John Zaffis has over forty three years of experience studying and investigating the paranormal. He has had the opportunity to work for and with his aunt and uncle, Ed and Lorraine Warren. This sent John beyond looking for ghosts and hauntings and into studying demonology under the Warrens. This led to John's involvement with cases of possession and exorcism, which gave him the opportunity to work with prominent exorcists in this field, including Roman Catholic priests, monks, Buddhists, rabbis, and ministers. John has assisted and worked with well-known exorcists Bishop Robert McKenna, Father Malachi Martin, and the Reverend Jun.
His research has taken him throughout the United States, Canada, England and Scotland covering several thousands of cases. Through hands-on investigating with other investigators and clergy, he has obtained a great deal of knowledge and understanding of the paranormal and is considered one of the foremost authorities in the field today.
John has a lot of first-hand paranormal experience, including experience with ghosts, poltergeists, and demonic and diabolical entities. He has also worked extensively with both spiritualists and psychics concerning how their knowledge is used for channeling, reincarnation (past-life regression), calling of the spirits for information, and how they use meditation to acquire the information which they are seeking. Because of his personal experiences with hauntings, ESP, near-death experiences, and other paranormal activities, he is firm in his conviction that such phenomena exist.
John has been featured in the SyFy television series Haunted Collector., Discovery Channel's documentaries A Haunting in Connecticut and Little Lost Souls. John has also appeared on Unsolved Mysteries, Piers Morgan, and many other print and news media events. John also appears in Graveyards and In A Dark Place, both books written by Ed and Lorraine Warren. John's first book, Shadows of the Dark, co-written with Brian McIntyre, was released in September 2004. John has also appeared on Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures. John is working on multiple follow-up books currently and is lecturing all over the United States at colleges and universities.
Over the years, John has collected many hundreds of possessed items either given to or sent to him by people wishing to be rid of them. The John Zaffis Paranormal Museum opened in 2004 in order to display these items, and continues to be open today. John wrote and starred in the documentary film Museum of the Paranormal, released in 2010, which gives the viewer a tour of his museum and the stories behind some of the objects. John was the starring role in the television series Haunted Collector which ran on SyFy from 2011 through 2013.
Clare has been communicating with spirits since the age of 14. For the last 5 years, she has been doing one to one readings and group events and is now fully embracing her Mediumship and sharing this gift. She has been involved in a few on location investigations and has been the Medium for the famous Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall as well as spending some time at the talked about Bodmin Jail. Clare lives on the Cornwall, Devon border with her husband, 3 children, and dog and has a busy family life. She also runs a development circle and workshops in her local town.
“The more I do spiritually, the more I am drawn to do, I focus on giving people good validation and a nice connection from their loved ones in spirit and I feel privileged to have this gift to share.” - Clare
Clare recently did a reading for me which completely blew me away, her details and her way of delivering the messages are both exceptional. I am really looking forward to having her at the event - MJ
Since 2002, Brian has officially been a wanderer on a path of adventure and discovery. Having been inspired at an early age with shows like In Search Of… as well as the movie, Ghostbusters, Brian’s paranormal journey found direction with the cable-access-to-web show, SCARED!
Evolving from the Skeptic to the Scientist under the SCARED! banner, those early dalliances in urban exploration led him into exploring the many possibilities that existing and emerging technologies offered for paranormal investigation. It was this focus that resulted in his inclusion on the Zaffis family-centered show, Haunted Collector, which ran for three seasons. On the show, Brian was the Tech Specialist, responsible for the implementation and use of all the gadgets and gear. Best known for mixing old and new techniques of investigating, he often found himself doing the physical tasks, such as crawling under houses and up into attics. He also served as second in command of the team and helped to manage the deployment of the crew itself.
Ultimately, his goal as an investigator is to measure, quantify and get empirical evidence to support the claims of paranormal activity reported while maintaining his skeptical edge. “It’s not the phenomena I am skeptical about, it’s those who report it”.
Recently, Brian has been touring the world appearing at paranormal events as well as lecturing at colleges. His successful, “The Method” event tour has helped attendees find focus and become better investigators. In his spare time, Brian co-created a paranormal card game called “The Three Pillars” which simulates an investigation and includes many figures in the field on the cards themselves. His work has been praised in several publications, including TAPS Paramagazine and Haunted Times Magazine. In 2016, he served as the Lead Global Investigator on the inaugural National Ghost Hunting Day’s “World’s Largest Ghost Hunt” where he led an experiment entitled, “The Bridge” to try and link the world in a web of active, collective consciousness.
