever linked Hollywood with Psychic Readings?

Undoubtedly in 2018, psychics readings have gotten their “stardom” in the entertainment industry.

Pursuing this career out of genuine kindness to help people or pretending this skill to gain money and fame?

Television seemed like a luxury when I was young, with luxurious things came to a particularly interesting show on TLC called “The Long Island Medium”. This is was the first time I’d ever been exposed to someone who talked to the afterlife. It seemed creepy to 10-year-old me, but I was curious to watch her “magic”. As I watched episodes of Theresa Caputo talking to dead family members of strangers. Present-day me is questioning was Caputo pursuing this career out of genuine kindness to help those heal from unexpected deaths in their families or pretending to be able to talk to the dead just to gain money and fame? This where I introduce and speculate two popular psychics (I personally have watched) to determine a possible answer to my question.

Theresa Caputo

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Theresa Caputo’s show “The Long Island Medium” airs on TLC cable network, Source: Wonderful Readings by Saaqi (Blog)

Caputo known as “the original psychic” was born on 10th June 1966 in Hicksville, New York. She is best known as an American television personality who is a psychic on “The Long Island Medium” tv show.

She describes her “psychic powers” to be speaking to the dead and sensing emotions off others, from a very young age. Since no one else in her family knew about psychic powers, she felt anxious and sensitive when it came to talking about the dead. In an interview with “iHeartRadio”, she described how she always felt her “brain doesn’t work like everyone else’s”. From a young age, she would tell her Mom “I don’t feel right. I don’t feel like I belong. I feel different.” Well, now Caputo is popularly known as a big television psychic star. She has accomplished famous celebrity readings with Jim Parsons (plays Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory), Kelsey Grammer (played Frasier Crane from Frasier) and Chrissy Metz (played Kate Pearson from This is Us).

In 2016, (seen in the video below) Caputo did a reading with Jim Parsons discussing the sudden death of his father. Caputo starts with asking the question “Who’s the father figure that’s departed?” to Parsons and his sister, Julie Pruski. The room turned silent, Pruski answered “Our dad.”

As the interview went on, an assured yet interested Caputo said, “Because he (their father) just took red roses and handed them to Mom.” Pruski smiled and answered “And that was their (our parents) flower. He always gave her (my mom) red roses.” It then cut to a separate scene of Parsons and Pruski talking alone on how their father only gave red roses to their mother, for every marriage anniversary. The interview ended with tears, as Caputo asked “Who died in a car accident?”, both Parsons and Pruski answered, “He did.”

In this interview, the information exhibited by Caputo was remarkable and personal to Parsons and Pruski. If the information was public, Caputo wouldn’t google: “Which type of flowers did Jim Parsons father give to his mother?” Caputo successfully had her seven-year-long and currently running tv show. Definitely, there were times when people were skeptical on whether her “psychic readings” were true or false? But with the success, she had and still has, and the remarkable interview with Jim Parsons. It only proves that Caputo is a genuine psychic who truly wants to help people communicate with their deceased family members.

 

Jim Parsons interview on “The Long Island Medium”, Source: TLC

Tyler Henry

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Tyler Henry’s show “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry” airs on E! television network, Source: finder.com.au

Psychic readings have gradually become more popular from 2016 onwards. This popularity spiked up due to one popular psychic, Tyler Henry. He is an American reality show personality who appears on his own show called the “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry”.

In an interview with an Australian magazine called “Now To Love”, Henry said “When I was 10, I had a premonition of my grandmother’s death. At the time I didn’t understand what was going on.” Henry has had a few more celebrity readings with Khloe Kardashian (famously known from Keeping Up With the Kardashians), Maddie Ziegler (famously known from Dance Moms and working with Sia), Latoya Jackson (Micheal Jackson’s sister), etc. In comparison, to Theresa Caputo who reads for anyone and everyone.

His show revolves only around celebrities readings, while Caputo reads for strangers and celebrities. There have been skeptics who questioned whether his readings are true or false. One reason is because he only reads for celebrities. As celebrities are public figures, the information they share could be in the public. In comparison, to Theresa Caputo who reads for strangers and information shared by strangers is typically private. This means that Henry could easily and deeply research into a particular celebrity and henceforth conduct a “false” reading with prior information about that celebrity.

