August 7th & 8th

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Prepare To Know, The Unknown



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For the SITH year The UPPRS and Kewadin Casino’s bring you the premiere paranormal event in Michigan! MI Para-Con 5 is back with a vengeance! Not only bringing you the biggest names in the paranormal field like, John Zaffis, Chip Coffey, Jael DePrado, Jeff Belanger, Rosemary Ellen Guiley,Dave Shrader and many more!

For more information on the conference, visit or For booking a Convention Room table, please contact Tim Ellis at 1-906-440-4890.

Tickets can be purchased at the Kewadin Casino Box Office or 1-800-Kewadin.

Online Tickets Coming Soon!

Special Guests

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TV Stars
John Zaffis -”The Haunted Collector”

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…… John Zaffis has over forty years of experience studying and investigating the paranormal. He has had the opportunity to work for and with his aunt and uncle, Ed and Lorraine Warren. This sent John beyond looking for ghosts and hauntings and into studying demonology under the Warrens. This led into John’s involvement with cases of possession and exorcism, which gave him the opportunity to work with prominent exorcists in this field, including Roman Catholic priests, monks, Buddhists, rabbis and ministers. John has assisted and worked with well-known exorcists Bishop Robert McKenna, Father Malachi Martin, and the Reverend Jun.

Josh Gates-”Expedition Unknown” & “Destination Truth”

The star of the wildly popular SyFy network series Destination Truth, Josh is also a television producer and author. He is currently featured on Expedition Unknown, a series on the Travel Channel which sees Gates traveling the world to explore historical mysteries and legends.

Amy Bruni -”Ghost Hunters”

A lifelong paranormal enthusiast, Amy became well known when she joined the cast of the hit SyFy Network series Ghost Hunters in 2008. She has since left television to found her new venture, Strange Escapes, a company which arranges ghost hunts and lectures at purportedly haunted locations.

Adam Berry-”Ghost Hunters”

A graduate of the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Musical Theatre, Adam gained an interest in the paranormal which led him to appear on the second season of the SyFy series Ghost Hunters Academy in 2010. After winning that season, Adam was “promoted” to the TAPS team on the hit show Ghost Hunters. Although no longer with the show, Adam continues to investigate and lecture on the world of the paranormal.

Dustin Pari-”Ghost Hunters”

Appearing in both Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International on the SyFy Network, Dustin has become well known throughout the field of the Paranormal. Outside of exploring the unknown, Dustin is an author and accomplished motivational speaker. After a lengthy absence from television, Pari has now returned to the cast of Ghost Hunters.

Chip Coffey
Jael DePrado -”Destination Truth” “Fact or Faked” “Haunted Highway”

A Columbian born actress & model, Jael has spent a great deal of time researching the paranormal. Appearing first as a field producer and researcher on SyFy’s Destination Truth, DePardo went on to become a mainstay on Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files and also starred in the SyFy series Haunted Highway alongside Jack Osbourne.

Authors & Lecturers
Rosemary Ellen Guiley

Rosemary Ellen Guiley is one of the leading experts on the paranormal with more than 50 books published by major houses on a wide range of paranormal, spiritual, and mystical topics, including nine single-volume encyclopedias. Her work is translated into 15 languages. She has worked full-time in the paranormal since 1983, researching, investigating, writing and presenting and teaching.

Tim Ellis & Brad Blair – The UPPRS & The Creaking Door Podcast

A Journey Through The Supernatural
Ever wonder where this “Ghost Craze” all started? Come on a Journey Through The Supernatural with veteran paranormal enthusiasts Tim Ellis and Brad Blair of the Upper Peninsula Paranormal Research Society. Learn about some of the first Ghost Stories ever told, some of the most famous Ghost Photos, the pioneers in the field of Paranormal Research, and just what these unseen entities really are. Tim and Brad will also share first hand experiences from their Sixteen plus years of experience in chasing Ghosts!

This presentation is a MUST SEE for ALL Paranormal Enthusiast.

Tim Ellis and Brad Blair are veteran paranormal investigators who have been chasing ghosts since they were kids growing up together in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Childhood friends since third grade Brad and Tim have taken their love of the paranormal as kids to the next level when they created the Upper Peninsula Paranormal Research Society in 2000 along with their other childhood friend Steve LaPlaunt.

Starting in 2011 Tim and Brad spoke to sold out and standing room only crowds across the region with their presentation “A Journey Through The Supernatural”. For more information on the Upper Peninsula Paranormal Research Society please visit

Jeff Belanger-Author, “30 Odd Minutes”

Jeff is one of the leading authors & experts on the paranormal, ghosts, UFOs, folklore and legends. He is one of the head writers and researchers for the Travel Channel’s hit show Ghost Adventures, and is the Emmy-nominated host, writer, and producer of the New England Legends series. Jeff has authored over a dozen books published in six languages, and is the host of the cable show 30 Odd Minutes.

Joshua P. Warren
Robert Murch -Ouija Board Historian
Radio & Media Stars
Dave Schrader-”Darkness Radio”

Since 2006, Dave has been the Executive Producer & Host of the wildly popular Paranormal Talk Radio Show; Darkness on the Edge of Town (weeknights from 9 PM to Midnight CST on KTCN – Minneapolis’s Top-Rated AM Talk Station). Dave interviews intriguing guests revolving around the Paranormal and the Unknown. Dave is the coauthor of the book, The Other Side (2009, Houghton Mifflin), and has contributed to TAPS ParaMagazine (The Official Magazine of SyFy’s Ghost Hunters Show). He is frequently a guest speaker at related conferences worldwide, and has been featured on Paranormal Programs on A&E (Paranormal State) and Travel Channel (Ghost Adventuress and Co-Host on Paranormal Challenge), plus affiliates of ABC and NBC. Dave has been an active participant in hundreds of investigations worldwide and has connections to top personalities and inventors specializing in paranormal active

Slack Jaw Punks

Founded in 2012, Slack Jaw Punks began one sad and lonely wednesday night. Jake Riley was cruizing Craigslist’s Causal Encounters page when a particular ad caught his eye.

“Overly aggressive horror nerd with excessive amount of body hair seeks fellow horror nerd to form a lifetime partnership of telling people what they think about Horror movies, comic books, video games and T.V. Shows. Also I enjoy the HBO show Deadwood.”

Jake Riley instantly responded to the ad and was born. In the short 2 years since it was founded has showcased the premiere talent in the genre: From Eduardo Sanchez to Henry Rollins. Featuring interviews, reviews, podcasts and even junk food reviews (thanks to SJP’s resident chef/paranormal expert Patrick), it’s easy to see that SJP was founded by horror movie junkies for horror movie junkies.

Tim Dennis-Darkness Radio

With a background in Mass Communication and Radio Broadcasting, Tim is the co-host of The Darkness on the Edge of Town Paranormal Radio Show, also known as Darkness Radio. Tim is also the co-host of Extreme Pro Wresting Radio, and participates in regional wrestling promotions in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

Mediums & Psychics
Tim Shaw

The religion of Spiritualism can be traced back to Tim’s family to the late 1800’s. He is an Ordained Minister, Psychic Medium, Reiki, Spiritualist, and Energy Healer as well as Paranormal Investigators.


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