A reporter examines firsthand the stage shows of psychics Colin Fry and Derek Acorah to see what it’s all about.
What is it, exactly, that he claims to do? He responds very precisely, voice even more hushed, enunciation even more deliberate. “I have a perception of what many people think of as the dead. I have some ability, of varying degrees on different days, where I can sense the feelings and the thoughts and the words and the emotions and the memories of the discarnate. And it’s happened all my life.”
The process is relatively clear to me: it relies on Fry first narrowing down the audience, sometimes simply by gesturing to a part of the room, and then throwing out snippets of information that prompt individuals to identify themselves. The conversations that follow, as far as I’m concerned, neither prove nor disprove the existence of life after death, or the ability of the departed to communicate with those left behind; they’re too general, too punctuated with hesitations and mis-steps, establishing details that fail to chime with anyone.
I think, it is a kind of updated end-of-the-pier show, performed by men and women with impressive theatrical skills and a rather touching connection with their audiences.
Source: The Guardian/The Observer
In the end the reporter admits to having a powerful emotional experience but is not convinced these two have supernatural powers. Many in the audience are blown away and have their beliefs strongly reinforced. Overall, this is an “on the fence” article that touches on many aspects of the psychic stage show experience.