The two lovely blonde women at the podium were exact mirror images of one another: face, figure, voice, flat-ironed hair, immaculate make-up and tasteful, flattering attire. They comprised Act 2 of a daylong seminar, "Angels, Intuition and Healing: A Day of Psychic Miracles!" offered by the Learning Annex of San Diego and featuring a total of seven psychics.
Terry and Linda Jamison presented "How to Communicate with Your Angels," billing themselves as "the only psychic twins in the world." They told the roughly 50 adults attending the session that they were not only identical twins, but also a rare "bifurcated soul"-one soul in two bodies. And because they'd introduced themselves without differentiating who was Terry and who was Linda, it did often seem as if one person split into two was speaking.
"We are reliably psychic for anyone at any time," one part of the Jamisons asserted. "People who have stood between us who are intuitive, they feel like they're being microwaved."
The twins said they've been seriously studying metaphysics and developing their psychic work for about 20 years. One of their specialties-which they professed to have been "spirit-taught"-is communicating with angels and spirit guides via automatic writing.
Automatic writing was described as "a feeling of the hand being maneuvered across the page without your conscious direction... as if someone else is doing the writing." Through this method, the twins claimed they can channel detailed information about a person. They also said their work has encompassed high-profile murder cases and the reuniting of families.
But their biggest claim to prophecy making through automatic writing is having allegedly predicted (back in November 1999 on a radio show) the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
"When the FBI found out we had information, [it] shut our website down and any other website that had our predictions on it," one twin said. Ironically, the twins noted they had worked as performance artists at Windows on the World restaurant (located on the top floor of 1 WTC) for a time in the 1980s-going by the name "Miss Twin Towers."
Learning Annex program director Jessie Schwartzburg said that of the approximately 250 courses the organization's San Diego branch offers per monthly catalog, regularly scheduled psychic events are among the most popular. The psychics in these sessions (many of whom are authors, have their own TV shows and/or product lines, or are "personal psychics" to celebrities) typically lecture on their specialties, then do some audience readings and books signings.
Schwartzburg said a number of psychics have their own "die-hard fans." When queen-bee psychic, author and Montel regular Sylvia Brown goes on tour with the Learning Annex, she can draw 2,000 to 4,000 adults from all walks of life. Many attend because they want to connect with someone who has died. Some go to learn about their own futures or to broaden psychic capabilities. For others, it's pure entertainment.
The charismatic Jamison twins listed appearances on numerous TV programs, such as Saturday Night Live (as Louise, a two-headed housewife) and, more recently, The Osbournes. They emphasized the importance of having a creative factor to help connect with spirits (listing Charles Dickens, Mozart and Oscar Wilde among those that used automatic writing in their work process) and referred attendees to two websites for information on the twins' "angelic art series" and how to get a reading. They let drop that their clients included "some Microsoft presidents and vice presidents."
The audience was asked if anyone had ever seen angels (about 10 people said yes). Several in the room acknowledged they'd heard angels talking to them. About six said they knew of their own American Indian guides. "[Angels] appear to us as we expect them to be," a twin explained. "Some people don't see angels with wings. We've [even] had angels that had great big conch shells for hats."
Because angels "divvy up their jobs," the twins suggested calling on specific angels in terms of what's needed-say, the angels of real estate or the angels of bad hair.
"It's OK to ask [non-spiritual questions like], 'Should I have lipo instead of a tummy tuck?'" one twin added.
Making sure everyone had paper and something to write with, the twins directed participants to close their eyes, slow their breathing, loosen up and ask for protection from negativity. Then everyone was told to open their eyes and, keeping arms and hands loose on the paper, start to make circles, spirals, symbols or triangles while mentally asking a specific question.
Most participants filled up their papers with doodling and chaotic scribbling. They asked the twins: Do you need to look at the paper? (No.) Does it sometimes look like a foreign language? (Yes.) What does it mean if you get a shiver down your spine? (The chill of truth.)
At the end of the practice, only two people said they had written actual words: one, her mother's name and the other, "Love."
But not to worry. The twins maintained it takes a lot practice to tap into the other realm-an achievement that "too much focus on logical thinking" will only inhibit.