Matt Fraser bills himself a psychic medium with the ability to contact the dead. He has appeared before sold out crowds, written a book on the hereafter, teaches courses and even led sea cruises for believers.
And for those wishing for the chance to hear from long-dead Aunt Edna or Uncle Charlie, Fraser will be at the Bellagio Ballroom at MGM Springfield on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Admission is $52.
“I’ll be doing a two-hour audience reading that will connect people up with their departed loved ones. I don’t like being on stage and prefer literally running up and down the rows of chairs and calling on individuals to stand up,” Fraser said.
Asked if he ever gets a strange request from someone who may want to connect with John Lennon or George Washington, Franz said he “often does.”
“But you have to know that person, you must have had a connection with them in the past,” he added.
While someone may not be able to “see dead people,” Fraser offers an on-line course called “Signs from Heaven” to help them recognize and stay connected with their loved ones.
“I feel everyone has a way to connect with loved ones who have passed to the other side. We all get signs from them and it is up to us whether we acknowledge them or not. For example, one woman told me she kept hearing the song her dad used to sing to her. It was playing in the car, on the radio and in stores she went into. That was a sign. Connecting with the other side is like learning another language….opening your senses to hear and connect,” Fraser said.
The medium also offers live phone or video readings for those who may not be able to see him in person.
“People think that they have to be with me in person to get a reading. That is a misconception. If you are a psychic, a medium, you can read and connect them without having to be with the person,” Fraser said.
There is currently a two-year waiting list for these readings, which come with a disclaimer on his website that reads in part: “Your live psychic medium phone or video reading is subject to your own personal interpretation and the guidance given is intended to be for entertainment purposes only.”
And, Fraser has a message to naysayers.
“I love skeptics who come in and don’t believe in what I can do. And I don’t care, if there is a message for them, I will deliver it. It’s healthy to be skeptical, I understand that. Then you have your non-believers who no matter what you say won’t believe. It’s like going to the doctors and hearing the doctor tell you that you must change your lifestyle, and they say to themselves, ‘I don’t believe him.’ I like a challenge. And if I’m doing a reading on television, radio or in person, I love it if I can show one person who doesn’t believe in heaven….the other side…by giving them a message from someone who has passed that opens up their eyes and profoundly changes their belief,” he said.
The former EMT, who once offered psychic readings out of an East Providence beauty salon, has become a wildly successful medium with bookings across the country, on cruise ships and even internationally, where he offers audiences a connection with lost loved ones.
He was quiet about it until I asked, then Cranston native and internationally recognized medium Matt Fraser mentioned a voice that had been chanting, “I’m the dad, I’m the dad” in his ear the entire time we’d been talking.
“Has your father passed?” he asked gently. “He wants you to know he’s here.”
I offered just a one-word affirmation, and Fraser continued.
“What’s with the fluid? There’s something about fluid, although he’s a tough-as-nails guy!”
My father was a brusque Cranston firefighter who died of lung cancer, and the copious amounts of fluid it produced in his lungs, more than a decade ago.
“He wants you to know he can breathe on the other side. And the pain in his legs is gone, too. He’s just as he was before he got sick,” Fraser continued.
With a few other tidbits — “He knew everyone in this world, didn’t he?” and “He’s back with his old partner, Bob,” referring to my father’s construction buddy — the 27-year-old Fraser affirmed the skills that have made him a popular medium with a calendar bursting with bookings across the country, on cruise ships and even internationally.
“We’re switching to theaters now because we’re too big for hotels,” Fraser said in an interview before stepping on stage in Stamford, Connecticut. “We just can’t keep up with the people, and we hate to turn them away.”
As the venues get bigger, though, his style doesn’t change. He runs into the audience, sidles up beside people and begins chatting. It’s a long way from the readings he started conducting for $5 or $10 in the back of Salon on Turner, an East Providence beauty shop.
