PARAPSYCON 2020 CELEBRITIES
Chip Coffey is an internationally acclaimed psychic, medium, paranormal investigator, speaker and writer. He is the great-grandson of famed Native American medicine woman Minnie Sue Morrow Foster. He is also distantly related to General Robert E. Lee and Thomas Coffey, an actor who performed with Edwin and John Wilkes Booth.
Chip was born in Upstate New York, spent much of his childhood in South Carolina, and now resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia.
His psychic abilities manifested themselves when he was a young child and, after successful careers in traditional counseling, the entertainment industry and travel management, he began working full-time as a psychic and medium in 2001. Since that time, he has conducted thousands of readings for clients all around the world.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called Chip "every bit as accurate as John Edward" and InStyle magazine said "Chip Coffey is a cross between John Edward and Dr. Phil...a psychic who doesn't hesitate to tell it like it is." Fate and Fortune, a European magazine, featured an article about Chip's visit to the ruins of the World Trade Center with the widow of a man who died there on 9-11.
Chip hosted Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal, a one hour documentary pilot, followed by three seasons of the groundbreaking series that aired on both A&E and Biography. Psychic Kids aired in numerous international markets, including Canada, Mexico, the UK, Central America, South America, Australia and Norway.
Chip was featured on thirty-one episodes of the popular A&E Network series, Paranormal State. He also appeared twice on the popular CNN television show, Larry King Live, and has been featured on Kindred Spirits, Exorcism: Live!, Haunted Collector, Real Fear: The Truth Behind More Movies, Good Morning America, Nightline, and CBS's Sunday Morning,
Articles that Chip has written have appeared in regional and national publications. His first book, Growing Up Psychic, was published by Random House in 2012.
He is an avid animal rescue advocate and works with groups across the United States to save animals' lives. Chip also volunteers with various hospice-related organizations. A firm believer in God and His Angels, Chip believes that miracles, great and small, happen each and every day.
Steve Gonsalves, a former police officer, has been a public speaker and educator about paranormal phenomena for more than 18 years. The paranormal pioneer helped pave the way for a worldwide paranormal explosion as a main cast member of the hit television series “Ghost Hunters,” which included the spin-offs “Ghost Hunters Live” and “Ghost Hunters Academy.”
Gonsalves started his work in paranormal studies at a very young age and is well-educated in the field, having investigated over 1,000 reportedly haunted locations. He had the privilege of working closely with famed investigator and paranormal pioneer Dr. William G. Roll (Poltergeist) at the Rhine Research Center. Along with his multiple appearances on a variety of paranormal series, Gonsalves executive produced the horror short “The Captured Bird,” alongside famed writer and director Guillermo Del Toro. He has also been a featured guest on numerous television shows and radio programs, including “The View,” “Fox and Friends,” “Steve Harvey,” “Larry King Live” and “Katie” featuring Katie Couric.
Aside from his work on camera, Gonsalves has been developing and producing content for television, has an untitled book project in the works and has executive produced and directed a feature length documentary being released in 2019.
Amy Bruni first encountered paranormal activity as a six-year-old when her family moved to Alameda, California. Her family had no idea their home was haunted until Amy witnessed a full-body apparition of a man dressed in green. Years later, Amy discovered the ghost was the landlord's son who died in World War II. Amy's family encouraged her to not let the paranormal world spook her, but instead to embrace it. Amy's been chasing ghosts ever since. In fact, her father started taking her on paranormal investigations when she was only nine!
As Amy got older, her fascination kept growing. In her twenties, Amy spent her weekends flying to haunted locations and conducting her own investigations. Her passion for the paranormal became a full-time job when she joined SyFy's Ghost Hunters in 2007.
Recently, Amy founded Strange Escapes, a paranormal travel agency that pairs people with the largest and most haunted locations in the United States. In between speaking at paranormal events and investigating ghosts, Amy stays at home in Massachusetts raising her three-year-old daughter Charlotte.
