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She’s made millions with her stock-market predictions, and advises elite clients from billionaires to Brad Pitt. So what is Laura Day’s secret, and how can we all benefit? Danielle Lawler finds out
Psychic Laura Day on how to achieve your life goals
Above The likes of Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman
have high praise for Day’s services
AFTER MONTHS OF gloomy rolling news, the positive vibes that emanate over the telephone from celebrity ‘intuitive’ Laura Day are almost other-worldly. ‘I am very positive about 2021 and excited to see where we are by 2022,’ she says from her home in New York. ‘2021 is going to be an interesting time of growth and change in commerce.’ Living proof of this, she’s about to buy a house in London because air travel between the UK and US is set to become ‘so much easier’. So, does she know something we don’t?
Quite possibly. Laura Day is the woman who correctly predicted the financial crash of 2008. Now 62, she has written six bestselling self-help books, including The Circle and How To Rule the World from Your Couch, which went viral last year (more than a decade after it was first published), when her friend Demi Moore posted a picture of her family reading it in their book club.
Day’s USP really is unique: she claims to use her intuitive talent of predicting the future to advise high-net-worth clients in banking, tech and media on, well, pretty much anything. Business deals, bereavements, plastic-surgery dilemmas, relationship issues… movie moguls even pick her brain about film-script problems. She also serves as the ‘secret weapon’ to her glittering array of A-list friends. She’s too discreet to name them, but Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Aniston have all given her services rave reviews. Plus, she’s a regular on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop circuit.
She was once nicknamed ‘the psychic of Wall Street’. ‘My speciality is to predict the future. Traders will ask about the stock market to make the right deals.’ Her clients fork out as much as $15,000 a month for her time – and some fly her to them on private jets. During lockdown, clients sent her food hampers and one offered to procure her a vaccine. ‘They are terrified I am going to die,’ she says drolly.
So, what exactly is an ‘intuitive’? ‘I can’t help “jumping inside” people – it’s how I experience the world,’ she explains. ‘At parties, people will give me a glass of wine and ask me questions, and I don’t know what I’ve said until I receive their flowers the next day.’ But, she adds: ‘I spend a lot of my life in other people’s lives. I see it as a disability. I feel their pain like it is my pain… It can be draining, but it is also a gift.’
Her unusual career path emerged in her early 20s, when she applied to appear on a TV science show testing people’s intuition. She shocked the hosts and audience with her impressively accurate answers. In her early 30s, she began capitalising on it. A single mother to her toddler son Samson, now 29, she was living in a friend’s New York apartment, struggling to make ends meet, and began charging a hedge-fund-manager friend for stock-market advice she’d previously offered for free. Within a couple of years, she had consultant roles
on the board of Fortune 500 firms and was cashing in million-dollar pay cheques.
During the pandemic, however, she decided to start offering advice to the rest of us ‘normal people’. ‘A lot of the time I live in a rarefied world,’ she says. ‘I have everything I need; it is nice to give back.’ From the kitchen table of her rented London town house, where she spent lockdown with her producer husband Steven Schiff, she began offering free online healing sessions via Instagram. Celebrity friends, including Moore and her daughter Scout, were drafted in as guest speakers. First, she invited her students to write down questions they wanted answered and, from these,
Day and her team of intuitives gave readings. ‘The readings may sometimes sound general, but the person it is meant for knows that message is for them. I have contacted people after a group session to give them more information – I have no boundaries,’ she laughs.
Today, she also offers other classes, from online workshops about how to use your intuition to solve day-to-day problems (£40) to a four-day intensive training session about how to become a practising intuitive (£600).
Her primary piece of advice for now is: ‘Don’t make excuses for why we can’t do something. Life is really tough, even without what is going on in the world. But people have found their true loves, started new businesses and changed jobs successfully in this time. You have to look for what you can do. That can be really small steps like brushing your teeth. The next day, you might make a phone call and, the next, find yourself launching a multinational company from your kitchen table.’ Really?! ‘I’m a pushy American,’ she concedes, laughing.
Demi Moore agrees. In an interview last year, she applauded Day’s ‘no-nonsense’ approach, but admitted to arguing with her during their 30-year friendship when she disagrees. But is Day always right? ‘I would say, yes.’
One of the most common questions asked of Day last year was how to find love during the pandemic. She is surprisingly upbeat about the changes in the dating landscape. ‘People still use dating sites, but have developed very deep relationships during this period because they can’t just hop into bed with someone else 72 hours later.’
She observed that those having the worst problems are women at the end of their fertility cycles, who are desperate for children but unable to physically meet people. ‘It does bring those issues to the forefront: “Shall I have a child alone? Will my parents support me? Do I wait for Prince Charming or go for it?” People are dealing more realistically with their options. A lot of problems people have with relationships, jobs and health were there before the pandemic. It’s only when you are forced to face them you realise.’
What does she suggest when it all gets too much? ‘Take “a bitchy 10”. It’s not healthy to pretend everything is OK when it isn’t. Take 10 minutes to scream, talk to a friend, write it down, then move on and do your “can do”.
‘I think we will look back at this moment,’ she reflects, ‘and think, “Wow! This is when we became a world community.”’
‘My speciality is to predict the future – traders will ask about the market to make the right deals’