Medium 'had supernatural experiences at the age of 7'

David Taylor hard at work

David Taylor

David Taylor and his father Ian Maclean

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MEDIUM David Taylor claims he first started encountering supernatural experiences when he was just seven years old.

But it was not until 2001 that he decided to attend classes at Bolton Spiritualist Church after a spirit voice told him to do so, he says.

But his perception of mediumship changed one year later when he lost his father Ian Maclean, aged 63, to prostate cancer, and his new found empathy and compassion for grievers became his inspiration when carrying out readings.

Mr Taylor, aged 44, said: “I lost my dad in 2002 so I can see it from both sides.

"I have empathy for people that want to connect with their loved ones. Losing my dad gave me a better understanding of the grief process.

“My dad often pops in to see me. When I see him I smile. At first I was in floods of tears with total shock, but now it is a real comfort to have him with me.”

The father-of-three, who lives in Breightmet, says his supernatural experiences began when he was a child.

He said: “Looking back at my life I had experiences as a child, like sensing things that I had no prior knowledge about, but it was when I got older that I realised that it was something more.

“In 2001 I was watching a medium on TV and thought I would like to have a go at doing that. Then a voice came from nowhere and told me that I should. So I went to a spiritualist church and I have never looked back.”

Mr Taylor says that being a former sceptic helps him to understand those who do not believe in what he does.

He said: “Some of the best readings I have done have been with sceptics. Once I was at a public reading and there was a man standing with his arms folded and I could tell he didn’t believe any of it.

"But I started giving him information about his mum such as her name and that he still kept her jewellery in his drawer. After the show he came up and shook my hand and said ‘thank you’.

“I do group sessions, one-to-ones and evenings of clairvoyance, which can get quite busy with the amount of people trying to link in — especially if there are 200 in the audience. But over time I have learned to tune in and speak to one person at a time.

“I used to say, ‘I’ll believe it when I see it.’ And now I do.”

  • An Evening of Clairvoyance with David Taylor is on Friday, May 30 at Ramsbottom Civic Hall. Tickets are £12.50 and doors open at 7:30pm.

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9:28am Mon 19 May 14

ke1979 says...

Shame on the Bolton News for providing advertising for such nonsense. No one can speak to the dead. Not this man, not any man. Making a living preying on people's grief is despicable.
Shame on the Bolton News for providing advertising for such nonsense. No one can speak to the dead. Not this man, not any man. Making a living preying on people's grief is despicable. ke1979
  • Score: 13

9:33am Mon 19 May 14

crazyoldme says...

Boo Hiss Booo Bolton News!!!!! Boo Hiss Boo, I say!!!!
Boo Hiss Booo Bolton News!!!!! Boo Hiss Boo, I say!!!! crazyoldme
  • Score: 9

9:34am Mon 19 May 14

crazyoldme says...

I'm a ghost by the way.
I'm a ghost by the way. crazyoldme
  • Score: 10

9:37am Mon 19 May 14

ke1979 says...

crazyoldme wrote:
I'm a ghost by the way.
You've definitely been at the spirits.
[quote][p][bold]crazyoldme[/bold] wrote: I'm a ghost by the way.[/p][/quote]You've definitely been at the spirits. ke1979
  • Score: 8

11:19am Mon 19 May 14

PDY says...

Charlatans, preying on the emotions of people who desperately need comfort. The BN should be ashamed of itself promoting this sort of thing. There has never been a medium or a physic that has stood up to scientific examination and there is a 1 Million pound reward for the first person that does. You would be amazed how few accept the challenge. i wonder why????
Charlatans, preying on the emotions of people who desperately need comfort. The BN should be ashamed of itself promoting this sort of thing. There has never been a medium or a physic that has stood up to scientific examination and there is a 1 Million pound reward for the first person that does. You would be amazed how few accept the challenge. i wonder why???? PDY
  • Score: 9

12:24pm Mon 19 May 14

Wolfie190 says...

There are some dumb people about what a load of cobblers.
There are some dumb people about what a load of cobblers. Wolfie190
  • Score: 2

1:22pm Mon 19 May 14

cliff4treasurer says...

I don't know what 38% means in terms of total people voting but it frightens the life out of me that a third of the population (?) believe you can talk to dead people!!
I often struggle to understand the living.
I don't know what 38% means in terms of total people voting but it frightens the life out of me that a third of the population (?) believe you can talk to dead people!! I often struggle to understand the living. cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 4

1:37pm Mon 19 May 14

filthy6 says...

