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Lisa Williams. Courtesy photo.




Voices From The Other Side

Where: Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester
When: Friday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: From $39.50 to $69.50
Call: 668-5588
Visit: palacetheatre.org




Manchester gets psyched
Williams talks new show and embracing skepticism

11/20/14



 Lisa Williams says she has the ability to operate as both a psychic — one who has the ability to see into the future — as well as a medium — someone who can help people move forward after a loved one has passed on and connect with them from another world. It just depends on what day it is and what mood you catch her in.

“People often ask me which I prefer. I always say I like both, and I think it’s because I just like getting into people’s lives and helping them out,” Williams said during a recent phone interview. “The energy is very much different. Communicating with spirits is a very heavy, intense energy with a lot of depth to it. Psychic energy is a much lighter energy — easier, in a way.”
Williams has taken that energy and brought it from her home in England to American audiences with two television shows on the Lifetime channel as well as three books. Williams said she has continued to tour to present her ability and is currently working on a fourth book, which is more of a novel.
Williams will be at the Palace Theatre on Friday, Nov. 21. During her show, Williams said, she will discuss her abilities, followed by a connection with spirits to the members of the audience.
“We have a lot of fun with it,” Williams said. “A lot of people think it’s heavy, emotional with a lot of crying, but it’s really not.”
Williams said she first got into the public limelight when she was “on a vacation” to America from England in 2004. She had been working as a psychic for over 20 years, and during her visit she met and performed a reading on Merv Griffin. Griffin, she said, was impressed by her ability and was interested in creating a television show about her life called Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead.
The show focused on her everyday life of helping relay inspirational messages from deceased relatives to their loved ones.
“Obviously we’ve all lost someone,” she said. “[The readings] are supposed to offer hope and comfort feelings knowing that life doesn’t stop, it is just a continuation.”
In her most recent book I Speak to Dead People: Can You?, Williams said, she addresses a frequent question that is asked of her: How does one become a psychic medium?
Williams said that while not everybody possesses the mediumship ability, that shouldn’t necessarily deter them from looking for signs that their loved ones might try to be sending.
“People always want to see signs that their loved ones are around them,” she said. “You’ve just got to look for something that happens. Maybe you’ll see two ducks swimming together in a pond, something you don’t see all the time. When you’ve got a sign, it really is a sign that a loved one is coming around. I’m trying to give them the tools to help them see the signs and interpret what they mean.”
Of course, the psychic field doesn’t function without its share of skeptics. Williams said her father was one of the biggest skeptics during her time as a psychic medium. But instead of ignoring the skeptics, Williams said, she embraces the criticism.
“Skeptics are everywhere,” she said. “Skeptics question things all the time, but they also make us question everything, and that’s what makes me a better medium. The general criticism is that what we say is too general. Understand that there are some generalities when it comes to death. Like if someone has passed with cancer, there’s likely to be chemotherapy involved. … There are elements that are just general in themselves.”
On the other side of the spectrum, Williams said, there is a way to spot a phony psychic.
“If somebody asks too many questions … for example, a psychic will say, ‘What happened to your dad or your mom, when did they pass?’ If you feel they’re asking too many questions, it’s time not to believe,” she said.
Williams also does private readings and says that the depth of the reading changes from the big stage to the small readings.
“I really love doing private readings because you feel like you’re getting that connection with somebody, but it’s fun being on stage too.”
 
As seen in the November 20, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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