“The more you believe, the more you receive” could be on the back of a Cindy Kaza tour T-shirt.
That catchy phrase was the response from the eloquent medium when asked about how people can connect with the spirit world.
“Because of how mediumship is portrayed in Hollywood, people believe they have to literally see a spirit standing next to them in order to be having an experience,” Kaza said by phone from her Denver, Colo., home. “Trust your experiences. We’re all born with an intuition. Trust your gut, which means trust your psychic ability.”
Kaza, who will appear tonight (10/17) at Penguins Comedy Club in Cedar Rapids, believes that we all have the ability to reach those who have passed on. Kaza, part of the paranormal investigative team on cable TV’s “The Holzer Files,” will act as a medium for those who visit Penguins.
“I’ll be bringing through messages from people on the other side to their friends and family in the audience,” she said. “The difference between a psychic and a medium, is psychics pick up on past, present and future, and mediums communicate with those who have crossed over. I will be doing mediumship.”
Kaza accepts that people are skeptical and will not try and change the minds of those who doubt her.
“My job, as a medium, isn’t to turn every skeptic into a believer,” she said. “I am fully respectful of people’s religious/spiritual beliefs. I encourage people to follow what works for them. I leave it at that.”
Kaza has her fan base, which is expanding courtesy of “The Holzer Files.” The show debuted Oct. 3 on the Travel Channel, featuring a team that revisits cases opened by the late Hans Holzer. Known as the pioneer of paranormal investigations, he inspired the film “Ghostbusters.” With Holzer’s daughter, Alexandra Holzer, the team picks up where Holzer left off, to re-examine terrifying hauntings.
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“So far, it’s been well received,” Kaza said. “It’s really a special project, because Hans Holzer is considered to be one of the first paranormal investigators to put a mark on the map in the United States. His work is very respected by people in our field, and he really utilized mediums to uncover evidence in places with activity.”
Kaza was just a child when she discovered that she could connect with the spirit world.
“The first experience I can remember was when I woke up in the middle of the night and I saw the spirit of a young girl standing directly next to my bed,” Kaza said. “I pulled the covers over my head and pulled them back down and she was still standing there. It was quite scary and for many years I chalked it all up to me imagining the situation. Through childhood, I continued to have experiences that I couldn’t quite explain.”
It sounds like M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Sixth Sense.”
“‘The Sixth Sense’ got a whole lot of things right,” she said. “Children are very open to having experiences with the other side. There are spirits who have unfinished business and want their stories to be told. It wasn’t until I stopped being fearful of some of these spirits that I could stop and hear their stories to understand why they were around, so it’s very similar to what was going on in ‘The Sixth Sense.’”
Kaza claims experiences with the other side are common. “Smelling cigarette smoke or perfume in a room where there is no one else but you,” she said. “Very vivid dreams of your loved ones after they died. Dreams you will never forget that are different than the average dream are called ‘visitation dreams.’”
So why can’t she see what’s going to happen tomorrow and win a big lottery?
“I wish I could predict everything in my future, but you can’t have the answers to the test while you’re taking it,” she said. “What would be the point of life if I knew everything?”
WHAT: Psychic medium Cindy Kaza
WHERE: Penguins Comedy Club, 208 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday (10/17)
TICKETS: $20 advance, $22.50 door; (319) 362-8133 or Penguinscomedyclub.com