Well, here we are again. Zak Bagans has done something dangerous and amateurish in regards to the paranormal and has once again written it off without accepting any real responsibility.
During a recently aired episode of Ghost Adventures, Bagans and his crew were given access to the storied Annabelle doll, which has been stored behind glass since it was confiscated by Ed and Lorraine Warren in the 1970s. The doll, which is supposedly a powerful negative conduit, is never handled without gloves and holy water at hand, and comes with a host of warnings to those in her presence. First and foremost, of course, is that she is not to be touched.
So, was anyone really surprised when Bagans managed to touch the doll during the investigation? I wasn’t.
Bagans has a history of irresponsible investigating techniques. He seems to be unable to approach investigation without resorting to provocation, even when it isn’t necessary, generally adding to whatever negative energy already resides in a particular location. His seemingly staged, hyperactive responses to every little creak and pop in creepy old abandoned buildings have almost become legendary. And yet, after 15 seasons, the show continues to draw in high ratings.
In this latest misstep, Bagans, while in the presence of the doll, moves bit by bit toward Annabelle as the investigation continues before finally reaching out and touching her foot. Not only was this seen as a dangerous move but also disrespectful to Tony Spera and Lorraine Warren’s rules.
Still, others have suggested that Bagans and his crew actually were not working with Annabelle at all, but that it was a lookalike instead.
Never one to pass up a chance to be seen and heard, Bagans released a statement in which he claims that he is highly sensitive to certain energies and that he absorbs those energies. He describes this contact as “a rush, it’s exhilarating, it’s terrifying.” He goes on to say that there are multiple layers of negativity around Annabelle and that she and her energy drew him closer and closer until he had to make contact. He says that Tony was not really angry with him for breaking the rules but more surprised at seeing the fallout that Zak went through after touching the doll.
So, just so everyone knows, Zak didn’t do it for the ratings. He had to do it. Annabelle made him.
NOW, I’ve no doubt that Annabelle has the ability to affect her surroundings. I have no doubt that she is the conduit for negative entities that she is claimed to be. HOWEVER, as I said, this is just another example in a long line of audience baiting that Bagans has been a part of since the beginning of his show.
As someone who is a sensitive and a medium, I believe it is possible that Bagans could also be gifted, but at this point in his career, if he’s going to keep doing what he is doing, he is going to have to learn to control those gifts and know when to put the walls up so that he doesn’t hurt himself or worse, others.
Most of all, he is going to have to learn that showboating and putting himself in situations like these might make for good television, but they make for terrible examples for younger people who want to start investigating. He is not a role model. If anything, he is the opposite.
In the meantime, I’m sure his ratings will continue to maintain and his museum of occult paraphernalia will draw thousands of visitors. And I will be sitting here, watching well, any paranormal show he isn’t in.