Chip Coffey communicates with spirits.
The psychic and medium will return Sunday to the place where he began his professional career, the building in Buford that now houses the cafe and music venue 37 Main. The Lilburn resident will offer Coffey Talk, a lecture paired with a gallery-style psychic reading in which he will answer questions related to the future and attempt to communicate with individuals' loved ones who have died.
"Going back to that building is kind of like a homecoming," Coffey said, "and I'm really anxious to see if the ghosts I encountered are still there."
While working at Transforming Lives, a holistic and metaphysical shop housed in the building, the Lilburn resident met James, a young man who Coffey said died after being shot and was buried in the basement of the building.
"Buford's the kind of place that if you find the right kind of people and speak with them, they will tell you the place is very haunted," Coffey said.
The great-grandson of a Native American medicine woman, Coffey said he believes his talents as a psychic and medium are inherited.
"I've always known that I was psychic," he said. "Those abilities manifested in early childhood with simple, precognitive things, like knowing the phone would ring before it did, knowing someone was coming to visit unannounced."
Coffey's abilities as a medium came later when, in the summer of 2001, the brother of a dead co-worker began communicating with him.
"I thought I had kind of gone crazy at that time," Coffey said. "I didn't know what was going on, but that sort of opened up that floodgate of communication."
Coffey holds a master's degree in counseling and is a certified paranormal investigator. He is a regular cast member on A&E's "Paranormal State," a television show that follows members of the Pennsylvania State University Paranormal Research Society as they investigate paranormal occurrences.
"A lot of people are very agitated and frightened about the things that are going on around them that they can't explain," Coffey said, adding he attempts to provide clarity or explanation for those experiencing strange occurrences by tapping into the energies of a location.
As far as explaining how he does the things he does, "It's just a part of who I am, like I'm right-handed and wear a size 8 shoe," Coffey said. "I believe that everyone has intuitive abilities, (but) I believe some people are more readily able to tap into those abilities."
SideBar: If you go
What: Coffey Talk with psychic and medium Chip Coffey
When: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: 37 Main, 37 Main St., Buford
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