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Ghost Adventures: The Untold Truth Of Zak Bagans

Zak Bagans

You don’t have to believe in ghosts to be a “Ghost Adventures” fan. The Travel Channel series takes you to places you won’t find in a Lonely Planet guidebook — it’s got morbid history, fun camerawork, cool scenery, lots of belly laughs, and it’s scary, like horror-movie scary, complete with ominous mood lighting and jump scares. Also, it’s forever entertaining to watch Zak make Aaron go sit alone in a dark, dilapidated room in some terrifying, terrifying abandoned mansion, prison, hospital, or whatever.

“Ghost Adventures” was the brainchild of Zak Bagans, who is Hollywood handsome, wears only black, and does voice-overs that sound like Rod Sterling at half speed. The show is just one of many paranormal investigation shows you can find on cable television — even the Osbournes have one — but “Ghost Adventures” is different because Zak is different. This guy lives and breathes the paranormal, which frankly would be kind of a drag if it meant you had to be forever haunted by some ghost or another and could never get away from it, but Zak does seem to thrive on all the attention, both from the living and from the dead. He even owns a Haunted Museum and a Demon House, the latter of which is just an empty lot now because he had it demolished two years after he bought it. Zak is a big personality and though we love the other guys on the “Ghost Adventures” team, well, it wouldn’t be what it is without Zak Bagans.

Zak Bagans always believed in ghosts

Zak Bagans original Ghost Adventures Intro

If you watched “Ghost Adventures” back in the old days, when Zak Bagans looked like he was about 12, you probably remember the original opening sequence: “I never believed in ghosts until I came face to face with one.” Compelling, right? Who better to sell non-believers on the existence of ghosts than a former non-believer?

Well, it turns out that opening line might have been a bit fictionalized. If you look back into Zak’s childhood, it’s pretty clear he’s kind of always had a thing for the paranormal. In fact, according to his own “about” page on the Zak Bagans Haunted Museum’s website, he’s been interested in the paranormal since he was 10 when he used to buy scary stuff at yard sales with his mom.

In his autobiography, “Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of the Ghost Adventures Crew,” Zak recalls watching some bizarre apron-clad mouse-demon thingy trash his bedroom while he was a small child. And he also told the Daily Herald that when he was a teenager, he went in search of a phantom house and actually found it. The house drifted in and out of reality, and then the door opened and a spooky figure appeared. In another incident, a girl he didn’t know used a Ouija board to tell him intimate details about his life. So it does seem like “believing in ghosts” has kind of been a lifelong thing for him.

Zak Bagans came ‘face to face’ with a ghost

Zak Bagans Book Cover

Zak Bagans describes the “face-to-face” encounter from those old opening credits in detail in the first pages of his autobiography, “Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of the Ghost Adventures Crew.” According to the story, he was living in Trenton, Michigan, in an apartment building where there was a “presence of something that was not inviting.”

During the summer of 2002, Zak says he was awoken seven nights in a row by a ghostly woman’s voice screaming “Zachary!” On the last night, the ghost pinned him face-down on the bed. When he was finally able to sit up, he was staring her right in the face.

To his credit, this definitely does seem a bit more literally “face to face” than the story about the demon mouse or the phantom house or the girl with the Ouija board, and he does say it was this experience that “opened [his mind] to the paranormal.” In the book, he also writes that he was “indifferent on the topic of ghosts” until that particular moment, which is not exactly the same thing as saying “I never believed in ghosts until . ” So it does sort of seem like he changed his story a little, you know, for dramatic effect. But probably no one is really buying that Zak Bagans was ever the non-believer he said he was back in the early days of “Ghost Adventures.”

Zak Bagans has a film degree

Motion Picture Institute

On the other hand, Zak Bagans isn’t just a guy who picked up a camera because one spooky encounter convinced him to. He has a background in cinematography, and he does know some stuff about how to create mood, set a scene, and tell a story. If he didn’t, “Ghost Adventures” would probably not be as wildly popular as it is.

