Clairvoyant Leaves Lasting Goose Bumps

November 15, 2003
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The hair on my neck stood straight up, and I had goose bumps all over. Driving home after a one-hour session with Clairvoyant Kim, I felt completely overwhelmed by what had just happened.

N ot only did she nail the initials of my own nearest and dearest departed, she also got their full names bang on. To top if off, she was 90 per cent accurate when it came to pinpointing causes of death, including one loved one’s more unusual manner of departing this mortal coil.

Kim Dennis says she “speaks to the spirits.” She’s a clairvoyant, also known as a channeller or a medium, people who claim to be able to make contact with the dead and relay messages to their very much alive clients.

Before I pull out the tried old cynical-journalist-just-researching excuse, I have to come clean: this isn’t the first time I’ve tried talking to dead people.

Back in the mid-1990s, I found myself on a cold winter evening in the basement of an office building with about 60 other hapless living souls (how many dead ones were there is anybody’s guess).

The event consisted of our host, another well-known local channeller, picking out people in the room and barking out messages from their dead relatives.

As she did this, the recipients of the messages would break out into sobs and wails.

The drama was further enhanced by the fact that all of us were holding tightly onto lit candles, which prompted me to scan the room frantically for the nearest fire exit.

You’d think this Jerry Springer-like experience would swear me off channellers for good. But it took a chain-smoking Brit to put the final nail in the coffin. I found him in early 2002 at London’s Psychic, Crystal and Healing Festival. His name was Kevin Wade, he was a former cop, and our $60, 15-minute session felt more like a police interrogation than a channeling session: “You don’t suffer fools gladly, do you?”; “You hate being lied to”; “Your grandmother says to stop worrying about your weight.”

So that was it. No more precious funds going to support these psychic snake oil salesmen.

But, while I decided to distance myself from the world of the paranormal, the rest of society started running full throttle towards it.


T hanks to our steadily growing interest in psychics and channellers, a whole cottage industry has sprouted to satisfy our needs. We have best-selling authors like James Van Praagh (Heaven and Earth: Making the Psychic Connection) and Sylvia Browne (Life on the Other Side and her newest, Visits from the Afterlife), who both made the New York Times best-seller lists in recent years; TV shows like Crossing Over with John Edwards, seen in Calgary on Global (Ch.7); and Van Praagh’s now-defunct show, Beyond with James Van Praagh.

And as if that weren’t enough, in April of this year, an all psychic channel was launched in Britain.

Add to this the millions of former stars like Dionne Warwick are now raking it in with psychic phone 1-900 lines, tell us that connecting with those who can connect with the dead is hot, hot, hot.

So, with this in mind, I broke my vow and went to see Kim Dennis (, the Calgary channeller I’d been hearing about through word of mouth, and who’s just written What’s Above?, a mini-sized book (106 pages, $14.00) about her experiences.

In addition to private sessions ($60 for an hour) at her home in West Hillhurst, Dennis can also be heard regularly on local stations Country 105 (next appearance Nov. 28 at 9 p.m.) and 66 CFR (Nov. 28 6 a.m.), as well as Red Deer’s ZED Radio.

Sitting on an over-sized couch in Dennis’ living room, I asked her how she first knew she had psychic abilities.

It’s something that’s been with her as long as she can remember, says the 42-year-old single mother of two girls.

“When I worked at a bank, I played a game where I’d write people’s names down, and then they’d come in a few minutes later,” she says with a laugh.

“It really freaked out my co-workers.”

The pretty blond is an easygoing interview, but the problem is the constant interruptions. First, her telephone nearly rings off the hook during our interview. Not to mention all the dead relatives that keep popping up. When they do, Dennis’s eyes begin to wildly dart around the room.

It would all be laughable if she wasn’t so accurate.

By the time I had arrived home from our session, I was convinced she had done major research on my family tree, including digging up obituaries that had run not long ago in this newspaper.

Still, there were some things she said -- too personal to share with anyone but my own living nearest and dearest -- that she could not have gleaned from an hour on the Internet search engine.

So, is she the real thing or just a very good researcher?

“I think that’s so funny you think she researched you,” says Christina Rowsell, evening host at radio station Country 105. “That’s what I thought when we met.”

Rowsell’s first meeting with Dennis four years ago was also a hair-raising experience.

“She told me both my grandmothers were present, and that they shared the same name that started with an R,” she says. “My grandmothers were both name Rita.”

Rowsell has also seen firsthand Dennis’ talents when dealing with callers to the Clairvoyant Kim radio show on Country 105. “She’s been bang on so many times, but my favourite was when a woman called in to ask her about her married lover. She said, ‘You don’t need to be a psychic to now he’s not leaving his wife.’ She does have a sense of humour about it all.”

Patti MacNeil also got a shock when she first met Dennis. “She told me I was going to have a son,” says MacNeil, who was 40 at the time and didn’t plan on having children. “Soon after, I was pregnant with my son Clancy.”

The former radio host-turned-stay-at-home-mom (she was Peppermint Patty on the now-defunct KISS FM) says Dennis got a lot of to her specific details right, like her granfather’s tattoo and a job change that would take her husband to Paris, France.

“I don’t make any moves now without checking with Clairvoyant Kim,” says MacNeil.

So, am I convinced? I’d still like to hold on to my cynicism, and think people like Dennis are just good guessers and readers of people.

Then again, it’s nice to think those you have loved and lost are doing OK and looking out for you.

All I know is, I still get goose bumps thinking about the things she told me.

Calgary Herald - Saturday, November 15, 2003 by Valerie Fortney


  1. Erin says:

    Hmmmm….very interesting.

  2. Mindy says:

    She is absolutely amazing. I saw her yesterday. She is the real deal! She told me thinks about my grandmother and grandfather my parents validated after. She is amazing. She explained about who I am going to marry! It’s definitely worth your time and money.

  3. Mike Muise says:

    Hi Kim:
    I caught a bit of you when you were on CJAY 92. I found you very intriguing. I’m 52 and one confused camper. My life is a mess and I was hoping you could help me find some positive direction. I not only feel like I’m running out of time and I could sure use your help.
    I know you do not do it for free.
    I was hoping you would email with your rates( I do not have a credit card so I would have to pay you in cash).
    Do you have an office? If not I am willing to meet you in a public place of your choosing.
    Please don’t think of me as a wing nut. If you the real deal I sure could use your help.
    Hope to here from you.

  4. Sparkle says:

    How can i schedule a session with her ?

  5. Barb Liska says:

    Kim has read me twice giving me information only family would have known she is great !!! She knew my dads name and great grandpas name and how my maternal grandmother died.

  6. Valorie Campbell says:

    Hello Kim,
    I was wondering if you still do readings. If you do how would I book a session with you and how much does it cost?


  7. Dave Konkin says:

    Kim has read myself and members of our family over the years. Our readings can only be described as touching spiritual moments, in which we reconnected with loved ones. She’s genuine, real and such a pleasure to spend time with.
    Thank you Kim for helping myself and my family members reach out to our relatives who passed over and for bringing greater understanding of our own spiritual journeys.
    Dave Konkin

  8. Mary Sinclair says:


    I was wondering if you do telephone readings. I have paid one for a few months. I was need some support now and was hoping or possible that telephone readings would bring the same people

    • Kim says:

      Mary, I do offer telephone readings. You can purchase a reading in the same way and then when we call to book a time, we can arrange to be over the telephone. Kim

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