Zak Bagans Biography
Zak Bagans (Zachary Alexander Bagans) is an American actor, paranormal investigator, television personality and author born on 5th April 1977 in Washington, D.C. He hosts Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel series.
Zak graduated from Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, in 1995 and later joined the Motion Picture Institute in Michigan. He moved to Las Vegas after graduating from Motion Picture Institute aspiring to film documentaries. He found work as a wedding disc jockey. Zak has a passion for investigating paranormal which he says was as a result of a “a face-to-face encounter with the spirit of a suicidal woman” in a former apartment building in Trenton, Michigan.
Zak Bagans Age/ Zak Bagans Birthday
Zac Bagans was born on 5th April 1977 in Washington, D.C (41 years as of 2018)
Zak Begans Family
Zak was born in a middle class family to an interior designer mother Nancy Knapp and her husband. He is the second born to his parents with an older sister Meredith. His parents later divorced and his mother remarried and gave birth to two more children, Sky and Phil.
Zak Bagans Wife
Zak is not married and according to his facebook page he is not in a relationship.
Zak Bagans Children
Zac Bagans is not married nor does he have any children (as of 2018)
Zak Bagans Net Worth
Zak has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.
Ghost Adventures/ Zak Ghost Adventures/ Ghost Adventures Zak Bagans
In 2004 Zak Bagans teamed up with Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin to produced a documentary-style film called Ghost Adventures which was to be presented in form of an independent film but due to lack of financies it never saw the light of the day. Luckily in 2006 4Reel productions came on board and decided to produce it as a documentary.
In July 2007 the documentary started airing on Syfy channel. It followed the trio in haunted places in and around Nevada. The documentary received the Grand Jury prize at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.
The show was later developed into a fully fledged series with the first season premiering in December 2008. Throughout the making of the series the filming crew has faced paranormal experiences themselves for example during the shooting of the fourth season Zak suffered several scratch marks on his back which he says resulted from confrontation with ‘bad spirits’.
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Zak Bagans has also faced criticism from several paranomal enthusiasts citing that together with his team they use severe methods to deal with the ‘bad spirits’. Zak however responded saying that his team doesn’t use these confrontational and provocative tactics on all the spirits, they only use them to provoke the bad spirits that harm human beings.
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Zak Bagans began hosting the spin-off to ‘Ghost Adventures’ titled ‘Paranormal Challenge’ in 2011. In the show the esteemed ghost hunters from across the United States faced each other head to head with each other in weekly adventures. The participants had to stay nights in the haunted locations across the country. The show was a flop and was cancelled after one season.
In 2012 Zak Bagans presented ‘Paranormal Paparazzi’ which was set in a newsroom where Zak interviewed several paranormal researchers as they recollect their experiences on haunting expeditions throughout the United States in the most haunted of places, the show was cancelled after its first season.
In 2014 Zak Bagans presented ‘Ghost Adventures: Extra Pulses’, a TV show which showed the behind the scenes footage from ‘Ghost Adventures’ along with some other un-aired additional facts and scenes. In the same year he also hosted ‘Ghost Adventures: Aftershocks’ where he interviewed the former cast of the ‘Ghost Adventures’ as they talk about how those paranormal experiences have changed their lives.
In 2016 he began hosting ‘Deadly Possessions’, a tv series where he talks about his museum in Las Vegas and gives the viewers a tour through the museum which exhibits a collection of haunted artifacts.
Zak Bagans New Show
In 2008 Zak Bagans released a documentary film titled ‘Demon House’ which explored the popular ‘Ammons Haunting Case’ which was widely publicized by the US media in 2011. Zak had purchased the haunted house and recorded his experience with a crew. Strange things began happening to the crew as they progressed which led to them fearing for their lives.
Zak Bagans Haunted Museum
Zak Bagans decided to give other people a chance to experience the spine chilling feeling of the spirit world by initiating The Haunted Museum located in Las Vegas.
Its an 11,000 square feet property that was formerly owned by Cyril S. Wengert and was built in 1938. Throughout the years, the house has been known to be haunted by spirits and it is believed they belonged to the former owners of the house and the spirits have been terrorizing other occupants of the house. Las Vegans claim that dark rituals took place in the houses’ basement during the 1970s.
