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RED BANK: CONVERSATIONAL CLAIRVOYANCE

JVPThe Count Basie Theatre keeps the ghost light burning in anticipation of Thursday’s appearance by GHOST WHISPERER consultant James Van Praagh.  

As we said in this space during last year’s Red Bank visit by “Medium Next Door” Maureen Hancock: you needn’t possess a sixth sense, second sight, or psychic gift to divine that live appearances by the breed of professionals known as Spirit Mediums are among the most consistently popular offerings booked into the Count Basie Theatre.

This Thursday night, the venue that previously offered successful events starring John “Crossing Over” Edward, Lisa “Voices from the Other Side” Williams and Theresa “Long Island Medium” Caputo presents an audience with James Van Praagh, the broadcast personality, best-selling author and producer whose adventures on the phantom channels of your television set have ranged from appearances on Oprah, Larry King, 48 Hours and Chelsea Lately — to serving as special technical consultant to Jennifer Love Hewitt in the series Ghost Whisperer.

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RED BANK: LIGHTHEARTED PSYCHIC AT BASIE

Maureen_Hancock“Medium Next Door” Maureen Hancock makes her Count Basie Theatre debut Thursday night.

You needn’t possess a sixth sense, second sight, or psychic gift to divine that live appearances by the breed of professionals known as Spirit Mediums are among the most consistently popular offerings booked into the Count Basie Theatre.

As the Basie’s veep of operations Izzy Sackowitz notes, the venue has historically done well with such personalities as John “Crossing Over” Edward, Lisa “Voices from the Other Side” Williams and Theresa “Long Island Medium” Caputo — figures who’ve ditched the magic-shop turbans and crystal balls in favor of a conversational style that “establishes a real rapport with the audience,” he says. “There’s a sense that these people come from very ordinary backgrounds, and they share something in common with the viewer.”

On Thursday, the Basie stage hosts the local debut of Maureen Hancock, the self-styled “internationally renowned Spirit Medium, intuitive, teacher, lecturer, Holistic Healer, and author of the bestselling book, The Medium Next Door: Adventures of a Real-Life Ghost Whisperer.”

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