BRYAN JOSEPH ( or “Bryan J.” as he’s known locally ) is returning for his FOURTH season with Newport Ghost Tours. In addition to being a local and regional history expert, he has been interested in paranormal phenomenon since he was a teenager, when he had a personal paranormal experience, prompting him into further study into the realm of the unknown.
Bryan was born and raised in the Fall River, MA area ( the land of Lizzie Borden ) before moving to Cape Cod, where he lived for 25 years. He has been a resident of Newport for the past 5 years and has been fascinated by the long, storied history of the area, frequently giving Maritime and Colonial History guided tours throughout town and is never at a loss for fascinating historical facts.
Bryan is an active member of several area paranormal research groups including RIPRS and CIPRS and has taken part in several active paranormal investigations. He is considered to be an expert in audio, video and photographic analysis in the field of paranormal research and can assist in the interpretation of photographic anomalies guests may experience on the tour.
Bryan adds a strong historical reference to the tour, as well as a balanced scientific approach, which leads the guest to form their own opinions about paranormal activity and the existence of ghosts while offering a few entertaining moments that won’t be soon forgotten.
Rachel has been leading Ghost Walks since 2010 and is one of our most enthusiastic ghost hosts. Rachel comes from a theatrical background, but certainly now believes strongly in the paranormal. She has the distinction of being one of the few guides who has actually witnessed the full body apparition of “Little Jessica” the mischievous poltergeist who inhabits the Pilgrim House Inn. A ghost walk with Rachel will not only reveal Newport’s haunted past, but will also leave you with an unforgettable evening you and your family won’t soon forget!
Holly is a native New Englander, with Ancestors straight off the Mayflower. She was born in Fall River and raised in Seekonk, Ma. She now lives in Rumford, RI. She loves history and has been investigating the paranormal since the late 80’s. She has captured many photos of spirits and been called upon to guide tours and investigate such places as St Augustine, Fl, Gettysburg PA, Salem, Ma and now Newport, RI. Holly runs E.P.I.C. – Eastern Paranormal Investigation Club. Just recently called upon to investigate a malicious haunting. Helping a family who’s ancestor captured Chief Anawon. She is currently working on her book~ “East Coast Ghosts” a photographic journey into the spirit world. From Maine to Fl, it covers hauntings along the entire Eastern Seaboard.
When Tori McNally is not sharing Newport’s long illustrious history in the American Revolution, its tales of pirates and the City By The Sea’s rich paranormal history for Ghost Tours of Newport, Tori is a Tarot Reader, Physical Medium, Reiki Master, Empath, Certified Hypno-Therapist, Teacher, and Table Tipper here in the Rhode Island and Southern New England area. Table tipping; or “table tilting” was made popular in the Victorian Age throughout Europe and the U.S. as a form of physical mediumship seance. It is a lost art that fell out of favor as the Spiritualist Movement was heavily scrutinized by the likes of Harry Houdini and others. Recently Table Tipping has experienced a resurgence to bring it back as a legitimate form of physical mediumship.
Tori started training in Tarot at age 12, and has been tipping since 2009 to help people ease their grief and forward messages of love and light from their loved ones, guides and Ascended Masters. She offers in-person and phone tarot readings and is available for in-person Past-Life regression, relaxation, stop smoking, and weight loss hypnosis. Tori also offers Tarot parties as well as group and private table tipping seances. For more information, please visit WWW.AvalonEnchanted.Com.
Thayer has been a professional actor for over 30 years since graduating from the prestigious Trinity Rep Conservatory in Providence, RI. He is currently the producer of the nation’s second longest running murder mystery dinner theater in the United States. The company has received rave reviews over the years and would be well worth putting on your spooky itinerary while you’re here in the Ocean State by going to www.murderonus.com.
This is John’s 4th season with us and his tours have consistently resulted in an unusually high sightings of orbs, pictures of lost souls and the sighting of an actual ghost. His story telling only adds to an extraordinary and fun evening!
John Brennan has been on stage for over a decade at theatres throughout the region. Some of his favorite roles have been in plays such as The Nerd, You Should Be So Lucky, Young Frankenstein, Lovers Leap, Skin of Our Teeth, The Alcestiad, Lovers and Other Strangers, And Then There Were None, The Music Man, to name but a few.
He has also appeared in countless cabarets and performed at festivals and corporate events. He has appeared on radio, film and television, including in the upcoming Showtime series Brotherhood and in the Travel Channel’s Secrets of Haunted New England. John has been a tour guide aboard the Spirit of Newport in addition to Ghost Tours and the Carved in Stone tours.