The Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult vs The Paranormal Couple’s Haunted Museum

Social Media sort of blew up yesterday when the patreon page of “The Paranormal Couple” started to make the rounds. Why would this create a dust-up? Because it was a near copy-and-paste of Greg and Dana Newkirk’s Traveling Museum patreon.

Bad form, that.

So, who are the combatants?

Greg and Dana Newkirk, proprietors of the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & the Occult, are lecturers on all manner of so-called paranormal phenomena. They are regular guests on Travel Channel’s Kindred Spirits. And they are the creative force and producers behind a little something called Hellier. Maybe you’ve heard of it.

The “Paranormal Couple” are Cody Ray DesBiens and Satori Hawes (daughter of Ghost Hunters’ Jason Hawes). Both are investigators for The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) and have appeared on both Ghost Hunters and Ghost Nation. They too have embarked on the paranormal lecture circuit.

I do not believe the problem is in what DesBiens and Hawes are doing, per se, but more in their blatant appropriation of the Newkirk’s schtick. No one begrudges their “museum”. No one begrudges them establishing a patreon. The problem is the “single white female” vibe one gets from this. Hawes and DesBiens are showing zero amounts of creativity. It appears they’ve looked at what the Newkirks have been doing for years now and decided to emulate and approximate almost to the letter the brand that Greg and Dana have worked so hard to develop.

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but this feels a lot more like DesBiens and Hawes are wearing the Newkirk’s skin-suits, Silence of the Lambs-style.

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