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Introduction | "R" Reading | Curse of the Pharaoh | End-of-the-World Prophecies

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Appendix I

Transcript of the "R" Reading

See also cold reading and try-ons.

Note: "M" is the medium, and "C" is the client. This is an accurate, complete transcript of an actual thirty-minute professional reading done in 1990 for a very satisfied customer who paid $45 for the service and who believed that the reader had obtained valuable information for him.

M: Does Mark or Michael mean anything to you?

C: Michael more than Mark, yes.

M: Yes. I felt one or the other. Is Michael . . . I feel I want to put him quite close to you.

C: Yes, he's my eldest son.

M: That's it. Because I couldn't decide . . . the reason I questioned was . . . because I wasn't sure if he was a son or a brother, but I knew he should link there. I've got a lady here who sends much love to your son, to your children. You've got three. Is that right?

C: Ah, two.

M: Then why do have two sons. Then why do I want a third? Did you lose one?

C: No.

M: How odd. Because there's a third child. This lady is quite adamant. [laughs] Oh. All right. OK. You see, it's a girl. Two girl . . . two boys and a girl, and the only thing I can assume, perhaps, is that there is a girl who is, has been like a part of the family.

C: There's a dog.

M: Do you have a female dog? [laughs] I won't accept that as a message, because I can hear this lady laughing. This lady feels like your mother. Is your mother in spirit?

C: [interrupts] Yes.

M: And she came in with a great flutter, and a laugh, and she said to me, you're so much better, so that's good, and, ah, life has settled down quite a lot.

C: Yes. Yeah.

M: And she's pleased about that and she's . . . does she . . . Who's Derek? Who's Derek?

C: Derek is a nephew.

M: She's . . . she's saying she's pleased about him, so obviously there's something she's pleased about where Derek is concerned, which is nice . . . and she's also telling me . . . and your job . . . isn't that good? So it's all good. [laughs] Does that make sense?

C: Well, I hope so.

M: [coughs] Well, she's quite excited about it, and then she just said, when you said you hope so, she said, "Go on, you know so." So obviously there's some kind of leg-up. There's some kind of . . . something happening now that's good. And she's very pleased. And supporters don't come much stronger than your mum! [laughs]

C: Right.

M: She's been through it quite a while, she tells me.

C: Yes.

M: And she's never stopped watching over you. What . . . she must have been . . . I must be going back, sort of, something over five years . . .

C: Oh, yes.

M: That's right, because what she told me was that you had hair when she . . .

C: That's . . .

M: When she went. You've . . . you've obviously been out of contact quite a while [laughs] and she's laughing. And John. Now who's John? [pause] John feels like a brother. Now, am I wrong with John? Does Jim make more sense?

C: John? John on Earth, or——

M: [interrupts] Yes.

C: Ummm . . . only in a business sense.

M: Well, that's interesting. Well, I suppose it's not that I've misunderstood, that perhaps, because she was actually talking about your work. So, is John a partner, or somebody that you work with?

C: Sort of. He's not a partner in . . . in the sort of legal sense of the word.

M: No, but you work with him?

C: Yes.

M: Because I wanted to put him a bit like a brother, because which meant that she put him beside you. [pause] Now she's laughing because you wouldn't seem like a brother. [pause, laughs] But on the other hand he's . . . he's been quite supportive.

C: Yes.

M: So that's good. And your mother just said that the one thing you don't lack is friends.

C: No.

M: She's speaking of a very recent passing.

C: Yes.

M: Somebody . . . I mean I'm only going back a couple of months or so, or something like that. Does that make sense?

C: Yes.

M: And I feel that there's . . . come on, now, who's that I'm talking about? [pause] One of those problems that you can walk in . . . I feel I've got a lady. [pause] And the reason I question that is because I felt her talking about a man, so that was my . . . my problem. So is this lady an aunt or . . .

C: [interrupts] Yes.

M: And is her husband still here?

C: No. She was a spinster.

M: She was a spinster, then. A gentleman here, that she would have been very concerned about?

C: [pause] Can't think of anyone, really.

M: Well, then in that case . . . it's . . . ummm . . . if you were close to her . . . and she . . .

