Dustin Pari of "Ghost Hunters" and "Ghost Hunters International"  Photo courtesy Facebook
Dustin Pari of "Ghost Hunters" and "Ghost Hunters International" Photo courtesy Facebook

Ghost hunter brings unique conversation to the Miller Theater May 16

Concerts, dance performances, plays and films are among the more common types of entertainment to come to the Miller Theater stage.

On Thursday, one of the more unique events will feature Dustin Pari, of the SyFy series “Ghost Hunters” and “Ghost Hunters International.”

“One of the unique parts of this tour – I may not have time to do a full investigation of these locations, but I’ll be harvesting the stories of each location and presenting stories of these theaters to patrons that night, so that first time patrons and maybe people going all the time will learn about its haunted history,” he said.

Pari’s “Ghosts: Do You Believe?” has two distinct segments with the paranormal lecturer and author discussing his personal experiences followed by a live question and answer session.

Dustin Pari in Argentina in 2009. Photo courtesy Dustin Pari’s Facebook page

Pari’s interest in the paranormal began when he was 9.

“There was a shadow figure in my home in my childhood bedroom,” he said. “At the time I was petrified, but it planted a seed in my head wanting to know more about these things. Now it’s been over 30 years of investigating.”

Pari has experienced many paranormal occurrences since.

“The St. Augustine Lighthouse, I saw a full -body apparition of a woman around the top of the lighthouse. She will always be a favorite,” he said. “At the Houska Castle in the Czech Republic, there was a large dark shadowy figure that was nine to 10 feet tall. I’ve had a lot of interesting experiences over the years.”

The most active place he’s ever visited was the Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. Now abandoned, it was used during World War II and Vietnam and at one time had a state-of-the-art hospital where many soldiers died.

“It is the only place I’ve been to to this day that everything a client brought us to look at, I witnessed or documented in the two to three days we were there. There were footsteps, disembodied voices of American soldiers talking, a white misty apparition in the hospital. It was a very interesting situation,” he said.

Not only has Pari done paranormal research, but he’s a motivational speaker, suicide awareness advocate and Christian lecturer.

With the event Thursday, he said he hopes it will cause people to ask questions.

“I’m not there to force my beliefs on anyone. I want them to ask bigger questions about us being spirits in a human experience,” he said. “I always say I don’t believe we are from here, and I don’t believe when we die our spirits stays here. I want people to think about the bigger picture.”

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $29-$49. Go here for more information.

Charmain Z. Brackett, the publisher of Augusta Good News and Inspiring: Women of Augusta, has covered Augusta’s news for 35 years. Reach her at charmain@augustagoodnews.com. Sign up for the newsletter here.

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