People often wonder what exactly happens after death. Is there an afterlife? Are our deceased loved ones at peace? While different faiths lead to different conclusions, one man has gotten a pretty clear vision into the other side.
Psychic medium Matt Fraser has “the sixth sense,” or the ability to connect with souls that have passed on. He uses that ability to put the living at ease by relaying messages from their deceased friends or relatives.
While Fraser has now accepted his special gift, when he first began hearing voices from the other side as a small child, it was quite frightening.
“I was around the age of 3 or 4 when I first started seeing and hearing the departed,” Fraser said. “It started off where I saw my grandmother that had passed away when I was 3. After that, other souls started coming in, so it was crazy, because being a little boy, I was like living that movie, ‘The Sixth Sense.’
Every time I went to bed, all these souls would line up trying to speak with me and connect with me. When souls started to show up that were not family members, souls that I had never met before, that was so scary for me, because I didn’t know what they wanted. I thought the house was haunted. I didn’t realize these were souls that had messages. I was convinced that our house, growing up as a kid, had evil spirits in it, because I didn’t know why it was that I was feeling these things.”
These strange sensations at a young age were a hefty burden, so Fraser tried to rid himself of the voices and carry out a normal life.
“I did everything that I could to make the voices stop, to just be normal, to stop hearing and seeing these visions,” Fraser said. “But, it never truly left completely. Even though I did everything I could to make the voices stop and push what I was sensing away, I always could feel people on a different level. It was just this inner connection I had on a deeper level with most people. I could feel their pain, I could feel them on an emotional level.”
Due to this heightened connection he felt, Fraser chose a career path where he could help others.
“Because I had that ability, I always felt I needed to be in the healthcare field,” he said. “So, I actually started my career as an EMT, where I worked for the World Trade Center in Boston for the security operations department. Then from there, I went to go and see a medium for the first time myself, because at that point I was older and I wanted to understand what it was that I was running away from. So I went to see a medium for the first time and it changed my life, because I realized this is actually a gift. It’s not something that I have to worry or run from. It’s something I could actually use to help people.”
With newfound clarity about his ability and a passion to use his gift, Fraser began connecting people with their loved ones from the spirit world who were coming through with specific messages. He then started hosting readings to touch as many lives as he could.
Fraser explained that he can’t necessarily choose who he connects with, but rather the departed souls choose to connect with him when they have a need to talk to their loved ones.
“It all depends on the souls,” he said. “Souls come through when they have messages. It’s not like I’m walking down the street and all of a sudden there’s just random souls and everyone’s soul of a loved one is coming through. It depends on when there’s a message or when a soul has to come through. For example, so many times, we don’t get to say, ‘goodbye.’ So many times, there are questions over a loved one’s passing, such as how they left this world and if they are safe and at peace on the other side. There’s so many things that we question and wonder, and that’s where I come in as a medium. Souls will use me to finish their stories and tell a story they couldn’t when they were here in this world.
“I don’t ask questions, because the souls on the other side, already know what they have to come through and say to help you to heal. For example, when I do a reading, I never say, ‘Who are you looking for? Who do you want to connect with? What do you want to ask them?’ Because the thing is, your loved one’s spirit can hear your thoughts, feelings and emotions and they know what it is that you need to hear to be able to heal and move forward with your life, and that’s what’s so amazing.”
This connection certainly sounds amazing, and understandably, hard to believe, until you have experienced it for yourself. Laughlin guests will have that chance when Fraser comes to the Edgewater Pavilion, Saturday, Nov. 25.
“Come to a show and watch a reading,” Fraser implored. “There’s so many times I see skeptics’ whole world change for the better just by coming to an event. It happened not too long ago when I was on television. There was this reading I did with Michael Clayton, a former NFL player who had me on his talk show. It was funny because, he didn’t really want me on because he didn’t believe in mediums or the other side. But the moment I started talking to him, his friend that passed away came through, and he was just completely blown away. He was in shock and it changed the whole way he thought about death.”
