Paul-Zachary Martin was born and grew up in Dublin, Ireland.
As a child he was a musical prodigy, able to play virtually every instrument expertly, despite never having received musical training of any kind.
He studied Psychology at University College, Dublin, but his real interest was in the hidden powers of the mind, including such abilities as clairvoyance and precognition - abilities he himself had exhibited since early childhood.
He became president of the Psychic Society of Ireland and carried out a series of tests and experiments into psychic abilities - including a game of chess-by-telepathy - which attracted local media attention. He began to give public talks and demonstrations of extrasensory perception and hypnosis, and he wrote his first book: How to Develop your ESP (Harper-Collins), which has sold over two million copies in paperback, and which has been translated into eighteen languages.
He was asked to help in a number of police investigations in the UK and Ireland, most notably the Brittas Bay Murder, the disappearance of schoolboy Philip Cairns and the kidnapping of the race horse Shergar. Since then he has received a steady stream of requests from police forces around the world - including Scotland Yard - for help with unsolved cases.
He went to live in London, where he established the London Psychic Centre at the exclusive Sherlock Holmes Hotel in London's Baker Street. The Centre became a major Mind-Body-Spirit venue, attracting thousand of visitors weekly to attend lectures, workshops and demonstrations, and to consult the resident team of psychic advisors. The London Psychic Centre was the subject of numerous TV programmes, including Nationwide, The 6 O'Clock Show, Breakfast TV and many others, and was a mecca for the UK's pop stars and showbusiness personalities.
Zak Martin established his own private consultancy at Kensington, London. His clients include royalty, politicians, heads of major companies, pop stars, TV and movie personalities, and, of course, police departments from around the world seeking his help with unsolved crimes.
In the 1990s Zak Martin returned to Ireland and opened his Holistic Health Clinic at Rathmines, Dublin, which offered treatment and training in a wide range of natural therapies.
Apart from his work as a psychic, Zak Martin has many interests, including playing music, song-writing, painting, martial arts (he is a 2nd dan black belt in Shotokan karate and has taken part in public exhibitions of martial arts), writing, photography and chess. He is also actively involved with the Anti War Movement, and writes articles on this subject.
Zak Martin has two daughters, Galéna, by former top Irish fashion model, Rachel Murray, and Niamh by a previous relationship. Galéna, like her father, is a proficient musician and plays several instruments. She has performed at the Irish National Concert Hall with the Irish Academy of Music orchestra, playing cello - and in pop concerts, playing bass guitar. Her debut public performance was introduced by U2's Edge. Niamh runs a hairdressing and beauty studio in Dublin.
Zak Martin lives in Granada, in the South of Spain, and is currently working on several projects, including writing a new book. He is also managing director of Zakmar Enterprises (USA) which recently acquired UK Psychics, Britain's premier psychic and Mind-Body-Spirit portal.
Zak Martin likes to relax by playing jazz and blues guitar, and occasionally takes part in music sessions at venues in the south of Spain, to audiences that are largely unaware of his renown as a clairvoyant, author and leading New Age figure.
He also heads several companies not connected with the psychic field, including the real-estate company, Granada Properties, and the tourist information portal, CostaTropical.com. He is happy to give interviews, but will only consider taking part in television programmes on psychic and psychological topics which, in his opinion, are intelligent and thought-provoking in concept and format.