Coffey Talk

Photo Credit: Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette

Last night wasn’t just Halloween; Chip Coffey was speaking at the Heinz History Center! Chip is a psychic/medium that has gained a spot in the public eye first from his guest spots (he told us 30 episodes total!) on “Paranormal State.” Since then, he’s gone on to having his own show (also on A&E), “Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal.”

When I was asked by my friends at the Greater Pittsburgh Paranormal Society (GPPS) if I’d like to join them at the event and bring some of my books, I was thrilled! There was a great turn out; complete with some, in the spirit of Halloween, dressed up in costumes!Even one of the guys from Mr. Coffey’s clan was clad in an elf costume. He told me he was “Buddy the Elf” and his job was to run around giving members of the audience the microphone when they had questions. Chip was wearing one of his signature scarves, of course…and he admitted to the audience that his scarf count is somewhere around 80. This one was new and he just had to have it, he told us. 

The entire night was filled with fun and laughter. One of the great things I learned about Chip is that he really doesn’t care what you think about him. He isn’t going to try and justify himself and his abilities because he doesn’t feel the need. I feel like he inspired some members of the audience; such as a young 17 year old girl who gets called “crazy” and “weird”. Chip told her to simply put her hand out, say “stop,” and walk away when someone is saying hurtful things to her. Yes, it is as easy as that!

Besides being helpful to numerous people, Chip is super funny. He told us that he’s the first to make fun of himself and talks about the cool things to do, saying, “In the 60s and 70s, it was cool to have a black friend. Then, in the 80s and 90s it was cool to have a gay friend. Now, it’s cool to have a psychic friend!”


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