Allison DuBois

Medium TV is Show Based on Her Life

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You can sneak a peek into the life of Allison DuBois each week on NBC in a TV show called Medium. No matter what you believe about people who can see beyond the physical lives around us, the show is made enjoyable by the characters involved. On TV's Medium, they are normal, attractive, humorous, and somehow tackle the additional pressures of having a medium in the family--not far, apparently, from Allison DuBois' true life story.

The series Medium is based on Allison DuBois's book entitled "Don't Kiss Them Good-Bye." Patricia Arquette was cast to play the role of Allison DuBois, and won an Emmy for her portrayal. Glen Gordon Caron, creator of Moonlighting and many other hits, is the writer for the series. It's being produced by Paramount pictures and Grammnet, which is owned by Kelsey Grammer.

About Allison DuBois

  • Allison DuBois is an Arizona native. She was born on January 24, 1972 in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Allison graduated from Corona del Sol High School in Tempe in 1990.
  • While going for her degree, Allison DuBois was also an intern at the District Attorney's office in Phoenix.
  • Allison received a B.A. in political science with a minor in history from Arizona State University.
  • Allison DuBois spent four years participating in various tests at the University of Arizona to assist them in their studies of mediums and psychic phenomena.
  • Just as depicted on the TV show Medium, Allison DuBois' husband is named Joe. He is an aerospace engineer. He recently retired from that career.
  • Allison and Joe DuBois have three daughters in real life, as depicted in the Medium TV show.
  • Allison became aware of her special talent when she was 6 years old. She believes that her three daughters have inherited her gift.
  • Allison DuBois refers to herself as a medium and profiler. She doesn't use the term 'psychic' because of the negative connotation associated with it.
  • One variation from the Medium TV show: Allison DuBois says that although some of her visions come to her in dreams, most of them come to her when she's awake.

Quotation from Allison DuBois' web site:
"Every episode is not a biography of my life, it is simply based on my life experiences. It is an accurate portrayal of my life and the people who share it with a little Hollywood magic thrown in."

Get the details about Alison DuBois' Family Connections Tour.

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Page 1: About the Real Allison DuBois
Page 2: Readers Share Their Opinions about Allison Dubois

People from all over the world have become familiar with local Phoenix medium Allison DuBois through the television show Medium, based on her life. Several years ago television viewers saw a different side of Allison DuBois on an episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills where she was a dinner guest, and appeared to have had a bit too much to drink. The clip I saw didn't exactly present her in a positive light, but I have never seen an episode of that show; it seemed to me that her dinner chat probably fit right in with the general demeanor of the program.

Ms. DuBois presents an annual Family Connections Tour where she discusses what happens when our loved ones die and how she is able to communicate with people (and pets) who have passed on. During those sessions she does short readings for audience volunteers, and makes appointments for full private readings.

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I travelled to attend a seminar thinking Allison would be a kind and caring medium. I had the unpleasant experience to have what should have been an accurate reading on my two questions. When I asked her about the first person she would not answer. She was rude and made up a story asking if I was looking for entertainment. She did NOT have the integrity to say she could not reach the deceased person about whom I was asking.

Instead she was insulting to me and mocking my sincerity. She was wrong in describing my father's personality and cause of death. When I told her this she treated me as if I was wrong. Not hardly. I would not speak to anyone who came looking for answers with such callousness. She was haughty and did not listen to me when I told her how my father really died.

Her ego is of greater size than whatever gifts she has to share. I know the truth and choose to live in integrity. Because someone who is a celebrity is supposed to be great in their field, does not make it so. You have to find out for yourself and not just go by marketing. I will not be seeing Allison again, recommending her or reading her books.

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i went to a seminar not long after my loved one passed. I thought she was right on the money for the lucky few that we're able to have a reading. Her sincerity and accuracy made me feel that I was in the right place with the right person. It was a little discouraging not to be able to get a reading but I learned that my lost one was still too new for her to be able to read. I brought my sister with me because of her books we're so awesome and I would definitely recommend her seminars to others. The reading was definitely worth the cost

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I also attended the Brisbane show in 2011 and found the exact same thing that many people on here are saying; she was cold, had a HUGE ego, and became very short with people when SHE gave them incorrect information about a love one. I also remember the couple at the end who she was extremely rude too!

