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Articles about John Zaffis, Brian Cano – Atlas Obscura, Examiner, and more

Looking for Haunted Collector cast updates around the web, here’s what I found:

Haunted Maxcy gets Hunted for Ghosts (6 November 2013)

This article describes an investigation and presentation by Brian J. Cano and Chris Mancuso at Maxcy Hall at the University of New Haven.

“Cano and Mancuso spoke about their experiences with the different types of tools, and how situations differed from one location to another. They discussed the most haunted locations they’ve been to, and weren’t hesitant to mention ghost-hunting experiences that didn’t work as planned. Some locations simply didn’t result in the evidence that they had hoped for, but as Cano says, “If it made you think about things you didn’t before, then it was successful’.”

Ghost Stories Told in Waverly (20 October 2013)

Great article describing a presentation and investigation with Brian J. Cano, Chris Mancuso, and Jason Gowin.  Worth noting, at the end of the article:

“The crew then began to leave, but not before taking some unconventional precautions. To ensure the spirit didn’t attach itself, Mancuso, no longer the skeptic he thought he was, imagined himself surrounded in white light as he backed away.”

mirror-antiqueOld mirrors may harbor spirits, says John Zaffis, at (25 April 2013)

This article is at a website with annoying pop-up ads that froze my browser. So, here’s the crux of the information, from that site:

“According to Zaffis, this is more common with old mirrors. Because the reflective layer of the mirror was painted on, there is a gap between the two layers. Spirits, he says, can get trapped between the two layers of the mirror and be unable to move on.”  [Link]

That seems to be true. Among well-known haunted mirrors are old mirrors at the Myrtles Plantation (LA), Driskill Hotel (Austin, TX), Hollis Historical Society (Hollis, MA), and many university rest room mirrors connected with the “Bloody Mary” legend.

To learn more about haunted mirrors, see The Mystery Behind Mirrors.  It’s good reading.

Photos from John’s Museum of the Paranormal, at Atlas Obscura

“The collection contains artifacts from all over the world and run the gamut from innocuous artifacts such as a china set and a painting of a clown on velvet to more sinister-looking items, like tribal masks and a ventriloquist dummy…” [Link]

The Bizarre Science Behind Your Favorite Horror Films, at PolyMic, references John in an article.

This article talks about the “haunting” case in Connecticut and quotes John Zaffis about demonic possession and paralysis. Unfortunately, the article author then attributes all paranormal paralysis to the very normal phenomenon of sleep paralysis.

It’s important to eliminate simple sleep paralysis in these cases. However, it’s dangerous to attribute all such symptoms to abruptly interrupted REM sleep.   Facile dismissal of alarming symptoms is one reason many demonic cases aren’t identified early enough.

What Scares John Zaffis?, at Geek Nation

This isn’t what it sounds like. In fact, I didn’t see anything in this article that actually frightens John.  However, it’s a good interview from 2012 and worth re-reading.  It reinforces John’s views and what he tried to convey in the TV series.  (But, as we all know, down-to-earth sensibility isn’t as exciting as TV shows think they need to hold viewers’ interest.) [Link]

Haunted Collector Cancelled by Syfy

screaming-girlSyfy cancels Haunted Collector TV show.

A comment from the webmaster:

As John Zaffis’ Halloween tweet said, the Haunted Collector show has been cancelled by Syfy.

At Halloween, John’s tweet said, “”hi all just letting you know haunted collector will not be coming back sorry to all our fans.”

On one level, I’m really disappointed. Thanks to the cast, Haunted Collector was one of the few ghost-related TV shows that maintained a reasonable level of integrity in the ratings-driven entertainment field.

The loss of this show is significant.  Many fans — including me — are not happy.  We’re angry with the production company and the network.

Other networks — including PBS, CW, and more — have been busy, getting larger audiences for their shows via Hulu Plus, Netflix, etc.  It looks like Syfy is behind the times.  It’s been MIA in the digital TV revolution. That’s kind of ironic, given the theme of the network.

That makes the cancellation of Haunted Collector even more annoying.  The network and the production company could have made better choices.

For more insights, read Brian Cano’s blog post about the cancellation.  It’s especially disappointing to see how the cast got the news.

Seriously, getting a show cancellation notice by email is even more sleazy than ending a romance by email.  I’m sure less professional things happen in Hollywood, but this is a vile reflection on those in charge of producing the show.

So, you’ll see this website transform over the coming weeks. (In the interim, it may look kind of disorganized.) I’m shifting the focus to the careers of the stars of Haunted Collector.  I’ve known John and Brian for years, and I’m confident they have great adventures ahead.

I hope you’ll continue to follow the cast of Haunted Collector as they move on to better projects.

Like you, I wish each of them great success with whatever they do, next.

News: John Zaffis at SUNY

latest news about John Zaffis, the haunted collector‘Tis the season to go ghost hunting!

Here’s a great article about John Zaffis, the Haunted Collector:

Ghostbuster: Paranormal expert communicates with dead, coordinates ghost hunt (October 16, 2011)

From that article:

“In the middle of Oakwood cemetery, John Zaffis stood surrounded by a group of more than 40 students from Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF. Zaffis, a nationally recognized ghost hunter, was trying to communicate with spirits that inhabited the cemetery.

The ghost hunter used an AM/FM radio, otherwise known as a ghost box, to scan over white noise static, which ghosts can communicate through, Zaffis said.

“Can you tell me how many spirits are here with us?” Zaffis called into the darkness. The students waited in complete silence, listening for a response through the ghost box.

“Seven,” a voice through the radio said…

Read more of that article

I’ve heard John successfully talk with ghosts using a “Shack Hack,” even when others weren’t getting good results.  So, I think contact isn’t just about the device, but the person who’s doing the talking.

Do communication skills improve with experience? That seems logical.  Are some people simply more adept at communicating with ghosts?  That could be true, too.

As this news story demonstrates, John Zaffis (of the Haunted Collector TV series) is someone who can contact ghosts and get real-time replies from them.