Veteran Paranormal Investigator Brian J. Cano (Haunted Collector, Scared) is a featured commentator on the Travel Channel’s Paranormal Caught on Camera. Brian has a fascinating mobile exhibit. So far, he has brough his exhibit to New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Brian is bringing the exhibit to Staten Island next. You can stay up-to-date on his website, neverstopsearching.com. He will be heading to Wales next year for the Mystery Legends of Wales. Brian has a book coming out, hopefully some time next year. The History of the Paranormal mobile exhibit is certainly a one-of-a-kind exhibit. It is interactive, fun and you learn so much. Brian and his team did an excellent job.
Hi Brian, please tell us a little bit about the locations that you’ve chosen so far for The History of the Paranormal?
Brian- The locations that I picked to host my History of the Paranormal exhibit usually, in some way, reflect the content that is within the museum itself. They don’t necessarily need to be haunted but they do need to be bridged with some sort of history. If its important to the town and the locals, that just enhances it for me. Selma Mansion and Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum are similar in the respect that they have held certain importance in position in the respective towns. Even the outside structure of the buildings have similar features and it was only after that I realized, okay well I think that both of them are good host for my exhibit.
Have you chosen a few more locations yet?
Brian- There are other locations that are being considered for the initial roll-out of the museum exhibit. I’m looking to have showings in different states each month. September was New Jersey, October is Pennsylvania. In November, I was looking to have it a little closer to home here in New York and then I’m looking out to Connecticut and Rhode Island. As, I branch out and go further and further, if the reception is there, if the people are excited and want to see more locations and they reach out to me saying, “hey Brian, when are you going to bring it here?” I would love to bring it to all fifty states.
That would be incredible. Tell us a little bit about The History of the Paranormal Exhibit and how this came to fruition for you? It is certainly unique and a one-of-a-kind exhibit. There are so many details and lots of great information. (It is interactive, Brian was kind enough to answer questions, there was a wonderful lady explaining tarot cards. There is a lot to see, so if you get a chance, go check out The History of The Paranormal. Brian is bringing it to New York in November.)
Brian- Thank you. I’ve worked really hard on it, it’s genesis was in that, I’ve spent many years attending conventions, being a guest at conventions and looking around and seeing what was being offered as far as content for people who attended the conventions. It’s great to meet people that you see on TV, it’s great to be able to spend time with them and mingle, and sometimes participate in an investigation with them. I found that there was very little in the way of learning and expanding upon what was seen on TV at these events. So, for many years it was this nagging thought in the back of my mind saying, “I need to do something, I want to do something” but, who was going to house it, who was going to host it?
There was a local convention that said, okay, we’ll give you a room and you can do what you want with it. I said, okay, if that’s the case, I’m going to do my exhibit. It’s finally going to happen. I curated some information as a primer, an introduction to what the paranormal is so that, if the average person walked in off the street and said, what’s all this all about? I hear about it; I see it on TV but I don’t understand. What is the paranormal? This would be a good way for them to be introduced and for people who are already enthusiasts of the genre. They can come in and go beyond the TV shows. The TV shows are great but they’re entertainment and you should be entertained by them but, if you really want to get into the meat and potatoes so to say of the work, there are names that need to be known beyond those that you know from TV. The paranormal didn’t start here, it’s been going on. The work has been going on for almost as long as people have been around. The exhibit rewinds a little bit back to the 1850’s with the spiritualist movement. I take people on a small, little journey from there forward in time. I let them know some of the names, the societies, and concepts that go into the work. Just recently at the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum, I introduced other little elements that make the exhibits interactive. The exhibit is not just something to look at but to immerse yourself in and really be involved.
It is a fascinating exhibit and having that interaction is fun. People get a chance to understand a little bit of what you do and learn some awesome information. They also learn about some of the original pioneers of the paranormal.
Brian- I feel like if I have people looking at the information, I can provide all the information I have at my disposal but they won’t really internalize it, unless they choose to. I want them to have fun, if they have fun they’ll remember. That kind of game show element I add at the end, the “Can You Name the Paranormal Pioneers?” I always like to have some fun with it.
The exhibit was so much fun and it was a great learning experience. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with Horrornews.net.
Brian- Thank you.
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Brian J. Cano will be appearing at The Spirits of Rahway: A Lantern-Lit Tour of the Rahway Cemetery on October 23rd and 24th, 2020. 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 8:30pm, 9:00pm, and 9:30pm. Social Distancing Guidelines will be observed. (Wear a Mask) The Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum www.merchantsanddrovers.org 732-381-0441.
History of the Paranormal Exhibit at the Kreischer Mansion on November 13-November 15th. In Staten Island, NY.