Ryan Buell cancels paranormal tour, claims health problems (UPDATE: Fans file complaints)

See Update below

After public exposure of trouble with his paranormal lecture tour and events, Ryan Buell, formerly of the Paranormal State TV show and the Paranormal Research Society, has stated he has cancelled his tour. Buell announced on his facebook page that health problems among other issues have scuttled the schedule.

Ryan D. Buell – Dear Friends, I am deeply sorry to have….

Paranormal Examiner, John Albrect, wrote that the events were to feature meet and greets, lectures and ghost hunts. But these were cancelled without notice and the money was not readily refunded. Fans got angry. People who were to take part in the events bowed out. Buell cites PayPal issues which were problematic with regards to payments and refunds but also unexpected serious medical issues. Buell did not disclose the problems but his had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Buell suggested maybe his interactions with demons played a part.

Buell is known for the hit A&E paranormal reality show “Paranormal State” which ran from 2007 to 2011. As a 19-yr old student at Pennsylvania State University, he founded the Paranormal Research Society as a school club. Buell’s show promoted demon infestation and religious rituals for exorcism.

The tour never got rolling as Buell reportedly never left his home state. It looks like he was in WAY over his head, as can be said of the production and drama of the silly, atmospheric, exaggerated drama of Paranormal State and some other pie in the sky projects like online classes. Buell, frankly, has been more or less accused of fraud. He needs to hang up the paranormal investigator hat for a long while.


Ghost hunting entertainment – Paranormal State lecture | Doubtful (Oct 2009)

UPDATE: (29-Jul-2014) A North Carolina local news channel covers this story in detail. Their consumer protection reporter looks into claims that fans are out several hundred dollars a piece and are threatening a class action lawsuit. Buell does not respond. What a fiasco.

Troubleshooter: Ryan Buell fans want refunds | abc11.com.

Buell’s fans started out sympathetic after he cancelled shows in 2012 claiming he was fighting pancreatic cancer.

However, when refunds weren’t given, we started hearing from them.

In late 2013, Buell told People Magazine he was close to remission, ready to tour again and he started selling tickets for this year. Yet, none of the shows happened.

Just last week, Buell posted on Facebook that health issues would cancel the tour. He also wrote that his company, Paranormal Research Society, never got any of the ticket money and that PayPal is responsible for refunds.

Check out the video report at that link (not embeddable) but worth watching.

Is he sick, was this just entirely mismanged? Someone better take control and fix this as his reputation continues to spiral down the drain.

  12 comments for “Ryan Buell cancels paranormal tour, claims health problems (UPDATE: Fans file complaints)

  1. Dan Beach
    July 17, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Director’s Log: Demons appear to have exposed me as completely full of $#%!.

    This guy gives Zack Baggans a run for his money.

  2. Lee
    July 17, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    I am SO distraught and disappointed that the tour was cancelled. Now I can get on with some truly interesting endeavor such as re-lacing 4 pairs of sneakers!

  3. Bill T.
    July 17, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Eye trouble? Couldn’t see exposing himself the spotlight of rationality?

  4. Tribeca Mike
    July 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    This guy gives the Sackville-Baggins’ a run for their money.

  5. Andrew W
    July 17, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Bad health? Didn’t see it coming? That man needs to fire his psychic.

  6. July 18, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Nicely written and I sincerely appreciate the article. Not only should Buell fire his psychic (or psychics), hang up the paranormal investigating, but, he probably should be worried about being prosecuted criminally, which could be considered international, since it is also including Canada now. There are yet loyal fans on his Facebook page that defend him and criticize harshly the ticket holders that feel scammed. Considering this has taken place for YEARS now, I do not understand personally why anyone would be OK with what he did and continued to do for so long. I think it’s time those in the Paranormal stop protecting him and any others that are scammers, cheaters, frauds, dangerous, sex offenders and any other bad behavior or illegal activity you can think of. It’s a hush hush world where the stars rule and people stay quiet and that has to change. I believe seeing articles like this is a sign it is. Thank you!

  7. Cathy
    July 19, 2014 at 3:02 AM

    Well said Darlene. Ryan is really full of Buell. I was one among many who actually called up the venues that were suppose to be hosting all the events. Either PRS never even booked the venue or the venue had to finally cancel PRS as despite numerous requests from the venue for PRS to pay the deposit and to sign the contract PRS never got back to the venue. Despite PRS knowing that they had NO venue booked they continued to sell tickets online therefore committing fraud, something they seem to be doing a lot of lately. They took people’s money for events that were not booked and wrote in their cancellation policy something so convoluted that PRS could postpone the events indefinitely yet at the same time keeping everyone’s money.
    I think Ryan would not know the truth even if it came up and slapped him in the face. His stories and excuses for why the events have been cancelled changes all the time. He should remember that when you lie you have to have a good memory.
    He doesn’t state how several member from PRS like Eilfie Music and Chris Edwards have left PRS. Chip Coffey and then Michelle Belanger woke up before it got to late and left the Tour before they got dragged down with Ryan. At least they have a better moral compass then Ryan certainly does.
    All who have spoken out against Ryan have been subjected to verbal harassment and threats by the Ryan suck-ups and then were banned from posting the truth on most of PRS’s Facebook pages like Ryan’s page, the PRS page, the PRS official fan club page, the PRS university page, the official Bureau web page and the Demonology class page, something that we paid $100 each and has yet to be done despite having started back in November 2011.
    Ryan has committed fraud pure and simple. It should be clarified that Ryan was diagnosed several years ago with his cancer so it’s not like it just happened. People are even starting to question the nature of his illness as he has lied so many times already that the question if he even has cancer has been wondered about.
    Ryan ‘s Paranormal State members are jumping ship before they too are charged with fraud as many of us are looking into legal action.
    Oh, and despite his lies about how sick he has been, that did not prevent him from celebrating July 4th and in previous months flying to L.A. for one of the big awards night, all around the same time that the venues were supposed to be booked for the Canada Tour.
    Liar, liar, pants on fire.

  8. Amy Greenwald
    July 21, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    I bought a Gold VIP ticket to attend a May 6, 2014 event in Boston back in January. The tour was cancelled and I was emailed a link so that I could request a refund. I did so. That request was made on May 11, 2014 and then received an email stating that my refund would come to me in the form of a check within 30 to 60 days. As of yet, I have not received a refund or any information in regards to my refund.

  9. Curious Goerge
    July 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    When was the last show Ryan actually showed up at? Or has every show been cancelled since 2012?

  10. Scott
    August 3, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Paranormal Investigator accused of fraud? I thought anything paranormal was fraud.

  11. heather
    September 3, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    My card company went to get my money back from paypal. Paypal has records that the day I prepaid back in 2013 for the Canada tour. paypal tranfered the money the same day to Paranormal Ryan

  12. Kelly
    September 17, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    I had no idea there was a history of this in the past or I never would have bought tickets for one of these events that was supposed to take place in Chicago last spring. I also have not received a cent of what I paid. What a scam.

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