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Name: James Van Praagh                                                                 
Born: August 23, 1958                                                                 
James Van Praagh (b. August 23, 1958, Bayside, New York) is a best-selling             
author, who performs as a psychic and medium. He has written several books             
dealing with spirituality and spirit communication. From 2002 to 2003, he hosted       
a syndicated daytime talk show entitled "Beyond With James Van Praagh." He             
subsequently partnered with CBS to produce several TV-movies and mini-series           
based on his books, including "Living With The Dead" and "The Dead Will Tell."         
He is currently the co-Executive Producer of the television series Ghost               
Whisperer on CBS.                                                                     
Van Praagh says that through his mediumistic abilities he receives messages from       
spirits and feelings about their presence that provide "detailed evidential           
proof that a loved one survived death."[1] He says that most people who die go         
to Heaven and that all people are, to some degree, psychic enough to feel the         
psychic "energy" of the spirits of loved ones watching over them, though only         
certain people are sensitive enough to act as mediums and convey messages back         
and forth.                                                                             
He has been a regular guest on several television and radio talk shows, most           
prominently Larry King's cable talk show on CNN, where he often does readings         
over the telephone or with audience members.[citation needed] He also offers           
paid private readings. At one time he suggested that he had a three year waiting       
list for his services.