Walk into any bookstore or turn on the television, and you'll encounter a plethora of information about mediums. While there are many spiritual mediums, a few stand out among others for their notoriety or accuracy.
Tyler Henry is currently one of the most sought-after mediums in the world. He's the host of the show Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry. Through his show, he focuses on communicating with those on "the other side," and bringing closure and comfort to those left behind.
His area of focus for his gifts is helping people find their way through the grief process, both by validating their feelings and by communicating with the spirits of those they've lost.
Medium Chip Coffey has appeared on several paranormal shows, including Paranormal State (2007-2011). He also produced Psychic Kids (2008-2010) featuring and mentoring psychic children. He gives private readings, is featured at paranormal conferences and participates in weekend ghost hunts.
James Van Praagh
James Van Praagh's (JVP) life story was featured in a TV movie, Talking with the Dead. His medium and psychic experiences were the basis for the popular TV show, Ghost Whisperer. James uses his abilities as a psychic medium to help people heal from the deaths of loved ones.
He created The James Van Praagh School of Mystical Arts and offers numerous online courses as well as psychic and mediumship certification programs for those wishing to develop their psychic and medium abilities.
Lisa Williams inherited her psychic and medium abilities from her grandmother. Her career as a medium took her from the UK to America where she had her own TV show, Lisa Williams Live. She also appeared on two other American hit TV shows, Life Among the Dead and Voices from the Other Side.
Today, she gives live events, is featured at paranormal conferences, offers private readings, and has her very own psychic school where she trains other mediums and psychics through online and live mentoring weekends.
John Edward appears on his national television show Cross Country every week, bringing messages of hope, love, and forgiveness to his audience. His compassionate approach to his work endears him to many. He is perhaps one of the most famous modern mediums due to his television show, personal appearances, and private readings.
Psychic medium Michelle Whitedove won the title of America's #1 Psychic from Lifetime TV when she won the competition of "America's Psychic Challenge." The psychic medium contestants were tested and filmed under what's been called the strictest FCC Guidelines. She claims her readings have a 98% accuracy rate.
Michelle was showcased on No One Dies in Lily Dale. She's appeared on countless shows to discuss communicating with the dead. A spiritual medium to celebrities, she was invited onto Bravo's show Millionaire Matchmaker where she gave host Patti Stanger a psychic medium reading.
Spiritual medium Theresa Caputo hosts a TLC channel live TV show called The Long Island Medium. She states on her website that she tours America hosting her live show, "Theresa Caputo Live The Experience."
The late Sylvia Browne was a regular on The Montel Williams Show and Louise Hay's Hay House Radio programs. She doled out advice from her spirit guides and her personal spiritual mediumship abilities.
She incorrectly told a few parents of missing children that their children were dead when the kids were later discovered alive. The most famous incident was Amanda Berry's mother. Nine years after the reading (2013) Amanda Berry escaped her kidnapper. Unfortunately, Amanda's mother died a year after Sylvia's reading, believing her daughter was dead.
Jane Roberts (1929-1984) channeled an entity named Seth. Her writings, also called the Seth Materials, are considered some of the most important modern paranormal writings and are attributed to ushering in the New Age.
In addition to channeling the entity known as Seth, Roberts claimed to channel William James (psychologist/philosopher), the painter Cezanne, and other famous personalities. She wrote books from her own perspective as well as the material she channeled from Seth.
As a spiritual medium, Roberts experimented with a Ouija board for communicating with Seth advanced to automatic writing and eventually allowed Seth to speak directly through her. Seth communicated through Jane for over twenty years.
The Fox Sisters
The modern fascination with mediums may have started with the Fox sisters, Kate, Leah, and Margaret, who lived in upstate New York in the mid- to late 1800s. The sisters became famous for the poltergeist-like raps and knocks that followed them wherever they went. They began to conduct séances with claims of contacting and communicating with an unseen world.
Many years later, Margaret Fox admitted she and her sisters had faked the raps and knocks. She later took back her confessions, but famous debunkers like Harry Houdini remained convinced the Fox sisters were fakes.
Professional Spiritual Mediums
Since ancient times, psychic mediums have used their talents to contact the other side. In African traditions, mediums frequently perform rituals to contact the dead and communicate with deceased family members. Western people may be more familiar with the spiritualist traditions dating back to Victorian times that became the forerunner of our modern fascination with spiritual mediums.