“I’m the first one to say what I do is crazy,” Fraser exclaimed, his voice animated. “I don’t even know how I do it. I hear things, see things but I can’t explain it.”
Shadows and silhouettes appear in his mind’s eye, and when he starts talking to the living person the messages are intended for, he’ll often hear names, dates and places and see visions of their memories.
“I feel a sensation in my body, too — maybe my chest will feel heavy or I’ll get a tingling sensation in my head related to what the deceased loved one felt,” he said. “It’s validating.”
Fraser was working as an emergency medical technician in the Boston area with no money to put gas in his car, but he would use the gift inherited from his mother and grandmother to help people process the loss of their loved ones. As word got out and Fox News and CBS radio asked for interviews, his popularity skyrocketed.
“People trusted me to connect with their loved ones,” he said. “I just love this work. People walk in sad and scared, but they leave feeling loved. Even if they don’t get the connection they hoped for, they know their loved ones are with them.”
While there are other mediums on television and doing in-person shows, Fraser said his approach is different, and he “reads more people in events than any other mainstream medium.”
“I think the proof is in the pudding,” he began. “It’s message after message after message for me. I love the energy in the room. One woman lost her son and was sad, but then her grandmother came through and we were laughing together.”
He acknowledges skeptics, but notes that the energy of departed loved ones is strong.
“Our loved ones want us to think of them,” Fraser said. “Heaven is like looking at old photographs. When people start to realize that, they’re not afraid of it.”
His job, in a sense, is to guide the living to open the door to communication with the departed.
“Your loved ones don’t follow me home like a conga line!” he laughed. “When you leave, your loved ones will continue to try to contact you. People become more aware. They’re always trying to reach us. We just have to be receptive.”
That’s not to say the messages always come when the living request them, he said.
“They want to reach us at our best, so they’ll often wait. Luckily, the other side knows when the time is right and how we’ll react.”
Fraser remembered being in Capriccio’s for dinner when he suddenly saw a young man who died in a motorcycle accident and felt an urgent need to deliver a comforting message from him to a woman dining nearby.
“He’d never said goodbye,” he said of the man.
The most common queries from the living are if their deceased loved ones are okay and can see what goes on here. Those who lost someone to suicide wonder if they’re in heaven.
“It breaks my heart that people still think this way,” Fraser said of the religious belief that those who commit suicide are not allowed into heaven.
With homes in Cranston and West Palm Beach, Florida, Fraser spends much of his time on the road, and he invites people to experience a show.
“There’s no way you can remain a skeptic when you see a show. To have someone receive a message, it’s just great,” he said. “I feel like my job is about showing them there is another side.”
As for my impromptu reading, he left me with the assurance that when I look at old photos, my father will be with me. The very next day, a package arrived from my stepmother containing my father’s old Navy yearbook and an album of photos from my childhood. I pored over both, with my dad, for hours.
PHOENIX,AZ: He sees dead people, and talks to them too. And the souls from the other side that showed up at Matt Fraser’s group reading June 2 at the DoubleTree Suites hotel in Phoenix had plenty to say, and Fraser was happy to pass their messages along to attending loved ones.
Fraser has a boisterous personality and during the introduction before the reading began he proved also to be quite funny. Peppering his speech with mild profanity, Fraser quickly charmed the crowd of about 220 people, coming off as the approachable guy-next-door type, who just so happens to also have an uncommon ability.
Fraser explained that he’s had the ability since he was a kid, and he tried to push it away in his youth only to have it become stronger. Ironically, it was a visit to a medium that finally convinced him to embrace his special talent.
Fraser’s audience was assembled in short rows of eight or so chairs, and when he approached someone to give them a reading, he would have the whole row stand up. Around 10 persons, sometimes including their mates or siblings adjacent to them, were given readings. As Fraser said a couple of times, referring to the information he was imparting, “Hey, you can’t Google this stuff.” And indeed he amazed with the messages that came from the other side. One person’s departed loved one appeared to Matt holding a rifle; it turns out he was an avid hunter in this life.
