I'm still not interested in doing readings for money, but this lockdown really has shown me that I need to rise up and be a key leading figure in teaching exactly what this movement is about. The mark of a good medium IS NOT how much money they earn from doing it. I'll leave you with that one.
Yeah, bit of a problem here. You all share shit from the Money Mediums, then come to me when shit goes wrong. This FB page is 10 years old. But has the least following. Why is that?
There is a misconception that Money Mediums are Spiritualist, many are not. Spiritualism in itself is more of a philosophy, like Buddhism for example. For Money Mediums the main focus is the monetization of delivering messages or readings. For Spiritualist Mediums the delivering of messages is only one component of a much broader, wider philosophy. Of course, Money Mediums will claim to know this philosophy, it looks good as a marketing tool. The downside of this is that due to their huge marketing presence they will often be approached for matters beyond their knowledge and ability, and rather than signpost to someone who does have the knowledge and ability, they often bluff it. This causes damage on many levels. Firstly, the person who sought help will continue to experience their problems. Secondly, it will damage the reputation of reputable Spiritualist Mediums and the Spiritualist movement. So, yes, I will continue to expose those who make a mockery of my life's work.
You see, we live in a world where we associate wealth with the best of something. The highest paid footballer is likely to be the best footballer. However, what we're dealing with here is more akin to the music industry. Real musicians generally do smaller gigs and perform day jobs, getting their creativity ripped off. While autotuned, Simon Cowell manufactured, heavily marketed, glitz and glamour pop stars make the money. I see this as a direct comparison to Mediumship, almost a mirror image in fact.
Two of my early years mentors were my auntie Olive Tomlinson (who Barry Potter describes as the Mother of all Mediums) and Erich Peuschel (the president of the old Wycombe Spiritualist Church) These were the two greatest Mediums I ever encountered, and that's not just rose coloured glasses, the evidence backs it up. Auntie Olive was famous around European Spiritualist Churches, she was able to perform transfiguration in daylight. No red light making your eyes struggle causing a pareidolia effect, no wanky slow shutter photography. Broad daylight. On Sundays she would typically spend hours getting to and from various Spiritualist Churches. She was well aware of the ego of others and shot them straight down. Erich was a fantastic medium, respected by all. As a kid I was convinced he was a mind reader, he knew everything I was doing and thinking. He would have received much greater accolades, but he dedicated himself to the running of the Church, of course he would visit other local churches as a medium. He was also an incredibly powerful healer, he would have guides join him. You would think there was 3 or 4 people around you, you could physically feel their hands. But it was only Erich, and them from the other side. Erich suffered no fools, shot them straight down, just like Auntie Olive. There are many other stories I could relay. Neither of them made a penny profit from being Mediums. Not a penny.
For years I have talked about the erosion of Mediumship, but, does anyone actually care? The evidence suggests not. People want that TV Medium bullshit, and unfortunately, a lot of Mediums want to be on TV. Has anyone noticed that just about every single TV Medium has been exposed in some way? I can think of only 2 who haven't been. If you want to be a TV Medium, you're aiming low.
A while ago I sat back and thought about the struggle of defending the real values of Spiritualism against the Money Mediums, and dare I even say, the SNU (I can write a whole book about that subject) Mediumship in my eyes had already become like McDonalds, cheap, bland, everywhere. As I stated before, decent reputable Spiritualist Mediums (don't worry there are still plenty out there, I book them) being overlooked in favour of the glitz. I can think of another word, rhymes with glitz.
I began to question if I should even bother, lies travel further than the truth. I asked Auntie Olive and Erich to give me a sign, guidance. I had booked a Medium called Barry Potter, from Leicester, to attend Wycombe Spiritualist Centre, I had never met him before. As soon as he arrived, we began chatting, we shared the same values. During his address he mentioned Auntie Olive, he didn't know of my relation to her. So, thank you Auntie Olive, tick. Around the same time I spoke to someone popped up on facebook, the son of Erich Peuschel, we chatted for several hours. Thank you Erich, tick. I asked for the signs, I got them.
There are many other lessons that I learned from Auntie Olive and Erich during my childhood that I still have not dropped on the wider community, and probably won't for a very long time. I am constantly observing, studying, doing something even if i don't seek facebook gratification for it.
I mentioned in a comment yesterday that I had recently contributed to a documentary that exposed scammers and charlatans. Before getting into that, let's look at a couple of other things. There is no law that states a Medium has to declare what they do as "for entertainment." No law at all. Doesn't exist. What's happened is that someone didn't fully understand an act of law, complained about it, then others copied and pasted that misunderstanding into their lives, as opposed to doing some research. Some history. The Witchcraft Act was repealed in 1951 and replaced by the Fraudulent Mediums Act. This meant you could be a Medium, just not a fraudulent one, those were the days. This in turn was replaced in 2008 by Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading. The same Act of law that protects you from dodgy builders, sellers of inferior quality merchandise etc. This Act doesn't really apply to Spiritualist Mediums in centres or churches, at least not mine anyway. It is understood that any monies given over upon entry to a church or centre is a voluntary contribution to the cost/rent of the building and the travel expenses of the Medium. You're not being sold a commercial product. This changes when a Psychic or Medium is doing a show or 1-1 reading. A product has been sold, the customer is expecting to receive a certain something from the purchase they made. There are several aspects of what this could entail for Psychics and Money Mediums, but I will give a basic example. I tell you that you will meet the love of your life in Rome. You then book a holiday to Rome and nothing happens. You are then entitled in Law to recover all of the money you spent for the trip and whilst on it. Unless of course, I stated "this is for entertainment." Of course, that's very much on the psychic level, but you can see how this will also cover Mediumship, if a Medium offers a particular thing that they can not deliver, it applies. Claiming a service is "for entertainment" protects the Psychic or Money Medium from any legal action. There is no Law that states they have to say it. None.
