Thursday, April 24, 2014

Save Your Money on Paranormal Conventions & Events

By Chris Baricko

As I am sure many of have noticed we have been getting flooded in the paranormal world with conventions and events. I will point out a few things. Firstly, the economy sucks, most of the people are either unemployed or underpaid. They are paycheck to paycheck yet the money they charge is outrageous. Here is why I do not think they are worth over $20.00. Now remember they say they are on TV and you're paying for there time. Really. Then should you not get what you pay for?

Let's start with Amy Bruni from Ghost Hunters. She stated in an interview that either Ghost Hunters or people in general started investigating the paranormal in 1848. (I am not sure what one she meant.) But either way she is wrong. TAPS started in 1990, (142 years later) or when the first people started in England in 1880's. 32 years later. In the nineteenth century. (Not the eighteenth century). Really? And you're paying to learn from her? I would save my money.  (Read below)

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Then we have Adam Berry from Ghost Hunters who (cough cough ) won the TAPS academy. I am sure it had nothing to do with the fact he was a performer in acting and theater before they chose him. Even though in my opinion Vera was way better. Remember when Adam suggested were they have base camp and Vera was the leader? Then when she did not say Adam suggested it he went to Jay and Grant and said was not fair was his Idea. So now remember he claimed to be a team player. But I guess that means throwing others under the bus to get ahead.  So tell me that show was not a set up for ratings and who they knew they were going to pick? The actor. (Read below)

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Events. They charge from $125.00 to $245.00 for 7 hours depending on the event. So at $125.00 that's about $18.00 an hour you're paying. At $245.00 you're paying $35.00 a hour are you kidding me? So what you're paying for is to walk in and say hi. Maybe get a photo and an autograph. Then investigate with 50 to 60 other people at the same location. Right at the bottom of the page it states in big letters NO REFUNDS. So I will offer my advice as someone who has been in the field for over 25 years. Ask questions before paying and make sure you get the answers in writing.

1 - How many people are going to be at the event?

2 - Ask how will the groups investigating be broken up?

3 - How many people will be in each group? If over 3-5 forget about doing any EVP's as they will be so contaminated you won't be able to tell what is and is not a person whispering. Photos. You can get some of the location but again forget convincing anyone it's paranormal when so many others there that can cause it.

I also wrote to a few of the paranormal celebrities to ask if they would be willing to donate their time or sign something for a little girl here in Connecticut who was in ICU because her school bus crashed into a tree. The only ones who showed any support and replied to me within a day are: John Zaffis, Brian Cano, Chris Fleming, and Shannon Sylvia. Of course Amy never answered but makes sure she lets you know she is selling her tee shirts. And a few others are just as bad. Their true colors showed. Now why support them when they don't support others? 

Now I do not want to hear the excuses they can't reply to every email or message they get. That's a load of crap. If they have the time to Tweet and post they have time to answer the fans. Remember--without the fans there are no shows. No shows mean they have to live in the real world. Maybe that would open their eyes and show the fans the respect they deserve. They make sure to post when they're going to be at an event to sell something. Tell them to answer your messages first. Again NO FANS MEANS NO MONEY.   

Don't let the event promoters strong arm you or tell you what you want to hear. Remember they are there to make money. Why do you think they put NO REFUNDS as part of the terms? That's basically saying if you have a emergency you can go pound sand.

I personally have never went to an event for the simple reason I've been around long enough to know I do not want to be cramped up with a large group of people trying to see if I can get any evidence or findings when I know full well it is just about impossible. And I also refuse to work my ass off to give my money to people who don't give a crap about us, only that we pay.

Are the events worth it? In my opinion not if it is anything over $20.00. Do the math. The event is say $245.00 now add in your travel and lodging and let's not forget food. You're around $500.00 for only 7 hours.

For that kind of money you can rent a cabin in the woods for a week, Go to a theme park for the day. Have a great family night out. For most people that is a week's pay. For them, I'm sure they are making much more than that for only 7 hours. Think about it…


Anonymous said...

While you make some legitmate points and I agree, there are a couple things I'd like to point out.

Research Research Research. If you are going to take a historical swipe, be accurate. The 19th Century is the 1800's. the 1900's was the 20th century for example, the 18th century? the 1700's. and so forth.

The date of 1848 refers to, among other things, the birth of the Spiritualist movement. Far too much to go into in a single response but I think you can find that history on the 'net.

Amy Bruni said...

First of all - I'm not sure what you're "exposing" here. If you don't like the idea of a paranormal convention, don't go. There are no refunds because many promoters have to pre-pay huge amounts of expenses. If you can't make a Lady Gaga concert, do you call her and ask for a refund? No. You try to sell the tickets. In many cases, we let people come to another event, (and we even work with other event companies and interchange events with them.)

