Shelkaev in his basement apartment, post-Sandy. (Source: CNN.com)

Do you believe in the power of psychics? Do you feel that certain people have a supernatural connection to spirits and possess magical healing powers? Well, whatever your opinion on the esoteric arts, Yuriy Shelkaev of Brighton Beach has certainly created a reputation for himself as a psychic and healer, according to a report by CNN.

Shelkaev’s trail was followed by Ukrainian photographer Emine Ziyatdinova for several months prior to and following the events of Superstorm Sandy. Ziyatdinova was pursuing a project on Brighton’s immigrant community when she met the 62-year-old self-proclaimed healer and psychic.

After the events of Sandy, Shelkaev lost his basement home and most of his possessions and still hasn’t found a permanent place to live. Despite his setbacks, Shelkaev continues to practice healing and spiritual massage, treating many people looking for alternatives to traditional medicine.

To read more about Shelkaev’s life and Ziyatdinova’s project, visit CNN where they feature an extensive and fascinating photo slideshow of Shelkaev’s patients, activities and life history.

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    If he has helped people through his knowledge and abilities I think those people should recognize his value and do something to help him in his time of need.

    • Anonymous

      He helped relieve them of their money alright.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

        Doesn’t seem that he was charging people for his efforts.

        • Anonymous

          All psychics/faith healers are full of shit. Con artists at worst, delusional idiots at best.

  • RKramden

    Ironic that this psychic didn’t see the storm of the century coming.

    Regardless, I don’t wish pain and suffering on anyone, and hope this man recovers sooner rather than later. I only wish he didn’t earn his living by exploiting the pain, sadness, and mostly, fear, of others.

  • RKramden

    What sort of psychic doesn’t see the Storm of the Century coming?

    I don’t wish pain and suffering on anyone, and I hope this man recovers sooner rather than later. I only wish he didn’t make his living exploiting the pain, sadness, and mostly, fear, of others.

  • RKramden

    Sorry for the double post.

  • Ivan

    Seriously: he can now win a million dollars.

    The James Randi Educational Foundation has offered cash (since 1968) to any “psychic” who can pass a simple test; $1 million is the current prize and has been since 1996. There have been over a thousand applicants and not one has passed an agreed-upon preliminary test.

    It’s a good thing all psychics are fake.