A particular childhood
When I was a child, had someone told me one of my biggest missions would be to help the world with my abilities, hands down I would have pleaded with this person ‘not’ to let this happen! The fear of being mocked and ridiculed was beyond strong. I was filled with innocence and I was pure as all children are. Between 4 to 7 years of age, I believed everyone saw, heard, and felt like I did. Being awakened in my sleep, knowing I was not alone, only to be startled by seeing an old man peering down at me.
I don't remember the following but it is a story my mother told me many times that on a few occasions while on a family trip, my parents were lost and to their surprise, I told them that they missed the turn and they should turn around. They were shocked to notice I was correct. Incidents like these became quite commonplace throughout my childhood, and as I got older it was evident, I was different.
I did not understand what the word “Burden” meant at the time but let just say there was something quite heavy on my shoulders! I felt like an outcast for seeing and hearing things no one else could and I was extremely ashamed that I was attracted to boys instead of girls.
Now don’t get me wrong, apart from all of this, I still believe to this day that I had a wonderful childhood especially when comparing to what other kids around the world go through. So, keeping that into consideration my childhood was great! I was surrounded by a warm loving family, I laughed, and I had fun. I just did not know who I was and why things would happen the way they did.
I went through a severe depression around the age of 16 that almost cost me my life. I didn't want to live as I didn't see any possible way on how a person like me, a clairvoyant who saw people's lives in front of me in a flash or as a medium that's able to communicate with two spiritual dimensions (Earthbound & Crossed Over) which took me a while to figure it all out or being tormented emotionally for knowing I was gay.
Between 16 and 17 years of age, I tried to commit suicide 6 times. In the last attempt, they did not think I would make it. Then suddenly something hit me. Why die before having the chance to try? Either people will love me, or hate me, either way, I am going for it. It is like something inside of me snapped. Although I did get help from my wonderful family, without them I wouldn't be here and I also must thank my angels because they helped me realize who I was and what I am meant to be.
After this ordeal, I needed to find ways to regain my confidence and self-esteem. That is when I decided to join a modeling agency in Ottawa. I did not do this for career purposes; I just needed to regain my smile.
My 12th grade of high school brought me confidence and self-assurance to regain the happiness and strength I had lost. It was time for my voice to be heard, longing to share my gift with all those who wished to hear. In my heart and soul, I believed if I gave my all, respectfully, without hiding who I truly was, then I would receive the same respect back.
In front of the class & how I began
I went to my high school in Embrun, a small-town East of Ottawa. I felt like I needed to share my experiences with others so hopefully, it would help someone else. The only way to do this was to read a heartfelt letter in front of the whole classroom in the first period, and I did exactly that.
After the teacher read and reviewed the letter, she asked if that’s what I really wanted and I confirmed that I did because it may help someone else in the long run. I also knew that the whole school would hear about it before the 2nd period began.
I grabbed my desk as I was more comfortable sitting down and I told everyone in the classroom I was gay. I revealed the reason why they didn’t see me much in the 11th grade was that I was mostly at the hospital, and I explained about my suicidal attempts in detail and especially the last one when I was basically dying in my uncle’s arms! You could hear a pin drop, everyone listening every word I said.
I urged everyone to get out of their shells like I did and accept people for who they are.
Once my speech was over people cheered! Suddenly, I gained people’s respect and even from those I never thought would! In the speech, I decided to leave out my abilities only because that would be going too far! Not everyone needs to know that part since they will not be able to relate, but my sexual orientation, that was a must, and I am happy I did.
At 17, while still in high school, I began offering private readings at my parents’ home.
Once I graduated and after reading many clients which only came to me by word of mouth, I decided to explore more so I packed my bags and moved to Toronto. I worked regular odd jobs to pay the rent and bills. I did not go there using my abilities. I needed a break and live life. I worked as a part-time model and actor while in Toronto as well and enjoyed every moment of it.
After living in Toronto for almost 4 years, I decided to move back home, did the odd jobs again, but it did not feel right so I went back to my sessions. I printed 400 yellow flyers and went door to door in my hometown. I remember like it was yesterday, holding my umbrella in one hand from the pouring rain and my flyers in the other, believing that it would work even after four years being gone. There was no Facebook, and I didn’t have a website, so I had to go the old fashion route but I tried avoiding any confrontation, therefore, if anyone was at the house I wouldn’t knock or ring the doorbell, I would simply put the flyer in their mailbox and ran to the next house.
If anyone opened the door while delivering the flyer, I would tell them to go see my friend, he was excellent! The flyer was simple. Black lettering on a bright yellow paper saying, “Psychic Medium, Marc, along with the telephone number.”
I had faith that my flyer would reach out to the right people who would benefit from my abilities. When someone called with their interest, I would not schedule them right away, instead, I gave them a date a week later because I wanted them to think I was busy. It’s a marketing strategy I learned on my own, and it worked!
So there you have it, all I had to do was deliver those flyers and when a person called, I would schedule and read them like it was my last reading and the word of mouth did the rest.
The big break
A couple of years later, I was invited to appear on Centre Stage at the National Women’s Show. It was intense to tell you the truth because I did not know what I was getting myself into.
On my way to the event, I remember hearing my guides saying to “Brace myself”. After first, I thought twenty to thirty people would show up at the stage, and to tell you the truth, I was comfortable aiming low.
After being greeted by Carrie Wilson, she brought me backstage and we chatted for a while. As we were doing that, I kept hearing lots of people which seemed to be a lot more than 30 people. I did a quick peek through the curtains and to my surprise there was a sea of people. I heard my name on the intercom inviting everyone to the main stage as I was going to be on in 5 minutes! I was shaking inside and that’s when Carrie asked me if I have done this before and I gave her a big smile and responded “No, not of this magnitude!” I then asked her to give me two minutes to myself.
When I was called on to the stage, it was overwhelming. All eyes were on me and I had to show them who I was. I gave them a quick introduction of myself and I went straight into communicating with the spirits that were already on stage with me. Each time I finished transmitting a message to someone in the audience, the crowd would cheer and clap. Next thing you knew, thirty minutes was over, and my time was up to get off the stage. The crowd booed and the convention had no choice but to keep me on for another fifteen minutes.
Once I got off stage, my life had changed because I broke the ice for another chapter in my life. What I did on stage that day only confirmed to me what I was meant to be doing.
After this appearance? It was flood gates from there, requests after requests filling up my waiting list like I could not have imagined. After countless television and radio interviews, as well as appearing on the cover of a magazine twice, I was then known as “Ottawa’s Ghost Whisperer”.
In the Now
We are in 2020, I am 38 years old with three waiting lists of almost 3 years each, Private Reading, Small Groups, and Big Groups.
Since 2008, I have been recognized as a celebrity guest on Centre Stage with the National Women’s Show. I have been on their main stage over 40 times to date. I have hosted many of my own major public events in countless places across Canada.
It is evident I cannot please everyone and as controversial my abilities maybe for some, I keep on going as sometimes the unknown normally brings out the judgments in people and I find it unfair but that's life. It is impossible to control everyone's opinion and that is why I choose to concentrate on the good I do to people. I am tough and I can handle it.
From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank my family, my friends for the love, the support, and the cheers and to everyone whom I met so far in this incredible journey.