That Time I Went to a Psychic TV Show Taping

You might be able to tell that this post is about seeing a taping of TV show featuring a psychic. If you believe in psychics or are open to idea that it could be a possibility, you might find this post entertaining. If you think it’s all a load of phoney baloney then you might be interested in this post instead.

I found out that a local psychic, Laura LaForce, was taping a TV series on a local cable channel and were looking for people to be in the studio audience. I’d never heard of this psychic before, but my friend had. As far as my beliefs are psychics I believe some believe might be psychic, but I don’t believe everyone who claims to be a psychic will be a psychic (at least to the extent they say). I also don’t believe psychics are 100% accurate and if they make a prediction it has to come true. So I’m open minded, but also a bit skeptical. My thought was this experience would be informative and enlightening at best, or at the worst it would just be a half hour or so of free, live entertainment.

I’ve never been to a TV show taping before, so it’s funny that my first experience being in a live studio audience took place in my home city of Edmonton. My friend and I signed a release form, and were taken to the studio, which was a large room partitioned off with curtains. At the front there was a small table with candles on it, then there were three white bar stools in front of that table, and a tall glass table that stood off to the side. The area was much smaller than I expected, and there was probably only 25 people in the audience.

There were four segments for the taping. During the first segment, Laura came out and invited three single people from the audience to come on stage. Now I did not come to this show to be on stage, it never entered my mind. I’m single, but asexual so I had no interest in going on stage for that segment. If I wasn’t interested there was no point in volunteering to go up, particularly if someone else wanted to go up instead.

Now perhaps you are wondering if the readings Laura gave to the three people one stage, which were only about a minute or two for each person, were accurate. Truthfully I have no idea, because I did not know any of the people on stage, but I wasn’t there to disprove or prove of psychics or psychic abilities. I was there for the experience. One lady seemed to agree with Laura’s assessment of her love life, and another lady (when she was told she’d be getting married) seemed pretty surprised.

The next segment Laura had a guest, a palliative care nurse. The guest told a few stories; it was quite interesting to hear about her experience caring for people during their last stages of life. Listening to her talk also made me think about what a hard job being a palliative care nurse would be; it’s not something I could do.

Remember when I said I did not come to the show to be on stage? Well, in the third segment Laura invited six people from the audience to be on camera and ask her a question. Originally I wasn’t going to go up, but at first there was only one person who put up her hand, so I decided to go for it. When else would I get to ask a psychic a question, without having to pay for a reading?

You might be wondering what my question was. Did I ask if I was going to become rich? Did I ask if I would be traveling the world? Did I ask about the purpose of my life? Or did I ask if I’d experience career success in my chosen profession? Nope. Originally I was going to ask about my career, but the lady in front of me asked about her career, so at the last minute I changed my mind and asked a different question.

The Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy

I suppose I could have asked if I would ever go back to Europe, but I don’t need a psychic to tell me the answer to that question (future edit: I have).

Instead I asked a question my friend put in my head – I asked about my spirit guides Laura said that I have a male and female spirit guide. I did not get any names, but I suppose if I were interested in learning more about that I could book a paid session (I did not).

Now I’m willing to play skeptic’s advocate and say that the information about my spirit guides could have been made up. I have no way of disproving or proving that statement, but what she said next hit home. She said that I am intuitive but that I tend to doubt myself. I’ll want to do one thing, then I’ll change my mind and do something else, and then I’ll have to go back and fix my mistakes. That’s pretty much me in a nutshell. Actually that’s pretty much what I did right before I got up to ask my question. I had a question in mind, but then I changed my mind at the last minute and asked a different questions. As I was asking my question, I thought to myself, “this is dumb, I should have asked the original question I wanted to ask.”

I’m sure that I’m not the only person who experiences this back and forth doubt, we all do to a point. For me, the indecision of making up my mind on anything is fairly consistent, and I always doubt whatever choice I have made or haven’t made. I overthink everything. My mind is constantly going back and forth, making pro and con lists for everything I do and don’t do, and want to do. And no I didn’t go up and say “well I wanted to ask you about my career, but instead I’m going to ask you about my spirit guides.” The question (a suggestion from my friend earlier) just kinda popped out.

Perhaps this brief personality assessment was a lucky guess, but then again Laura could have guessed many things about me. She could have guessed I was a social butterfly who loves partying. She could have guessed that I love relationships with lots of excitement and drama. She could have guessed that I know what I want, and go after it without backing down. Any of those points would have been false, at least for me.