His latest focus has been on spreading “#Paralosophy”, a term he coined as a mash-up of paranormal and philosophy. “There are a lot of people out there doing the Work now and I’d like them to think more and do less. Really consider the whys before addressing the hows”.
Greg will have his new book out: DETECTING PARANORMAL - Discussions on Becoming a Paranormal Detective is a comprehensive guide to refining your abilities in paranormal research. Greg provides anecdotal examples coupled with specific subject concentrations in order for the reader to grasp the real concepts of what an investigation truly is. By dissecting the process into four core concepts, The Investigation, The Interview, The Research, and Scene Management, Greg paints a clear picture for you to become a Paranormal Detective.
Greg Lawson, M.Ed.
Author & International Lecturer
Dedicated to Discovery; Greg Lawson is a 10 year military veteran and a career law enforcement officer who is currently a patrol sergeant in Central Texas. He has written four books: The DisOrient Express, The Carrion, Zombie Advocacy, and HIS LATEST IS TITLED Detecting Paranormal. Greg has travelled to over 40 countries visiting some of Earth's strangest sites and conducting his own investigation of their paranormal histories.
Greg's expertise is the process of research and investigation. He uses the thousands of hours of training he has received through his profession and his experience as a major crimes detective in an interdisciplinary way and applies them to his writings and study of the paranormal and anomalistics.
Robert Murch is the world’s foremost collector, historian, and expert on Ouija and Talking Boards and serves as the “Chairman of the Board” for the Talking Board Historical Society which he founded. His bizarre relationship with Ouija began after watching the movie Witchboard in 1986, a century after the talking board made its debut. Murch purchased his first antique Ouija board in 1992, and became obsessed with unraveling the mystery of its origins. Since then he’s devoted his life to researching the history of the Ouija board and its founders, with Murch often traveling the world to track down descendants of all those involved with the introduction of the mystifying oracle.
Murch showcases his research and knowledge on his web sites robertmurch.com and williamfuld.com, having collaborated with Hasbro, Winning Moves, USAopoly, TCG Toys, and ToyCo (producers of the Ouija board today), the National Archives, the Library nof Congress, and on various films including Ouija, Ouija: Origin of Evil, Ghost Team, Inherent Vice, What Lies Beneath, Sugar & Spice, and Drive-Thru. He’s also consulted on or appeared in numerous TV programs featuring Ouija, including Fox’s The Exorcist, Investigation Discovery’s True Nightmares, UKTV W’s Celebrity Haunted Hotel Live, Destination America’s Exorcism: Live!, Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures and Mysteries at the Museum, TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, A&E’s Storage Wars and Paranormal State, Showtime’s Bullshit!, Smithsonian Channel’s My Million Dollar Invention, HGTV’s Who’s Lived in my House?, CBS Sunday Morning, and 30 Odd Minutes. Numerous periodicals including the Smithsonian Magazine, TIME Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Baltimore Sun, and Inventors Digest consulted Murch for popular articles on Ouija boards and featured him and his research on the topic while reddit tapped him to host an IAmA on all things Ouija.
Murch is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM and an accomplished international lecturer, speaking at museums and conferences around the world. He was named guest curator of the Baltimore Museum of Industy’s groundbreaking Ouija exhibit Let the Spirit Move You, often collaborates with the Strong – The National Museum of Play, and through the Talking Board Historical Society, organized OuijaCon 2015 which celebrated Ouija’s 125th Anniversary with the city of Baltimore. Murch is currently collaborating with Brandon Hodge to create a book on the definitive history of spirit communication. Ever the pioneer, Murch was one of the first same-sex couples legally married in the United States and lives with his husband, Gary Halteman, in Denver, Colorado. What’s next for Murch? You’ll just have to ask the Ouija board! For more information, please visit the Talking Board Historical Society.
SAGE PARACON UK
This Guest Speaker joined us last year at the first Sage Paracon with an extremely interesting story to share... Due to a LOT of our guests this year flying across the pond from America, we asked him to return and share this captivating story and his personal journey with us once more. Our guests who attended last years convention really enjoyed meeting him and hearing his story. We are sure that our friends joining us this year will LOVE this story... after all, it is one of the most well known serial killer cases in the world, unsolved... until now.
SAGE PARACON 2017 WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME BACK THE MAN WHO NAMED JACK THE RIPPER...
