Ghosts, Communication and Spoon-Bending

spoonThis isn’t exactly about ghosts.

It started with an action poem by Billy Collins is a good starting point for discussions about the dead (aka ghosts, spirits, or those who’ve crossed over): the dead.

That got me thinking.

After several decades of investigating ghosts, I’ve formed a few opinions.  One of them is this: Ghosts usually react to us the same as they did (or would have) in life.

They’re still the same people… right? The difference is their physical forms.

  • Short-tempered people are still easily angered and frustrated spirits.
  • People who, in life, were able to see the silver lining in any cloud, continue to do so after they cross over. And so on.

If you attribute more (or less) to them than you would if they each had physical form, that’s relatively unfounded speculation. (Also, maybe they still have bodies in their new realm of existence.  We just can’t see their bodies — or see them clearly — when they visit our world.)


But, as ghost hunters, the poem raises questions.

  • What cues to we give to ghosts to indicate that we’re open to communication with them?
  • Do we insist that the communication has to be on our terms, as if we’re directing a play?
  • Do we demand taps on a table, or a specific manifestation based on stereotypes?

If a ghost has communicated in a particular way in the past, focus on that.

For example, if you hear an unexplained shuffling noise or footsteps, ask the ghost to repeat that. Don’t ask the ghost to do something entirely different, such as moving an object.

(Remember in the movie, Ghost, when the Patrick Swayze character struggles to move objects in the subway, following Vincent Schiavelli’s instructions. Sometimes, spirits need time to learn to manifest.)

Even if the manifestation makes you uncomfortable – such as the ghost at The Falstaffs Experience who breathes on women – always ask the spirit to repeat what they did before, exactly.


If you’re sure a ghost is nearby but not responding to you, here are some ways to communicate:

1. Use your EMF meter (or dowsing rods, pendulum or hiking compass) to record responses to questions. One surge can be “yes,” and two can be “no”… or something like that.

2. Tapping seems to be popular among spirits. Recommend that the spirit tap on something that will make noise easily. (In the 19th century, a tambourine was used by some mediums. Even a soft tap on a tambourine can sound very loud.)

3. Bring a small, light, smooth ball with you, or a feather, and ask the spirit to move it. (Video this, if you can. Sometimes the movement can be so slight, you’ll think that you’re imagining it, unless you can study it later — frame by frame — on your computer.) You can use a lit candle for this, too, and ask the ghost to make the flame move or flicker.


Make it easy for the spirits to communicate. You’re asking them to influence physical objects in our world, from their non-physical (or at least “other”) world.

Then again, the spirit may believe that matter can’t be influenced without physical effort… and he (or she) doesn’t have a body to do that.

Consider this: What if you learned to influence matter without physical contact, or with very little? Could you show the spirits how to do this? Would your understanding of the process help? Could that be shared empathically?


Spoonbending.Author Michael Crichton (The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, etc.) talked about his experiences at a spoon-bending party:

“I looked down.

My spoon had begun to bend. I hadn’t even realized.

The metal was completely pliable, like soft plastic. It wasn’t particularly hot, either, just slightly warm. I easily bend the bowl of the spoon in half, using only my fingertips. This didn’t require any pressure at all, just guiding with my fingertips.

I put the bent spoon aside and tried a fork. After a few moments of rubbing, the fork twisted like a pretzel. It was easy. I bent several more spoons and forks. …

Of course, spoon bending has been the focus of long-standing controversy. Uri Gellar, an Israeli magician, who claims psychic powers, often bends spoons, but other magicians, such as James Randi, claim that spoon bending isn’t a psychic phenomenon at all, just a trick.

But I had bent a spoon, and I knew it wasn’t a trick. I looked around the room and saw little children, eight or nine years old, bending large metal bars.

They weren’t trying to trick anybody.”

— Michael Crichton, Travels, 1988, pages 319-320, quoted at the Wikipedia entry about psychokinesis

To help ghosts communicate with us, perhaps we should explore related “paranormal” phenomena. Maybe we learn the rules of their world. With those insights, we may be able to connect with the spirits more readily.

What if EMF is Leaking into Our Universe?

light explosion - emf -gravityAre you familiar with recent discoveries in physics?

There are two leading theories about gravity.

  1. It’s leaking into our universe, or
  2. It’s leaking out of our universe.

In both cases, physicists already agree that there are parallel universes.

So, how does that apply to ghost hunting…? Here’s how: The same “leaking” between universes might explain the elevated EMF readings that we get in haunted locations.

If you’ve seen the NOVA series, The Elegant Universe, you know how EMF and gravity are related. (If not, visit that link and watch some of the videos. At least see the one called “Escaping Gravity.”)

