By BRUCE CHESSELL
Psychic Dan Valkos stunned Conestoga students in the Sanctuary by telling them their futures, the catch being that the students were only allowed to ask three questions.
Valkos has been involved with the paranormal since 1969, was the director of the Paranormal Enlightenment Centre for seven years and was also the chief investigator for the Association of Psychic Investigative Researchers. He has also appeared on over 1,500 radio shows, performed and lectured at over 1,200 colleges and was the host of The Universal Psychic, a television show that ran on Rogers TV for six years.
Valkos has written three novels, the latest titled The Psychic World and How You Can be Apart of It which has recently been released on Kindle. He was also voted the second best psychic in Canada, and 52nd in the world.
Students lined up in front of the bar leading up to the stage to have their reading by Valkos. Diana Eby, a social services student in her second year at Conestoga, was one of these students who waited in line to ask Valkos her three questions. When asked if she believed in the paranormal after getting her reading, Eby said, “I was on the fence before. I tend to wait for something to change my mind before I make up my mind. I’m not sure if I believe in it, but I do believe that there are people who have really good insight.”
Taylor Gosnell, another social service student in her second year, was less skeptical before going up to see Valkos. “I believed in the paranormal before, and I believe even more so now.” She went on to add that it was a great experience learning about her future. “It was something I’ve always wanted to do, but I’ve never had the opportunity to do it and he blew my mind a little bit.”
When asked to describe what he does as a psychic Valkos said, “I’m a controlled precognitive, which means I deal with probabilities and potentials of future events. Basically when the students ask me a question I go with the impression I get.” Valkos went onto add, “I’m right eight out of 10 times, no psychic is right 100 per cent of the time.”
Valkos also said that everyone is psychic to some extent. “We all have within us the potential to trust our own small voice within. The only difference between you and I is that I’ve been practising my abilities for a lot longer.” In addition to giving readings Valkos teaches psychic development and reincarnation workshops at Conestoga’s Doon campus and online, “The first thing I do is to teach people to trust their own gut hunches. Then there are little exercises, little games you can play and little things you can do to trust your instincts more. It’s not that difficult to learn if you simply trust.”
And for everyone who is skeptical about Valkos and psychics in general, Valkos said he was too when he was starting out. “I got involved as a skeptic, thinking everything was a bunch of garbage and everyone was running a hustle on everyone else. I was proved wrong very early on in my career.”
Valkos also ran for Parliament in the 2000 federal election for the Green Party. “I knew I was going to get thumped, but I had a riot in the debates. It was fun and it made national press because I was the only psychic ever to run for Parliament.”
Valkos is scheduled to appear at Conestoga’s Guelph campus on Nov. 20. You can also check him out on his website, www.danvalkospsychic.com.
By BRUCE CHESSELL