DeLouise, Joseph (1927– )
Successful Chicago psychic famous for his predictions of future
events. DeLouise was born in Gibellina, Sicily, on November
10, 1927. Both his father and grandfather were healers,
and his grandfather introduced him to meditation and psychic
experiences. At age five, DeLouise had his initial psychic ‘‘feeling,’’
which led to the family’s securing enough money to move
to the United States.
DeLouise grew up in Chicago. He dropped out of school
after finishing the elementary grades and on his seventeenth
birthday joined the navy. His career was marked by service in
the Pacific. In an incident shortly before his discharge in 1946,
he had a ‘‘feeling’’ of a major disaster in an ammo depository
on Guam where he was working. Refusing to return to work
saved his life when the place exploded.
After the war, he married, attended beauty school, and settled
down to a normal life. He was divorced in 1950, which led
to his separation from the Roman Catholic Church. He began
to receive psychic impressions from the women whose hair he
styled, and he practiced giving brief readings to them, gaining
a reputation as a psychic. He also attended séances and eventually
became a Spiritualist minister. He learned to work with a
crystal ball to increase his concentration.
In November 1967, during an interview on a Chicago radio
show, DeLouise predicted a major bridge collapse before the
year was out. Twenty-one days later, the Silver Bridge across
the Ohio River at Point Pleasant, West Virginia, collapsed. It
matched in every detail the collapse described by DeLouise on
the air. Then in 1969 he predicted a major train crash, the
drowning of Mary Jo Kopechne (while a passenger in a car
being driven by Sen. Edward Kennedy), and an airplane disaster
in Indianapolis and gave his insights into the connection of
the Manson Family to the murder of actress Sharon Tate.
Whereas the 1967 prediction had made him famous in Chicago,
the 1969 predictions established his reputation across
DeLousie has since operated as a professional psychic with
offices in Chicago. He sees individual clients and also works
with groups.
Delfano, M. M. The Living Prophets. New York Dell, 1972.
DeLouise, Joseph, and Tom Valentine. Psychic Mission. Chicago
Henry Regnery, 1971.