Phenomenacon: The World's First Online Paranormal Conference Returns Sept. 18, 2020! Speaker List, Schedule, and Ticket Info:

EDIT: Since this page is getting some new traffic, just a heads up that this event was held in 2020. Phenomenacon will return in 2022.

Phenomenacon, the first-ever online paranormal conference, is returning for an even bigger and better weekend of weirdness, dedicated to bringing you the brightest minds in the study of High Strangeness, the biggest stars from your favorite paranormal television shows, and the most accessible event experience ever!

Born from the mass postponements and cancellations of paranormal events in the midst of a global pandemic, the first Phenomenacon in May aimed to temporarily fill the void left by social distancing and nationwide bans on large gatherings, and boy was it a huge success. By providing a highly polished, easily accessible, and inexpensive online event with world-class presenters, Phenomenacon scratched the itch for lovers of the unexplained who've seen their favorite events postponed into 2021 and beyond. 

Now, we're bringing Phenomenacon back even bigger, better, and weirder than ever.

Organized and hosted by The Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult, the world's only mobile museum of the unexplained, Phenomenacon is a three day, online event full of workshops, multimedia presentations, and interactive discussions with the most exciting names in paranormal research, ufology, witchcraft, folklore, conspiracy, and more.

Learn how science is proving magic with Dr. Dean Radin! Discover how to build a better paranormal research tool kit with Kindred Spirits' Amy Bruni! Discover how your dreams may hold the secret to foretelling the future with Dr. Eric Wargo! Uncover the hidden occult influences of history's most famous figures with Portals to Hell's Michelle Belanger! Learn how Slender Man is influencing modern day folklore with Dr. Andrea Kitta! Plus, take in hours of film screenings, star-studded panels, special musical performances, and more!

Phenomenacon will be streamed live in the museum's secret Facebook group, where you can interact with other attendees, take part in live question and answer sessions with the presenters, and even visit virtual merch tables where you can snag special deals on each presenter's books, art, films, and other cool stuff that supports their work.

Your ticket is just $15, or completely free for most existing museum members.

All that's needed to attend all three days of Phenomenacon is a membership to the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult at the Friend of the Museum level [$15] or higher. 

[IMPORTANT NOTE: if you only intend to pledge for access to the conference and don't plan on maintaining a regular museum membership with us - which we would love because memberships support our groundbreaking work and events like these -  please read the important information at the bottom of this page before pledging to avoid any confusion about how Patreon's billing system works. We can't stress this enough.]

Your membership doesn't just gain you access to the world's only online paracon, it unlocks hundreds of hours of exclusive content just for museum members, including live paranormal investigations, in-depth looks at rare artifacts from the history of the unexplained, classes on magick and the occult, and all the incredible daily content in our ongoing Paranormal Quarantine event. Your membership also supports our mission to preserve and protect items of historical and paranormal significance to the study of the unexplained.

Whether you only pledge long enough to attend the event or decide to stick around end enjoy all the perks of museum membership, $15 is the cheapest paranormal conference ticket you'll ever buy, especially when it comes to the quality of the speakers and hours of varied, top-tier entertainment. 

There's no need to reserve a ticket, no add-ons or expensive extras, every seat is V.I.P., and to keep Phenomenacon as accessible as possible to overseas attendees and essential workers, each day's presentations will be viewable for 16 hours after the end of the event!

Here's what to expect from Phenomenacon, with more announcements to come!

4:00PM EST:  GREG NEWKIRK | YOUR GUIDE TO PHENOMENACON

Join Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult director Greg Newkirk for a warm, weird welcome back to the first-ever online paracon dedicated to everything from ufology to witchcraft, folklore, spiritualism, and everything in between.

4:45PM EST:  DR. ANDREA KITTA | SLENDER MAN & ACADEMIC STUDY OF FOLKLORE

Dr. Andrea Kitta is a folklorist with a specialty in medicine, belief, and the supernatural. She is also interested in Internet folklore, narrative, and contemporary (urban) legend. Her current research includes: vaccines, pandemic illness, contagion and contamination, stigmatized diseases, disability, health information on the Internet and Slender Man. She is co-editor for the journal Contemporary Legend, and the author of Kiss of Death: Contagion, Contamination, and Folklore.