Zak is a graduate of the Motion Picture Institute, which boasts such other notable alumni as Josh Wagner, who wrote and directed the indie film “Turning Point” that you’ve probably never heard of, and, you know, a couple of people who work at Netflix or got jobs as assistant location managers. Don’t laugh. Making it in Hollywood is rough, even when you have a film school degree.

Anyway, Zak is kind of the Motion Picture Institute’s biggest star alumni, and they don’t seem at all phased by the fact that he makes a documentary show about stuff that a lot of people don’t take very seriously, because it’s a wildly popular documentary show about stuff that a lot of people don’t take very seriously. And when you’re trying to sell your film school, well, that’s at least more impressive than “works at Netflix” or “is an assistant location manager.”

The first episode of ‘Ghost Adventures’ was school project

Clip from the first Ghost Adventures

Zak Bagans was drawn into paranormal filmmaking before he even left film school. In fact, the very first episode of “Ghost Adventures” was not an episode at all but a feature-length documentary, and it was a project for his film studies degree.

In Zak’s autobiography “Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of the Ghost Adventures Crew,” he writes about teaming up with Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin as students to shoot a film about ghost hunting in the haunted mining towns of Nevada. To make the film, they visited a creepy hotel in Tonopah and another creepy hotel in Virginia City. They filmed a mist, and a ghost threw a brick at them in the basement. When they got home, they cobbled the footage together and submitted it to the New York International Film and Video Festival. They won best documentary.

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That was pretty much how it started. Zak does not have a story of struggling to make it, of not being taken seriously, of working at Netflix or as an assistant location manager before finally getting his big break. Nope, Zak kind of became a star just as he was finishing his education. Now, no one is saying that you have to struggle in order to make great art . also no one is saying that “Ghost Adventures” is great art . but luck definitely played a part in Zak’s success. Or something supernatural? Nah.

Zak Bagans got some bad press

Zak Bagans

Well, it’s not clear how Zak Bagans feels about the “I don’t believe in ghosts” variety of nonbeliever, but anyone who publicly non-believes that “Ghost Adventures” is for real had better watch their backs. In early January of 2020 (or maybe late December, the details are sketchy), Ranker’s “Graveyard Shift” published a story that suggested maybe “Ghost Adventures” fakes its investigations. And while a noble attempt was made to find a Wayback copy of the original story, it is as deleted as Ranker said it was in a January 3, 2020 apology they issued on Facebook.

“ and Graveyard Shift have permanently taken down and deleted an article we recently published about Zak Bagans of ‘Ghost Adventures’ and ‘The Haunted Museum’ fame,” they wrote. “We’ve also deleted the Facebook posts we created to promote the article. The article included inaccuracies about Bagans, and the Facebook posts were misleading; both the article and the social posts did not meet our current editorial and social media standards. We regret misinforming our readers, and any distress the article caused Zak Bagans personally.” Which basically means, “Zak Bagans threatened to sue us and we did not like that.”

Evidently it wasn’t just a “‘Ghost Adventures’ is fake” kinda story — According to Antares Russell Leask in “Wraiths and White Men” (via the University of Texas, Arlington), the article also said some things about Zak Bagans personally that were probably total hearsay, so no one was really surprised that Ranker took the story down.

Zak Bagans’ feud with ‘Ghost Hunters’

The Ghost Hunters

We’ve all heard about the epic brand battles like Coca Cola vs. Pepsi, Burger King vs. McDonalds, Amazon vs. Barnes and Noble (who are we kidding, Amazon vs. everyone), so no one is really surprised to hear that “Ghost Adventures” vs. “Ghost Hunters” is also a thing.

According to Mass Live, the feud began when “Ghost Hunters” said things about “Ghost Adventures” and one of their investigations of the uber-haunted Bobby Mackey’s Music World, you know, on a “Ghost Hunters” show in front of everyone. Zak Bagans doesn’t watch “Ghost Hunters,” or maybe he does secretly, but he wasn’t watching that night. A bunch of his fans were, though, and in this world of everything-ends-up-on-Twitter-in-like-five-seconds he found out about the comments almost as soon as they aired.

