Using a ghost box

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A few people have been asking me about the ghost box, a radio like device that I have been using on my ghost hunts recently.
It is, in fact,a digital radio that has been “hacked” to do a couple of things a normal radio would not do.
Firstly as it scans through the AM or FM frequencies it doesn’t mute, allowing the listener to hear the airwaves in all their naked glory, & secondly it will not stop scanning once it finds a solid signal. The upshot of this is you hear a mish-mesh of white noise, static and broadcast transmissions. Its a little like listening to the shipping forecast on speed.
The theory is that ghosts & spirits have no voice of their own but can manipulate the ghost box to give the appropriate answer to any questions you may ask.
I know I was sceptical of this when I first heard of it- after all, you are obviously going to get clear words out of it when it is using existing radio stations. I often joke to people attending my ghost hunts not to be surprised if the ghost answers using David Camerons voice, (some may find that idea more scary!).
What is interesting, however,  is just how often the answers make sense.
When I first got my ghost box in the post I couldn’t wait to switch it on. We had experienced activity in our home including apparitions & poltergeist activity so knew if the ghost box was likely to work we’d get something straight away.
I felt very corny uttering the stereotypical, “is there anyone there?” But was surprised to get the immediate response of, “John”.
I pressed on asking if anyone was with them, the reply was immediate, “Ben”.
I then asked who was it that one of our guests had recently seen walking by the stairs wearing a beige cardigan. The answer was once again a very clear, “John”.
At this point my wife said, “yeah ok- switch it off now!”
Although not conclusive proof, it was enough to warrant further investigation. Either there were some amazing coincidences happening here or our ghost had appalling dress sense.

Since that day I have always began my ghost box sessions with control questions, that is clear questions to which there could only be one answer.
An obvious control question would be, “my name is Rob, can you say my name?”
Its great to hear the reply come through clearly & correctly! On good ghost box sessions in my commercial ghost hunts I’ve been able to persuade the spirit to say hello to everyone in the room individually!
Another good control question would be, “what do I have in my hand?” Providing you have something in your hand and there is a spirit in the room you should get a favourable response!
However if you continue to ask control questions, I find the intelligence you are communicating with will get weary, and even frustrated with it. After all, they didn’t sign up to be your personal lab rats!
Start to ask them about themselves and you will hear clear, distinctive personalities come through. I have had consistent personalities come out in venues from one hunt to another in the past! The voices won’t just be made up of the broadcast transmission either, often in a good session I have realised that the voice I was communicating with was the same one even though the ghost box had scanned many channels. Sometimes clear words are heard through the static itself.
You won’t always get perfect responses. At a recent investigation at a reputedly haunted cemetery, I didn’t get much from the ghost box. At one point an over familiar song came out, obviously paying on radio 1, that covers several frequencies so it made it hard for us to hear anything outside that pattern.
I do not know why ghost Boxs’ are hard to find on sale now. When I bought mine barely a few years ago there were a few to choose from on Ebay. Now, however, unless you want to buy from Singapore or pay the expensive American shipping costs you are out of luck. Occasionally a good second hand one will surface on Ebay, but it would appear that most UK suppliers have dried up.
There are a few options to the would be ghost hunter who wishes to try out a ghost box at a pinch however.
If you are ok with electronics & circuit boards you could have a go at hacking a digital radio yourself. The hack is relatively simple & a quick YouTube search will unearth countless instructional videos. The other option is to try some of the more reputable mobile phone apps. In all honesty I’ve never used them myself, however I’ve heard some good reports & they are a fraction of the cost of a ghost box so the risk is very low.
Over recent years I’ve come to regard my ghost box as one of the main pieces of equipment I use in my hunts. I’ve had some fantastic results from it & many clear conversations that have all but rendered the Ouija board obsolete.
I have no idea weather the intelligences I an communicating with are spirits, ethereal beings or aliens, (it has been suggested in the past by someone on one of my hunts) but I have no doubt that they are intelligent-whoever they are!
If you have an interest in paranormal investigation it is worth trying out & seeing the results for yourself. You may be surprised!

The Hind Hotel, Welingborough 20/10/2012- Investigation report.

This was the second investigation into the Hind Hotel, You can read about the first one here, and this time there were certain things I was looking for to achieve validation for our findings. As it happened I was not disappointed!

Before I tell you our findings I need to stress that apart from myself & one other, nobody else had attended the previous investigation, nor had I told them of our findings from that occasion.

