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Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

This is an interview from May 11, 2012 with Adam Berry & Amy Bruni talking about their television show Ghost Hunters.

Adam Berry and Amy Bruni

Question:
Can you talk about your favorite investigation or moment with Grant and how you feel about him leaving?

Amy Bruni:
One of my favorite investigations with Grant happened off screen and it was at the Stanley Hotel. There was a carriage house there that we're not really allowed to investigate any longer. But I investigated there with him and his wife and we had some pretty insane paranormal activity happening and this was before I was ever with TAPS. And it was kind of overwhelming. And I remember him just being this very calming influence throughout the whole experience.

Even calming down his wife, calming down me and I remember thinking at the time gosh, he is a great investigator. And then lo and behold, a year or two later I'm on the TAPS team investigating with him all the time. So I think that was kind of one of the first moments that made me realize like how true to the field Grant is.

Adam Berry:
It was the most recent experience honestly. It was at the USS Yorktown when Amy and I caught the apparition of the guy walking across the flight deck. We were so excited to show Grant this evidence that we ran down. They didn't show this but we ran down the side of the ship basically, we could have jumped off the ship and we'd have been fine. We were so excited.

And we showed him this evidence and the way he reacts any time, we as a team work together and get some really great stuff, while we're investigating, it's my favorite thing because he kind of reenergizes all of us. And he gets really excited and we're very excited. And, we don't need coffee, we don't need Red Bull. We can stay up the rest of the night and for like days on end just investigating. And I feel that, he will always be around. we can always call him or text him or talk to him at any time.

So we'll have him around and I that's something I'm going to miss definitely. And, I didn't get to meet him until after I was done with Ghost Hunters Academy. And to have him accept me as a family member and as a team member right off the bat leaving, that competition it was really, really great and it spoke a lot about his character.

Question:
Obviously this is a very bittersweet time. A successful season but Grant is saying goodbye. Besides his departure being one of the highlights or lowlights of this season what else do you both remember from this past season?

Amy Bruni:
Honestly just the incredible evidence that we've been capturing. The Yorktown was probably one of the best investigations that I've ever been on. It was just one of those places where you never wanted to leave. And then I think being able to return to the places that we've been to before like the Mount Washington Hotel, this coming week going to the Spalding. These are places we're all so familiar with. And it's always nice to kind of revisit these haunts and I just think that we've been so lucky, especially these last few cases with Grant just evidence wise. We've been so fortunate. It's been so much fun.

Adam Berry:
Yeah. I'd have to agree. I'd have to throw in Waverly Hills just because Waverly Hills was a life changing. I mean when I first went to Waverly Hills it was incredible. But to go back again with the TAPS team, with Grant and to have those experiences, especially something that was so emotional, it's rewarding from A to Z. It is bittersweet that he's leaving but we have so many, many good memories to kind of put in our back pocket and to, bring up any time we need a little Grant in our lives.

Question:
Amy, are they using you as a new tool now? Are they taking you back to Mackey or something?

Amy Bruni:
No. It's funny because like as soon as the guys found out it was like don't touch anything Amy. And they're like grabbing my hand and like leading me upstairs and stuff. I'm like you guys, I'm fine. It's okay. They're like the best band of, the best brothers you could have. They're all so overly protective and sweet and this child's going to have six uncles they never bargained for. I was really sick in the beginning and so everybody was really great and understanding with that.

And now obviously like I can't lift heavy things and stuff. But other than that I'm fine. Everything is the same. I haven't like noticed any heightened sensitivity to anything. I'm definitely a little more emotional but I'm sure that's just hormones. So but it's been interesting. We're kind of anxious to see, if it ever really like brings on any additional activity or anything but we'll see.

Adam Berry:
I investigate with Amy a lot. So anything that she doesn't want to do I try to steer away from as well just because, I'm not pregnant obviously. I don't know what she's feeling and I want her to be as comfortable as possible in that environment that we are in. And, it's definitely a really great thing to see one of your best friends bring life into the world. It's exciting and, we are on the road all the time and, I get to see, I get to see it all go down.

Question:Adam Berry:
For me it was out of the blue. I had no idea. It was shocking and I think the most heart wrenching thing was, I've been on the show two seasons. I've worked with this team for almost two years. But you have Amy and Steve and Brit and Tango who have known Grant for years and years and years. I was emotional about it but to just see how their level of reaction, it hits you hard because you are one huge family.

Amy Bruni:
Yeah. I know it was definitely a shock. That moment that they show when he told us was like that's when we found out. We had no idea what they were telling us and it was a huge shocker. I don't know there were any signs per se. Grant's always been like family first and his kids have been getting older.