Fraser said anybody in the audience at his shows has a chance to receive a message from the departed.
“The moment I walk out on stage, it’s like the audience disappears and all I see is dead people,” he said. “I tell people, ‘It doesn’t matter where you sit, it just matters that you’re there.’ When you’re there, you’re part of the experience, whether you’re sitting in the front or the back. What’s amazing is, the souls lead me all around the room. One minute I could be talking to someone in the front row who lost their son, to next thing you know I’m in the back talking to someone who lost their daughter. What’s amazing is, the souls have a way of reaching every single person there. If there is a message for you, I will get it to you, no matter where you sit, and that’s the fun part.”
While his events are entertaining, Fraser is in the business of helping people and that is why he tours the country sharing his gift with the world.
“I love having this gift,” he said. “In the beginning I didn’t, because I didn’t understand it. Once I understood how powerful these messages are and how they help people, that’s when I realized, ‘Oh my god, this is incredible!’ I’ve seen these messages change people’s lives. I’ve seen so many people not want to move forward in their life because of the loss of a loved one, or they think there might not be a Heaven, or an afterlife, and to hear a message from their loved one, and know their loved one in spirit is OK, it means they know they can be OK as well. That’s what I hope to achieve with every single reading.”
Fraser has also written three books, with a fourth one coming soon, in which he answers the most intriguing questions about his ability and life after death.
“My first book was, ‘The Secrets to Unlocking Your Psychic Ability,’ which was an eBook all about how to discover your own gifts,” he said. “Then I wrote a memoir of my life called, ‘When Heaven Calls.’ My most recent book, I am so proud of, it’s called, ‘We Never Die: Secrets of the Afterlife.’ In this book, I answer all the questions people have been really wanting to ask a psychic medium but might not have the courage. Questions like, ‘Is there a soulmate?
Do you reconnect with your soulmate on the other side? What happens if a loved one passes tragically? What happens to the souls that don’t go to the other side?’ So that is all in my latest book and I’m so glad I decided to write it, because it has been the book that everyone has wanted. The moment it was released, it instantly hit ‘The New York Times’ bestseller list. I realized that so many people have wanted to ask me these questions, but may have been too scared. So I think this book really fills the gap in really helping people understand what truly happens when we leave this world.”
Top American psychic medium Matt Fraser chatted about his book “We Never Die, Secrets of the Afterlife,” which will be available in paperback on August 8, via Simon & Schuster.
“I am so excited about it,” he exclaimed. “When my last book came out, I got a call from the New York Times telling me that I made the bestsellers list, and I couldn’t believe it! This book is really about the questions one would ask a psychic medium such as what happens when you die? I try to answer questions that most mediums won’t talk about, and it’s definitely interesting.”
“The more that we learn about the spirit world, the more that we feel closer to them and that we can connect with them and speak to them, and that way, it doesn’t seem so final. There is a continuation and living life as a spirit,” he added.
He acknowledged that the tour has been “great.” “We have been working on it,” he said. “People are less afraid to go now and you can see that. I like seeing people going out, having a good time and having fun. I finally feel like we are back where normal should be,” he explained.
Fraser spoke about falling on stage during an intense psychic reading. “I was so scared because I was more afraid when I heard the audience’s reaction,” he said. “It was a really big arena. I didn’t realize that there was a speaker behind me so when I went to step back I basically fell backwards. It happened so quick, it was a fall but luckily, I didn’t hurt myself.”
While he has yet to be in Greece, he hopes to go visit his wife’s motherland. “I love the Greek food, customs and traditions. The tiropita and the spanakopita are my favorite,” he said. “I love all of the traditions that people of Greek nationality have. We love avglomeno soup, koulourakis, and the koufeta almonds for weddings. I feel like the Greeks have a dish or a tradition for every celebration.”
