You might be able to tell that this post is about seeing a taping of psychic TV show. If you believe in psychics or are open to idea that it could be a possibility, you might find this post entertaining/informative. 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. 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, and I particularly had no interest in going on stage for that segment. I figured 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.
Ok, so 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.
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.
Have you gone to a psychic before?