ellen

Unlike any ordinary job, I was drawn to Shakers, it pulled me in, and I felt deeply connected from the start. When I first took the tour, I knew I wanted to be a guide so that I could experience the spirits on a more intimate level. I moved to Milwaukee from Washington DC seven years ago and have been fascinated by the history and culture of the midwest ever since, particularly its hauntings. I am an avid Cinephile and enjoy challenging my mind's endurance by taking it to dark places in movies. Spirits feed off the energy of people, which is why a lively bar such as Shakers is so haunted. Exploring the building with you makes for a unique experience every time. I look forward to showing you around, and seeing the space take on a new dimension by your presence.

Marley

As a kid, I probably played the Ouija board and watched Forensic Files a little too frequently for someone my age. As an adult, I still have that unquenchable thirst for knowledge - especially that concerning the unknown and the abnormal. As an English Major/Psych minor, the combination of researching, writing about, and dissecting topics concerning the twisted and the paranormal is right up my alley. Being the research assistant for Hangman Tours, I'm given the opportunity to peel back some of the layers of the dark and the strange associated with this business, as well as inform, learn and experience a side of the spiritual world that I had never gotten to explore to this depth before.

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MARLEY

As a kid, I probably played the Ouija board and watched Forensic Files a little too frequently for someone my age. As an adult, I still have that unquenchable thirst for knowledge - especially that concerning the unknown and the abnormal. As an English Major/Psych minor, the combination of researching, writing about, and dissecting topics concerning the twisted and the paranormal is right up my alley.

 

Being the research assistant , marketing manager & tour guide for Hangman Tours, I'm given the opportunity to peel back some of the layers of the dark and the strange associated with this business, as well as inform, learn and experience a side of the spiritual world that I had never gotten to explore to this depth before.  

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KEVIN

Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, I felt right at home in an establishment that was once owned by the notorious Capone brothers.

 

Having an avid interest in all things paranormal as well as 20th Century Midwestern history, Shakers almost seemed too perfect a marriage for my passions and I was excited to come on board as a Tour Guide and Host.

Yes, I’ve experienced my fair share of odd occurrences, unexplainable interactions and baffling situations within the walls of 422 S 2nd Street, and like I so commonly reiterate to visitors when they inquire about such, “What we are accustomed to as 'normal' at Shakers is a far cry from what most people would.  Our barometer for ‘odd’ starts in a completely different place.”

I am a guide for Ghost Tours (Historic and 2.0) as well as the 

Cream City Cannibal (Jeffery Dahmer) Tours. If I'm not giving a tour, I will be at the Host Stand and more than happy to match you up with the perfect cigar to compliment your evening.

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KIRSTEN

The wicked, mysterious, and unexplainable has always intrigued me, and until my first tour in October of 2021, I had remained ignorant to the spiritual elements that make Shakers a one-of-a-kind taste of something extraordinary. I had been drawn to this building for years due to the vibrant and historic personality it upholds, but I knew I wanted to be a part of the experience when I first learned of the many resident spirits and their stories. I had been very excited to work as a tour guide in early 2022 so I could maintain reverence for said timeless stories. Since I began, I have had endless tales that I will happily share with our guests that may spook or intrigue the most superstitious. As a current Sociology major- learning about different ways to connect with those energies via diving rods, tarot, pendulums, connecting with ancestors, paganism, Santeria and various protections excites me to no end! In my free time, I rock climb, hike and

write poetry to maintain the "carpe diem" mindset. I give the classic and 2.0 ghost tours as well as our cream city cannibal walking tours- no matter what it may be, there is a myriad of enjoyable aspects about each tour, as well as our overall atmosphere. If you see me around, please feel free to tell me your own tales and spooks.

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CIJI

I was drawn to Shakers after my first tour in early 2021. Coming to Shakers to hear of the history of the building as well as the stories of those who never left has intrigued me beyond explanation.  Once I heard of open positions, I applied immediately.