He shared that his baby, Royce, is doing well. “The baby is doing good, and he is so cute. This is the perfect age. I wish we could freeze time and keep me this age, it’s the best, and I really enjoy being with him,” he said.
He shared that he likes the new streaming platform Threads because it’s the “new Twitter.”
His book “We Never Die, Secrets of the Afterlife” is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other book stores.
Matt is a medium that receives messages from those who have passed and tours throughout the year to reach a wider audience.
“When you are a medium, something new happens daily,” he laughs. “I tour throughout the country, but the audience is diverse in Las Vegas since many people in the audience are from around the world. This is one of my favorite events since it is one of the most intimate I do on tour. It is so unique since I am up close with the people who are attending.”
His goal is to bring healing, hope, and laughter to the audience with his outrageous personality and unique approach to mediumship, passed down from generation to generation. As a teenager, he wanted to understand this ability and embrace these gifts. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Matt still resides in his home state.
He has written three books, The Secrets to Unlocking Your Psychic Ability and bestsellers When Heaven Calls and We Never Die, Secrets of the Afterlife. “I am writing my next book, which focuses on what actually happens when we pass on. It is an inside look at the other side during the transition process.”
He has appeared on other television shows, including Botched, The Real Housewives franchise, The Doctors, and The Kelly Clarkson Show. Matt has read for celebrities including Donny Wahlberg, Gloria Estefan, Jenny McCarthy, and the stars of the TV show Botched, Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif.
As an audience member, he selects people to read from the back of the theater as well as the front rows. Matt will move around the room to connect with the right people with a message. He aims to read for as many people as possible who attend his shows.
Matt Fraser returns to The Summit Showroom inside The Venetian Resort Las Vegas July 21-22. Show time for both nights is 8 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at any box office at The Venetian Resort or by calling 702.414.9000 or 866.641.7469.
Top national psychic medium with Maine roots plans visit. Do you believe?
The author and reality TV star who was written about by the New York Times says ‘It’s almost like carrying a pager back in the day. That’s how I feel as a medium: I feel like sometimes, I’m just getting paged by heaven.
Matt Fraser expects you to come in skeptical. He expects you to come in with your arms folded, your face a mask of disbelief and your words demanding that he prove to you that he can really communicate with the dearly departed.
Fair enough. Billed as America’s Top Psychic Medium, Fraser has no beef with agnostics. This is a man who was once a target of a sting operation aimed at exposing celebrity psychics as frauds — an operation that failed and which only cast Fraser’s work in a more credible light.
So now that has been addressed, can we get on with things?
Fraser, author of the best-selling book “We Never Die” and star of the hit television series “Meet The Frasers” on E! Entertainment, will be coming to the Merrill Auditorium in Portland in June.
His shows almost always sell out and it already looks like the Portland appearance will be no exception. That’s plenty fine with Fraser. The more people there are, the more healing he can achieve.
And Matt Fraser is all about the healing.
“When we lose a loved one, the saddest thing is that there are so many questions left behind with their passing,” he said in a recent interview. “How did my loved one die? Are they OK? Are they at peace? Who are they with in heaven? Are they able to see my grandchildren? Are they able to see me in the house I’m buying? I love these events because it really answers all the questions that people might have when they lose a loved one. It shows them that there is another side. The reason I’m able to do what I do every day is that I know my loved ones are there. I know that heaven exists. And I want to give that same peace and comfort to the people who attend my shows. What I’m really hoping to show them is that yes, your loved ones are with you. They are by your side every single day. They’re already trying to reach you with messages. I just tell you what they have to say.”
Fraser’s shows tend to be raucous events, with the medium dashing from one section of a venue to the other as the spirits guide him from one person to another.
Believer, doubter or outright non-believer, it doesn’t matter. Fraser takes all comers.
