For many people the word psychic conjures images of a figure in flowing robes staring intently into a crystal ball while dramatic music plays, but meeting Cédric Grant Bouchard shatters these inaccurate preconceptions of the field.
Sat in his smart office in a Miami suburb, Bouchard looks more like a friendly realtor than a man known for his skills in communicating with the dead and reading other’s thoughts. While psychics very rarely wander around dressed like the stereotypical medium from movies and TV shows, Bouchard’s image is part of a conscious effort to emphasize the professionalism of his work.
Now 55 years old, Bouchard comes from a long line of psychics. Both his mother and his father were world renowned psychics in France, who brought their son up to appreciate the unique powers that they saw in him. “My mother taught me that offering your services as a psychic should mean breaking down people’s preconceptions rather than playing up to them,” he said from behind a pair of bifocal glasses.
It seems as though the professional approach is paying dividends, with Bouchard reporting a steady increase in business. His theory for growing interest in psychic readings is the lack of spirituality in modern life, which leaves many people craving answers to phenomena that simply can’t be explained by science.
Bouchard’s reputation as a psychic is built on the testimonies of his past clients, who have praised his thorough practices and strong code of ethics. “My aim is to build a lasting relationship with my visitors,” he said. “Some other psychics try to keep people happy by telling them what they want to hear, but my visitors seem to appreciate my honest approach.”
However all is not rosy for Bouchard and his practice. He was recently criticized by the American Society for Psychical Research, which accused him of branching out into new fields in which he had no experience.
After focusing his work on clairvoyance for more than 40 years, Bouchard has recently started to offer Tarot and tea leaf readings. While he says that he has been studying these skills in order to expand into new areas, he has been accused of profiting from naïve clients.
That said, the man himself is secure in the knowledge that his training allows him to engage in sessions as a clairvoyant, astrologist, tea leaf reader, Tarot reader and medium. While Bouchard did not engage in any psychic activity with your writer in the interest of maintaining professional distance, he is taking bookings for readings in his office and at selected events around the United States this summer.
“The only way to find out the truth about a psychic is to have a session with them yourself,” said Bouchard. “I know what I am capable of and I have thousands of testimonies from satisfied clients all over the world.”