The psychics captured the human imagination in ancient times, and have never let go. Over the centuries, oracles, prophets and seers have not only fascinated us, but have given us a way out where we are free to ask our most pressing questions, face our hidden desires and resolve our deepest fears.
Our generation is no different. What has changed is the platform through which we relate to them. It is no longer the domain of the apartments without elevator and curtains of accounts, psychics of today can be found in the television programs in stellar hours and circuits of talk shows that allow the masses a more accessible, conventional encounter with the mysterious. This new generation of rock star psychic ranging from media celebrities to the susurradores of pets, from characters of comedy of situation with a script to solvers of crimes of the real life, all of them finding unique ways to bring the invisible to the screens of our living room.
A closer look at how psychics have evolved through pop culture could help us better understand how they see their work today, and give us an idea of the nature of our own generation’s most pressing questions, yearnings, and priorities. Below is a summary of some of the most famous psychics of our days, who have changed the psychic landscape and found new ways to help satiate our timeless need for answers.
John Edward and the Psychic Crossover in the Mainstream
Larry King credit as the unlikely catalyst that led to “crossing with John Edward,” the show that put modern psychics on the map, putting them on the screen. Virtually unknown at the time, Edward made an appearance on “Larry King Live” to promote his first book. Their appearance provoked such an enormous reaction from viewers that they overloaded the switchboard with calls. A year later, Edward got his breakthrough television show.
In” crossing with John Edward”, Edward would appear before live audiences and surprise the members of the crowd with details of their deceased loved ones. Combining the excitement of a game show, the emotions of an interview show and a good dose of the strange, “Crossing Over” quickly entered the spirit of pop culture and marked the beginning of a new age of mediumship.
Hits and Misses: Edward’s fame reached such a height that he was invited to appear on shows such as “Ellen” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,”and was even bombed in an episode of“South Park.Though sometimes ridiculed by skeptics, Edward was embraced by the public and found widespread success. Still, there were limits to how much the public would tolerate, and it seemed that Edward reached one when he tried to broadcast a special focusing on the families of the 9/11 victims. Considered opportunistic by the public, the issue was discontinued, although Edward remains a popular name and continues to attract crowds to his workshops and events.
Miss Cleo: The Shaman of Late-Night TV
Both a beloved and controversial figure, Youree Dell Harris, famous known as Miss Cleo, gained his reputation through the network of Psychic Readers, a popular psychic call service in the 1990s. Although Miss Cleo was a telephone psychic, her image and personality usurped her psychic insight by becoming the face of the iconic nocturnal infomercial her unique blend of mystery, humor and unforgettable phrases earned her the worship of a generation, as it is still known as the face of the Psychic-TV renaissance of the 1990s.
Hits and Misses: the public image of Miss Cleo and the claims of pedigree voodoo earned her prestige and criticism. His stature in pop culture earned his roles in commercials, documentaries and a voice as a character in “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” of 2002.But long-standing criticism of its legitimacy reached a critical point in a complaint filed against the Psychic Readers Network by the FTC (she was, however, withdrawn from the lawsuit). Although the spectre of Miss Cleo’s beloved statements “Call Me Now” are somewhat haunted by questions of authenticity, her iconic status, which has continued even after her death, speaks of our overwhelming thirst for all mysterious and inexplicable things.
Allison Dubois: Clairvoyant for the Resolution of the Crime
The Phoenix Police Department will still not recognize whether Allison DuBois and her psychic powers helped bring them to the detention of the men involved in the “base-line Killer”case. But the fact that it is even for the question is a testimony of how far psychics have come in the mainstream world. Of course, DuBois ‘ legitimacy could be enhanced by his fame: DuBois is the inspiration of real life for the prime-time program “Medium”, which featured Patricia Arquette playing it as the lead role.
“Media” focuses on a medium in the Phoenix area called Allison DuBois who attends the District Attorney’s office through visions and dreams. Running for a total of six seasons on NBC and CBS, the show captivated the public by cleverly mixing genres and mixing the supernatural with the familiar. With supernatural elements along with traditional police work, the show reinforced the credibility of mediumship by anchoring it into a family format. Add some family dynamics with a slight twist: DuBois, both in the program and in real life, has 3 daughters who are believed to possess the gift of their mothers, leaving only her husband as a supportive, if not stunned, outsider to the powers of his family, and you can see how “Medium” attracted psychic phenomena even closer to the everyday world.
Hits and Misses: The profile of DuBois soared thanks to the show, but she remains grounded and committed to the promotion of mediumship as a craft to be sober and respectable. She is the author of three books, and although the police do not acknowledge her involvement in official cases, she discusses her proceedings openly with the public. His claims have led to criticism from skeptics, however, especially from the James Randi Educational Foundation. The Foundation challenged DuBois to participate in its One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge, which rewards a great million to anyone who can demonstrate demonstrably paranormal ability.
The Pet Psychic: Dispatches of Doggy Heaven
Psychic Sonya Fitzpatrick is kind of a family name these days. At least in houses inhabited by furry creatures. Fitzpatrick, the self-proclaimed pet psychic whose Animal Planet show of the same name earned him a place in the hearts of animal lovers around the world, says he can communicate with both living and deceased animals.
After his very famous television show, he went on to write books, appear in talk shows, and host his own SiriusXM show. Their services include helping pet owners understand the needs of their animals, communicating with deceased animals, and helping owners overcome their feelings of loss, guilt, or pain for losing a pet. His fame, as well as the multitude of pet psychics that have emerged in his wake, could be a commentary on our evolving relationship with pets and our view of them as legitimate family members. However, their services are not only the province of the sentimental. Fitzpatrick has also worked with horse owners and circus promoters to help them foster a better, and therefore more profitable, relationship with their animals.
Hits and Misses: The love of Fitzpatrick for the animal kingdom, their sensitivity to the energies of animals and their ability to help people build better relationships with their own pets, either of this world or the next, has become the authority of communication with the animals. She has appeared as a guest on” Ellen “and” the Steve Harvey Show”, and features her own SiriusXM show which has won her own rabid follow-up. But it has also classified some of the feathers in the way, especially in the industry of veterinary, which were in disagreement with their claims that veterinary medicine can lead to disease in animals and be a detriment to your physical and spiritual health. However, its popularity and the psychic pet industry it generated, speak of our desire to connect with more of the natural world than ourselves and other humans.