Steve Holbrook is a hairdresser-turned medium. He takes a look back on his extraordinary career ahead of his show in Fareham next month.
I HAVE always been aware, since a child, that life existed beyond the grave.
One day I awoke to see five soldiers marching through my bedroom, but could only see the top half of them floating through the room.
This was a very unnerving experience but it was to give me an early glimpse of what was to come, and now it’s as natural as breathing to me.
I started work in Leeds city centre in a busy hairdressing salon, and I feel the years behind the chair, having that personal contact with the customers, stimulated this rare yet natural ability to hear the voices of spirits.
People used to come in and book for their hair cut, and often got more than they bargained for when I passed on a message from their loved one.
I was always the busiest stylist and had a six-week waiting list.
I often wonder if they kept coming back for my ability as a hair stylist, or the possibility that they might receive a message from a relative who had passed away.
I now give messages of reassurance to people who have lost their loved ones, and by communicating with them, help them understand that life continues, just simply in a different dimension.
One lady’s mum came through to her and said to the daughter ‘Don’t forget the brown Prada handbag on Friday.’
The daughter was planning to put it in her mum’s coffin – she had only died five days previously.
Who would know this information?
One of my best friends is the multitalented Jane MacDonald, singer and co-presenter on ITV’s Loose Women.
I met Jane in a Spiritualist church many years ago, and predicted she would be on the BBC as part of a cruise entertainment documentary.
She didn’t believe it, but the year after it came true, and she was the star of The Cruise, the first docu-soap.
She also had the biggest selling debut album of all time.
She dedicated her auto-biography to me, calling me her inspiration and guru, and said she can’t thank me enough for being there when she needs guidance.
I have raised thousands of pounds for charities over the years, including £50,000 for a hospice and £5,000 for Macmillan.
My current total for Pact – a charity that helps terminally ill children and their parents across the country – is almost £21,000.
n Steve will be appearing at the Lycees Hotel, Fareham, on October 11.
To book tickets call 01823 666292.