Derek Acorah is a proud Liverpudlian – but rarely has the opportunity to share his abilities with local people.
That all changes this Friday as the TV personality brings his The Enlightenment tour to Ormskirk Civic Hall.
Derek says: “My upbringing and history are very important. I have lived in this area for more than 20 years and many people around here haven't had a chance to see what I do.”
The venue is a small one – but Derek explains: “Intimacy is very important to me. I like to develop trust with the audience and create a really relaxed atmosphere.”
Perhaps the height of the medium’s fame came during the almost instant success of much-loved paranormal investigation show Most Haunted. Yet despite the popularity of the show, Derek does not miss being on TV.
“I appeared in other shows having left Most Haunted but on-stage performance always was and always will be my main passion. The shows I appeared in focused on investigating strange spirits, I much prefer making contact with loved ones.”
Dating back centuries and boasting a rich history, the town of Ormskirk is a favourite of Derek and he often visits with his wife Gwen.
“I really love Ormskirk. My wife and I live in Southport but we visit Ormskirk a lot. I love its age and its beautiful atmosphere. Of course it has a long history and I often pick up on old energies upon my visits.”
For all the fanatical believers of Derek’s work, there are also many sceptics. This doesn’t bother him, though.
“I welcome sceptical minds. Unlike some physic mediums I stay behind after shows to answer questions and discuss what I do.”
He adds: “I remain the only medium to ever be invited to perform at the Oxford University Students’ Union. The audience was full of sceptical students with critical minds but every single one of them was fascinated by what I had to say.”
Many of those going along to Derek’s show on Friday may well be doing so for the first time, and it is these people the medium promises a new experience unlike no other.
“I guarantee everyone will be absolutely fascinated. Everyone will leave the show with something to think about and perhaps something to help them.
“It is not a morbid experience. It will be joyous and full of laughter. I will introduce people to a whole new reality; an enlightenment of sorts. Above all else it will be thoroughly enjoyable.”
- Derek Acorah appears at Ormskirk Civic Hall from 8pm this Friday (September 5). Tickets cost £18 each, £15 concessions. For more details call 01695 554154.
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