And the travel's rough. He's been on the road for eight years. And so I think that, a lot of people once they're doing something for so long once they have other opportunities come up or they feel like it's time to move on they just do so. That's really what he did and I definitely understand it for sure, especially with how long he's been doing this and how long he's been on the road. And so none of us can fault him for it by any means but we miss him for sure.

Question:
Do you see any difference in the team dynamics since he's been gone?

Amy Bruni:
There was definitely an adjustment period. And, we're just kind of all just falling into different places. We're just still really just kind of figuring out who's doing what and how the whole dynamic is going to change. It's not something that we just knew was going to happen immediately. So it's still an adjustment process for sure.

Adam Berry:
We're short one set of hands so on investigations we all kind of put in that extra effort. We've always given 150% but now, now we're giving 200% and we all are kind of stepping up to the plate to, get it done. Do the investigation for the client and find out the answers that we need to know.

Question:
How are you guys using new technologies such as Smartphones in your investigations?

Amy Bruni:
We really don't use any Smartphone applications or anything in our investigations just because we really can't verify the technology behind them. I certainly don't know what's going on inside my iPhone but we have been using a lot of new tools on investigations. We've been experimenting with shadow detectors and we've been using these things we've been calling trigger objects, proximity centers where we can tell if something is approaching a trigger object. We're being able to like plant them all over rooms so we can kind of track something as it moves through the room. So there's definitely a lot of things we're doing technology wise. But we kind of have steered clear of the Smartphone apps.

Adam Berry:
Most of the time our phone are off or somewhere else completely just because we don't want any interference with, what we're doing.

Question:
What's the best fool proof basic instruments that someone could use if they're a beginner?

Amy Bruni:
I would suggest for people to get at least a digital voice recorder and a digital camera. And if you want to like invest a little bit more then a mini DVD camera is great as well because then you have video and audio, something with night shots. But those are like great places to start right there, and a flashlight obviously.

Adam Berry:
Yeah. That's what I was going to say. I was like a flashlight so they don't fall down.

Question:
I hope this isn't a na??ve question for you Amy but I was curious if you're you noticed if your senses have been heightened at all recently like when you do your investigations?

Amy Bruni:
I haven't but I also feel like I've been so much more cautious. Like I'm really aware of where we're going and we're walking in the dark so I'm always thinking about like okay, don't fall Amy, you know. And so I almost feel like I'm maybe a little bit more closed off than I'm used to being to that kind of thing.

I do know that even though I really don't feel that I'm endangering myself or my child by investigating while pregnant but I do know that if, and there were situations before if there was something threatening I would of course stay. But now I'm more apt to say you guys take this one. I'm going to, go sit in the TAPS van for, a few minutes or something just to be safe. It's better safe than sorry.

And then obviously a lot of places we go in too there are like environmental hazards and stuff and I just won't even go in those buildings. And so there's a lot more I have to take into account. Like I'm always thinking, baby first. So yeah. So it's definitely put a new perspective on my investigation style.

Question:
What fears did you encounter while filming this past season?

Adam Berry:
There's been some animal activity that was kind of frightening, like rabid raccoons or things that are hidden in the walls. That's kind of frightening.

Question:
What three elements must be present for you guys to consider it a successful investigation?

Amy Bruni:
Any time we can get some sort of evidence obviously we consider that a successful investigation. The three things we like to have and I mean honestly it doesn't have to be on every one but the three things we love to have are evidence. We like to have the ability to disprove things or give alternative explanations to our client. And we like to walk away knowing that our client has answers and feels more at ease. Those are the three things we do have cases that have all three things which are amazing.

We love it when we can come to a client and say hey, we have some evidence for you but at the same time here's some stuff you were experiencing that you might want to take a second look at. And then to see the look on their face when they're relieved and happy that we've given them some definite answers. That's really just kind of like the icing on the cake.

Adam Berry:
I would also say that any time that we have a personal experience that gets us excited and we catch evidence at the same time that backs up our personal experience that's great because we can show it to the client especially if the experience that we have is one of the same things that is happening to the client. If they're having the same exact experience and we can have that same experience it kind of comes full circle for the client and for us and it gets us really excited.

Question:
Where would you like to go? Is there any place that you want to go investigate yourself for the upcoming season that maybe you're not so sure the team will go but you think might be a good bet?