Amusingly, a spirit who hated cats on this side said she has a cat on the other, and loves it! Fraser pointed out that animals go to the other side as well, and he received a message from one departed gentleman who has been reunited with his beloved mynah bird in the afterlife.
There were a few admonitions too; one fellow was busted from the other side for not quitting smoking yet. But mostly souls wanted to comfort their living loved ones, letting them know that they were okay and even thriving, and there were specific details, like the guy who lost his hair during cancer treatment letting his loved one know that he has a full head of hair on the other side.
In one instance Fraser asked a woman what she has to do with butterflies, to which she responded that she has a butterfly tattoo in a private, not visible place. Fraser also explained, and this is especially relevant in the heavily Hispanic Phoenix area, that when a spirit doesn’t speak English, they show him a series of pictures that gets their point across.
It doesn’t seem like there were any skeptics in the crowd, and if there were, they most likely left convinced that Fraser is the real deal. More importantly than that, everyone should have left the event comfortable in the knowledge that life does not end at physical death and that loved ones and friends on the other side are looking out for the living. Fraser is very generous in using his ability to give that comfort to the world.
After the reading Fraser signed copies of his book “The Secrets to Unlocking Your Psychic Ability.” Fraser has a string of dates scheduled for throughout the summer and into autumn; for ticket information go here.
Does one become a twinkling star in the sky after death? If not a star, what does one become after death? At some point in our lives, most of have wondered about what happens after death : is there an afterlife or is there nothingness? Death anxiety, according to Wikipedia, is anxiety caused by thoughts of death. “Also referred to as thanatophobia or fear of death, death anxiety is distinguished from necrophobia, which is a specific fear of dead or dying people and/or things, i.e., fear of others who are dead or dying, not of one’s own death or dying…”
However, though most of us are curious, not everybody has anxieties about death. In fact, there are theories and theories and theories
An illustration of a nice light beam from above
about death. Recently, Stars Insider compiled 30 theories about what happens when you die. The compilation points out that for many people the fear of death revolves around the fear of the unknown. What happens when we die? Do we go to heaven, get reincarnated into an animal, or get re-programmed in the simulation?
Here are a few theories that are a part of the compilation. The never-ending life theory is described as “definitely one of the most unique on the list”. This claims that when you die you are immediately reborn into your life again without any memory of the life you have just led before.
The cosmic theory claims that our consciousness belongs to the universe, not to our individual bodies. When you die, your consciousness returns to the cosmos. Buddhists believe in reincarnation after death. There are different realms that you can be reborn into after death. The parallel universe theory claims that when we die we will be living in the same universe as we were before, just in a different portion of space and time. Those who believe in the paranormal claim that after death, our souls remain among the living on Earth. Hinduism also holds the belief of reincarnation. “If you have seen the hit Netflix series Stranger Things then you know what the Upside Down is” explains Stars Inisder. The show claims that there is an alternate dimension to our universe that a person can become trapped in, being neither alive nor dead. The many worlds theory claims that when we die, there are other universes out there for us to move on to.
The Stars Insider list is fascinating, but believe it or not, there are many more fascinating and sometimes stranger theories, philosophies and research findings about death, such as the phenomenon described by a microbiologist at the University of Washington (USA) Peter Anthony Noble. “Open Mind” revealed that when he studied the activity of genes during the death of mice and zebra fish, he discovered with surprise that more than a thousand genes “wake up” when the animal’s life has ended—including some that have been silent since the end of embryonic development—and remain active until four days after death.
