Article by Suzanne Philips

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Brian J Cano

Brian J Cano

Brian J Cano, star of the Syfy show “Haunted Collector”, will be making his way to Las Vegas this August for the 2013 Las Vegas Paracon.

Brian is the Tech Manager on the hit SyFy show, Haunted Collector. Best known for mixing old and new techniques of investigating, he often finds himself doing the physical tasks on the show, such as crawling under houses and up into attics. Ultimately, his goal is to quantify, measure and get empirical evidence to support the claims of paranormal activity reported while maintaining his skeptical edge.

As the resident parapsychologist of the SCARED! Crew, he first recognized his desire to explore the unknown at a young age. Growing up on Staten Island, New York, Brian often took note of abandoned buildings recessed within the woods near his home during Sunday drives with his parents. They called to him, sparking his imagination and his curiosity. Alone or with friends, Brian began exploring the old and abandoned buildings, despite the countless rumors of what may have happened within their walls. Tall tales of Satanic activity, missing children or ghostly sightings were often told, but instead of deterring Brian from his new-found hobby, this element of fear and danger only served to add to the allure for him. Since then, Brian has been looking into the darkness and exploring the dangers that come with the decay of civilization’s footprint. Expanding his experiences in urban exploration to include paranormal investigation, there are few places he will not go.

Since 2002 he’s been recording his adventures as one of the creators of SCARED!, a series of documentaries on paranormal investigation and urban exploration. Producer, graphic artist, editor, parapsychologist…in 2009 he added Internet Radio Host to his list of roles as he host of SCARED! on the Airwaves!, a weekly internet radio show which served as an official companion to the documentary series. The show is on indefinite hiatus, but he still appears as a guest on many internet radio shows, including a recent guest host spot on Unknown Origins Radio.

Brian has also appeared on the Travel Channel’s series, Most Terrifying Places as well as on the morning show, AM Arizona. Even when not a featured speaker, he manages to pop up on such shows as Celebrity Ghost Stories and the Sundance Channel. Brian’s work has been praised in several publications, including TAPS Paramagazine and Haunted Times Magazine. Various episodes of SCARED! have won awards at several film festivals.  Cano is currently filming the third season of “Haunted Collector”.  Episodes will begin airing this year on Syfy.

The 2013 Las Vegas Paracon will be held August 23-25th, 2013 at Binion’s Hotel and Gambling Hall in Downtown Las Vegas’ Historic Fremont Street area.  Tickets can be purchased at http://thelasvegasparacon.ticketleap.com/the-las-vegas-paracon/.