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Amy Allan of the Dead Files is Extraordinary


Guest post by Abby Normal. Reprinted with permission from her blog.

Today’s interview is with Amy Allan from the TV show The Dead Files. The Dead Files is an investigative TV show dealing with the paranormal. Amy’s partner, Steve Di Schiavi is a retired New York City homicide detective. Steve does the research into the background of the people and property of the haunted location. Amy Allan talks directly to the spirits and entities to get the details. After Steve and Amy complete their investigations they meet with the client and reveal their results to the client and each other. Amy Allan’s psychic abilities are astounding! That is why both believers and nonbelievers tune in to The Dead Files week after week. Let’s get to know more about Amy Allan from Amy herself.

Abby: Can we start with your background?

Amy: Okay.

Abby: Where were you born?

Amy: Denver, Colorado

Amy Allan

Abby: Did you grow up there?

Amy: I lived there until I was between 12 and 14. Then I moved to Long Island, New York.

Abby: How would you describe your childhood?

Amy: I don’t know. Filled with imaginary friends? Some good. Some not so good. Ya.

Abby: What was your school experience like? I mean were you bullied or shunned for your abilities at a young age?

Amy: Oh ya. I think that everybody thought that I was odd in elementary school. I think that sensitives, even though we don’t yet know what’s going on, we kind of find each other. We gravitate towards each other. So I always had one or two really close friends. I was always a little bit of an oddball. It got worse in Junior High. That was really when I was messing around and things would happen. People were scared. That was difficult.

Abby: Did you have anyone that you could talk to about it?

Amy: Not really.

Abby: How was high school and college?

Amy: That was a very trying time. I moved to New York right after 7th grade. I was not particularly happy so I kind of rebelled and went crazy. I was definitely experimenting with my abilities then and was having a really rough go of it. I was angry, very angry. That was a really rough time for me.

Abby: When did it start getting better?

Amy: When I was about 18 things started to get a little bit better. I went to college and met some really cool people. I started to deal with my situation as far as personally and my abilities.

Abby: I read that you’re a psychologist and a bodyworker. What is a bodyworker?

Amy: I initially went to school for acupuncture and oriental medicine. Through that I went into Shiatsu. I studied that for a while and completed the training. Then I went for Western massage and Tioga massage.

Abby: I read that you also worked with at-risk teenagers in foster homes or in shelters.

Amy: I did that mainstream psychology right after I got my degrees. I was working with at-risk teens because I had been an at-risk teen, so I wanted to help.

Abby: Did you find any at-risk teens that had psychic abilities?

Amy: Yes, but I couldn’t really talk about that.

Abby: I’m really going to jump subjects here. What made you move to Yugoslavia?

Amy: I was dating somebody and we ended up moving over there while the war was going on. That was a great experience, helping with the refugee effort and also getting to travel.

Abby: Did you work with an organization?

Amy: No. No. We were independent. We helped with food and things like that. Some of the buildings are lifted so we would just make little areas for people under the buildings. I was in Belgrade in Serbia. It was bad! So we were just helping as much as we could.

Abby: So what is an average day in the life of Amy Allan like?

Amy: Pretty boring I think. It just depends if I’m on the road or a day off.

Abby: Okay. If you’re on a day off.

Amy: A day off?

Abby: Do you remember what those are like?

Amy: On my last break I was home for 3 weeks. I was squeezing in time with friends while getting my business organized. I tried to catch up with my Facebook, Twitter and e-mails. Then I went to LA to film some stuff for the show. Then I got to see my parents in New Orleans for a few days. Then I went to Costa Rica for 10 days and then went back to LA. Then back to Denver and then back to the road, so…

Abby: You need your own GPS tracking system!

Amy: Seriously I do. Ya.


Abby: By the way, that didn’t sound boring! Are you open to answering abilities questions?

Amy: Yes!

Abby: Okay. I read that your abilities were studied and tested by parapsychologists. What were their findings?

Amy: There is something going on, but it’s not something that they can explain. At this point, within the science, there is only so much that can be tested for. It’s a new science. With the limited tests that they have, I’m testing above average.

Abby: Okay.

Amy: It’s like with the methodology of investigation that I utilize. You have to control as many factors and variables as possible in the field. Having that double-blind or single-blind situation in the field where for instance, it’s a simple idea, I don’t know where I’m going. We put it to Steve to confirm or not. So ya I did work with several different parapsychologists and underwent many different tests. And yes, there is something going on with me that they can’t explain. I’m receiving information not necessarily through the known five senses.

Abby: Who did the testing?

Amy: Dr. William Roll, Dr. Gary Schwartz and William Everett.

Abby: You’ve been referred to as a physical medium. What is a physical medium?

Amy: A physical medium is someone who physically encounters the information they’re perceiving. So basically I see and hear the dead just like I see and hear living people. There are differences but that’s the simplest way to put it.

