Passengers in the ride-share car that Thomas John is driving might be strangers to him- but that doesn’t keep him from knowing them better than they ever imagined. Once the unsuspecting riders are buckled in and given their destination address, they get to learn more about themselves. That’s the premise for John’s new show, Seatbelt Psychic.
Thomas John is a psychic medium who can connect with spirits and foresee the future. John became famous when he made media appearances on ‘Entertainment Tonight’ and ‘The Real Housewives of New York City.’ He was also featured in several magazines, including US Weekly and the Wall Street Journal.
Working with celebrities like Stevie Nicks, Goldie Hawn, Jennifer Lopez, and Courtney Cox has made him a star. However, the person behind the concept for this show was less of a celebrity and more of a ‘behind-the-scener.’ His name is Zeb Newman, and he’s a producer on “The Late, Late Show with James Corden.” The two met about a year ago.
“Basically, it came about sort of a serendipity. We ended up talking about TV concepts and stuff and he asked me, ‘What would you think about doing a reading in a car?’ I said, ‘Oh my god, I don’t know. I’ve never done that before,” says John, describing the first conversation he and Newman had.
Newman got the idea from the recurring segment on ‘The Late, Late Show with James Corden’ called ‘Carpool Karaoke.’ This segment has become extremely popular, and Newman knew he could apply the same concept to John and his talents. They pitched their idea to Lifetime, and they agreed. From there, “Seatbelt Psychic” became a reality.
What’s The Gist Of The Show?
“I know nothing about the people getting into the car,” John says about the series, shot in Los Angeles, California. “People get in believing they are getting in a ride share that takes them to a destination. Then I tell them who I am and what I do, and we see if they’re open to that. We keep it as organic and natural as possible,” John adds. “Nobody wants to do a show that’s based on something that’s not really happening. And people have all sorts of reactions to it, just like in the real world.”
The psychic is more accustomed to doing his readings surrounded by large theater crowds. However, he feels there’s a certain charm to working in the intimate setting of a car. “Part of the reason I was interested in doing the show was that I thought, ‘Well, this is a way that I can reach people who would never be seeking this out,'” John said. “And that’s basically what’s happened.
And as far as the driving, it’s not all that distracting. It tends to relax me a bit because I tend to get anxiety before a reading.” John has had his gift for a long time since he was young. He remembers realizing he was unique but not quite understanding how it all worked because he was so young. “I was about four years old. I saw my grandfather, who was my father’s father. He had passed away, but I was getting images from him that I shared with my parents.”
How Did John Feel About His Gifts When He Was Younger?
“At first it was sort of like whatever, I don’t think anybody thought about it a lot. ‘Oh, he’s got an imagination!’ I think as things started to come through, 7 or 8 years old, it became more specific. There were things I wouldn’t know. That’s when I started to feel, ‘OK, everybody’s not seeing what I’m seeing.’ And I felt kind of weird,” says John.
He tried his hardest to push these thoughts and visions down inside himself and ignored them as much as possible. After graduating high school, he enrolled at the University of Chicago and completed his pre-med education in four years. He had a clear idea of what his career would look like, but he often found himself unhappy. He suffered from anxiety and depression.
“In order to combat that I started to meditate,” he says. “I realized I could control my thoughts through that, and that also helped me with my abilities.” He soon discovered just how much of a psychic gift the Universe blessed him with. He then started practicing by giving psychic readings to his family and friends at no cost. John began doing these readings in a timid and reserved manner but later noticed that his skills improved.
Soon after, his confidence grew, and he started refining and sharpening his skills and studying the spiritual world. He had several talented mentors, including the famous Caroline Myss. “I tell people if the spirit world wants you to do that, they’ll have you do that. They will make it happen,” John says. If you’re curious about the new psychic show, catch “Seatbelt Psychic” on the Lifetime channel on Wednesdays at 10:00 pm PDT.