She had no compassion and shot them down in front everyone. I was saddened by meeting her as she has portrayed herself in the media as a kind loving person who just wants to help others! After seeing her I highly disagree and think she is only in it for the money and the fame! It was a waste of not only my money but my time! When I got home I threw away all of her books and refuses to watch Medium. The actress in Medium that plays Allison must be an awesome actress as she plays a horrible women and makes her come across as lovely! she is evil!!! Did you see that episode I'd real housewives

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I attended Allison DuBois's seminar in Melbourne, Australia. I went in there with an open mind and yet I was completely blown away by Allison's accuracy when she read people. She read many, many people in the audience that night so there was no chance of having 'plants' in the audience as some people believe.

It makes me sick reading other people's comments who do nothing bad bad mouth her when they do not know the half of it. For people who believe she does this for money, why do you think a doctor does their job? Everyone gets paid for their job- Allison is no different. Anyone who knows Allison knows that the reason she does these readings is to HELP the living person who has sadly lost a loved one. The whole reason is to help them. About the RHOBH episode, how she was portrated really can be put down to editing, however the things she did say, she meant. That's what she saw, and that WILL happen. Someone said that Allison is 'cold' because she wouldn't hug them before the seminar. This is because she gets drained of her energy when she touches another person- this happens to all mediums. She doesn't want to be low on energy before she starts an event! Allison is a beautiful person and extremely gifted medium. Don't listen to the opinions of other people if they have not met her. I definately recommend going to meet Allison- some people are purely academics and are never going it get it, but that's ok. Just decide for yourself and keep an open mind. Allison's books are really good for coping with loss.

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My wife and I attended the December 2011 seminar in Brisbane, Australia. We are the couple mentioned by the previous letter writer who also attended the Brisbane seminar. Our daughter was stabbed to death in 2008 by a deluded mental health patient that she had befriended. She was 22 yrs old, very artistic, loving, kind and generous. I give you these details so that you can gauge the impact of our encounter with Ms Dubois. Since her death we have seen a few mediums and had some fairly positive readings. The evening was appearing to go well, she was charming and mildly humorous. The person seated next to us had a reading regarding her lifestyle and was very satisfied with the results. From our viewpoint it seemed that other people seemed to be getting positive results too, although after reading some of the other responses from this section, it is clear that not everyone was happy with the evening. We had read some of her books and found some of the chapters helpful with our grieving process, therefore we had no reason to believe that the seminar would be any less comforting. However, at the end, she particularly wanted to read for someone that had lost a loved one by murder. We were chosen. You cannot go to these meetings with the expectation of having a personal reading but ,naturally, you do hope to get one. So I was particularly pleased when we were chosen. I am neither a sceptic or a believer, I try to be as open minded as possible, but I try to enter into the spirit of things and try to be as affirmative as I can to give as much chance as possible for the medium to make a connection. This is how I remember the interaction, the wording may not be exact or the order of comments: - Allison made a few general comments ( such as " she was a Daddy's girl") and I nodded approval in encouragement. She mentioned a ginger cat that my daughter was fond of. I replied that she was fond of cats but I was not sure about a ginger one. Then she talked about how my daughter really loved her car - well - she didn't have a car and had never learned to drive. My wife shook her head because it was not something she could relate to. Allison appeared to take offense at this and said it (shaking her head)was a 'no-no'. She said she would continue with me alone and informed us that there were things we didn't know about our daughter (probably true) and that she did drive a car around (very unlikely). She made reference to a grandmother that had passed who my daughter was closer to than the other grandmother. (Both Grandmothers are alive and kicking) so I said "No". With that, she abruptly ended the evening and quickly walked off, saying that we were getting nowhere (as if it was our fault) and made the excuse that it was possible that someone else was coming through during the reading. She appeared very annoyed. We were left shocked that she had left so abruptly, leaving us high and dry and definitely not comforted in any way. Avoid at all costs.

