SOMERSET, Ky. — You can find him on Aisle B, in a booth directly across from a man who 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 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 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 monster 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 eight out of 10. It’s never let me down,” says Hal.
Now let’s see what he predicts for the upcoming elections. Each question below is exactly what Hal asked the pendulum during my recent flea market visit:
‘Do you see President Trump being reelected, yes or no?’
After watching the object float above the asterisk for several minutes he says, “Right now, it’s going from ‘don’t know,’ to an almost ‘no.’ It’s switching now, and it’s going back to ‘yes.’ What that tells me is Trump is going to have a rough go of it, it’s going to be very close, it looked like he can almost lose. It’s the same thing that happened to him with Hillary (Clinton), then all of a sudden at the last minute, it turned around. That’s what it’s telling me.”
‘Do you see Joe Biden winning the election for the presidency in 2020?’
After a minute or two of silence, Hal says, “That’s a ‘don’t know’ there, hold on a second, that’s a ‘maybe,’ now it’s back to search, back to ‘maybe,’ almost went to ‘yes.’ It did one circle on ‘yes,’ now it’s coming back to ‘don’t know,’ now coming back to ‘no.’”
That’s not a definitive answer for either question, but Hal predicts an election similar to 2016 that is too close to call.
Hal, an avid Trump supporter, says, “Everybody thinks Biden’s going to win because it’s looking really good, and everybody thinks Trump’s going to lose because it’s not looking good, then all of a sudden, shoom, what happened? It’s just like 2016.”
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‘If Joe Biden wins, do you see him serving out his term as president?’
Watching the pendulum, he says, “It’s a ‘maybe’ to a ‘don’t know,’ now it’s going to a ‘no.’ That tells me he could be president for maybe a year or less. Something is going to happen, and he’s not going to serve out his term. That means Kamala Harris will step in.”
I then asked him about the outcome of his own race. Hal admits, “Common sense tells me that Mitch has that thing sewed up. As much as I hate to see him win.”
‘Do you see me winning the U.S. Senate election in 2020?’
After another few minutes of watching the pendulum dangle, Hal is surprised to see the result.
“Damn, it went positive! I’ve got a lot of people telling me they are going to vote for me because I’m running against Mitch,” he says. “It also may be because I plan on legalizing marijuana.”
So, what have we learned? According to Psychic Hal, we may be in for another nail-biter presidential election, and if 77-year-old Biden does win the election, he may be unable to serve out his full term.
Lastly, a psychic write-in candidate may defeat a six-term incumbent senator.
Even an international man of mystery with psychic powers can only guess. That’s why they are called predictions. Stay tuned, and we’ll find out how accurate Psychic Hal’s predictions are in just a few days.
You can contact Psychic Hal at 270-321-2938, or find him on weekends at the Lake Cumberland Flea Market.