Arizona Paranormal:
     Reality vs TV Reality

By Becky McKiddy-Gydesen

I am sure we are all familiar with “reality” TV and hopefully, we all have a sense that it really isn’t much of a reality. All TV shows are edited and they always show the drama and exciting parts of the shows, well the same goes for the reality ghost TV shows. I thought this month I would compare notes to what you see on TV, and what you don’t.

Over the past month, I have had the privilege of meeting some of these stars from paranormal shows. I have met Nick Groff (he started on Ghost Adventures but now is on Paranormal Lockdown), Amy Allan (from Dead Files), KJ McCormick (from Ghost Hunters), and just recently Steve DiSchiavi (also from Dead Files). I have also been interviewing people for my show Mysteries Explained, who have done TV shows here and there and what they all have said is there is so much behind the scenes that people don’t see.

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Just imagine, it can take up to 80 hours to film an hour-long episode for TV. So, you can only begin to imagine how much ends up on the editing block and never gets aired. Of course, they are going to skip over all the boring stuff and only show what they feel is important to the episode. They spend days in a location to get what they put on TV. Of course, they aren’t showing all the research that went into finding the location to even film at. I was contacted before by a TV show (which is going to remain nameless as of now) because they wanted to film here in Tucson. They wanted my information on the buildings, my research, my evidence, they wanted to put it all together to present to the crew to see if they even wanted to film here. So yes, I even did a lot of work for an episode to be put together and it’s still never even a 100% guarantee it will be filmed. If that ever happens, even more work goes into it.

The reality is you aren’t going to sit in a room for 10 mins and catch the best evp ever. It’s a lot of sitting and waiting, and with TV, they add the extra drama too. TV can edit things, but even they can’t make a ghost perform so to say. We can never make the ghost do anything they don’t want to do, but what I can tell you, and it seems that a lot of people agree, is that when you least expect it and you’re just being yourself is when you get the most interaction. Everybody will also agree that it’s a lot of work that you don’t see on TV! It’s also not something you just go mess with for a thrill or expecting to get results in 10 mins. This is a field that we do not have all the answers and it’s not always easy to prove, it has its skeptics and always will and sometimes the TV reality shows help the field and sometimes they don’t. They have made it more mainstream which has made it easier for people to talk about the paranormal and to find help with their concerns.

I know if it wasn’t for flipping channels and finding the show Ghost Hunters I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing, but the shows can also cause problems in the field. Now some people are messing with it that shouldn’t be, or some are getting into it for “fame and money” (wrong field to be doing that in for sure, ha-ha), and some are just throwing teams together and scaring people with giving them false evidence/readings because they think since they watched a few shows they know what they are doing and what it’s all about.

Therefore, I have always stressed the importance of education in this field, true we don’t have all the answers but at the same time there are things we do know, we know the difference between what you see on TV and what you don’t. We know TV is there to entertain you, we know they don’t show all the effects of what can happen if you mess with things you shouldn’t, all the research that goes into it, all the evidence you go through, all the hard work that takes place. So, reality TV once again isn’t very real, but yes, it’s entertaining and fun to watch. Just keep in mind there is so much behind the scene you don’t see and remember, you are never truly alone!

About the Author:

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Becky McKiddy-Gydesen

Becky McKiddy-Gydesen

Radio host of Mysteries Explained
every Thursday from 8-10 Eastern time

Owner of Tucson Ghost Company, LLC
(Tucson Ghost Tour, Tucson Ghost Experience, special events & more)

Founder/lead investigator of Tucson Ghost Society
(Free paranormal investigations)

Writer of Arizona Paranormal for Tucson Happenings

Author of an upcoming book “Haunted Tucson” due in stores in Oct 2019

(520) 373-5387

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