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What Ghost Hunting is Really Like

Is It Similar To The Shows On TV?

Comparing live ghost hunting to TV shows is tough to do honestly, and it depends on the show. I generally categorize shows into two groups; those focusing on the technical aspect and history of the location, and those centering around the spooks. Those focusing on history portray ghost hunting more accurately. To be blunt investigations are not meant for thrill seekers, as they can be downright dull most of the time. Don’t get me wrong, I love the paranormal and have been a nerd in the field for over twenty years. If it weren’t for having that passion, I would never have pursued it for as long as I have.

Ghost Hunting Can Be Downright Dull

If you’re wondering how dull I mean, I’ll break a typical investigation down for you from the planning stage to analysis. One of the most difficult things about an investigation can be scheduling. If all team members work the same schedule it makes it drastically easier to plan a time. If not, it can be tough to find a time that works for everyone, and some may not make it. Once you have an idea of what times will work, it is a matter of hammering out a time slot with the owner of the location. The next step is to talk to the client to see what activity they are experiencing. This is not only to plan what areas to focus on, but also the amount of equipment needed.

Having Corded Equipment Takes up a Chunk of Setup Time

After having a game plan and time for the investigation, the next step is arriving and setting up equipment. The size of the location and whether or not your equipment uses battery or power cables determines the setup time. If you will be setting up multiple cameras and using extension cords, I recommend budgeting an hour per 1000 square feet of a location. If it takes less than that budget, it’s bonus time for investigating. Once set up, the actual investigating can begin.

Most Ghost Hunting Time Is Spent Behind the Scenes

A third of investigating time is spent walking around the location or sitting down and observing, with or without equipment. The other third is spent having EVP sessions, taking photos, and other methods. The final third of that time is pretty dull. It is spent taking breaks, changing out batteries and checking on equipment, or taking a second look at the evidence. Throughout the investigation, nothing exciting may happen until you are analyzing evidence. And if something does happen during the investigation, it may only be a few odd shadows or strange noises. It’s all a luck of the draw.

Going over the Evidence Is The Dullest Part

Analyzing evidence can be one of the most boring parts of an investigation. The more cameras and voice recorders recording, it all can add up pretty quickly and easily turn into hours of evidence to sift through. Your team can either focus on the evidence your own equipment captured, add everything to a pool and divide it up evenly, or have team members specialize in audio or film. However you decide to divide it up really doesn’t matter, so long as everyone is comfortable with analyzing.

Your Team Is What Makes or Breaks Ghost Hunting

That’s the boring, blatant truth about ghost hunting. Because investigations can be tedious, sometimes without anything even happening, having a team that makes each other laugh and keeps the morale up is what will make investigating fun for you. If it wasn’t for the friends that I find throughout the last ten years investigating, I don’t know if I would have continued, or plan to continue. They are just as nerdy as I am, and we will talk in our spare time; not only about our off the wall theories but also how our families are doing. Go ghost hunting because it is a shared interest among friends, and go to have fun, even if nothing happens. If you go just for the chills and thrills, more than likely you will be disappointed and feel it is a waste of time.

If You’re Buying A Haunted Object, It’s Probably a Scam

What Objects are Being Sold?

For years, haunted objects have popped up on auction sites, ranging from ghosts in a bottle, possessed dolls, even Dybbuk boxes. They all have rich stories about how the object came into the owner’s possession, and why they wish to dispose of the item. Some claim to have an evil spirit attached, others a more gentle energy. There a few reasons I don’t advise buying these objects. The first is that if the object genuinely is haunted, you never know what energy you are bringing into your home. The second reason is these objects all have something more unfortunate in common, and that is that most, if not all of them are scams.

For Entertainment Purposes Onl

The four magic words at the end of these auction listings that make these scams perfectly legal are “for entertainment purposes only.” What this means is that buyers assume the item is not intended to be interpreted as true, and a story said to entertain buyers. It would hold as much water as buying a lotto ticket and trying to get a refund for a losing ticket. Because of this disclaimer, buyers are listing in the hopes of making quick money. The buyers receive an everyday item that has no energy attached and money down the drain.

