Sunday, February 10, 2008

Ghost Hunters International, Paranormal State and Shannon Sylvia


I just watched an episode of Paranormal State which I had on my DVR. In the episode, a girl named Shannon and her husband were supposedly being haunted by children because their condo used to be an old schoolhouse.

I thought, "Hey, that's the same Shannon chick who's supposed to be a ghost hunter on Ghost Hunters International." If she's a ghost hunter, why is she calling other people to get rid of her ghosts and, more importantly, how the heck is she going to hunt ghosts and demons all over Europe if she's bothered by a few ghostly children in her own house?

So, I Googled her. Click here for an interesting rant by someone who REALLY doesn't like Shannon Sylvia. (If you Google her yourself, try the phrase "Shannon Sylvia fraud.")

Note: Jason and Grant of Ghost Hunters have nothing to do with Ghost Hunters International. Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International are made by the same production company, but Jason and Grant have nothing to do with the casting or any other aspect of Ghost Hunters International. I'm posting this note because it seems to be a point of contention on some of the message boards I came across.

27 comments:

Leon J. de la Garza said...

soo you're back..
i don't even know who this lady is, but she sounds like a fraud..

:P

maybe i'll post something about some paranormal stuff soon..

..good to have you back ;)

Mrs. E. said...

I'm not sure if I caught an old episode or something, but that Andy twerp was on one of those GH International shows, I think. Not sure, though. If he is indeed on that show (GHI), I will not be watching, because I think he's awfully annoying!

In other news, I'm glad you're back from your blog break!

OldHorsetailSnake said...

You know what? Everybody's a spook (except you and me, and sometimes I'm not so sure about me).

Anonymous said...

So what she is a ghost hunter

Leslie said...

I caught an episode of that Paranormal State. I wasn't impressed. I prefer the original Ghost Hunters. They're cool beaners.

Alyson said...

That's very interesting! I didn't really like that paranormal state, so I haven't been keeping up with it.

solopoesie said...

A GOOD DAY .... TE!

Good morning is the first phrase that part of our lips ........... It is thought that they can change the world by saying only "changes"
It is thought to be able to fly only saying .. Flies and fly and fly again. "
Some flies with heart, who with imagination, people with heart and with those who fear ..... But now there are those who do not fly, those who do not and who hopes hates flying, who hates hope ...... Not believe in what might happen in life just because once lost a dream, or renounced an ideal ......
Delusioni it ... but if there are perhaps serve ........
From a disappointment we can also see where we have gone wrong,
Where we could not make mistakes and where more could put a gesture ...... a smile, a tear ..
Emotion is not to lose the desire to try and try again until they have more forces to try ........ only way we can live and grow every day more ... Try not cost anything .. ?
A smile e. ..
GOOD DAY .... LINA

Laurie said...

Everybody - I like both shows (GHI and Paranormal State). Of course, the original Ghost Hunters is my favorite. I can't wait for the new season.

Anonymous said...

So I just finished watching the Schoolhouse episode of PNS and thought it was the same Shannon from GHI. I was wondering if anyone else thought that maybe Shannon and her husband set up this Katie person to validate the haunting since they were the ones that found her and not anyone from PNS? Shannon sure sounds like a real gem!

Laurie said...

Anonymous - I noticed she didn't get much face time on the last Ghost Hunters International episode.

Anonymous said...

I like Shannon on GHI I think she mixes up the cast she's funny

Laurie said...

Anonymous - I'm glad somebody said something nice about her. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Most of the cast of GHI has claimed to had personal paranormal experiences. I just always assumed this was hers being documented. I like the original Ghost Hunters better. Still not sure about paranormal state.

Laurie said...

Anonymous - I think most of the ghost hunters on all those shows have had their own experiences. So, maybe you're right. I enjoy Paranormal State. I really like that Ryan guy.

Anonymous said...

I pretty much hate shannon...her annoying voice, ugly face, and ADD investigating style. Seeing her on PNS just kind of made me feel like she doesnt follow the true ghost hunters investigating; I think PNS is mostly scripted and hyped up waaaay to much...they ALWAYS find something and use psychics, etc. etc. and the fact that belial or whoever is "chasing" ryan...wtfever. I watch the show for entertainment only, kind of like "most haunted" that brit show.
/rant >_<

Laurie said...