What were the comments? Something along the lines of “‘Ghost Adventures’ exaggerated their investigation of Bobby Mackey’s.” Evidently, Zak was playing poker when he heard the news and he had to abandon his game to incite a virtual fistfight (that is, not in person and not an actual fistfight) with the “Ghost Hunters” people. The incident ended with some major “Ghost Hunters” back-peddling (“noooo we were talking about Bobby Mackey’s, not about you!”) but Zak did not forget. A few years later, he used Twitter to say this about “Ghost Hunters”: “Ive never had more issues with people talking s**t than ppl from Ghost Hunters Intl. Failed TV Show and these wannabes wanna talk s**t LMFAO.” That’s classy, Zak.

Locations Zak Bagans won’t go back to

Bobby Mackey's Music World

Zak Bagans and the “Ghost Adventures” crew have visited some really scary places. These are the kinds of scary places that would freak out even a nonbeliever, like dilapidated mental hospitals, abandoned prisons, murder houses, graveyards — if it seems like it might be haunted, they’ve probably been there.

You would think after more than 20 seasons of doing this stuff there wouldn’t be much that would scare Zak anymore, but that doesn’t seem to be true. He can list off a number of places that he’d rather not go back to. One of those is Bobby Mackey’s Music World, which the crew actually did visit a couple of times but has since sworn off. In a Discovery+ Facebook video, Zak explained that the location put “a big dent and scar into our physical selves.” And he doesn’t mention it, but there are a million different rumors about why Nick Groff left “Ghost Adventures,” and a fan favorite is the one where he left because a demon followed him home from Bobby Mackey’s and destroyed his marriage.

A couple more sites Zak told Facebook he’d never go back to: Goatman’s Bridge and Point Sur Lighthouse, but the latter isn’t because he thought it was especially scary, it’s because the lighthouse is only accessible by boat and he’s afraid of sharks. Go figure.

Zak Bagans loves masks

Zak Bagans in a respirator

Zak Bagans actually invented mask wearing. It’s true! Long before the pandemic forced all of us to mask up, Zak was already doing it. In fact, Zak is so famous for his mask wearing that he sometimes gives signed respirators to his fans. The rest of his team, though, is typically unmasked (at least pre-pandemic), which probably contributes to the confusion.

The reason why Zak masked up before masking up was a thing is really not super mysterious, even though it’s one of the most common questions people ask about him. In fact, “Zak Baggans mask” gets like 40,000 results if you search it on Google, so it’s clearly something people are still scratching their heads about. After months and months of COVID it should be an easy answer to guess — masks protect you from particulates, and old, musty, abandoned places are full of particulates. Dust, mold, asbestos, you don’t want that stuff in your lungs even if you don’t have asthma, and according to Distractify, Zak has asthma. The other guys on the “Ghost Adventures” team aren’t similarly afflicted and don’t wear respirators because, you know, they don’t really want to. Kind of a familiar refrain, isn’t it?

Unsurprisingly, Zak is also a big proponent of pandemic mask-wearing, too. In the summer of 2020 he used Twitter to share his opinion: “Just wear a damn mask. Take it from someone who has been wearing them for the last 12 years!”

Zak Bagans’ work outside of ‘Ghost Adventures’

Clip from Sympathy Said the Shark

All that film school stuff prepared Zak Bagans for “Ghost Adventures,” but most people go to film school because they want to do scripted movies and television. Well, Zak didn’t waste any of his education because he was the executive producer of the 2016 thriller titled “Sympathy Said the Shark.” According to ProductionHUB, the film tells the story of a love triangle gone horribly, horribly wrong, and it’s got a really unique look and feel because each character gets a turn as a first-person point-of-view.

