About Ghost Hunters
On October 6, 2004, paranormal TV drama Ghost Hunters debuted on Syfy (at that point know as Sci-Fi). Over of the course of 11 seasons, 217 episodes, and 13 specials (counting live Halloween specials), the show gained a huge fan-following. At a certain point, the show was drawing in 3 million watchers for each episode and was well known enough to turn the series into the fleeting Ghost Hunters International and Ghost Hunters Academy.
About the Hunters
Paranormal examiners Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson drove a group of specialists—including Amy Bruni, Adam Berry, Steve Gonsalves, and Dave Tango. That was to inquire about assumed paranormal activity, from Mason, Ohio’s Kings Island entertainment mecca to the Philadelphia Zoo. The reason for the show was not to demonstrate if a spot was spooky, yet the inverse. “On the off chance that it might be spooky, we attempt to negate the unpleasant,” Wilson disclosed to The New York Times in 2009. He proceeded to state that the show wasn’t scripted: “We’re not transforming anything we do to make a greater amount of a diversion factor.”
The show finished its effective sudden spike in demand for October 26, 2016 as Syfy’s longest running unscripted TV drama. Be that as it may, right around three years, Ghost Hunters is returning for another season. This time with “better tech.” Wilson, who left the show in 2012, will be back for the rebooted Ghost Hunters. The thrilling series began airing on A&E on August 21 2019.
While Hawes won’t be coming back to Ghost Hunters, he additionally has another show—Ghost Nation, which will highlight his previous Ghost Hunters associates Tango and Gonsalves—that will debut on Travel Channel in October. Here are a few realities about the first arrangement, which transformed individuals into adherents (and cynics).
Amazing Facts about Ghost Hunters
GHOST HUNTERS WAS BORN OUT OF THE RHODE ISLAND PARANORMAL SOCIETY.
In 1990, Jason Hawes established the Rhode Island Paranormal Society (RIPS, which later turned into The Atlantic Paranormal Society) as a care group for the individuals who had encountered unexplained encounters. When Hawes was 20, he had his first supernatural encounter. He had been trying different things with reiki (a Japanese unwinding strategy) and began seeing phantoms. “It wasn’t until he ran into an outsider at an aquarium—a lady who recommended that he have a go at eating green olives—that he acquired any alleviation from his dreams,” Wilson wrote in the book Seeking Spirits: The Lost Cases of The Atlantic Paranormal Society.
GRANT WILSON AND JASON HAWES MET THROUGH A WEBSITE.
Wilson went over the RIPS site and offered to upgrade it. “I reached Jason and found that he was keen on improving the site, and could utilize the assistance,” Wilson sent in Seeking Spirits. “A brief timeframe later, we met at a doughnut shop and began batting thoughts. In any case, the discussion got floating far from site toward the paranormal.”
Since the RIPS site got questions from everywhere throughout the world, they chose to change the gathering’s name to The Atlantic Paranormal Society (or TAPS). As per Hawes, the site gets a normal of 1000 case demands for each day. To deal with every one of these cases, they have TAPS groups arranged everywhere throughout the world.
A NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE HELPED GHOST HUNTERS HAPPEN.
On Halloween 2002, The New York Times distributed an article on handymen/paranormal agents Wilson and Hawes and RIPS. At the point when the article “circulated around the web,” Hawes said the folks started accepting solicitations from TV show makers. Craig Piligian, who runs Pilgrim Films and Television, made them an offer they couldn’t cannot. “He would not like to transform us,” Hawes disclosed to The Alternative Route Podcast in 2018. ” Then He simply needed to send cameras with us. He stated, ‘Primary concern, on the off chance that you don’t do it, another person will do it, and how are they going to speak to the field?’ We needed to ensure that on the off chance that we did the show, the field would be spoken to as far as we could tell.”
JASON HAWES DIDN’T THINK GHOST HUNTERS WOULD BE ON THE AIR FOR VERY LONG.
Hawes conceded that he didn’t figure the show would last more than one season, or 10 episodes. In marking on, Syfy consented to not claim the show, which gave Hawes and Wilson more opportunity. It was that sort of commitment and autonomous soul that pulled in Syfy to the undertaking in any case.
In a 2009 New York Times article on Ghost Hunters, Mark Stern—Syfy’s then-official VP for unique programming—clarified why Hawes, Wilson, and TAPS spoke to him: “They would get in their vans on their days off, drive for a considerable length of time and remain up the entire evening exploring for no cash.”
Grant WILSON DOES NOT LIKE TO BE CALLED A “GHOSTBUSTER.”
In a meeting with Daily Herald, Wilson said that being known as a “Ghostbuster” was an especially “sore subject” for him. “We don’t bust anything,” he said. “Then we explore individuals and spots that are possibly spooky. We can refute more than 80 percent of the cases we explore. Therefore we like to be alluded to as agents since we are investing more energy exploring the individuals and their circumstance than we are ‘busting ghosts.’ It’s an extraordinary motion picture, yet it did a genuine insult to the paranormal examination field.”
THE GHOST HUNTERS PRIORITIZE CASES THAT INVOLVE KIDS.
In a 2012 meeting, Hawes clarified the criteria for picking certain cases. “Truly, out of those, it will fall under are the individuals unnerved? On the off chance that they are, what sort of activity’s going on? Are there children included, in such a case that there’s a child included, that hops to the front of the rundown,” he said. “I’m a dad and the exact opposite thing I would need is for my children to feel undermined in their own home.”
