- Ranked “#1 Psychic in New York, NY” here and elsewhere!
- Reader for over 20 years, sharing her insights & wicked sense of humor at hundreds of corporate events, private parties, fundraisers & more
- Tarot cards, palm readings & handwriting analysis, also numerology, tea leaves & more, with a goal of providing useful insight, not just fluff
- Always MOBBED - people you'd never expect to be interested practically come out of the woodwork!
- Comfortable reading for all ages: adults & professionals (she swam in corporate waters for 15 years) with hectic lives; young people (mixing in good life advice - hope it sticks!) & children (with a sense of wonder!)
CHOOSE THE BEST FOR YOUR EVENT!
We hired Vera for a 7 year old's birthday party who demanded to have a "fortune teller" and she did not disappoint! A huge hit with the kids and and all of the parents got readings too! Would definitely hire her again!
Vera was amazing from the moment we matched up on Gig Salad. Her thoroughness and professionalism was very appreciated and the way she added to the feel of my event couldn't have been any better. Her readings were amazing and very on point, wow'ing my guests who sat with her for a bit. I would recommend her to anyone!
I thought this was a fun addition to the event.
My reading was very generic, but fun!
A wonderful entertainer! She was wonderful with all of our guest and made the night memorable.
Divinata did a wonderful job with our guests, and wowed our teenagers and adults with her readings. The kids especially were excited, and she gave them wonderful and encouraging advice. I highly recommend her!!!
Had Vera for our daughter's surprise birthday. She was great. All the girls loved her and I would hire her again in a minute.
she was great! she did a very large group and was on target! I would for sure book her again!😆
Divinata interacted very well with our guests. She shared her talents professionally and was a great addition to our event.
I hired Divinata for a Halloween Costume Party. She seemed to be very knowledgeable and had a very authentic feel to her readings. She was hired for both Palm and Tarot. My guest seemed to enjoy the experience very much. Every time I looked at the Fortune Teller Shed their was a line to get in to see her which I was very pleased to see. I would have given 5 stars had all my expectations been fully met. I wanted a lot of décor in the shed to reflect Psychic to really give off a "great ambiance" when people entered. When I walked in I was a little underwhelmed from what I thought our discussions would have reflected. Had I known it wasn't going to I would have done a lot more myself. I think because there wasn't much time to set up before the first reading since she was coming off the back end of another party booked after mine. All in all she definitely added to the party being a huge success with a lot of help from a phenomenal DJ. Would definitely recommend giving her a try.
Response from Divinata:
I greatly enjoyed Jo Anne's party & appreciate her comments. Our discussion was very positive & the guests a pleasure to read- everything I heard back was enthusiastic. To clarify, she & I discussed my bringing a lot of extra decor compared to what's customary, including fabric to hang on the walls of the shed. We had planned on her sending me pictures of the space beforehand, but that didn't happen. I didn't have the chance to hang the fabric but did fully set up my own table with brocade tablecloth & fabric-draped chairs, & my usual complement of decorative items (as seen in my profile pictures) with more on the bookshelf including a huge crystal ball & dozen battery-powered candles. I used my flashlight to do the readings since there was no power (or heat, & it was a cold night!). That set-up took over a half-hour & breakdown longer. I tried to go the extra mile for Jo Anne & wish I had a clearer idea of what I was walking into. Still, it was a great evening & fun was had by all!
Price Range: $100/hr. and up
Gig Length: 60 - 540 minutes
Languages: English, French, Russian, Serbian
Insurance: $2,000,000 - Commercial General Liability - Occur
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
Fresh on GigSalad, Vera has been a reader/advisor at parties and events, as well as for private clients, for twenty years. She is elsewhere ranked as #1 "Psychic in New York, NY" with consistent five-star ratings (details available on her website www.LaDivinata.com).
Vera is striking, articulate, and compassionate, bringing every bit of her life experience, in addition to the cues from her tools of divination, to helping the person for whom she is reading. Her demeanor, professional background, and familiarity with diverse cultures make her well-suited for black-tie events, and her social conscience particularly effective at fundraisers.
She generally offers guests the choice between tarot and palm readings - the difference being that tarot is ideal for focusing on an area or question that a person may have and seeing what's going on, while with a palm reading she gives a general overview of a person's life and characteristics, over its whole course (i.e., "Test the Psychic" time!). Her goal always is to provide insight that's useful, not just fluff - with a healthy dose of New York "street smarts"!