Dr. Kitta joins Phenomenacon to discuss how everyone's favorite internet creepypasta character has influenced the study of modern folklore and the supernatural, and what the rise of Slender Man says about us and our beliefs in the supernatural.

5:55PM EST: ANTHONY CISTONE PERFORMS MUSIC FROM PLANET WEIRD'S HELLIER

Join composer Anthony Cistone for a special performance of music from Planet Weird's Hellier, including the haunting main theme and other songs.

6:15PM EST: DR. DEAN RADIN | THE SCIENCE BEHIND REAL MAGIC

Dean Radin, PhD, is Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Distinguished Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He's a highly-sought lecturer on the subject of consciousness research, and is the author or coauthor of hundreds of scientific and popular articles, four dozen book chapters, two technical books, and four popular books translated so far into 15 foreign languages: The Conscious Universe (1997), Entangled Minds (2006), Supernormal (2013), and Real Magic (2018). 

Join Dr. Radin at Phenomenacon for a presentation on the scientific research into telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and psychokinesis. Are such powers really possible? Believe it or not, science says yes.

7:25PM EST: SWAN SONG OF THE SKUNK APE | DIRECTED BY BRAD ABRAHAMS

Swan Song of the Skunk Ape follows a handful of researchers on their quest to find evidence of this foul-smelling, bipedal, mysterious creature. Though Skunk Ape was spoken of in lore of the Seminole tribe, modern interest was piqued in the 1950s after hunters encountered the creature. In the following decades, curious people began looking further into the tales, gathering evidence and searching for signs of its existence. 

7:45PM EST:  CONNOR J. RANDALL | LEGENDS OF THE STANLEY HOTEL

Connor J. Randall is a paranormal researcher who might be best known for his work as executive producer and cast member on Planet Weird's Hellier, but he cut his teeth as a resident investigator of the famous Stanley Hotel, one of the most notoriously haunted locations in America, where he was a cast member of the web series Spirits of the Stanley.

During his time at the hotel, he helped develop the Estes Method, a groundbreaking spirit communication technique that combines sensory deprivation with modern day ghost hunting tech. The stunning results  are best-described as high-tech channeling sessions.

Thanks to a scheduling error, Connor comes in clutch with an off-the-cuff lecture about the legends and lore of the famously haunted Stanley Hotel

8:55PM EST: MIDNIGHT ARCHIVE DOUBLE FEATURE | DIRECTED BY RONNI THOMAS

The Midnight Archive web series is a collaboration between filmmaker Ronni Thomas, Morbid Anatomy creator Joanna Ebenstein and The Brooklyn Observatory.  The series profiles collectors of strange ephemera, arcane objects and practices and eccentric lifestyles, including Spiritualism, dream research, and the occult.

9:15PM EST:  SHANNON TAGGART | THE SEARCH FOR ECTOPLASM

Shannon Taggart is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York, whose photographs have been exhibited and featured internationally, including within the publications New York Times Magazine, Discover, and Newsweek. Her book SÉANCE, listed as one of TIME magazine’s best photobooks of 2019, contains her 18-year long body of work on Spiritualism, mediumship and ectoplasm.

Shannon Taggart first became aware of Spiritualism as a teenager, after a medium revealed startling details about her grandfather’s death that proved to be true. In 2001, she began photographing where that message was received: Lily Dale, New York, the world’s largest Spiritualist community. Her project expanded to include séance rooms around the world to find and photograph ‘ectoplasm’ – the elusive substance that is said to be both spiritual and material.

In this illustrated presentation, Shannon will share stories and images from her monograph SÉANCE. Topics of discussion will include Spiritualism’s relationship with celebrity, its connections to art, science, technology, and social justice, as well as the religion’s photographic past—a bizarre, absurd, and uniquely unsettling chapter within the history of photography.

10:30PM EST:  MICHELLE BELANGER | HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE OCCULT

Michelle Belanger is an author, psychic, and prominent advocate for the Vampire community. When she's not busy exploring some of America's most haunted locations on Travel Channel's Portals to Hell, she's a leading authority on psychic and supernatural topics. Michelle’s non-fiction research in books like The Dictionary of Demons and The Psychic Vampire Codex are regularly sourced in television shows, university courses, and numerous publications around the world.

