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ELVIS PRESLEY IS ALIVE
Christina M. Schumacher
number of you probably cringed, rolled your eyes, or made an offhand
disgusted comment under your breath upon reading the title to this
article. That's good. Some kind of reaction is better than no reaction
at all. If your first thought is to go elsewhere to read, I urge you not
to do so as you may be quite surprised at what you'll discover here.
The fact is, The Night Watchman and I do think
Elvis Presley is alive, though not in the sense that he faked his death
and is living out the rest of his life after plastic surgery and a
change of identity. We believe that we have found a person who is the
reincarnation of Elvis Presley AND, before you cringe, roll your eyes,
and snort in disgust again, hear me out.
A bit off the beaten track for a moment, I'd like
to introduce you to a man by the name of Ian Stevenson, a physician and
psychiatrist who spent 40 years of his life doing amazing case studies
on reincarnation in the States and in such places as India and Lebanon.
These were not hynotherapy studies. These were studies of children from
about the age of three (this age varies depending on when the child was
able to speak clearly enough in sentences to be understood without
mistake) who remembered being someone else. Oftentimes, these children
would deny who their present life dictated they were and insist that
they belonged somewhere else with an entirely different family. They had
names of family members, descriptions of locations and, oftentimes, had
a birthmark that corresponded to the death of the person they believed
themselves to be. Ian Stevenson was able to check out the claims of each
child and was unable to negate or explain away how these children knew
what they knew without ever having traveled in their current life
further than their own small village.
Recently, The Night Watchman had the honor of
playing lead guitar with a band for a college fundraiser. The singer of
this band - we'll call him J - has been an Elvis impersonator from the
age of three (note the age as per the previous paragraph). This man, J,
was born to parents who were huge Elvis Presley fans. So much so that
they gave him Elvis's middle name. Elvis died August 16, 1977 and J was
born three years later.
At this point, you're probably saying, "So what.
There are thousands of Elvis impersonators out there." You are correct
and this is also what we thought until we had the honor of actually
meeting J and hearing a bit about his life. As much as we would like to
give his real name here, we cannot as we don't believe that he would
welcome our theory with open arms. However, there are definitely some
points that make a good argument toward the possibility that J is,
indeed, the reincarnation of Elvis Presley.
As a side note here and at the risk of being
tarred and feathered, I must admit to never being an Elvis fan. If an
Elvis movie came on TV, I turned the channel immediately. If an Elvis
song played on the radio, I turned the station or turned the radio off.
It was quite a challenge to be thrown into the position of meeting J and
hearing the music I despised. I must say that J changed my thinking to a
The first thing we noticed upon meeting J was
that, without any effort, J LOOKS like Elvis. It was difficult for us to
see him as anyone else. There was, to us, absolutely no resemblance to
his parents whom we also met. Though he's lived his life in the Midwest,
he speaks with a southern drawl as Elvis did. Of course, this could be
from years of impersonating Elvis, but most people go back to
"themselves" when their show is over, just as actors/actresses can play
various parts and return to "themselves" once the show or movie is
completed. There is no indication from J's speech that he grew up in the
Midwest, and he is a very down-to-earth great guy despite his success.
J, beginning his career locally at the age of three,
moved on to be a very successful Elvis impersonator doing incredible
shows in Las Vegas, Japan, Memphis, France, etc. These were not just
night club acts. We saw footage of some of the shows and they were huge
stage shows with all the frills that were Elvis all the way.
It wasn't just his appearance that led us to our theory. It was the
fact that, out of all the Elvis impersonators, J is the only one to ever
be invited inside Graceland. This honor was bestowed upon him as a thank
you for bringing Elvis's fan base to numbers not seen since he was
alive. It's the fact that he is the only person alive who has been able
to perform all 800 of Elvis's songs (twice) from memory with no effort
and won a specific award each time. Elvis moves, including the entire
upper body shake that Elvis impersonators have difficulty duplicating is
as natural to J as breathing. His performances, as exciting as Elvis's
and with energy expenditure just as high, are to "see" Elvis just as he
was - the effortless body movements, the voice AND the look.
We have no doubt that if J were to share more
about his life with us, there would be many more areas that would offer
proof of our theory. One last interesting tidbit, however. When
considering doing a timeline of Elvis's life , J was the only Elvis
impersonator considered for the part. To those considering the project
(and these were big name producers), no one else WAS Elvis.
This is not to say that J is not his own person.
He is. No soul, upon reincarnation, can ever be the EXACT replica of a
previous life personality as there would be no lessons learned were this
the case. However, a soul can choose to repeat certain parts of their
previous life if it opens up necessary avenues of learning for the
personality they have become.
J has spent 23 years being Elvis, but is now
working toward entertaining as himself with a style of music that fits
who he is in this life. He is a fabulous stage presence, very much worth
the money paid for a ticket or CD, and we have no doubt that he will be
just as successful as J as he was as Elvis.