It’s most interesting that a company called Bioquark, based in Philadelphia (USA), is trying to address the reanimation of patients in deep and irreversible comas—equivalent to brain death—who are kept stable with cardiopulmonary and alimentary support. “The goal of the ReAnima Project”, according to by Ira Pastor, CEO of Bioquark, “is to explore the possibility of ‘restoring central nervous system form and function’ through a combination of regenerative medicine and brain stimulation”. Javier Yanes writes that “while we wait for projects like that of Bioquark to come closer to making reversible that which today is not, at least we can hold on to one consolation: a recent study from the University of North Carolina (USA) has found that the final messages from terminal patients and from those sentenced to death are more hopeful than might be expected…‘I think that we imagine our last moments incorrectly,’ the director of the study, psychologist Kurt Gray. Meeting the grim reaper may not be as grim as it seems.”
It has been cited by believers in an afterlife that according to former Scientologist Bruce Hines, in Scientology doctrine, “the body that you have ceases to work.” Allegedly, they say “you,” or the spirit, would, for example, go to a hospital and find a baby being born and decide to inhabit that body.’ Early Show’ national correspondent Hattie Kauffman called it reincarnation with a twist. The spirit is called a thetan. Stephen Kent, a professor of sociology and alternative religions at the University of Alberta, told CBS News that Scientologists believe that thetans have been attached to bodies in past lives and that this pattern of attachment will continue well into the future.
Matt Fraser, a gifted psychic medium and author of the best-selling book The Secrets to Unlocking Your Psychic Ability, believes that after death too, you have “jobs”, i.e. you take on certain tasks or they are assigned to you. Martin Heidegger, the German philosopher hailed as one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century, believed that that “all human existence is embedded in time: past, present, future, and when considering the future, we encounter the notion of death. This then creates angst…angst can lead to a freedom about existence, but only if we can stop denying our mortality.”
Plato too believed that the physical world actually limited our knowledge, and that when a person dies they move on to a new life that is more fulfilling. His theory, was that death gives souls a chance to find their true existence. In India, the story of the Kalpvriksha is well known. Elsewhere in the world, many people believe in the Tree of Life. “Have you ever heard of the Tree of Life?” questions Stars Insider and answers: “some people decide to take that literally by having their remains buried in a tree pod. This way, your body is given back to the Earth and perhaps you will become a proud tree in your next existence”. Obviously, going by all the theories, findings and first hand experiences revolving around death, instead of being morbid it seems to be more of a hopeful adventure, a doorway to a new future —maybe as a twinkling star, maybe as a tree, maybe as someone’s much loved pet—who know? The may be’s are limitless and fascinating.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — If history has proven anything, it’s this: Staten Islanders love psychics.
Psychic medium John Edward, best known for his popular television series, “Crossing Over with John Edward,” is set to perform a two-hour group reading June 18 in the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield — the same venue where psychic medium Matt Fraser performed for a crowd of 250 people in October 2018.
Pro-tip: Bring tissues. These sessions, whether you’re a skeptic or a believer, can get pretty emotional.
Fraser’s live reading on Staten Island was a testament to the mixed market. It was attended by 250 people; some were alone, others were with friends and family — but all came looking for answers and a chance to communicate with those they’ve lost.
Fraser explained to those in attendance that he started his career as an emergency medical technician, but decided to use his gift of talking to the departed — something he claims he’s been able to do since he was 4 years old — for good.
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The Valley ForgeCasino in King of Prussia, Pa., is one of those modern revenue-enhancement ecosystems whose carpets ease the crushing of your soul with faded earth colors. The wall décor is best described as bankrupt-dentist’s office. Down a football-field length of sterile corridors is a conference room with a poster outside of a beaming Matthew Fraser.
To open his show, Fraser deployed some self-deprecating jokes, salted with some spicy obscenities, to warm up the crowd. The audience was sizable and
mostly women; the few disgruntled husbands in the crowd wore the faces of men who had been blackmailed. Zoe and Ed and the other Guerrillas sat near the front in hopes of being noticed. I sat alone, about four rows behind them.
