A glimpse into the unknown

James Van Praagh, a best-selling au­thor and psych­ic, will ap­pear in the Xanadu Theat­er at the Trump Taj Ma­hal in At­lantic City this Sat­urday. PHOTO COUR­TESY OF SEAN KAPER PHO­TO­GRAPHY

— James Van Praagh says he can bridge the gap between the liv­ing and the dead.


When James Van Praagh was just 2 years old he saw a man with white hair and pier­cing blue eyes stand­ing in the corner of his bed­room near his crib.

“I had no idea who he was, but some­time later, as my grand­moth­er was show­ing me pic­tures in a fam­ily al­bum, I poin­ted to the man, and my grand­moth­er told me that was my grand­fath­er, who had died be­fore I was born. I re­cog­nized him as the man stand­ing near my crib,” said Van Praagh, a best-selling au­thor and world-renowned psych­ic who will ap­pear in the Xanadu Theat­er at the Trump Taj Ma­hal in At­lantic City this Sat­urday.

As the years went by, Van Praagh tried to for­get the many psych­ic ex­per­i­ences he had had. He moved out to Los Angeles to try his hand at be­com­ing a sit­com writer. However, without too much luck, he found him­self work­ing in the base­ment of a tal­ent agency stap­ling pa­pers to­geth­er but feel­ing he was there for some more im­port­ant reas­on.

“One day, my su­per­visor asked if I wanted to go with her to see a me­di­um, someone who talks to the dead,” Van Praagh re­membered. “I didn’t be­lieve in that stuff, but I thought I’d go with her any­way. At that point in my life, I guess you could call me a skep­tic.”

But the me­di­um Van Praagh went to see that day was a man named Bri­an Hurst, who pre­dicted that soon Van Praagh would be­come a me­di­um him­self. Van Praagh re­mained skep­tic­al — un­til about two years later when he was talk­ing with a girl on the phone and got a very strong sen­sa­tion.

“I re­mem­ber telling her there’s a lady here,” he re­called. “She’s like a grand­moth­er. She’s from Idaho, a place her grand­moth­er had lived. Oth­er de­tails came through, too. The grand­moth­er talked about a rose pet­al foot­stool, which the girl con­firmed her grand­moth­er had made. And that was the first com­mu­nic­a­tion, the first ex­ample of evid­en­tial proof I had that what Bri­an had told me was com­ing true. At the time, I was twenty-four years old.”

And Van Praagh’s abil­it­ies have only grown from there, lead­ing to his ap­pear­ance on mul­tiple TV shows and au­thor­ing sev­er­al top-selling books. A dis­tin­guished TV crit­ic once called him “spec­tac­u­lar.”

And if you’ve ever re­ceived a read­ing from him, as I have, you would have to agree.

Today Van Praagh, 54, de­scribes him­self as a sur­viv­al evid­ence me­di­um, mean­ing that he is able to bridge the gap between two planes of ex­ist­ence, that of the liv­ing and that of the dead, by provid­ing evid­en­tial proof of life after death via de­tailed mes­sages.

“It’s all done men­tally,” he ex­plained. “When the spir­its come in, they have to slow down their men­tal thoughts to the earth vi­bra­tion, the earth mind­set if you will. Many of them send feel­ings, which come through eas­ily, as well as little tid­bits of in­form­a­tion. For ex­ample, they’ll come through with names, or what the per­son was do­ing — simple things so the per­son knows it’s them. They can only send simple thoughts be­cause it’s so hard for them to send com­plex thoughts.”

Van Praagh said he also helps people re­cog­nize their own abil­ity.

“Most people do not think they’re psych­ic. They think they don’t have in­tu­ition,” he said. “But every single per­son is born with in­tu­ition — it’s just a mat­ter of de­gree. Some people have a stronger sense of in­tu­ition than oth­ers, but we can all de­vel­op it.

“And so,” he con­cluded, “I teach people how to use what they have, how they can take the re­spons­ib­il­ity to start de­vel­op­ing their own sens­it­iv­ity. I think it’s im­port­ant to get in touch with our in­ner selves, our in­ner world, to learn to go in­side. It’s just a mat­ter of open­ing up, start­ing to trust and listen­ing to that in­ner world.” ••

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