People visiting The Haunted Museum go through creepy hallways and also secret passways into more than 30 rooms that resemble the rooms in Hollywood horror rooms setting stage for frightening facts.
Among the hundreds of terrifying possessions, museum-goers can even peek inside the VW death van in which Dr. Jack Kevorkian ended the suffering of terminally ill patients as well as get a close-up look at the “Propofol chair” from Michael Jackson’s death room.
Perhaps most unsettling, the original staircase from Indiana’s “Demon House,” notorious for powerful paranormal activity before being demolished in 2014. The wooden banister and creaky steps now stand in a dimly-lit corner, resting on a blanket of dirt from the location. Following its installation, a group of construction workers walked off the job and refused to come back.For that reason, visitors are required to sign a waiver stating they understand the risks before entering
Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to get into this facility. They can however learn all about the haunted collection filmed entirely at the museum in Ghost Adventures – Artifacts on Travel Channel.
Zak Bagans Museum Contacts
Email; [email protected]
Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum
location; 600 E. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Zak Bagans Books
- 2015: I Am Haunted: Living Life Through the Dead
- 2014: I Am Haunted
- 2013: Darkness Optional: The Holy Truth
- 2011: Dark World: Into the Shadows with the Lead Investigator of The Ghost Adventures Crew
Zak Bagans and Nick Groff
Zak Begans and Nick Groff were both crew members of ‘Ghost Adventures’ until Nick left. They were speculations that there was a fall out between them but due to Zak’s cryptic tweets after Nick debuted his show ‘Paranormal Lockdown’ on Destination America. In the tweets Zak accused unnamed character of shamelessly using the Ghost Adventurers brand to promote his own endeavors.
This maybe or may not be true as other reports revealed that Nick had to leave the show as he was approached by Destination America network to host a show and the scheduling of both shows crashed which forced him to leave.
Zak Bagans House
In 2014 Zak Bagans bought a house on Carolina Street in Gary after the news hit the media that the house was haunted and the occupants had also been possessed. He bought the house through a phone call without even before seeing i.
Zak did a documentary about his own experiences in the house in which he claims he became so ill that he couldn’t leave his room for eight days. He said witnesses and experts were hospitalized. Crew members quit or were fired.
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You purchasing this “Demon House” in Indiana made headlines, especially with you purchasing it over the phone. Having been to so many haunted locations, what made this house stand out to you and say, “I have to buy it without even seeing it”?
Zak Bagans: As I travel around, I look for credible eye witnesses and interviews, and the moment that I heard a little boy walked backwards up an emergency room wall, there were so many credible eye witnesses to testify that what they saw and what they experienced were things that were out of this world. That’s the ultimate Holy Grail investigation. And so, when you start going down the list, there was a chief of police, a detective, a captain, a case manager, doctors, psychiatrists, emergency room staff. These people have nothing to gain from coming out and saying what they witnessed literally traumatized them. So I knew that this was something special, something great in terms of a manifestation in the material world that we can try to observe and get information from.
When the story came out, all the Hollywood companies were going crazy trying to secure the rights to the family to make a big movie. I just wanted to be there and I literally bought the house over the phone. I arrived two weeks later completely unprepared.
Fans of Ghost Adventures will realize that this is not a standard investigation that they’re used to seeing. When did you realize that this was not a normal encounter, that this is something far beyond what you’ve experienced?
Zak Bagans: When I first walked in, I walked down into the basement and I started getting this feeling of anxiety and whatnot. But to me, that wasn’t strong enough to tell me that something was going on. It really wasn’t until I let a previous tenant come inside with her three children, when this really shook me and my crew up and took this into an entirely new direction. When she went downstairs and something hit her in the leg, I watched that moment. I saw her knee buckle. And the way that her demeanor changed immediately thereafter, it was a weird vibe in that house. It was like, “Something is really not good.” And when I got a call a couple days later and something happened to her daughter and some of my crew quit because of that, that’s when I didn’t know how to handle that. I didn’t know what to do.
But that was the first moment that I actually had that shockwave of, “Wow. What is the coincidence of this happening two days after she left my house?” And hearing the things that this little girl did, it scared me, and for a moment I felt responsible for allowing them into the house. But I warned the mother, who was persistent to go inside. And she was more concerned with just going and showing her kids the room where she grew up in. That was the whole thing. The other thing really wasn’t on her mind at all, believing, “Wow, there is truth to this.”