I once worked at a venue were "Boltons' Best Clairvoyant" used to phone up everyday to find out how many tickets we'd sold
I once worked at a venue were "Boltons' Best Clairvoyant" used to phone up everyday to find out how many tickets we'd sold filthy6
  • Score: 7

1:54pm Mon 19 May 14

Kerrybubbles says...

I had a private reading with David and he told me things from my Gran that there is no way he could have known. He doesn't draw you with questions, in fact, I never said a word. He also did a reading with my friend and he was exactly the same with her. There are no way he could have known these things, and in such detail as well. To all the sceptics out there, go to one of his charity evenings and see what happens. He does these events to raise money for charity.
I had a private reading with David and he told me things from my Gran that there is no way he could have known. He doesn't draw you with questions, in fact, I never said a word. He also did a reading with my friend and he was exactly the same with her. There are no way he could have known these things, and in such detail as well. To all the sceptics out there, go to one of his charity evenings and see what happens. He does these events to raise money for charity. Kerrybubbles
  • Score: 9

2:17pm Mon 19 May 14

one_love says...

cliff4treasurer wrote:
I don't know what 38% means in terms of total people voting but it frightens the life out of me that a third of the population (?) believe you can talk to dead people!! I often struggle to understand the living.
NOW ITS AT 46% THERE ARE SOME STUPID PEOPLE IN BOLTON
[quote][p][bold]cliff4treasurer[/bold] wrote: I don't know what 38% means in terms of total people voting but it frightens the life out of me that a third of the population (?) believe you can talk to dead people!! I often struggle to understand the living.[/p][/quote]NOW ITS AT 46% THERE ARE SOME STUPID PEOPLE IN BOLTON one_love
  • Score: 1

2:52pm Mon 19 May 14

ke1979 says...

Kerrybubbles wrote:
I had a private reading with David and he told me things from my Gran that there is no way he could have known. He doesn't draw you with questions, in fact, I never said a word. He also did a reading with my friend and he was exactly the same with her. There are no way he could have known these things, and in such detail as well. To all the sceptics out there, go to one of his charity evenings and see what happens. He does these events to raise money for charity.
If believing this brings you some comfort then fair enough. We're all entitled to believe in whatever we like. What I object to is someone profiteering on your grief. He might well do charity shows but I bet he didn't do your private reading for free ? Does it not strike you as odd that someone is able to speak to people no longer alive and instead of sharing this miracle with the rest of the world he decides to charge people for the privilege ?
[quote][p][bold]Kerrybubbles[/bold] wrote: I had a private reading with David and he told me things from my Gran that there is no way he could have known. He doesn't draw you with questions, in fact, I never said a word. He also did a reading with my friend and he was exactly the same with her. There are no way he could have known these things, and in such detail as well. To all the sceptics out there, go to one of his charity evenings and see what happens. He does these events to raise money for charity.[/p][/quote]If believing this brings you some comfort then fair enough. We're all entitled to believe in whatever we like. What I object to is someone profiteering on your grief. He might well do charity shows but I bet he didn't do your private reading for free ? Does it not strike you as odd that someone is able to speak to people no longer alive and instead of sharing this miracle with the rest of the world he decides to charge people for the privilege ? ke1979
  • Score: 5

4:31pm Mon 19 May 14

claggy36 says...

My Nan used to say if you have such a gift, you shouldn't charge for giving these messages to people!
Stop preying on people's emotions!
My Nan used to say if you have such a gift, you shouldn't charge for giving these messages to people! Stop preying on people's emotions! claggy36
  • Score: 4

7:19pm Mon 19 May 14

citizenbloo says...

good on yer David, i agree with some of the people here about charging money, because i believe that if you do have such a gift, it should be used to help people and not for your own benefit but in this day and age, we all need to earn a means to survive on a daily basis. I think that if in your heart, you are trying to help people and that what you do is sincere and honest, then let people pay. If you're a fraud, then you will get found out, and not by the people paying or a scientific experiment but karma will catch up with you
good on yer David, i agree with some of the people here about charging money, because i believe that if you do have such a gift, it should be used to help people and not for your own benefit but in this day and age, we all need to earn a means to survive on a daily basis. I think that if in your heart, you are trying to help people and that what you do is sincere and honest, then let people pay. If you're a fraud, then you will get found out, and not by the people paying or a scientific experiment but karma will catch up with you citizenbloo
  • Score: 2

8:00pm Mon 19 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Conmen and women like these should be locked up. The power of the internet and techniques similarly but less advanced are used by the CIA for extracting information.