Russell Edwards is a 48-year-old businessman, originally from Birkenhead, who has, after years of dedicated research, produced the definitive evidence to prove the identity of the world’s most famous murderer: Jack the Ripper. Russell, who is married with two children, and now lives in the southeast of England, explains here how a combination of chance, hard work and cutting edge science has finally resolved the126-year-old case:
"It is more than seven years now since I went to an auction that changed my life. I bought a shawl: a large, very old, silk shawl, damaged, with pieces missing. I have, over the years, bought houses, cars, antiques, paintings and other valuable items. But the most precious thing I have ever acquired is this ancient piece of fabric. It has not only changed my life, it has changed history: from this shawl, we can now, with the help of the very latest scientific techniques, prove, indisputably, the identity of Jack the Ripper, probably the most famous murderer in the annals of crime."
Nikki Folsom is an independent author whose fascination with the paranormal began early. She saw her first apparition at the young age of five. Strange experiences continued throughout her journey into adulthood. With limited resources and a new family, Nikki attempted to ignore the unexplainable activities and force herself into a “normal” reality.
Her reality shifted quickly when her daughters began witnessing frightening occurrences of their own. Conflicted, she found herself with one of two choices - continue to pretend this activity wasn't occurring or facing it head on.
After twenty seven unfulfilling years in corporate America and an intense curiosity in the paranormal, she made the decision to chase her dreams by diving head first into the world of writing.
When she began volunteering at a haunted theater in 2009, she realized the historic location would be the perfect subject for her first publication. For months, Nikki invested time in researching and writing her first book, The
Haunted Harlequin. Now that the book has been released, she plans to continue investigating, researching, and writing about other haunted locations from around the globe.
Nikki was born in south central Pennsylvania. After a brief stop in Florida and Illinois, she now calls Texas home. Nikki lives in San Antonio with her husband, daughter, and sweet canine boy. When she’s not writing, Nikki enjoys reading, traveling, photography, theatre, and spending time with family and friends. She loves hearing ghost stories from her readers through email, social media, and at appearances.
To find out more about Nikki, her books, and her appearances, visit her website at www.thehauntedharlequin.com.
Jeff Belanger is an author, adventurer, and one of the most visible paranormal researchers today. He’s the founder of the new legend tripping movement and is the Emmy-nominated host, writer, and producer of the New England Legends series which debuted on PBS in October of 2013.
Since 1997, the journalist has interviewed thousands of eyewitnesses to paranormal occurrences. He’s the ultimate insider and knows how to connect with people from all walks of life when it comes to the unexplained.
He is the author of over a dozen books on the paranormal (published in six languages) including the best sellers: The World's Most Haunted Places, Weird Massachusetts, Our
Haunted Lives, and Who's Haunting the White House? (for children). He's the founder of Ghostvillage.com, the Web's most popular paranormal destination according to Google, and a noted speaker and media personality. In January of 2014 he was asked to give a prestigious TEDx talk in New York City.
He's also the host of the cable/Web talk show, 30 Odd Minutes which is available in over 9 million homes in the United States and Europe on Sky TV. Belanger has written for newspapers like The Boston Globe and USA Today, and has served as the writer and researcher on numerous television series including Ghost Adventures, Paranormal Challenge, and Aftershocks on the Travel Channel. He's been a guest on hundreds of radio and television programs including: The History Channel, The Travel Channel, Biography Channel, PBS, NECN, Living TV (UK), Sunrise 7 (Australia), The Maury Show, The CBS News Early Show, CBS Sunday Morning, FOX, NBC, ABC, and CBS affiliates, National Public Radio, The BBC, Darkness Radio, Australian Radio Network, and Coast to Coast AM.
Additionally, Belanger is a Sandy Hook Elementary School alumni who served on the Board of Directors of the Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc.--a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a long-term fund to provide support to those affected by the tragedy, a memorial to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, and to establish academic scholarships in the victims' names for generations of Newtown students to come. He holds a B.A. from Hofstra University, and currently haunts Massachusetts.
Belanger is a recognized media personality on the subject of the supernatural. He's been quoted on this subject in dozens of print publications and news services.
We LOVED having Jeff at the Sage Paracon last year and for those of you that missed out on meeting Jeff and joining him on a paranormal Investigation... well this is YOUR CHANCE!!
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MJ Dickson is the Founder and Lead Investigator of Sage Paranormal as well as the Founder of Sage Paracon UK, based in West Midlands, UK. Her experiences with the paranormal began at a young age and she soon realized that she had inherited her mothers’ psychic abilities. But paired with her military father’s penchant for logic, MJ found that this unusual combination of psychic and cynic lent itself perfectly to becoming a successful paranormal investigator. Those skills soon came in handy when she suspected she was living in a haunted house and wanted answers. Since forming Sage Paranormal in 2011, MJ and her team have investigated numerous locations throughout the UK. Due to their professionalism, and the level of evidence they were able to document, Sage Paranormal is recognized as one of the UK’s most well-known and well-respected paranormal teams.