Join Michelle for an extended conversation about the occult and how it influenced some of history's most famous figures. Discover how William Blake learned his style of engraving from his dead brother, or how Victor Hugo conversed with the dead, or why Ben Franklin had all those children’s skeletons under the floor of his home in England.

AFTER HOURS: LIVE PODCAST WITH BIGFOOT COLLECTORS CLUB [NOT RECORDED]

Covering everything from famous sightings of cryptozoological beasts to obscure encounters with alien entities, Bigfoot Collectors Club, hosted by True Blood's Michael McMillian & Expedition Bigfoot's Bryce Johnson, is a paranormal podcast featuring celebrity guests and incredible stories of high strangeness. 

Join Michael, Bryce, and producer Riley Bray for a special Phenomenacon After Party treat: a live recording of Bigfoot Collectors Club with Dana & Greg Newkirk!

*This event will not be recorded, so be there, or catch the podcast when it drops!

OFFICIAL PHENOMENACON EVENT MERCH

Want to commemorate the time that every paranormal event except Phenomenacon was cancelled? Grab the official Phenomenacon Tee! We've also stocked the merch store with a bunch of brand new items, including shirts, totes, stickers, and even socks!

4:00PM EST: WELCOME TO PHENOMENACON DAY 2

Join museum director Greg Newkirk for a welcome to the second day of Phenomenacon with announcements, news, and a preview of the day's events. 

4:45PM EST: DR ERIC WARGO | MESSAGES FROM THE FUTURE

Eric Wargo has a Ph.D. in anthropology from Emory University and works as a professional science writer and editor in Washington, D.C. He is the author of the acclaimed book Time Loops: Precognition, Retrocausation, and the Unconscious and the forthcoming Precognitive Dreamwork and the Long Self: Interpreting Messages from Your Future.

Join Dr. Wargo for a discussion about the precognitive power of dreams, why dreams of future experiences are often distorted and what those distortions probably mean, and how dreamworkers can play the role of citizen scientists, adding to our understanding of this fascinating, almost unexplored dimension of human life. 

5:50PM EST: WE COME IN PEACE | DIRECTED BY RYAN ABEL

This touching, eye-opening, and often hilarious documentary short highlights the eclectic people of September 2019's viral "Storm Area 51" event. Featuring portaits and interviews taken at the gates of Nevada's secretive military base, We Come In Peace presents a time capsule of the moment the world gathered for a mission to "clap them alien cheeks".

6:15PM EST: DR CIARAN O'KEEFFE | RESEARCHING THE PARANORMAL

Dr. Ciarán O’Keeffe is an Applied Psychologist who has been involved in many unusual projects: physiological effects of low frequency sound (at Royal Festival Hall); ghost investigations of Hampton Court Palace; an exorcism ‘training day'; Hostage Negotiation and Terrorism Suspect Interviewing simulations; & lie detecting for the film Spy Game, but you might know him best as the resident skeptic on Living TV's Most Haunted or appearances on Ghost Adventures, Jane Goldman Investigates, and more.

His paranormal research has focused on academic and field-work examining haunting experiences. Additional research has included psychic criminology, group-stalking, superstition and ‘Religious’ parapsychology (i.e. exorcism, possession, miracles & stigmata).

In this special Phenomenacon lecture, Dr. O'Keeffe will discuss his career as a parapsychologist, what it takes the scientifically investigate the unexplained, and how chasing ghosts in the lab differs from the hunt for the paranormal on television.

7:25PM EST: PREFIGURED | DIRECTED BY ZESHAAN YOUNAS

If Prefigured was a house instead of a short film, its building materials would be fatalism, dread, and the acceptance of humanity’s cosmic insignificance. Its basement would be The Mariana Trench; teaming with unknown lifeforms that defy scientific understanding, and its attic would be a black hole; bridging us to some hidden dimension overseen by an ancient entity. Equal parts Lovecraft-inspired science-fiction, horror, and drama, this film was inspired by a simple premise – that a singular moment or experience, completely outside of our control or desires, can come to define our entire lives.