Adam Berry grew up in the small town of Muscle Shoals, Alabama and had more paranormal experiences in his childhood than most people do in a lifetime. But unlike Amy, the spirits Adam faced terrorized him. When he was just nine years old, Adam saw a paranormal creature haunting his home. It looked like a menacing ghost dog, and Adam couldn't escape the harrowing sound of the dog scratching against the wall. His TV mysteriously glowed even though it was turned off. In 2006, Adam had his most intense experience in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He saw massive white figures in a field, and heard loud gunshots and people yelling. He rushed to the paranormal sights and sounds, and found no explanation for what he witnessed. This event sparked his interest in the paranormal.
In just a few years, Adam quickly progressed from unknown paranormal novice to well-respected researcher. His newfound passion led him to compete on Ghost Hunters Academy, which landed him a spot on Ghost Hunters in 2010.
In addition to hosting paranormal conferences, Adam runs a musical theater in Massachusetts, and works as a real estate agent selling haunted properties to only the bravest of thrill seekers.
As the leader of the group (The Ghost Brothers), Dalen identifies, researches, and organizes the locations that the Ghost Brothers investigate. He is adventurous, bold and willing to try anything while looking for and trying to make contact with ghosts. When he was 7 years old, Dalen saw an apparition in his grandmother's house, and that experience is one that has been forever ingrained in his memory.
Born and raised in Dallas, Dalen had a religious upbringing with his mother being the head Pastor of a church. He's always had a strong belief that there is a higher power. This had a profound impact on both his life and how he approaches exploring the paranormal.
Juwan's fascination with the paranormal started at just 12 years old when he would go ghost hunting in the graveyards of his hometown Chicago. On these adventures, he'd experience drastic temperature drops and eerie shifts in energy that he wasn't able to explain. This drove him to explore the paranormal further.
In 2005, Juwan and Dalen met as fraternity brothers at Clark Atlanta University, and they bonded over a shared interest in the unknown. In 2011, they started investigating haunted locations that included cemeteries, hotels and churches, and have been on a mission to uncover evidence of the paranormal ever since.
The newest member of the group, Atlanta-based Marcus is a barber with celebrity clientele. He actually began cutting Dalen's hair six years ago! After hearing Marcus discuss his personal paranormal experience, Dalen quickly invited him to join he and Juwan on their next hunt. It's been the Ghost Brothers trio ever since!
Marcus considers himself the charmer of the group. He's a playful character who brings the humor, but he also handles the tools and technology for the team.
Christopher Lee Smith was born and Raised in Gallatin Tennessee and Rocked in the cradle of southern pride and a strict missionary baptist upbringing. Chris is very family oriented and Deeply rooted in his Christian Faith. His curiosity of paranormal activity stemmed from a supernatural experience that took place in his grandfathers old barn located in the outskirts of rural Tennessee. Chris then began researching a phenomenon known as “Shadow People”, shadow-like humanoid figures that, according to believers, are seen mostly in peripheral vision. They are sometimes regarded in modern folklore and paranormal popular culture as malicious, evil spirits or “wraiths”. A hard core sceptic of ghosts in the traditional since, Chris believes in the plan of God the Father: You die, you are judged, you go to your “long home”. The nature of your home depends on your preparations with the big man upstairs prior to your appointment with the reaper. So what's left? The list is of theories are endless in the eyes of TWC founder Chris Smith. “We will never know what they are exactly. That's why we are so dead set on their discovery. It’s our human nature. One thing I know they are not... human.” Chris uses scientific testing and a strong Christian Faith to make his assumptions in a paranormal world, filled with many questions and very few answers.
Mike Goncalves - musician, songwriter, and producer got his first taste of the paranormal working in the shadows of the show Ghost Asylum and on several occasions experienced his own paranormal events while trudging through the darkness of America's most haunted locations. Mike has spent 15 years in the music industry touring the world and sharing the stage with some of rocks most notable icons. It was his countless hours spent in recording studios with state of the art technology that made him curious to see if this advanced audio visual equipment would help uncover evidence that the typical paranormal investigator was missing. As a Wraith Chaser, Mike brings his production expertise to the team lending aid in the quest to uncover the unknown bumps in the night. Mike is a family man, animal lover, and follower of Christ along with his fellow Wraith brothers. His charm and witty personality make him the most likely jokester of the team. But don’t let his wit fool you, mike couldn’t be more serious when it comes to his investigation of the afterlife. “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:28)
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