Amy Bruni:
I want to go to Graceland. I want to go to Graceland so bad. I keep saying you guys if we investigate Graceland then we can figure this out. If we find Elvis' ghost he's obviously dead. But that's really like a place like I want to go to so badly. I think most of the team would be down with that but Lisa Marie is really the one to ask there.

Adam Berry:
We throw out ideas all the time like the White House would be really, really cool but I doubt we'd get clearance, we've tried and wanted to go to the Bolesca axe murder house before. We've made attempts to get there but we haven't been able to get there. I'd like to do Neverland Ranch. That would be fun. I mean see if Michael is there.

Question:
It's very difficult to gain contact with ghosts. Have you been both sensitive to something like that and see it as another plain of existence?

Amy Bruni:
I think there are so many different theories on it and honestly like the more we do this the more I'm not certain of what it is at all. Because we do have instances where they seem completely unaware of us. We do have instances where they're interacting with us and then wondering who we are. Most famously the princess EVP we captured at Mount Washington last time we were there.

Some people think that everything we do will one day be explained by quantum physics and that it's some sort of fold in time and almost another plain of existence. But it's just existing or it's just happening somewhere else. So I wish that I had a definitive answer but I don't. The most important thing to me is that regardless of where these things are coming from or who they are I just, as much as I love helping the clients I also want these entities to know that we're here for them as well. So if they're confused and lost and need help, even though we don't know a lot about them and don't know exactly what we can do yet, try to kind of convey that to them and let them know that someday we hope to be back and hopefully get more answers for them as well.

Adam Berry:
I think you said it all. That's it.

Question:
For the upcoming season will you be doing any home investigations?

Amy Bruni:
Definitely. We actually just finished one. The last case we did was a home case and it was a really great one. So yeah, we've done a few.

Question:
How far in advance do you know where you're going? Do you know where you're going for next season?

Amy Bruni:
We don't even know where we're going next week. Our schedule is so up in the air right now. It's actually the craziest it's ever been to be honest. We really have no idea where we're going at all. I mean we definitely have kind of a high overview of places we might go. But as far as what order and when it's all up in the air.

Adam Berry:
It's anybody's guess.

Question:
How do you maintain your focus when you're on an adrenaline rush investigation?

Adam Berry:
Amy grabs me and tells me to shush.

Amy Bruni:
I do.

Adam Berry:
Sometimes it's overwhelming. But for the most part we're so excited that something is happening so we kind of have to center ourselves and just sit in that moment for a little bit just to make sure it is what we're seeing or hearing and where is it coming from. And all of our senses are kind of clicking at the same time.

Amy Bruni:
It's one of those things where after years of doing this it's almost like being in an emergency situation except kind of the opposite because you're very excited. You just have to learn to just keep your cool and keep your calm and be collected and wait and get through the situation and then you can start going okay, that was really cool.

Question:
How do you guys find balance personally outside of investigating?

Adam Berry:
We eat a lot of food. We meditate on food.

Amy Bruni:
It is hard because ghost hunting really becomes kind of what defines you. When you're on television as a paranormal investigator people forget that you do have other aspects of your life. And so it can be a little tough sometimes. But I think mostly when we're home we're very much at home. Like I know when I'm home like I'm very much just focused on, especially right now getting ready for the baby and stuff like getting the nursery done and getting house things done and I'm not thinking about ghosts. Ghost time is when I'm off shooting Ghost Hunters right now. So that's how I maintain it personally.

Adam Berry:
We kind of take a break. I mean I do talk to Amy on the phone and we'll text each other and keep in the loop about different things. But we focus on our bills that we forget that we have to pay and the lives that we have. I'm personally getting married in August so it's like I'm planning a wedding right now and Amy, when we're on the road we get to share thoughts and ideas. And Amy's been a planner before so she'll like throw in the two cents about what she thinks. It's kind of worked itself out in general. It is a balancing act.

Question:
Since you mentioned food what is your guiltiest food on an investigation?

Amy Bruni:
We have Craft Services and there's always evil things in there. And you end up snacking because when you're up until 4:00 or 5:00 in the morning and I'm particularly guilty of this because I'm eating nonstop. Like oh Milk Duds. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, you're eating sugar all night. So sugar for me is my biggest weakness especially while investigating because it's keeping me awake and it's also delicious.

Adam Berry:
I like the beef jerky and the Cheetos. And I've been trying to eat a little more healthy because they do have carrots and like fruits and like snack packs. So I'm trying to veer towards that but there are things that are on the Craft table that is just evil, just evil.

Amy Bruni:
Plus when we're in hotels and we're in the middle of nowhere we end up resorting to like ordering pizza a lot and stuff.

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