“Sympathy Said the Shark” wasn’t widely released but it did get an audience award at the Portland Film Festival. Also, based on the trailer, if you’re prone to motion sickness the first person POV thing might be a problem for you.

Zak’s fame has given him opportunities to branch out into other genres — he’s also the author of three books: “The Autobiography Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of the Ghost Adventures Crew,” “I am Haunted: Living Life Through the Dead,” which is kind of a brag on all the stuff he’s done as an investigator and why he’s the best guy to do it, and “Ghosthunting for Dummies,” because obviously. And because literally everyone who is famous thinks they are also a musician, Zak did an album with Praga Khan from Lords of Acid (“NecroFusion,” released in October 2012). The album even did well, reaching #1 on iTunes.

Zak believes in what he does

Zak in front of the Cecil Hotel

Pick your documentary-style paranormal series, and there’s always going to be someone saying it’s all fake. And the cool thing about paranormal science is, it’s not science, so there really isn’t any way to definitively prove that ghosts exist, or that they don’t exist, or that “Ghost Adventures” is fake. For that last question, only the show’s producers and stars really know the truth. While it is almost certainly true that the “Ghost Adventures” crew exaggerates stuff – c’mon, guys, not every out-of-focus insect is a light anomaly — the real question is, do they really think ghosts are real, and do they think they’re capturing actual evidence, or have they been faking it all for 22 seasons?

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Zak Bagans does live pretty much the same life off-camera as on camera. He owns a huge collection of paranormal memorabilia, cursed dolls, and other bizarre things that he makes available for public viewing at his Haunted Museum in Las Vegas. And according to Ozzy Mora, who worked with Zak on an episode of “Ghost Adventures,” his mannerisms and apparent enthusiasm for what he’s doing suggest that he is a true believer.

It’s certainly possible that Zak is a great actor who remains in character on and off screen and that deep down inside he’s aware it’s all a big ruse, and if anyone ever found out his career would be over. But if that’s true, well, it’s some pretty convincing acting. Nicely done, Zak.

Zak Bagans supports the Nevada SPCA

Zak Bagans' dog Gracie

If you’re still on the fence about Zak Bagans and all the ghost hunting stuff, here’s the thing that will tip you over from skeptic to fan. Zak Bagans is a dog person. Also, his dogs are super cute.

According to Woof Republic, Zak adopted a Yorkshire terrier named Ridley in 2010. His other dog, Gracie, is in front of the camera a bit more often — Woof Republic doesn’t say what breed she is, but she looks pretty border collie-ish. “We humans absorb a lot of negativity in this world,” he told the Daily Herald in 2017, “but dogs are pure joy.” Zak is also a long-time supporter of the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and frequently shows up at adoption events and sends out calls for donations to the organization on Twitter.

Of course, the big question is, how much do his dogs get involved in the paranormal? Maybe that wasn’t your big question, but it’s totally a big question. Lots of people think dogs are specially tuned to that stuff, but what does Zak think? “I’m teaching Ridley how to hunt ghosts,” he told People Magazine. “He’s good. I tried to see if he’s sensitive to spiritual energy, and I think he is.” See, this is what “lives and breathes the paranormal” means. You may not be a believer, but it doesn’t matter because Zak does enough believing for both of you.

Zak Bagans Shares 16 Behind-the-Scenes Facts About Ghost Adventures

Sean Hutchinson

For more than a decade, Ghost Adventures has been spooking up the airwaves of the Travel Channel, “capturing groundbreaking proof of the paranormal” on camera in different haunted destinations across the globe and using the latest scientific gadgets and technology to obtain physical evidence of spirits.

With the show’s recent leap to the brand-new streaming service discovery+, lead Ghost Adventures Crew (GAC) investigator Zak Bagans and his fellow investigators Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley, and Jay Wasley hope to keep capturing ghosts and ghouls, and uncovering more truths behind each haunted mystery, for another decade and beyond.

