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Joseph McBratney

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Age: 45

Occupation: Private investigator–private eye

State of residence: NY

Marital Status: Divorced

Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius

Describe yourself using 3 adjectives: Innovative, exciting, intuitive

List your hobbies: Collecting private-eye gadgets, reading true-crime stories, people watching, mystery solving

Who are 3 people you admire most: My mom, Joan; Benjamin Franklin; and George Washington

Describe your psychic ability: Intuition and instinct are very important to my ability, as well as listening to what goes on inside my mind and heart. I am working on listening to the other side.

When did you realize you had this gift: I felt it all my life but I didn't consider it to be a gift until I started paying attention and listening to the instinct that told me I am gifted. It is truly an amazing thing. When I first realized I had this gift it frightened me, although it has saved my life numerous times.

Does anyone else in your family have these gifts? If so, who? My sister Darlene has the gift. When we were younger we did the Ouija board together, and I would write down what it was telling us. My Aunt Dorothy also has the gift and always told me I was gifted as well.

Are any of your friends or family skeptics? My brother Jimmy is a bit skeptical, but since the show and deep conversation I think he has opened up to the universe and accepted that some people ( even his brother) are gifted.

What are your sentiments toward skeptics? Anyone skeptical must understand that there is more than black and white and some things aren’t explainable—they just are. Pay attention to the universe and you can hear what it sends back to you.

Have you ever used your gifts to help people? Explain: I have helped a lot of people. It's very important to touch others' lives and give them the messages I get from the universe that are meant for them to hear. I've had many deep conversations and given advice to people, and have changed the way they look at the world and walk in the moment.

What's the best part about having such a gift? My gift has saved me from many situations and dangers, but helping people and watching them grow from the messages I give them, with me being the vessel the universe uses to send them, is an amazing phenomenon. Also intuitions I get help me to move through my world, so I have to pay attention to them.

What's the worst part about having such a gift? Some days I don't want to be so sensitive to the universe and feel its motion, and sometimes I don't want to hear people's skepticism and opinions on being gifted. Open your mind and the world grows. When the universe is talking to you, listen.

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