Beware of the method of buying a ticket with a credit card over the phone where your details will be extracted and used to gather information from any one of the readily available snooping sites such as births, deaths and registry, Experian, Equifax and TransUnion, various electoral role checks... the list goes on.

Charlatans such as this used to extract money illegally, provide fake potions to heal.., those with 'voices' telling them to do things either have schizophrenia or tendencies... many got locked away in asylums 100-years ago and some have even gone on to murder people. Further back we can look at burnings, hangings and quartering for witchcraft.

Anyone providing readings and charging (cross my palm with silver) should be taken with skepticism. A real clairvoyant will NEVER charge or ask for any information, nor will they tell you the future or provide you with any ill feeling or offer any further services at a charge such as releasing demons.
Conmen and women like these should be locked up. The power of the internet and techniques similarly but less advanced are used by the CIA for extracting information. Beware of the method of buying a ticket with a credit card over the phone where your details will be extracted and used to gather information from any one of the readily available snooping sites such as births, deaths and registry, Experian, Equifax and TransUnion, various electoral role checks... the list goes on. Charlatans such as this used to extract money illegally, provide fake potions to heal.., those with 'voices' telling them to do things either have schizophrenia or tendencies... many got locked away in asylums 100-years ago and some have even gone on to murder people. Further back we can look at burnings, hangings and quartering for witchcraft. Anyone providing readings and charging (cross my palm with silver) should be taken with skepticism. A real clairvoyant will NEVER charge or ask for any information, nor will they tell you the future or provide you with any ill feeling or offer any further services at a charge such as releasing demons. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 2

8:03pm Mon 19 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Oh and communication isn't grabbing the nearest guy and saying your dead dad is here - more often than not the spirit will offer up a reflection but never be bullied into contact.

Shame on the BN spamming this fraudulent behaviour.
Oh and communication isn't grabbing the nearest guy and saying your dead dad is here - more often than not the spirit will offer up a reflection but never be bullied into contact. Shame on the BN spamming this fraudulent behaviour. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 0

9:07am Tue 20 May 14

Gore Seer says...

I First Saw David At Bolton Spiritual, He Has Come A Long Way, He Is Good, Fake Well Must Of You Think People Are Easily Taken In, Ha Ha Ha Your All A Comical Lot, I Am Quite Willing To Take A Lie Detector, To Prove My Claims But That Would Upset The Skeptics. Ha Ha Ha.
I First Saw David At Bolton Spiritual, He Has Come A Long Way, He Is Good, Fake Well Must Of You Think People Are Easily Taken In, Ha Ha Ha Your All A Comical Lot, I Am Quite Willing To Take A Lie Detector, To Prove My Claims But That Would Upset The Skeptics. Ha Ha Ha. Gore Seer
  • Score: 1

9:21am Tue 20 May 14

ke1979 says...

Gore Seer wrote:
I First Saw David At Bolton Spiritual, He Has Come A Long Way, He Is Good, Fake Well Must Of You Think People Are Easily Taken In, Ha Ha Ha Your All A Comical Lot, I Am Quite Willing To Take A Lie Detector, To Prove My Claims But That Would Upset The Skeptics. Ha Ha Ha.
Why would you take a lie detector ? You believe he can speak to dead people. No-one is calling you a liar. I bet good old David wouldn't take a lie detector though.
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: I First Saw David At Bolton Spiritual, He Has Come A Long Way, He Is Good, Fake Well Must Of You Think People Are Easily Taken In, Ha Ha Ha Your All A Comical Lot, I Am Quite Willing To Take A Lie Detector, To Prove My Claims But That Would Upset The Skeptics. Ha Ha Ha.[/p][/quote]Why would you take a lie detector ? You believe he can speak to dead people. No-one is calling you a liar. I bet good old David wouldn't take a lie detector though. ke1979
  • Score: -1

10:47am Tue 20 May 14

Carol Martin says...

I had a reading from Derek Acorah at his event in Southport. Every single thing he said was or became 100%. Any of you doubters should watch John Edward an American medium. He will change your opinion.
I had a reading from Derek Acorah at his event in Southport. Every single thing he said was or became 100%. Any of you doubters should watch John Edward an American medium. He will change your opinion. Carol Martin
  • Score: 0

2:54pm Tue 20 May 14

ke1979 says...

