Like most entrepreneurial spirits, Whitney Mulqueen enjoys keeping her customers happy.
That doesn't mean, however, she won't tell it like it us.
"I feel like I can really help people, and if I didn't I wouldn't be able to accept their money," said Mulqueen, a fourth generation spiritual intuitive medium and evidential psychic who will be at the Daily Gazette 50+ Living Expo being held Sunday, May 20, at the Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady. "But I also don't tell them what they want to hear. I tell them what they need to hear."
Mulqueen has been "predicting the future" and "talking to people on the other side," as she puts it, for quite a while now. She's been doing it professionally for more than 20 years, but growing up as a young girl in New York City, Mulqueen would see ghosts in the family's living room and sense people sitting on the edge of her bed. At the time, she didn't think it was a big deal.
"I'm a fourth generation psychic, so when I was a young girl I didn't realize I was any different," said Mulqueen, who recently moved from Pennsylvania to Saratoga Springs. "I thought everybody had these gifts. My grandmother had seances and was also a healer. She was very religious and she would pray over people in church. That would be like reiki is now. She was ahead of her time. My grandfather read playing cards. My ancestors all go back to Ireland where they were reading cards and tea leafs."
Much of Mulqueen's youth involved playing with a ouija board, but she doesn't think playing the game these days is a good idea.
"Every time I had a slumber party I wanted all the girls to play the ouija board with me," she remembered. "It's not something I would recommend now. You never know what you're going to be dealing with. It's like having an old radio receiver but you don't get to pick the channel. It can be very dangerous."
Mulqueen wasn't always a professional psychic and medium.
"I've had a very interesting life," she said. "I knew that the 9 to 5 job wasn't going to work for me. I've worked for the fishing industry and the natural gas industry in Alaska, and I've been a professional horse trainer, which I'm still very much involved in. I've also worked in sales and marketing much of my life. I don't know what normal is, but my life has been very interesting. I've always felt very creative and entrepreneurial."
Mulqueen is also an ordained interfaith minister, and spends a lot of her time judging professional horse shows. Sunday at the Gazette 50 + Living Expo, Mulqueen will spend her time reading tarot cards and greeting visitors.
"I enjoy sharing my talent with others and trying to help them," said Mulqueen. "I do what I can to benefit them. I try to give them some clarity where they might be experiencing some difficulties in their lives. For most people it's about romance or money. Love always comes first, then it's money issues, and then it might be something about moving. It's sad because there are so many nice people out there who are struggling. But again, I tell them what they need to know, and that's not necessarily going to make them happy."
Mulqueen realizes there will always be skeptics out there. She enjoys taking them on.
"Skeptics are the most fun," she said. "When you can win them over and show them you're legitimate, you really feel like you've done something. It's really rewarding."
The 50+ Living Expo is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free. It will also include experts at numerology readings (Brit Johnson of North Greenbush) and reiki massages (Mary Hartshorne of Rotterdam), and entertainment will be provided by Elvis impersonator Don Romines. Other subjects covered include outdoor lifestyle, vacation, health care, shopping and life planning.
There will also be a special VIP hour from 11 a.m. to noon for a $10 fee.
For more information visit www.50plusliving.com.