Prefigured follows a reluctant individual who, under the imposing implications of a strange phenomenon, seeks out an esoteric support group for a chance at either enlightenment or closure. It is a grounded exploration of the paranormal; an open-ended case study into a few of the lives impacted by incomprehensible forces.

7:45PM EST: NATHAN ISAAC | CULTS, CROWLEY, & CYBERNETICS

Nathan Isaac is the creator and host of Penny Royal, an upcoming podcast about the crimes and mysteries lurking beneath the surface of a small southern town in Kentucky. He's also an artist and documentary filmmaker, and produces the music series, SomerSessions. As seen in season two of Planet Weird's Hellier, Nathan is an avid researcher of high strangeness and weird anomalies, as well as a long-time collector of folklore.

In 2017, Isaac and Darian West founded Elevated Development, a company specializing in data mining and software development. The same data mining and analysis techniques they developed for clients in the U.S. automotive industry was re-purposed for their investigation into the strange events occurring in Somerset, Kentucky and the surrounding region, ultimately culminating in the story of Penny Royal. They plan on making this software available for other researchers to incorporate into their own investigations. 

Join Nathan for a presentation on how secretive cults, the magick of Aleister Crowley, and synchronicity are connected by the theory of cybernetics, and what it means for paranormal research, religion, and the power of belief.

8:50PM EST: SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY TWIN TEMPLE

Everybody knows that the Devil has all the best tunes. From Robert Johnson selling his soul at the crossroads to the blood-soaked black metal of Norway, Satan has long loomed large over the music world, striking fear into the hearts of the sanctimonious. But nothing that has gone before will prepare you for the arrival of Twin Temple: Los Angeles’ one and only purveyors of Satanic Doo-Wop. 

Join Twin Temple on Saturday night for a special musical performance that not only serves to salute the Dark One, but also delivers some of the catchiest and coolest music to emerge from any genre in years.

9:15PM EST: ADAM BERRY | THE ART OF PARANORMAL TEAM BUILDING

Adam Berry is currently the co-star and Executive Producer of Travel Channel's hit television series Kindred Spirits, but he's been chasing the unexplained on television for over a decade, first winning the the SyFy Channel competition series Ghost Hunters Academy before spending the next five years as a cast member on Ghost Hunters. With a focus on helping families and spirits alike, Berry has traveled the country changing the way the world thinks about ghosts and what happens after we shuffle off this mortal coil.

Adam joins Phenomenacon to discuss his work in the paranormal, his journey from competition winner to executive producer, and how being a team player in a vast and divisive field can lead to important discoveries in both paranormal and personal.

10:30PM EST: LAURA TEMPEST ZAKROFF | THE ART OF SIGIL WITCHERY

Laura Tempest Zakroff is a professional artist, author, dancer, designer, and Modern Traditional Witch based in New England. Laura is the author of the best-selling books Weave the Liminal and Sigil Witchery, as well as The Witch’s Cauldron, and the co-author of The Witch’s Altar. She blogs for Patheos as A Modern Traditional Witch, Witches & Pagans as Fine Art Witchery, and contributes to The Witches' Almanac, Ltd. Her first oracle deck, The Liminal Spirits Oracle, was released this past June from Llewellyn Worldwide and has been receiving much critical acclaim.

She helps facilitate social change at the grassroot through WeAreAradia.org, a movement focused on magical resistance and education. Laura edited The New Aradia: A Witch's Handbook to Magical Resistance (Revelore Press) which was released in 2018 and features work from over two dozen magical practitioners.  You can find an extensive collection of sigils for change – many of which were co-created with her Sigil Witchery workshop students – on her Patheos blog. 

Join Zakroff for a special Sigil Witchery presentation, discussing how these magical symbols influence us and the world around us before taking part in the live creation of a sigil!

AFTER HOURS: LIVE COMMENTARY WITH THE CAST OF HELLIER [NOT RECORDED]

Join the cast of Planet Weird's hit television series Hellier, including Director / Editor Karl Pfeiffer and Greg Newkirk, Dana Newkirk, Connor Randall, and Tyler Strand, for live commentary on an episode of the series. Take part in discussion about the making of the show, its effect on the lives of the viewers and the paranormal field, and what the future holds for Hellier case.