A long-time student and advocate of graphology, Vera has been offering handwriting analysis for over ten years. Rooted in psychology, handwriting directly reflects the person holding the pen – personality, emotions, strengths, interests, health, past, present, and future. Whether a person has developed an artistic style or just races to get their thoughts down on paper, they are conveying a lot more than the words on the page. In these "readings", Vera takes guests on a fun and surprising journey of self-exploration - even inspiring them to start picking up for themselves the “hidden messages” people give in daily life!
Vera is comfortable reading for all ages - for adults and professionals (she swam in corporate waters for over fifteen years), her readings tend to focus on issues that come with a hectic life: balance in life, new endeavors, personal fulfillment, and family questions, among others. For younger children, she infuses the (quick!) reading with a sense of wonder, never anything scary.
Young people usually end up choosing a palm reading because they're eager to learn about themselves, and it's something that's physically imprinted on them. Vera is very careful to give good life advice as part of a reading (e.g., always challenge yourself, choose a career that you love or believe in strongly, be in LIKE before you're in love with a partner, etc.) - hopefully it'll stick!
Most often, once word spreads that she's at the party, Vera ends up MOBBED - people that you'd never expect to be interested in a reading practically come out of the woodwork! Her top speed is 10 readings per hour (5-6 minutes per reading), a fast but reasonably satisfying pace - though the luxury of a longer reading makes it that much richer (and provides the chance to offer guests a taste of both kinds of readings, which she loves to offer). She can also go into "flash reading mode", basically giving a positive / negative indication in a tarot reading along with a prominent theme, or the two or three most salient characteristics in a person's palm. It's absolutely fine if a client wishes to have a private, semi-private (it helps to have someone else there to dissect the reading later on!), or totally out-in-the-open reading.
To help create the feeling of a "special moment", she usually comes garbed with an exotic flair - including gypsy, Renaissance, mystical, and something akin to - colorfully, creatively - corporate. She always brings an array of atmospheric tools and decorations for the table, and is keenly aware of making a complete and memorable impression on the guests.
For a large event, Vera can pull in other readers (friends as well as excellent professionals) to be able to give more guests the opportunity to have readings, or the luxury of somewhat longer readings. Similarly, they offer diverse specializations in addition to palm and tarot readings.
In tune with her artistic interests, Vera is happy to offer mehndi (henna designs) in addition to psychic readings - they actually go together beautifully, creating a special, nurturing evening that's very suitable for celebrating a life event. She has done many Middle Eastern - and Arabian Nights - themed parties (lots of fun!), and has particularly enjoyed offering this combination at smaller gatherings among close friends.
Vera has a wonderful sheet of designs, from traditional Arabic / Indian, to contemporary symbols (astrological, Chinese characters, etc.), to fun stuff (stylized animals, flowers, etc.) - even tribal and sports designs so there's something for everyone! She makes her own henna mixture using all-natural ingredients, so is sure of exactly what's in it (not necessarily so easy if an artist uses a pre-made commercial mixture). She is happy to also offer the designs in glitter or luminous eyeshadows (GORGEOUS!), for those who don't want to commit to the 7-10 period that traditional henna entails.
Let Vera take you and your guests on a fascinating journey at your next event!
CLIENTS & EVENTS
New York Renaissance Faire*
Medieval Festival at Ft. Tryon Park*
Van Cleef & Arpels*
Old Salem Farm*
Silo Ridge Field Club
NJ Society of CPAs*
Friends of Valley Forge
FDNY Widows & Orphans Fund*
US Airways Fantasy Flight
American Cancer Society
Arthritis Foundation, Parsippany
Friends of Hudson River Park
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Seton Hall Law School*
Montclair State University*
Project Safe Graduations & Proms/Post-Proms (25+)
Mt. St. Dominic Academy
Benjamin Franklin Middle School*
VA Hospital - Northport, NY*
NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases*
Hebrew Home for the Aged*
Canada Day, Central Park
(Rainmaker Global Business Devt.)
