In which Colin Fry sinks low

It breaks my heart to hear about elderly people who have been targeted by con-men and con-women and cheated out of a large amount of their life savings, even more so when those who have conned them out of their money claim to be psychic and were preying on their targets grief or vulnerability.

I was sent this link by @4tis via twitter about a man called Cecil Kershaw who has been targeted by psychic scam merchants when he filled in just one letter that was sent to him by them, this was something that opened the floodgates to all sorts of contact being made with him from people who claimed they could put him in contact with his deceased wife, Maureen.

“It all started just after my wife died. They told me they could get in touch with her and also promised that I was going to ‘come in to money’ like winning the lottery.

Maureen did delve into one or two things like this. She’d been to a seance before and had been to see Colin Fry. I thought at first it could be legitimate, but it is a con. I’d just lost my wife, I was upset and vulnerable and they preyed on that.”

Mr Kershaw replied to the first letter with a cheque for £20 and received a good luck medallion charm.

But he said: “Seemingly, once I answered the first one, my details went everywhere and they all thought ‘here’s one, get into him’.

Colin Fry is a British medium of questionable integrity, that many will know from television shows such as ’6th sense with Colin Fry’. I say ‘questionable integrity’ because of “the trumpet incident” in which he was reportedly caught faking activity during a seance. You can read more about it on the site of the wonderful Tony Youens here.

When I read that Colin Fry had been in contact with Cecil after hearing about his story it made me feel really uncomfortable because even though Fry has often been vocal about fraudulent mediums and psychics and has even said on Facebook that he wishes the ‘badpsychics’ website was back in operation because of the great work it did, I don’t view him as being any more reputable than those he speaks out against. I’ve watched television shows with him on numerous times and I see nothing more than cold reading and good editing.

The fact that Colin Fry contracted Cecil after reading about him in the newspaper even shows that Fry would have had prior knowledge to his situation and details. In fact, in the original article I linked to Cecil even says:

“One or two of the things he said could apply to anyone, but once I’d had time to reflect on it, I thought it was genuine.”

Which sadly, to me, sounds like somebody making the things said by the medium fit after they’ve left the reading. It’s a common tactic used by mediums who put the responsibility of making the reading accurate on the sitter who, in their sheer desperation (no matter how skeptical they may be) to contact their loved one, eventually make the vague statements fit.

Of the people who have sent letters to Cecil Colin Fry is quoted as saying

“These people are not mediums, they are not spiritualists. They operate a ruthless and heartless con. It is better to visit your local spiritualist church or centre where they will not only put you in touch with a local reputable medium, but they will also offer support to anyone who is bereaved.”

Although it is better to visit your local spiritualist church because the medium will be registered with them and will be operating in accordance with the SNU regulations, it’s important to remember that the burden of proof is still on them to prove that they can talk to the dead as they claim to. Simply because they’re associated with the SNU does nothing to prove authenticity. 

I cannot help but view the contact Colin Fry made with Cecil as a tasteless publicity stunt. Poor taste.

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6 Comments to “In which Colin Fry sinks low”

  1. I do believe that Colin Fry does have the gift but sometimes forgets. that the spirits that are communicating through him forget to mention, that the people are watching his TV shows and are not in the audience !

    I asked my love one a question and Colin answered and believe it or not, at the end of his show, he said a person in the audience wanted to ask a question and the person had the same name as me! Strange but True !

    Keep up the good work .

  2. Sandra McLennan // 21 August, 2013 at 4:22 am // Reply

    Everyone who gets a reading or a contact on Colin’s show seem to be very pleased with what they hear and if he is helping someone get through a bad time he is doing no harm ….I,be been very impressed by his show and feel that people who don’t believe just want to put others down .keep going Colin I thoroughly enjoy your show
    Sandra McLennan

  3. Anne Bingham // 14 October, 2013 at 9:40 pm // Reply

    I have had a private reading with Colin and I can guarantee he could not have found anything out about me beforehand. He told me things which were so personal that only I and my deceased relative knew about. Believe me, I was stunned by his accuracy. I think that he is a truly caring and genuine person, who has a true gift and believes sincerely in what he does.

    Anne B

  4. There are many people truly and caring.Listen to your own spiritual voice and you will receive a answer.Don’t pay any charlatan for it.

  5. See when I read anything about Colin Lincoln, sorry, I mean Colin Fry since the whole Trumpet incident, I find my anger boiling at this smug little dwarf man setting out night after night to take advantage of, then exploit the grieving for his own financial gain. I wish I was the head psychiatrist at Broadmoor Hospital because I instantly have Fry-up sectioned under the mental health act for psychotic delusions. If he can hear voices, fine, here is your new padded home and straight jacket. I absolutely detest what he does, and he probably tells himself he’s actually helping the mother who has just lost her son by making her feel better. Who the hell does he think he is! I am going to have to get tickets if Fry-up comes to my area so I can sit in the front row just so every time he starts acting and does the “Ok, alright my love I will tell him don’t worry” speech ill piss myself laughing and shout “Colin, there’s nobody there! Isn’t it about time you stopped having imaginary friends and tried to look a bit less like a disregarded garden gnome?

  6. I’ve worked in media since i was nineteen, sadly everything you watch on television is edited. For anyone who has never worked in Media, whenever you talk to them about working with celebrities. They immediately glaze over like a deer struck by headlights. This unfortunately is what happens when people who do not work in Media go to a television show. There mesmerized generally by the whole experience. If you think of ratios eventually one or two stories that you concoct will turn out to be real because after years of listening to people a lot of stories start to sound very similar. Eventually you’ll pull a few out of the hat that measure up bingo! Why people seem so surprised about their individual story is they never think at the time how similar other peoples stories are they never seem to be able to spot many similarities because their too consumed with their own self importance that their particular life story is so unique compared to everyone else’s another delusion. Nine times out of ten you’ll find dozens of similarities in peoples stories. It’s just that generally people are too caught up in their own lives to realise.

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