Over the years, some of the most hardened skeptics concluded
that Richard Ireland's abilities were real. His
capacities included clairvoyance, x-ray clairvoyance,
precognition, and spirit communication. He was the
author of two books, The Phoenix Oracle (an autobiography)
and Your Psychic Potential (a guide psychic development.
Ireland was born in 1926(?) in Columbus, Ohio. His
metaphysical saga began when, as a five-year-old hospital
patient, he realized he had the power."
While recuperating from eye
surgery, he discovered he could bounce a ball off the wall
and catch it even though his eyes were bandaged shut. His
psychic capacity developed rapidly and he, forecast
accidents that would happen in the family, the arrival of
visitors and even the death of a playmate in a car crash.
Outraged when this last prediction came true, one neighbor
child pelted Ireland's home with stones.
He performed in the Playboy Club and lounges around the
During the 70s Ireland made a series of Hollywood
appearances and became known as "the psychic to the stars"..
Mae West, who eventually became Ireland's biggest booster,
boasted that she rarely made a move without seeking
Ireland's psychic guidance. He had photographs of himself
with every celebrity he' ever met, up to and including Louis
Nye and Lainie Kazan.
One of Ireland's most popular demonstrations were
serial number of a dollar bill whileblindfolded and
answering questions written on "ESP Grams," Ireland's
copyrighted note cards (also while blindfolded.). Some
skeptics have suggested that Ireland's ability to read
serial numbers and messages through a blindfold might be
nothing more than a trick well known to any child
(The tighter the blindfold, the better your psychic
Nay, counters Ireland. I see the bill and the numbers as if
they were imprinted on the inside of my forehead," he says.
The blacks are white, the whites are black. In a way it is
as though I am looking at a negative." Ireland refers to
this phenomenon as video x-ray clairvoyance."
Local New Age authority, Dr. John Rodgers, reports, "I was
invited to a New Age seminar in Tucson, sponsored by
Ireland's brother who operated a very successful
metaphysical church. When Ireland began his
performance, he asked for a volunteer. I was up on my
feet and I assisted in putting on the blindfold. Cotton and
other opaque materials were placed over his eyes before the
blindfold was put on. I was right there. I checked to see if
he could see down the edge of his nose or any other way.. I
can testify to you that he could not see. Yet he
successfully read the numbers on a dollar bill."
While in a trance, Ireland would channel two spirit
celebrities: Crowfoot and Dr. Ellington.
In the 80s his national popularity waned. A long-time
fixture at such bygone Phoenix niteries as the Playboy Club,
the Colony Steak House and the Stein and Sirloin,. Ireland's name rarely showed up on
marquees and most of his ESP demonstrations took place on
the banquet-convention circuit around the Valley and at his
Ireland claimed he's always donated his
nightclub earnings to his New Age church. But the church
was ultimately seized by the county for non-payment of
taxes. Ireland blamed this on the minister who was heading
the church at that time
Ireland claimed the church's membership rolls once included
1400 names, but, in the years before his death, Sunday
gathering numbered fewer than 20 people..
Dr. Ireland died in 1992
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Trust me, he could not see, says Dr. John Rodgers
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