Carol Martin wrote:
I had a reading from Derek Acorah at his event in Southport. Every single thing he said was or became 100%. Any of you doubters should watch John Edward an American medium. He will change your opinion.
I doubt it Carol. I can't see how you are going to be able to convince me that someone is able to speak to dead people. Do you believe these people can speak to the dead ? How do you suppose this works ? As for Derek Acorah perhaps you should look up the stories about 'Kreed Kafer (a Victorian Jailer from South Africa) or 'Rik Eedles' (A highwayman) both 'spirits' that he got in touch with but people completely made up by Ciaran O'Keefe, a parapsychologist on Most Haunted, and anagrams of 'Derek Faker' and 'Derek Lies'.
[quote][p][bold]Carol Martin[/bold] wrote: I had a reading from Derek Acorah at his event in Southport. Every single thing he said was or became 100%. Any of you doubters should watch John Edward an American medium. He will change your opinion.[/p][/quote]I doubt it Carol. I can't see how you are going to be able to convince me that someone is able to speak to dead people. Do you believe these people can speak to the dead ? How do you suppose this works ? As for Derek Acorah perhaps you should look up the stories about 'Kreed Kafer (a Victorian Jailer from South Africa) or 'Rik Eedles' (A highwayman) both 'spirits' that he got in touch with but people completely made up by Ciaran O'Keefe, a parapsychologist on Most Haunted, and anagrams of 'Derek Faker' and 'Derek Lies'. ke1979
  • Score: 1

6:33pm Tue 20 May 14

Gore Seer says...

ke1979 wrote:
Carol Martin wrote:
I had a reading from Derek Acorah at his event in Southport. Every single thing he said was or became 100%. Any of you doubters should watch John Edward an American medium. He will change your opinion.
I doubt it Carol. I can't see how you are going to be able to convince me that someone is able to speak to dead people. Do you believe these people can speak to the dead ? How do you suppose this works ? As for Derek Acorah perhaps you should look up the stories about 'Kreed Kafer (a Victorian Jailer from South Africa) or 'Rik Eedles' (A highwayman) both 'spirits' that he got in touch with but people completely made up by Ciaran O'Keefe, a parapsychologist on Most Haunted, and anagrams of 'Derek Faker' and 'Derek Lies'.
Ha I Went To York For A Day, I Had A Look Outside A Haunted House, As I Was Talking To James Giving Leaflets Out On The Street About The House The Ghost Appeared To Me, John Was His Name, He Wanted Me To Tell James That The Ghost Liked James,And Loved His Perfume, So All Afternoon This Ghost Followed Me And Kept Mithering , Boy I Was Glad To Leave York But The Thing Is John The Ghost Did Not Like Derek, The Ghost Thought Derek Was A Right Pons And If He Turns Up Again He Is In Trouble, John Like Me, Wat A Load Of Bull Eh.
[quote][p][bold]ke1979[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Carol Martin[/bold] wrote: I had a reading from Derek Acorah at his event in Southport. Every single thing he said was or became 100%. Any of you doubters should watch John Edward an American medium. He will change your opinion.[/p][/quote]I doubt it Carol. I can't see how you are going to be able to convince me that someone is able to speak to dead people. Do you believe these people can speak to the dead ? How do you suppose this works ? As for Derek Acorah perhaps you should look up the stories about 'Kreed Kafer (a Victorian Jailer from South Africa) or 'Rik Eedles' (A highwayman) both 'spirits' that he got in touch with but people completely made up by Ciaran O'Keefe, a parapsychologist on Most Haunted, and anagrams of 'Derek Faker' and 'Derek Lies'.[/p][/quote]Ha I Went To York For A Day, I Had A Look Outside A Haunted House, As I Was Talking To James Giving Leaflets Out On The Street About The House The Ghost Appeared To Me, John Was His Name, He Wanted Me To Tell James That The Ghost Liked James,And Loved His Perfume, So All Afternoon This Ghost Followed Me And Kept Mithering , Boy I Was Glad To Leave York But The Thing Is John The Ghost Did Not Like Derek, The Ghost Thought Derek Was A Right Pons And If He Turns Up Again He Is In Trouble, John Like Me, Wat A Load Of Bull Eh. Gore Seer
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