“People write to me all the time and their biggest stress is about where they are sitting,” he said. “They say, ‘Oh my God, Matt, the only seats that are left are in the back or are in the balcony. You’re never going to be able to see or connect with me.’ And that’s not true. What I try to tell people is that it doesn’t matter where you sit. It only matters that you are there. As long as you’re there, you’re part of the experience. It’s not me who runs the show, it’s actually the spirits on the other side.”
Fraser refers to his show as “like a family reunion in heaven.”
“One minute, I’ll be talking to someone in the front row who had lost their mom and the next thing you know, I’m being called to the back with someone who had lost their dad,” he said. “Next thing you know, I’m climbing up to the balcony because someone up there had lost their son. I’m all over the room during the event, going as many places as I can. I feel like I’m doing postal delivery in heaven, just getting out message after message after heaven. So it really doesn’t matter where you sit. It’s the souls on the other side who decide who comes through, what they say, and what they talk about.”
Fraser hails from Rhode Island, although he has family roots all over Maine. His father grew up in Millinocket. His grandmother lives in York Beach, his great-grandfather in Bangor.
Fraser says he grew up under both a mother and grandmother with psychic abilities. It’s no surprise that the young Fraser inherited the ability to communicate with the dead, he says.
But it wasn’t any easy thing for a young boy to take on.
“When your biggest concerns are what flavor of ice cream to choose, strange voices calling out to you in an empty room are not exactly on the menu,” Fraser wrote on his website. “I remember being terrified to go to bed because almost every night I would hear whispers and voices in my empty room, all trying to get my attention. I’m lucky I had a mother and grandmother to soothe my fears, but I remember vividly that having to accept these unwanted visitors was a difficult process for me.”
The older Fraser got, the stronger his abilities became. Among other things, by some accounts, he had long conversations with his maternal grandmother, who had died when he was 3.
“Soon after, I began seeing full-body apparitions standing in my doorway and passing through my room,” he wrote. “This sparked a whole new level of concern and anxiety for me as I knew these occurrences were increasing but I didn’t know what it meant . . . or how far they would go to get my attention. If you recall the movie ‘The Sixth Sense,’ you’ll have an idea of what I was going through — and trust me, it’s scarier in real life!”
Eventually, of course, Fraser grew to accept his gift, and to use it to ease the pain of others. But it’s not as simple as jotting down messages from the dead and passing them on. The dead don’t work that way.
“I consider this like learning another language,” Fraser explained. “Souls don’t communicate the same way that we do here in this world. They don’t speak English or Spanish on the other side. They communicate through me, as a medium, through signs, symbols, intense feelings and visions, and that’s how I’m able to deliver these messages. I see things, hear things, feel things, and I put everything together to form the message that the spirits will have me say.”
The thing is, to hear Fraser tell it, the spirits of the dead have a lot to say. He isn’t working a 9-5 job and shutting out the voices at the end of the day. His communication with departed souls isn’t limited to those hours when he’s under the bright stage lights in a packed auditorium.
“There are no customer service hours when it comes to talking to the spirit world,” Fraser said. “Any time there’s a message that has to come through, they’ll come to me. This isn’t just my job, it’s my life. If it’s 3 a.m. and for some reason the spirits have to reach a loved one, they’re getting me out of bed to deliver that message. I try my hardest to live a normal life but the souls are always there and they’re always speaking. As much as I try to get away from time to time, if there’s an urgent message, they’re still going to try to come through.”
Fraser thinks about this for a second or two before a fitting analogy comes to him.
“It’s almost like carrying a pager back in the day,” he said. “That’s how I feel as a medium: I feel like sometimes, I’m just getting paged by heaven.”
Fraser wrote his first book, “When Heaven Calls,” about his experiences growing up with the ability to communicate with the dead. The book also serves as a guide for those people who believe they, too, have been hearing voices from the other side.
OPERATION PEACH PIT
In 2018, a writer for the New York Times followed a team of skeptics in an operation to determine if Fraser was a fraud. The belief was that Fraser wasn’t a true medium, but just a master of “cold reading,” the art of reading body language and taking educated guesses.
