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PostPosted: 19-01-2011 10:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

linesmachine wrote:
...I've always wondered what stops anyone with a vaguely old building offering "Ghost Hunting" nights....just by saying some odd shxt happened (not that I'm suggesting this in your friends case drbates!).


Given the methods used by many ghost hunters, like seances, EVP, use of mediums, EMF meters etc, I think they'd get much the same results as in a building with plenty of well witnessed haunting phenomena. These sort of methods will work equally well anywhere, anytime.
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PostPosted: 19-01-2011 11:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

norton51 wrote:
linesmachine wrote:
...I've always wondered what stops anyone with a vaguely old building offering "Ghost Hunting" nights....just by saying some odd shxt happened (not that I'm suggesting this in your friends case drbates!).


Given the methods used by many ghost hunters, like seances, EVP, use of mediums, EMF meters etc, I think they'd get much the same results as in a building with plenty of well witnessed haunting phenomena. These sort of methods will work equally well anywhere, anytime.


Your response has interested me norton51. Every year a friend and I go Paranormal Camping in an effort to witness "something". To increase our chances we have always gone to well known hot spots in the UK. Now, if I go by your theory then I'm wasting my time travelling to these places and might as well do it in my garden... and I'm not sure if I disagree with that! What do other people think?
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PostPosted: 19-01-2011 11:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

When people first started EVP research, they did it in their homes and it worked perfectly well there. Similarly, mediums usually hold private 'circles' in their homes. It is only in recent years that many people have felt the need to bring mediums along for ghost research. As for EMF meters - since they react to all sorts of things, including static electricity and moving bits of metal, you can get 'weird' readings with them anywhere.
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PostPosted: 19-01-2011 21:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lol maybe I should do one in my house - built in 1886 its inconcevable that its had no-one die in it.

Oh and Im sure I have a ghost cat - a black one Wink
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PostPosted: 21-01-2011 20:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regardless of any ... er ... faith in the abilities of mediums, I can't see they're a productive "tool" or participant in a ghost hunt, especially in "popular" sites. As far as I can see, they can supply an interesting and mildly thrilling narrative to a ghost hunt, especially when nothing seems to be happening. Someone may attend a hunt who is known to have mediumistic powers, of course, but you find many of the others hanging on their every word - instead of attending to their own perceptions and experiences.

I would suggest that ghost hunts may be rewarding for participants in locations with "previous" or a large amount of local reputation, even going by the idea of something is more likely to happen than, say, in your front room (as long as your front room isn't known as a ghost hot-spot!) However, take heed - anyone can take an old (or apparently old) location, declare local rumour to have it haunted then make a charge for anyone hoping to experience the uncanny. They're charging you for the ability to stay for the night ... not for what you may experience!

The popularity of Most Haunted has made it incredibly lucrative for legendary haunts to hold vigils, ostensibly to pay for security, damage, inconvenience etc. I've nothing against most locations charging for the outright inconvenience of having a group of hopefuls camp out in your building but this means the groups really must have some form of level-headed judgement in where to go and how to pay.

Finally, consider some outdoor locations with the reputation of being haunted and the potential for free, if chilly, ghostwatching.
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PostPosted: 11-07-2013 01:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

So on Saturday night I was at The London Tombs for 9 hours carrying out all sorts of vigils and experiments. A great location given there are still many bones of bodies buried beneath the concrete and the Tombs themselves date back to the 1600s. Also the figurines and waxworks placed around the Tombs added to the general spookiness of the whole night.

7 of us had a few hits on a Ouija board apparently talking to a child of 6 named William...then encountered something that told me to f*ck off. The glass moving in the board seemed quite difficult to do with just a finger on it and when I tried to pull it the other direction it was traveling there did seem to be some force stopping me.

We had table tipping which I can't explain. The table was a low, x legged table that rose up on two legs and then one before spinning making all 7 of us circle with it. Couldn't get my head round how it was faked.

Sat for a while by myself with a maglite that was going on and off on command and through a series of elimination questions it appeared I was talking to a man who died in 1741. We had another maglite flick on and off as well in another room.

All very entertaining, not conclusive proof, but very, very interesting. Am I convinced that ghosts exist....still on the fence I'm afraid.

I was taken aside at one point and told by a white witch that I'm sensitive to such things and should look further into it.