Tri-field EMF meter illustrationSo, what if elevated EMF levels indicate locations where there is traffic between our world and the world in which ghosts live?

What if EMF “leaks” through that passageway along with the ghost, the same way that cold air enters a warm home when you open a door or window in winter?

It might be a one-time opening between the worlds. Or, it might be a portal.

This is all speculation, but it might explain something about ghosts and EMF levels in certain locations.

Or, it might be about EMF and nothing else.  Either way, it’s fun to consider and it prevents closed minds about what we’re witnessing at haunted sites.

More and Stranger Ghost Reports

question-mark-markerSomething’s going on. People are encountering stranger ghost manifestations, and more of them. Also, they’re reporting things that are far from “routine” hauntings.


The first thing I noticed was at the site of the old Cocoanut Grove fire in Boston, Massachusetts. A group of us were there on a brilliantly sunny day in June, but noted EMF readings similar to night time levels. (At most haunted sites, EMF levels are higher at night.)

In addition, some of us could feel heat on one side of the site. It was far more than could be attributed to the warmth of the day.


Then, at The Falstaffs Experience in Stratford-upon-Avon (England), our group encountered some of the weirdest phenomena I’ve ever seen. It’s the first time that I could actually see something that looked like a portal.

It’s also the first time I’ve ever said, “I’m not going in that room,” because I was genuinely frightened. Whatever the energy was, it had nothing to do with ghosts. (I talk about this during my Falstaffs series of podcasts.)

That’s just one of many truly strange and unique things that happened at The Falstaffs Experience.


This week, Jen – a Florida researcher who joined me for investigations in England –shared photos with extraordinary images in them. She was at St. Augustine, Florida, and the photos show something like ribbons, but they’re not hair and they’re not a camera strap.

The photos are still being analyzed.


I’m wondering why we’re seeing this increased (and stranger) ghost activity. Is it from the recent popularity of ghost hunting, and the ghosts feel they’ll be acknowledged? Is it also because we’re approaching the time of year when many people go looking for ghosts?

I’m wondering if more ghosts are becoming courageous (or brazen) enough to make clear contact with the living.

I’m not sure, but the trend in recent months is startling.

Whether or not you’ve been ghost hunting in the past, prepare now to visit haunted places. More than ever before, you may encounter unusual – and perhaps scary – paranormal manifestations.

USOs, Faeries and Hollow Earth Theory

UFO1Last night on the History Channel, I watched a program about USOs — Unidentified Submersed Objects. They’re like UFOs — and some of them fly in the air, too — but return to somewhere deep in the ocean.

As ghost hunters, let’s be aware of other paranormal phenomena, so we more correctly categorize “something odd” when it happens.

(That said, we don’t have a clue what most of this is. We’re trying to make sense of it as best we can, but some of our guesses may be way off-base… no pun intended.)

It’s interesting that these objects seemed to be attracted to the USS FDR. The evidence seems compelling.

Might this explain underwater cities in faerie lore? It might link to Hollow Earth theories, too.

How does this affect ghost research? I have no idea. It’s just odd and interesting.

Related links:


Hollow Earth

Ghosts and Molecules

Plasma - illustrationThis morning, when I was thinking about quantum physics and developments that started with string theory.

(Yes, some of us are admittedly geeky about ghost hunting.)

Physics has vast applications to ghost hunting. Today, I’m thinking about molecules and the ways some ghosts interact with our world.

In a nutshell, what if apparitions (including “shadow people”) have physical bodies, but there are far larger spaces between the molecules… if we can even describe them as ‘molecules’?

This could explain why they can pass through walls without slowing down.

(I’ve seen a ghost walk through a wall at Bradford College, in Massachusetts.  I’ve seen other apparitions “vanish” but maybe they also escaped through walls.)

Maybe that’s how space clearing works. Perhaps the sound, incense, or whatever invades the spaces that the ghost considers part of his or her body. So, the entity leaves to protect his or her new form.

Maybe this is why we find more ghostly manifestations around water. Maybe the moisture fills the spaces with a conductive material, and — since we can measure them with EMF — it enables them to function better in our physical world. After all, at least 50% of our bodies are made up of water.

The fact is, in ghost hunting, we’re often making this up as we go along. We’re starting with anomalies, and trying to imagine explanations that fit and (sort of) make sense.

There are days when those explanations resonate as real possibilities.

The next day, in a different light, it seems like speculation piled on top of fantasy.

I think speculation is important.  We must ask the “what if” questions.

However, remember this: When we take fantastic theories too seriously, we’ve lost the our focus and our integrity as researchers.

Go ahead. Ask the “what if” questions. They’re important.

Then, keep looking for better answers.