We caught up with Bagans to get some behind-the-scenes secrets about what it takes to capture full-bodied apparitions and some of the creepiest moments throughout the show’s storied history of paranormal exploration.

1. Ghost Adventures began as a movie.

Ghost Adventures‘s first adventure wasn’t the first episode of the TV show. The series actually began as a feature-length documentary on the then-named Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) in 2007. The documentary featured Bagans, Goodwin, and former investigator Nick Groff tracking paranormal activity in Virginia City and Goldfield, Nevada, locations such as The Washoe Club and the Goldfield Hotel.

Bagans tells Mental Floss that the original idea for the movie and series “came from me having an experience back in about 2002, when I was living in Detroit, Michigan. Then that kind of put my mindset into exploring the paranormal and trying to get answers for what I experienced.”

The GAC eventually returned to these spooked-out locations during the series’ fourth, fifth, and seventh seasons.

2. Zak Bagans has been having paranormal adventures since he was a kid.

Can you hunt ghosts even if you didn’t know ghost hunting was a thing? For Bagans, the answer is a resounding yes.

“I believe spirits that are around me ever since I was little guide me and protect me,” Bagans tells Mental Floss. “It kind of inspired me to initially explore these mining towns in Nevada, and once we got there things just started clicking. It just felt right, and led to the Ghost Adventures documentary.”

3. Zak Bagans’s paranormal experiences continue after the cameras stop rolling.

“When I come home from investigating, I’m around it all the time,” Bagans says of his paranormal adventures. “It’s not necessarily that I’ve chosen this. I have the sense as though I’m supposed to do this, not just for television, but also for just my own self.”

4. Practice makes perfect—even in ghost hunting.

Investigating the paranormal for more than a decade brings with it a ton of wins and losses and ups and down. Bagans says that, even when trying to capture ghosts on camera, practice makes perfect.

“The biggest thing that I have evolved into or have noticed over the years is my ability to detect spirits and energies—seeing things with my third eye,” Bagans says about him and his GAC colleagues becoming professional paranormal investigators. “When you investigate, you’re going to possibly come into contact with good spirits, and then you’ve got to protect yourself from the bad ones. After this long, we’ve learned to live with them, to deal with attachments and many different energies. And I know now how to interpret those feelings that I get. We know what they mean.”

Bagans likened the evolution of the crew’s investigations to learning to play an instrument: “[In the beginning] we just didn’t know how to play it or tune it. Through the years and through all these investigations, I feel as though I can play any key or any note now.”

5. On Ghost Adventures, the sixth sense comes in handy during intense investigations.

One never knows what to expect when walking into a haunted location, especially when it’s in someone’s home. To the crew, and Bagans in particular, a heightened sense of empathy has helped with personal haunting investigations.

“I am very empathic, so I do connect with not only spirits emotionally, but also people,” he says. “I use that ability to really help me gauge the authenticity and the severity of what any living people are going through, which will put me in the right direction of how we want each investigation to go.”

6. Ghost Adventures may look a little different on discovery+.

Ghost Adventures spent 12 seasons investigating more than 200 paranormal mysteries on the Travel Channel before making discovery+ its new home in early 2021. The change of viewing venue isn’t just to align the show with all the cord-cutters out there who happen to be into ghost-hunting shows. Besides loving the ability for viewers to watch every single investigation (“They can kind of read the whole book so far, so to speak,” Bagans says), the Ghost Adventures frontman explained that the platform-switch was made to intentionally push the boundaries of what they can do with the format of the show.

“It has allowed us now to provide some more original content, and it’s definitely going to expand what we’re doing in our investigations,” he says, citing the recent two-hour Cecil Hotel special, and offering that—without spoilers—the show aims to put out all the kinds of new non-episode-specific content in 2021.