Don’t let her diminutive stature fool you, Dickson is known to have “balls of steel”, running towards all manner of the unexplained. In fact, MJ lectures at paranormal conventions worldwide, teaching other the risks involved and the basics of investigating. A popular Paracon lecturer, MJ is constantly searching for new and innovative ways of documenting physical evidence of the paranormal. Her book, which is a ‘How to’ guide, introducing the reader to the world of paranormal investigation, as well as basic psychic development, includes a short biography and is due for release in 2017.
As a published author, poet, dramaturge, Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, active Libertarian, member of the World Nation Writers' Union - and prominent (Old Catholic) Bishop, David Parry has made personal contributions to British arts for over 30 years, while serving the general interests of our indigenous artistic community abroad. Currently he is the Chairman of Eurasian Creative Guild: a project attempting to create networks between actors, writers, dancers, singers, filmmakers, and poets from across Central Asia and Europe.
To contextualize, following his move to London in the early ‘80s, he graduated in religious studies at King’s College, London, thereafter obtaining a Master’s degree in Pastoral Theology at Heythrop College, London. Relatedly, he is presently completing a D. Philos on Henrik Ibsen at the University of Bergen in Norway, before being installed as a Professor of Drama at Osh State University next October (2017). He has a near obsession with Sacred Theatre on both a practical and theoretical level. Certainly, he has written dramas as well as performed on stage and screen – not to mention having worked as a director and producer when required – as a means to evolve his passion, whilst simultaneously breaking untried boards.
So said, critically acclaimed plaudits include:
• The Botanist Monsieur Jordan and The Sorcerer-Dervish Mastali Shah Director/Producer/Actor (April 2010) – introducing “Elchin Theatre” to the English speaking world
• Shakespeare: a comedy in ten scenes, both serious and tragic Director/Producer (December 2011) – revisiting my earlier work in Expressionist Theatre
• Citizens of Hell Director/Producer (July 2013) – an experiment exploring “staged text” and “paranoid” vignette
• A Day in the Light Director/Writer (December 2014) – an experimental drama on the life of Albert Schweitzer
• Fate’s Good Fortune Director/Writer (February 2015) – a play on the afterlife of President Heydar Aliyev
• Shakespeare Tonight - Director/Producer (August 2016) – His vision attempted to meld received notions of satire with ‘Angst staging’
• Cincinnatus – Creative Director (November 2016) – exploring the complexities of characterisation, costume, and neo-Expressionist stage techniques
Additionally, publishing credits include a number of books, reviews, experimental essays and literary introductions, including:
• Caliban’s Redemption (Mandrake 2004 / Finatran 2011)
• The Grammar of Witchcraft (Mandrake 2009 / Hertfordshire Press 2016)
• Preface to Gulvin’s Pyramid Theory of Marriage (Choir Press 2009)
• Akhundov’s Botanist Monsieur Jordan and the Sorcerer-Dervish Mastali Shah (Neptune 2010): as Editor
• Preface to Elchin’s My Favourite Madman and Other Plays (Aspoliqraf 2012) – ‘A Preface with Smoke and Mirrors’
• Getting ‘The Hump’ at Eurovision – TEAS Magazine June 2012 (p. 13)
• Performing Gnosis: A Few Investigative Jottings – C. G. Jung Club London Newsletter Summer 2015 (p. 6)
• Preface to Zaur Hasanov’s Man of the Mountains (Hertfordshire Press 2015): as Editor
• Lenifer Mambetova’s My Homeland, Oh My Crimea (Silk Road Media 2015): as Editor
• Mukhtar Shakhanov’s The Plight of a Postmodern Hunter (Hertfordshire Press 2015): as Editor
• Herold Berger’s Goethe and Abay (Hertfordshire Press 2015): as Editor
• Raushan Burkitbayeva-Nukenova’s The Wormwood Wind (Silk Road Media 2015): as Editor
• Maksim Korsakov’s The Hollywood Conundrum or Guardian of Treasure (Silk Road Media 2015): as Editor
• Words, Tengrism, and Wittgenstein: A personal reflection Open Central Asian Magazine 21/1 Spring (pp. 49-51)
• Afterword to Vincent Ongkowidjojo’s Doors of Valhalla: An Esoteric Interpretation of Norse myth (Mandrake, April 2016)
• An Interview of Hollywood Producer Cyrus Yavneh – Open Central Asian Magazine 22/2 Summer (pp. 31-32)
• Raushan Burkitbayeva-Nukenova’s Shadow of the Rain (Hertfordshire Press 2016): as Editor
• Natalia Kharlampieva’s Foremother Asia (Silk Road Media 2016): as Editor