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CROSS COUNTY MALL
700 BROADWAY AVE.
MATTOON, IL 61938

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2017 Special Guests

Check out the growing list of awesome special guests joining us at Spook Show Con 2017!

KEITH AGE

Who is Keith Age? He has been called “The Legendary Rock-n-Roll Ghost Hunter”, mostly because he has over 30 years of experience in paranormal research and because he has been a professional musician even longer. He is also the Founder and President of the Louisville Ghost Hunters Society, which was formed in 1996 and has over 4,000 members worldwide.  
 
Beyond hearing Keith Age on hundreds of radio stations internationally, he can also be seen on the Syfy Channel. He is the host and Associate Producer of the Booth Bro., Spooked TV, highly acclaimed documentary Spooked series which includes Spooked: Ghosts of Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Children of the Grave, The Possessed, The Haunted Boy, the secret diary of the Exorcist Case and Soul Catcher, trail of Fears. 
Along with his duties as Associate Producer of Spooked Television Releasing, he can be found at numerous speaking engagements nationally. They include but are not limited to the American Ghost Society’s (AGS) Conference, UNIV-CON, Haunted Hickory, and his own annual Mid-South Paranormal Convention. As well, many other Lectures and Events.
 
His approach to investigating the paranormal in a non-metaphysical manner has Keith Age known world-wide. His years of experience not only investigating the paranormal but playing bass guitar have earned him the title of "The Rock-n-Roll Ghost Hunter.”
 
Keith Age will transport you to Waverly Hills, one of the scariest places on Earth, with documented evidence taken during actual paranormal investigations.   He will discuss the behind-the-scenes making of Spooked: The Ghosts of Waverly Hills Sanatorium and Children of the Grave, as well as present evidence found during their productions across the United States.   Fill the seats at your Event with skeptics and watch as they are astonished, frightened, and gripped with the legendary work of the Rock-n-Roll Ghost Hunter, Keith Age

BISHOP JAMES LONG

Bishop James Long was born in Louisville, Kentucky and was raised Roman Catholic. He attended a Roman Catholic grade school and it was during the time while he was attending kindergarten that he knew that he had a calling to serve as a priest. His mother had asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up and +James pointed at the priest and said, “I want to do what he does.”

From then on, his calling to serve as a priest grew stronger as the years progressed until he decided to join the seminary and begin his formation.

+James attended St. Meinrad College but because of financial problems, the school had to close its doors. Therefore, he transferred to Loyola University in Chicago and graduated.

He continued his priestly studies by joining Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois. It was during this time that +James began working closely with his spiritual director and through prayer, he decided that God was calling him to serve as a priest within the Independent Catholic Church.

Because of his theological differences with the Roman Catholic Church, +James felt that it was better to be ordained within the Independent Catholic Church. This decision was not an easy one and it was a decision that he made out of respect for the Roman Catholic Church and his calling.

He is currently the Executive Chancellor of the United States Old Catholic Church and offers Spiritual and Life help for those who seek his assistance.

Bishop Long holds these degrees from accredited academic institutions;

•Doctorate of Ministry
•Masters of Divinity
•Masters of Education
•Masters of Business
•Bachelors of Communication Theory
•Associate of Philosophy

Bishop Long has appeared on:

•Travel Channel
•SyFy Channel
•History Channel
•A&E
•Destination America
•National Geographic
•TV Guide
•Coast to Coast

PHILO BARNHART

Philo Barnhart is professional film animator from Oak Park, IL, known for his work on feature-length films: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Rescuers Down Under, The Secret of NIMH, Happily Ever After, An American Tail, and special effects for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Philo worked many animated TV shows and video games including The Smurfs, Scooby Doo, Jem and the Holograms, Space Ace, Dragons Lair, and many more. He worked on consumer products for several years with Disney, and to this day you can still find his artwork still being used on toys, books, home electronics/appliances, apparel, and posters. Philo's parent Dale Barnhart and Phyllis Barnhart were both animators at Disney's animation studios. Growing up watching the magic of art become animation, he spends his life continuing the tradition of making stories come to life through art. Currently Philo is working with Silver Phoenix Entertainment Inc.  His latest comic title is WHISPERS FROM THE VOID!

 

SANTIAGO CIRILO

Santiago Cirilo was born April of 1973 in Puerto Rico, He is No#6 of seven children to Hector and Maria Cirilo both originally from Puerto Rico. Santiago lived in both Ohio and Puerto Rico at a young age. Growing up in Lorain, Ohio was a big challenge for Santiago. Being bilingual and adapting to America culture was just the easy task, growing up with 5 brothers, 1 sister, in a 2 bedroom duplex was the hard task. During his teenage years to adult hood Santiago always had the passion for the entertainment business, but never had that push to precede it. Santiago was involved in numerous high school Dramatic Arts Programs hosted and coordinated events. You just couldn’t get him off stage or away from any type of camera. After college Santiago enlisted in the United States Army Infantry. For 6 years Santiago was a member of the 101st Airborne Infantry at Ft. Campbell Ky.Santiago’s dedication to America has earned him numerous achievement awards and metals to add helping in one mission as a Translator and Infantryman for USA Special Ops, Marine Recon, and Navy Seals. Once Santiago’s military term was up, he was hired at Gibson Guitars in Nashville, Tennessee. In less than 1 year Santiago moved up in ranks from a level 1 sander to being personally responsible and only builder for Chet Akins guitars and guitars for “A” List artists to include Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Keith Urban and Toby Keith. During his time at Gibson, Santiago followed his heart and faith, and started going back to school for a Paralegal & Performing Arts Degree. Working 8 plus hours and going to school at night and weekends, gave Santiago the dedication and Drive to be successful in both professions.