GHOST HUNTERS HELPED NORMALIZE PARANORMAL EXPERIENCES FOR MANY PEOPLE AND GAVE THEM A SAFE SPACE TO TALK ABOUT THEM.
“For a field that used to be snickered at and individuals felt that they needed to murmur regarding their encounters, to see that things have overcome much and that now these individuals feel like they can transparently talk about it, is simply stunning,” Hawes said about the show’s prosperity. “It’s such an incredible inclination to realize that we were a piece of that development to attempt to truly propel this field.”
THE SHOW LED TO A SHARP INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF GHOST-HUNTING GROUPS AROUND THE COUNTRY.
In 2008, the Los Angeles Times distributed an article on how “Ghost-hunting groups around the country are expanding with individuals.” Along with Ghost Hunters, 2008 saw a variety of other ghost-driven shows, including non-reality arrangement like Ghost Whisperer and Medium. “Say thanks to God for the Ghost Hunters on Sci Fi,” Patti Starr, author of Lexington, Kentucky’s Ghost Chasers International, said. “Through that show, I think individuals see we are extremely genuine about what we do, and they’ve increased present expectations.”
JASON HAWES THINKS THERE ARE TOO MANY PARANORMAL-FOCUSED TV SHOWS.
“That was an integral motivation behind why I decided not to re-sign for more seasons,” Hawea revealed to The Alternative Route Podcast in 2018. “At the point when we got close to season 7 or 8, you saw all these different systems springing up with their own side project or copycats of Ghost Hunters, and a great deal of them would go back and forth, etc. You had a system that was just playing paranormal shows, which was absurd. There’s a lot of shows out there that appear to follow a similar arrangement as Ghost Hunters did. Furthermore, they’re not doing anything extraordinary. It gets exhausting.”
MEAT LOAF WAS A FAN OF THE SERIES, AND APPEARED IN TWO EPISODES.
In 2009, during a season 5 episode titled “Bat Out of Hell,” demigod Meat Loaf joined the investigation at Thousand Island, New York. (He returned in 2010 for another episode.) “Meat Loaf had reached his operator about needing to jump on the show. He’s a genuine, lifelong fan,” Hawes said in a meeting. “Meat took it upon himself and messaged the TAPS site.”
As per Wilson, Meat Loaf was so energized during shooting that he really hurt himself. “They gave him a camcorder and he took off toward a house,” Wilson said. “I was letting him know, ‘Hello, when you stroll in obscurity, you need to stage somewhat higher.’ And there was a lot of stairs and he simply blasted through them and broke the camera.”
THE IDEA FOR THE TRAVEL CHANNEL’S KINDRED SPIRITS CAME FROM AN EPISODE OF GHOST HUNTERS.
Amy Bruni and Adam Berry—who was a “cadet” on Ghost Academy and won a spot on Ghost Hunters—left Ghost Hunters in 2014. In 2016 they built up the paranormal unscripted TV drama Kindred Spirits for the Travel Channel. The thought originated from a Ghost Hunters episode where they explored Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville.
“We were interfacing with the medical attendants there, and we truly needed to accomplish something more than simply recognize their quality and afterward sort of leave them in their space, and we was unable to do that at that point,” Bruni said.
“It’s the delicate side of ghost hunting,” Berry said. “It’s sort of recuperating that disarray about what is befalling me and for what reason do I feel along these lines. We needed to help families just, and give them an answer with respect to what’s going on in the house.”
GHOST HUNTER STEVE GONSALVES IS A SKEPTIC.
“Better believe it we get a ton of fire from skeptics,” Gonsalves disclosed to Miami New Times. “What a great many people don’t understand is, I don’t believe there’s any greater skeptic than myself. I empower what they’re stating. You shouldn’t think anything except if you see it yourself. What we’re managing are things that are so fantastic to accept. On the off chance that you state, ‘I saw this table sliding over the room’ or ‘I saw this skipping light,’ the normal individual will take a gander at you with caused a commotion and think, ‘no doubt right, amigo.’ I kind of value that viewpoint since you truly must be that way. There’s no sense in tricking yourself or others.”
While Gonsalves concedes that ghost hunters aren’t researchers, he says that they do adopt a logical strategy. The “derisive skeptics,” in any case, disturb him. “They believe we’re all liars, which is fine,” he said. “Be that as it may, when they begin to get disdainful it’s much the same as, gone ahead folks, truly? It sounds terrible, yet come it down to desire. I wind up discovering that half of these skeptics are individuals from paranormal associations, and when we initially turned out they adored us and said we drove this into the cutting edge. Be that as it may, at that point they generally kind of have that mentality that, it ought to be them on TV. I presently can’t seem to meet a skeptic that doesn’t have a ulterior thought process to what they’re feeling or saying.”
TAPS DOESN’T CHARGE PEOPLE TO INVESTIGATE THEIR REPORTED HAUNTINGS.
Hawes and his group keep on researching hauntings, however they never charge for the investigations. “I feel that in the event that you charge to expel something that is hard to demonstrate is even there, at that point that is prime hoax material,”. Wilson revealed to Daily Herald in 2004. “I’m not going to come into your home, fall on the ground and state you have three evil spirits which will cost $1000 each to evacuate. That is simply silly. Your validity just goes down the can when you begin charging money. Additionally, rich or poor, all individuals merit help. Dislike they can simply call the police. What other place would they say they are going to turn?”
“We won’t acknowledge any money for this administration at all,” TAPS’ site peruses. “Any costs which may emerge are secured by the group.”