Nevada’s Talent Factory will welcome back Iowa native and psychic medium Dani Lin this Friday, Oct. 20, for an 8 p.m. show. The timing of Lin’s appearance is the perfect opportunity for area residents to get into the “spirits” of Halloween.
“Doing a show near Halloween … it’s when people’s interest peaks quite a bit,” said Lin about the fact that her shows feature her connection with those who have died. Even though she gives shows year-round, she knows the topic has an increased interest this month. Take, for instance, the haunted houses many of us enjoy going to at this time of year. Lin knows there truly are “haunted” houses — real ones — and she’s often hired by people who want her to cleanse the house they live in, because of hauntings or unexplainable happenings inside.
Lin said she, herself, actually loves having fun at Halloween, with all the parties and things to do. But, as a medium, she believes there’s a reason for everyone to practice caution near Halloween as well.
“One thing I have found to be true is that Halloween is the time when the veil between our world and the next is the thinnest. That means for even laymen to try to talk to spirits, this (Halloween) time is easier, and … for mediums it’s a time for more protections. Some people will play with Ouija boards and such … or do seances, and I really ask people not to do that, especially on Halloween. You’re inviting anything in, and when that veil is really, really thin, you don’t know what you’re inviting in.”
Lin, 41, grew up in Hazleton and now lives outside of Pheonix, Ariz. Her family was living in Iowa City, where her husband is still an IT person for a local company in Coralville, but he can work from anywhere, so he telecommutes from Arizona. Moving to the warmer climate was a better fit with an autoimmune disease Lin was diagnosed with, she said. But the family members are still closely tied to the Iowa City area and are big Hawkeye fans.
Lin’s abilities as a medium, and now her career of using those abilities, started when she was a child. “I’ve always known that I knew more things than other people did when it came to things that were around us. When I was a teenager and my friends would ask me to go to parties … I’d (sometimes) get there and feel really anxious and feel that something was going to happen.” She said at one party, she had such a strong sense that the cops would be coming that she left, and passed the cops as she was driving away. Things like this happened a lot.
“But it wasn’t until after I went through cancer treatment — a year-and-a-half of chemo in 2008, and then something ramped up,” she said. “My ability (as a psychic) kind of exploded … My grandmother, who passed away before I was born, started talking to me. So I went to a therapist; I thought for sure I had lost my brains.”
That therapist, in Iowa City, told Lin she wasn’t crazy, but psychic.
Lin has other examples of how the voices she hears have helped her realize things in her own life, like the time her grandmother’s voice continued to tell her to call her mother, even though Lin had talked to her mother the day before. She finally gave up and called, and her mother didn’t sound right on the phone. “She said nothing was wrong, but she had a horrible pain in her stomach and was on the way to the ER.” What had happened was that her mother’s intestines had ruptured and she was septic, Lin said. “That was the first time I realized, I can’t ignore this anymore.”
When asked what it is she hears, Lin is very matter of fact about explaining it. “It’s in my head. I don’t audibly hear it. I hear it in my head. It’s like that little voice in the back of your head that you think is yours, sometimes they (the spirits) use that,” she said.
When she does a show, Lin asks for volunteers from the audience. “They have to raise their hand and volunteer.” She also said she goes with what she feels at her shows … with what she’s being pulled to. “Everybody has guides who are assigned to you to help you with whatever your path in life is … whether you listen is a different story. So, I ask my guides to tell me who I’m supposed to read for tonight, then I get pulled to a part of the audience and to who I’m being pulled to.”
When she talks to people during her shows, she will ask them, “Who do they want me to speak to?” As a medium, she only speaks to people who have passed away. Then she works to give the living person validation. “I always tell them (the loved one) this information isn’t mine, so I may not understand what something is, but the living person more often than not does,” she said.
In addition to being a medium and a wife, Lin is also a mother to two teenage daughters, both of whom are showing signs that they have their mother’s gift. It seems to be something that’s passed on. “My mother has always been psychic to a degree. There were two times she had saved her own mother’s life because of feelings she got,” Lin said.
This Friday will be about the fifth time that Lin has been to Nevada’s Talent Factory, which she always enjoys as a venue and because of the good people who come. “Number one, I love seeing how many people are interested and are willing to learn about the supernatural, paranormal and being open-minded. I love seeing people who come to be open-minded and to embrace the fact that our loved ones are not necessarily gone; death is not death.”
The best part, she explained, is being able to make a massive difference in someone’s emotional life — “To see someone so crippled by grief, and to let them know their loved one is still around and is still with us — holding our hand and helping us get through death. And then seeing that person, because I got to spend an hour with them, so the next day they took a shower and ate a meal. That’s what mediums do; we’re saving people from their own choice to stop living because of grief. When I can help somebody do that, with the gift that I was given (to be the go-between and the tool), the fact that I can help is humbling for me.”
Lin will tell you, quite honestly, that she had a rough beginning. “I was this girl who grew up in a trailer court; Dad left when I was 2, and we lived on welfare, my mom with two daughters.” Eventually, and thankfully, her mom remarried, and Lin and her sister were adopted by “the best dad in the world.”
The response she gets after most of her shows, she said, is usually humbling and a bit uncomfortable because people often tell her she’s amazing. “I’m just a housewife from Iowa. I never got a degree, never accomplished anything worthwhile in society’s standards, so when people are grateful and kind and put me on a pedestal, that actually kind of freaks me out,” she said. “This (gift) just happened to me, I didn’t make this happen. I did not achieve this. But I’m grateful that people are so nice and kind to me.”
Tickets for this Friday’s show will be $20 at the door. Ordered in advance, at www.iowatalentfactory.com, tickets are $15. Beer and wine is available to purchase at the Talent Factory, along with other concessions.