Let the Cello Lead You

The man enters the fortune teller’s tent and sits down before her. He looks forlorn.
“What’s your name?” She rasps, barely looking up from the swipe of tarot cards before her on the lavender colored table cloth.
“Mr. Panicker,” he answers. She plugs her headphones into her crystal ball, which lights up in burst, and carefully slides the headset over her ears. She closes her eyes and furrows her brow in concentration.

“Mmm.” She says, nodding her head to music. “Mmmhmm. Yes, I see all. I hear all, Mr. Panicker.”

“I see you walking to the train station in the rain. You are in a great hurry! Trying to get away. Afraid you won’t make the train on time, pulling your fedora down over your eyes because the rain is blinding you.” Mr. Panicker stares at her in disbelief and hears a quiet strain of cello music escaping from the ridges of her headphones…

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Let the sounds of the cello lead you to our VIP dinner, a most unique soiree, taking place the evening of Friday, October 14 at the Mitchell Park Pavilion on the Lagoon (near the Domes). After arriving, you might find yourself seated next to a foremost authority on cryptozoology, someone who actively investigates UFO sightings, or members of a team that dedicated to capturing evidence that ghosts exist. It’s a chance to be social and enjoy dinner with Milwaukee Paranormal Conference speakers, behind the scenes staff, and your fellow VIPs. Food and drink will be provided, and you’ll be treated to a performance by acclaimed cellist Janet Schiff.

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Photo: Doug Seymour

Janet creates music that is beautiful, rich, haunting, mixing old  (one of her cellos, made in Romania, is 103 years old) with new– electronic loopers allow her to layer her riffs. It gives her music an “enigmatic quality” as Milwaukee Paranormal Conference director Tea Krulos described when he profiled her band Nineteen Thirteen in a 2011 article. The other half of Nineteen Thirteen is the brilliant percussionist Victor DeLorenzo, founding member of Milwaukee’s favorite sons, the Violent Femmes.

We’re thrilled to be able to offer this intimate solo performance for our VIPs.

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In addition to the dinner party, VIPs get into both days (Oct.15-16) of our conference at the UWM Student Union for free. Check out our updated schedule and start planning which talks, panels, and workshops you want to check out.

VIPs also get into our Raven’s Ball masquerade party for free. This is taking place Saturday night (Oct.15) after the conference at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center and features performances from Dead Man’s Carnival, Quasimondo theater, Sunspot, Gnarrenschiff and Tamarind Tribal Belly Dance, Subspace, and more. It also features a big costume contest. Check out a Facebook event page here: www.facebook.com/events/286709081708240/

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VIPs also get a limited edition conference tote bag that has over two dozen swag items from our sponsors, vendors, and friends– stickers, magnets, a magazine, a water bottle, download codes, a keychain, lots of unique items. Like the VIP passes themselves, there is only 100!

You can find more info, including a list of swag here: milwaukeeparacon.com/2016/08/19/milwaukee-paranormal-con-swag-bag-is-totes-mcgoats-awesome/

VIP tickets are still at the low price of $75.

Purchasing one will help make the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference happen, so please get one via our Indiegogo campaign todayigg.me/at/milwaukeeparacon

Vendors of the Week 23: Jason Braun

(SATURDAY ONLY)

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Jason is a writer and illustrator who works from his cabin/studio in the woods of rural Wisconsin. He graduated with a BFA from UW-Milwaukee in 1998 and worked as a graphic designer for several years before leaving the corporate world in order to focus on his art. In addition to his RPG credits, which include: Goblinoid Games, Chaotic Henchmen Productions, Black Blade Publishing, and Rob Kuntz’s Pied Piper Publishing, Jason creates crisp commercial illustrations, festival and theatrical posters, whimsical paintings, and pet portraits.

Jason is a cat whisperer, an ordained Dudeist minister and enjoys camping, horror movies, and Irish whiskey.

Website: www.jasonbraun.com

Help support Milwaukee Paranormal Conference by pre-ordering tickets and merch today! igg.me/at/milwaukeeparacon

Vendors of the Week 22: Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee

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Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee (PIM) is a Milwaukee, WI based paranormal phenomena investigative group. We conduct investigations in private homes and businesses that report paranormal activity, using the scientific method and various equipment in an attempt to separate the explainable from the unexplainable.