First of all the location proved a lot more active on this occasion, with the EMF meter spiking on the slightest movement someone made, something it failed to do last time even with people jumping up at it! Although we never got any movement when everyone was still it made me feel quietly confident for the night we had ahead of us.

After some initial invocations that produced very little of note, we moved on to a short pendulum session. I had the pendulum suspended in the glass from the beginning of the evening and there was a few points it would start swinging even though nobody was near it. When I asked the entity that was pushing it to make it go faster it stopped mid-swing as if somebody had grabbed it, something that happened last time we were at the hind.

The Ghost box once more proved to be the star of the show, and this time I asked control questions, That we all knew the answer to, to make sure the answers we were getting weren’t random, but clear responses. Simple questions like “How many fingers am I holding up?” Got immediate answers, most of the time correct! And even when they got the answer wrong and I asked them t try again they were insistent that they were right. (we got a determined, “I said- TWO” even though I was holding up four fingers!)

Questions like, “what am I holding in my hand” got less clear responses. It did correctly identify a ring, but wasn’t able to recognise a key for example.

Last time we were in the Cromwell suite we started conversing with an entity calling himself “Jim” on the ghost box.

The main characteristic about Jim was last time he wasn’t happy with us being there, and kept telling us to go. He also wouldn’t let us speak to anyone else, preferring all the attention on him!

Jim appeared again this time, and showed similar characteristics, although this time he seemed in a better mood and did humour us with a little light conversation!

One of the most frightening  points of the evening occurred when I switched on the Ghost box for the first time and got a very clear, yet inhuman , “Shut up!” emit from it. I asked the entity to repeat itself, and got the same phrase, in the same voice instantaneously. This did not sound like the usual contact the ghost box makes. Rather than being compiled of broadcast transmissions it sounded like it had been constructed from white noise, static and interference.  This was one of the strongest cases of E.V.P. I had heard to date, although once it had said it’s piece decided to amble off and make way for more polite beings!

The Ouija board produced no perceivable movement on this occasion. And like last time I asked the sitters to try physically pushing the planchette, and found they had difficulty doing so, as if something was holding it in place, yet again on par with our last visit.

The automatic writing was very interesting. Even though the lady holding the pen was in a trance, the pen managed to move along a particular pattern perfectly several times.

Automatic writing

Automatic writing- The subject drew over the “V” shape perfectly several times before going into the rest of the work. She was in a deep trance.

On examining the final product of the automatic writing several members of the group identified the number 8 and an arrow pointing in a particular direction. we discovered if we followed the arrow out of the room it pointed to room 108.

On comparing it to the two examples of automatic writing we did on the previous visit, we found that 8 appeared in both drawings.

Around Midnight we moved to the restaurant. There have been many reports of happenings in this room and I was particularly interested to see what we found. One of the stories we had heard was there was a ghost of a little girl, who the staff left the light on for. The story goes that anyone who switches the light off would hear her crying.

We switched the light off and sat in darkness, but no crying was heard on this occasion, although one of our participants did feel sad, and had an urge to cry.

The Ghost Box picked up on someone calling himself “Eric”, and he informed us he was protecting the little girl.

Eric also told us he was a rifleman in the RAF. there have been reports of a soldier appearing at the Hind, so this was particularly noteworthy.

All in all we had a much more active visit the second time around, and I was pleased in our findings. I was really interested to see particular phenomena that matched up to previous visits, there were reports of people getting very cold arms or legs, or suddenly getting pins and needles. often the phenomena would happen in the same part of the room as last time as well, and affect people sitting in the same spot.

I will be looking at going back to the hind at some point early next year, so watch this space!

Sent in by one of our sitters, Anita Weekly.
A figure can be seen hovering on the beam above the light switch.

The figure blown up can be seen in more detail. It’s features appear in one other picture taken in a different part of the room.

What happens at a Ghost Hunt?

A few weeks ago I hosted a paranormal investigation at the Lamb inn at Little Harrowden. It proved to be a very enjoyable night with a considerable amount of interesting activity. My full report of the evening can be read here.

One thing that interested me was the amount of child Spirits we seemed to pick up, who didn’t seem to have a connection to the building, or even know what we were talking about when we asked them if they lived in the Lamb.

Story from the Northampton Mercury, 1902

However I did a little searching about on the British newspaper archives and found more than one report of an inquest into child mortalities being held at the Lamb. Maybe there is a connection there?

Another thing that delighted me on the night was being joined by professional ghost hunting team UK Haunted. These guys have ran investigations in some of the most active locations in the UK, you can read about them here.

