SAGE PARACON UK
Katrina has always had a passion for the supernatural and a deep desire to seek out the unknown. As a child, Katrina pored over any information she could find on the paranormal, having grown up in a haunted house, she was naturally drawn to the subject. Over time her interests expanded beyond just hauntings to include UFOs and Cryptids.
Fast forward a few years, one trip to the Pennsylvania State University changed everything. During her studies at Penn State Katrina’s passion for the paranormal grew, as luck would have it, there was a paranormal club on campus, the world-renowned Paranormal Research Society (PRS). Katrina trained with them and later worked as their case manager, interviewing thousands of eyewitnesses to the unknown. This led to the opportunity to co-host A&E’s hit docu-drama TV series, “Paranormal State” (2007-2011), which chronicled the work of PRS.
Katrina went on to become the host for Chiller’s “Real Fear: The Truth Behind the Movies,” which explored the real life terror behind some of the world’s most iconic horror films. She also hosted the follow-up special, “Real Fear: The Truth Behind More Movies,” in 2013.
Currently, you can catch Katrina on “Paranormal Lockdown” airing on TLC, with co-host Nick Groff. “Paranormal Lockdown” follows Nick and Katrina as they investigate and live in some of the world’s most haunted locations for 72 hours while they attempt to document as much paranormal activity as possible. With season 3 of the show in the works, fans can expect to see a lot more of this pair soon.
Throughout the year, Katrina lectures at paranormal conferences and events where she discusses her experiences in the field. This is a lady of MANY talents; Katrina graduated from Penn State with degrees in Integrative Arts and Theatre with a minor in Music Technology. She is also the co-founder of Atherton Paranormal, a group aimed at furthering the paranormal field and helping those affected by it.
In addition to her work in the paranormal, she is a performer, a producer, and the lead singer of the rock band AwayFrom30. With their EP released soon, you can expect to hear Katrina belting out some great tracks including their new song “The Forgotten”. In her free time, Katrina loves karaoke, cooking and reading about true crime. She also spends time volunteering as a crisis counsellor, which she had done since 2008.
Katrina is a hardworking go-getter, her passion is evident in her work and there is no doubt that she will soon be adding to her already very long list of achievements.
Richard Estep began investigating claims of the paranormal in 1995, back in his native Great Britain. Now with 23 years of experience under his belt, Richard has conducted paranormal research in some of the world’s most haunted (and plenty of not so haunted) locations. He presents at conferences and conventions on both sides of the Atlantic, offering a unique behind-the-scenes look at the history and haunting of such places as:
The Cage witches’ prison in St Osyth, England
Fox Hollow Farm, home of the serial killer known as ‘The I-70 Strangler’
Asylum 49, one of the world’s most haunted hospitals, in Tooele, Utah
30 East Drive (the Black Monk House) in Pontefract, England, scene of one of the most violent poltergeist outbreaks on record
The ghosts of the Gettysburg battlefield
Numerous private help cases
Richard has presented multiple times at Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA; The Scarefest in Lexington, KY; The SF Ball in Southampton, England; The New Paradigms Conference in Houston, TX; and many others.
He has appeared on the Destination America TV series Haunted Case Files (Paranormal Investigators in the UK), in which a number of Richard’s cases were dramatized and intercut with interviews and footage from his investigations.
He is a regular columnist for Haunted Magazine, and has also written articles for Seriously Strange, the official magazine of ASSAP (Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena) and for JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medicine).
Richard is the author of several books, which he is happy to sign and discuss at events.
Haunted Longmont (History Press, 2015)
In Search of the Paranormal (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2015)
The World’s Most Haunted Hospitals (New Page Books, 2016)
The Haunting of Asylum 49 (New Page Books, 2016)
Spirits of The Cage (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2017)
The Fairfield Haunting: On the Gettysburg Ghost Trail (2018)
Trail of Terror (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2018)
Colorado UFOs (Schiffer Books, 2018)
The Fox Hollow Haunting (under contract with Llewellyn Worldwide, 2019)
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Returning again for Sage Paracon 3 is our dear friend Robert Murch. 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.
