5 easy mistakes to make when starting out as a ghost hunter

Recently I was asked what mistakes I had made when I first started doing paranormal investigations. Whenever you start something new it’s inevitable that there will be teething troubles, & I know that there is a lot of things I have yet to get perfect. The truth is there is never a time when you know everything there is to know about a subject, and if you feel you do it’s time to give up!

However there are one or two newbie blunders I have made over the years, & if I’d have been warned about them at the start I may have had a smoother ride.

Here are a couple of them, I hope you find them helpful.

 

1) Never jump to conclusions.

Just because there is a tapping noise in the house you are investigating does not mean it is supernatural! When you enter a new location take some time to get used to the natural creaks of the building. Also try to find a logical explanation for the sounds you are hearing. Is it raining outside? Is it windy? Are there cooling water pipes, central heating or a smelly hobo living in the cellar? A good paranormal investigator will try to eliminate everything terrestrial before attributing any phenomena to the supernatural.

 

2) Know your equipment.

The moment something new appears on a ghost hunting show on TV it’s only a matter of time before there is a manufacturer selling them on eBay! Call me Mr. Cynical, but isn’t it possible that there is some sort of sponsorship deal here? Don’t get me wrong, I love my K2 meter- it looks great!  it makes me feel like a Ghost buster! But what does it actually do? It detects AC EMF fields. That is Electromagnetic fields that are generated artificially by things like radios, mobile phones etc. Surely a ghost or spirit would generate a natural DC EMF? if that is the case the K2 may be totally useless!

Before you spend a fortune on the latest must-have gadget, read up on what it is you are actually spending your money on. What does it do? Why do you really need it? Is there something cheaper that would essentially do the same thing, (In the case of the K2- a compass maybe?) I have written about this in the past on this blog, see “Buying your research equipment”.

 

3) Show respect (to the living and the dead!)

Let’s just say for the sake of argument that when you die you remain on this plane in spirit form. You go about your life in much the same way as you did when you were alive. You wake up at the same time, you eat your breakfast, you go to work etc. The only difference is that you are dead.

Now how would you feel if a group of people came into your home waving around strange devices and demanding you knock once for yes twice for no! Would it make you angry? You’d probably want to yell at them to get out. Maybe you’d yell abuse at them, you’d probably be justified! Or maybe you’d just not give them what they want.

When you are trying to communicate with spirits try to remember that they were people once as well and you are probably more likely to get them to comply with your wishes by asking them politely!

 

4) Record your investigation.

This should be a no brainer! Say on your investigation the dark room is illuminated mysteriously and Cthulhu himself manifests and starts singing “hit me baby one more time”?

It would be great evidence if you had that camera switched on. unfortunately you didn’t.

And no matter how well you tell the story, and even if people believe you- it would never count as proof. Ok visual manifestations are rare, & I have my own theories about why they seldom appear on camera, but there have been many times when I have heard more on the ghost box when listening to the recording, than when I was listening in real time. Use a video camera, a voice recorder, or even a mobile phone. Just make sure everything is recorded!

 

5) Historical research later!

We have all seen those shows where they spend the first half of the investigation going over the history of the building they will be investigating. Wouldn’t it make more sense to do the research after the investigation? If we know the pub is haunted by a ghost lovingly known as Bertie, isn’t it more likely that we would be listening for that name on the ghost box? Wouldn’t it be more believable to get a specific name & personality come through on the Ouija board when nobody who has their finger on the glass knows the history of the building? A little historical knowledge can strongly contaminate a ghost hunt, so do the investigation first, then try to validate your findings with historical research later.

 

So there you are, 5 newbie mistakes that I could have avoided when I was starting out. Hopefully it will save you doing the same. One other thing I’ll add as an afterthought, and that is read the works of those who have been ghost hunting for years. There are many expert books on ghost hunting that I wish I had read before I started. I could recommend a few, but I’ll leave that for another day!

Happy Hunting!

Back On TV!

Well those of you who have been following me on Twitter (@Roblupine) will know that I have already completed my first couple of shifts on PsychicworldTV Sky 885. The Channel designation was sold in October last year marking the end to Psychic First after a very shaky run in 2011 and is now run by a brand new company that are responsible for setting up several successful psychic shows the world over.

Lets hope the third time is the charm! This show has got a very different feel to it, and I don’t mind saying I felt a little like a fish out of water on Saturday as I will be mostly presenting the show when I’m on, as yet I’ll not be in a position to do private or skype readings. It feels a lot more like the early days of Psychic & Soul, in it’s first month the presenter would draw the viewers attention to an off-screen psychic service but also present a show that was educational and informative, and that was not a bad thing!

Last night I presented a show with Jerry Humphries taking skype calls, and he gave me some great content, including a 4 step plan to turn negativity into positive change. I found it thought provoking and discussion provoking as well as entertaining and enjoyable, and I am looking forward to future shows where we can really break the mould with never before seen content!