Abby: Do you also use psychometry?

Amy: I do have psychometry too. Psychometry is holding an object and receiving information from that object. My dominant ability is physical mediumship. That’s the one I go to. That’s the one I’ve had since I was a child.

Abby: I’ve heard that you’ve gotten ill from using your abilities. How are you doing now?

Amy: Right now I’m good. The last case I got a little sick because I guess that location had a Spanish flu or something and so I got it. That’s the other part of being a physical medium, you absorb physically the information you are connecting with. So sometimes you do get sick as a result. But I’m doing much better now.

Abby: While I was doing research on you I was shocked to learn that you have been sick with heart attacks, cancer and AIDS just from using your abilities. That really got to me. Why would you continue to do it when you know you may get deathly ill?

Amy: Sometimes you have no choice.

Abby: I understand that feeling but the concerned side of me cringes for your well-being. The illnesses, are they a temporary thing while you are around those spirits?

Amy: It will manifest in different ways like severe anemia. I think it was the second season that I was bleeding out and had to have blood transfusions and an emergency hysterectomy. You know it will develop in different ways physiologically. It’s just that the living shouldn’t be working with dead energy all the time. When I can, I bodywork it out. That way I’m working with living energy too so there’s a balance. I stay far healthier when I’m able to have that outlet. With The Dead Files I’m doing this every week so stuff’s going to happen.

Abby: Yikes! Since this is a job do you get workers compensation? Do you have any medical coverage because the show knows that this happens to you?

‘The Dead Files’ comes to Cedar Park

Amy: They have graciously taken care of me when I’ve gone through these issues.

Abby: I feel for you Amy.

Amy: It’s okay. It’s a choice I made, you know?

Abby: How does your family feel about you doing the show?

Amy: They are very happy, very supportive. It’s something that they have dealt with throughout their lives as well. It’s really helped our communication concerning what my parents have been through with having abilities. And it’s been a very healthy, good thing as far as that’s concerned.

Abby: Do your parents possess the same abilities as you?

Amy: My father is a physical medium. My mom seems to have more telepathy and more mental mediumship skills.

Abby: Telepaths are the ones that scare me.

Amy: Ya. I never got away with anything, let me tell you. Having a mother that’s a telepath? Are you kidding me!

Abby: Do you know where the spirits go when they are banished from a location?

Amy: Yes.

Abby: That’s it? Just yes?

Amy: Yep.

Abby: Okay.

Amy: When I write my book I will explain my perception of what happens when we die. I don’t want to make that a theme of something that I talk about all the time. Everybody has conditioning in their lives. I can tell you what I perceive. Does that mean that you’re going to see and experience it the same way? No. Not necessarily. I don’t want to be a preacher.

Abby: I can respect that. Can you see or feel the energy of someone having an out of body experience?

Amy: I have, I have! Yes! I have. I thought she was dead too. This was many years ago. She was my roommate and she was at her father’s house. It was the middle of the night, and I was up. All of the sudden she was in my room. And I’m like, “Oh my god!” I’m freaking out because I think she’s dead. I saw her in the same way I see a dead person. I was freaking out and then I called and she was fine. It turned out she was practicing astral projection.

Abby: I love that story! Do you know why something so simple as sea salt and sage work to cleanse an evil spirit from a location?

Amy: It’s more about the power of the person. All of the methods that I use come from various religions. They have been in use for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. They have assisted people in cleansing or removing deceased individuals and various other entities. So I’m bringing things in that I feel have been successfully used. But I believe that the person holds the key. They’re the power. They’re the force. I feel like they’re putting their energy into an object that I’m giving them. But I believe it’s them. They’re doing the real work with their energy. I think everybody has the ability to resolve the problem. Do I necessarily believe that the salt is the key? I believe it is the intention, that’s the key.

Abby: That makes a lot of sense. Is there a special reason why you do your walks at night as opposed to the daytime? Aren’t spirits around during the daytime?

Amy: Ya. They like that for TV. I don’t need it to be dark.

Abby: I understand you’re an animal lover. Do you have a favorite animal?

Amy: I love my cats. I have an affinity for cats, but I really do love all animals. I do.

Abby: Do you ever see the spirits of animals that have passed away?

Amy: Yes I do. I do. Usually they hang around because they want to be there for their owners. The ones who remain are typically here because of an attachment to a living person that can’t let them go. That is sometimes very sad.

Abby: Yes, well you know how hard it is to say goodbye to a pet.

Amy: I do.

Abby: I am finding it difficult to say goodbye to you because you are so fascinating. That is what will keep me watchingThe Dead Files. I will just watch in amazement at your abilities and Steve’s shocked expressions when you bring forth the same answers he’s uncovered. Thank you Amy and continued success on your show!

The Dead Files airs on Saturdays at 10 PM ET/PT on The Travel Channel.

