Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PORTLAND - Carla Tozier of Brunswick said that when she read about Psychic Sunday, she knew she had to attend.
Mary “Irish Gypsy” Thompson of Old Orchard Beach conducts a clearing on a client using healing crystals during Psychic Sunday at the Fireside Inn & Suites in Portland.
Tim Greenway/Staff Photographer
She lost a brother two months ago and had every confidence she would connect with him at the fair at the Fireside Inn & Suites Sunday.
Tozier, who described herself as a fervent believer in the occult, brought her youngest daughter, Kate Tozier along. But her husband, who is highly skeptical of the mystical arts, stayed home, which was fine with her, she said.
"I will get the last laugh in the great beyond," she said.
Tozier was among the mostly female crowd who paid $2 to get in and $20 to $25 for a session with about a half dozen psychic readers -- bargain prices compared to the price of a session behind closed doors, according to the regulars. The event draws people who apparently don't mind if their private business is overheard by those waiting in line.
The fair featured mostly Maine psychics and was organized by John Bryson, a Reiki practitioner who puts on about 10 fairs a year. "This creates a sense of community," said Bryson.
Kate Holly-Clark of Barnstead, N.H., offered rune readings for $25. Based on an ancient European alphabet, each letter carries a predictive meaning, she said. "It can be catastrophically funny and rude," Holly-Clark said.
Kim Grabarz of Westbrook and her sister, Elizabeth Elkinson of Saco, said there is a psychic gene in their family. While neither claimed to have inherited the gene, they said their sister and grandmother definitely did.
"I love psychic readers in general. I just like to see how close they are. Some are so accurate," said Grabarz.
She said one of the psychics at the fair bore an uncanny resemblance to her psychic sister.
"We've got to go to her," said Grabarz.
Tozier, about to sit down with an intuitive medium named Nightfeather, said she doesn't care what the skeptics think.
"It makes life a little easier to believe," Tozier said.
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