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How Hollywood got Psychics wrong

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How Hollywood got Psychics wrong

Hollywood has shaped the imaginations of children and adults alike across the world. Through its TV and movies, we have been exposed to extraordinary places, cultures and characters that lodge in our minds forever: Don Corleone, Citizen Kane, Forrest Gump, Walter White - to name but a few. 

Psychics have also been given the Hollywood treatment time out of number.  But has Hollywood been fair to us?

How Hollywood traditionally portrayed psychics

In old black and white movies, the psychic was almost always of a certain ethnicity, giving the impression that only these people possessed the gift of insightThey were usually old gypsies, who would deliver terrible news to a person, against a background of strange, eerie music and flickering candlelight. 

This is perhaps the biggest, and most annoying, way that Hollywood got psychics wrong, for so long.

While it is true that there are some cultures that enthusiastically embrace psychic ability - and even celebrate it -  this does not mean that psychic powers are unique to one ethnic group!

Over the almost thirty years I have been working in the field I can, hand on heart, say psychic ability knows no such boundaries, and is equally present in the busy mother in the supermarket or  the high flying business persona as it is in any particular ethnic group.

How Hollywood portrays psychics in the modern world

Thankfully, Hollywood seems to have moved on from the cliched image of the psychic so dominant in the black & white film era. These days, in both film and TV, psychics are normal people who appear to have that little extra something that makes them unique.

Among some of my recent favorite TV portrayals of psychics are Ghost Whisperer  and Medium. In the latter Patricia Arquette plays an ordinary housewife - not a gypsy woman with a crystal ball! Now that is getting closer to the truth. 

That said,  there persists a cartoon image of psychics. Think of Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost. More recently, there was a film that came out and disappeared in the blink of an eye - Solace. In this film, Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell portray warring psychics with nothing less than super powers!

I will emphasize again: psychics are ordinary people with  heightened intuition who can help provide clarity and direction. We are not people with superpowers!  And if you come looking for such powers, you are going to be sorely disappointed. We cannot move objects (a la Carrie), or blow up people with our minds (Scanners & The Fury) or even foresee the end of the world (The Dead Zone).  

The most intriguing and satisfying portrayal of a psychic?

For me, it has to be the 1973 film, Don't Look Now, which is based on a novel by Daphne Du Maurier. If you haven't seen it, then I am not going to spoil the surprises for you here. Suffice to say that it deals with psychic phenomena on a deeply human (and beautifully artistic) level. It is restrained and sensible in its subtle exploration of psychic abilities and completely catches you off guard in its conclusion. Watch it and be wowed.

Now if you want to deal with non-Hollywood psychics....

Outside of the world of Hollywood, you can experience what real psychics are like anytime you speak to one of the psychics here at 7th Sense. We  come from all walks of life, and have unique gifts and insights that we can put at your disposal. 

We may not be able save the world nor can we always offer a happy ending, but we can certainly help you deal with he plot twists and turns of real life.

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