C: Yes.

M: And she would be concerned . . . for you . . . because I knew that it was a man she'd left here. So that makes sense to me. And she's just wanted to give you her love. Colin. Who's Colin? [pause] Or Kevin?

C: [long pause] I . . . I can't say I——

M: [interrupts] Come on, aunt, please. Give me somebody a bit clearer. Somebody's name begins with a K . . . Could be Katherine, I suppose. Or Karen. I'm not sure. Ummm. [coughs, laughs] But I would want to put it close.

C: [long pause] No.

M: [laughs] I don't get the feeling yet . . . we'll pass that by, because if it's important it will come back. She's . . . I don't get the feeling of her being a very big lady——

C: [interrupts] No, she wasn't.

M: And as she got older, she got littler, she tells me. A "May." Now, why "May"?

C: The month of May?

M: I'm not sure. She just said, "May," that it's "May." Now, sometimes people who have only just recently gone, they can bring in sort of a very staccato type of message, but May . . . whose birthday is in May?

C: [long pause] I can't think——

M: [interrupts] Actually I think it's more a name. I really do, because I can feel her going, "No." [pause] Unless it's Mary. She could be saying Mary . . .

C: I can take Mary.

M: Mary would make more sense, would it?

C: Yes, yes.

M: Is Mary an aunt? Or——

C: [interrupts] No. She was a cousin. By marriage.

M: Oh, well, fine. That's okay. Is she in spirit?

C: Yes.

M: Then I understand that. But she's been in . . . been gone a lot longer?

C: Ah . . . a couple of years.

M: That's it. Well, a lot longer than your aunt——

C: [interrupts] Oh, yes. Yes.

M: So . . . because she's a bit more able . . . because I thought she said, "It's May," but it's Mary . . . and ummm . . . she's quite a nice lady . . . but I think she was a bit bigger than your aunt——

C: [interrupts] Oh, yes. Yes.

M: [laughs] 'Cause she's a big lady. [laughs] Ummm . . . and your aunt was such a sick lady before she passed. [pause] I feel that when she went, she was just tired.

C: Yes.

M: That's what she tells me. She says, "I was so tired. I didn't want to eat, I didn't want to do anything. I just was tired. I'd had enough." So, I think that whatever they put on her death certificate, it would have really meant that she gave up. She didn't want to live anymore. She'd had enough . . .

C: Yes.

M: I think she might have had a little stroke, because I can feel as if something went . . .

C: Yes, she did.

M: But again, it was just something to . . . to herald the end . . . and Ellen. [pause] Or Eileen.

C: I can accept Ellen, but I can't think why she would be saying Ellen.

M: Well, is Ellen in spirit?

C: Oh, no, no . . . she . . . she's a cousin.

M: She's a cousin.

C: Well, a second cousin.

M: Of yours?

C: Of mine.

M: Well, it's . . . there's a family link . . .

C: Yes . . .

M: One of the problems here is that when somebody is speaking to me they can . . . [pause] Oh, you must know Connie?

C: [laughs] Connie's the dog!

M: Who's the dog?

C: It's a neighbor of ours. They've got the same sort of dog as we have.

M: And you've got a Connie dog! Now I understand! Now I understand! And it's a girl! Oh, yes . . . I understand. [pause] And they're laughing . . . and they're laughing. And, ummm . . . [pause] I think Ellen or Eileen is wrong. I think it might be Lillian. Or Lynne. But there is another name, but I think it's . . . I don't think Ellen is right. I think there's another name. [pause] Could even be Liz. Or Lisa. It's a name like that. But it's . . .

C: I've got a niece named Lisa.

M: You have.

C: And my wife's name is Lesley.

M: Lesley. That's much better. Forgive me, because when I said Ellen, and you said . . . and I went back and I thought, "No." [pause] She's not Lesley Ann, is she?

C: No.

M: Does Ann make any sense? Or N? [pause] If it doesn't, then don't worry. Because the "Luh," Lesley and Lisa, make much more sense to me . . . than Ellen, because it's the L she was trying to give me, you see, and of course I misunderstood her. I just wondered why I picked up the N. And I know there is a lot of love for your wife and family. And Steve. Now, who's Steve?