During the commentary, viewers will have an opportunity to have their own questions answered by the panel as well. Yes, you can even ask why they never found any goblins.

OFFICIAL PHENOMENACON EVENT MERCH

Want to commemorate the time that every paranormal event except Phenomenacon was cancelled? Grab the official Phenomenacon Tee! We've also stocked the merch store with a bunch of brand new items, including shirts, totes, stickers, and even socks!

4:00PM EST:  GUIDE TO PHENOMENACON: DAY 3

It's the final day of Phenomenacon! Join museum founders Greg & Dana Newkirk for some important announcements, news updates, and a preview of the day's events!

5:00PM EST:  KATIE WEBB | TAROT IS SUCH A TOOL

Katie Webb is a witch, paranormal investigator, and divination enthusiast. You might recognize her from her work on the Haunt ME web series, where her distinct method of investigating the unexplained by way of witchcraft and divination quickly made her a standout figure in the ghost hunting community. As a tarot pro, Webb is regularly reading cards for people at horror, paranormal, and comic conventions around the country, and now she'd heading for Phenomenacon to show you how the timeless art of tarot can help you strengthen your own intuition.

6:15PM EST: MARCO VISCONTI | THE THELEMIC NATURE OF THE ULTRATERRESTRIALS

Marco Visconti has been described as a modern-day renaissance man, cruising through a career as a professional musician touring the world many times over, and eventually settling down in London to work in the antiques and esoteric book trade. All while pursuing his lifelong call to Initiation according to the Law of Thelema, joining all the right Orders (and some of the wrong ones too), raising through Grades, Degrees, and Consecrations, finally coming to the conclusion that the time for hierarchical cults is over.

Now residing in Glastonbury, the mythical Isle of Avalon, he is currently running an online community focused on teaching Magick outside the bonds of sworn oaths, all while adding the finishing touches to his upcoming first book, Thelema After Tears.

In this special lecture, Marco will guide you from Hellier to the mythical Heliopolis, the City of the Sun, aiming to show you how Thelema binds together a mythical landscape that reaches from the caves of Kentucky to the Stars - and beyond.

7:45PM EST:  LINDA GODFREY | MONSTERS AMONG US

Linda Godfrey is one of the country’s leading authorities on modern-day monsters, has interviewed countless eyewitnesses to strange phenomena, and authored numerous books on the subject, including The Beast of Bray Road, covering her seminal investigation into the legendary monster stalking the backwoods of Wisconsin for nearly a century. Her latest project, Return to Wildcat Mountain, is a documentary that takes aim at Wisconsin's mysterious big cat sightings.When it comes to sightings of cryptozoological monsters like Bigfoot, Mothman, or the Beast of Bray Road, are we to believe that these sightings are flesh and blood creatures?  After nearly three decades of chasing reports, Godfrey suspects that something stranger may be happening during these encounters, and in this special Phenomenacon presentation, she'll discuss the startling conclusions that her research has led her to.

8:55PM EST: CONSPIRACY CRUISE | DIR BRAD ABRAHAMS

First the Macarena, then MKULTRA.  The partly real story of a cruise ship vacation for conspiracy theorists that takes a turn for the surreal when their most outlandish theories come true on board.  Starring Last Podcast on the Left's Henry Zebrowski.

9:15PM EST: AMY BRUNI | BUILDING A BETTER PARANORMAL TOOL KIT

Amy Bruni is one of the biggest names in paranormal research for a reason. Not only is she the the Executive Producer and co-host of Travel Channel's Kindred Spirits, the author of the forthcoming book Life with the Afterlife: 13 Haunting Truths About Ghosts, and the CEO of the spooky boutique travel company Strange Escapes, but she's spent the last two decades building a reputation as one of the paranormal field's most respected figures.

In the perfect presentation for aspiring ghost detectives, join Amy Bruni as she offers a rare look into her research process, showing how she's learned to build a better toolbox for investigating the unexplained, one that goes well beyond the standard ghost hunting kit.

10:30PM EST: JOHN E.L. TENNEY | HAUNTED SCIENCE OLD & NEW

Paranormal researcher John E.L. Tenney has spent his life investigating why we believe the things we do, pondering questions like whether ghosts wear underwear or if the moon might actually be a spaceship. When he's not lending his extra-normal expertise to shows like Travel Channel's Kindred Spirits or Destination America's Ghost Stalkers, he's busy giving lectures on the unexplained to packed houses all over the world.