If Buyers Are Listing Items, They Are Making “Un-Boxing” Videos

Another way that people are cashing in on fake haunted objects is not by selling the items to consumers, but instead appearing to buy the item themselves and record the unboxing. They upload the video to social media as a way to build views as well as advertising royalties. These videos all have the same excitement as buying an object without risking money and can be more lucrative for the filmmakers in the long run. In the last few weeks, I have seen a few Dybbuk box openings, and all could easily be debunked with rational explanations.

The Videos Are All Staged

Chances are the filmmakers listed an auction on eBay and bought their item, or had a friend in another state sell it to make it appear more authentic. Either way, the video maker knew what they should place inside the box to make the video seem more authentic. Next, they either ship the box to their address so it has a postal stamp or puts the item in a shipping box and drop it at their front door.

Once the box is inside the “buyer” will unwrap the item, and start to check out what they just purchased. The videos I’ve seen use ghost hunting tools as a trick to make the video seem more authentic, but the evidence is all smoke and mirrors to fool viewers. One video used an EMF meter near the box, and the second the Dybbuk box opened, it stopped beeping, which could easily be replicated by having their leg under the table near the box with an electric device attached to their knee and moving their leg far enough away to stop the beeping when needed. Objects falling, doors slamming, lights flickering, and other strange noises can all be achieved with simple theatre tricks behing the camera. Others used shack hacks, but with video and audio editing tricks, you have to take it with a grain of salt.

Remember This Before You Buy

The next time you see a video online, or see that haunted object on auction and are considering buying it, please keep this article in mind. The item is probably just a regular item, and your money will go down the drain. If the piece indeed is haunted and the owner wishes to dispose of it, they will not want to risk having it in their home any longer than necessary by waiting for it to sell. They will either throw it away, or try and seek help through a paranormal group. Save your money, and don’t get caught up in the story.

The Importance of Knowing Your Ghost Hunting Equipment

Know What Is Normal Behavior for Your Equintment

While this is a relatively short article, it contains a tip that I feel everyone should keep in mind. That tip is making sure you are familiar with your equipment before investigating. This tip came in handy for myself last week while investigating with Lesley Marden at the home of a mutual friend of Lesley’s. For years minor occurrences happened in the home, the most common being psychic impressions. An investigation of the home had never occurred prior, so this visit was a top to bottom visit of each room and trying out different equipment to see what the results would be. While in the attic, Lesley senses a taller man standing in one corner who gave off a sense of being shy and staying out of detection.

Something Odd Began to Happen

I took out my camera, turned the power on, pressed the shutter button, the sensory light blinked, and nothing happened. Caught by surprise, I tried to take another photo with the same result. Right away I knew something was happening, and to confirm it I turned around to opposite side of the room. Sure enough, my camera took the photo as normal. The only thing different was where the camera pointed. The lighting, temperature, and settings were all identical. I let everyone know what was happening so they could pay more close attention to what was happening around them. Less than a minute after my camera stopped working properly, Lesley no longer felt the presence, and my camera worked fine again when pointed at that wall.

I Was Able to Respond Quickly

The reason I knew something odd was happening all comes down to my familiarity with that camera. I have been using it for about a year and a half now, not only during paranormal investigations but for book covers and general photography. I’ve used it day and night, indoor and outdoor, warm and cold. Having that experience allowed me to know what are normal habits for that camera, and failing to take a picture in low light have never been one.

It left me wondering would I have reacted as quickly to the malfunction as something more likely to be paranormal without that personal history with the camera? And to be blunt, probably not. The event was so quick that I probably would have adjusted the settings first instead of turning around, and by the time the settings would have adjusted, the event would have been over. After having that experience, I encourage everyone to spend time getting to know your equipment.

Start to Learn Your Equipment’s Habits Now

My tip for you is to use your tools in regular everyday locations without any paranormal claims. Bring your equipment inside and out, operate it in different temperatures and lighting conditions. Use it near microwaves or areas of electrical interference that is man-made, so you know the effect it may cause. If the device uses batteries, use the device until they are almost, if not fully drained, so you know if low power will cause any glitches. So long as the tool will not be damaged, try it out in different conditions when not investigating, so you will know what is and isn’t a regular malfunction. When potential paranormal activity is occurring, that is not the time you want to be troubleshooting devices. Doing so takes time away that could be spent either fixing the device more quickly or using other tools to capture any potential evidence. You can invest as little or much time as you’d like, but the more time, the better.

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