‘Coffey Talk’ with paranormal star

By Alex Stedman

Chip Coffey is a man of many titles, none of which are ordinary. His business card reads “psychic, medium, spiritual counselor and TV star.”

Since discovering his clairvoyance as a child, Coffey has made appearances on “Paranormal State” and hosts “Psychic Kids” on A&E, where he mentors youngsters who claim to have psychic abilities.

Coffey, who currently resides in Atlanta, also hosts a series called “Coffey Talks” in cities across the country, during which he performs psychic readings on random audience members.

While at the Congress Plaza Hotel Oct. 25, Coffey took a break from his sixth sense to talk with The Chronicle about being a psychic, his TV show and people’s fascination with the paranormal.

The Chronicle: Do you enjoy visiting Chicago?

Chip Coffey: I’ve got a large fan base in Chicago, and it’s always very exciting to get with people who are interested in the paranormal to see what sort of results we can get when we get [them] together.

You identify as a clairvoyant, clairaudient and clairsentient psychic. What does that mean?

[They’re] really just big fancy words for the fact that I connect with things that you can’t, [such as] energies that can’t be connected using the five human senses.

Does having these abilities ever overwhelm you?

I wouldn’t say I’ve ever been really overwhelmed by it. I’ve been very fortunate [because] I’ve really found a way to not let my abilities or my skill sets manage me, but rather, I kind of manage them. I don’t want to be Whoopi Goldberg in “Ghost.” I don’t want to [spend] 24 hours doing what I’m doing. I’m also very blessed by the fact that when I’m ready to do it, I can turn on those abilities and turn into psychic [and] medium Chip Coffey.

Did you find it difficult to tell other people about your abilities when you were young?

Absolutely. Back in the day, these things weren’t talked about as much as they are now. People would have thought, to some degree, that you were crazy. Not that anybody was ashamed of it; it was kind of like you didn’t air it in public. I think that we’ve become a society that’s more accepting of a lot of things, this being one of them.

Why did you decide to start working with “Psychic Kids”?

I did an episode of “Paranormal State” that involved working with a teenager, and I think the producers saw that I had a really good dynamic [with the teen]. They knew that I had worked as a school teacher in the past. I’ve worked in traditional psychology and traditional therapy with children and adolescents in the past, and they saw that I had a good rapport with young people. A lot of [the children] have paranormal or psychic things going on in their world [that] they just don’t know how to deal with, how to cope with it [or] how to handle it. So I think the main purpose of the show [was] to bring some sort of sanity and clarity into their lives.

It’s been said that you think everybody is a bit psychic.

Pretty much everyone has some psychic ability. I’ll bet you’ve had this experience yourself. You’ve thought about a loved one, a friend or a relative, and shortly after, that person has communicated with you somehow. I really do believe that that’s an energy exchange. This is just one hypothesis: You put out that energy, they picked up that energy and somehow, in an unspoken way, you guys have connected. And that, in a very small sense, is making that sort of unknown psychic connection.

There are a lot of paranormal shows these days, and your “Coffey Talks” are popular. Why are people so interested in this subject?

I think people want to think of themselves as infinite, and in the greatest sense, that may be one part of it. The other part of it is people love anything to do with the paranormal [and] horror. But for me, I do it to say when I breathe my last breath and my heart stops and the brain waves go, that’s not the end of it. There’s more to me than just the body and the heart and the brain. The very core of my soul will continue to exist after the body is dead.