7. The Ghost Adventures team is eager to reinvestigate certain locations.

Speaking of the Cecil Hotel: According to Bagans, the infamous Los Angeles locale—which, in addition to being the scene of violence and murders, is where the Black Dahlia was purported to have been spotted before her disappearance and where Night Stalker Richard Ramirez was rumored to have stayed—is the one place he’d most like to reinvestigate.

“It really truly left its mark on me in more ways than a lot of other locations have,” Bagans says. “It’s just so absolutely mysterious and there are reasons why nobody’s ever been allowed to investigate that for years. Just walking in there—you see the physical building, but if you were able to put on some interdimensional goggles, that hotel would have a lot more hallways, it would have a lot more doorways, and a lot more rooms.”

8. There are some locations the Ghost Adventures Crew would rather never revisit.

From the dreaded Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia to Italy’s Poveglia Island, the GAC has been to basically every notable haunted location across the globe. But there are three locations in particular where the team vowed to never return.

The first is the so-called Demon House, the Gary, Indiana, structure from the 2008 Ghost Adventures-adjacent spinoff documentary of the same name. It was here that a series of demonic possessions occurred, allegedly leaving team members—including Bagans—with vision problems. He eventually had the structure razed.

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“I have no intention to go back to that land. It was a demonic virus,” Bagans says. “Everybody asks, ‘Why didn’t you keep it up and allow other paranormal investigators in there?’ Well, did you see what happened to all of us?”

The other two locations Bagans says will never again be seen on the show anytime soon are the Goatman’s Bridge in Denton, Texas, and McRaven Mansion in Vicksburg, Mississippi. “I’ve been to a lot of different demonic places, but in those locations it seemed like it was really just affecting those people,” Bagans says. “Those were some of the most terrifying moments of my life.”

9. The Ghost Adventures team tailors their approach to each location they visit.

Over the years, Bagans and company have conducted hundreds of investigations—and have likely used an equal number of paranormal tools and technologies to assist them. How else are you supposed to capture those elusive specters? According to Bagans, they try not to leave anything up to chance.

“We’re not just running around abandoned buildings; we take all of the cases absolutely seriously,” Bagans says. “Every location is different . Before I get there, we have done a little bit of research on the nature of the hauntings, the history of the location, [and knowing] if anybody’s been affected . Then we lay out a kind of game plan.”

According to Bagans, the team creates a tactical-style investigation plan for each location, including assembling certain types of equipment like the Ovilus device (which translates environmental readings into words), the Polterpod (a spirit communication device), and an electromagnetic field (EMF) detector (for detecting electromagnetic fields). The plan will also determine whether there’s a need for any additional specialists—like “If we need an exorcist,” Bagans says.

10. It takes hours and hours to catch the paranormal “proof” you see on Ghost Adventures.

It’s one thing to actually capture a ghost on camera; it’s another to make sure the GAC remembers where and when it happens during an investigation. When Bagans and company return to their home base after scoping out a location, the task of combing through hours and hours of footage for possible evidence of paranormal activity usually lies with one man: Billy Tolley.

“He is absolutely incredible, just such a sharp eye,” Bagans says. “He goes through all the footage, all the audio. In fact, right after I’m done talking with you, he’s coming over to review everything from a new investigation with me.”

Once they work to mark down each potential paranormal occurrence during their time in a location, they begin to structure the episode.

“If we review 20 hours of footage from a couple of cameras, and we capture a light anomaly that happened to disappear inside of me, then all of a sudden I felt a bit of rage, that’s pretty compelling,” Bagans says. “So, those help structure the big episode moments we want to include.”

11. Bad evidence, or a lack of proof, helps structure episodes of Ghost Adventures, too.

Fans should know that the GAC has a reputation of capturing compelling evidence as well as debunking certain supposedly haunted spaces based on their experiences at each location. Bagans was quick to offer some pointers based on slips-ups from previous would-be paranormal encounters.

“When you do an investigation, it’s always best to put your infrared (IR) light source away from the lens of the camera,” he says. “A lot of security cameras have the IR light that goes in a ring around the camera, and you pick up a lot of dust, which looks like it’s snowing and flurries. But when you put your IR light away from the camera, you don’t capture any of that.”

