The below correspondence between Paranormal psychic/medium Chip Coffey and myself was in response to an article I had posted on 9/29/2012 titled Chip Coffey: Psychics, the Paranormal, and Sensational(ism) Sales!
You begin your blog with the following statement: “Don’t take this as a bash against Chip Coffey the man. I have never met Mr. Coffey and I do not know him.” And from that point forward, bashing me and my work is precisely what you do.
I am sure you assert that you are just “expressing your opinions” and you have every right to do so. I, however, assert that your blog was an overly critical personal and professional stab at someone you admittedly have never met, namely me. The blog is very harsh and judgmental.
You state that “those who dedicate themselves to investigating the hereafter get a bad name from those who use the paranormal field for their financial gain.” May I ask if YOU are someone who does not require being paid for the work that you do? Will the book that you are currently working on, “which delves into the human condition as it relates to the afterlife,” be available to the public at no charge? And will the work that you do “with celebrated author Jeff Mudgett on an upcoming television broadcast(s) for PBS, the History Channel, Syfy, and the Discovery Channel” be done pro bono?
I feel certain that you see the point that I am making. Most people need to earn an income. As a professional, I am most assuredly paid for the work that I do. I enjoy living indoors and eating daily, so I have been blessed with the God given abilities to do the work that I love AND support my financial needs, which, by the way, are NOT extravagant.
You state “I do not believe a legitimate psychic, medium, channeler, or sensitive would consider capitalizing monetarily on an individual, or a situation, if he or she truly is genuine.” “Capitalizing” is a word that generally carries negative connotations, as it can indicate that one preys on others for financial gain. That is NOT what I do, Mr. Ladwig. What I do, in fact, is provide a service that certain others believe is valuable to them, not at all unlike the work performed by a minister or counselor or life coach. Your blog did not include feedback from individuals who have availed themselves of my *genuine* services, the vast majority of whom have been satisfied clients. (And yes, I have had a few dissatisfied clients, like any other individual, company or corporation that deals with the public, but not many.)
I very much look forward to once again visiting Chicago later this month and seeing my supporters/fans who will be attending my event.
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Greetings Mr. Coffey,
I would like to first thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read my blog and then to send me a letter regarding the contents. You prove to be respectful and considerate, and sir, I will extend you the same courtesy.
It is clear, you view my blog article as a direct attack against you personally and for that I would like to say, sir, you are guilty by association. The “harsh and judgmental” opinion I have, shared by many throughout society, stems from a blemished point of view from people in your profession who have taken advantage of people for centuries.
As I have never met you, there is no way for me to determine the validity of your “talents”, for all I know you may have a direct connection to the afterlife. My contention is; when people charge exuberant fees for seminars and lectures they alienate the common person.
You seem to feel, per your letter, I expect you to “work for free”. Mr. Coffey, that is absurd. I agree with you, every human must provide a home for themselves and eat. When a psychic/medium charges $100.00 for a half hour (a common fee, one quoted when I inquired on a recent trip to New Orleans) to “read” an individual, I look at the numbers and I shake in my boots. That happens to be more than my union electrician, educated dentist, my doctor or even my surgeon charges.
How can a struggling single mom, who may have just lost a child to war who would like the benefit of a psychics assistance, afford these services. She cannot! Furthermore, a famous psychic, such as yourself, who talks of clients who have “availed themselves of [your] ‘genuine’ services” should be giving back to the people.
To answer your question and address the previous paragraph, as an author, yes, I will be charging for my work. However, when I looked into your Chicago visit to the Congress Plaza Hotel, I realized the difference between the $106.43 package you offer and the $168.74 package is the ticket holder will receive a copy of your book, Growing up Psychic, which sells on Amazon for $10.00. I am wondering how you can justify the difference of $62.31 in the price for your book when purchased at one of your events?
I hope my books are affordable, somewhere in the ballpark between $15.00 – $20.00. One thing I realize is; I am not in it for the money, I write because I have a passion for writing! In addition, a friend turned me on to a great idea, which I fully intend to employ. To all active service members of any branch of military, to all civil servants, who send me a request and their information, at my expense I pledge to issue a free copy of any of my works. It is called gratitude for those who serve and protect my freedom to enjoy the things in life I love most and paying it forward!
Additionally, each book I write I shall donate a portion of the proceeds to a charitable cause. The book I currently have coming out I’m donating the charitable proceeds to: The Noonan Syndrome Support Group, Inc. (a 501c3, nonprofit) P O Box 145, Upperco, MD 21155.
Mr. Coffey, are you donating to show your gratitude to charitable causes or to those who escalated you to the status you now enjoy? Your time? Services? Money? You were gracious enough to write me, thank you. Are you courageous enough to stand united and give? I invite you to join me on my local radio broadcast View From My Loft. We have a local following of 80,000 listeners, and I offer you the opportunity to address your audience. View From My Loft is a respectful, family oriented show, which features authors and writers.
View From My Loft would be the forum you could show the world (well begin to show the world through Chicago’s audience), how Chip Coffey gives back. Offer a few lucky listeners free admission, a free book, or a reading. Chip, I refuse to pay the prices the venue is charging, however, offer me the opportunity to be proven wrong and I will publically restate my position and rewrite a positive opinion regarding Chip Coffey and his “genuine” psychic services.
On View From My Loft integrity is the number one priority. I vow to expose wrongdoing and also to elevate those ideals and people who are deserving. When an individual responds, they have the right to be heard and not censured, no matter if I agree or disagree – it’s a free world.
Thank you Mr. Coffey and I do hope you consider my offer!
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