SHOWBIZ CHEATSHEET: Matt Fraser Returns To The Stage!

SHOWBIZ CHEATSHEET: Matt Fraser Returns To The Stage!

Matt Fraser From ‘Meet the Frasers’ Returns to the Stage with Hugs – and a Few Jitters (Exclusive)

 

Psychic medium Matt Fraser from the E! hit reality TV show Meet the Frasers is finally able to return to doing live readings in person but admitted for the first time he was a little nervous before he hit the stage.

 

Fraser returned to the road this summer, which was exhilarating but also slightly daunting after having to move his readings to an online platform during the pandemic.

 

Matt Fraser said he got a little nervous before he hit the stage for the first time in more than a year

 

Fraser’s book, “When Heaven Calls” had just been released in Spring of 2020, and he was heading out on the road. But coronavirus (Covid-19) had other plans. Events got pushed back a week … two weeks … months … Fraser pivoted to hosting online reading events but was looking at live events to roll back out again in 2022. So when he was able to finally get back in front of a live audience in person, he was a little nervous

 

“You know, that’s the first time I think I got nervous and I said to [wife] Alexa you know, ‘I don’t know what the hell I’m going to do!’ And she said, ‘What do you mean?’” he recalled to Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “I was nervous because I went from seeing people through the screen to next thing seeing people in person. It was at first I was like, ‘How am I going to do this like that?’ And I’m like, ‘What do you mean, you’ve been doing this for 10 years!’ But obviously the minute I walked in front of the audience, it was just the same. Immediately I just felt like this is where I should be.”

 

How did Matt Fraser handle giving his signature hug?

 

It wasn’t just hitting the stage that gave Fraser a few jitters. He is also a very warm person, who is usually quick with a hug during his readings. So he worried that with Covid, would fans still want hugs or perhaps keep their distance?

 

“So it’s actually funny,” he recalled of his first live stage show in Detroit, Michigan. “When I first went out, I was like nervous. And I’m like, you know, what am I going to do? I’ve always lived by the rule that I can’t change who I am. I’m not going to. But obviously, I’m respectful of other people. So you know what? I can’t do the show without hugging people. I can’t do the show without touching people. So I asked people when I first got out to Detroit. I asked people, ‘Can I give you a hug? Is it OK to hold your hand?’ And they would be like, ‘Yes, yes!’”

 

He laughed about how fans will meet with him but then ask where is their hug? But Fraser said his guests’ safety is his top priority. “So before every event, I take a Covid test and I’m fully vaccinated,” he shared. “We make sure the microphones or anything that’s touched is being sanitized too.”

 

He hopes to bring peace and comfort to those who have lost so much

 

Fraser acknowledges that he’s stepped into a unique new space after the pandemic ravaged and touched so many people’s lives. He hopes his book and readings can bring some sense of comfort to those who have lost so much.

 

“It’s actually funny because, you know, so many people have said to me, ‘Matt this has brought me such comfort’ because it has touched people who have lost many different people,” he remarked about his book.

 

“You know, everyone’s grief is different,” he continued. “Someone grieving a son is very different than someone grieving their mom or someone grieving, you know, their pet that had passed away. And you know, it’s amazing to see all the comments on not only just Facebook, but also on Amazon. I read all the reviews. I read what people are saying. And to see people say, you know, ‘I was in a dark place in that I picked this up and this was just so inspiring.’ That’s what I was hoping for.”

 

Fans can purchase Fraser’s book “Matt Fraser: When Heaven Calls” on Amazon. Or check his events page on his website for personal and online readings.

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NEW YORK TIMES: Psychic Medium Meets His Match!

NEW YORK TIMES: Psychic Medium Meets His Match!

 

Matt Fraser knew he would marry Alexa Papigiotis the moment he saw her at a Rhode Island coffee shop. But, no, not because he is a psychic.

 

“Growing up, my mom always told me, ‘When you meet the one, you know it,’” Mr. Fraser said. When Ms. Papigiotis sailed into the Coffee Connection in her hometown North Providence on Jan. 17, 2017, Mr. Fraser, who also answers to “America’s top psychic medium,” realized his mother was right.

 

Mr. Fraser, 30, and Ms. Papigiotis, 23, met on Instagram a few days before. Her picture popped up in his feed. At first he thumbed past her. But then he rushed back to see her photo again. “I thought, ‘Who is that?’” he said. “And then I saw that she followed me back, and that she was Miss Rhode Island Teen USA. I was like, ‘Oh my God, how cool is that?’”

