Q & A with ‘Hollywood Medium’ Tyler Henry

Madison RutherfordJanuary 29, 2020
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Tyler Henry is a psychic to the stars. Actually, he’s a clairvoyant medium, which means he can both predict the future and communicate with the dead.

He captured America’s attention on his show Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry, which is the E! network’s most successful launch of a non-scripted series in the past three years. He has done readings for A-list celebrities such as Khloe Kardashian and Kris Jenner, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi, Eva Longoria, Amber Rose, Melissa Joan Hart and more. Henry grew up in Hanford, a small, rural city in California, and recalls realizing his gift at the ripe age of 10. In 2016, he penned a memoir called Between Two Worlds: Lessons from the Other Side.

This spring, Henry will be embarking on a 36-city tour with his new live show, An Evening of Hope, Healing and Closure, in which he will do live readings with the audience and candidly communicate how his gift affects his everyday life. The tour stops at Talking Stick Resort on Friday, March 27.

We caught up with the 23-year-old psychic superstar to discuss success, skeptics and “the other side.”

When did you first realize you had psychic abilities? What was it like for you growing up?
My first incidence of connecting with the other side happened completely spontaneously when I was 10 years old. In April of 2006, I woke up one night with a knowingness that my grandmother would soon pass away. We received the news of her death shortly after I told my mom. Beyond that initial experience, school was difficult — coming from a small town with no one to relate to, I felt misunderstood by kids at school. As I got older, that didn’t stop me from sharing my intuitive feelings with them.

You’ve done readings for a slew of celebrities. Is there one reading in particular that stands out to you?
Reading La Toya Jackson was a really profound experience for me. Connecting with Michael [Jackson] was a surreal experience, and because he’s arguably the most famous person on the planet, I had to bring forward information no one knew publicly. Much of the deeper details of what was said in the reading never aired on television, but it was an incredibly validating experience for both of us. La Toya left the experience with an awareness that Michael’s being was still very much connected to both her and his family.

What is the biggest challenge for you about being a clairvoyant medium?
Probably balancing work and rest. Most people’s jobs are an activity that they start in the morning and end at night. My job is 24/7, and with that comes a greater need to both appease the intuitive messages while simultaneously having personal boundaries.

What is the most rewarding part of the work that you do?
Seeing the transformation a person goes through when they walk through the door versus when they leave after a reading. The journey from a skeptic to believer, the affirmation that we never truly say goodbye.

Your show, Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry, is a runaway success. What do you hope audiences take away from the show?
I hope by watching the show, people resonate with the fact that we all share the human experience. Grief, as hard as it is, is an insight into something we all will experience. To be able to alleviate that, even if it’s just a little, is my biggest goal.

Tell me about your memoir, Between Two Worlds. What inspired you to write a book?
My memoir was a work in progress from my teen years. A true memoir should probably be written when I’m 90. That said, the book gives insight into the formative experiences that lead me down my path as a medium. I get a lot of the same questions about my ability, and the book answers my early understandings of it.

What are some misconceptions about your gift?
The biggest misconception is the conflation between a psychic and a medium. All mediums have a psychic ability, not all psychics are mediums.

What do you say to skeptics?
I embrace skepticism! I’ve read many a skeptic on my show and off. I think what’s lent to my success at my age is that I’ve always put an emphasis on validation – the unknowable details that are shared only between the person that passed and the person being read. Many skeptics have turned into believers after hearing inside jokes, last words and intimate details that simply cannot be read through body language.

What can fans expect at your live show, An Evening of Hope, Healing and Closure?
It’s going to be a multipart evening of sharing some of the most profound understandings I’ve taken away from my work, some personal stories and then plenty of live audience readings and simultaneous Q&A! It’s a lot going on, incredibly interactive, and a great opportunity to see the process live and in person — and maybe get a message for yourself!

What are you most looking forward to about going on tour?
The travel! There’s so many more tour dates this year, and I’m so excited to share what I do all over.

Is there anything you’re looking forward to about coming to Phoenix in particular?
I love Phoenix! I visited last year, and we had a sold-out crowd and it was one of my favorite shows ever. I can’t wait to come back!

An Evening of Hope, Healing and Closure
Friday, March 27, 8 p.m.
$35-$60
The Grand Ballroom at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale
480-850-7777, talkingstickresort.com, tylerhenryhollywoodmedium.com

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