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About the Author

Janice Magill became Abby Normal in 1990 when she began doing stand up comedy. She kept the name when she began writing poetry for the Yahoo! Contributor Network in 2007. Her poetry gave way to articles and the articles gave way to interviews. Abby is known for her interviews with the drag queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race, authors and radio and TV psychics.
Abby currently lives in Santa Clara, CA and resides in a very active haunted house.


    • I absolutely love The Dead Files, it’s my favorite show, I can’t wait to see when a sketch is revealed – sometimes they creep me out but still I love seeing them. Sometime my daughter whose 8 will watch with me. Amy Allen you are awesome ! Sometimes I wonder how in hell you can do what you do, but I’m grateful to you because the people you help would be absolutely lost without your’s and Steve’s, and Matt’s help. So, you go girl ! All you disbeliever’s and cynics can leave her alone, there’s alot of people whom would be royally screwed without her help. Tammy.

  1. I love this show and Amy Allen is the most incredible psychic I have ever seen. I like her partner Steve as well. You make a great pair, what a brilliant show, thanks!

  2. A book? Great cant wait to read it! Take care of your health Amy – God Bless!

  3. Jane Cagle says

    Gosh, I LOVED……….. this informative Interview!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank You SO MUCH, Abby and Amy Allan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    SO GLAD I “stumbled upon” it at 2am this morning, while not being able to sleep again……

    I am certainly a Big Fan of “The Dead Files”, and ENJOY Watching new Episodes as well as Re-Runs, as they come along……….. Amy and Steve make a Wonderful Team!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Kittie says

    Love….Love…..Love this show, Amy and Steve are terrific, i found it on HULU , seasons 1 and 2, watch both seasons in a 48 hour period, could not stop watching it. Amy is a phenom and i am so glad she is educating people as to what happens when souls are at unrest. She helps people that are at their wit’s end as to what to do with the spirits in their homes. She is a God Send as far as i am concerned, keep up the great work and i hope you never stop doing your good works, God Bless you and Steve.

  5. Hey Amy I’m one of ur favorite veiwers n I love the dead files they r still the best paranormal activity shows that I’ve seen n I’m going to still to be watching the shows thank u for doing a great job n also trying to help those people out with their situations.

  6. Shawn Collins says

    I have been a Physical Medium as long as I can remember. I think Amy is AMAZING!! It is so wonderful to see someone who can, “Do what you can do.” It is sooooooo refreshing!
    Over and over again, we see individuals who are not genuine and give truly gifted folks a bad name!!
    Thank You Amy! Thank you for your transparency, your honesty and your obvious care of the people and families you work with every day!!!
    Light, Laughter and Love to you and yours, ALWAYS!

    • Stephanie says

      Do many police officer s ask mediums for help ? I love watching shows that mediums help with cases . There should be more shows like that after all it was a medium that helped with catching John Wayne Gacy.

  7. Wolfie Guevara says

    I want to thank Amy for giving us wiccans credit for our work. So many see wiccans as devil worshippers due to the history of religious fanatics.
    Many blessings to you and your friends.
    In love and light

  8. jamquijano says

    its 3am here and I can’t
    sleep. so glad I stumble to
    this intervi. I love the series
    and I just saw Amy helping
    someone in another series
    called A Haunting.. I’m
    loving her

  9. Jean says

    I believe that I just started with ( channeling) is the best way to describe it. So far it’s family even though I may not have known them. How do I find out if I really doing it or it’s just my imagination. Please help

  10. Love this show! I wish that I could find a good psychic that could tell me what happened to my brother that went missing in 1968. I wonder if all people who die in a tragic way, wander forever!

  11. Paula Osborne says

    Because of Amy Alan, I have thought much more about suicide. No I’m not that bad off and don’t think I could ever go through with it but she makes me think twice! She may not know it but she’s saving lives by letting everyone see what can be done. One moment I believe and then I can lose it in a second. Wonder why I can’t seem to have 100% faith like some people do? I love the show and never miss an episode. I want to know more and more! Always been interested in the afterlife. We are all going to die so why wouldn’t anyone want to know what’s going to happen. I just don’t want it to consume my life. I don’t have abilities. Wish I knew someone that did. I truly think someone has cursed me but how do I prove it and what can I do about it? Oh well, life goes on. Lots of love to all

    • Paula, I’m another who has wrestled with the question of faith. The ones who never doubt amaze me. One thing that helps me is thinking of faith as a decision, not an emotion. If you’re always chasing after that feeling, it can be frustrating and depressing when it isn’t always there. So, I have made the decision that I will believe (in God, the paranormal, or whatever you’re struggling with) and I find that the feelings flow from that instead of the other way around. Hope this helps!

  12. Paula Osborne says

    I don’t want anyone to think I think more about suicide in a way that I will do it. That didn’t sound good. No, Amy Alan makes it apparent that’s NOT the path you want to take. That’s what I meant.

