By Nicole Cortese
“I see a vehicle drive through the gates of the White House in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to bring fear to those of the White House. The vehicle does not make it very far through the gates, for the person is shot and killed instantly.”
This was one of the many predictions posted on spiritual medium Joseph Tittel’s blog, made at the beginning of the year. On Oct. 4, a Connecticut woman tried to crash through the gates of the White House after a high-speed chase that eventually led police to shoot and kill her.
This is just one instance where Tittel has made an accurate prediction about world events. For the second year in a row, Tittel will host an event at the Yvonne Theater, on Oct. 26 at 8 p.m.
As a spiritual medium, author, teacher and radio host from Levittown, Pa., Tittel has explored the realms of his psychic abilities and shared some common misconceptions that mediums encounter.
“People think we’re not real and that’s not the truth at all,” Tittel said. “They also think we can read people’s minds, and we can’t.”
According to Andrew LoBrace, coordinator of student programs, students had a positive reaction to Tittel’s visit last year, and they decided to ask him to return.
“We brought him back simply because we got a lot of great reactions from students who attended last year,” LoBrace said. “Students really get into the Halloween theme and they were very receptive to his gifts.”
From an early age, Tittel could feel things that other people could not. In his early teens, a psychic told him that he had a special gift and would eventually be well known for it. By the age of 19, he was doing readings on a professional level.
As a spiritual medium and clairvoyant, Tittel says he has extrasensory perception and is able to clearly see future events and to communicate with spirits.
“It’s quite a burden at times, especially when you’re working with the police on murder investigations,” Tittel said. “But it’s changed my life in a way that I used to have a fear of death, and now I don’t. I wouldn’t give this up for the world.”
Students enjoyed being able to have a different exposure to the paranormal last year. Tittel was able to reconnect some students with their loved ones who are no longer here on Earth.
“It’s the type of event where he senses things from afterlife activity,” LoBrace said. “He has a true gift and students were able to witness that firsthand last year.”
Tittel has appeared on the Travel Channel and Lifetime’s original series, “America’s Psychic Challenge.” He currently has his own series, “Real Psychics” on Comcast On Demand’s Paranormal TV. He described how his gift often helps people.
“My favorite part is the healing, validation and closure that I can bring to people’s lives,” Tittel said.
Tittel has encountered many opportunities over the past 20 years to help solve murder investigations. He also accurately predicted celebrity deaths like those of Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson and predicted the Philadelphia Phillies’ World Series win in 2008.
Although he does not visit college campuses often, he regularly holds public and private events where everyone responds in amazement.
“In my 20 years of doing this, I’ve never had a non-believer still walk out a non-believer,” Tittel said.
Gina DiFazio, a senior public relations major, is a little skeptical but is eager to see what it is about.
“I don’t necessarily believe in it, but I do believe people have energies,” DiFazio said. “I do wonder if some of us can really channel those energies.”
Printed in the 10/23/13 edition.