Website: www.paranormalmilwaukee.com

PIM is participating in the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference with a Friday night investigation of the Milwaukee Theater (sold out!), a workshop on EMF readings, and a screening of a documentary about them is part of the Sunday Milwaukee Paranormal Conference Film Fest line up.

Help make the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference happen by pre-ordering tickets and merch today! igg.me/at/milwaukeeparacon

 

Special Activity: Ghost Story Open Mic

Sunday, UWM Ballroom West, with your hosts with the mosts, Deadgar’s Dark Coffin Classics!

Open-Mic-Media-Detail-CCHere’s how this idea came about. Con director Tea Krulos noticed last year at our first con that a number of people were enjoying having an environment where they could talk about their own supernatural experiences. People were talking to investigation groups on the vendor floor, podcasters recorded some of their stories, and Krulos himself heard a few hair-raising tales.

Later, Krulos was on assignment with M magazine writing a short round up of open mic nights around town– comedy, music, poetry, etc.– and the idea hit him like a peanut butter truck crashing into a jelly factory…Ghost Story Open Mic.

This is how it’ll work. Think of a story you’d like to share. Maybe it’s something eerie that you’ve experienced directly, or a creepy story told to you by a relative or friend. Or maybe it’s a story that frightened you around the campfire when you were young. Sign up at the ticket and registration table and you’ll be given a 5 minute timeslot for the open mic. First come, first serve, so show up early to sign up. Don’t be shy– you’re among friends!

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Horror host Deadgar Winter (right) and co-host Celeste Parker

Our open mic emcees are horror host Deadgar Winter, and his co-host Celeste Parker, stars of Deadgar’s Dark Coffin Classics. Deadgar and his entourage of Deadgirls screen classic cult favorite B horror and sci fi movies interspersed with their own with skits and commentary.

Deadgar’s Dark Coffin Classics airs in Kenosha and Milwaukee on Channel 16 and Channel 987 in Jefferson County. For more details, check out: deadgarwinter65.wix.com/deadgar-winter

You can also see archived episodes on YouTube and Vimeo.

Support the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference by buying tickets and merch in advance via our Indiegogo! We need your advance support to make this happen:  igg.me/at/milwaukeeparacon

Panel Discussion: Best UFO Reports 2016

Saturday, UWM Ballroom West

Moderator: Nick Roesler (Beyond Deep Black Radio) Panel: Chase Kloetzke (Mutual UFO Network) and Kevin Malek (UFO Wisconsin Research Team).

What are UFOs and where do they come from? This discussion will talk about some of the most compelling UFO cases reported so far in 2016. Our ufology experts will talk about case studies from around the country, the world, and from Wisconsin.

Our panel moderator is Nick Roesler, author of In Focus: Photographic Evidence of Unconventional Flying Objects and host of Beyond Deep Black Radio on KGRA.

Chase Kloetzke has been with MUFON (the largest UFO research organization in the world) since 1996 and is currently MUFON’s Deputy Director of Investigations and Special Case Manager. Read a full bio on her here: milwaukeeparacon.com/2016/07/25/guest-speaker-chase-kloetzke

Kevin Malek is a paranormal historian and founder of the Northern Wisconsin Paranormal Society. He is also a ufologist and field investigator for the UFO Wisconsin Research Team. He is a contributing writer for Supernatural Magazine and one of the hosts of the paranormal radio show Paraversal Universe on the Paranormal King Radio Network. He also serves as a conspiracy analyst for Ultimate Conspiracies, Apocalypse Nation, and the PKRN. Kevin and his wife Jennifer Scelsi-Malek run the Northwoods Paranormal Resource Center in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
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Supporting sponsor: KGRA Radio, the best in UFO, Paranormal and Alternative Talk Radio on the internet! LISTEN LIVE NOW @ www.kgraradio.com
Milwaukee Paranormal Conference tickets available now:  igg.me/at/milwaukeeparacon

Milwaukee Paranormal Con Swag Bag is Totes McGoats Awesome

Free with Purchase of a VIP Ticket, available now at our Indiegogo fundraiser: igg.me/at/milwaukeeparacon

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This stylish tote will turn your friends lime green with envy when they see it. It’s only available with the purchase of a VIP pass, which also includes admission to both days of the conference, an exclusive dinner party (the night of Friday, Oct.14) for VIPs and guest speakers, and free admission to our Saturday night Raven’s Ball party. This ticket prices were raised, but are now back down to their original price…$75.