  13. Okay. So Dead Files is one of my favorite shows. It may actually have saved my marriage on more then one occasion because no matter how badly my husband and I are getting along our asses are side by side, on the couch (kids in BED) Saturdays at 10pm! That said… I’ve started to feel annoyed at the endings! They need to find Choas Magicians and Hoodoo Priests and all other sorts of stuff that apparently isn’t easy to find because it always relays “So and So is still looking for a tightrope walking penguin willing to help. The activity continues…” Really? Damn we just went on this awesome journey and these people have FOUND the help they need! Right? No? Oh… Well that sucks. So Travel Channel, could you throw these Peeps a bone and hire someone to FIND and EXECUTE whatever it is Amy deems necessary and REALLY see things through till the end??? You’d be the 1st paranormal show in history to possibly have closure…. You can squeeze another few shows out of it! We’ll watch! Promise!!!!

    • Paula Osborne says

      You are right. They leave the people hanging way too much. I’m a skeptic anyway but really try to learn because it interest me. And some of the things that need to be done, Amy could do herself. So why go and find one when you got one sitting in front of you? Hope Travel Channel gets this message. And not to change the subject but Zack Baggans actually want you to pay a dollar just to talk to him. I saw this on his facebook page. Now that makes me think his show is fake and it’s all about the money. I really hope they aren’t deceiving people like that. That would be a shame. And I will not pay a dime to talk to anyone, that’s just crazy!

  14. cristy says

    why is the show on so late. only sat night at 11pm. i cant stay up that late, i work at 4am.

  15. Randall Herron says

    I love the show. I watch it every Saturday if I am home. A lot of places haunted here. Including my own place where I live. Visit Crossville, Tennessee sometime. Would love to have y’all.

  16. I just found this on Netflix and spent the last two days binge watching. It reminds me a little of Ghost Whisperer, except the fact that I believe it to be real.

  17. Elena LeVine says

    I to love the show, you are so talented. A real psychic medium empathic person who helps the most needed. Stay healthy , and can’t wait to read your book.

  18. Barbara Harakal says

    HI Amy I love your show my Brother and I phone each other every week to say there on talk to you this week about it. He lives about an hour away. I wanted to no can you get readings from talking with a person on the phone we suffered many losses in our family some understood reasons some not and I would love your perspective on the 2 that keep me at such sadness and looking for answers. The one did come to me in a ghost form in a pic I took I was in awe still am the family was so excited but still have answers. If you could I could either send you pics of the two or however you could channel.If you can not I truly understand but it would just give us such peace espically for the one there are little children involved not being allowed to see some of the family due to this. In such disarray and sadness. But again thank you for your wonderful talents and sharing them with us you are truly a special person a brilliant Gem, that shines in many different lights that we all wish we could be able to do.

    Sincerely and a true fan of yours
    Barb H of NJ an PA

  19. Jessica says

    Does anyone know if Amy Allen is still battling with Aids?
    I love the show and that part of the interview really got to me. Hope she is well and I can’t wait for the book.

  20. Does anyone know if Amy Allen is still battling with AIDS? I love the show and that part of the interview really shocked me. Hope she is well and I can’t wait for the book!

  21. Chris Larsden says

    Yeah, this woman is a fruitcake… Please stop giving these idiots a soapbox.

  22. Paula ashby says

    I love the show vi love to learn about host and what they can do to people we get the show in Illinois at 9pm on the traveling chanel

  23. Kelly says

    You are awesome!
    People can say what they want.
    Being highly intuitive myself I just want you to know that I think your amazingly strong doing this show in the first place it must be sooo hard and undiscribable the experiances you have. 👍🏻👊🏻much love. As much as I would like to share my gift….the energy is just too strong for me to handle. Your awesome! Stay true! Much love from the other side 😁😁

  24. Scott morton says

    My girlfriend and her mom live together and are experiencing a lot of unexplainable paranormal activity. They really need to share this with you and get your insight, and also see if they can get some help.

  25. Hi Amy do you think you can give some insight into what if any problems can and will arise from Zak Bagan and the demon house in Indiana.

    • Sorry – Amy’s not here. We interviewed her, but she’s got her own website. This is an intriguing question, though!


  27. Steph says

    Hey Dave my friend used to live in Streamwood, Illinois and we believe it was a neighborhood over an old graveyard. There was alot of activity in their house

  28. Steph says

    I stumbled upon this interview with Abby and Amy. Amy Allen is amazing! Abby you asked all the right questions! I absolutely am enamored by the show. Lots of activity in Illinois where I live. Love that…but I do wish they had a “How are they now” show…or have the show help some of these people who can’t afford to move and they live with life threatening entities….I most certainly hope Amy’s health is well as she does have a dangerous job dealing with the dead.

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