Things you wouldn't know since you haven't even been. We have SO many people who come to every single event, some of them very serious researchers - and they LOVE what we do.

Also, don't call out my knowledge of paranormal investigation. I've literally been doing this for 20 years. And that's just my experience in adulthood, not my kooky teenage and childhood years. 1848 is when the Fox Sisters catapulted into fame and started the entire spiritualist movement. I know, because I lecture on it and the history of paranormal investigation.

I found your messages by searching your name in my inbox. I have responded to you before, but I have 128k followers on facebook and there's NO WAY I can read all my messages. You didn't ask for donations for a little girl. You asked for an un-named animal rescue and you wanted me to sign t-shirts with your team name on them. A team I've never even heard of. Why would I endorse a team I've never associated with for a mystery charity? (If anyone wants to see this proof, feel free to email me at and I'll send you a screen shot.)

I have google alerts set up. That's how I found this. For future reference, you may want to get your facts straight and your research in line before spewing complete lies on the internet.

If you don''t want to like me or other TAPS members because we're on television - fine. But don't make things up under the guise of paranormal expose, when you clearly have no idea what you're talking about.

Good luck with your blog

-Amy Bruni

eyeontheparanormal said...

1 the fox sisters was fake

2 all paranormal reality shows are fake

3 chris needs no luck his blogs do just fine

4 amy did chip teach you to google yourself you fake para celebs have way to much time on your hands

Chris B said...

I will respond in the order you replied.
1-I am not exposing anything but letting the people know the events are not like a true paranormal investigation.

2-Your no Lady Ga Ga in fact a far cry she is a Entertainer and give the people what they pay for and expect.

3-No I have not nor will not go waste my hard earned money to go fill others pockets who think because they are on TV they are better than everyone else.

4-I been investigating the paranormal over 25 years so yes longer than you.

5- Fox sisters were claiming to be Mediums aka Spiritualist. Not investigating the paranormal as you still claim. Again the first group to investigate the paranormal was in 1890.

6- Yes I did ask for your help with animal rescue as well the little girl. I know some of the same people you work with & know at events some longer than you do. So if you bothered to ask them about me you would see I am 100% on the up & up/

7-I never said I don't like you or anyone. I said you don't do your research very well and if people are paying up to $245.00 you should be 100% sure you have your facts right. I like Jason in fact I have respect for him & grant I don't them working the circuit as much as you & other Taps members.

I do my research to the letter go look on my web page about the truth we uncovered about The Conjuring. It took us months but we got the facts in writing.

You just proved my point. You pick & choose who you want to respond to. the only reason you responded to me is you had no choice but to save face. Now how about replying to all the others who are paying to see you & keeping you on TV. Don't you think if they find the time & money to support you at all caost you should do the same back? And don't think I don't know you only got on Ghost Hunters cause you been friends with Jason a long time. Like I said I know a lot of the same people and a lot more than what I write about.

If not I will once again tell them Save your money. There banks accounts are getting lower and yours is getting bigger. And you feel it is ok to ignore them. It's not.

I never was or never will be what I call Paranormal For

Amy Bruni said...

Haha, now you're all just arguing semantics. Again, you're entitled to an opinion - just try reporting on something you've actually experienced.

My bank account is SO huge. Clearly, (that's sarcasm.) I'm a stay at home mom other than when we're filming. Events and lectures are a great way of making some extra money, (doing what I love no less), so I can continue staying home. Not to mention, I love getting out and meeting people with similar interests. I'm not getting rich by any means.

Just a reminder, I was very nice to you on Facebook, Chris. You have my co-workers as friends on Facebook and I have messages from you where you're asking ME for advice.

Again. Enjoy the blog. Hope it's all worth it. Personally, I've found focusing so much on negativity doesn't do much for the soul.


Chris B said...

I am not focused on the negative. I only said if your going to do lectures be sure you have your facts straight. Spirituality is a person who claims they can talk to dead. They do not investigate it.

I never said you were rude to me. I do not like how people on TV forget with out the fans they are nothing bottom line. I am all for earning a living. But $245.00 is nuts and with so many people. I know you have no control over that. But the promoters should tell people hey it won't be like they see on TV. They should be up front. Hey you will be jammed in with up to 70 other people.

I did support people in the past till I seen some making over $25,000 a night for 6 hours. for not living up to what they advertised. And no nothing to do with you.

eyeontheparanormal said...

note she did not deny that GH is faked like all the other shows nor did she say anything about the fake fox sisters

I do wonder should she google herself so often in front of her kid

Her mentor Chip Coffey used to google himself all day back in the height of his PS/PRS run

Anonymous said...

Taps members thrive on stealing other people's ideas and thunder in order to further their names. A quote from Lorde "White teeth teens are out"