“I love that this whole investigation went on and when it came out, they saw the real me,” he said of Peach Pit. “Since then, I’ve had an amazing relationship with the New York Times. To be honest, it got me a TV show, because before that article, nobody was really paying attention to me. I was just a small-time medium from Rhode Island and all of a sudden, there’s all this hoopla and I caught national attention.”
When you look at the numbers, it’s not real surprising that Fraser and others like him are able to fill auditoriums with people looking to reach out to their dead loved ones. According to a Pew Research study, 41 percent of adults in the United States believe in psychics such as Fraser — although that number drops dramatically, to 10 percent, when the people polled are atheists. Women, the study found, are more likely be believe.
When we asked our readers whether or not they believe in psychic abilities, none wrote in to scoff, but more than a few — most all of them women — wrote to share their own stories about communications with the dead.
One woman wrote that after her 93-year-old father died two years ago, a beautiful butterfly visited the woman and her sister as they worked in their backyard. Ultimately, the butterfly landed on their welcome mat and seemed to stare at them.
“After several seconds, I quietly said, ‘Dad, is that you?’” the woman reports. “We watched, quite taken aback, as his wings ever so slowly opened and closed! ‘Oh, my god,’ we said as we turned to look at each other, ‘did you see that?’”
Another woman, from Lewiston, wrote to say that she has been contacted by the spirits — both human and animal — many times.
“Deceased have reached out to me,” she said. “Generally they have a message or unresolved worry, want me to convey the message. I can hold an object, signature, or belonging of someone passed, and read it. Then there is automatic and angel writing. Pictures are excellent — see beyond the image. Have held dog hair, collars, etc. of living and deceased dogs to hear what they are thinking.”
Others wrote to report similar experiences or to say that they regularly employ the use of mediums right here in the Lewiston-Auburn area. A few of those spoke in awe one Madame Desjardins, who used to do psychic readings from her College Street home in Lewiston.
“She was spot on all the time,” said Pam Webber Carrier of Auburn. “Had several earth-shaking readings from her. She told a friend of mine and myself something that no one knew. She had all the details down to a T. We both were crying as she flipped the cards telling the story.”
Psychic medium Matt Fraser comes from Rhode Island and has roots in Maine. meetmattfraser.com
Steve Triggs, formerly of Lewiston and now living in Orlando, Florida, agreed that Madame Desjardins was the real deal.
“My family spoke of her in hushed tones,” he said. “I visited her in the ’70s and she accurately described where I would live, the number and sex of my future children, and my overall career path. The woman had a gift.”
Locally there are those who believe (mostly women, just as the national poll indicates), those who disbelieve and those who keep an open mind.
“I’d like to think there’s something to it,” said Lisa LaFontaine Lothrop of Auburn, “but they haven’t convinced me yet.”
“I know there are plenty of fakes out there,” said Jennifer Marchigiani of Auburn, “even some famous fakes. But I also know there are some that are for real, with scary accurate readings without fed info.”
Not all men are disbelievers. One fellow wrote in to say that he’d been dragged to a medium by his wife only to be wowed by a strange woman who seemed to know intimate details about his past. Eventually, the medium passed along messages from the man’s uncle, who had died in the second World War.
“The medium was feeding back to me answers that only a person very well read on WWII history would ever know about,” he said. “I really wasn’t in control of the conversation.”
He’d gone into that room a skeptic and came out a believer.
Whether one believes or not, Fraser is undoubtedly one of the most established psychic mediums in the world right now. He’s been featured on a slew of television shows, including “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” “The Real Housewives,” “The Doctors” and “Botched.” And that’s not to mention all the television interviews in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Fraser will perform in Portland Friday, June 16, at 8 p.m. and one way or another, he says, he will make some connections with the spirit world and help some Mainers find peace in their lives. And in doing so, Fraser will remain forever linked to those people he has helped.
