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Published on Mar 31, 2009
Colin Fry was a British spiritualist medium, author and television personality. He was born on 19 May 1962 in Cuckfield Hospital near Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England where he grew up. Fry said his first contact with a spirit was in 1971 when he heard the voice of his grandfather telling him to run home. He returned home to find that his mother had fallen down the stairs. He was aware of having a spirit guide called 'Magnus' from childhood onwards. At the age of fifteen years he attended a spiritualist church for the first time in Brighton. At a later visit he was asked by a medium at the church to attend a development circle focusing on mental mediumship.
In the 1980s he attended a circle specialising in physical and trance mediumship. 'The Noah's Ark Society', an organisation established for the safe practice of physical mediumship, took an interest in Fry's physical mediumship and invited him to conduct a séance at their seminar in Leicester. They decided to give Fry the name 'Lincoln' to ensure his anonymity. After coming out of trance at Leicester Fry had no recollection of what had happened but was told that voices had spoken through him and a séance or spirit trumpet, a normal looking trumpet which is luminous at both ends, was seen levitating. The séance was big news in the psychic community at the time and there was a lot of interest in 'Lincoln'.
A curious incident occurred at another 'Noah's Ark Society' séance involving physical mediumship at Scole, Norfolk in 1992. It left many attendees upset and disillusioned with 'Lincoln'. Fry was found to be “standing in the middle of the room holding a spirit trumpet in his hand” when the light inexplicably came on. The society blamed a “mischievious earth bound spirit” for interfering with the séance. Speaking about the trumpet incident in 2007 Fry said, “Only I and a few other people know what happened. Everything else is speculation.” In response to sceptics who cite the incident as proof of fraud he said, “All I can say is they give far more time and energy to dissing me than I do worrying about trying to convince them.” In 2012 Fry said the spirit who caused the trumpet incident came through at a later séance and senior members of the society conversed with him.
Towards the end of 1997 he decided to become a professional medium. Fry turned down three offers to do a television programme before he finally accepted to make ''6ixth Sense with Colin Fry'' in 2002. 6ixth Sense catapulted him to fame and made him a household name. It was the start of a successful run of TV shows for him on Living TV. IPM, the television company who made 6ixth Sense, said that they wanted to make a British version of ''Crossing Over'' and asked Fry to work with an audience theatre-style and do one-to-one sittings. Their interest in mediums was influenced by Living TV showing ''Crossing Over'' with American medium John Edward and Derek Acorah who had been on ''Psychic Livetime'' on Granada Breeze.
He was one third of ''The Three Mediums'' working alongside fellow TV mediums, Derek Acorah and Tony Stockwell. He also worked with Tony Stockwell on ''The Best of British Mediumship''. After filming over 140 episodes of 6ixth Sense, Fry turned detective appearing with Tony Stockwell and TJ Higgs in ''Psychic Private Eyes'' on Zone Reality. He then returned as one of ''The Three Mediums'' with Derek Acorah and TJ Higgs on Living TV. His last TV series on Living TV was ''Colin Fry Live with TJ Higgs''. Other lesser known TV work included Most Haunted, ''The Happy Medium'' in New Zealand and ''Den Andre Siden'' in Norway.
In April 2015, Fry was diagnosed as being terminally ill with lung cancer. Vowing, "The show must go on" he said, "It is bad news for me personally. But it has made me even more determined to carry on. It gives me a chance to say goodbye to my fans, who have been so loyal to me over the years. I hope they and the theatres will all bear with me. I feel good most of the time. But there will be bad days too. It has been a privilege to be allowed to perform my skills on a national stage and Television. I have never taken that for granted and I would like to give something back and say, ‘thank you for having me. It has been a real pleasure’." He died on the morning of 25 August 2015, at the age of 53.
* ''Inspired Of Spirit: Trance Teachings Through Colin Fry'', Magnus through Colin Fry, also known as Lincoln, compiled by Tony Ortzen (2000) * ''Life Before Death'', Colin Fry (2007) * ''Secrets From The Afterlife'', Colin Fry (2008) * ''The Message: Seven Steps To Hope And Healing'', Colin Fry (2009) * ''By Your Side: How The Spirits Can Help You Every Day'', Colin Fry (2010) * ''The Happy Medium: My Psychic Life'', Colin Fry (2012)