Back to the documentary. By the beginning of the year I was confident that I had the backing of those I respected in Spirit, I asked, they answered. I went for my trip to New York without too much planned, other than catching up with friends and family. Yes, I usually do Mediumship there, for I am International Psychic Medium (back to that a bit later) I caught up with my friends at the Brooklyn Paranormal Society and was chatting with one of the founders, Andrew Arnett. Andrew is a skilled journalist and paranormal researcher. He told me that he was contributing to a documentary series and that the producer was flying from LA to NYC to interview him on a range of subjects for different episodes. He asked me if I would like to contribute, he would let the producers know I'm in town. I agreed, not thinking too much of it. A couple of days later I'm being asked to give "expert" opinion on a range of subjects, one being focused on scam psychics. There is currently a huge crackdown on scam psychics in various States of the USA. Some of them are making huge fortunes from vulnerable people. I explained how they use certain techniques like cold/hot reading and Barnum Effect statements, and of course, good old Google and Facebook. When this airs it will probably upset a few people. GOOD.
Back to the International thing. If anyone cares to scroll back 10 years you will see me mocking such claims back then. Getting in a car to do mediumship down the road is no different to getting on a plane and doing it down someone else's road. The ability to perform inter-dimensional communication is more amazing than any geographic distance. Besides, nobody out there is better than my Auntie Olive was, and she never laid claim to be international, even though she was. Erich never laid claim to be international, and he was from Germany. Simply put, it is an act of egotistical, self publicising, money making twattery. And the best part of this, I don't care who I piss off when I say that. I do not care if your ego can't cope with criticism, I don't care if you are upset on behalf of your best friend, or your Mum or Dad. I will challenge them publicly, get it tattooed on my arse and shove it in their face. I don't care. Those egomaniacs are not representative of Spiritualism and not people whose work I respect in any way. Some of them even have the cheek to send flyers to my centre asking me to publicise their show/tour. They should count themselves lucky that Olive and Erich aren't around. I have been far too laid back and polite. Until now.
I had initially abandoned blog pages a couple of years ago. But, recently there has been a tremendous amount going on here at Wycombe Paranormal. There have also been a tremendous amount of people talking about what I get up to, so here's the official blog!
I've recently contributed to a few episodes of a TV series called Weird World of the Unexplained. This all came about during a visit to New York. I was catching up with my friends at the Brooklyn Paranormal Society. Stacks of pizza prevented us from talking across the table, but eventually, we managed to eat enough to resume our conversations. My friend, Andrew Arnett, a skilled writer and journalist told me that he was contributing to a documentary series and that he would tell the producers I was in town. Of course, I imagined maybe getting an email when I arrived home for something they might do in the future. We carried on talking about various paranormal oddities, pizza etc etc..
A couple of days later Andrew contacted me again, "They want to talk to you about fraudulent psychics and spontaneous human combustion." Now, I was hoping there had been cases of fraudulent psychics spontaneously combusting, alas not. There is however, a huge crackdown by police in several US states against scammers of a psychic nature. Some have conned tens to hundreds of thousands out of the public. Their methods easily recognisable to the trained eye. So, I was confident I could speak on this issue.
Spontaneous human combustion though? Not heard of any of cases of that for a long time. I had always just assumed that cases were associated with the elderly and less able (which they are) who would fall asleep while smoking. This is known as the wick effect. Certain secretions and oils in some people's skin are flammable, at low temperatures. This explains why in cases of SHC that no furniture or furnishings are touched by flame, yet bodies are found near fully cremated. Surely, this can't still be happening? So few people smoke these days, and those that do will often smoke outside their homes. Maybe it's not smoking that poses a future risk of SHC though. I got to thinking. I myself, and many many people I know will fall asleep charging their phones beside their pillow. Manufacturers of these devices adhere to strict safety policies, meaning chargers, cables and replacement batteries are fairly costly. Cheap chargers, cables and replacement batteries are readily available in shops and online, Trading Standards in the UK regularly raid businesses selling these potentially dangerous items. Could this cause an upsurge of cases of Spontaneous Human Combustion? I mean, it wouldn't be so spontaneous, fire investigators would easily recognise the cause. But the cost to life would be the same. Don't be stingy! Especially if it's your kids' devices.
Interestingly, Andrew spoke at length about the goings on at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. Some people call it "Murder Hotel" due to some of the sinister events there. I knew a little bit about the place, but it was fascinating to sit the other side of the camera and listen to Andrew's research into the subject.
After filming, the producer, Kathryn, took us out to a restaurant. A vegan restaurant. You know what? It was delicious! Kathryn used to live in North London and we got talking about the "most haunted towns" in England. As usual, I scoffed at Pluckley being in the Guinness Book of Records. I mean how do you even quantify what can not be proven? In any case, I told her, just one pub on my Haunted Amersham Ghost Tour beats Pluckley. That was it, another episode of Weird World of the Unexplained was written there and then! About a month later 2 great lads from Dublin flew over to film around Amersham and interview me. I supplied them with my tour script to use as a backbone to the episode. Just one conversation over pizza in Brooklyn has probably done more for tourism in Amersham than many other concerted efforts by the town itself.
Next up for me is as a speaker at Ghost Hunters Convention 2020 in Oxford. I will be tackling legislation relating to investigations in people's private residences. Looks to be a fascinating weekend!
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