An Evening with Colin Fry
A glorious evening, sitting outside the theatre, sipping red wine, watching the sun set over the sea. I was so looking forward to this, I’d never seen a medium on stage before, I had no first hand knowledge of cold reading, and was prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Colin Fry bounded on stage and
proceeded to give the audience his set speech as he did in Sweden (see
article by Anne O’ Nymous)
He is a small shiny man in a small shiny suit
and has the squarest hands I have ever seen. I could not stop comparing
him to a mole.
He is a small shiny man in a small shiny suit and has the squarest hands I have ever seen. I could not stop comparing him to a mole.The Show began, we settled back in our seats and waited for the evening to unfurl
I was quite impressed until I considered how many people are having some sort of work done at home at any one time. It’s also normal for new plaster to crack.
Surely Mum would know if she had grandchildren?
Margaret…. came through to speak with her daughter Colin said that Mother was telling him “John the Plasterer”, did the daughter know who he was?
Was she having work done at home?
Yes, an extension, plastered last week.
There’s a problem with the plaster on the
window- sill. It’s cracked.
Why is she saying peanut butter?
I don’t know
Have you got children?
Yes but they don’t like it. I like it
That’s it then.
But I don’t eat it
I felt that Fry was on the verge of asking if they
were even dead.
This took a while for the woman to relate to, but she was so keen we were willing her on, even though she barely knew the woman.
Came through with Dennis, Dawn or Doreen Taylor .
Woman leaps up. She is being egged on by her friends.
My brother in law is Dennis and my sister in law is Doreen.
Fry asks is it Taylor?
No, they weren’t related.
I’m getting a stomach problem
Dennis’s widow suffers from something, but she won’t take her tablets.
Dennis then tells the woman to make the widow take the tablets
The next chap didn’t give any feedback at all and so was a very short reading.
|I was getting the hang of this by now and realised that he would make a guess, then a suggestion. When contradicted, he would re-emphasise his guess, so that the impression would be left that he had made a hit. He did this again straight away.||
The next victim (an extremely well dressed and groomed lady): Had granny come through to remind the lady about the time someone got lost at the seaside?
Yes that’s right, the seaside.
Granny said the granddaughter had been shopping for shoes on Saturday,
Yes shopping. Well Granny said that the pink shoes she’d been looking at were gone.
This was very uncomfortable to sit through, especially when the chap got emotional at the end.
Next came a deeply embarrassing
encounter with a young man, His granddad was saying that his (Granddad’s)
medals needed cleaning. It emerged that this lad was so estranged from his
family that he knew nothing about his grandfather or even if he was alive
or dead. Fry said that Granddad was proud of him for trying to turn his
life around. The young man was embarrassed and said that no-one had ever
said that to him before.
Time for a break
|As we sat outside with another glass of wine, this time admiring the single strand of light bulbs that comprise the Felixstowe Illuminations I reflected on what we had seen and what was to come. I had a strange sick feeling and felt grubby, (though this could have been caused by sitting on a wall, drinking plonk)||
Back to the show.
Fry opens the second half by giving a little talk on cold reading and
says that “All mediums are psychic but not all psychics are mediums”
What can he mean?
|By now the audience round me was getting restless; lots of sighing, twitching, eye rolling etc…… In our little corner of the universe, he had lost his audience.||
He decided to give an aura reading to a lady in a wheelchair. When asked why she was wearing all black, she simply said that she found it slimming .
It was a
silly little segment, brought to a close when he abruptly came through
with the woman’s mother. Mother said that the bad times were going to get
better. Unfortunately the woman gave him so much information that the
reading was worthless
This was hilarious.
thank heavens for that, I thought Fry was going to miss out there.
A woman leapt up to claim her step-father…. Fry
asserts that he was killed in a car crash…
came through for her daughter and granddaughter. Fry was having trouble
getting the daughter to shut up.
I couldn’t quite make this one out. The girl was very young (late teens), all alone and apparently very shy…. She was actually crying
that this was intended to close the show on a high, but it made for very
call was as cruel as the end of the first half: a young girl claimed
Douglas as her Dad.
I don’t know
It could have been where they tried to resuscitate him…
I don’t know
said that she had been a baby when he died and she had no memories of him
She was then told to return it to whoever had given her this photo and to ask them for the one of the two of them. He then said that he would see her after the show, where he would have some more messages for her.
|Love and Light||
End of the show
|The evening ended as it had begun, sitting outside the theatre, sipping a glass of wine, looking at the sea. However, on watching people leave, there was a lot of grumbling and disappointed faces. There was little of the excited chattering that is usually seen when people have seen a good show and are feeling uplifted.|