 

He messaged her, not stinting on the flattery: “I said, ‘I didn’t know I was being followed by an Instagram star.’ Let me take you out for coffee.”

 

On the date, Ms. Papigiotis, then a waitress and pageant contestant and now an independent fashion designer, asked what she called stupid questions about the business of being a psychic. “I was like, ‘How does it work? Do you see anybody behind me?’”

He did, actually. Ms. Papigiotis had recently lost her grandmother. “He started giving me a full-on reading right there over coffee,” she said.

 

But instead of a thrill, his contact with her grandmother gave her anxiety. Before he finished, she abruptly left the table. “She went outside, and I thought she wasn’t coming back in,” Mr. Fraser said.

 

Ms. Papigiotis was just in need of some fresh air. By the time she left Coffee Connection, she was ready to say yes to a second date, though Mr. Fraser didn’t ask for one. “I was like, ‘I can’t let her know I like her,’” he said. “You’ve got to play the game.”

 

Within two days, though, it was game over. Mr. Fraser asked Ms. Papigiotis to dinner at the Italian restaurant Antonio’s in his hometown Cranston, where they had their first hints of what has become extreme compatibility. “We have the exact same tastes and values,” Mr. Fraser said. “We talk the same, we think the same thoughts. We even sort of look alike.”

 

Ms. Papigiotis moved in with Mr. Fraser in Cranston and at his vacation home in West Palm Beach, Fla., at the end of 2017. Both started hearing wedding bells.

 

On May 13, 2019, Mr. Fraser found the right moment to pop the question. Ms. Papigiotis had completed her last pageant, winning the title of Miss Congeniality at the Miss Teen USA 2017 pageant. “Meet the Frasers,” a reality show starring Mr. Fraser and Ms. Papigiotis, as well as their extended families, had started filming by this point, too, in advance of a 2020 premiere.

 

At the Eau Palm Beach resort in Manalapan, Fla., he rented the ballroom and arranged for it to be outfitted with a table for two set with Champagne. As the “Meet the Frasers” crew moved in to film the occasion, he choked up. “I started crying as soon as we sat down,” he said. “I couldn’t even make it through the words.” By the time he managed, Ms. Papigiotis was in tears, too. “I said, ‘Yes, yes, yes!’” she said.

 

On Oct. 9, Mr. Fraser and Ms. Papigiotis were married before 93 vaccinated guests at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach by their friend Trisha Armstrong, who was ordained by the Universal Life Church for the occasion. They knew the day would be a success before they said their “I dos.”

 

The week before the wedding, “I said to Matt, ‘Use your abilities. Ask my Grammy if we’re going to be OK,’” Ms. Papigiotis said. “Since then we’ve been getting wonderful messages from the other side,” Mr. Fraser said.

A version of this article appears in print on Oct. 24, 2021, Section ST, Page 17 of the New York edition with the headline: A Medium Meets His Match.
PEOPLE: Matt Fraser & Alexa Papigiotis Married!

PEOPLE: Matt Fraser & Alexa Papigiotis Married!

Alexa Papigiotis and Matt Fraser are married.

Matt Fraser and Alexa Papigiotis are officially husband and wife.  The psychic medium and his bride, who are featured on E!’s Meet the Frasers, tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Palm Beach, Florida on Saturday.  Scroll through to see all the photos from their “magical” day

Fraser, 30, and Papigiotis, 23, met in January 2017, when her messaged her on Instagram asking her out to coffee — a very “21st century” love story, they told PEOPLE.

Over two years later, in May 2019, he popped the question and the pair got engaged.

Their nuptials were originally scheduled for February but, like many other couples over the past two years, they delayed the date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fraser said the postponement was a blessing in disguise. “It allowed us to give everyone time to get vaccinated,” he said. “But then at the same time, you need every minute that you can to plan and to prep — it’s literally taken us two years to plan this wedding.”

About 93 friends and family members were in attendance for the ceremony and party at the historic Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach.

The venue was originally built as a wedding gift for the owner’s wife in 1902. “We’re literally getting married inside of a wedding gift,” Fraser said of the “breathtaking” waterfront location.

Papigiotis said the museum location made for a “magical” day. “It is the most amazing place — we could not have picked anywhere better. It’s so romantic, it’s charming, it’s magical,” the former Miss Rhode Island Teen USA said. “Every time we’re on the grounds, it just feels like you’re in a movie.”

