Tyler Henry might be known as the “medium to the stars,” reading for countless celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian, Alan Thicke, LaToya Jackson and nearly 200 others, on his E! Network TV show “Hollywood Medium."
Now, the clairvoyant medium will take his talents on the road for his live show “Life Lessons I’ve Learned from the Departed,” during which he’ll conduct live readings for the rest of us plebes.
“With the live show, the goal of that really is just meant to do as many live readings as possible because with the TV show coming out, there were a lot of questions about readings, how to actually receive a reading, so this was a great way to do that,” Henry said.
Henry received thousands of inquiries for private readings following the airing of Season 1 – over 175,000 of them.
“There was a huge demand,” he said. “It’s important to be able to be accessible, because not everybody can come to L.A. I want to come to them and be able to at least increase their odds of getting read.”
The “Life Lessons I’ve Learned from the Departed” tour started in March in California and will make its way near Scottsdale at Talking Stick Resort and Casino on April 12.
The tour has been so popular, several of the shows sold out – including the one closest to Scottsdale.
“This is not just a 9-to-5 job; I am my job, if that makes sense – and it’s a cathartic thing to be a part of,” Henry said.
Henry had a seemingly normal childhood growing up in Hanford, California, just a little over 30 miles southeast of Fresno – that is, until one night when he was 10 years old.
Henry awoke with the feeling that his grandmother was about to pass on to the other side. And he was right; Minutes after telling his mom about what he felt, they received the unfortunate phone call.
Following the passing of his grandmother, Henry’s clairvoyant gift kicked in to overdrive. He received messages from people he never knew nor met.
And years later, in his early 20s, Henry became a global sensation, reading on the aforementioned hit TV show that premiered in 2016 and embarking on a nationwide tour.
During “Life Lessons I’ve Learned from the Departed,” Henry will take the stage to speak about his gift, how it affects his everyday life, conduct an audience Q&A and live readings.
On average, he’ll read for seven to 15 people per night on the tour, and each reading lasts anywhere from one to five minutes.
“Information comes through really strongly, so whether I’m standing in front of one person or standing in front of thousand people, there’s always something to pick up on,” Henry said. “So in cases like [a live audience reading], I have to be extra precise and specific about what’s coming through.”
Henry’s process involves scribbling on a blank sheet of paper – a lot of scribbling. This helps him focus on what the message is to the recipient during a reading.
“When I get into my process, like scribbling, I start getting into an intuitive mindset,” he said.
One of the most common questions he gets from people is if the process is like the film “The Sixth Sense” – “and it’s really not,” he said with a laugh.
“It’s really just a matter of interpreting subtle impressions and being able to really attribute thoughts to feelings and words to feelings,” Henry said. “I have to be able to take any stimulus, any changes that are going on in my mind and body and articulate it in a way that makes sense and should be validated.”
Henry said years of reading for others and helping them gain some sense of closure has taught him many life lessons along the way that he’s applied to his own life.
“I’ve learned a lot from doing readings because it just kind of getting insight into what people who’ve passed away have valued in hindsight and their perspective, and so for me, it’s taught me a lot,” he said.
He’ll share these lessons on the tour, but one lesson he was quick to point out was the importance of communicating to our loved ones who are still alive how much they mean to us.
“Because of the amount of people that come to me with regrets and feeling of wishing they could have said certain things that didn’t get to get said, I’ve seen the importance of really communicating with them here in the now and for better or for worse, just making sure you’re on the same page with everybody,” he said. “I think just valuing them while they’re here.”
Of all of the celebrities he’s read for, Henry said it’s a toss-up; He was equally as surprised – and star struck – when Sofia Vergara and Rebel Wilson opened the door to greet him at their respective homes.
“I was totally shocked and just kind of overwhelmed and had to work through it,” he said with a laugh.
“Rebel Wilson is a comedian who I look up to in a lot of ways just for her being herself unapologetically, yet she is just an inspiration in some ways to me,” Henry continued. “So to be able to actually have her open the door and have to sit down and do a reading, it was really surreal.”
And as for the skeptics out there, he gets it. He’s even curious about how it works himself.
“I think that it’s important to be skeptical,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of clients who were, whether they were religiously skeptical or scientifically skeptical of it, coming on the show with an open mind and being willing to see what the evidence shows and the experience.”
During Season 4, which premiered in February, Henry actually agreed to get a brain scan done during a reading, conducted by celebrity doctor Drew Pinsky, better known as Dr. Drew.
“I allowed them to hook me up to their feedback machine and monitor the results of the reading,” he said. “That willingness to go under testing is, on some level, a testament to my credibility. So, I just want to continue doing that and just showing that I’m curious, myself, about how this works – but I also don’t claim to understand it. I don’t think anybody really can.”
What Henry hopes is the biggest takeaway from his live shows is for the audience to honor their passed loved ones’ legacy through their actions.
“I really hope that people are able to take away just the importance of knowing that our loved ones really never leave us,” he said. “With grief, it’s very easy to sit down and feel like we want to die ourselves, and that’s a counterproductive take to take.”
“I think that our loved ones encourage us to honor them through our actions and go on those vacations that we always wanted to go on with them and take those trips and really live their memory. And that’s a very important thing.”