C: He's the lodger at the moment.

M: He's . . . he's living with you at the moment. [whispers, laughs] He's all right, he's all right. But she just said, "Isn't he untidy?" [laughs, pause] Even worse than the boys.

C: Yes. Yes, I suppose he is.

M: Who's David?

C: That's my brother.

M: That's your brother. . . . Okay, I'm glad she's corrected that one. He's not Lisa's father, is he?

C: Yes.

M: So we've put it together. She's a very sparkling lady, your aunt. She wasn't, before she went. She wants you to know that she is now . . . and it's important, because she was for so long . . . her room, her whole world was reduced to nothing . . .

C: That's right.

M: And now, she can do what she likes and go where she likes and that's wonderful. But it doesn't stop her worrying about you . . . and . . . uh . . . but you've got such a lot of help on your side from all those who've come, and it's funny it's ladies who've come. They're all ladies who have come this morning, which is nice. Because sometimes we need . . . we need a sort of a feminine input when we're, you know . . . because . . . ladies are very comforting . . . and you've got enough ladies there to be comforting. [pause] And there's a wedding. [pause] Is there a wedding coming up?

C: Not to my knowledge.

M: I get a wedding or a birth. I always get confused and . . . uh . . . I tell you why, because your aunt said, "I would have liked to have been there." So perhaps she's talking about something that's happened. "I would have liked to have been there," she said. [pause] Is one of your sons married?

C: No. No.

M: Then that's not where it's at . . .

C: I mean, he's courting, but——

M: [interrupts] Yes. No, no, no . . .

C: He's a bit young . . .

M: Yes. No, that's not it, then. Don't . . . you shouldn't tell me any more than I can't find out. But she said it again, "I would have liked to have been there," so I think it's probably something that's gone and that there was a wedding. I'm sure it's a wedding, because of the flowers, et cetera.

C: I could accept that . . .

M: Could you?

C: I believe so . . .

M: Ah, that makes sense to you. And I think she was . . . a bit upset she wasn't there, but . . .

C: I could accept that.

M: Right. So, and then she just said, "Enough said, enough said," ummm, these are the memories she has, so it does make sense. And "Ron." Now, I don't know if it's "Ron" or "Rob" . . . 'cause I think Ns are getting in the way here . . .

C: I can accept "Rob."

M: Rob. Is Rob a cousin, or . . .

C: (interrupts) He's, ah, an adopted nephew.

M: Fine. (long pause) We search all over the place . . . (pause) Is your dad still here?

C: No.

M: Then you must be very like him. (pause) Because there was a . . . very much a double imprint there, and that's why I thought he was still here . . . but he's been gone a long time . . .

C: Yes.

M: Did you have a second dad?

C: No.

M: So there wasn't . . . by that I don't necessarily mean a step-father, but a man who sort of took your dad's place.

C: Uh . . . well, a grandfather. I can accept that.

M: Well, that's fine. And he became a second father and he certainly is in spirit.

C: Oh yes. Yes.

M: Because I felt very much then, that . . . that two . . . and "Fred." Oh, dear. Who's Fred? Or Frank. Frank?

C: I can accept a Frank, but not really with any great meaning.

M: OK. (pause) Again, if there is a reason, they will show me what the link is, and why it should be there. But I think, I think the Fred is better and I think it's Alfred, because I often I only get the second bit. The thing that I know about this man is that he's in spirit and that he's there with your grand dad and because the links are a little weak sometimes you get somebody come in obliquely, if you like, and say, "I remember him. I want to say hello." (pause) Something about the army. Who was in the army?

C: (pause) Not only my grandfather was. Most of his sons were.

M: Fine. And George. Somebody's called George, too. (pause) Or Joe, but it's "Juh . . . "

C: I can't think of . . . well, that was half his name but whether that was the name that he used or his second name . . .

M: (interrupts) It doesn't . . . OK . . . if it was, it doesn't matter, if it's there . . . and he would have had a link with the army?

C: Possibly. I don't . . . I don't really know.

M: And the Fred, you see, could have been "Florrie" . . . I'm not sure, because it's . . .

C: (interrupts) I don't know anyone named Florrie.

