Written by Alex Cayas
The Haunting Hours bid farewell last night with not only the final show for 2016 but the final show for 12 months as host Dan McMath is taking a 12-month sabbatical from the Paranormal in 2017. This leave not only includes the radio program but also Investigations as well as Dan’s involvement here at Ghosts of Oz as a contributor.
The show rocked as usual and Dan made many thank you shout outs to those who supported and tuned in over the past year as well as reminiscing about his 2016 and his time in the Paranormal so far.
However, deciding to go out with a bang, Dan teased an award he would be giving out during his final show, The Paranormal Knob Jockey of 2016.
Three nominations were presented. In runner up places US TV personalities Nick Groff (Ghost Adventures and Paranormal Lockdown) and Ryan D. Buell (Paranormal State) were named with finally the winner of the 2016 Paranormal Knob Jockey Award going to Gary Mannion, the UK Physical Medium.
Earlier this year footage was released from a séance featuring Gary Mannion.
A physical mediumship séance usually entails the following; A medium is tied to a chair within a cabinet or tent. Sometimes sitters are invited to check the cables and frisk the medium. No metal or technically equipment is allowed. The room is completely darkened with all light blocked out and sitters sit in a circle usually holding hands. The idea behind a séance like this is that the sitters will raise the energy and the medium will bring spirit forward and spirit will interact with the sitters sometimes touching them, moving objects, moving chairs, performing healings and occasionally speaking and performing readings or bringing through loved ones.
The footage captured at retreat in the UK showed Gary Mannion leaving the cabinet untied and interacting with the sitters himself. You can check out the footage here
Gary claims after the footage was released that spirit was in control the entire time and he has no memory of what took place. He maintains his spirit team knew what they were doing and has since stopped holding séances, instead holding trace demonstrations.
The footage and the response by Gary Mannion was enough to have many doubt Gary’s ability and left many with the opinion that the séances were faked.
Ghosts of Oz reached out to Gary Mannion shortly after the footage was released in July this year for an interview regarding the situation. In September, Ghosts of Oz received an email back from Gary that said for an interview to go ahead he would have to charge Ghosts of Oz for his time as the interview would not benefit him at all.
Needless to say, Ghosts of Oz didn’t go ahead with an interview as in our opinion no media outlet would pay for an interview unless the content was somehow exclusive and either was a definitive proof of abilities or spirit contact or some kind of sober confession of wrong doing.
To date Ghosts of Oz hasn’t heard back from Gary Mannion since.
Congratulations to Dan McMath for an excellent year on air hosting The Haunting Hours and another Congratulations to Gary Mannion, winner of the prestigious Paranormal Knob Jockey Award 2016.