| 1981 --
In 1981, a
TV show called "What's Happening America" with Shana Alexander as the hostess,
ventured to Florida to prove that psychics and mediums there were frauds.
This national show's format was similar to 60 minutes or 20/20. In fact it won an Emmy in it's category,
and the main reason was because of the episode about Gordon. Until now, Gordon has tried
to keep somewhat hidden. His life was threatened on three different occasions
and Gordon was not interested in fame and fortune. He has predicted numerous events around the world,
but has chosen to keep quiet about it. He preferred to stay local, with his radio and TV
appearances. They were safe enough.
Anthony producer of "What's Happening America", from New York on WOR-TV
at that time, the largest TV Station in the World. Anthony also produced the early version of the
Oprah Winfrey Show, Wheel of Fortune, etc., and was investigating Banta to either exhibit,
or expose him, and subsequently won an "Emmy" for his efforts,
Florida, the TV crew followed Gordon into his classroom. where he was teaching
on the subject of Aura's. A
couple walked over to Gordon before the class was to begin and in front of Frank, they
asked Gordon if it was all right for their young son to join them in the class. They said their
ten year old could sit in the corner while playing with his toy cars. Gordon immediately
said that if they wanted him to sit in the class, then he had to sit like everyone else.
Gordon believes that all people are psychic, especially children.
class was over, Frank Anthony went around the room interviewing people. He would ask them
what they saw, if anything. When he came to the boy, he asked him "What is your name?
The boy said "Freddie". His eyes were opened wide as he said it. And Frank said,
While Frank had the camera on the boy, Frank asked "Did you see this Aura thing Banta was talking
about?" Freddie said "Matter of fact, I did". Frank then said,
Freddie...you can't expect me to believe you saw it, can you?" Freddie said
"Yes and I can
see his right now."
asked him what he saw. Freddie said he saw him going to Indiana to see three Pyramids, and
Frank became wide eyed and said "What?" Freddie then said that
interviewing an Army General and was mad at him.
turned to the camera and said the show was being filmed in three segments
with the first segment being
about going to Indiana to interview a US Army General about spending a lot of
money on the building of three Pyramids for experimentation and then just left
standing there. He was mad at the General for spending the money and abandoning the
project with Taxpayers money.
when Freddie grabbed his arm and said to him, "I saw something else too." And Frank said
"What?" Freddie said he saw Frank going to Israel. Frank said "Why am I going there?" Freddie
said "You already went and you talked to Jesse James."
flabbergasted. He proclaimed on TV that the third segment of this show was about a
person in Israel that went around town dressed up like an American cowboy.'
the town and even pistol whipped some people. As he was talking, Freddie grabbed his arm
and said, "I know something that you don't know" And Frank said
"What"? Freddie said that "When you left Israel the towns people killed the
cowboy". Frank immediately went back in front of the TV and said that if this
was true, he
hadn't heard about it yet. The next day he found out that what Freddie
had said was exactly true. So
you see, kids are very psychic. Today, the same Freddie says he is not psychic. I guess he
grew up and now disbelieves. Oh why do we have to grow up?
day, Frank told Gordon that the TV cameraman had the duty of lugging around heavy
equipment but he never received the anything like a reading and asked Gordon
if he would be willing to read for him. Gordon looked at the cameraman
(who was from New York and was taping the show in Florida) and said "I see you
getting married by a lake and there are many pine trees around the lake with a mountain
behind it". Gordon also said that he saw him buying a horse from a man that shoes horses
a blacksmith, or rather a farrier. He went on to describe the farrier
accurately and also the barn where he was keeping his new horse.
asked him if he liked his reading so far, the man said yes, that he was, in fact, getting
married at a place in New Jersey (70 miles from NYC) called Pinecliff Lake and that his Farrier was a tall man like
Gordon described. His name was Dave and the barn was A-L Ranch in
Newfoundland New Jersey.
almost fainted. He grew up in West Milford, NJ around the corner from Pinecliff Lake.
brother, Dave, was a farrier and the Ranch had been run by Gordon twenty years earlier and
called Circle B Ranch AND Gordon was the owner/operator there at the time.
all taken back by this seeming coincidence, and Frank immediately said "We cannot use
this on the show, it looks like a setup."
World isn't it? It shows us another way that we are all connected, and if it weren't for
this show coming to Florida, it may have never been known by either of them.
day of taping was to be done in Cocoa Beach, Florida but Gordon had a previous engagement. He was
one of five speakers at a dinner party. It was put on by the Spiritualist Camp in Cassadaga. During the course of the dinner, each of the Spiritualist Mediums spoke to the
audience and demonstrated their abilities.
the last speaker, and just as he was introduced to the crowd of about 200 guests. The main
door burst open and a large crowd of people came inside of the banquet hall. They were
carrying banners from a near-by local church. They walked up close to the podium and began
speaking one at a time. It seems that the local paper ran a story about the Spiritualists
coming to speak, and about a man (Gordon) that could read Aura's.
blasted Gordon for not being a true Christian, and that only Christ could read Auras, and
only he had an Aura. This carried on for about twenty minutes, and soon they prepared to
when Gordon began to speak into his microphone. He said "Just a damn minute.
You came in
hear and said your peace. Now it is my turn and you are not leaving until I have said my
at a lady that had accused him of not being able to read Auras and he said, "You say I
cannot read Auras? Well I can read yours, and it tells me that you have had five
operations for cancer, and even now you are awaiting for the sixth operation."
singled out the Minister of the group and said "Does your wife (pointing at the Pastor's wife)
know that you are sleeping with this woman over here? (Pointing at another lady in the
hear a dead silence as Gordon told them they could leave after embarrassing them.
Gordon insisted that this part of the show should not be aired and Frank told him not to worry.
Frank said that he had such good footage that he was going to pay Gordon another
thousand dollars and make him the co-producer of the show. If there were any awards or
accolades Gordon would also would share in them.
was quoted as saying, "Banta is a psychic on the rise".
years later when Gordon was back in Florida, he was filling up his pickup truck with gas
when a man walked over to him and began to read Gordon the riot act. He
expected that Gordon
should know who he was and the reason why he was so mad. Gordon was puzzled.
He could not
remember who the man was because the man had shaved off his beard and looked different. A week later
he remembered who the man was. The man was a medium in Cassadaga. If
you went to his house for a reading he would ask you to place a group
of photographs upside down and he would read them. When Frank Anthony
had interviewed him a few years earlier for the, he said that this man
could not perform. Frank assumed he was a fake, and Gordon then did
the reading in the same way. Gordon explained to Frank that some psychics, or mediums, could
not function well under the stress of a camera, but he could.
the three photographs accurately. One was a woman's picture of someone who worked at the station as
a reporter. Gordon said the women was looking for a missing child and so was everyone else in
that state. He told the woman where the child was and she found the boy. He
had been kidnapped by his
father and take to Va.
picture was of a man that worked behind the scenes, he was a very large man and would
sometimes eat a sandwich at his desk. People would laugh at him because the sandwich would
be all over him. He was a messy eater. It was Frank's boss.
picture Gordon said was of a man that wore red or had a lot of red in his aura. He liked
children and would always be seen with a child on his lap. He lived up north where the
weather gets cold. The picture was of Santa Claus. When the other medium
had seen Gordon's reading
on the show, he thought that Gordon stole his act when all he was really doing was saving
him from ridicule. Gordon never got to tell the person he had been was wrong about him.