Nostradamas: Born Michel de Nostredame in 1503, Nostradamas was an apothecary who had hundreds of visions of the future. He recorded his prophecies and catalogued more than 6,000 of them. His collected prophecies, titled Les Prophecies, have rarely been out of print since they were first published in 1555. During his lifetime he endured public scorn and hatred — many people believed his predictions to be the work of the devil — but several famous figures of the day, including Catherine Medici of the powerful Florentine family the Medicis, were supporters.
Helen Duncan: Born in Scotland in 1898, this psychic medium would hold séances in the homes of others or spiritual churches and would conjure the physical manifestation of loved ones. On 2 separate occasions she was able to bring the spirit of a man serving in the Royal Navy.
Those attending the séance did not know the man had passed on. Hours later the news of the ships sinking would be heard. In 1933 she was accused of faking, she was found guilty of fraud and paid a fine of £10. This did not deter her and she continued to hold séances until 1944 when one of the sessions was raided. A police officer tried to grab the ectoplasm emanating from her body, claiming it was nothing but a sheet.
He found he could not hold onto the substance and even though there was no evidence Helen and three others were charged with conspiracy. She was eventually charged with vagrancy, conspiracy, and the witchcraft act of 1735.
Many people took the stand telling of how accurate Helen’s gifts were. She was sentenced to 9 months in jail. Helen was taken ill when the police raided her séance in 1956. She never recovered and died 5 weeks later in Scotland with her family.
Jose’ Arigo: This psychic healer was born in Brazil in 1918 and first found he could heal when he was confronted with the immanent death of a relative, he stood nearby as last rites were being read. Working quickly, Jose’ took a knife from the kitchen and removed a large tumor from the woman.
News of the miracle spread quickly and he soon began seeing and treating many people. He claimed that a German doctor, who had passed over, would take over his body and perform the cures. In 1956 he was arrested for practicing medicine illegally. He is credited with performing surgery using any instrument he had on hand, with great success.
Lucy Hale: This psychic reader lived in Oxfordshire England and attended Spiritual Churches in the area. She worked for over 40 years as a psychic medium, until she was well into her 80′s. Lucy carried on some of her church work until she fell ill and passed away after a short stay in the hospital in 1994.
Daniel Dunglas Home: This physical medium was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in March of 1833. In 1842 he moved with his family to America, and went to stay with his Aunt after losing his mother in 1850. Strange things began happening after the teenager came to live there.
Home was renowned for his ability to psychically move furniture, call up noises and spirits, and levitate. Just 18 when his career as a psychic began, Home’s talents were notable because he could channel spirits through his body (both verbally and in a trance-like state), and also predict the future and reveal secrets from the past. Word of his talents spread across Europe, and he was called to hold séances for both Napoleon III and Queen Sophia of the Netherlands.
Non-explicable noises were heard in the house and furniture moved of it’s own accord. His aunt enlisted the help of ministers to rid him of this curse, instead they informed him he had been given a gift from God to do his work. He began holding séances in the middle of the day to dissuade skeptics. At these séances, knocking noises were heard, the table would vibrate, rise from the floor, or tilt.
Other unusual phenomena such as levitating furniture and people, musical instruments that materialized and played by themselves, and hands that would appear out of nowhere and begin to write on pieces of paper were evident. Home retired from psychic work in 1873, and died of tuberculosis in 1886.
Edgar Cayce: Born in 1877, Cayce was known as “The Sleeping Prophet,” because many of his prophecies would come to him as dreams. He would enter a sleep state and not recall what he’d said or done while in it.
Cayce himself was skeptical of his own abilities, and recommended that seekers only take into account advice that would improve their lives. He also purportedly helped heal the sick (One famous story involves a woman who was charged with having hysteria.
Cayce was able to divine that she actually had a rotting tooth that was causing her pain — and if removed, her symptoms would abate. They did). Cayce also had an interest in astral projection, He founded the Association for Research and Enlightenment, which explores mysticism, spirituality, dream interpretation, philosophy and reincarnation.
John Edward: This American Psychic medium has accumulated quite a following of believers. He is very accurate in his psychic readings with messages from beyond, and detailed descriptions of what he sees. There is no greater example of the power of television to make a psychic famous than the case of John Edward, easily the most well known psychic alive today.
In 1998, Edward was a guest on “Larry King Live” while promoting his first book. The appearance generated such a huge response from viewers that the show’s switchboard was overloaded with phone calls.
