Loyd Auerbach on HOTEL IMPOSSIBLE, January 7, 2013

Back in September, I visited the Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill, CA (in the Gold Country), at the invitation of the Travel Channel, to participate in the shooting of an episode of HOTEL IMPOSSIBLE.

While the show focuses on helping hotels that need both a facelift and other work to bring them back from a financial brink, as the Hotel Leger had a reputation for being haunted, they’d asked me to do a brief investigative assessment and something more.

With the crew of the show and the entire town working on physical renovations of the hotel, it was really tough to do a great job of investigating. Fortunately, I also had some information from a colleague, Mark Boccuzzi of the Windbridge Institute, who’d done an investigation several years ago. Maria Lagana-Sales, a psychic who has worked with the Office of Paranormal Investigations, came along for a bit to provide her insight as well.

The show aired on Travel Channel last night, and there was no mention of the haunting at all, which also meant I was not in the episode. Given the focus of the show and the oh-so-enormous job they did renovating, it makes sense that the ghost story was simply something that could not fit in the time they had allotted for the episode. That’s Show Biz (and at least I got paid a fair fee for the shoot).

Of course, I was disappointed, especially since I appeared in a couple of photos posted on the show website. I am also disappointed on behalf of the hotel, as the haunting was yet one more marketable point in its favor, and even a brief mention would have gotten curiosity going which would draw more people to stay there. In fact, besides having me do my assessment (challenging, with all the work going on at the time), the other reason they’d asked me to come was to discuss best ways to “market a haunted hotel,” something I’m familiar with.

However, the Travel Channel did post a video clip about the ghosts and does include me (along with host Anthony Melchiorri and hotel owner Ashley Canty). Watch it at http://www.travelchannel.com/video/hotel-leger-haunted

It’s a good piece, though what’s missing is a short bit on the brief experience host Anthony Melchiorri had in one of the basement areas (which was originally an old jail cell). On the clip, you see me with an EMF meter that’s reacting — you don’t see that this was connected to Anthony’s experience (which is the only thing that made the anomalous magnetic reading have anything to do with a potential psychic/paranormal experience).

More on the Hotel Leger will follow, and I hope to announce an event I’ll be hosting there in the next couple of months within the next few days.

Go to the episode page for the Hotel Leger and check out Anthony Melchiorri’s photos for a  couple of snaps of me as well.

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About Loyd Auerbach

LOYD AUERBACH, M.S., Director of the Office of Paranormal Investigations, is one of the world's leading experts on Psychic Experience and Ghosts, and has been investigating and researching the paranormal for over 30 years. He is the co-author of author of the book THE GHOST DETECTIVES’ GUIDE TO HAUNTED SAN FRANCISCO with the late renowned psychic Annette Martin (2011, Craven Street Books/Linden Publishing) and the author of 7 other books, including A PARANORMAL CASEBOOK (Atriad Press, 2005), HAUNTINGS & POLTERGEISTS (Ronin Publishing, 2004) and GHOST HUNTING: How to Investigate the Paranormal (Ronin, 2004). His first book, ESP, HAUNTINGS AND POLTERGEISTS: A Parapsychologist’s Handbook (Warner Books, 1986) was named the “Sacred Text” on Ghosts in the 1990s and has been cited by numerous people as their inspiration for “getting into the paranormal.” He has a graduate degree in Parapsychology and has been teaching courses on the subject since 1983. He is a professor at both Atlantic University and JFK University and is the creator and Instructor of the Certificate Program in Parapsychological Studies at HCH Institute in Lafayette, also available for distance learning or in coaching form. Recently elected President of the Forever Family Foundation (for 2013 & 2014), he is on the Board of Directors of the Rhine Research Center, holds a position with the Psychic Entertainers Association and is on the Advisory Boards of the Windbridge Institute and the Forever Family Foundation. His media appearances on TV, radio and in print number in the thousands, including national programs such as The View, Larry King Live, Ghost Adventures, Ghost Stories, Sightings, Unsolved Mysteries, and specials on A&E, History, Travel and Discovery Channels, and more. He is a professional mentalist and psychic entertainer, performing as Professor Paranormal. He is also a public speaking and media skills coach, and has been teaching those subjects in university and corporate settings since the late 1980s, and currently coaches authors, entrepreneurs, corporate execs and others. As of 2010, he is also a professional chocolatier, producing and selling his chocolate under the business name of Haunted By Chocolate – with a book on the subject coming in 2013.