Anonymous - Excellent points!!

Anonymous said...

WENT TO JR. HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL WITH HER. BASICALLY A NICE KID. BUT I NEVER HEARD OF THESE GHOST EXPERIENCES UNTIL NOW.

Laurie said...

Anonymous - I think her ghost experiences are pretty recent. Plus, sometimes people don't talk about their experiences very much for fear of what people will think.

Anonymous said...

It is really sad and pathetic to have a web site about someone just so people can talk crap about them. However, Shannon was better on the team than Donna and the bald Irish guy..Come on people, hate and envy are not good.

Laurie said...

Anonymous - This website is not in any way built around talking crap about Shannon. I wrote the post because I found it odd that a ghost hunter would hire ghost hunters for her own home.

Everyone is free to leave whatever comments they want to leave, good or bad. Thanks for chiming in with something good, because as you can see, most have been less than nice to Shannon.

However, I have to disagree with you about Donna and Barry. I like them better than I liked Shannon. Just my opinion.

Panda's Blotter said...

Shannon was in an early episode of Ghost hunters, when she called Jason and Grant, to help her and her family get rid of what it was in thier house. I havent seen her on Paranormal state since that is a different network and way different show. But if she is on there, she seems to fit it better then Ghost Hunters, and Ghost Hunters International.

Laurie said...

Panda's Blotter - I'm a faithful watcher of Ghost Hunters, but I don't remember Shannon being on there. I'll take your word for that.

She was on Paranormal State as a "client" and not as a ghost hunter. She had ghosts in her home and called them to investigate.

Anonymous said...

I really don't know much about Shannon Sylvia other than what I have seen on her myspace (when it was open to the public), and what the media puts out. I wasn't impressed with her investigative skills or her on-camera personality, but that doesn't make her a bad person. As a fan of the shows [GHI and PRS] I needed more time to get to know her before accepting her as an investigator. The same goes for Rob of GHI. Last season he was annoying and way to full of energy. This season he toned down his eyebrows and is has less frenetic energy. I wasn't sure about him for awhile but he's finally winning me over. He has great investigative skills and the more I get to know him via tv, the more I like him and understand GHI's decision in casting him.

I think that when you are used to seeing a certain team perform together and a new person is thrown into the mix it can cause a lot of stress within the existing friendships. One must walk a fine balance to not topple egos. Shannon has a strong personality that seemed to clash with other members of GHI (primarily Donna) or maybe that was all for show. Not sure.

For me, as a fan, I am happy with the current lineup on GHI. I really like Dustin, adore Barry (who is absolutely stellar in his tv performance, investigating skills, knowledge, and off-screen antics), like the new woman but can't remember her name. Rob has toned down his intensity (thanks, Rob!), and Andy is great at debunking and is a valuable team member. I think they have a winning team right now. I miss seeing Donna and hope that she is doing well. And Brian... well, Brian is Brian! He's such a goof you can't help but laugh.

I do hope that Barry is given more screen time in the future. He is very good at what he does and should be doing the reveals.

Back to Shannon... I don't know if she is still part of the GHI team or not. I hope not because it just didn't feel right for her. She didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the group.

As to the PRS episode, it was taped long before she became a member of GHI, I believe. She addressed this in her blog on her myspace.

Best of luck to all the members of GHI and PRS! And to Shannon, too. I imagine it must be terribly difficult to live under so much public scrutiny!

Shan from PSI

Laurie said...

Shan - What a great comment. Very insightful. I agree with all of that. It actually deserves its own post. :)

Regarding the current GHI group, I enjoy all of them. I'm even getting used to Andy. :)

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Anonymous said...

She is a fraud. I know her from personal experiance, she is liar, crook, and su happy disrespectful BS artist.

Anonymous said...

I caught that too. I thought, Why in the world is she on Paranormal State and does Ryan know she was on GHI?