Daniel Ribacoff

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Daniel Ribacoff
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Dan at the set of The Steve Wilkos Show
Daniel David Ribacoff

(1959-10-08) October 8, 1959 (age 60)
Other namesDan Ribacoff
OccupationPolygraph examiner, private investigator
Years active1991–present
Known forThe Steve Wilkos Show

Daniel David "Dan" Ribacoff (/ˈrɪbəkɒf/; born October 8, 1959) is a Brazilian born American polygraph examiner and private investigator[1] who often appears on NBC/Universal’s The Steve Wilkos Show.[2][3] He has also made appearances on The Tyra Banks Show,[4] Millionaire Matchmaker,[5] Globo TV,[6] Playboy.com,[7] and SIRIUS XM.

Personal background[edit]

Born in Brazil, Ribacoff was born the middle of three siblings. Ribacoff immigrated to the United States at age 3 and grew up in Forest Hills, Queens. He graduated from Forest Hills High School in 1977.[8] Ribacoff is married with three children and has offices in Oceanside, New York, and Boca Raton, Florida.[8]


The Steve Wilkos Show[edit]

Dan is in his ninth season at The Steve Wilkos Show. Dan administers all polygraph exams for the show and appears on-air to explain the results. He conducts polygraph exams on the show for child molestation, physical abuse, murder, rape, infidelity, and other personal issues.

Millionaire Matchmaker[edit]

Dan appeared on the season-three finale of Millionaire Matchmaker, administering a test to the show's hosts Patti Stanger and Stacy Kessler.

Impractical Jokers[edit]

On the second season of Impractical Jokers, Dan administered a polygraph exam to one of the four members of the show's troupe, James Murray (Murr). Murr was asked a series of humiliating, comical, and personal questions in front of their entire high school peers, and with each response, Dan shared with the audience whether owas being truthful or deceptive. The polygraph exam was presented as the "punishment" to the episode's "Losing Joker".

According to a 2015 episode of Impractical Jokers, the episode Funny 'Cause It Hurts, Dan attended the wedding of Sal's sister and James Murray during the episode "Brother-In-Loss", as a guest.

Brain Games[edit]

Dan appeared on the season-two finale of Brain Games as a polygraph expert. Dan discussed how the brain lies and the workings of a polygraph.[9]

The Lie Detective[edit]

Dan is the host of The Lie Detective on Channel 4 on UK television, which aired in September 2016. Dan administers polygraph examinations to prove to couples, both together and apart, where there have been lies, and where the individual is telling the truth. This causes break-ups and reconciliations, with the overall intention that being truthful in a relationship is liberating. His show has been aired in Australia, New Zealand and many other countries. Ribacoff also hosted the show in The Netherlands. It airs on RTL5 on 2/8/18.


  1. ^ Curry, Colleen (2012). "Donut Cops Sniff Out Frauds in Fast Food Restaurants". ABC News. Retrieved 2012-06-11.
  2. ^ Bendici, Ray. "Final Say: Steve Wilkos".
  3. ^ NY Lie Detector / Polygraph Expert Daniel Ribacoff with Steve Wilkos on YouTube
  4. ^ ""The Truth About Lying" Tyra Banks Show - Transcript". LiveDash. 2009. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2012-05-02.
  5. ^ Hulu - The Millionaire Matchmaker - Taking a Lie Detector Test
  6. ^ Teles, Lillia (2009). "Máquina que detecta mentiras ajuda a polícia a esclarecer casos". Globo TV. Retrieved 2012-05-02.
  7. ^ Playboy's Lab Rat vs the Lie Detector on YouTube
  8. ^ a b "We Care Golf and Tennis Classic" (PDF). Nassau Bar Association. 2009. Retrieved June 15, 2013.
  9. ^ Daniel Ribacoff on Brain Games. National Geographic on YouTube

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