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Psychic speed dating - you are not alone

It's different, it's new. Heather Smith, at the Sir Thomas Hotel, watches some black magic women - and men - attempt to tap off while tapping the tables

Published on February 5th 2010.

Psychic speed dating - you are not alone

Dream lover, where are you?
You know, you ought to get out more. There's nothing or, crucially, NOBODY that can't be got from the mystic world. At least according to some psychics.

With a wave of a wand?
Many years' professional experience has taught Claire Dawson and Reiki master Neil Atkinson that spiritual love conquers all. Together, they have launched Psychic Speed Dating, a unique matchmaking event that combines your extrasensory perceptions with what is already a common dating exercise.

Hmm. Never heard of it
That’s because it’s brand new. The first ever event took place at the Sir Thomas Hotel last night and will now reoccur at the Victoria Street venue on the first Wednesday of every month - if the omens are right.

Someone is trying to speak...
It is just like speed dating, they say, but with crystal balls on. You have three minutes to speed date each of the partaking singles, looking out for that old devil moon.

But here's the difference. Psychic mediums are then presented to offer individual insights into your future for love, relationships and more. Clairvoyant Cupids, if you will.

So, it’s kind of like killing two birds with one arrow? To mix your metaphors, yes. The room is split in half: psychics on one side, speed daters on the other. They don’t really have too much to do with one another and, as it goes, the readings aren’t all about love anyway.

What are they about then? Anything and everything. Apparently there’s no burgeoning love on the horizon for me: the bookworm workaholic who will probably bugger off somewhere hot for further study in a few years. Brilliant.

But, doesn’t every student just want to bum around for longer, especially in the heat? Exactly, and maybe my ill-thought-out poser, “what will happen to me this year’, was asking for a poor return. But when put on the spot, shuffling a pack of shiny tarots before wide-eyed Wendy, choices are surprisingly limited.

What? You mean you only get to ask one question? Feel free to go on for as long as you want, but it’ll cost you: £10 for 10 minutes, £20 for 20 minutes and £25 for half an hour. Longer sessions can be booked in advance or on the night, for those who get clairvoyantly caught up, so to speak.

That’s quite expensive. Did they see you coming?
You might say that, but remember you are accessing some of the best psychics and mediums within the TV and radio industry: you only get what you pay for.

You pay if you want to; some of us need to get cracking with this love spell. That’s right, an Attract Love Spell is included in the initial fee. Who needs a psychic when you can turn your own fortune? Each paying person receives a mini rose quartz gemstone and a real nostril stinging incense stick. In a ribboned scroll, the rhythmic hocus-pocus is printed and should be repeated every night for a week.

“N.B: Always be careful when using candles,” it says at the end.
Maybe, but practising witchcraft requires no call for caution. It also says: “On a full moon, Friday after seven at night/Close your eyes and breathe in delight....” A bit like we do outside our chippy in fact.

Hang on, it all seems a bit weird now.
I suppose it is really. Best to take it with a pinch of salt, vinegar, or, with a bottle of wine before leaving the house, as proved a popular choice of the merry many.

If I’m already enjoying a tincture, should I make the effort to go out?
Definitely. If the idea of speed dating makes your spine quiver, the psychic element does much to lighten the mood. What is more, the supernatural sphere offers a decent talking point, particularly if your three minutes with date 17 are dragging.

Date 17? Jesus, how many are there to get through?
Twenty-five, usually. But the numbers can dwindle. The launch, for example, was awkwardly lacking in men. One Irish chap had been poached from the hotel corridor to take part, such was the desperate need.

So not everyone is looking for love?
Some are, some aren’t. For the most part it just seems like a fun night out where you are at least guaranteed to meet and chat to other singles in the city.

But there is a chance? It's written in the stars.

Don’t say: “My magic watch says you’re not wearing any underwear. Oh you are? It must be an hour fast.”

Do say:" I solemnly swear I am up to no good..."

*Psychic Speed Dating returns to the Sir Thomas Hotel, Victoria Street on the 1st March and continues on the first Wednesday of every month, doors open for registration between 6pm-7pm, it costs £19.95per person and places can be booked in advance at www.psychicspeeddate.com

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Liverpool WagFebruary 4th 2010.

Did you sell it a car?

CuriousFebruary 4th 2010.

Was that when it put the willies up you?

DigFebruary 4th 2010.

I'm lying. I did laugh.

DigFebruary 4th 2010.

Not sure about psychic and spiritual love but I did have sex with a ghost once. Caused a phantom pregnancy.

DigFebruary 4th 2010.

I don't find that very amusing. Came in with a beautiful Mini but turned out to have a dodgy crank.

downtown in liverpoolFebruary 4th 2010.

this sounds young enough to be my kind of thing. Where do i find it?

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