Gone are the days of the Psychic Friends Network, when one quick 1-900 phone call and a measly $3.99 per minute could offer you a wealth of divine understanding without requiring you to change out of your pajamas. The popular psychic hotline, which ran infomercials from 1991 to 1997, has long been considered a relic of the past, but local queer artist collective Quaill Club plans to give the format a bit of an update, offering a similar service to the Springs. Their version, however, is free of charge.
Kimberly Southcott, Nico Wilkinson (an occasional Indy
freelancer) and Meredith Ann came up with the concept of “Divine Inspiration” thanks to an unexpected resource. The club’s internet provider included a phone line (yes, another ‘90s throwback) with the house's wi-fi, and Ann says they asked themselves: “What are we going to do with this useless thing?”
A psychic/advice hotline turned out to be the answer. It all begins with a launch event as part of ArtPOP 2017
, the joint effort by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and the Pikes Peak Arts Council to fill Arts Month with new and interesting cultural experiences. Funded by PPAC, Southcott, her family, and Ann have been building an old-fashioned (and brightly colored) phone booth, which will be set up near the sidewalk outside Quaill Club (1019 E. Costilla St.). In the booth, participants will find a pre-paid phone with the Quaill Club number on speed dial, and instructions for how to connect to a psychic reader.
Readers will include Wilkinson, Ann, Southcott and Mallory Everhart (another Indy
freelancer), but Wilkinson says they’re also reaching out to other readers to see if they might be interested.
All four are practitioners of Tarot, a form of divination dating back centuries, which uses a set of cards with generally agreed-upon interpretations to answer questions or provide life advice. “[Tarot has] become this way of connecting with people on what they’re going through and what they want to talk about,” says Wilkinson, “and [it] just offers a window to help offer advice.”
Hesitant to go for a full reading? That’s okay by them. Ann says people are welcome to pick up the phone and talk about the arts or LGBTQ issues, or anything else that may come up. “They can ask advice on anything,” she says, “‘cause we’re a house of queer artists who do witchy things.” Quaill Club’s collective expertise tends to span genres.
Wilkinson is excited to open the phone line on an ongoing basis, too. They say, “There’s a lot of struggles [right now], and I think this time of year is hard for a lot of people, and they don’t realize it.” They hope to offer some advice and guidance to those who need it.
The line will officially open during “Divine Inspiration Telephone,” Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and remain open daily thereafter. Folks can either use the prepaid phone in the booth outside Quaill Club, or call 434-1161 from home.