|Born||19 May 1962|
|Died||25 August 2015(aged 53)|
Colin Arthur Fry was born on 19 May 1962 in Cuckfield Hospital near Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England where he grew up. His parents were Arthur Frederick Fry and Margaret Briggs. Fry had a paternal grandmother who was proud of her Scottish heritage, Jewish ancestry through a maternal great grandfather who was believed to have come from Poland and a maternal great grandmother who was believed to have come from Gypsy stock and to have been prosecuted under the Witchcraft Act.
Fry said his first contact with a spirit was in 1971 when he heard the voice of his grandfather telling him to run home. He returned home to find that his mother had fallen down the stairs. He was aware of having a spirit guide called 'Magnus' from childhood onwards. He was small as a child and was targeted by bullies for being gay. At the age of fifteen years he attended a spiritualist church for the first time in Brighton. At a later visit he was asked by a medium at the church to attend a development circle focusing on mental mediumship. As an adult Fry juggled two roles in life, a job in retail and his work on the spiritualist circuit.
In the 1980s he attended a circle specialising in physical and trance mediumship. 'The Noah's Ark Society', an organisation established for the safe practice of physical mediumship, took an interest in Fry's physical mediumship and invited him to conduct a séance at their seminar in Leicester. They decided to give Fry the name 'Lincoln' to ensure his anonymity. After coming out of trance at Leicester Fry had no recollection of what had happened but was told that voices had spoken through him and a séance or spirit trumpet, a normal looking trumpet which is luminous at both ends, was seen levitating. The séance was big news in the psychic community at the time and there was a lot of interest in 'Lincoln'.
A curious incident occurred at another 'Noah's Ark Society' séance involving physical mediumship at Scole, Norfolk in 1992. It left many attendees upset and disillusioned with 'Lincoln'. Fry was found to be “standing in the middle of the room holding a spirit trumpet in his hand” when the light inexplicably came on. The society blamed a “mischievious earth bound spirit” for interfering with the séance. Speaking about the trumpet incident in 2007 Fry said, “Only I and a few other people know what happened. Everything else is speculation.” In response to sceptics who cite the incident as proof of fraud he said, “All I can say is they give far more time and energy to dissing me than I do worrying about trying to convince them.” In 2012 Fry said the spirit who caused the trumpet incident came through at a later séance and senior members of the society conversed with him.
Towards the end of 1997 he decided to become a professional medium. After turning professional his main source of income came from classes, séances and one-to-one sittings given in a building at the bottom of his garden he called 'The Spirit Lodge'. He collaborated with Michael Courtney-Hunt on the filming of a number of demonstrations that would constitute the Magnus Guides Trilogy of DVDs. The three titles in the series were entitled Magnus Guides, A Voice From The Light and Nearer The Light. The trilogy showed Fry channeling Magnus in trance and as himself discussing his mediumship work.
Fry turned down three offers to do a television programme before he finally accepted to make 6ixth Sense with Colin Fry in 2002. 6ixth Sense catapulted him to fame and made him a household name. It was the start of a successful run of TV shows for him on Living TV. IPM, the television company who made 6ixth Sense, said that they wanted to make a British version of Crossing Over and asked Fry to work with an audience theatre-style and do one-to-one sittings. Their interest in mediums was influenced by Living TV showing Crossing Over with American medium John Edward and Derek Acorah who had been on Psychic Livetime on Granada Breeze.
He was one third of The Three Mediums working alongside fellow TV mediums, Derek Acorah and Tony Stockwell. He also worked with Tony Stockwell on The Best of British Mediumship. After filming over 140 episodes of 6ixth Sense, Fry turned detective appearing with Tony Stockwell and TJ Higgs in Psychic Private Eyes on Zone Reality. He then returned as one of The Three Mediums with Derek Acorah and TJ Higgs on Living TV. His last TV series on Living TV was Colin Fry Live with TJ Higgs. Other lesser known TV work included Most Haunted, The Happy Medium in New Zealand and Den Andre Siden in Norway.
Colin Fry toured extensively, apart from Britain and Ireland, he demonstrated as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Spain, Norway and Finland. He was a successful author. His autobiography, The Happy Medium, was published in 2012. His previous four books were all hits and appeared in the prestigious Sunday Times Best Sellers List. He was also involved in teaching workshops. Most of his teaching work was undertaken in Ramsberg Gardens in Sweden. He became a spiritualist minister and was known as Reverend Colin Fry towards the end of his life.
In April 2015, Fry was diagnosed as being terminally ill with lung cancer. Vowing, "The show must go on" he said, "It is bad news for me personally. But it has made me even more determined to carry on. It gives me a chance to say goodbye to my fans, who have been so loyal to me over the years. I hope they and the theatres will all bear with me. I feel good most of the time. But there will be bad days too. It has been a privilege to be allowed to perform my skills on a national stage and Television. I have never taken that for granted and I would like to give something back and say, ‘thank you for having me. It has been a real pleasure’." He died on the morning of 25 August 2015, at the age of 53.
- Inspired Of Spirit: Trance Teachings Through Colin Fry, Magnus through Colin Fry, also known as Lincoln, compiled by Tony Ortzen (2000)
- Life Before Death, Colin Fry (2007)
- Secrets From The Afterlife, Colin Fry (2008)
- The Message: Seven Steps To Hope And Healing, Colin Fry (2009)
- By Your Side: How The Spirits Can Help You Every Day, Colin Fry (2010)
- The Happy Medium: My Psychic Life, Colin Fry (2012)
- The Sanctuary
- Fry, Colin. The Happy Medium: My Psychic Life, 2012, pp. 7-9, 14, 17.
- Fry, Colin. The Happy Medium: My Psychic Life, 2012, pp. 3, 7.
- Fry, Colin. The Happy Medium: My Psychic Life, 2012, pp. 71-82.
- Fry, Colin. The Happy Medium: My Psychic Life, 2012, pp. 137-143.
- Fry, Colin. The Happy Medium: My Psychic Life, 2012, pp. 145-156.
- Psychic News
- Fry, Colin. The Happy Medium: My Psychic Life, 2012, p. 168.
- Fry, Colin. The Happy Medium: My Psychic Life, 2012, p. 193.
- Fry, Colin. The Happy Medium: My Psychic Life, 2012, pp. 198, 215.
- Spirits Inc
- BBC Cumbria
- Fry, Colin. The Happy Medium: My Psychic Life, 2012, pp. 221-224.
- Fry, Colin. The Happy Medium: My Psychic Life, 2012, pp. 256, 271-272.
- Meet TJ
- Reverend Colin Fry
- "TV psychic Colin Fry dies from lung cancer aged 53". ITV. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
- Bluebell Hotel
- "TV medium Colin Fry dies aged 53". British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 25 August 2015.