Did a premonition save a man's life twice? Is there really such a thing as a mother's intuition? Can you turn your premonitions and "paranormal powers" into money and even a career? What turns a skeptic into a believer, coming back from the dead with what they say is proof of heaven? How about those animals who seem to know when bad things are about to happen? And do any of the "20/20? anchors and correspondents have that special gift? When nothing adds up and a gut feeling is all you have, forget about your five senses… sometimes what you really need is the sixth sense. Featuring an interview with Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo who says she can communicate with the dead, Elizabeth Vargas anchors "The Sixth Sense" on "20/20? airing FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 (10:00 - 11:00 pm ET) on the ABC Television Network.
The Performers: Theresa Caputo is your average suburban mom with one major exception: she says she talks to dead people. In the last several years she has parlayed her "sixth sense" into stardom with her hit TLC show "Long Island Medium". There is rarely a moment when Theresa is not describing messages from spirits she says are looking to connect with their loved ones in the physical world. Even the "20/20? interview was interrupted when the deceased father of a cameramen apparently had a message to share. Like Theresa, Sidney Friedman also claims he was born with a gift. He can't communicate with the dead, but he says he can read your mind and predict the future.
The Power of Premonitions: Have you ever had a gut feeling or a hunch that later came true? You may have actually experienced a premonition. Vargas meets people who say they've experienced the two most likely types… when a mother's instinct goes beyond simple intuition, and premonitions warning us before disaster strikes.
Proof of Heaven: Four years ago neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander contracted a brain infection that brought him to the brink of death. So close, in fact, that he believes he went to Heaven. But Heaven apparently wasn't ready for Dr. Alexander - he survived, and shares his tale and his new book, "Proof of Heaven", with Vargas.
Do You Have the Gift?: Laura Day believes she has the power of premonitions and has turned it into a lucrative career as a psychic advisor to major corporations - advising them on everything from hiring decisions to investments and mergers. How and why do some people have this ability? "20/20? looks for some answers and even puts a group of ABC News correspondents to the test - are any of them mind readers?
Animal Premonitions: "20/20? looks at the sixth sense and predictive abilities of animals, including a dog rescued from a high-kill shelter to astonishingly lead a new life helping a team of paranormal investigators. Jay Schadler reports.
David Sloan is executive producer of "20/20?.
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