Aaron Sagers is a TV personality, journalist, author, globetrotter and Paranormal Pop Culture expert. For more than a decade, he has professionally covered the topic of paranormal entertainment. You may have seen him talking ghosts, zombies, aliens, cryptids, and more on:
The Today Show; as Host/Executive Producer/Co-Creator of Travel Channel’s Paranormal Paparazzi — based on his popular news site, ParanormalPopCulture.com — and Travel Channel’s Paranormal Challenge; as host of TLC’s Paranormal Lockdown: Evidence Revealed; on TruTV’s Super Into (with Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul); Reelz’ Behind The Screams. He has explored vampires for the "Travels With Dracula" travel show in Transylvania (with Bram Stoker's direct descendant) -- which led to him returning to Romania for his "Vlad vs. Vlad" segments with Luke Evans to support Universal Home Entertainment's "Dracula Untold." Sagers has also with zombie master George A. Romero, and was turned into a "The Walking Dead" Walker by effects guru Greg Nicotero. Sagers was also host of Syfy’s Being Human aftershow, and currently serves as Editor At Large and host for Syfy, where he’s creator/host of “The Science of Fear,” segment host on The Winchester Mystery House Tour (connected to the upcoming Winchester horror film), and has hosted the Child’s Play/Cult Of Chucky cast.
As a pop culture journalist, Sagers has appeared on global media outlets such as Japan’s Fuji TV, Germany’s Bild, Australia’s NewsCorp, UK’s BBC and SKY, Europe’s RTL — and Huffington Post Live, Fusion, ABC, NPR, and Coast to Coast in the United States. Along with a decade of experience as a journalist and syndicated columnist for MSNBC.com, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Philadelphia Inquirer, Miami Herald, and more, Sagers has been profiled in The Hollywood Reporter, is author of "Paranormal Pop Culture: Rambling and Shambling Through the Entertainment of the Unexplained" and contributing author to academic journals on the topic of paranormal, and to The Psychology of Doctor Who.
As a live event host, and speaker, he has worked with the teams from Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Paranormal State, and more, at varied events such as San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic Con, Roswell UFO Festival, and the International UFO Congress.
Sagers resides in New York City, and his (allegedly) haunted home away from home is Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. Follow his adventures on Twitter and Instagram @AaronSagers.
MJ Dickson is the Founder and Lead Investigator of Sage Paranormal and Sage Paracon, 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 has investigated numerous locations worldwide. Due to her professionalism, and the level of evidence she was able to document, MJ is recognized as one of the UK’s most well-known and well-respected paranormal researchers.
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, Dickson has earned the reputation as one of the up and coming female investigators within the field. MJ is constantly searching for new and innovative ways of documenting physical evidence of the paranormal.
In 2016 MJ launched the Sage Paracon, the most exclusive paranormal convention within the UK. Hosting names such as John Zaffis (The Haunted Collector / the Godfather of the paranormal.) Jeff Belanger (Ghost Adventures), Brian J Cano (Haunted Collector), Robert Murch (Worlds Leading Ouija Specialist) and many more. The Sage Paracon is known for its popular lecturers, legendary VIP party, stalls and more but above all it is MJ herself who makes it a weekend to remember. Her personal touch and friendliness make you feel like a part of the family instantly - A family known as the Sage Tribe.
MJ is currently working as the Television Producer on a number of projects throughout 2018, more details regarding the TV Series and Documentaries released soon. She is proud to be a member of the Nick Groff Tour - Creepy People Team, to book MJ for any talks & events, please contact Creepy People Talent Management. MJ is available for events, lectures, filming and production work worldwide but her schedule fills up fast so get in touch soon.
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Jayne has had a fascination with all things unexplained for as long as she can remember. Both of her Great-Grandmothers were well known and gifted Mediums, and while Jayne isn't convinced that she's inherited their gift, she does have a strong intuition and has been known to dream of specific events before they occur.
In 1998, aged just 15, Jayne began actively investigating alleged hauntings for members of her local Spiritualist church, and wider community. When she reached 18 she founded HD Paranormal and has been heavily involved in the world of paranormal research and exploration ever since, and works alongside Husband and Manager Simon in developing new techniques and approaches.
