After arriving in Italy from Bulgaria 28 years ago to work as an au pair, Teodora Stefanova soon became known for her psychic powers. Eventually, she captured the attention of Silvio Berlusconi, then a millionaire businessman. She foretold that he would become prime minister, to which he replied that if her predictions came true, he’d guarantee her TV appearances—and riches—for life. Teodora went on to fame and fortune, warning Princess Di of her fatal accident, perplexing Larry King by referring to an event in his past known only to him, and predicting on-air the results of soccer matches broadcast on Berlusconi’s TV stations (he was a man of his word). Recently, Teodora was kind enough to consent to an interview, which must have been boring since she presumably knew what I would ask beforehand.
VICE: Tell us how your psychic career started.
Teodora Stefanova: I never imagined I’d be telling people’s fortunes. I had quite a happy childhood, without a trace of the supernatural. In 1984, however, during a holiday by the sea, I was in a car accident, which put me in a coma for 14 days. When I came around, I had these strange feelings. I thought I was going insane. Hearing the voice in my head for the first time, I refused to accept it was real. Back in communist times it was particularly difficult to share such bizarre experiences. I was facing the madhouse. Whose fortune did you first tell?
I was still in the hospital, and I started seeing things from the lives of the people around me, and when I told them things, they were awed. Soon enough, the doctors were dropping by, asking to know stuff about themselves. Those were the first witnesses of my power. So who, exactly, is the entity behind the omnipotent voice that is broadcast inside your head?
His name is Unilson, and he comes from the planet Vanfim. What he told me is that everything around us is energy, which contains information about all that exists, much like a giant computer. All you need is the key: a name and birth date. The key allows you to look into the past and the present, and therefore the future. Did Unilson tell you about the origin of this world, of human beings?
Both us and them are God’s creatures, and the extraterrestrials made the robot, which helps us in many spheres of our living and is part of their presence here. Does it seem like your alien friends may wish to pay us a visit anytime soon?
They’re already here, they’re the energy making contact with us. But we are not ready yet. They wouldn’t scare us; they just want to help us lead a more earthly and natural life. Those indigo and crystal children who have been coming into the world recently are prepared to make contact with them. What do the scientists say about your gift?
They keep inviting me to those UFO-ology shows on TV. I am regarded as some kind of expert because of the extraterrestrial I have contact with. The other participants in those shows are usually scientists who believe in the existence of the extraterrestrials. The others probably think I’m crazy. Will the world be ending soon?
2012 will not be the end of the world. However, the system will change, and the year will provide answers to a number of important questions that have been piquing the human mind. For instance, the euro will continue to decline, and by 2016 there will be a new European currency. The much relied-on Germany will embark on a new path and will establish its own currency. Italy will be revived and, though not among the biggest world powers, will prosper once more. The Balkans will unite when all borders get abolished. Turkey, in turn, will become the leader of the Islamic world. China has been trying to see how the land lies before it starts to expand and will eventually become one of the leading world powers alongside Russia and India. How about the USA?
America is still the top power, but China is claiming the position. There will be much arguing and disagreement as to who is the world leader; there will be some turmoil over the countries’ debts, but the future belongs to the Asian race. This will favor Europe, for it is advantageous to have a partner as financially and economically stable as China. America will clash with Iran in an Israel-inspired conflict. Chemical and nuclear war will start from there. Oh, man, this doesn’t sound good. Iranians can be a tad extreme.
This is inevitable, and so is the war. Parts of the ocean will be poisoned, the air too, and some of the crops, and not only in Iran but in many parts of the planet. We’ll stop buying certain fruits and vegetables because they will be poisoned. Sea animals will start dying for no visible reason. Countries will become self-encapsulated. Those that have freshwater will not share it; those that have oil will keep it to themselves. Another thing: There will be some problems caused by an asteroid that will trigger a number of disasters like the one that hit Japan recently. France will suffer; I see a nuclear accident at one of its power plants. There will be a serious blackout. Do you mean volcanic ash will block the sun, or will it be more of a massive power outage?
Volcanoes. This will be the result of the asteroid, which will not obliterate the entire earth but will very seriously affect it. People will reconsider the value of resources and become environmentally responsible. By 2050, capsule-like eco-homes will be built, fit to endure extreme weather conditions, and everyone will be producing their own food, which will be mainly vegetarian. Humans will gradually stop eating meat; freshwater will become the most precious of resources. We’ll be using mostly renewable energy sources, and we’ll have long forgotten that the euro and the dollar once existed. What is the future of the Middle East following the Arab Spring?
Big evolution: They will turn to modern Islam, and great changes are in store for their governments. They will be united around their sheikhs and have their own currency. Libya is facing even more unrest and will find it hard to restore the world’s trust—but this and other things I should not tell you, for they are in my new book, which is due out soon. I’ve examined previous prognostications you’ve made, and I must say that a good part of them failed to come true. For instance, you predicted that Berlusconi would complete his full term, and look what happened.
I am only a tiny conductor of all this energy. I am not perfect, and good for me: Imagine the CIA abducting me [laughs], and then I’d have to work for them. Generally, I have about 80 percent reliability, plus the future can be altered by other factors. What other factors?
Well, humans, for example. People have to turn to the spiritual. We have been excessively investing in the material, and therefore nothing good awaits us. In 2012, people’s thinking will undergo a process of trial and reevaluation. The flexible ones, who are fit to live with plenty and with little, shall survive, while the rest fall away. The rich shall become less and less so. They will have to help with the survival of the planet and will become aware that riches are nothing if there is nowhere to spend them. Do you honestly believe such a change is possible?
Look at the way the year has started with a tragedy in Italy, and remember what happened in Japan last year. All those calamities will bring people together, and there are more to come. People will be continuously scanned; the computer will become an integral part of any man, like a wristwatch. We shall all be scanned, financially and otherwise, but we’ll also be watched by other civilizations. Time will be running out, and it will seem to us that life is getting shorter and shorter. Won’t it be getting longer?
It surely will. Some people will look like mummies but will live as long as 150 years, thanks to advanced medicine. How do people of faith respond to your powers?
The Catholic Church will acknowledge the extraterrestrials, who implicitly obey God anyway, so the Vatican and the rest of the churches will have to reconsider their attitude in terms of this particular issue. The first disconcerting thing to happen will be the discovery of God’s particle. This is due to happen very shortly. Does your gift affect your personal life? I presume a boyfriend would have a hard time trying to hide something from you.
It hasn’t been helpful. My boyfriends tend to get too intimidated by it and find it difficult to get accustomed to this presence. The good thing is that if there are genuine feelings, the presence sort of resigns. I can only see inside someone as long as I have not become too close with that someone. I am tempted to ask about the future of VICE…
This year is a new beginning for you. There will be a new sponsor, and there will be some extending of the media. I see something like a DVD being sold together with the magazine. Would you like to add anything?
I should have mentioned that all religions and people shall become one—a global leader and unifier will come. Has he or she been born yet?
Yes, he has, but he has not yet made his appearance on the stage of events.
Portrait by Bea de Giacomo