When most people think of mediums, an iconic scene from M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller “The Sixth Sense” usually comes to mind: 11-year-old Haley Joel Osment peeks from behind the covers in his darkened bedroom and tells Bruce Willis his secret, “I see dead people.”
For real-life medium, Tyler Henry Koelewyn, the star of E!’s hit show “Hollywood Medium,” the experience of communicating with souls on the other side is much more subtle than “Hollywood” would have us believe.
“It’s not like ‘The Sixth Sense,’ but thought readings can still be intense. I mediate while sitting across from a person and notice any changes in my body, my emotions. It’s about being able to pick up the subtle signals and interpret them,” he said in a telephone interview.
The 22-year-old has honed his abilities with practice.
“As I’ve gotten older, it’s gotten easier. It was a lot more difficult to shut off, but that was because I didn’t understand what it was and how it worked. I (can) work during the day and I can relax at night and sleep,” he explained.
This weekend, Henry will treat South Florida audiences to the same types of paranormal readings that he offers celebrities on his television show. During the first portion, he will focus on the profound life lessons he’s gleaned over the years bridging the worlds of the living and the dead. Then he will venture into the audience, where he will share readings and answer questions.
“I never have any control over who comes through, I’m like a mailman, I just deliver a message,” Henry said. “Even if I’m not able to connect with a particular person, I can sometimes get a sense of their energy, their health.”
As he continues his national tour, he has found every audience to be different.
“What I’ve loved about this work is that every single person is inherently unique, but we’re looking for the same things, clarity, closure and insight and validation for people,” Henry said.
Henry, who is also openly gay, said his gift helped him to come out and to assist others who may be struggling with how their loved ones—both living and departed—might react.
“Love is love. Love is a force. Those on the other side never come through angry or judgemental. In any form, they acknowledge the importance of that being,” he said. “Early on I realized I had to be true to who I was. It’s one thing be a medium, another thing to be of my (sexual) orientation. I realized the importance, I had to come out of a couple of closets, both were not that different, but they were.”
In the ways of love, Henry’s gift has definitely been helpful.
“I’ve been in a relationship for over a year. My abilities help me navigate this world (and find) who is meant for me. It’s helped with all of my relationships,” he concluded.
“Hollywood Medium” star Tyler Henry will appear at the Hard Rock Events Center in Hollywood on Saturday, June 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $40 at MyHRL.com.