Today she is a Researcher, Writer and Producer, has been described as a “Pioneer of studies into Spirit Attachment” and in 2016 was described as "Britains Foremost Female Paranormal Investigator" by VICE magazine. She is a regular expert guest and consultant on TV and radio worldwide and as the former owner of 'Peggy the Doll' considered one of the top 10 Most Haunted Objects of all time, she appeared alongside Zak Bagans in the Travel Channels 'Deadly Possessions'.
She is author of “What Dwells Within” and “Peggy the Doll” both of which became Amazons Best-Selling ‘Supernatural’ titles in their first week of release, and her debut documentary “Who put Bella in the Wych-Elm?” which explores a true life WW2 unsolved murder, premiered on 4th August 2017 to a sell out crowd after over 2 years in the making. Her 2nd documentary project entitled "Afterlife" is currently in pre-production.
Jayne has written and delivers 2 successful online courses, aiming to make the field of paranormal research accessible to anyone with a passion for the unexplained regardless of academic background. With qualifications in Psychology and History and having worked for many years as a Local Authority Counsellor Jayne has a specific interest in the psychology of paranormal experiences.
Michael relays messages directly from friends and relatives that have passed on to the other side with amazing personal insight such as names, dates, occupations, personal traits and more, leaving no room for doubt that our departed loved ones are with us. Marti independently draws detailed recognizable portraits of people in spirit to further prove the existence of life after physical death. Between the two of them, you will experience the most dramatic and definitive example of communication with the other side.
Featured on the SciFi Channel's “Proof Positive”, A&E’s “Paranormal State”, The Biography Channel’s “Psychic Investigators” and “My Ghost Story, and The Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures”
Michael, a British evidential medium, has studied metaphysics for over 40 years and lectures on a myriad of subjects. Marti is a professional artist. Her first portrait from the other side, drawn in 1997, was immediately recognized and evidenced by a photo. They have been working together since that first portrait and have clients from around the world.
Barrie John - Multi Award Winning TV Medium, Paranormal Investigator, Presenter, Broadcaster, Speaker and Columnist
Barrie became aware of his abilities as a young child, always aware that his friends and family would live on in another place when they had passed. He often listened to stories from family members about their paranormal experiences. The adults often talked of 'table tipping' for spirit communication and the young ones would just play as this was happening.
Mediumship has always been in his family, and he is so proud to say he follows in their footsteps. Barrie John owned his first set of Tarot Cards as a teenager, reading for friends and family. He still remembers the early experiments with Tarot producing some amazing readings and results, which shocked even him. He believes that when you work with spirit, you are always learning.
Barrie John enjoys running workshops and development groups and always learns more in each class.
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Dr Callum E. Cooper is an Author, Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), holding postgraduate degrees in psychology, social science research methods and education, from the University of Northampton and Sheffield Hallam University. He has a long time association with the University of Northampton, and is based there as a lecturer in psychology, delivering classes and conducting research on Death and Bereavement, Positive Psychology, Human Sexual Behaviour, Parapsychology, and Research Methods.
Dr. Cooper is a member of organisations such as the Society for Psychical Research (sitting on its Council and on the Survival Research Committee), a Professional Member of the Parapsychological Association, a Hope Studies Research Affiliate (University of Alberta), and a member of the Centre for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes (CSAPP, University of Northampton). He is also on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Forever Family Foundation, and for the Windbridge Research Center. Callum has received numerous grants and awards for his work and research including the Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship (Parapsychology Foundation, 2009), the Alex Tanous Scholarship Award (Alex Tanous Foundation for Scientific Research, numerous), the Gertrude R. Schmeidler Award (Parapsychological Association, 2014).
His main research has focused around bereavement and recovery, interlinked with applied positive psychology. This has involved numerous extensive interviews with the bereaved to further understand the process of loss and coping, and sense of presence experiences and related phenomena within that context. He has also been noted for his work on altered states of consciousness, having spent a lot of time in the past few years working with floatation tanks and sensory deprivation. Throughout his time in research, I has traveled the world promoting science and the scientific method, as well as encouraging a skeptical approach to claims of exceptional human experiences.
Dr. Callum E. Cooper is the author of various research papers and book chapters, and has also authored and co-edited several books.