1008 Marquette Ave.
Joseph Energy is tall, maybe 6'2", barrel-chested, with closely cropped black hair, and dressed in a thin gray sweater and a black suit coat. For anyone who pictures psychics as middle-aged women hunched over crystal balls, the blunt-speaking man with the strong handshake will certainly shatter the stereotype.
Energy owns Psychic Energy, 1008 Marquette Ave., where he and his employees offer confidential readings and advice on relationships, health, employment and other life matters.
"We're more of an entertainment business," he said - adding that he can be quite accurate when subjects are open to the process.
He offers three basic services: palm reading, tarot cards and psychic counseling. Palm reading or a tarot card session runs $29.99; a full psychic consultation is $69.99. Beyond those are other options, including astrological readings.
Palm reading reveals you, your self and your character, Energy said. The tarot cards reveal your past, present and future. A psychic counseling session includes both palm reading and tarot cards, along with advice on love, marriage, business and any other aspect of life a client may need examined.
He's careful not to elaborate further on the process, which he conducts in a small, square room behind a curtain near the store's front window,
"If you knew what the special spices were in KFC, wouldn't you rather cook them at home?" he said.
Energy said his largest source of revenue comes from when he works catering parties and large corporate events. He's worked for Bloomingdale's, Saks 5th Avenue and others.
He doesn't keep regular hours, which oftentimes are dictated by the ebb and flow of people staying at the Hilton Hotel across the street. Tourists and out-of-towners are good for business, he said.
Energy plans to start a psychic phone hotline, which will be run from the same location.
He's serious about his work and his clients, but he stressed everything is 100 percent for amusement.
"We keep things at a positive atmosphere," he said.