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"Submitted by Blackstar: The TV show that has spooked millions with its footage of hauntings and poltergeists is today exposed as a fake - by one its own stars. Resident parapsychologist Dr Ciaran O'Keeffe has sensationally lifted the lid on the ghosthunting series, Most Haunted ... and claims th..."

Submitted by Blackstar: The TV show that has spooked millions with its footage of hauntings and poltergeists is today exposed as a fake - by one its own stars. Resident parapsychologist Dr Ciaran O'Keeffe has sensationally lifted the lid on the ghosthunting series, Most Haunted ... and claims that the public are being deceived by "showmanship and dramatics."He accuses the show's medium Derek Acorah of hoodwinking viewers by pretending to communicate with spirits and obtaining information about locations prior to filming.The Mirror has also obtained unedited footage which appears to show presenter Yvette Fielding and her husband faking 'paranormal' occurrences such asghostly bumps and knocks.Most Haunted has quickly achieved cult status since it was launched in 2002 and is LivingTV's most successful programme.Millions of viewers tune in regularly to watch Ex-Blue Peter girl Yvette and her team of ghost hunters spend the night in some of Britain's most haunted locations.It has made Acorah - who claims to be guided by an Ethiopian spirit guide called Sam - into one of the country's best-known psychics.Tonight the show will start its biggest ever live vigil, a four-night Halloween special from East London following the murderous trail of Jack the Ripper.Yvette Fielding has said of the show - which is made by her husband Karl Beattie's production company Antix Productions: "There is no acting in this programme, none whatsoever.

Everything you see and youhear is real. It's not made up, it's not acted."But our investigation reveals how the programme uses careful editing to mislead viewers and, on at least one occasion, has even lied about the location of filming.Ciaran, a lecturer in the paranormal at Liverpool's Hope University, knows speaking out will probably put an end to his media career... but he believes viewers should know the truth.He says: "I think it's time to open the dialogue about what I've experienced on Most Haunted. There have been many incidents with the medium that have been brushed under the carpet."I was put in the show to give a professional slant to it, to give it an element of credibility, but the sceptical argument is just swept away."In my opinion, we're not dealing with genuinemediumship.&quo...


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