Matt Fraser says he was about 3 years old when he first started “talking to the dead.”
Twenty years later, the psychic says he’s still receiving messages from the beyond, and he plans to share them during an appearance on Sunday, Sept. 21, in Foxwoods’ Grand Pequot Ballroom.
An author as well as a medium, Fraser says his first “visits” were from his deceased grandmother.
“The visits were frequent and comforting. As a child, I did not understand that my grandmother had passed because I had the ability to see and speak to her,” he said.
Hailing from Cranston, R.I., Fraser has worked as an emergency medical technician and attended some college, but wound up leaving after being overwhelmed with
requests for his medium services. Since then he’s gone on to achieve notoriety, thanks to appearances on “NBC Morning News” and “Fox News.”
Sunday’s “Medium With a Message” event marks Fraser’s third time at Foxwoods, and he says he’s “honored to be delivering messages from heaven … filled with love,
inspiration and happy moments.”
Audiences can expect an uplifting, and at times humorous program that can occasionally feel like a big family reunion.
“In Warwick, R.I., I was doing a reading for a man who lost his mother, and he was a big rugged guy, like a construction worker,” Fraser said. “His mother came
through and was talking about a tattoo in memory of her. It was a rose tattoo and she was honored by it, and all of a sudden she said, `How come you got yours
so big?!’ ”
When Fraser shared this, the man suddenly started unbuttoning his shirt to show his chest. “The audience was laughing and his family was laughing. It was
Fraser splits his time between Boston and Rhode Island, where his girlfriend lives. He said she’s a registered nurse, has attended some of his events and has found comfort in witnessing the heartfelt messages he shares. In fact, Fraser said after seeing that “life continues and doesn’t end,” she decided to start working
“We met online the first week we both signed up for free,” he said. “We did it for laughs and we both quit right away (after meeting each other). We connected so well;
everything happened in an instant.”
Fraser said while many people are skeptical of what he does, she understood and “wasn’t spooked by it.” But Fraser said he was afraid as a child when other spirits
came to him. At first, he pushed his psychic gift away.
Then as a teen he began doing readings for family and friends, as his grandmother had done before he was born. Word spread and soon he was feeling better about it, and was humbled by the many requests he received.
Fraser said he realized “heaven had given me an ability to help people who were hurting” and he began to embrace his skills.
“They watch us all the time, but they do not judge us,” he said of the departed. “All of those traits, like being embarrassed or holding onto anger, leave you (when you
die). You let go of all those human emotions we carry; otherwise it wouldn’t be heaven. The biggest lesson they share is to be kinder to people.”
As a medium, Fraser said he talks to all races and creeds. A board member of the National Cultural Diversity Awareness Council, he said he feels strongly about
“The core message remains the same — that love endures and that we are all the same, after all. We’re all beautiful.”
Fraser said the Foxwoods ballroom holds about 300 people. “I want to get to as many as I can,” he said. “I can do 30 to 40 or 50 readings. It’s not like a seminar; it’s
more like a group session. The whole two hours I’m passing messages; people are not there to see me, it’s to hear from loved ones.”
Foxwoods Resort Casino will be hosting the medium Matthew Fraser tonight for one of his Messages from Heaven events.
The way this works, if you are not familiar with Fraser’s shows, is that he connects people in the audience with their dearly departed, passing along some quick messages.
The effect seems to reassure the living that the dead are still with us, in a way, keeping track of what’s going on.
“(Blank) wants you to know …” is how a lot of Fraser’s messages from heaven begin.
Notice of the upcoming Messages from Heaven made me think of all the interesting things the region could learn from a good medium.
Some Mashantucket Pequots, for instance, might want to sit in on their own casino act Sunday and see if they can find out what might happen next with their Massachusetts casino license.
Even if Fraser doesn’t exactly predict the future, he might connect some tribal leaders with the late Elizabeth George, the Pequot matriarch who gets a lot of the credit for keeping the Pequots reservation together, even after most of the tribe had scattered.
Indeed, a message from George to an audience at the world’s largest casino, gathered on land she preserved, would be more than entertaining.
I suspect that George, looking down from heaven, might be rooting for tribal success in Massachusetts, too.
And maybe she’d be a little smug about the rival Mohegans’ loss at the polls last week in Palmer, Mass.
Others among us might like to get in on the act, too.
Who wouldn’t like to hear from Cinque, the West African who led the rebellion aboard the schooner Amistad.
“Cinque wants you to know that Connecticut officials need to finally do something about the hijacking of the Mystic-built Amistad replica,” could be one message from heaven we might hear Sunday from Fraser.
If I could get Fraser to channel a message from any late Connecticut politician, I think it would be Ella Grasso.
I wonder what Connecticut’s first governor would think of the mess a couple of Republican and Democratic governors have made of her beloved state, not only enacting an income tax but ratcheting it up and borrowing heavily at the same time.
“Ella Grasso wants you to know you’ve squandered her inheritance of a stable, viable state government,” Fraser might tell us.
Who could we connect with to learn more about progress on fundraising for the National Coast Guard Museum proposed for New London?
Maybe we could ask Fraser to check in with former Gov. Jonathan Trumbull, who first recommended construction of the fort on the New London waterfront that was named for him. The fort, in 1910, became the officer training school for the predecessor service to the Coast Guard.
If not for Trumbull’s vision, New London might not be contemplating a bright future as the new home of the National Coast Guard Museum.
“Jonathan Trumbull wants New London city officials to know they should keep any skepticism they may have about the museum to themselves and start talking it up every chance they get,” is how Fraser might channel the Colonial Connecticut governor.
Of course, if you start mixing up mediums and New London politics, I and others might like to know the answer to one of the city’s most enduring unsolved mysteries: Who killed Kevin Showalter, the young man struck by a hit-and-run driver on Christmas Eve 1973?
A grand jury report at the time implicated a popular city politician and owner of a landmark downtown store, although he was never charged.
The report chastised New London police for its “general inefficiency and laxity” in investigating.
Those who think New London police has sunk today from its glory years might keep this in mind.
“Kevin Showalter wants you to know you’ll never find out,” Fraser might say.
Some things, after all, are better left on the other side.