Dundee plays host to many things, but did you know that our city is home to one of the world’s most celebrated psychics?
June Field has been working as an international medium for more than 20 years. She’s worked with thousands of people, helped find a convicted murderer and seen off 70,000 other hopefuls in a television competition show to be crowned the world’s greatest psychic.
Perhaps, more importantly, she’s also from Dundee.
June (on the right above with celebrity client Claire Sweeney) claims to be able to speak to the dead and says that she first started to feel like she had psychic abilities as a youngster living at home.
“I’d see people in my room at night as a young teenager. At first it was quite frightening and I’d make my Dad sleep in my room so I could share with my mum.
“I was born with this ability. It’s not something I decided that I wanted to grow up and do. I’ve always felt things, heard things.
“At first I didn’t want to do anything with it but then I went to a spiritual church where a lady called Jenny Brown, who has since passed, recognised my ability and took me under her wing.”
June has come a long way since then and, although she says her 20 year journey has been exciting, there are two highlights that stand out.
Just over a year ago, in December 2012, June was crowned queen of the psychics on a Ukrainian TV show watched by 34 million people (see picture above). Like the rest of the 70,000 contestants from around the world, June faced a series of challenges designed to test her abilities.
Ranging from communicating with dolphins and finding hidden microphones to reading DNA, none of the tasks were what you might call ‘simple’.
Once a week for three hours, over the space of 12 weeks, June appeared on Ukrainian TV show ‘International Battle Of The Psychics’ and it was here that she inadvertently aided the local police in an ongoing murder investigation.
“During one of the tasks we were asked to hold onto a necklace that belonged to a dead girl and her father was sitting opposite me,” explains June.
“All we were told was that she was dead. I held onto the necklace and described the murder scene I saw. The police asked to see me afterwards because I described it so well but hadn’t been there.
“I described her murderer and said he had a tattoo on his shoulder, a scar on his hand, that he drove a yellow car and smelt of oil.
“This all aired as one of the shows and I was back home for about nine months before the news that he’d murdered again came out. He was caught and it was discovered that he did in fact have a shoulder tattoo, a scar on his finger and that he drove a yellow taxi too - so he even smelled like oil.
It turns out that, after being caught, the criminal confessed to trying to get his tattoo removed after June's description had been released to the public, saying it had been “99% accurate”.
Although these developments did come after June had finished appearing on the show, the apparent detail she was able to provide during her readings on TV had started to get her noticed by the show’s judging panel, which included the world-famous Uri Gellar (see below).
“Gellar told me that he’d never seen somebody be so specific in their descriptions,” June continued.
“He even singled me out and said people should vote for me. He decided to support me and he was a really nice guy, very knowledgeable too.
“I remember watching him with my parents and I never thought I’d end up working with him down the line.”
What Gellar failed to compliment June on was the fact that she managed to pass every single challenge, the only person involved in the competition to do so.
In fact, so convincing were her descriptions during all challenges that June alone managed to secure 50% of the public vote in the final episode, blowing away her rivals comfortably to win the top prize.
STV produced a news package on the story at the time and you can watch highlights from the Ukrainian show, and hear from June herself, in the video below.
Whether clairvoyance is your type of thing or not, it’s hard to deny that June’s abilities certainly seem to have left an impression on many, many people.
After all, fending off competition from 70,000 competitors is never easy, especially when you're required to chat up dolphins to do so.
And it all started right here in Dundee.