Inside the VIP tote bag, you’ll find a Milwaukee Paranormal Conference sticker and event program (with schedule, speaker info, original art and winning story of our short fiction contest) and also includes magnets, stickers, bookmarks, coupons, keychains, magazines, download codes, buttons, can coozies, water bottles, and more from our 2016 vendors, sponsors, and friends:

Blurry Photos podcast * Brew City Paranormal * International Cryptozoology Museum * Dawn’s Dark Treasures * Donovan Scherer * Madison Ghost Walk * Haunted Rockford * Old Baraboo Inn * Badger Bus Tours * Ghostly Gadgets * Tea Krulos (book preview) * Witchsconsin Project * Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee * Minnesota Krampus * Monette Bebow- Reinhard * Cait May Illustration * Kat Green * Muddy Water Press * Universal Awareness Center * Chase Kloetzke * Fate magazine
Ratbatspider * Bucket O’ Blood Books and Records * David Beyer, Jr. * American Science & Surplus * Cult of Weird * and more!

Order your VIP pass today! Only 100 available! igg.me/at/milwaukeeparacon

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Photos by Wendy Schreier Photography

 

Vendor of the Week 20-21: American Science & Surplus

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Here at American Science & Surplus we are fascinated by discovery and invention. And we are dedicated to having fun along the way. We offer an eclectic range of products, many with a science or educational tilt to them, others simply handy or amusing. Value is important, and whenever we can, we carry surplus at prices well below retail. We love closeouts, inventory overruns, mis-manufactures, and items whose time has not come.


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Milwaukee, 6901 W. Oklahoma Ave.
Chicago, 5316 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Geneva/ West Chicago, 33W361 Roosevelt Road (Route 36)

Website: www.sciplus.com
Toll free: 888-SCIPLUS (888-724-7587)

 

 

 

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Milwaukee Paranormal Conference tickets are now available via our Indiegogo: igg.me/at/milwaukeeparacon

Our VIP tickets are limited to 100 and come with an exclusive swag bag with our logo, filled with dozens of items from our vendors and sponsors. American Science & Surplus is contributing an awesome voodoo doll keychain! Get your VIP pass today, before they sell out!

Panel Discussion:Haunted Road Trip

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Sunday, UWM Ballroom West

Moderator
: Mike Huberty (See You on the Other Side podcast, Minneapolis Ghost Walks) Panel:  Mike Hoke (Cedarburg Ghost & Dark History Walking Tours), Lisa Van Buskirk (Madison Ghost Walks), Kathi Kresol (Haunted Rockford, author of Murder & Mayhem in Rockford, Illinois).

Pack a lunch, fill up the ol’ gas tank, and hit the open road in search of ghost stories! Our panel moderator is Mike Huberty, who explores the paranormal on a podcast he co-hosts called See You on the Other Side. He also runs a Minneapolis ghost walking tour and will talk to a panel of tour guides and experts that will tell you about some places you can visit within a couple hours drive of Milwaukee.

You’ll hear the lore behind eerie historical locations in Madison, Cedarburg, and Rockford that are open to the public, so you can plan a fall drive to go take a look and explore for yourself.

MPC Tours

We have three tours associated with this year’s Milwaukee Paranormal Conference and we encourage you to get tickets now as all of these have a very limited capacity.