A reading with late Alan Thicke made Henry popular in the Hollywood scene (seen in the video below) resulted to be crucial in explaining the death of Alan Thicke. He died of a heart attack on December 13th of 2016. The interview conducted several months before Thicke’s death addresses several topics pertaining to heart problems in Thicke’s family. It started with Henry worriedly talking to Thicke, “…I haven’t talked about health but it would help with your family. For the men in your family, it’s really good to take into consideration that blood pressure is going to be something that we are going to keep in mind…” Henry detailedly discussed the heart problems that are explained to him by Thicke’s deceased family member(s). Thicke sat quietly on his chair with a skeptical look. Quickly, Henry scribbled on his notepad, which he explains to Thicke “When it comes to family genes it is possible within your family there might be multiple men who end up at a later age with blood pressure…” As Henry has this involuntary movement to keep touching his heart, he said “…I feel that the (health) problems (in Thicke’s family) go back to the heart…”. Thicke tried to understand Henry’s reading even though he is skeptical. Later on, Henry talked about a deceased family member of Thicke’s who reached out saying “…because there was a man (in Thicke’s family) who was very stubborn who passed away and he acknowledges dying as a result of this heart problem. His message is ‘Don’t be stubborn like I was’.” Thicke nodded his head up and down. Then, he calmly fired back with a message to Henry saying,”No history of heart disease in the family, over the exception of my sister who had a heart issue which resulted in open heart surgery, but delighted that she is fine now…just not a genetic line that we (Thicke’s family) have known.” The interview ended with a skeptical Thicke and a confused Henry.

Since the interview aired on E! Entertainment, many were skeptical towards Henry’s readings especially Susan Gerbic, an American skeptical activist. In an interview with the Skeptical Inquirer in 2017 after Thicke’s death, Gerbic said “…if Henry REALLY thought that Thicke’s heart would give out a couple months later, he should have been stern about it,” Also adding, “…Henry was again playing the odds. The number one cause of death for American males? You guessed it: heart disease. This shows that there is no evidence of communicating with the dead,”. Sadly due to Thicke’s stubbornness, it resulted in his death.

Henry was correct regarding the heart problems that run in Thicke’s family. And so was, Gerbic by saying that the number one cause of death for American males is heart disease, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. In conclusion, Tyler Henry lies somewhere between a genuine psychic who wants to help celebrities and one who could be money-hungry.

 

Alan Thicke interview on “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry”, Source: E! Entertainment

At last, after this long article, you must be wonder what is my stance on whether psychics are genuine or money-hungry?

Honestly, it depends on the type of person the psychic is. In my eyes, it is easy to spot someone who loves what they do and they are doing it genuinely. And, spot someone who accomplishes their readings purely for money and fame. As a reader, you either LOVE psychics, find them completely fake or you are skeptical but secretly believe in them. And if you are someone like me, who is skeptical yet only believes in them when their readings turn up to be true. Of course, in terms of addressing personal and private information of someone that isn’t well known to people or not well known at all.

After all, I believe there is a mix of genuine and money-hungry psychics in Hollywood and in this world. Certainly, we live in a world where there are people who are money-hungry and fame-seekers but there are people who do it out of love too. It depends on whether you choose to believe in psychics or not. From where I sit, Theresa Caputo and Henry Tyler seem like genuine psychics who sincerely want to help people communicate with the afterlife. And if you are still confused on whether to believe in psychics or not, here are some exquisite gifs of late Alan Thicke helping you decide.

Alan Thicke, a believer in psychics (yay)

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Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry interview with Alan Thicke, Source: Mitali Singh

Alan Thicke, a skeptic in psychics (better luck next time)

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Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry interview with Alan Thicke, Source: Mitali Singh

Author: Mitali Singh

Mitali Singh is currently a junior and this is her first time working for The Eye. She has lived all 16 years of her life in Singapore. She spends most of her time debating whether to watch YouTube videos or the next episode of American Horror Story on Netflix. She loves music, drawing very abstract art, as well as watching lots of past vines (rip vine). Also, she loves to write and tell stories, and listen about them too. And journalism seems to be a great outlet to write these stories. So, if you have any interesting stories or even vines you would like to share with her, she can be contacted at singh772234@sas.edu.sg.

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