28 March 2019

Is self proclaimed "Psychic Medium" Lorraine Ash a Racist as well as a terrible Psychic?

For those of you with a really long memory, I had a run in with Lorraine Ash nearly a decade ago. You can read all about that By Clicking Here but for once this is not about me. I was recently contacted by a concerned person from West Bromwich regarding a recent show they attended that featured Lorraine Ash as the main act.

Now this person has asked not to be named in fear of reprisals from Lorraine Ash, or those associated with her. I have had reports in the past from people, and even other so called psychics who have told me of the kind of things Lorraine Ash has done to protect her bottom line, so I can understand the fear, and I will happily keep their name out of this report. But to make life easier, I will refer to this person as Julie.

Lorraine Ash had advertised her Evening of Mediumship on Facebook

And this very post had been advertised and paid for by Lorraine Ash to appear as a "Sponsored Post" across facebook. Despite getting only 38 likes and 32 shares, this ad appeared on "Julie's" Facebook Timeline, and although Julie had visited a psychic in the past, this was her first time going to see Lorraine Ash, and Julie decided to take her young son along for company.

During the show Lorraine Ash went to Julie to give her a reading, here is what Julie told me....

"She happened to pick a vibe or energy from me and proceeded to give me a reading. First she asked me about violet sweets and why she kept seeing that, I said I didn't know, then she described a bible bashing church woman in a suit who came through to contact me, I told her I didn't know who she was talking about."

Well the sweets are the kind of thing a psychic may come out with in a reading, but to go straight to a "Bible bashing Church woman in a suit", it's not something you hear very often, it is rather specific, although Lorraine got things wrong.

"Then she kept on saying she's getting a 'V' name I said I don't know anyone with a name beginning with V so she said maybe the name had a V sound in it but didn't begin with the letter  V and I couldn't think of anybody."

Now I wonder if when Lorraine mentioned "Violet Sweets" she was hoping the name Violet would hit, but when it didn't she thought she would stick with the letter V. She fails again, and again.

"So she starts to get really angry with me and said "I don't like these types of readings, your making me sound like I'm a liar or fake or something" . "

No Lorraine Ash, you can not and should never blame your victim for making you look like a liar and a fake, you are responsible for your own actions, and to try and blame the person receiving the reading is disgraceful.

"She turns to another woman she was hosting the event with and asks if she could pick up the name and the lady told her it was Veronica. I said I didn't know anybody by that name and I could see her getting worried and more and more angry."

This has actually happened to me before, during a reading when the medium starts to fail badly, they try to get the help of another medium present, they usually do this to help share the blame, after all if two mediums are wrong then it must be the victims fault right!

"Finally she said she's linking to a person who got shot in the neck,I said I didn't know anybody who'd been shot and she had enough and said maybe it's someone in my ex partners family or a past relative I didn't know and said she had nothing more to pass on and moved onto the next."

Much like the Bible Bashing woman in a suit description earlier, we now have a really specific claim regarding someone who had been shot in the neck.

Again completely wrong. But it is two really specific things that Lorraine said, and not your typical cold reading characters that psychics tend to throw out for an easy fit.

"Nothing she said was right, I felt like she was cold reading because I was the only black woman in the room" 

And suddenly the light bulb has gone off in your head just as it has mine.

"Julie", the victim of Lorraine Ash on this Evening of Mediumship is a black woman, and the only black person other than her son in the whole room.

So is this the reason Lorraine Ash started with a character who was a Bible Bashing woman in a suit? After all the stereotype of an older black woman is often quite strong minded, very religious, as well as being very smartly dressed when going to Church. (I must say I'm always impressed by the effort put in by the black community when it comes to dressing up for Church.)

The names Violet and Veronica are both common names in an older age range.

But surely this is not enough on its own to even suggest that Lorraine is racially stereotyping a woman, it is only a name, oh wait remember what she said about a man being shot in the neck.

Well if you type "West Bromwich Murder" into google, guess what you get.

Late last year a young black man was murdered on West Bromwich High Street, not far from where this Evening of Mediumship was being held. he was shot in the side of the head.

So clearly Lorraine Ash since she is from the Midlands either recalled seeing this report on the news, or just googled some reported deaths before the show, and when she saw "Julie" she assumed because she was the only black person at the show, then of course she would know this black man who was recently murdered.

It is well known that all black people know each other right? No? Are you sure?

So if that is not bad enough lets continue...

"and at one point she asked another woman if there's a "K' name around her and the lady said I have a boyfriend called Kyah.

She asked does he smoke weed? The girl said no so Lorraine Ash said it's around him then. Them she told the same girl "Your granddad in spirit doesn't want you with a black man, but I'm not being racist"

She then looked at me and said don't take that the wrong way, it's not me saying it I'm not racist it's spirit. She addressed me because I was the only black person in the room."

You do realise that whenever some one says "I'm not being racist" they usually are being just that.

"The girl told her "my partner's not black" so Lorraine Ash said to her "well you've been with someone brown before and that's what he's talking about"

I think because the girl said her boyfriend was called Kyah a black sounding name, then Lorraine Ash assumed he was black and so said that he smoked weed."

It really just gets worse for Lorraine Ash doesn't it!
Not only is she a terrible psychic, she also seemingly makes assumptions of race based on names and uses terrible racist stereotypes as part of her act.

"I also feel that she assumed I knew I dead religious person because most elderly black people are deeply religious and so she was guessing based on that."

As I said previously. Lorraine has clearly in my opinion gone beyond basic cold reading here, and moved onto racist stereotypes.

I also felt singled out when she told the girl not to go out with a brown guy as I was the only black person or any other race in the room. I also feel that because I'm black she mentioned a gun and someone getting shot because in this country, gun crime to do with black males are shown alot in the news so she was stereotyping that based on my skin colour, and she assumed that there was a high probability of me knowing a gun crime victim, but I didn't know any.

Especially when it seems pretty clear she assumed that Julie knew the murdered black man from West Bromwich.

"When the show ended I tried to shake her hand but felt snubbed as if she was still angry at me and as I walked off, I looked back and it looked as if she was saying something nasty and spiteful about me by her facial expressions."

I asked Julie why she would try to shake Lorraine's hand after the event she replied

"I tried to shake her hand after the show because I knew I annoyed her because she said I made her seem like she was lying. I just didn't want any hard feelings or bad vibes."

Julie continues

"I got home and I felt angry that I'd just given my money away to someone who in my opinion was not the real deal. I jumped on google to see if anyone had had any bad experiences with her, I found BadPsychics and thought I would let you know my experience as it could help warn others about her..."

And with that what can I say. Lorraine Ash is a terrible psychic, and in my personal opinion she racially profiled Julie, and made some very ignorant comments which are not only offensive to the black community, but offensive to anyone who stands against bigotry and racism. For once the whole pretending to communicate with the dead while taking your money is not the most offensive thing about the psychic medium.

Julie has told me she will never go to see Lorraine Ash again, and also that she doubts she will ever visit a medium again full stop, as the experience has left her feeling very upset that she could be treated in such a way.

Over the many years of me doing what I do, I have a few times come across psychics racially profiling people. I myself were once racially profiled by a psychic. And in West Bromwich funnily enough. I just wish I could remember the name of the psychic but it was a long long time ago, Hell for all i know it could have been Lorraine Ash! During that reading, I was told they could see camels and the desert, Yes folks due to my dark olive tan they assumed i was of Middle Eastern ethnicity.

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By Jon Donnis