How's Work?: (Not Your) Basic Medium

Get a shot of Jack and an overview of your future while at a bar.




Photo by Ohad Cadji

 

Name: Bobbi Jean
Job: Bar Psychic

 

How did your life as a psychic start? 
When I was about 4 years old, I would see things and tell people things and [those predictions] would come true. [Then,] when I was 14, I ran off and married this guy. We got away with it because I looked 18. When I was in the hospital with my first [daughter], I called out to the Lord and I felt his hand press down against my forehead, and it just grew from there. I see the dead. They come and go. They don’t harm me. They don’t scare me. I was the first psychic [to do readings] in the nightclubs, back in the ’50s.

How did you get the idea to do readings in bars? 
I had been doing readings since I was 15. Martell’s was this nice place on Babcock Boulevard; I knew the owners. They knew people would come if I was there. Other [bar owners] came after me when they saw people coming. I come [to Hambone’s in Lawrenceville] now because it’s easy and close to home. [Note: Bobbi Jean gives readings at Hambone’s from 5-9 p.m. on Thursdays; walk-ins are welcomed, but appointments are preferred: 412/681-4318.]

Do you deal with drunk people? 
I won’t read a drunk. They won’t listen to what you’re saying.

What are some of the more unusual things you have told people about their future? 
I’ve read people and knew they were not going to be here in a year.

Do you tell them that? 
The spirits tell me what I need to say [to them].

Any predictions about Pittsburgh for the next year? 
I see many changes. We’re not going in for good times. Furniture prices and prices on everything are going up. I see a lot of layoffs. I see businesses being closed. I even see [Sears, Roebuck & Co.] going under. Japan and China will be taking a lot of our jobs.

Will there be any relief? 
I see the minimum wage being raised. People can’t live on $7 an hour. It will be $10. I see a 10 and a 15 . . .  I think it will be $10 in 2015. And don’t forget, it was a man who put us in this situation, and a woman will take us out.

That sounds like a prediction for 2016. 
We will have a woman president in the next election cycle.

On your tax returns, what do you put in the occupation field?  
“Psychic.” I have nothing to hide.


Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Pittsburgh's Top 10 in April

Pittsburgh's Top 10 in April

The 10 best things to do in April in Pittsburgh.
20 Great Biking & Hiking Trails in Western Pennsylvania

20 Great Biking & Hiking Trails in Western Pennsylvania

Each trail has been lovingly constructed and maintained, using old infrastructure to reconnect disparate communities.
A Superior Strategy? Kevin Sousa's Big Bet on Braddock

A Superior Strategy? Kevin Sousa's Big Bet on Braddock

Pittsburgh chef Kevin Sousa will draw on a fierce work ethic, community goodwill and faith in his own vision for Superior Motors, the progressive American spot he plans to open this year.
Getting Better Over Time: PNC Park at 15

Getting Better Over Time: PNC Park at 15

Adoration for PNC Park is near-universal. But would the park be the cherished baseball palace it is today if a few early proposals instead had become reality?
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The 412

VisitPITTSBURGH’s Newest Video Ad: Bring the Kids

VisitPITTSBURGH’s Newest Video Ad: Bring the Kids

The Kidsburgh campaign will debut in May in selected markets no more than a day’s drive from Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh's Dog Rescuers

Pittsburgh's Dog Rescuers

Two local businessmen have found a worthwhile weekend job –– flying dogs in need of rescue.
Cutch as a Steeler? Tomlin Likes the Idea

Cutch as a Steeler? Tomlin Likes the Idea

The Steelers coach says he has just the right role in mind for the Pirates outfielder.
Feed the Meter from your Phone? There May Soon be an App for That

Feed the Meter from your Phone? There May Soon be an App for That

But the plan from the Pittsburgh Parking Authority may have some strings attached.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Pittsburgh's Top 10 in April

Pittsburgh's Top 10 in April

The 10 best things to do in April in Pittsburgh.
20 Great Biking & Hiking Trails in Western Pennsylvania

20 Great Biking & Hiking Trails in Western Pennsylvania

Each trail has been lovingly constructed and maintained, using old infrastructure to reconnect disparate communities.
A Superior Strategy? Kevin Sousa's Big Bet on Braddock

A Superior Strategy? Kevin Sousa's Big Bet on Braddock

Pittsburgh chef Kevin Sousa will draw on a fierce work ethic, community goodwill and faith in his own vision for Superior Motors, the progressive American spot he plans to open this year.
Getting Better Over Time: PNC Park at 15

Getting Better Over Time: PNC Park at 15

Adoration for PNC Park is near-universal. But would the park be the cherished baseball palace it is today if a few early proposals instead had become reality?
PittGirl: Preparing for a World Series Toast

PittGirl: Preparing for a World Series Toast

Thanks to her husband believing in "happy wife, happy life," PittGirl has the perfect wine to celebrate the Pirates' ultimate victory.
Pittsburgh's Top 10 Things to Do in March

Pittsburgh's Top 10 Things to Do in March

Your 10 best bets for this month.
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module