When it comes to psychic mediums and all things paranormal, I think I’m pretty accurate in saying that you either believe in it or you don’t.
While I’ve always believed in ghosts and spirits, I’ve tended to err more on the side of caution where psychic mediums and tarot card readers are concerned. I’ve had readings in the past that have either been semi-accurate or not accurate at all, so have ended up taking them with a pinch of salt.
But that all changed after I was lucky enough to pay a visit to a certain psychic medium in Barton, who I am 100% confident in saying is the ‘real deal’. Joe Haigh – known locally as Medium Joe – absolutely blew my socks off with the things he came out with during my reading.
Driving to meet Joe on a sunny yet absolutely freezing Thursday afternoon, I really didn’t know what to expect. Taking into account my previous experiences, I figured he’d probably come out with some things that were accurate, but if I’m being totally honest, I definitely had my sceptical hat on.
When I arrived, the first thing I noticed was just how friendly, lovely and down-to-earth Joe is. He made me feel instantly at ease, and was fine with me recording the reading on my phone.
He advised me that some things during the reading might not make sense at first – such as certain names or places – but to go away and “do some digging” and speak to my family members to see if they recognise them.
While I’m not going to divulge too much information about the content of my reading – because a lot of it was very personal – I can say that Joe made contact with three of my loved ones who have passed, and told me distinct details about them that there’s no way he could’ve possibly known, right down to very specific events that happened in their lives, habits and mannerisms they had, and even how they died.
A few months ago, while on our way to Center Parcs, my family and I were very nearly involved in an accident on the A180 after a metal plank fell off the back of a lorry and struck us, resulting in a punctured tyre and then a very close call with another lorry. Joe even mentioned that, and said one of my deceased loved ones had been protecting us that day.
He mentioned specific health problems that my family members have, and details about my partner’s family that I myself had no idea about. When I mentioned these details to my partner – who’s an absolute sceptic, may I add – even he couldn’t believe it.
Joe even mentioned a problem with my car and flickering lights in my hallway – both of which have now happened. I did have to do a lot of checking for certain details with my mum and partner, but so many of them have been proved accurate.
After the reading was over and I’d just about got over the initial shock, I decided to ask Joe a few questions about his craft.
Speaking about how he developed an interest in the supernatural, he said: “It wasn’t until I was about 18 or 19 when I was working in a workshop and I heard someone run up the metal stairs, but there was no-one there. For about three years afterwards that really freaked me out and I wouldn’t go in there, but it sparked an interest that was always there anyway about ghosts.
“One thing led to another and I found out what psychics and mediums were – because I didn’t know what they were before – and I ended up going to Grimsby Spiritualist Church, and it went from there. I’ve been developing as a medium for around 20 years and in that time I’ve done many charity nights and raised over £20,000.
“I like that [the charity events] give me a platform to talk to people about the mechanics behind this work and demonstrate it in a way that I feel is evidential and value-led, and it helps me reach lots more people. Raising money is great, but it helps me really articulate just what I want mediumship to be.
“There’s genuine research out there and genuine evidence for paranormality, it’s not guess-work or fraud, and I love being able to articulate and express that. In its purest form, it can be life-changing.”
When asked about what day-to-day life is like for someone who can communicate with spirits, Joe said: “Some days it’s really strong, other days it’s not. I’ll feel them in my house, it sounds daft but I might be going to the bathroom and I’ll see someone in my hallway. They just drop in. It’s eerie when I’m by myself. It’s odd, I’ll feel them and sometimes I’ll physically see them, but that’s more rare.
“I’m massively under the impression that it’s not a gift, I think anyone can do it. If we can communicate with spirits – we’re spirits – so surely it’s just a natural process. It’s no different to learning to play an instrument – I’ve had to work hard to develop it.”
To learn more about Medium Joe and the work he does, you can like his Facebook page here.