Milwaukee Ghosts- Tours and Investigations has their Third Ward Walking Tour the night of Sat., Oct. 15 after the con.. Meets outside Milwaukee Public Market, 7:30pm. More info here: www.milwaukeeghosts.com/tours.asp

Forest Home Cemetery Walking Tour, is taking place Sunday morning, 10:30am-noon (meet at cemetery office at 10:15am). Historical tour with guide Robert Giese. Tour is $7, includes a souvenir booklet. Tickets are limited to 30 and can be purchased on the MPC Indiegogo fundraiser page: igg.me/at/milwaukeeparacon


Milwaukee Paranormal Conference is currently pre-selling tickets and merch through a fundraiser to help us cover our costs. Please check out our Indiegogo page and contribute today:  igg.me/at/milwaukeeparacon

Guest Speaker: Katrina Weidman

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Shepherd Express presents: “Q & A with Katrina Weidman of Paranormal Lockdown,” Saturday, Wisconsin Room

Katrina Weidman became actively involved in paranormal research while attending Penn State University. While pursuing degrees in Integrative Arts and Theater and a minor in music technology, she was also able to pursue her passion for the paranormal by becoming case manager for the famed Paranormal Research Society (originally founded as a Penn State student organization). PRS (and Katrina) became the focus of the A&E channel docudrama Paranormal State, which aired from 2007-2011.

Katrina then served as host to the Chiller channel’s Real Fear: the Truth Behind the Movies, which explored horror movies based on actual events. It has been rated Chiller’s number one original program.

Katrina currently co-stars (along with Nick Groff, of Ghost Adventures) on the hit Destination America show Paranormal Lockdown. The popular and acclaimed first season that aired earlier this year led to a renewal for a second season. A Halloween 2-hour special airs just a couple weeks after our conference, on October 28. That special will document Katrina and Nick (along with Haunted Collector star John Zaffis) on their investigation of the Black Monk House in Yorkshire, England.

At the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference, Katrina will be featured in a special Q and A session facilitated by Mike Huberty and Wendy Lynn Staats, hosts of the podcast See You On The Other Side. They’ll talk about Katrina’s experiences on the first season of Paranormal Lockdown, and what we can expect for season 2. It’ll be followed by a Q and A from the audience, and an autograph session.

Website: www.katrinaweidman.com 

art592This presentation is made possible by the Shepherd Express, Milwaukee’s weekly alternative. Be a reader, not a follower: www.shepherdexpress.com


Support the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference via our Indiegogo campaign today, ehich features tickets and special perks! igg.me/at/milwaukeeparacon

Milwaukee Paranormal Conference Needs Your Support


Con fans! Last year you blew us away with your response to our show. The feedback we got was more space, more amazing guest speakers, more days, more everything! We couldn’t have agreed more on said more! The 2016 Milwaukee Paranormal Conference WILL feature more everything, but that also means a much bigger investment for us. Please consider using our IndieGoGo to pre-order your ticket before it expires on September 5. By pre-ordering your ticket you help us fund all of the everything. If we fail to meet our goal we might have to scale back some of our plans and we want to make sure this is the best con it can be. Please blow us away with your support again!

Here’s the link to the Indigogo page: igg.me/at/milwaukeeparacon

In addition to pre-ordering tickets, we have some additional options. You can pre-order some merch:

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Logo T-shirts, S-XL: $15

Logo T-shirts, 2XL-3XL: $20

Logo Coffee Mug: $9

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Poster: $20

Poster T-shirt, S-XL: $25

Poster T-shirt, 2XL-3XL: $30

[We will  be adding more shirt designs, tank tops and sweatshirts– updates soon!]

Our VIP ticket is the ultimate conference experience and includes admission to both days of the conference, an exclusive Friday night VIP dinner party, our Saturday night masquerade ball, and a swag bag filled with items from our vendors and sponsors, all this for $85. A $95 version also includes the Forest Home Cemetery tour and MPC Film Fest. A $100 version limited to 10 includes the VIP ticket and a glow-in-the-dark ink version of our conference poster from Muddy Water Press.

Another great promo we have going is an Event Supporting Sponsorship. Basically, you buy a block of 12 tickets for the price of 10 and get listed as a supporting sponsor. More info here: milwaukeeparacon.com/our-sponsors

Please consider contributing today at: igg.me/at/milwaukeeparacon