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What Are Psychic Medium Demonstrations And What Purpose Do They Serve?

What Are Psychic Medium Demonstrations And What Purpose Do They Serve?

What Are Psychic Medium Demonstrations And What Purpose Do They Serve?

by Bob Olson

A demonstration of mediumship (or medium demonstration) is an event where a psychic medium stands in front of a group of people, usually onstage, to randomly perform short (3- to 10-minute) readings for a few of the audience members. Medium demonstrations are similar to radio shows where psychic mediums take callers, but this is a live public event where people can witness the spirit communication in person.

The best psychic mediums I’ve personally seen demonstrate onstage are John Edward (author of One Last Time) and James Van Praagh (author of Talking to Heaven). I think they are equally gifted, although their personalities are quite different and one might resonate with you more than the others. If you get a chance to see either of these psychic mediums live, I encourage you to go.

The purpose of a public demonstration of mediumship is not to give everyone in the audience a reading. That is what many attendees hope for when attending a psychic medium demonstration, but this is not a forum for discounted private readings. The purpose of a public medium demonstration is to open people’s minds to the possibilities—the possibility that an afterlife exists and spirit communication is achievable.

Personally, I believe that psychic medium demonstrations are a stepping-stone toward the private reading, sort of like a sample that allows you to see if you want to make the full investment in the real thing. If you are skeptical, demonstrations allow you to witness other people getting readings. You might even get a short reading yourself. With any luck, the psychic medium demonstration will provide you with the evidence required for you to think to yourself, "This might actually be real. I think I’ll give a one-hour private reading a try."

Psychic medium demonstrations can also help people overcome their fear of spirit communication. By watching other people receive messages from the other side, fearful audience members might recognize that their fears are based on a lack of knowledge—fear of the unknown. Once these fears have been overcome, some people will be ready for a private reading with a psychic medium.

For some, psychic medium demonstrations are simply a form of entertainment, something to do on a Friday night. Yet these people are the minority. The majority of attendees go to a psychic medium demonstration with a purpose. Some eagerly want to communicate with someone they have lost. Some are seeking evidence of an afterlife to know that their deceased loved ones live on. Still, others want evidence to know that they, personally, will live on when they reach the end of this lifetime. And finally, some seek insight regarding life after death that will help them move forward in their bereavement process.

Whatever your reason for attending a psychic medium demonstration, I highly recommend it. It is one of the most rewarding, educational, and thought-provoking experiences you can have on a Friday or Saturday night. Even if you leave the psychic medium demonstration with remaining skepticism, you will be one step closer to that understanding that I like to call a “knowing.” First, we are “skeptics.” Then we become “believers.” And in the end, if we have witnessed enough evidence to overcome a lifetime of limiting beliefs and learned skepticism, we become “knowers”—we know that spirit communication is real and that we survive death.

Bob Olson is the founder of Best Psychic Directory, host of Afterlife TV & author of Answers About The Afterlife.


A former skeptic & private investigator, and the author of ANSWERS ABOUT THE AFTERLIFE: A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR'S 15-YEAR RESEARCH UNLOCKS THE MYSTERIES OF LIFE AFTER DEATH, Bob Olson has been an Afterlife Investigator & Psychic Medium Researcher since 1999. In his search for evidence of life after death, Bob has tested hundreds of psychics, mediums & other afterlife-related practitioners. Bob is the host of AFTERLIFE TV, founder of BEST PSYCHIC DIRECTORY and BEST PSYCHIC MEDIUMS, and offers his PSYCHIC MEDIUM WORKSHOP to help psychics and mediums improve their abilities and business. Visit Bob on AFTERLIFE TV's FACEBOOK page & on TWITTER.