Hollywood medium has a new book and a new tour
Five years ago, Tyler Henry became a household name with the premiere of his breakout E! television series Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry. After came Tyler’s debut memoir Between Two Worlds: Lessons from the Other Side. Now, Tyler is touring the country with An Evening of Hope and Healing as he prepares to release his sophomore book in February 2022, Here & Hereafter: How Wisdom from the Departed Can Transform Your Life Now.
We posted on social media we were going to be interviewing you. The two questions we received most are ‘what can we expect in 2022?’ and ‘when is the pandemic going to officially end?’
Tyler Henry: My goodness, it has been such a ride and I think we have all become familiar with the four walls in our home. I am not the type of medium who predicts large-scale world events. I am more of an individual medium. For example, I usually bring forward information for a single person versus all of humanity. I do feel we are heading in a more hopeful direction and better days for sure.
It has been a while since you hit the road, but you are finally touring again. What can fans expect from An Evening of Hope and Healing?
TH: The show is really a two-part show. During the first part, I tell my story, what has gotten me here and I share what I have come to understand from the thousands of readings I have done which lends context to the readings I conduct later in the evening. The second part of the show is me focusing on the audience and I do as many readings as I can during the time that I have. Some readings are stronger than others. The goal is to leave people better than I found them.
Your second book Here & Hereafter: How Wisdom from the Departed Can Transform Your Life Now is due to be released February 1st. What can readers expect?
TH: During the pandemic, I had a lot of time to sit and reflect. I had a health scare at the start of the pandemic. Actually, a month before the pandemic my lung collapsed, I nearly died, I had to undergo emergency surgery and I was in the hospital for three weeks. I had a lot of time to reflect, and this book is a culmination of what I have learned since. When my first book came out there was pressure to coincide it with the show. The second book has really allowed me to reflect in a way I was not able to in the first book. For one, I am older now, I am 25. Secondly, I have conducted a lot of readings since and have gained a lot more experience. My goal is to always update people with what I have learned as well as what has changed in my beliefs. I think when you are presented with new information it is helpful to share that with others. The basis of the new book is also what the other side can teach us about living our best lives. These are individuals who have lived, died and the premise is based on what they would do differently.
Before this did you struggle with any lung issues such as asthma or did the experience catch you off guard?
TH: We really suspect I had Covid-19 in late 2019. We all became ill in my home. I was sick in a way I have never been sick before. Shortly after that, my lung collapsed. When they opened me up, they discovered my lungs were like Swiss cheese, I had air leaks and it was very difficult to reinflate my lung. This is not my first close call with death. In my first book, I discussed undergoing brain surgery at eighteen. If anything, this has given me a greater appreciation for being alive and has made me a lot more present of a person.
How did you cope during the Covid-19 Pandemic?
TH: It was not easy. I went on the roller-coaster with everyone else. As a medium, there is a lot of pressure and expectation to have answers and to foresee every world event. While I did tell my family and friends for years a pandemic was one of my biggest fears in my lifetime, I was none the wiser when it happened. It was a humbling experience, and I was grateful to have a strong support system. I have been with my boyfriend for five years and there is no one else I would have rather been locked down with. If anything, it has strengthened our relationship, and I am very thankful.
How did you two meet?
TH: Funny enough he slid into those Instagram DMs (laughs). It was quite an interesting circumstance because his grandfather passed away shortly before he got in touch with me. I read his message and felt this overwhelming urge to reply and give him a message as it pertained to his grandfather. This was a message no one could have known regarding why he passed away. When I shared this with him, his family validated the message as being true while they were very deep in their grief. From the get-go we had a very special bond because he was grieving his grandfather’s passing, I was able to lend validation, he moved in very quickly and you know how gay people are–we move fast–but it has been great!
Do you still offer one on one readings, and if so, how much do you charge?
TH: One on one readings are one of my favorite things to do just because there is a degree of intimacy to them. They usually last one to two hours. My goal is usually to do as many charity readings as I can. I do giveaways on social media occasionally. Very often the time that I allocate for one-on-one readings are done for free for people who may not be in a financial position to pay or have experienced extraordinary loss that I sympathize with. I have other ways I can maintain a lifestyle through my work, books and as a consultant to super-wealthy billionaires and corporations. That is where most of my money is made. A majority of the readings I conduct for the everyday person are done for free, which many do not realize.
That is very admirable. Who is the most interesting person you have read thus far?
TH: The most interesting is always a hard answer to give. I will say personally I found reading RuPaul to be one of the most impactful readings for me. RuPaul was somebody I looked up to as a kid when I had no one else to look up to. I saw myself in him for obvious reasons. To be able to meet him, connect him with his father, and bring forth an apology he never received from his father when he was still alive was cathartic and emotional. I think in some way I was able to give back to somebody who gave me so much in my youth which is what made it so memorable.
Do you have a strong LGBT clientele?
TH: For sure! I have clients from different backgrounds, beliefs, cultures, and orientations. It is beautiful because it really reflects to me this humanity we all share. We all have the same questions and needs. It is nice to touch on all those different demographics.
What is the process like to read someone? Are you able to see entities or do you receive a mental download of information?
TH: A download of information is an apt way to put it. Many people have misconceptions where I see dead people randomly walking around, ala The Sixth Sense. It is not that clear-cut. I have refined this mental process which is akin to conscious active daydreaming. I let my mind wander, and as it does, I get these subtle impressions. Sometimes they are mental images, sometimes physical sensations which correspond with how someone acted. It varies. My sixth sense uses the other five senses to communicate the message. I liken it to being a blank canvas. Whoever is coming through paints the picture through my mind and body to convey what they want the person to know. A good reading is constituted with having 80% accuracy or immediate validation.
It is interesting to hear how you receive the information on your end…
TH: It is a lot! I never know what is going to happen. Anxiety has been a big issue I have struggled with because I am my job yet simultaneously, I do not have control over what I receive and/or not receive. It is a lot of pressure especially when you set the bar high because people expect you to hit that bar every time. It is a blessing but also a big responsibility.
Purchase tickets to upcoming local performances at TylerHenryHollywoodMedium.com.
March 11, 2022 at Xcite Center at Parx Casino 8pm in Bensalem, PA