I don’t mind saying I was reluctant to come back to this kind of show, with the bad feeling that has been generated over the past few years, however this show feels fresh and new, I hope it’s agenda will continue in that direction!

I’ll next be on from 9pm tomorrow night, (Tuesday 31st) and I have several shows throughout February, so watch this space!

Published in: on January 30, 2012 at 14:14  Leave a Comment  

A spook-tacular day out!

Over the weekend I went with my wife and 2 year old daughter to the West Lodge Rural centre in Pipewell near Kettering. Now we go there regularly as it’s good value for money and offers plenty to entertain our little girl, but this time they had really pushed the boat out!

Between the 15th and the 31st October they are laying on Halloween entertainment for the half term, including a spooky tractor ride, Ghost stories, Pumpkin Carving and a guided tour round a witches house! There really wasn’t enough time to fit it all in one day.

Most of the stuff I do is really aimed at an adult audience, Personally I feel a commercial seance or ghost hunt can scar a kid for life if it’s too realistic. Also, I have never wanted to go down the route of childrens entertainment. It doesn’t suit my style and I had my share of Birthday parties from hell when I was first developing my art!

So I could really appreciate the fact that  the entertainment at West Lodge was aimed at all the family and I could see that the children in the audience being enchanted to the tales of Daisy the Witch and the old farmer that made one scarecrow to many meeting a grizzly end…

I can honestly say we thoroughly enjoyed the day and it was over too soon. A lot of care and attention to detail had been put into the extra activities and it was clear that this was something the organiser was passionate about.

If you have kids bouncing off the wall during the half term week and don’t know what to do with them this would make a good diversion and is well worth a visit.

You can get all the details of the Centre, including the Halloween attractions at their website. If you are in the area drop in, their Halloween activities run till the end of the month, don’t miss out!

Published in: on October 24, 2011 at 08:35  Leave a Comment  

Clarity of Sight

Clarity of sight is a relatively new and upcoming business providing Tarot Cards, Crystals, Pendulums and other bits of New Age and psychic artefacts.

The business is run by my former colleague, Penny Alterskye and her partner Matt and they have a friendly and honest approach to doing business.

Although they already have a wide range available (as you will see by clicking the link below) they also would be able to track down something more exclusive and original. Just email them and ask if you don’t see it on their site!

LupineMagic entertainments have teamed up with Clarity of sight to offer their customers a 5% discount on all orders made online from their site. All you need to do is enter the code “Lupinemagic” (Without the quotations!) into the coupon box when ordering.

Happy shopping!

Clarity of Sight

Published in: on October 17, 2011 at 09:54  Leave a Comment  

October dates

Busy month ahead for me, however I still have a few dates left if you wish to get that private Halloween party booked!
I’ll be on Psychic first on Sky 885 available for readings on October 6th, 8th, 9th & 22nd so be sure to tune in to this interactive show!

If you would like a live face to face reading I will be at the Mystic Paths Psychic Fair on 15th and 16th October 10am to 4pm at Kids in Action, Tavistock Street, Dunstable.

Of course I’m happy to do private readings at other times as well, Just send me an email to let me know your needs!
Happy Halloween!

Published in: on October 6, 2011 at 10:26  Leave a Comment  

Book your Psychic party now to get in for Halloween!

 

Psychic parties are great fun! Peoples beliefs are challenged, and their eyes opened against a backdrop of social interaction with friends, family and people we like!

During a typical party I will give demonstrations of telekinesis and extra-sensory perception as well as quick 5-10 minute tarot or palm readings to all who want one.

At the time of writing bookings for such parties are creeping in for October and I am always very busy over the Halloween week in particular with both psychic parties and seances.

So take this as a bit of a heads up!

A lot of people who book me are surprised at affordability, as it is natural to assume especially in this day and age how expensive private entertainment at a social event can be. Prices depend on location, travel and needs, however I do not charge for quotes, so you don’t have anything to lose by asking!

As always, you can contact me for a quote for a psychic party or any of the services offered on my website by emailing me direct on Rob@lupinemagic.com

I always respond to genuine enquiries within 24 hours of receiving them so you won’t have to wait long!

I look forward to hearing from you!

Published in: on September 3, 2011 at 09:40  Leave a Comment  

Happy May Day!

I have a busy month ahead, Keep watching Psychic first on Sky 885. I’ll be on tomorrow and Tueasday evening next week between 6pm & midnight. This is one of the easiest ways to get a reading from me so be sure to tune in if you need guidance.
If you want something a little more personal you can always book me for a private reading, I can travel to your location and use a multitude of techniques to get to the root of the issues of your life.
Private face to face readings can be much more powerful than phone readings as there is usually a stronger connection when you are in the same room, & also we are not as restricted by Offcom regulations etc.
If you want to book me for a private session email me, (rob@lupinemagic.com) for a quote.
I look forward to hearing from you…

Published in: on May 1, 2011 at 12:42  Leave a Comment  
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