Psychics use Arlington fair as a way of giving back, remembering
Psychic ability often runs in families, says Terri Wilson, pointing to her own family as evidence supporting her claim.
"I am a psychic. I have been doing it for more than 25 years. My mother had the gift, and so did my grandmother and my great-grandmother," says Wilson. "And my brother Bill did, too. He did past life regressions."
Wilson says she and Bill Zeller, her "baby brother," were always very close. And after he died of AIDS in 2002, she started looking for a way to remember him and honor that memory. Considering the gift they shared, she decided organizing a monthly psychic fair would be a great way to do just that.
So she started the Arlington Psychic Fair, held the second Sunday of each month at the LaQuinta Inn near the entrance to Six Flags Over Texas.
But to truly honor her brother’s memory, Wilson decided to find a way to use the fair to give back to the organizations that had helped him in his battle with AIDS.
"My brother was a U.S. Air Force veteran, and he was also gay," Wilson says. "He was working as a store manager for Goodyear in Fort Worth when he got sick. And then when he got too sick to work, the Tarrant County AIDS Outreach Center made his COBRA payments for him so he could keep his insurance." So she wanted to do something for AIDS Outreach.
"That’s why anybody who brings a canned food donation to the psychic fair gets a discount on admission. Then we take all the food that is donated to AIDS Outreach’s food pantry," Wilson says.
The psychic fair features psychics, mediums, tarot experts, massage therapists, aura photographers, wellness coaches, Reike healers and more, along with vendors offering candles, jewelry, crystals, statuary, oils and more.
Among the readers participating in the Arlington Psychic Fair each month is openly gay psychic medium David Scott. He, too, uses the event as a way to give back to the community.
"I generally make about $150 to $200 on a Sunday afternoon at the psychic fair, and all the money I make there I give to AIDS Outreach," Scott says. "I am a gay man and I have HIV. This is my way of doing something to help."
Scott explains that a psychic is someone who can tap into a person’s energy to see past, present or future events in that person’s life. A medium is someone who connects with spirits on the other side.
"All mediums are psychics, but not all psychics are mediums," Scott says. "I am both. I have been doing this since 2002, but I only recently started doing more with it."
Scott says he doesn’t know "how big a market there is in the LGBT community for this kind of metaphysical stuff." But for those who do have an interest, the Arlington Psychic Fair is a good place to check it out.
And Wilson says those who attend the fair can be sure that she and Scott aren’t just out to make a buck.
"I don’t make any money off the fair. Actually, it costs me money to do it," Wilson says. "But that’s okay. I am going to keep doing it, because I am doing it for my brother."
LaQuinta Inn on Hwy. 360 at I-30, Arlington. June 14, noon-6 p.m. $7 ($5 with a canned food donation for the food pantry at Tarrant County AIDS Outreach Center). Psychicfairarlington.com. Davidscottpsychic.com.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 12, 2009.