Now Tenney is bringing one of his signature Weird Lectures to Phenomenacon, and by the time he's finished talking, you'll understand why what you think is weird is actually much weirder than you think.

AFTER HOURS: SPECIAL SURPRISE [NOT RECORDED]

Join us for a special surprise highlight you won't want to miss!

OFFICIAL PHENOMENACON EVENT MERCH

Want to commemorate the time that every paranormal event except Phenomenacon was cancelled? Grab the official Phenomenacon Tee! We've also stocked the merch store with a bunch of brand new items, including shirts, totes, stickers, and even socks!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: READ THIS BEFORE PLEDGING!

1. IMPORTANT: If you only plan on pledging to the museum just to attend the conference, be sure you drop your pledge before September 30 or you'll be charged for October.

2. TO REITERATE: This conference is presented in support of the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult and the speakers attending. If you join the museum just to attend the conference and drop your pledge afterwards, please keep in mind that we cannot offer refunds for any reason other than a complete cancellation of the event.

Please do consider sticking around, though, as we organize great stuff like this often and can truly use your support at a time when our traveling museum can't do much traveling, and our big events for 2020 have dried up. Check our past content and we think you'll see how valuable, fun, and enriching maintaining a membership to the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult is.

3. Speakers, screenings, musical guests, and time slots are subject to change. Accidents, illnesses, and internet outages happen, especially during global pandemics. We'll do our best to make sure things go smooth, but unavoidable changes may occur.

4. All streams will be broadcast through our private Facebook group, therefore you must have a Facebook account to attend the online conference. If you have an aversion to social media, we recommend creating a burner account just for group access, which has worked out really well for dozens of our museum members. In the unlikely event that Facebook suffers an outage during the stream, we'll email every member a backup stream link. It is your own responsibility to make sure your email address on file with Patreon is correct.

5. Livestreams will be presented in the highest video quality possible, but due to each individual speaker's unique computer setup, internet strength, and audio/visual gear, video quality may vary from lecture to lecture. We'll do our best to keep things as consistent and polished as possible, but there may be the occasional hiccup. Please bear with us.

6. These live presentations will only be saved until the following day's event, so roughly 16 hours. This is to accommodate our overseas attendees and the weekend workforce. Be sure to watch the streams before 4PM EST the following day, because they'll disappear after that. Just like a real conference, if you miss it, they won't be repeated. 

7. Phenomenacon is a safe, inclusive event for everyone, and the instigation of bad faith arguments, disrespecting the speakers, spamming the chatroom, fighting with with attendees, causing disruptions, or anything that might be considered "trolling" will result in an immediate removal and ban. If you want to spend $15 just to be dick, know that you won't last long and a refund will not be issued to you. Be courteous to your fellow attendees, be respectful to your speakers, and don't be a jerk. It's rough out there. Be nice.

8. Please request access to the private Facebook group before 3:00PM EST. While we'll make every possible effort to approve pending requests to the group during each night of the conference, requests sent after 4PM EST each day will not be immediate, and there's a chance you may miss portions of a lecture, as we'll be busy actually running the conference.

9. Only emails sent to [email protected] or [email protected] will be seen. If you have questions about the event or your membership, do not send direct messages to the Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. of the organizers. They won't be seen or responded to.

10. We lack any ability to help with Patreon or Facebook platform issues. If your pledge was declined by Patreon, your Facebook account locked, or other technical issue on the end of the platforms, you must contact their customer support for assistance.

11. We highly recommend attending the conference on a laptop, desktop computer, or screencasting the event to a television for the best experience. If you choose to attend the conference on a tablet or mobile device, your experience will be limited and prone to issues with mobile data, screen size, and software limitations. 

12. *ABOUT TIPS: At the end of the weekend, all tips will be divided equally among the speakers, excluding Greg & Dana Newkirk. This is a great way to support the Phenomenacon family during the COVID-19 conference shutdowns if you just want to make a direct contribution. You can tip here. Tips are in $5 increments, but you can always up the number of increments.

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