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After atttending the Brisbane December 2011 seminar my comments below reflect my personal experience. Although left disapointed in Allisons ego and lack ability to display warmth, I note she can be very smart and funny, and does have a genuine psychic gift. I am certainly a believer in her ability but serioulsy question what drives her. I dont believe in using a gift like that to attack someone or belittle them or to make yourself feel superior. She is proof you can be psychic but not follow spirtual principles. Heartfelt matters and Hollywood combined is a recipe for disaster. The evening started with the VIPs having a meet and greet with Allison. She sat behind a desk and stretched her head over into a picture if you wanted one, it was like meeting the queen except I think the queen shakes your hand. She displayed no warmth. She felt very different to how she is portrayed on medium, or how you would imagine her after reading her books it leaves you wondering if she wrote much of them or if she is a cleverly manafactured product. In saying that I know fabulous doctors that save lives and have zero people skills so I guess we all have our niche, we are all different. She may have had an off night but you only get one chance at a first impression and when people follow you, your books, your shows I think you have a duty to be grateful and step it up for the few hours you are being paid alot of money to do so. I dont like to judge, I think my expectation was maybe just too high. I wasnt there to connect with anyone passed just to enjoy the night. I left in tears feels so incredibly sorry for a couple allison did a reading for. Thier daughter had been murdered, after the wife gently shook her head confused about what allison was saying allison cut her down and went to the husband, it then made no sense to him either, at which point Allison snapped, ended the reading ubruptly then ended the night, and that was the end note for us to leave on. Ended very poorly. she could have said Im so sorry for your loss but I dont feel as if im going to be of any help we are just not connecting and ended nicely. However it seems her ego and temper and inability to accept she may not be perfect left us leaving feeling really flat and horrible as we walked to our cars. It was a really heavy angry energy that came over the place. Be careful of who you admire before you personally experience that person. Do you admire something they can do, or them as a person? Focus on the positive, allison does a lot of good she just like all of us has room left for spirtual growth.

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I attended her seminar and if i wasnt a believer before, than i am now. The details she gave to ppl was amazing. I was in tears and truly saw what a wonderful person she is inside and out. I just had a reading with her and i truley felt that she was 85% acurate, which is pretty darn good considering nobody is 100% acurate....very detailed and told me stuff that doesnt fit characteristics of everyone. Also if anyone actually has worked in tv and film they will know fake reality tv is. Those who judged her based on that show are uneducated on how hollywood works. that reality show was so obviously false and on top of it. Even if she loved electronic cigerettes and a few cocktails with friends, how does that make her fake and not good at what she does? I saw nothing in that episode that made me think she is a charliton, sorry people.... Ive been goofy at parties and so has most people... Lets not forget how the women were bugging her to gve a reading. HOW RUDE.... she explained over and over she wasnt there for that... I mean she did end up giving Kyle what she asked for. Come on folks....She is the real deal and you cant base your opinion on a fake and mostly scripted reality show. So i say go to her seminar and watch her magic and warmth. After her reading i felt like she knew all my dead realitives more than me.

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I attended one of Allison'd seminars. I am a believer and I know Allison has a great gift. However, I found her to be extremely rude and cold. Allison gave me a reading and was very general and became VERY annoyed when the information she was giving me was wrong and I told her that was not correct. I have read all of her books and believed through her books she seems to paint herself as a loving, kind lady who just wants to help people with her gift. When I met her, I saw a lady who only cares about how much money she will be receiving from doing the reading. I would say to anyone who is thinking of paying for a reading by Allison to NOT GO! Save your money, do some research and find someone else with the gift who is actually doing the reading for the right reason. Allison has let the fame o to her head.

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I attended the Family Connections Tour event in Phoenix. It was a wonderful event and Allison was loving, funny, and very witty. It was a very healing evening for all who have lost loved ones. If you ever have an opportunity to see her live you should make the time for an evening with Allison.

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Today I attended a Family Connections seminar with Allison Dubois in San Antonio Texas. I intend to go to another one in the future and am so happy for the grieving people who heard from their loved ones. In the 2 1/2 hours I was there, I saw a number of people comforted by the information and knowlege she could not POSSIBLY have known, even if she had some kind of spy system. She's a human being like any other with flaws and good traits. She does not pretend to be otherwise. Besides this, she has a RARE and wonderful gift which she willingly shares with others. I found her to be generous and sincere with her gift. Her seminar costs are reasonable and her effort genuine.

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I attended Allison's seminar last year and all the people she read were astounded! She was completely accurate, as per their comments, and afterward, everybody was standing in line to fill out little forms to get a private reading! Allison signed some books and I was amazed by her presence and warmth. I got a private reading as soon as one was available. (Be patient and sign up early). Like I have said before I was extremely impressed at Allison's accuracy. Something you will need to experience on your own! PS: Joe Dubois was chatting with people and he is quite funny. What a great family! :) PPS: Real testimony here! I am a business owner, a writer and a very thorough individual. I do not believe in anything which cannot be proven. Allison Dubois knew aspects of my life and my relatives' --crossed over or alive, which she could not possibly have known if she weren't a truly gifted medium. She gave me valuable information and helped me make important decisions pertaining to my work. I read her books and she is an excellent writer as well. Loving and caring, quite funny also. She describes readings in her books and gives compelling accounts of people's experiences with her, which will touch your heart and soul.