I'd recommend it as a fun night out for Forteans...in fact if anyone is up for it...I'd do it again with you. Costly at £70 a ticket but as I said kicking around the London Tombs in the dead of night...it was worth it.

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PostPosted: 11-07-2013 01:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should read Michael Moorcock's, London Bone.
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PostPosted: 11-07-2013 18:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

i would be up for that..but friday nights is the only time i could do it
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PostPosted: 05-08-2013 08:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a member of a Swedish Paranormal Group and we carry out investigations on a regular basis. We do some for our own interest and to try out new equipment(public buildings, places said to be haunted) and others for private persons who Contact us to say that they or their homes are being haunted.

We've had mixed results. Mostly, we've found perfectly rational explanations for what people are experiencing. We have a lot of people contacting us looking for help and we have found that most of them are in need of a different kind of help. One recent case was suspected alzheimers - the lady was convinced that things were moving in her home.

We have had other more interesting things happen including objects moving and operating by themselves.

Regarding Ghost Hunting as entertainment - I don't see why people can't charge for an organised activity. If someone wants to pay for the experience and get access to a location and Equipment, then why not? As for charging for a serious attempt at investigating, then that reeks of exploitation.

We do not charge for investigating and we do not take along guests - paid or otherwise.
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The cat's behavior is something that's often mentioned when people complain about their homes being haunted. If I were an engineer and a ghost hunter, I would try to develop a video camera or goggles that allows us to see just what the heck cats are watching when there's nothing there.

This article mentions that cats can see and process quicker movements than we can, have a kind of night-vision, and that they're trichromats like us, but in a different color spectrum.

Maybe cats are just crazy, or maybe they see things we don't. And that includes non-paranormal things... like maybe they can see the heat rising out of the vent on a cool evening in the same way that we can see the air shimmer when it's rising off the stove. There could be a play of light on the wall from a passing car that we don't perceive when the lamp's on, but the cat does.

Or maybe they see ghosts flitting across the ceiling and out the door. Shocked

These images show just how differently cats and humans see the world

"The increase in rods also enhances their “refresh rate”, so that they can pick up movements much faster (very helpful when dealing with small animals that change direction very quickly during a chase). These differences also help them to have great night vision, an excellent ability to pick up and follow quick movements, but at the cost of less vibrant color, with less detailed resolution."

"That said, there is some research out there that suggests cats may also have a third cone type that peaks at 500-520 nm (green area). This would indicate that they are trichromats, but not in the human sense (the cones aren’t as spread out and all fall in the violet-yellow range)."
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PostPosted: 17-12-2013 02:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

We left our old house in March 2010, but did not sell it until September of the same year. Unbeknown to me at the time, my three daughters arranged for a local psychic group to conduct an investigation of it. The results (which I saw a couple of weeks later) were interesting to say the least. One photograph certainly convinced me that something strange was taking place there, and probably had been doing for the whole of the 20 or so years that we lived there. I won't describe the photo yet, as I would like to get around to posting it on here one day and asking viewers what it is that they think they are looking at.

As far as cats (and dogs) are concerned, then I would like to add this. My wife and I were sat in the living room of our old house one evening when we heard what I can only describe as a groan rising to a howl. It seemed to come from the kitchen, which was directly behind were I was sitting. At the time we had two cats and one dog, all three of which were asleep in front of the fire...none of them moved when we heard the noise. My daughter, who was in the bathroom above the kitchen also heard the noise, and came down to ask us what we thought it was. We told her we didn't know, and the incident was more or less forgotten.

I find it interesting that none of us, pets included, found the incident particularly noteworthy...as though we were somehow immune to something which would normally have terrified me, my wife and daughter, and set the animals going crazy! But it happened.
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PostPosted: 03-06-2014 07:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll be investigating this place in a few weeks.

Venngarn Castle, Sweden

It's a 3 Day investigation and we're holding a workshop on Day 1 that's open for everyone. We'll be giving a brief talk about our work, the castle and what we are hoping to achieve and then the public will be let loose with some of our gear to have a look around. The castle is not normally open to anyone.

After a few hours, we'll kick them out and get down to the investigation. It's really cool actually. The buildings owners are giving us full access for 3 days, temporarily halting renovation work.
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