How the Teens Got Involved in Exorcism
Brynne and Tess, both 17, and Savannah, 20, all have different stories as to what drew them into performing exorcisms. Brynne is the daughter of Reverend Bob Larson, who helps spiritually guide people, and who has helped train the three girls in the spiritual implications of performing the ritual.
"I had my dad right beside me the whole way," says Brynne of her first exorcism, which took place in a church in Africa when she was 13. "I'd been around this my whole life, I knew what was going on, and he really walked me through it and helped me with it."
Tess performed her first exorcism after going through training for about a year, which she says helps her know what to look for to determine if a person is possessed, such as rapidly dilating pupils.
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Anderson admits that he doubts the validity of exorcisms, and wonders if Reverend Bob Larson and the three teen girls who claim to be exorcists are just making the rounds to publicize themselves for an upcoming reality show.
"What happened is major press got this story, and then they started contacting us," says Reverend Larson. "We're not pitching anything, they're coming to us."
Anderson says that he thinks the girls seem coached and unnatural.
In light of Reverend Bob Larson's claims that he has performed upward of 15,000 exorcisms, Anderson questions how that's possible, and also wonders what kind of financial profit the reverend makes from these rituals.
"[I do] much more than one a day. I hold 60 seminars a year and have dozens of private sessions every single week," Reverend Larson says.
While the teenage girls who Reverend Larson guides do not charge for their exorcisms, Reverend Larson admits he will charge airfare if people ask him to travel across the country to see them. He also has a quiz on his website that helps people determine if they are possessed by demons, which can be taken after paying a $10 fee.
Hear more about the business behind exorcisms in the video…
After taping today’s show, Brynne, 17, Savannah, 20, and Tess, 17, had a lot more to say about themselves, their work and how they believe they’re helping others.
“It’s not us casting out the demons,” says Brynne, “’cause we could do it, it’s way too detailed and difficult, but it’s God’s power through us.” Brynne added, “We are still in training, we have so much more to learn. But we’re starting the training. We are going to be doing this our whole lives. This isn’t just something for TV. I have been doing this ever since I was born practically, just been around by it, immersed in it... learning. And I think it is so important for teens to be able to do something for God....we’re helping people.”
Savannah said, “People don’t understand that we’re normal girls, and there are so many hours that we have put into this that people have not seen.” Take a look at what else the teen exorcists had to say...
See the full interview on Wednesday, February 29.