M: It doesn't make sense. OK then, go back to the Fred . . . ummm . . . I don't know, but it's in that area. And your grand dad . . . he's trying very hard at the moment with a bit of effort (long pause) very difficult . . . I think it's the recent passing of your aunt. That often has a sort of . . . uh . . . it sort of makes things . . . it's like somebody hitting the water quite hard and everything bubbling a bit and you don't get the clarity. It keeps breaking off in the middle . . . oh, she just said very sweetly, "I hope I'm not responsible for that." (long pause) Charlie. Charles. Charles. (pause) Does "Shirley" make more sense?

C: Only in the neighborhood.

M: (laughs) She's not Connie's mum, is she? (laughs) OK. I . . . I don't know. I can't . . . I'm not quite sure. (pause) It happens. You suddenly walk into a sort of . . . uh . . . a no man's land and you're not sure what's being said, but, it's about a soldier. And it's a soldier of the first world war, that's where I am. So that would be your grandfather. It wouldn't . . .

C: I would have thought so . . .

M: It wouldn't have been his son who would have fought in the last war, but your grand dad (pause) and I'm . . . I know I'm out in the trenches, so it's somebody who had experience of that. I get that that was your father . . . grandfather, who would have been in the trenches.

C: Yes. He would have been.

M: He's trying to tell me something, and I haven't a clue what it's about. I'm going to have to leave that . . . ummm . . . (whispers, pause) Sid. Sidney. Stanley. (pause) It doesn't make any difference, does it? My feeling is that he is probably talking about the people he remembers . . . and I . . . and the problem is when they've all gone, you haven't anyone you can go to and ask.

C: No. No, that's right.

M: There's probably nobody left now, so you can't . . . so I think you're just gonna have to take my word for it, that he's told me about people he knew . . . but I think one or two or those will make sense to you, he's saying, "yes, of course," so I feel that particularly the Fred or the Alfred . . . the Alf . . . should make some sense, and uh . . . it's going back to probably when you were a little boy, because I think you were a little boy when your dad passed. Is that right?

C: Sixteen.

M: Well, in terms of what we're talking about, that's . . . that's a young boy . . . and ummm (pause) You are like him.

C: You said that last time.

M: Did I?

C: Yes.

M: Well, if you had . . . if you had, or if he had lived, you would have been uh . . . uh . . . uh . . . a carbon copy of him in later life . . . if he . . . you know, in later life . . . 'cause I don't think the resemblance was as strong, although it would have been very obvious when you were young, it would have got stronger. And I think your dad passed very quickly.

C: Yes.

M: I think he had a heart attack, or something of that kind. Or an accident. Does that make sense?

C: An accident.

M: OK. Because when it's sudden, you see a sudden shock passing. Something hit him from behind, that I don't know.

C: That . . . that wouldn't have been to do with his passing.

M: But do you remember him being hit, or what it was about, being hit?

C: Yes, yeah.

M: And did he pass as a result of that?

C: No.

M: Well, that's interesting (long pause) It's funny 'cause I can just see his being hit, because I think it damaged him, whatever hit him . . .

C: (interrupts) I think . . . that it wasn't, ummm, it wasn't like an accident that . . . he got knocked over and then . . .

M: (interrupts) No, no, no, no. You see, I'm . . . all I'm doing is . . . is listening to him. And he's . . . I picture that he's sort of crawling his way through to get through something, and . . . Bill. Somebody called Bill.

C: That's my dad's name. Well, my father was known as Will, my grandfather was known as Bill.

M: Well, that's . . . we've got all the dads here as well. So I suppose the ladies have given way and let the men come through and talk. That's fine. (pause) It's funny, 'cause all that's what's hitting. Something hitting. It's almost up like a pole, but hitting, something . . . What actually hit it?

C: Ummm . . . I don't think you're far from it when . . . when you say, "a pole." He was carrying something. He and another guy were carrying something like a girder or something, and dropped it on his foot, and crushed his foot.

M: Yes. A girder. A pole. Because . . .

C: That's . . . that's . . .