This house was different in that it seems to have physically affected most people who visited, including yourself. Are other people still feeling the effects of this? Is it getting better or is it something you feel you’ll be with for the rest of your life?
Zak Bagans: It’s like the house was a disease, a contagious disease. We all got exposed to it. Some people cleared it up longer, some people cured it, some people didn’t. It caused some of these professional people to move out of the state after they experienced what they experienced. I’m still dealing with this affliction of my eyes, which have permanent double vision and crossing. I’m wearing prism glasses still. I refused surgery in both my eyes. They’ve ruled out neurological conditions. They can’t explain why this happened right after I spent time in the house. They can’t explain why Dr. Taff had organs shut down. When you start seeing this and actually being a part of it and feeling it, then you become a little submissive to it.
And I hate to say that part of me is attracted to the edge of this chaos and danger. I like flirting with it to feel this, but the affliction I endured from the house was caused by whatever unseen forces are in the house. Look what it did to everybody else and look at the timing of what it did. So am I still being affected? Yes, absolutely. And I was nervous for this week. There’s a weird part of this house that stays with you, and it feels like they’re listening to you. Whenever I talk about it, things happen and I was worried about this week if anything would happen. Things like that go through my mind, but I can’t be submissive and worried, then it’ll just make it worse, but I think it may have inspired me to move into a different house and turn it into an old cathedral church, that’s for sure. But at the same token, I have kept a few pieces of the house and want to keep them as mementos for what I went through.
Has this experience informed any decisions you’ll make for investigating paranormal activity in homes moving forward?
Zak Bagans: Well, I’m not saying I’m preventing it totally, but if you want to find answers to things that are beyond what we can understand, you’ve gotta understand that there’s risks involved. And I understand those, but I’m also an investigator. It’s in my blood. So, do I want to be hurt with afflictions physically? Do I want to see other people hurt? Absolutely not. But it’s the knowing of what these are and the manifestations and what they’re doing. It is just absolutely completely and utterly fascinating beyond belief, because religion divides us all on this planet—there are so many different religions. There are so many different interpretations of higher powers and God. And to me, being able to be part of an event where non-human entities are at work or manifesting or you can feel their powers, there’s part of a thrill factor in that for me.
But it’s also, “How far am I going to step on that edge before I fall over or somebody else falls over?” And it was real close during this investigation, especially with this young girl. But again, I wouldn’t take it back at all. I will always remember it and I wanted to destroy it so nobody else can be in there anymore. I bought the house and I could do whatever I wanted with it. I could’ve made a bunch more shows off it or Demon House 2 or tours. But I didn’t. I destroyed it and that’s the way that it is. That was my decision and I owned the house, so I’ll never forget the experience.
You’re right that other people totally would’ve kept the house open for tours. Along those lines, having demolished the home, you mentioned something at the end of the doc about people still trespassing and things like that. Do you feel like the place is safe now that it’s been demolished?
Zak Bagans: I believe that the police uncovered some artifacts that were buried four feet in the dirt, and Father Mike Maginot concluded that some living person did some form of a ritual in the basement to unleash these entities in that house. I thought by destroying what man created in that soil and in the home was at least a first attempt to believing that this was a net, that entering into this home was a cobweb and you were getting entangled in it by walking inside of it, and it would unleash this illness on you. That’s my belief and that’s the measure that I took to take my first step in trying to destroy this. Everybody’s gonna have their own beliefs just like everybody has their own beliefs in religion. So, “Why didn’t you do this? Why didn’t you do that?” This is what I did and this is a decision that came to me from others and what I experienced. So, I’m not going do everything right in anybody else’s eyes all the time, but I believe the house being destroyed will prevent further people from getting hurt.
Before we wrap up, is there anything coming up aside from Demon House that you want to tell our readers about that you’re excited for, such as your Haunted Museum or upcoming episodes of Ghost Adventures?
Zak Bagans: Yeah, Demon House comes out this week and the new season of Ghost Adventures is March 24th. The museum is open in Las Vegas and it’s continuing to grow with new exhibits, and it’s just a crazy place. Outside of that, all my energy’s been on preparing for the Demon House release.