The bride said the design and decorations were true to their “extra” selves, with plenty of gold and glittery accents, as well as a “humongous” light-up sign of their last name.

The event also featured various personal touches. When guests arrived, a string quartet played a song from Beauty and the Beast in honor of Papigiotis’ love of Disney, and later on, a cappuccino cart marked Fraser’s love of coffee.

In addition to cake, the duo served up McDonald’s Happy Meals to each of their guests at the end of the night — an homage to their mutual love of junk food.

As for their outfits, the couple said a lot of thought went into their wedding looks. “We love fashion so what we’re all wearing and looking like as a bridal party was very important to us,” Papigiotis said

Fraser went “classic” with a black tuxedo, while his groomsmen wore complimentary white tuxes.

Papigiotis, meanwhile, stunned in a lace-adorned gown, which she made sure Fraser didn’t see until their first look just before the ceremony. Her bridal party, composed of all family members, wore one-shoulder black dresses and elegant opera gloves.

Papigiotis told PEOPLE the first look was what she was most looking forward to about the wedding. “I got my gown a year and a half ago and I was never able to tell him what it looks like — he has no idea what I’m going to look like on that day,” she said ahead of the ceremony. “So I’m just so excited to see him for that first time and have a really intimate moment together before we see everybody else.”

Next up, Fraser and Papigiotis will be jetting off to Barbados for their honeymoon.

Once they return, they said they both agree that kids are the next step for their relationship.

“We are ready for kids,” Papigiotis said. “We are so excited. We’re going to, God willing, start trying right away, and we are just so excited to make our own little family and raise children together. That is our top priority for married life.”

Once they return, they said they both agree that kids are the next step for their relationship.

“We are ready for kids,” Papigiotis said. “We are so excited. We’re going to, God willing, start trying right away, and we are just so excited to make our own little family and raise children together. That is our top priority for married life.”

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THE OAKLAND PRESS: Psychic Matt Fraser back to public shows

THE OAKLAND PRESS: Psychic Matt Fraser back to public shows

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For Matt Fraser, the pandemic pause brought a little more quiet than usual — from the voices inside his head.

 

Without live appearances, the celebrity psychic medium from Rhode Island and hosts of E!’s “Meet the Frasers” adjusted to not having the deceased pop up in day-to-day circumstances.

 

“There’s always that background noise of hearing people who have died,” the exuberant Fraser notes by phone. “So when the pandemic happened and my fiancée and I  were stuck in the house, for the first time in a long time I didn’t hear anybody. It was so different, like the whole world was quiet.

 

“It was a definitely a culture shock, a different way to live. At the beginning it was kind of nice … but also very sad. I felt like I had lost a piece of me for a while.”

 

Fraser did exercise his “gift,” which he attributes to his mother and grandmother, during the time off, mostly via virtual readings that were attended by people from around the world as well as “mini teachings” about the afterlife on Facebook. He also wrote a new book based on questions he’s often asked, and he has another TV project in the works.

 

And this weekend he gets back to live readings. His engagement at the MotorCity Casino (rescheduled twice) will be Fraser’s first in-person event, as well as the venue’s.

 

“I’m really really excited,” says Fraser, who was making three live appearances per week before the pandemic. “This is really my favorite thing to do, being with people and helping connect them with their loved ones. Being able to be in front of people again is just … I think I’m going to be more excited than the audience is.”

THE DETROIT NEWS: Psychic Medium Matt Fraser Comes To Detroit

THE DETROIT NEWS: Psychic Medium Matt Fraser Comes To Detroit

Noelle Gray

The Detroit News

Detroit — Psychic medium Matt Fraser wants to bring peace of mind to the residents of Detroit, one lost loved one at a time.

“I feel drawn to come, because I want to bring peace,” said Fraser. “People need to realize, especially with the pandemic and all these things happening, that we need to come together.”

Fraser will be performing Sunday at Motor City Casino, the first live entertainment being held at the Sound Board Theater since the pandemic shutdown.

As the star of the television series,”Meet the Frasers” on E!, Fraser explores his personal life alongside his family and pageant girlfriend Alexa’s family, taking viewers to the other side of his day-to-day experiences.

“Instead of all the readings and the things you see on TV, it brings people behind the scenes of my life, and get to know me, to get to know my family, and I thought that was pretty cool,” Fraser told The Detroit News over the phone ahead of the live show.

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