Pat McAnaney is a professional people reader, a psychic counselor, a clairsentient. For 16 years, he hosted a call-in radio program called The Human Potential Hour, where he "read" people on the air -- "Kind of a Frasier thing, but with a psychic bent and minus the snobbiness" as he put it. He also wrote a newspaper column called "Dear Psychic" and has authored a book of the same name.
He jokingly describes his day job as a way to pay for his hobbies, which include making replicas of papyrus manuscripts for museums and translating ancient documents from one language to another -- like, say, from ancient Greek to Gaelic. He's also a composer at work on a romantic musical.
Though McAnaney's psychic clients come entirely by word of mouth -- "I don't advertise," he said -- they have included a Belgian government official, a Monterey insurance executive, a Phoenix radio program director, a Munich artist and authors from both coasts.
His psychic expertise has been used by criminal investigators, attorneys for jury selection, corporate personnel directors looking for "best fit" hirees, and advertising campaigns.
McAnaney lives in California but has local connections. He visits Boulder and Denver every spring and fall for several weeks of readings, workshops and lectures. And his wife, Kate, attended Bates Elementary while her father was stationed at NORAD.
Appointments for telephone or for face-to-face readings with McAnaney can be made by calling 831/659-2303.
What is people reading? I pick up on emotional frequencies in the manner of a radio receiver. I can extrapolate information from those emotions that enables me to predict behavior. Often as not, behavior is based on what drives you emotionally, not on how smart you are.
What does this reading entail? In first sessions, I map the individual's aura -- the bands of energy that surround us all. I see those bands as a rainbow of colors, each one of which is significant to the individual's life circumstances, and I interpret and explain each color. In later meetings, the client asks me specific questions of his or her devising, which can be done face to face or over the phone.
You have some pretty esoteric hobbies. Translating ancient documents from one dead language to another? Making papyrus replicas for museums? I've always had an interest in antiquity and a gift for languages, both of which I attribute to past lives. A third of the languages I speak are extinct, including Greek, Latin and Gaelic, and I'm teaching myself Hebrew and Aramaic. At Berkeley, where I majored in Spanish and Political Science, I took one class in Greek, but self-taught myself the rest of the way because I'm an impatient fellow. I got involved doing museum replications after I discovered a place in Egypt that imports papyrus. At first it was sort of an art project, just for fun, but one thing led to another.
How is it that you became a professional people reader? Growing up as a kid, I found I knew things about people that I couldn't have known through logical evidence. That got me into trouble at times, and I learned to keep my mouth shut. I was convinced by high school that I was a delusionary paranoid schizophrenic, but in 1973 a friend took me to an older gentleman named Lou Bostwick who read me up, down and sideways. I was convinced he'd been following me around with a private investigator. He taught me how to cherish, control and cultivate my psychic gifts, and I put out my shingle at age 19. I'm 45 now.