 

I consider myself to be more aware to the spiritual side. Throughout my years, I have many stories of my own paranormal experiences. Some of which, are terrifying to many. Still, I enjoy connecting with spirits and hearing others’ experiences. I watch many different paranormal documentaries which only feeds into my need to know. 

I am a Milwaukee native with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services. I have a full-time role outside of Shakers and have two amazing children that take up most of my “free” time. I enjoy spending time with my children and pets, painting, nature hikes,

volunteering in the community, reading, and listening to music; especially live.

If you see me in Shakers, please share your stories with me. I will always want to hear them.

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SARAH

When it was time to turn off lights around the house, I was the kid who sprinted to her room for safety from whatever scary things might lurk behind in the dark. Ghosts?

 

My top scary movies were Titanic and the murder scene in Capote. "Based on a true story" can be both intriguing AND terrifying.

 

That being said, there aren't very many places in Milwaukee that parallel time the way Shakers does. It's been around for 120+ years and we can tell you about the wildest, raunchiest, and sometimes most heartbreaking times our building has endured.

 

I joined the Shaker's family for the stories, but I stay for the spirits and the spirited. Let me show you around sometime.

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SAMANTHA

Having grown up in old houses that were brimming with paranormal activity, I have always been drawn to buildings that have a permanent resident or two - or in the case of Shakers, far more than that.

 

I love learning the history of buildings and diving into the depths of stories over one hundred years old, that the foundations and walls have experienced that we can only imagine as patrons. There is something so interesting about how much life a building can hold onto, whether it's something that you can see in the wear and tear of the floorboards, or if it's simply a feeling of the past creeping up on you. 

 I have a deep passion for not only telling the stories of the past, but also experiencing the footprint of the past and interacting with those long gone who have decided that they are not yet ready to leave. 

I have a bachelor's of theatre arts from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and am currently living in Milwaukee to pursue a career in acting and stage management. I would someday like to become an old lady who knows strange remedies for things because of my knowledge of plants and herbology. 

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AMANDA

As a passionate set decorator in the film industry, I was naturally attracted to Shakers for its beautiful aesthetic - but finding out about the history and resident spirits made me want to join the team.

 

I am from Cape Town, South Africa. My family are often described as being stranger than the Adams Family. My grandfather was a collector and creator of weird and wonderful creatures and oddities and was referred to as the 'white witch doctor' by the local African community. He brought about a keen interest in all things weird for the entire family, and all the stories of strange happenings from all my psychic and spiritually aware family members have been a fascinating part of my upbringing.

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YAMILEX

Bio coming soon!

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CASSIDY

Bio coming soon!

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BOB

When Bobby was a little bitty baby, the spirits came to him... surrounded by a maternal grandmother who was well versed in Greek mysticism and psychic ability. Bob's first solo spiritual encounter took place when he was 4 and his maternal grandfather had passed of a major heart attack while shoveling snow. Young Bob saw his beloved grandfather blue in the face while waiting for the rescue squad to arrive. That night, he awoke to use the restroom and, on his way, he saw the image of his grandfather sitting at the kitchen table. Spellbound, he watched for a moment, as the image, shrouded in a neon green electric current, waved him over to him. Bob went to stand next to his dead grandfather's Ghost for a moment, until his grandfather waved him to the bathroom.

Bob has had multiple experiences with dead relatives and associates. He has always had a connection with spirits who have passed on.

Whether in Europe, at home, in South America or Central America, he has been able to discern changes in energy and has had many encounters with spirits. Bob has an extensive background in academia and the humanities and has also studied Santeria in Cuba as well as other pagan religions in the Caribbean.

Bob had a post-death experience when he had a major myocardial infarction and was able to look down upon the cardiac surgeons working to save his life and had passed through a tunnel of light. He has had intense personal experiences where he was able to astro-project with former lovers and is plagued by regular dreams of future events, and he often sees dead people.

Bob frequently says that the building housing Shakers found him, more than he was looking for it. Enjoy his tales of his experiences if you are fortunate to have him as a guide. His Ghost Tours are beyond comparison.

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