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I attended Allison's seminar in Sydney, Australia with my husband. I had been waiting many years to meet her and I was not disappointed. I have read all Allison's books and I feel that her personality shone through in her books, so it was wonderful to finally meet her in person. I found her extremely easygoing and we chatted for quite a while. Her energy was electric. I have no doubt she is a genuine medium. The seminar was a fantastic experience, one of the highlights of my life. There were many people in attendance that had lost loved ones, children even in tragic circumstances and were really searching for answers and some form of comfort. I feel Allison was able to offer this to them when she connected with the energy of the spirits. People were astounded with her accuracy and many audience members were crying (even those that did not get 'read' as such). The whole audience felt "connected" in some way. I felt like I was selfish to put my hand up for a reading (I wanted to connect with my mother who died 3 months after my son was born) when there was so many other people who seemed like they needed it more than me. Allison was warm, caring and extremely funny! She is quite a character, larger than life, but also not afraid to stick up for herself. She seems extremely honest and definately not fake. She would not be the sort of person to talk behind your back, rather she would say it to your face, and I really admire that in a person. Some may find this comes across as abrasive, but honesty sometimes can be a bit rough for some people. I really feel Allison is doing a very important job. Her seminar was quite expensive for us (my husband is a labourer and I am a stay at home mum to my two boys) but honestly I would have paid any amount to meet her. You forget about the cost but remember the experiece for a long time.

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My mum and I believed Allison has a wonderful gift and 100% are believers. However when we saw Allison in person we both left disappointed and shocked! Allison arrived on the night in a pair of jeans and a casual top - she looked very unprofessional. Allison in my opinion was extremely rude to members of the audience and when she failed to deliver correct information it was the person in the audience's fault. Instead of giving readings I felt she gave her opinion and made very broad statements. I was shocked at how rude she is. My mum was selected to have a reading. Allison could not have been more wrong in what she said. My mum asked Allison to get in contact with her Grandmother ( one of the nicest, sweetest people who ever live) and Allison said "your grandmother is relieved she is where she is, she thought she was going to the other place, the hot place" our whole family was shocked! What an insensitive thing to say to a grieving family. Allison failed to say anything that was correct, and blamed that on my mum. We left disappointed and saddened by Allison as a person and a medium. In her books she comes across as a caring, kind lady who uses her wonderful gift to help others, yet in real life we didn't feel that towards her at all. my mother and I both agreed that we would no longer read another book that Allison wrote. For weeks afterwards we both felt down and depressed about the false or just ridiculous information she gave us about our loved one. We felt depressed as we believed that Allison truly has a gift and for a short period of time was giving us the time of day and connecting us to someone we both love dearly. Sadly she failed in a big way! While conducting readings Allison scribbled on paper which was something I have never seen before and made her look crazy! 1000% Allison is not the real deal.

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I briefly met her at a pre-show 'Meet-and-greet' when she held one of her medium-reading seminars in Houston. When I said hello and extended my hand out to shake hers .... she came across as though she felt uncomfortable with me for some reason. She was, at best, "distantly polite" ... and wouldn't make any eye contact. Then as she was signing a copy of her book at my request, I noticed her beautiful wedding ring and commented on how pretty it was. Her strange response to this was ... "Thanks -- My husband is delighted that I make a lot of money!" Then she gave a wicked little laugh at what she had just said. I thought, "Whoa! I'm OUTTA here!" and cut the conversation off by immediately heading back to my seat in the audience. When I sat down, two women next to me were discussing how standoffish and rude she had been to them. When the readings seminar finally got underway she appeared very short-tempered over the situation [mic feedback] and had the microphones shut off. The entire evening was spent trying to hear what was being said in the large auditorium without the use of the sound system. I do not really doubt her psychic "ability" as much as I doubt her personal character traits.

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Page 1: About the Real Allison DuBois
Page 2: Readers Share Their Opinions about Allison Dubois

Get the details about Alison DuBois' Family Connections Tour.