She could have also deduced my personality from my behaviour. I may have looked at bit nervous asking my question, but then again I was on camera. It’s not much of a stretch to say many people could be nervous on camera (hence why I’m not doing travel videos on Youtube), or even speaking in front of a crowd. In the end, the actual answer to my initial spirit guide question was interesting, and while I want to believe it part of me is still slightly skeptical (until I can get proof for myself). That accurate, albeit brief personality assessment for me, however, was freakily accurate. Even my friend agreed.

The final segment involved Laura inviting audience members to come up to the front where she would communicate with their loved ones who had passed away. I was a bit worried I’d start crying in the audience at this part. Usually if someone starts talking about a loved one who’s passed on (whether or not it’s for a psychic TV show or not) I’ll start to tear up, but I didn’t. After the final segment, Laura thanked everyone in the audience and those watching at home. She mentioned something about receiving communications from spirits through in our day-to-day lives, through dreams, and through music.

The last point really struck a chord (pun not intended, but it totally works) with me, because I’m quite musically inclined. As much as I love writing I always feel that I get music better than anything else. This probably sounds a bit vague, but I sort of attribute my writing as my logical, left brain side, and I attribute my music as my emotional right brain side. I think the right music comes into our lives at the right time, which might be why I suddenly had this song in my head after I got home.

I tend to be a bit obsessive with music as well. I had this song on repeat for about two hours straight.
After that the audience was brought out of the studio. The show itself was a half hour, but the experience was close to an hour in total. I can’t say my previous statement about psychics were altered, but I did find the experience to be interesting and entertaining.

Things you should know.

This show taping took place at the Shaw Communications building in west Edmonton for Shaw TV. I don’t know if this show is still airing or available online. As the show taping was free to attend I thought it was a fun experience to have. I can’t speak for any paid service that Laura LaForce offers myself, although my friend (who attended this with me) got a reading and enjoyed it.
As I’m from Edmonton this was a fun local experience for my friend and I. If you need to book a hotel in Edmonton or anywhere else you can do so here

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10 Responses to That Time I Went to a Psychic TV Show Taping

  1. Marti Ingram June 12, 2014 at 8:06 PM #

    I went to a psychic a looooong time ago, in college. It was during those tumultuous days when finding love was a big deal and such. I asked about my future mate, and she described a man with fair skin, reddish-brown hair, and blue eyes. I was completely crushing on a guy from my dorms back then, who had reddish brown hair but that was about it. I thought, “Maybe, just maybe she means him.” But nope… three years later, I met a man on Halloween dressed as a doctor (I was dressed up as a nurse), and thirteen years later, we are married with a beautiful. Three guesses as to what he looks like, and the first two don’t count! That’s right, blue eyes, fair skin, reddish-brown hair. Kinda crazy, especially since I’m more of a skeptic than anything!

    • Alouise June 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM #

      Marti, what a crazy psychic story, but I’ll admit I’m more curious about you meeting your husband at a Halloween party. Doctor and nurse – that just sounds like fate 🙂

  2. Marti Ingram June 12, 2014 at 8:07 PM #

    Married with a beautiful BABY… I should proof-read my comments before I hit submit!

    • Alouise June 13, 2014 at 1:56 PM #

      Totally got what you were going for 🙂

  3. Steph June 29, 2014 at 7:45 PM #

    It sounds like that would be an interesting experience regardless of whether you’re a believer or a skeptic. I tend to be a skeptic about most supernatural things, but I haven’t totally ruled out psychic abilities. This is mainly because earlier in my life I experienced those abilities first-hand on a very small scale. I’m still a very intuitive person and I suspect that there may be legit scientific underpinnings to intuition that we don’t understand yet. Yet I still think most people who advertise themselves as psychics are frauds.

    Kudos for being brave and getting up on stage!

    • Alouise July 2, 2014 at 11:45 PM #

      As much as I can say I totally believe in psychics (not all of course) I can completely understand the skeptics point of view too. Intuition is pretty hard to explain on a scientific scale, but I think you’re right in that one day we’ll be able to have a better scientific understanding of exactly what intuition is and how/why it works. Thanks for the comment Steph.

  4. Ally July 7, 2014 at 11:22 PM #

    I’ve always wanted to go to a psychic, not sure I 100% believe in them though, but it would be interesting.

    • Alouise July 8, 2014 at 12:21 AM #

      My experience was great, because it was a free tv show taping I just went in with an open mind and could have fun. Thanks for the comment Ally.

  5. Mary @ Green Global Travel July 15, 2014 at 12:31 PM #

    This sounds like it would be a really unique experience whether you believe or not. Interesting post – thanks for sharing it!

    • Alouise July 24, 2014 at 3:16 PM #

      Yes it was very unique; I think going in with an open mind to enjoy the experience no matter what definitely helped. Thanks for the comment.

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