Tyler Henry woke up nine years ago with a feeling that his grandmother, who had been battling cancer, was about to die. By the time the then-10-year-old had awakened his mother and prepared to leave the family home in Hanford, they got word his grandmother had passed away.
That was the first time Henry realized he was a medium. From that point on, the young man with model looks has used his clairvoyance to do readings of friends, family and a growing list of celebrity clients.
“People ask me if it is like having a sixth sense and if it’s frightening,” Henry says. “Just like making that connection with my grandmother, it ends up being very comforting.”
That comfort is being shared in Hollywood by celebrities who call on 20-year-old Henry to give them information from beyond this world to help them with everything from business to personal problems. Those readings are being shared on the new E! series, “Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry.”
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In the debut season, which starts Jan. 24, Henry does readings for Amber Rose, Carnie Wilson, Joey Lawrence, Charisma Carpenter, Cheryl Burke, Heather Dubrow, John Salley, Monica Potter, Margaret Cho, Rob Dyrdek, Tom Green, Jaime Pressly, Snooki, Tom Arnold, WWE Diva Natalya, Boy George and more.
Henry’s list of celebrity clients is the result of strong word of mouth among the stars. His client base is so big that the Sierra Pacific High School graduate dropped his plan for going to college to study to be a hospice nurse and moved to Los Angeles.
Henry got his introduction to Hollywood through Fresno talent agent Carollyn De Vore. Three years ago, he approached De Vore about helping him with his public speaking skills because he was “a little shy” in high school.
A few weeks after meeting Henry, his mother mentioned to De Vore that Tyler was a medium. The talent agent introduced Henry to Hollywood publicist Ron Scott, and that began the journey to Henry starring in the new TV series.
“Tyler has quite a following from being at the studio and also his readings with the people in Hanford,” De Vore says.
While completing his accelerated high school plan, Henry often did readings of students and teachers.
I do find it is tough for people I’m closest with to have secrets. So much will come through. I have learned about so many precious family members that my parents never told me about.
His parents still live in the Valley. His mother, Theresa, often travels to Los Angeles to drive her son to his readings because he never got a driver’s license. Often, his mom will wait in the car while Henry meets with the clients. The only tiny complaint he has about his mom is that she’s not that good of a driver.
Most of the time, Henry has no idea who the celebrities are before he sits down with them.
“I have really not been into pop culture,” Henry says. “Plus, it works best if I do not know something about the person. Not knowing anything means I am not biased.”
Henry prefers to do his readings in the home of the client because there is more of the person’s energy there. In lieu of that, he can hold a personal object that helps him do his readings.
Social settings are tough on Henry because he says often gets readings from a variety of people. The only time he likes to work with a group is if there are multiple members of the same family, such as in the case of the reading he does with the acting brothers of Joey, Matthew and Andrew Lawrence on an upcoming episode of the E! show.
What he sees are snippets of information that he sketches in a notebook. It is his job to interpret the bits of visions to help answer questions. The hardest part is interpreting what he sees.
“I have been learning how to get out of my own way, to be a clear vessel,” Henry says.
Henry knows exactly when he has interpreted the readings in the correct way. Sometimes, the information does not make sense to the person being read at that moment, but it will become clear later. The series will feature follow-ups to show how that information takes shape for the celebrity.
Some of what Henry sees may seem negative, but it is all part of the process of helping people find some sort of closure.
Readings often affect him physically. It is not unusual for him to break out in a profuse sweat, feel ill or deal with other physical symptoms.
Even with the physical aspect, Henry sees what he does as a gift.
“That’s because I have had a lot of support. My mom is my biggest fan and one of the first people I told. She was very understanding as she saw the proof,” Henry says.
Not everyone is as understanding. He’s met plenty of people who are skeptical. He welcomes those with opposing views and believes a healthy degree of skepticism is valuable.
“Without people asking questions you never evolve,” he says. “I am content with people asking questions.”
- 10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, E!
- Tyler Henry will also appear on “Dr Phil” on Friday, Jan 22