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Philip Smith  

Artist, Author, and Journalist.

Philip Smith is the former Managing Editor of GQ magazine. As an artist, he is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts. His paintings are in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and the Miami Art Museum, among many others.

In his memoir Walking Through Walls, Smith describes growing up in 1960s Miami with his decorator father. Lew Smith, was a high society interior decorator whose clients included the Presidents of Cuba and Haiti, Dean Martin, Walt Disney and assorted mobsters and celebrities, who one day suddenly discovers that he can talk to the dead and heal the sick. A documented story as funny as the Addams Family and as magical as Bewitched.

After a full day of creating beautiful interiors for the rich and famous, Lew Smith would come home, take off his tie, and get down to his real work as a psychic healer who miraculously cured thousands of people. For his son, Philip, watching his father transform himself, at a moment's notice, from gracious society decorator into a healer with supernatural powers was a bit like living with Clark Kent and Superman.

Smith's astonishing story of growing up in a household where séances, talking spirits, and exorcisms were daily occurrences, and inexplicable psychic healings resulted in visitors suddenly discarding their crutches and wheelchairs or being cured of fatal diseases.

While there are benefits to having a miracle man in the house, Smith soon discovers the downside of living with a father who psychically knows everything he is doing. Surrounded by invisible spirits who tend to behave like nagging relatives, he looks for ways to escape his mystical home life -- including forays into sex, surfing, and even Scientology.

By turns hilarious and profound, Smith's shares with audiences his often bizarre but always magical coming of age in a household that felt like a cross between Lourdes, France and the set of Rosemary's Baby, and shows how he managed to map out his own identity in the shadow of a father who, truly, loomed larger than life itself.

With hundreds of reviews on Amazon, mentions in Vanity Fair and endorsements by authors such as John Berendt of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Walking Through Walls has touched a wide audience.


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