“It’s not a temporary thing,” he said, “it’s a permanent bond. You’re sharing with them something that is truly life-changing. I never, ever forget someone that I read for. It’s just something that will forever be stitched to my heart.”
Since joining the social media app, his videos have been viewed over 100 million times. His content consists of short clips of him giving readings to people as well as providing advice on love and life. Fraser says that he joined TikTok because he wanted to create content that was entertaining showing exactly what it’s like to attend his live events in person or on Zoom, while still delivering profound messages from heaven.
People look stunned and experience a true connection to their loved one on the other side during Fraser’s virtual readings. But how does he do it when he’s not in the same room as the person he is reading?
How does Matt Fraser make a virtual connection?
Fraser can make a connection virtually, but he and the person must be present at the same time. “Every medium works differently,” he explained to Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “I know that the way that my gift works is I need a direct connection to somebody. There are mediums out there who do email readings or text message readings. But the way that it works for me is I need a direct connection with somebody. It can be over the phone, it can be via Zoom, it can be anywhere, but it has to be a connection where you are present and I’m present.”
I walked into the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center last night not really knowing what to think. Psychic-medium Matt Fraser, a Cranston, Rhode Island, native, was set to perform his first of two shows in the historic New Bedford theater.
Fraser cracked a handful of pretty funny New Bedford jokes that landed well with the audience.
“I knew we shouldn’t have had the bar open in New Bedford,” he quipped after a row of guests didn’t properly follow some directions to stand up. But this crowd was not at the Z last night to laugh, they were there for something much deeper. The people in attendance were there to connect with loved ones who have passed.
“This is a very unique crowd. Half of you aren’t alive,” Fraser said, only half kidding.
The medium gave a quick overview of his background and how he came to discover his ability to seemingly communicate with the dead. Then, Fraser jumped right into action.
“You,” he said, pointing to a woman. “You lost your mother.”
He then began describing how the woman’s mother had passed and talked about different memories that the woman had with her mom.
I watched him very closely during each reading. While he seemed to initially cast a rather wide net to catch a fish, once the fish was on the line, Fraser really raised eyebrows.
While talking with one family, desperate to hear from their recently deceased mom (and wife), Fraser said, “You brought her picture tonight, didn’t you?” Indeed they had.
He described a prison jumpsuit to another woman who was trying to connect to a young man in her life who had passed. Without her input, Fraser called that the young man had died by suicide and had also attempted suicide by cop, all of which were accurate. Not exactly a typical reading.
Fraser ended the night with a stunning reading of a young woman in her 20s. Without any leading questions, Fraser described a strained relationship between the young woman and her deceased father.
“I hate to say it, but he was a player,” Fraser said. “But after you were born he fell in love with you and decided to leave that life behind.”
Fraser then got gasps from the audience when he blurted out that the young woman had a tattoo that her dad hadn’t approved. She didn’t answer. Instead, she turned around, lifted up her long, brown hair and revealed a large tattoo on the back of her neck.
“He hated this tattoo,” she said. “I guess he’s still not over it.”
The crowd roared. They were stunned, but Fraser wasn’t finished.
“Wait ’til you hear the second part of this,” he said. “You’ve been thinking of adding more to the tattoo to honor your father. He says don’t do it.”
The young woman teared up as she admitted she had been thinking of doing exactly that.
“He came here tonight to let you know that you don’t need to honor him with a tattoo because he’s always with you. He sees your accomplishments and your struggles. That goes for everyone here tonight, whether you’ve had a reading or not. Leave here knowing your loved ones are right beside you.”
Does Fraser have the ability to speak with the dead? I’m honestly not sure. What I am sure about, however, is that Fraser is a showman. That is inarguable. His stage presence is undeniable, right down to his white sequined jacket and black, patent leather shoes with no socks.
Fraser is scheduled to appear in front of a sold-out crowd tonight at the Zeiterion again March 16.