ZAK MARTIN recalls that he was seven when he became aware of his psychic powers.
He soon realised that he could foretell the future, heal the sick, move objects by mind-power and much more.
But the softly-spoken Irishman says: "I didn't consider myself to be anything out of the ordinary. The gift of second-sight was taken for granted in my family."
His powers did, however, cause problems at school. "I was often able to solve complex mathematical problems the instant they were set on the blackboard," he remembers
"The answer would just come into my head without me having to think about it. And my teachers were more than a little suspicious when I couldn't explain how it happened."
During his first year at school, he entered the Easter raffle - and won all three prizes. "I was barred from all future raffles," he grins.
Since those days - "and I did VERY well at school" - he has gone on to be hailed as Britain's most gifted psychic.
He has accurately predicted world events, including the Tenerife air disaster, Harold Wilson's resignation and the winner of the Grand National seven times in succession.
Every week Zak receives hundreds of letters from people asking for help and guidance.
His clients include pop stars who want to know the best time to release their records, company directors looking for business advice and police chiefs seeking help in particularly baffling crimes.
In a famous multiple-murder case in Ireland, Zak was able to locate two wanted men by using a pendulum to "divine" where they were.
Zak Martin says: "EVERYONE is psychic to some degree.
"And people use ESP - the extrasensory perception we used to call 'second sight' - far more frequently than they might realise in everyday situations.
"For example, you may take a violent dislike to someone for no definable reason, although they appear on the surface to be thoroughly nice.
"What happens is that while your senses are picking up those first impressions, at a deeper, subconscious level you are receiving information which is totally contradictory.
He cites these other common examples of ESP:
Five minutes later the bell rings and he, or she, is at your door.
"Those experiences of spontaneous ESP are familiar to most people," says Zak Martin.
"For some, psychic experiences may occur only once or twice in a lifetime.
"And people may rationalise the incidents as 'imagination' or 'coincidence' and in time come to doubt that it ever happened.
That's because the human mind tends to erase that which it is unable to account for.
"But for other people such experiences are part of everyday life - regular occurrences that may come many times a day.
"ESP is a natural ability, capable of being developed with proper training.
"And, as with every other talent, there are 'naturals' who possess a special aptitude for it.
"So although it is possible for anyone to develop their latent ESP abilities, the degree to which they can do so depends on that natural ability."