When Kileen Kapri-Kohn was a child, her devout-Catholic mother held occasional chats with God and consultations with angels. She thought Mom was nuts.
Kapri-Kohn grew up to be a psychic. She and her husband own a shop, Psychic Universe, tucked away in a corner of O’Sheas Casino. The place smacks a little of the circus sideshow: Kapri-Kohn has an alcove of purple velvet, punctuated with dramatic red. The sign above her reads, “Spells for Sale.” At first, I decide that she’s a little crazy, too. But then she starts the reading:
“First of all,” she says, “you’re incredibly, incredibly intelligent.” But here’s what really makes me like Kapri-Kohn: Her serene disposition in the face of noisy slot machines and the whoops of roulette winners; the yin yang symbol on her Bikram-sculpted bicep; her impressive vocabulary (she, too, is intelligent); her bright eyes.
When I ask about the spells, she says she’d rather use the word “affirmations,” but people prefer a little hocus-pocus. The real magic, she tells me, is empowerment. As a child in Orange County, Calif., she wanted to become an actress. At 13, her family moved to Colorado; at the University of Colorado, she studied television production and marketing. In 1997, at the age of 26, she came to Las Vegas to work on a movie set. It was to be a steppingstone on her way to Los Angeles, but she never left.
She took a bartender’s job. Then there were nightclubs, some go-go dancing. She worked children’s parties and delivered singing telegrams. She was a celebrity impersonator: She’s done Marilyn, Madonna and Pink. She used to be Britney Spears at the Imperial Palace—there’s an ad that still trucks around the city with her best Britney face on it.
In the midst of all this, two fundamental things happened: Kileen read The Celestine Prophecy, and she met Eric Kohn, an intuitive. Both had been recently separated, and they instantly connected. They married in 2000. “I’ve always been on my path. I just wasn’t always aware of it.”
When the hectic schedule of performing began to conflict with parenting, Eric’s mother had a suggestion. She was a psychic, with 30 years in the industry, and she thought Kapri-Kohn should join the family business.
Kapri-Kohn had already been doing tarot card readings for fun, but she couldn’t imagine making a career of it. She thought that was only for people like her husband, who had been raised in an intuition-rich culture. But more than 10 years and 8,000 readings later, she’s honed a relationship with her spirit guides and earned her Ph.D. in metaphysics from the American Institute of Holistic Theology. Now she and Eric not only run a psychic shop, but a website called MeetYourPsychic.com. And she feels differently about her mother’s conversations with God.
Soon, Kapri-Kohn’s magical little corner of the casino will fall to the wrecking ball as O’Sheas makes way for Caesars Entertainment’s Linq project. She expects to have a new spot at one of the Caesars properties—but she’s not about to predict exactly where.
“I’m just trusting the universe,” she says.