Bonnie Brae Polo Classic
Historic Paulus Hook Association
Castle Village Summer Celebration
Hamilton Farm Golf Club
Hard Rock Café – Times Square
Rockefeller Center Café
St. Moritz Hotel
Royal Riyadh Hotel
The Castle (Tarrytown, NY) *
Newark Symphony Hall*
P. C. Knox Estate, Valley Forge
Liberty State Park
Spring Lake Day Camp*
* REPEAT APPEARANCES
***** She was really great, very sweet person and did a great job at the party, everyone loved it (Adult birthday party, 6/11/2016)
***** Polite! Great with customers... a lot of talent! (Community event, 5/21/2016)
***** Vera was great with the kids. She is very professional and accommodating to whatever you need. Her Henna tattoo skills are super and the work on the girls was great. Her readings were very accurate and the girls were very interested in hearing what she had to say. She is very talented and a great addition to any party or event. We look forward to working with her in the future. (Children’s birthday party, 4/23/2016)
***** I have to say this was a wonderful experience the performer was very professional, friendly, punctual. She made a very special mark on my event. (Bridal shower, 4/23/2016)
***** hired for an office holiday party and was very accommodating, professional & talented! would definitely use again! (Corporate party, 12/18/2015)
***** "BEST PARTY EVER!" is what we heard from each of the 14 year old guests. Vera took a genuine interest in the kids and gave them great individualized attention and positive advice for them to apply to their futures. Everyone was super excited about their readings! Vera spent time with me on the phone in the days leading up to the party really getting to know how she could personalize her approach to what we were looking. We recommend her whole heartedly! (Children’s birthday party, 11/13/2015)
***** A TOP-TIER TALENT: Warm, professional and SPOT ON. Many party-goers marveled at the accuracy of their readings. She made all of the guests feel comfortable and has the endurance to keep going until everyone is satisfied. (Hallowe’en Party, 10/30/2015)
***** Divinata was a huge hit at my daughter's Sweet 16 party! She was very professional and spent a lot of time with the guests- and everybody loved it! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for that extra wow factor to make their party special! Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the entire experience and I would definitely keep Divinata in mind for my next party!! (Sweet Sixteen party, 4/25/2015)
***** My guests could not stop talking about how much they liked her. The face painting was fantastic. The readings were a hit. Divinata handled every request with ease. The experience really made the party a success. (Adult birthday party, 11/8/2014)
***** Divinata was wonderful! We had quite a variety of people at our event and everyone who went to her for a reading left satisfied. Her low-key approach made people feel comfortable. She was just what we needed! (Fundraiser, 10/18/2014)
***** Divinata (Vera) was professional, fun, and simply a pleasure to have at my daughters birthday party. We would definitly book her again! (Adult birthday party, 6/14/2014)
***** We had a great experience with Divinata! She was extremely responsive and very helpful in planning. The girls were very excited about having readings. The adults enjoyed it too. Divinita was a pleasure to work with. I will definitely recommend her to others and would use her again if I ever have the opportunity. (Children’s birthday party, 5/3/2014)
***** She tailored the images she painted to suit the theme of our event and I have overwhelmingly positive comments from kids and parents. Divinata is the best. (Celebration, 6/29/2013)
“Once again, you along with your crew were a hit! Thanks for helping make our night a success.” ( Coordinator of annual school event, 2015)
“Thank you Vera! You were the hit of the party. Will pass your name on to one and all.” (The “Birthday Girl” who turned 40, 2012)
“You’re the hit of the evening. Everyone wants to come see you!” (Chair of benefit for private school, 2011)
“I spoke with several other readers, but you were the only one that I felt I could TALK to. You’re not a flake!” (HR employee of major New York law firm, 2009)
Please note: Vera will be at the New York Renaissance Faire weekends in August and September - her eighteenth year! This limits her availability during the day, but please inquire about what accommodation she can make.
Divinata's Slavic heritage provided the rich tradition through which she became aware - through a lifetime of more-than-coincidental events and insights - of her sensitivity. Her broad experience as both an MBA'ed professional in the corporate world, and a working visual artist and musician, lets Divinata relate to the needs of her clients in beneficial - but also practical - readings. But above all, her empathy establishes the rapport that is the hallmark of her reading style.
Her insights emerge through the use of symbolic divination tools including tarot cards, crystal ball, and her Oracle Divination Board©; and directly via palmistry, handwriting analysis, numerology, and dream interpretation. A student of mythology and symbolism, Divinata becomes the mirror and interpreter of her client's psychic energy.
Additional Booking Notes
Parties are a blast! So is being a reader, most of the time…. Please try to be gentle with your humble psychic in choosing where she will be setting up – lighting and the level of sound DO matter when a reader and guest are trying to speak to each other. Low-level, atmospheric light is great when tarot readings are the order of the night, but at least a small area of good light is necessary for palm readings and henna. Vera is happy to bring a small, high-intensity lamp, if requested and with access to electricity, or a small flashlight for palm readings. Music and background conversation are wonderful... in moderation.
Passionate about social issues and creative challenges, Vera does her best to support fundraisers, offering discounted rates and occasionally donating her services "to the Cause". Please inquire about what accommodations she can offer for your event.
Although Vera has an ongoing commitment weekends in August and September, she can generally be available in the evening, and selectively during the day with sufficient notice.
A table and a couple of chairs in a conducive spot (and adequate shelter!), but can bring her own upon request (plus anything else up to a lovely outdoor booth-type set-up!)