M: That's it! 'Cause I got it . . . hit it . . . that's it. Uh . . . because, you see, he tried to say to me, after that, that it was something that he didn't recover from, in other words he recovered, but if his foot was smashed, he would have covered the . . . he would have carried the scar of that . . .

C: (interrupts) Yes, yes.

M: . . . from the damage done . . .

C: He recovered physically, but not mentally.

M: That's right. And, ah . . . it wouldn't have been all that long, several years or so, after that, that he actually died.

C: It wouldn't have been as long as that.

M: I think more damage was done with that than most people perhaps realized.

C: Possibly, yes.

M: It may have been a clot of blood, or something of that kind that, of course, nobody knew about until the heart attack took place. I'm that's what he's trying to tell me. And, ummm (pause) you've had a little party. (long pause) The lady that passed a couple of months ago . . . she didn't have an "N" in her name, did she?

C: Only in her surname.

M: Because, all the time, every time I'm found somewhere there, I've got "N," "N," and I don't know . . . Does her surname begin with "N"?

C: No, no.

M: What is it?

C: "B." But that's Bennett.

M: Bennett. Well, yes, if I take off the "B," then I've got the "N" sound and maybe that's what she was trying to give me, because I kept saying to you, "Well, where's the "N," and which . . . when I thought it was Ellen, she'd say . . . and then of course, now she said it's "L," which is your wife, but the "N" kept coming and her surname was Bennett.

C: Yes.

M: So, yes, I can understand why, just the dominant sound in Bennett is "N."

C: Yes.

M: Yes. Hmmm . . . hmmm. And uh . . . she's sorry she couldn't get it clearer, that's what she just said . . . but she's getting a lot of help and she's gradually sorting herself out. And I know there's Alice. (pause) That is her. Oh, she's so pleased. She's so pleased she's really . . . (whispers) And I suppose, if I go back to the Ellen, and then say Alice Bennett . . . because I said, "Where's the 'N,' then?" . . . I said, "Is it Lesley Ann?" . . . do you remember?

C: Uh-huh.

M: But now I understand what she was trying to give me, but it was a bit jumbled up. (pause) She's so happy.

C: Good.

M: And so happy to see everybody, and she brings me the beautiful color of violets, that lovely soft color of violets, which is lovely. I mean it's beautifully peaceful, and . . . uh . . . and then she just said, "Don't ever be afraid, don't ever be afraid. There's nothing to be afraid of." And, uh (pause) oh, it's lovely. She just leaned over and put a scarf round your neck and turned your collar up (laughs) which is her way of saying, "I look after you." (laughs)

C: Yeah.

M: It shows she'd have always been concerned if you're warm enough. (laughs) And her . . . her love to Lesley, because she's a nice girl, and ummm (long pause) swimming. Who's been swimming?

C: Nobody, to my knowledge.

M: I thought she was talking about your younger son. (pause) Did you used to do a fair bit of swimming at one time?

C: Not really, no.

M: (long pause) There's too many funny bits coming in now. It's a bit confusing. Somebody having a certificate or a little medal for something.

C: I think he has got a medal for swimming.

M: Hmmm. That's what she's trying to say.

C: Nothing . . . I mean, not for swimming, particularly.

M: (interrupts) No, but he has, just for, for an achievement. For something.

C: Yeah.

M: She didn't . . . it was obviously something that she wanted to remember because for some reason she's not giving me his name . . . and it's obviously not for wanting to try, because sometimes my mind gets in the way, you see, and I keep on wanting to say Alan, and I'm sure that's wrong.

C: That's right.

M: Oh, he is Alan. (laughs) Right. Thank you. I thought . . . too many things were getting crossed. Oh, great. OK. She's laughing now, so she said, "What's she going to say," and I thought she was giving me that just to say, "I don't want him not to be mentioned," so she's done it. From all of those, their love to you and . . . and very good wishes, and again, isn't it good? They're very pleased, and I think that in a business sense, there is something that isn't quite finalized yet. Does that make sense?

C: It's not settled . . .

M: (interrupts) But it's well on its way . . . and it feels good. So keep your head down and it all should happen.

C: Great.

M: Which is smashing. And, ummm, that, I think, is out.

C: That's what I wanted to hear. Thank you.

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