Day 31, No. 31. Jason Hawes

Ghost HuntersHAIRCUT 100: Day 31, No. 31. Jason Hawes: paranormal investigator, author, host of Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, and plumber. Co-founder (with Grant Wilson) of TAPS, The Atlantic Paranormal Society, New Yorker Hawes began seeing apparitions when he was twenty. He ascribes this change in perception to the manipulation of his ‘Qi,’ or life force energy, through ‘Reiki’ therapy. During this period, John Zaffis, the ‘Haunted Collector,’ suggested that he was becoming a ‘sensitive.’ Hawes founded the Rhode Island Paranormal Society (RIPS) in 1990 as a support group for other people experiencing paranormal phenomena, later re-branding as ‘TAPS’ in partnership with Wilson, another plumber. The pair co-host Ghost Hunters, and conduct televised paranormal investigations all over the United States. The show has now run for ten seasons, garnering very high ratings despite criticisms that it exhibits little or no scientific methodology. Although not an entirely original format, Ghost Hunters has very much set the standard for the current surfeit of paranormal reality programming, also establishing a new form of blue collar paranormal investigator, more Danny McBride than Harry Price or Thomas Carnacki, sporting baseball caps, cut-offs and covered in tattoos. The closest thing to the original ‘Ghostbusters,’ Hawes and Wilson also continue to work for Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Services. Aware of their own approachable celebrity, the guys have used public ghost hunting events and personal appearances to raise money for various charities that help children with cancer, so good on ’em – who cares whether it’s real or not? And, as Hawes has said, ‘All a sceptic is, is someone who hasn’t had an experience yet.’

 

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