Hoaxers take note: Use an IR light to fake ghost footage as your next party trick.

12. The COVID-19 pandemic has streamlined Ghost Adventures.

As happened with so many other professionals, the COVID-19 pandemic quickly shut down many of the best laid plans for Bagans and his crew. But they eventually adapted, which led to the four-part miniseries, Ghost Adventures: Quarantine, in June 2020. The episode centered around Bagans, Tolley, Goodwin, and Wasley locking themselves in Bagans’s Haunted Museum in Las Vegas and investigating its many haunted artifacts, including Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s Volkswagen van, some haunted dolls, the so-called Devil’s Rocking Chair, and the mysterious Dybbuk Box. To Bagans, the logistics of putting together a TV series amid the pandemic were a minor setback.

“With COVID as tragic as it has been, with how many people have been affected and have lost their lives, it’s truly a tragic thing,” he says. “But doing this for so many years, being in so many different types of locations, and dealing with different types of people, we’ve been able to learn how to also adapt to our situations very well.”

13. The pandemic has opened doors to new locations for the Ghost adventures team.

“The Cecil Hotel and even the Comedy Store—these are places that the pandemic allowed us to investigate that we probably would have never been able to investigate just because they’ve had to shut down,” Bagans says.

14. The wildest paranormal experience Zak Bagans ever witnessed involved rapper Post Malone.

Widely considered the world’s most haunted object, the Dybbuk Box at the Haunted Museum supposedly houses a malicious spirit from Jewish folklore and leaves a curse on anyone who touches it. In June 2018, that spirit allegedly cursed rapper Post Malone, who happened to be at the museum with Bagans.

Bagans explains that when he removed the plexiglass cover from around the box to touch the World War II-era cabinet for the first time, Malone touched his shoulder, and thus transferred the curse, causing the “Sunflower” and “Circles” musician some seriously bad luck.

First, Malone’s private plane had to make an emergency landing after its tires blew off; armed thieves attempted to break into a California home they believed to be his; and his Rolls-Royce was involved in a serious car accident.

Bagans cites the curse as the wildest thing he had ever witnessed during an investigation, saying, “Four or five months ago Post Malone went on the Joe Rogan podcast and told Joe that it was the most fear that he’s ever seen a human being have.”

15. A new haunted artifact belonging to Zak Bagans might be even scarier.

Bagans revealed that he’s creating a new exhibit around a recently acquired artifact: the supposedly cursed clown doll from the movie Poltergeist.

“We were moving the clown and when my assistant touched it he had a really weird feeling, and he’s not sensitive to these things at all,” Bagans says. “The very next day he got into a car accident; a few days later, he got into another car accident and had to be taken to the hospital by an ambulance; four days after that, his house was broken into; then a few days after that, a family member of his was diagnosed with a very serious medical condition. So I feel as though these are things you have to pay attention to. I feel the magnitude of these items’ powers are very misunderstood.”

16. There’s one place Zak Bagans thinks amateur investigators should go.

“Room 11, the Silver Queen Hotel,” he says, citing his experience during the original Ghost Adventures documentary and the season 6 “Return to Virginia City” episode. “That room inspired me to put a number 11 tattoo on my arm.”

It was there, during the original documentary, that the GAC captured what they claimed was the arm of a woman named Elizabeth (who died by suicide in the room) after Bagans provoked the ghost in an insensitive way. In the season 6 episode, “I apologized to her, and she acknowledged my apology and it made me really emotional,” Bagans says. “I felt her pain, I felt her presence. It’s just incredible, you know, these experiences with the paranormal spirits—not many people know how powerful they can be.”

New episodes of Ghost Adventures, including the Ghost Adventures: Cecil Hotel special and the full library, can be found on discovery+. An all-new episode, “House of Brujería,” begins streaming on Friday, February 12.

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