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I’m a sucker for psychic readings. I don’t always believe in them, but I like them, particularly when I’m between things (relationships, jobs, meals).

Their services can be somewhat therapeutic, and in the past I’ve found readings helped me focus better on certain areas of my life or move on from others, whether the spirits played their part or not. But sadly, many of these healers charge more than Harley Street surgeons.

Add that the psychic landscape is riddled with frauds and charlatans and, assuming there is such a thing as the “real deal”, where does one find it on the cheap?

I find my answer at the College of Psychic Studies. Originally known as the London Spiritualist Alliance, the school was founded in 1884, and was presided over by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (after the death of his first wife, and then his son, Doyle became a big believer in life after death).

Today the college employs over two dozen psychics and mediums (simplified: the former tells fortunes, the latter sees dead people), who give private consultations from £50.

There are also cut-price £25 readings from psychics-in-training (the spiritual version of getting a Toni & Guy student cut).

I reasoned that if there’s such a thing as real psychics, this would be the place to find them.

I booked an appointment with Anthony Kesner, a medium who also teaches courses in psychic development.

Kesner’s specialty is communicating with spirits. My mum passed away three years ago, so I was curious to see what he’d come up with.

I also didn’t want to make the rookie mistake of divulging information that he could take credit for ‘divining’, so I sat in silence, and waited for him to speak.

“I’m getting a message from your grandmother on your father’s side,” he blurted after a pause.

The cynic in me thought grasping for a grandmother was a safe bet. I also thought it was odd, as she died before I was born. Why would she want to reach out to me over my own mother? 


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