Paranormal investigator brings documentary to MAC

  • By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski – Updated 

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Chad Calek isn’t afraid to share that he grew up as an atheist.

His affiliation changed, however, when his dad was in an accident that resulted in burns over three-fourths of his body.

“He wasn’t supposed to make it,” Calek said. “As a matter of fact, they had us say goodbye twice. He made it through both nights, and made a full recovery. He would tell me about how he found God and my mother healed him through her touch. I didn’t understand or believe it, to be honest. But after what he went through, I wasn’t going to tell him he was wrong.”

Scar tissue doesn’t allow the body to sweat, so Calek and his family moved from Texas to the southwestern Iowa city of Persia, which, in 2016, had a population of 296.

“We bought a house that two previous families had sold because it was haunted,” Calek explained. “The things that went on in that house were unbelievable. I didn’t know it at the time, but a ghost hunter was born.”

A paranormal investigator, Calek will discuss his craft when the “Sir Noface Lives Tour” comes to the Mesa Arts Center’s Piper Repertory Theater at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. Hosted by Calek and Justin Holstein, the show will feature footage of the Sydney Harbor Cockatoo Island investigation conducted to determine claims of paranormal activity.

“‘Sir Noface’ is the definitive movie ever made on the paranormal,” he said. “It includes a full-body apparition that proves ghosts exist. (Film star) Craig Powell’s’ story is really something special.”

Calek is best known as the co-star and director of A&E’s “Paranormal State” and the spinoff “The Ghost Prophecies.” He has spent 25 years investigating the world’s most haunted locations, including his former Iowa home.

“When you experience something like objects being thrown, it’s not something people can wrap their minds around, unless they’re experienced it themselves,” he said.

Those are the types of people for whom Calek makes his films and TV shows.

“The biggest challenge is getting people to give it a chance,” Calek said. “Growing up with someone who didn’t believe any of this, or as someone like this, I understand the skeptical-minded.

“I try to keep that in mind. We’re not making films for believers. We’re making them for skeptics. It raises the bar in that regard. If you’re going to tell people that something is paranormal, you should be certain of it.”

Calek added he can prove that the story behind “Sir Noface” is real.

“I got every bit of the story,” he said. “I confirmed it all. I confirmed the footage was authentic. When you have the ghost, and know it’s the real deal, you can present it with confidence. That’s what we’ve been able to do on this entire tour.”