Fraser walked down the aisle and straight to my row. Right off, he said he had a vision and asked the dozen or so of us to stand. I was momentarily terrified, not only because I had prepared nothing, but also because if he asked me why I was there, I would feel obligated to tell him I was there to observe a secret sting operation.
The crowd was older, and without much trouble, Fraser easily divined the very likely fact that someone’s mother on the row had passed. He quickly identified a woman near me and handed her a microphone. “Your mom is acknowledging that I have to speak to my daughter,” he said, and then let the woman know that Mom was O.K. in the afterlife. “Your mother says that she wants you to know that she loves and cares about you.”
It was a classic cold reading, all generalized notions searching for something slightly more specific to move to. Fraser often nodded his head as if to nudge her to go along. “Your mom tells me that she was angry before she left this world, and you don’t want to talk about that.” Fraser stepped back, held her gaze and encouraged her, “You understand that?” She agreed. As he teased the story along, Fraser might, oddly, crack a joke to ease the tension but then take the room right back to this quiet place. Fraser said, “I need to apologize to my daughter because every day she deals with the stress and the burdens.”
Suddenly, the real sorrow of this stranger’s loss was here, near me, on my row. And then the whole room felt it. “Your mom says I am taking responsibility for that.” I could barely look up. This little moment felt so intimate and private. Grief is one of those emotions that doesn’t happen publicly too often, and so when it does, the mood easily dominates the room. With each reading, Fraser was, in fact, summoning the dead because all these middle-aged people had lived lives. We all knew death, family death, deeply felt. One by one, everyone in the room was reliving some loss. Helplessly, I thought of my own father, who died when I was 11, and those old emotions, stored away but never far off, took hold of me as if I were graveside.
By the time Fraser inched his way to the other side of the auditorium, people were even more forthcoming. Fraser came to a middle-aged woman dressed in a colorful scenic sweater. Her burly husband with a snow white goatee and veteran’s cap was beside her as she revealed losing two of her sons, in tragic ways. She said she missed them every day.
The audience was with her; our grief held her. We were all wrapped in rich, old memories of aching pain. Maybe dead spirits aren’t real. But these emotions were. My exhausted father waking up early on his Saturday off to watch cartoons with his little kid. Decades disappeared. I squeezed back a little boy’s confused tears. “Sonny boy,” my mom said one morning, “I have something sad to tell you.” I so miss him.
Fraser consoled the mother with news. “Your son says he’s O.K.,” Fraser said, speaking in the voice of one of her deceased boys. The mother sobbed and sank into her husband’s big chest. “More important, they are together on the other side.” Fraser learned that Christmas was no longer celebrated at home, and Fraser crushed the room: “He says you have another son, who needs you?” The husband nodded; she nodded. “He says to me, just because we’ve passed, it doesn’t mean my mother stops her life.”
Even the most stoic of men were overwhelmed, heads turned away, into shirt sleeves. Fraser stepped toward the couple and took both of them in a long, sobbing group hug. Then he moved away.
There were a few more readings, each a little bit easier emotionally. Fraser was a brilliant performer, cooling off the room. With a couple of light jokes salted with naughty words, he bolted onto the stage, and then disappeared into the wings. Eventually, Gerbic’s Guerrillas will produce an account, and Operation Peach Pit will be online with the hope of reaching a future audience with logic. But there was no denying the real power of what we all felt in the room. “Reason,” wrote the philosopher David Hume almost 300 years ago, “is and ought only to be the slave of passions.”
The real world was out there, in fact, just down this hall, but it was hard for me to get there as the crowd inched along. Fraser appeared in the corridor at a table with stacks of his book, “The Secrets to Unlocking Your Psychic Ability.” On the cover was oversmiling Tom Cruise bathed in heavenly light, clutching a gigantic key longer than his forearm. Out the corner of my eye, I caught a blue wig in the line of fans. Zoe couldn’t quite get out of character as Fraser signed one of his books for her: “Trust your own psychic voice.”
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