Thursday, March 5, 2015

#1307: Amy Allan & Steve DiSchiavi

The Dead Files is a television series that runs on the Travel Channel. It features psychic medium Amy Allan and former NYPD homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi as they investigate locations reported to be haunted. Allan says she was tormented by shadow people (popularized by Heidi Hollis at Coast to Coast AM in the early 2000s) at age four and has developed psychic powers in the meantime. She used to work odd jobs as a private investigator and security guard before finding this new source of income in the area of ghosts and gullible TV viewers. 

The show’s setup is really just an extensive hot reading adapted to the pseudo-documentary format. Allan and DiSchiavi supposedly do separate investigations of locations reported to be haunted and only compare notes at the very end. Invariably, Allan claims to be in psychic contact with ghosts who tell her what happened at the location, whereas DiSchiavi's research remarkably backs it all up. It’s hard to imagine anyone really falling for it, but they do, indeed.

Diagnosis: It’s pretty hard to treat Allan and DiSchiavi as if they believed their own bullshit; but in any case, anyone who has ever been fascinated by their show deserves an honorable mention in our Encyclopedia.

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