Klinge Brothers Talk ‘Ghost Lab’ at 2012 East Texas Ghost Con
Ever wonder what it’s really like to do a “reality” ghost hunting show? Well, brothers Barry and Brad Klinge talked all about their experience doing their Discovery show “Ghost Lab” at the East Texas Ghost Con 2012.
Barry Klinge described how they were contacted to do the show. They had been approached to do an episode of competing ghost-hunting program “Paranormal State,” but it fell through. Those same producers later contacted them to film just three episodes of a new show they wanted to air called “Ghost Lab.” The brothers thought that would be fine, reasoning that they wouldn’t even need to quit their “day jobs.”
After those three episodes took off like wildfire, Discovery Channel asked them to do 26 locations/13 episodes between June and October. To the dismay of their wives, they actually did quit their day jobs, and “Ghost Lab” was born.
The first episode was filmed right here in Shreveport at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium (air date Oct 6, 2009), Brad explained. It started out like any other investigation, with the group running wires and setting up cameras. However, there was one exception: cameras were following their every move. And when it was time to investigate, the producers yelled “ACTION!” and expected magic to start. He joked that they all just stood there and looked at each other, thinking “now what?” After a while they sort of got used to it, he said, adding that they never really get used to it.
To let everyone out there know, none of the evidence that was seen on the show was ever fabricated. As a matter of fact, some evidence wasn’t even used because, for entertainment value, the producers wanted to set up a scene that made it seem like a great coincidence.
For example, while they were on location at the Catfish Plantation in Waxahachie, TX (air date Nov. 17, 2009), one of the claims by the owners were silverware being moved on the tables. To make it extra hard for the spirit(s) to move a knife, they placed it in a jar that was on one of the tables. Later, while the owner was doing an interview, they all hear the sound of metal on glass. They go over and, sure enough, the knife was out of the jar. Luckily, there just happened to be a camera on the jar in case it did move so the evidence was caught.
After they were finished investigating, the producers wanted them to say ‘the door-moving thing (ed: a door had moved that evening, too) was cool, but it’s not like a knife fell outta a jar or anything.’ Both Barry and Brad declined to do it because they felt that just wasn’t how they wanted to portray the events.
The last show was on January 22, 2011, 2 seasons and 26 episodes later. After the popularity of Jersey Shore took off, the rating for Ghost Lab went down and so the show was cancelled. The Klinge brothers made their peace with the decision, saying that while it was fun, it was also a lot of hard work they won’t miss it.
The brothers have decided that after the next paranormal convention, they will be retiring for a while. And so ends a great run of the Brothers Klinge.