Life or death role
happened in Riley’s teenage years. His father was diagnosed with bowel cancer.
Fortunately, he recovered but it made Riley ponder life after death.
Riley started reading books about religious alternatives.
In his 20s, Riley’s psychic abilities came to the fore and he has been working as a medium since 2001.
Riley understands why some people view psychics with cynicism.
‘‘ If you ring those 1800 numbers they rip you off something fierce,’’ Riley says. ‘‘ That’s where we get a bad name from. That is half the reason I went on the show — to show you don’t have to be the vegan wearing a long purple dress and crystals.
‘‘ For me it was a massive risk to be on the show. If it didn’t work out well, my credibility would be shot in the psychic world as well as in the corporate world.’’
Riley proved his psychic abilities when he found the man in the car boot challenge. Riley’s most emotional moment came when he was blindfolded and handed Peter Brock’s racing suit. Brock died in an accident during the Targa West rally in 2006.
‘‘ I actually had Peter standing next to me,’’ Riley says. ‘‘ That was freaky. I still feel that connection to Peter Brock.’’ The One: Australia’s Most Gifted Psychic, Channel 7, tonight, 7.30pm
Spooky stuff: Psychics Salvatore Trimboli and Greg Riley.