Allison DuBois is an American psychic, medium and author, most noted for the TV show ‘Medium’ that was based on her. She claims to have helped law enforcement officials across the U.S. in locating missing persons and solving crimes based on her psychic abilities. She is also a ‘New York Times’ bestselling author, having written five books. She claims that she discovered her psychic abilities at a very young age, but nobody believed her. She went on to pursue a graduate degree and worked at a law firm, when she decided that she could do more to help people with the aid of her psychic abilities. She agreed to participate in a scientific study about people who could talk to the dead, which was in turn taken up for a TV show by a Hollywood studio. The studio later decided to make a TV show based on her and the cases that she had allegedly helped to solve. ‘Medium’ was a successful, award-winning show, and earned her much fame and criticism too. Her abilities have often been questioned by many experts, but her fame continues.
Childhood & Early Life
Allison DuBois was born on January 24, 1972, in Phoenix, Arizona, to Tienna DuBois and Mike Gomez. Her parents divorced when she was a baby and her mother remarried when she was 12 years old.
She lived with her mother and stepfather, and did not get to see her father very often.
She claims that she realised she had special abilities when she spoke to her dead grandfather at age of six. She told her parents about it, but they did not believe her and instructed her not to tell anyone about it.
She went to ‘Corona del Sol High School’ in Tempe and ‘North High School’ in Phoenix, but dropped out of both, and got her GED certificate at 16 years.
She then attended Arizona State University and interned at the District Attorney’s office in Phoenix. She graduated with a B.A. in political science.
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Allison DuBois soon got married and had children, but decided to get a law degree. She changed her plans and decided to use her special psychic powers to help others instead.
She got in touch with ‘Texas Rangers’ and ‘Glendale Police Department’ and claims to have assisted them in solving many crimes and finding missing persons, with her ability to communicate with deceased people.
She also allegedly served as a jury consultant for many law enforcement agencies, and claims that her predictions were almost always correct. But these agencies have denied any connections with her.
She reportedly signed up for a four-year-long scientific study on people with psychic abilities at the University of Arizona conducted by Gary Schwartz. He conducted many tests, including several interviews, after which he concluded that she indeed had psychic abilities.
In 2001, ‘Paramount Studios’ contacted Schwartz to know if any of his test subjects would be interested in a prospective show, ‘Oracle’, that would feature five mediums doing readings of a studio audience. DuBois auditioned and was selected, but the show did not air on TV.
In 2003, she was contacted by the Hollywood legend, Kelsey Grammer, to work on a fictional TV show based on her life.
In 2005, the TV show based on her life ‘Medium’ made its debut, where she was portrayed by actress Patricia Arquette, who won an ‘Emmy Award’ for her role. DuBois also made appearances on several TV shows that year, like ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ and ‘The Tony Danza Show’.
Soon after the TV debut of ‘Medium’, Gary Schwartz released his controversial book ‘The Truth About Medium’, which DuBois did not endorse.
Paranormal science experts and skeptics like Ray Hyman, Paul Kurtz and James Randi have often questioned her psychic abilities. They have suggested that her powers are not real. But her fans were unfazed by these criticisms and she continued to write books, make appearances and built an empire for herself.
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In 2006, a short documentary was also made on her, called ‘The Real Allison DuBois’.
By 2008, she had begun to make paid appearances where fans could learn how to communicate with their deceased loved ones. She also gave private lessons to people who wanted to learn about harnessing their psychic powers.
From 2008-10, she appeared on many talk shows and TV series like ‘The Tyra Banks Show’ and ‘Ace of Cakes’.
From 2010-17, DuBois made appearances on TV shows like ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ and ‘The Disappearance of Maura Murray’.
Books By Allan DuBois
In 2004, she published her first book ‘Don't Kiss Them Good-bye’, which was autobiographical in nature, and also the book on which the TV show ‘Medium’ was based. It also became a ‘New York Times Bestseller’ book.
Her other books include: ‘We Are Their Heaven’ (2006), ‘Secrets of the Monarch’ (2007), 'Talk to Me’ (2011) and ‘Into the Dark’ (2015).
Family & Personal Life
In October 1993, Allison DuBois married Joe, an aerospace engineer, after they met at a sports bar in Tempe, Arizona.
She has three daughters: Aurora, Fallon, and Sophia, who have also reportedly inherited her psychic abilities. She currently lives in Arizona, USA, with her family.
In 2005, she was offered a reward of one million dollars by a skeptic, Randi Paul, to get tested for her psychic abilities, but she turned it down.
There are many similarities between her and her character on the show ‘Medium’, including her husband’s name and profession, and the number of daughters they have.