They were very professional in their approach, brought a lot of their own equipment, and very much got into the heart of the evening. They even shot video, (A lot of it so discreetly I didn’t know they were doing it!) and put together this film that covers a lot of the interesting things that happened that night!

Now you can listen to the Ghost Box in all it’s glory, were there words and phrases that we missed?

There is also a chance to see the Ouija Board in all it;s glory, as it connects with Sarah, one of my personal Favourite ghosts that evening.

I just want to say a huge thank you to Alex & Michael for making this video, and their amazing support over the last few weeks!

If you want to take part in the next Ghost hunt, it it this Saturday, 20th October 2012, at the Hind in Wellingborough.

There are still a few tickets left and you can get yours here!

I hope you can make it!

Arcane Encounters- An evening of supernatural entertainment- 3 Dates confirmed over Halloween

I am absolutely delighted to say I have 3 confirmed venues for my forthcoming paranormal show, Arcane Encounters.

26/10/12   Wood Green, the Animals Charity, King’s Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, PE29 2NH

Tickets are available to buy online here at £15 each with £5 per sale being donated to the Wood Green Charity

 

27/10/12  The Nogg Inn, Wincanton, Somerset

Full details can be found on the Facebook group Here

2/11/12  Lucy’s Tea room 81 High street, Desborough, Northamptonshire

Full Details on the Facebook group Here

There are still a couple of free nights available on the Halloween week. If you run a public venue, or want a private party just get in touch with me to discuss your needs!

Email me on Rob@Lupinemagic.com

 

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Investigation report-The Lamb Inn 28/9/12

The Ouija board produced some amazing results!
(Photograph courtesy UK Haunted)

I was interested to see what we got at the Lamb, as there had been no investigations in this 16th century building in the past. The only history I was able to glean consisted of hearsay and friend of friend stories which patched together into an intriguing story, however nothing that could be supported by historical evidence.

However we began the evening in the function room to see what would happen.

As a side note, as I was preparing the room before participants arrived I decided to try out my EMF meter, and have a quick go on the ghost box. I picked up activity almost straight away, with voices on the ghost box quite eager to talk to me, and the needle of the EMF meter spiking on several occasions even though I was sat quite still in the room by myself!

We began the evening with an open invocation, calling out to the spirits to use whatever means to inform us of their presence. I never expect great results at this point of the evening and do it mainly to get the group used to the room and its natural noises. However the spirits had other ideas!

Some people reported feeling cold, particularly around their legs, even though the heating was fully on. Then my pendulum, that I had set up for later in the evening, began swinging by itself. upon seeing this I decided to move on to the pendulum straight away.

I have the pendulum suspended across a large wine glass, and have participants put their hands on the table with their fingers touching. I then ask the spirits to swing the pendulum and make it go in a circle. If we get good results I’ll ask it yes/no questions, with the pendulum swinging one way for yes and the other for no.

As it was responding so well on the night we got a clear conversation going. Answering anti-clockwise for yes and clockwise for no we found ourselves talking to a middle aged female who claimed she and her 3 children including a baby  died in a fire in the year 1909.*

She was confused, and didn’t know how the fire started, suggesting that the fire was at night and they were asleep. She also was unaware how much time has passed, claiming she had died in the last decade.

Moving on to the ghost box we found the ladies name was Anita. We were able to converse with her for a while, but she clearly didn’t want to talk about the fire and left us quite abruptly!

Another voice came through, adding that at that point there was “Just the one” spirit in the room.

He identified himself as “Dean” and claimed he was travelling form America and stayed at the Lamb in the 1960’s. Dean turned out to be one of the most talkative spirits of the evening, telling us about his travels around the world. though he wouldn’t tell us how he died.

Then the room got very busy, with the Ghost box spitting out various names, and calls of “Beer!” and even belches! It was like we were in a busy bar, or a raucous party! We had so many names and personalities calling out to us it became impossible to tell who was who, so we shut down the ghost box and moved onto the Ouija board.

We found the planchette moved quite quickly with one group of people, and managed to get names spelt out clearly. At one point it appeared a spirit had come through who was known personally to one of our sitters, but when I asked if it was just pretending the planchette moved to yes.

What was interesting about the Ouija board on this occasion was the planchette would only move if it was an all woman group. If any men put their fingers on it, it would immediately stop.

