My Palmistry Education

I’d never have pursued hand reading if I hadn’t found a knowledgeable and powerful teacher, Laurie Block Spigel, who encouraged me to set aside my skepticism, take a leap of faith, and do the work. After studying the Benham system of western palmistry for several years and examining several thousand sets of hands, Laurie encouraged me to teach beginning palmistry students a series of ten rudimentary three-hour hand-reading lessons.

We insisted on three key requirements.

1. If you can’t be helpful or leave people feeling hopeful, don’t say anything at all.

2. Practice what you preach.

3. Never predict anyone’s death.

We encouraged students to look and listen carefully, think clearly and creatively, feel fully and freely, examine a multitude of hands, and ask abundant questions. Weekly reading assignments, study, and research were required. After completing ten classes, one student felt so confident in his abilities that he printed business cards and hung out his shingle as a professional palmist.

“There’s no substitute for time and experience,” I warned.

“Proceed cautiously and lead with your heart,” I advised.

A few months later, a very impressionable client showed up and told me about a palmist who had predicted her death. I asked to know the palmist’s name. It was my ex-student. As soon as my client left, I called and confronted him. He denied the accusation. It’s not uncommon for people to accuse readers of saying things they never said. It’s happened to me. I didn’t think that was the case with him. I promised to destroy his reputation if I ever heard another dark forecast. That was twenty-five years ago and I haven’t taught formal classes since.

I had been a good judge of character, but that hadn’t stopped me from making a wrong choice. I accepted my student’s money, knowing he was dishonest, while rationalizing and idealizing how I would be “the one” to help him raise his consciousness. I regret not asking him to leave when I saw how hastily he applied techniques he had learned in class to playing head games on people. Instead of kicking his butt to the curb, I scolded and cautioned him, then proceeded to give him more knowledge and tools to hurt people. It’s extremely easy to take advantage of others when you know what makes them tick. People are impressionable. Prophecy is a powerful pill. Only life predicts death.

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Over the past thirty-five years, I've read tens of thousands of hands of people of every age, gender, race, color, size, shape, career, and socio-economic diversity. I've examined the hands of celebrities, billionaires, corporate executives, and the people who work for them. I've been in charge of the psychics at special events like the massive Bloomberg Company picnic on Randall’s Island and have worked at the Mayor’s country home and at Gracie Mansion. I've been a hand reader at PR events and family gatherings for the King of PR, Howard Rubenstein. I was the hand reader at Harvey Weinstein’s spectacular wedding. I've also read the hands of Martha Stewart, Katie Couric, Star Jones, Kevin Kline, Kyra Sedgwick, Barbara Corcoran, Dave Brubeck, and Maurice Sendak, along with numerous other celebrities and their families. I've also examined hundreds of criminally insane people’s hands at a forensic psychiatric hospital in New York City over a two-year period. I've appeared on ABC The View, CBS Martha Stewart Living, CBS Evening News, FOX Good Day NY, Lifetime TV, Queens, NPR and WNYC. I've been featured in the NY Times, NY Newsday, The Daily News, The Village Voice, New York Magazine, INSTYLE Magazine, Family Circle, Modern Bride, Manhattan User’s Guide, and other periodicals. Because of my credentials in design and technology as well as my extensive experience with public appearances on television, radio, and in the print media, I'm uniquely qualified to promote palmistry. I offer five-minute reflections at special events, counsel countless couples, raise funds for diverse causes such as AIDS, Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis, Schizophrenia, Arts Education, and the Environment. I taught Metaphysics 101 at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in NYC for five years and have also spoken, offered workshops, and taught classes at the New York Open Center, Learning Annex, Source of Life Center, Hunter College, Pace University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Marymount Manhattan College, Theosophical Society, East West Bookstore, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and The National Design Museum in NYC. I also have a private practice with over 1,000 clients.