UK PSYCHICS REPORT - 24 October 2004
Scottish medium Gordon Smith has said that he is not interested in becoming a TV celebrity. And today he criticised UK television bosses for trying to turn him into little more than an entertainer. He also accused some of his fellow mediums of being charlatans and "rip-off merchants".
He told his local newspaper,Scotland on Sunday: "I did a test for Carlton Television for a series and it was absolute mince.
"All the TV companies are after the same thing, they want you to perform, and I'm not an actor.
"You lose all respect the moment you give in to people's wishes to perform.
"I am not against making money and I have not taken a vow of poverty. I love to go out and have a good drink, but it is very difficult to charge people who don't have two pennies to rub together," he said.
Smith said he was not against mediums making money, but he was shocked recently to discover that one TV medium was charging £:225 for half an hour session. "It's absurd," he said. "Who gets paid that?"
Smith himself does not charge for readings.
"That way I have the luxury of being honest. If it's not working, I just tell people it's not working. I don't have this obligation to come up with the goods, which might be a temptation to exaggerate or embroider things. Anyway, I already have a job."
His job is proprietor of a tiny barber shop in Glasgow called The Gentry. And yes, he does charge for his haircuts!
Smith, a seventh son of a seventh son, first became aware of his "gift" as a boy of 10 in Glasgow, when he saw a drunk walking down the street who "just floated up and disappeared". He later found out that the man had died two weeks previously.
He continued to see and speak to dead people throughout his childhood, but ignored this until he was in his 20s and saw a vision of a friend in his bedroom the very moment he died in a fire. Smith claims he awoke to a vision of Brian, the brother of his workmate Christine, standing before him with a calm look on his face. Smith was alarmed - and far more so when he discovered, several hours later, that Brian had just perished in a house fire from which Christine had been lucky to escape unharmed.
Smith refuses to do readings for journalists because he thinks they are stunts.
"I can't be bothered proving it any more. I've been tested at Glasgow University and if people don't believe me I'm not bothered," he said.
His latest book, The Unbelievable Truth, reached number two on the Amazon.com website earlier this month. His first publication, Spirit Messenger, has sold 50,000 copies worldwide in the past year.
He has just returned from a tour of the US, Canada and Australia to promote his books, and he is currently on a signing tour of the UK.