Robbins, Shawn (1945– )
Shawn Robbins, a popular psychic best known for her many
prophecies, was born and raised in the Queens section of New
York City, the daughter of a businessman. As a child, her clairvoyant
and precognitive powers began to manifest. She recalls
that on her 16th birthday her mother tested her abilities by hiding
all of her presents around the house. She found them
quickly by simply walking around the room and pointing to
where they were. As a teenager she read widely in the available
literature trying to understand her gift.
She did not complete high school, and after dropping out
she joined a band. For the next five years she attempted to establish
herself as a musician in an all-female band. She grew
bored with the grind, however, and in the early 1970s settled
in New York as a professional psychic. Her first job was as a
consultant to a large cosmetics company, but eventually she
opened an office and began to offer psychic readings to the
general public. Her career took an upward swing after she
began doing call-in talk shows answering questions and giving
brief readings to the audience. Her appearances led to her
being featured in the pages of the popular tabloid, The National
Enquirer, which regularly ran features on psychic predictions.
While largely dismissed by many in the psychic community, the
coverage in the Enquirer made her a national celebrity. That celebrity
status was confirmed by several outstanding successes.
Then, while in Boston to do a talk show, she was contacted by
the local police who used her in the pursuit of some money that
had been hidden by several robbers. Her success in assisting
with the find created another area in which she could apply her
Many of the stories of her early adventures, including her
prediction of Patty Heart’s arrest in 1975, were recounted in
her autobiographical volume, Ahead of Myself, in 1980. During
the 1990s, Robbins expanded her occasional prophecies and
focused her attention on the new millennium. The effort resulted
in two books filled with prophecies for the twenty-first century.
It is yet to be determined how accurate she is, but by the end
of her life the record she has produced will provide a wealth of
material for evaluation.
Robbins, Shawn, and Edward Susman. More Prophecies for the
Coming Millennium. New York Avon, 1996.
———. Prophecies for the End of Time. New York Avon, 1995.
Robbins, Shawn, with Milton Pierce. Ahead of Myself Confessions
of a Professional Psychic. Englewood Cliffs, N.J. PrenticeHall,