From 1999 until 2004, John Edward was the star and producer of the syndicated series “Crossing Over with John Edward.” In each episode, Edward would perform readings for members of the audience in which he would contact deceased family members and friends. The show gave Edward a level of fame that he never could have achieved by traveling around the country doing live readings. Since 2006, he has hosted the show “John Edward Cross Country” which follows the same format as his previous show.
Jeane Dixon: Jeane Dixon was the stage name of Lydia Emma Pinckert, a well-known astrologer and psychic who famously predicted the assassination of John F. Kennedy seven years before it occurred. Dixon’s predictions and prognostications were followed by several notable figures, including Richard Nixon and Nancy Reagan. Her horoscopes were widely published and syndicated in newspapers across the country before her death in 1997.
Allison Dubois: (Jan. 24, 1972) Most of you may know Allison Dubois because of the hit series on NBC, Medium. Allison is played by Patricia Arquette. Allison was born and raised and still lives in Phoenix, Arizona. She has a degree in Political Science, with a minor in History. Her book: Don’t Kiss them Goodbye.” Is about her work as a psychic detective for the police force.
The hit series Medium is based on that book. DuBois refers to herself as a medium and profiler, rather than a psychic, because of the negative connotation she feels is associated with the term psychic. She says that she became aware that she had the ability to communicate with departed souls when she was 6-years old.
She uses her ability to connect deceased loved ones to the living, and also to help law enforcement agencies solve crimes, such as the Texas Rangers and the Glendale, Arizona police department, and that she used these abilities as a jury consultant. These law enforcement agencies have since denied any such cooperation happened. Basically because of the stigma that “psychics” carry from skeptics.
James Van Praagh: (August 23, 1958). Van Praagh is not only a popular American medium, he is also the co-producer for “The Ghost Whisperer” which is based on his life and he’s a best-selling author. On December of 1997, Van Praagh became the first medium to appear on “Larry King Live” to promote his first book Talking To Heaven.
From 2002 to 2003, Van Praagh hosted a syndicated daytime talk show entitled “Beyond With James Van Praagh” which is still seen around the world in syndication. He subsequently partnered with CBS to produce several TV-movies and mini-series based on his life and experiences, including “Living With The Dead” and “The Dead Will Tell.” His book: Talking to Heaven: A medium’s message of life after death, appeared on the New York Times list for several weeks.
Jeane Dixon: Psychic & Astrologer – One of the most famous psychics and astrologers to come from the United States in the 20th century is Jeane Dixon. She ascended to a level of fame in her home country and around the world that few psychics have ever been able to achieve. She was able to reach the masses via her astrology column that was syndicated in many newspapers and a number of predictions that gained a great deal of media attention.
Born Lydia Emma Pinckert in Medford, Wisconsin on January 3, 1904, her parents were immigrants from Germany. She spent the majority of her childhood and formative years in California and Missouri. According to Dixon, a pivotal moment in her life took place when a person she described as a gypsy presented her with a crystal ball and gave her a palm reading. The gypsy told Dixon that she would eventually become a famous psychic and give advice to many people in powerful positions.
Dixon’s psychic abilities began to manifest themselves much later in her life than is typically common for the majority of psychics. In January 1942, at the age of 38, Dixon made the first of her famous predictions. She told actress Carole Lombard that she should not take any plane flights because it would be too dangerous. Unfortunately, Lombard did not heed her warning. She was anxious to travel to Indianapolis to help in a rally that was being held to promote the sale of war bonds. She made it to her destination safely and was due to return to California by train. However, she made a last minute decision to fly home. The plane arrived in Albuquerque for a scheduled refueling stop. Even at this point, Lombard was asked to give up her seat and take a train the remainder of the distance. She chose to stay on the plane and it crashed near Las Vegas due to a storm. All 22 passengers were killed.
While Dixon’s prediction about Carole Lombard proved accurate, it did not become public knowledge on a wide scale until many years later. The prediction that shot Dixon to fame on a national scale occurred in Parade magazine’s May 13, 1956 issue.
She predicted the upcoming presidential election in 1960 would eventually be won by a Democrat who is tall, young, with brown hair and blue eyes. While these predictions clearly describe John F. Kennedy, the part of the prediction that made Dixon a psychic phenomenon was the fact that she predicted that the president would be assassinated or die some other way while he was in office.
Dixon reportedly spoke to some friends on November 22, 1963 and told them that the president would be killed that day. She made an unsuccessful attempt to contact the president before the tragic event unfolded in Dallas, Texas.
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