However one particular group of ladies had the planchette sweeping across the board so quickly it often got free from their grasp! On a couple of occasions the planchette tilted as well, with two of the feet lifting from the board completely. The main contact this time came from a child who claimed to be 5, who was more interested in playing with the planchette than talking to us!

We tried to do an invocation in darkness, but on this occasion it proved impossible as the lights outside, including a security lamp, made it quite easy to see, and so at midnight we moved down to the main building.

We started in the main bar, but found very little activity there, not much came from the ghost box, and the Ouija board proved inconclusive, however one of our participants produced a nice bit of automatic writing with the names “Lucy” and “Sean”(Or could it be Dean?) entwined within the pattern.

The back room proved more positive, and we got straight on with the Ouija board that had been working so well earlier. We used two men who hadn’t got any activity from the planchette so far and one of them almost immediately began to feel dizzy & disorientated and had to sit down.

When we put the girls back on we got a different child, four years old called Sarah. Sarah entertained us for a while, hiding under tables and tapping people on the leg. She was wary of strangers but quickly seemed to warm to us, and told us she used to live in the village, but didn’t have any connection with the pub.

For me Sarah was the highlight of the evening!

My overall feeling was that there are definitely parts of the building that warrant further investigation, and I will be coming back in the new year. the spirits we encountered felt very positive and  eager to talk, possibly because nobody had tried in the past. There was little ill will aimed at us and everyone left feeling good about the experience!

*Later in the evening I asked the landlord if he knew of a fire, he didn’t, but said that the roof of the building had been thatched many years ago. maybe one for the historians to work out!

Halloween is coming!

I woke up today and noticed for the first time how dark the mornings are getting, a sure sign that we are leaving what little summer we had and are rapidly moving to the most supernatural time of the year!

I love this time of year. With it’s early nights and hazy mornings it is little wonder that our ancestors saw this season as a time when the veil between the living and the dead was at its thinnest.

This Halloween is shaping up to be one of my busiest yet, with two large commercial ghost hunts over the next few weeks, (Details here), And a number of public paranormal evenings that will be announced soon.

I wanted to share with you something I have been working on for public and private performances, that will be available for the spook season and beyond.

 

 

Arcane Encounters is not a magic show, nor is it a demonstration of clairvoyant ability. This is something else.

Although not as deep or intense as a ghost hunt it gives the onlooker a chance to experience the paranormal first hand.

Audience members will have the opportunity to hold and experience objects with a haunted past, make contact with the spirits that are around them and even see or feel a ghost themselves!

Arcane encounters is available now for both private parties and public events, and October dates are filling up fast!

Dare you approach the Dark with your eyes open?

Our next Ghost Hunt!

After the  popularity of the Haunting at the Hind last month I’m delighted to be doing another ghost hunt!

An Investigation into the Troubled Spirits of the “Slaughtered” Lamb

Friday September 28th 2012, 9pm-2am

Despite its sleepy setting in a tranquil village, the Lamb Inn has had a troubled past. Hidden deep within its past are tales of treachery, deception and violence.

 

More recently, furniture has moved on its own accord, unexplainable sounds have been heard at night and there has been a general feeling that the spirits are restless.

 

Using a unique combination of ancient and modern techniques, we will attempt to make contact with the ghosts, and finally put them to rest.

 

Join us in an overnight investigation into the troubled spirits of the “Slaughtered” Lamb!

Tickets are available now at this link, as are the full details, terms and conditions.

It is looking to be a great night!

 

 

The Mystery of the Orbs

I have never been a fan of “Orb” pictures. there are too many possible explanations for them that would often be more plausible than supernatural intervention.

For those that don’t know, “Orb” pictures are often taken at ghost hunts and show pinpoints of white light where there was none a few seconds earlier.

Mysterious Blue Orbs
Picture Copyright Sallie Harding

All too often they can be explained away by dust or moisture catching on the camera flash or some other source of light. They are incredibly easy to fake. Try taking a picture outside in a rain shower with your flash on to see what I mean.

However I was sent this picture recently by a participant of our recent ghost hunt at the Hind hotel in Wellingborough and it has me intrigued.

It was taken as we were using the ghost box and the bright lights you can see are candles that were on the table.  However it is the pinpricks of blue light by 3 of the candles that are interesting. the picture was taken without any flash.

Now I’m no photography expert, but my first hunch was that it could be some kind of reflection of the candles on the camera lens. however if that is the case why did it show up as blue? And why is there only an orb on 3 of the five candles pictured?

I always try to eliminate the impossible before I draw conclusions, so I’m opening this one up to you! What do you think?

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