In the last ten or fifteen years, paranormal investigation has grown in popularity among the masses. As more and more people show an interest in the unexplained, the desire for the average Joe (or Jane) to be able to go out and experience paranormal phenomena for themselves has opened a doorway for the entertainment industry. Truth be told, there’s a good chance that if you’re listening to this show, you’ve at least considered the idea for yourself.
Ghost tours have become common in historically significant regions and notoriously haunted locations are now being toured by private groups who can purchase haunted weekend getaways which include guided tours by famed paranormal investigators. You can even book cruises and corporate-sponsored events. It has become an avenue for profit-turning, and there are many who are disappointed or really upset by this. There’s an argument to be made by those seeking to expand knowledge about the paranormal that with all of the money-making efforts, the true research is becoming diluted, therefore it becomes more difficult to take the authentic efforts seriously. And then there’s the conflict of interest. It seems reasonable to conclude that when money is involved, the questions of motive and authenticity must be derived. When you combine ulterior motives and questionable authenticity, the probability for hoaxing comes into play.
According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, a hoax means to trick into believing or accepting as genuine something false and often preposterous. Today’s guest is Mike Bisch of Kentucky Special FX. Mike specializes in props and special effects for movies and other related entertainment, but he also admits that he has been hired specifically for the purpose of fooling paranormal investigators. When I first heard of this, I knew I had to get him on the show.