SOMERSET, Ky. — You can find him on Aisle B, in a booth directly across from a man that moans as if on a chain gang, at the Lake Cumberland Flea Market.
At first glance, you think you are talking with Walter Sobchak, best friend of “The Dude” in the movie, “The Big Lebowski.” Solidly built with tinted aviator glasses, a neatly kept beard and similar hair, minus the constant barrage of Sobchak’s F-bombs.
He is an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church and a former private investigator. His military career is shrouded in mystery. He hints at being part of the New Earth Army, an experiment in U.S. military training of psychic spies with parapsychological skills. The unit was unearthed by another movie, “The Men Who Stare at Goats.”
“Our checks came from the Army, our orders came from Langley,” says “Psychic Hal” Fitzpatrick, referring to possible special operations duty for the CIA.
He’d like to tell me more, but I enjoy living.
A mysterious man, with a mysterious past, working in a mysterious business, plying his trade as a psychic for hire.
Now he wants to be the next U.S. senator from Kentucky.
I first met Hal at the Oldham County Fair in 2019, then running as the “Psychic Republican.” His paperwork failed to arrive in time to be on the election ballot, and now he is running as a write-in candidate against incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell and challenger Amy McGrath in the 2020 U.S. Senate race. He is facing insurmountable odds to win the election.
With a contentious election at hand, I reached out to him and was invited to meet him in his booth at the flea market. Can a man with psychic powers predict the outcome of the presidential election? Can he predict his own future and the results of his own election?
The Covington native first realized as a child he had psychic powers through a series of circumstantial events.
“You have psychic abilities just like I do, everybody has, it’s a God-given gift,” he says. “You know how you might think of someone and they might be out in California and you might get a call from them because you were thinking about them? That’s psychic ability. It can save your life too, it saved mine more than once. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be sitting here.”
He claims to have done psychic readings for celebrities including Kentucky native Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Madonna, Sting and LaToya Jackson.
Hal reads tarot cards and conducts psychic investigations of ghosts and UFOs. He also works in the field of cryptozoology — your Big Foot and Loch Ness sightings, if you will.
He posts videos on YouTube and Facebook and hopes to have his own talk show much like David Letterman.
“I’ll call it ‘Psychic Hal’s Cosmic Source.’ I’ll have guests, but we won’t just talk about psychic stuff. I might even have people that worked at Area 51. They can’t show their face, but they can say certain things,” he says.
Now the moment I’ve waited for has arrived. Seated in his darkened booth, filled with an eclectic assortment of fountains, carousel horses and Christmas lights, he pulls out a tiny pendulum to make his election predictions. He makes his predictions by divining the motion of the pendulum.
Holding the pendulum on a chain in his hand over what appears to be a large white asterisk, it bobbles, drifts and spins until it slowly reveals the answer. The answers the pendulum gives are Yes, No, Don’t Know and Maybe. If the pendulum swings clockwise the answer is leaning to yes, counterclockwise it means no.
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It is up to Psychic Hal to discern what the pendulum is telling him.
“I give it 8 out of 10. It’s never let me down,” says Hal.
Now let’s see what he predicts for the upcoming elections. Each question…