VINCE WILSON

Vince Wilson has been practicing magic since he was 12 and hypnosis since 1993. He is a master mentalist and has even invented several original illusions and reinvented several others. Recently he has helped develop the most unique murder mystery theaters you have ever seen!

Vince Wilson is also well-known for his involvement in science, history, the paranormal and the unexplained.  He is the author of multiple books including Ghost Science, Ultimate Ghost Hunter, Ultimate Ghost Tech and Ghost Tech.  He has lectured on ghost hunting technology and has also appeared on all the major local TV stations in the Baltimore area and on numerous radio stations in regards to his work in paranormal research. Vince has also been featured on Creepy Canada in 2005 aboard the USS Constellation and the Discovery Channel in 2006 for an investigation he did at the Edgar Allan Poe House in Baltimore. He is also very studied on hypnosis. In 2011 Vince achieved a life long dream when he was certified by the American Institute for Parapsychology.

You can learn more about Vince Wilson via the following links: 
www.magicandmurder.com 
www.ghosttech.com 
www.vincewilsonmagic.com

mike Ricksecker

Mike Ricksecker is the author of the Chase Michael DeBarlo mystery novels Deadly Heirs and System of the Dead, and the paranormal books Ghosts of Maryland, Ghosts and Legends of Oklahoma, and CampfireTales: Midwest and the hybrid paranormal research written work of his new “Ghostorian Case Files” series. He has appeared on multiple television shows and programs as a paranormal historian, including Animal Planet’s The Haunted and Bio Channel’s My Ghost Story, Fox 5 News (Washington DC) and Fox 25 News (Oklahoma City), and he produces his own Internet shows Ghosts and Legends and Paranormal Roads. Recently, he has formed his own publishing company, Haunted Road Media.

Mike’s historic paranormal articles have been published in The Baltimore Sun, Paranormal Underground Magazine, and he writes an Oklahoma City paranormal column for Examiner.com. His work has also been featured in The Oklahoman, The Frederick News Post, and Marshall University’s The Parthenon.

With over 20 years of experience, he’s also a paranormal investigator and “Ghostorian” with Society of the Haunted and regularly travels to speak about the paranormal and writing.

CHARLES D MOISANT

Charles D. Moisant, is a comic book artist, writer, and the creative director of Silver Phoenix Entertainment (a 100% female owned company). Charles has been publishing comic books since 1991, starting with Kremin. Silver Phoenix Entertainment works with many artists, printing comic titles like Myth Told Tales by Robert Asprin and Jody Lynn Nye, Mystery Manor Haunted Theatre, and Whispers from the Void. Charles is also known for his Roller Derby Drama, which is loosely based on the Chicago Outfit Roller Derby Team. Charles can usually be found on his roller skates at Silver Phoenix Entertainment promoting some of the newer titles such as 'Whispers from The Void' where all monsters are reflections of the Seven Deadly Sins. Philo Barnhart is drawing the second issue. Some of his works currently in production include 'Zombie Annihilation’, where Doctor Zarvin is working with local heroes from Chicago to save the world from zombies; 'Danni and Dayna in Dino World' in which two Woman: IDA DANNI, a modern day military refueling pilot, and Dayna Onli, an African-American woman from Chicago 1902, are trapped 65 million years ago. Working against them are intelligent dinosaurs, lizard people, and the Atlantians a space-faring race who are stealing the world’s only major resource: Magik; and 'Thunder World' a story about three giant robots and a giant monster learning how to work with each other and saving the world, which is being written by him and Doug Rice of Dynamo Joe.

VICTORY BORN COSPLAY

Victory Born cosplay is an 18 year old costume/prop maker, a model, and a cosplayer from Metropolis Illinois (the home of Superman).  She has been cosplaying for 5 years.  In that short period of time she has been invited to be a guest, panelist, judge, and co-host of several conventions.   She began cosplaying in 2012, her first cosplay was Marceline the Vampire Queen from Adventure Time.  Since then she has created many costumes which include many renditions of Harley Quinn, Raven from Teen Titans, and many other comic book, video game, and horror costumes. 

 

Scotty Rorek

Scotty Rorek is a psychic medium whose mission is to bring spiritual understanding to people searching

for answers. He works toward that mission through education, mediumship, and mentoring.

To educate people, Mr. Rorek created Ztalkradio.com, an internet radio station that focuses on paranormal and psychic programming. Mr. Rorek provides insightful lectures at paranormal/psychic conventions.

As a medium, Mr. Rorek provides messages to many people for their comfort, assurance, and guidance, both as individual and group readings. Mr. Rorek is the co founder of the gallery reading tour “The Mediums” Which has been performing for over an year now. His mediumship has also been featured in the Booth Brothers’ documentary “Children of the Grave 2.” and soon a documentary “Lilly’s Cry” a Ghost Walk Studios film.

Because of Mr. Rorek’s experience with his psychic perceptions, he often guides and mentors others who are trying to understand and use their own psychic abilities. His care and concern for others is central to his mission.

Scott will be doing readings at Spook Show Con!

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