Frank’s Box is a device optimized by Frank Sumption, sometimes described (but not by Mr. Sumption) as “the telephone to the dead.”
Frank Sumption wasn’t the first to work with this concept, but results from his research have been among the most impressive so far.
Others have tried variations of the concept — a radio receiver that scans a wide range of stations, “grabbing” snippets of sounds and words, to form messages — with some success.
(The popular “Shack Hack” was one attempt, but – as some designed it – it lacked the clarity or durability of its higher-quality counterparts.)
Frank – now deceased – seemed to make these boxes, one at a time, and no two looked the same or produce identical results. (The photo above is symbolic. As far as I know, no Frank’s Box looks like an actual telephone.)
I read the EVP-ITC list online for several months, and I exchanged correspondence with Mr. Sumption, but — even — I’m uncertain of what was (and still is) going on.
I tend to take things at face value and… this seems to be a fairly complex subject with conflicting opinions.
(There’s been a lot of static on the EVP-ITC list, due to very vocal skeptics. That said, I have heard recordings on that list that claim to be genuine and — if the recordings truly represent what a Frank’s Box can do — they’re groundbreaking.)
I haven’t worked with a Frank’s Box myself. If and when I do, I’ll happily provide a review. (The boxes are very difficult to find in the wild, and I’m not sure how or why Mr. Sumption decided to offer them to people. I know both genuine researchers and questionable personalities who own them.)
For now, I try to keep my critical thinking skills engaged, and remember that absolutely anyone can fake “results” to support or dispute what others are saying. Particularly if money is exchanging hands… well, as the TV show used to say, “Be careful out there.”
However, it would be impossible to mention what’s popularly called “the Frank’s Box” without talking about Christopher Moon’s work.
Chris Moon is a paranormal researcher. He was the founder of the controversial magazine, Haunted Times. I’m not sure it still exists; it was on hiatus after publishing at least one article that, to me, seemed entirely false and misrepresented professional ghost researchers.
But, when I first met Chris, I thought he was a funny and sincere guy. I still believe that he can achieve remarkable and authentic results with the Frank’s Boxes that he owns. I want to like him, but I have some significant, unresolved questions.
A historical note
I used to link to archives of Chris’s website, instead of his current sites. Then, even the archive sites (like the Wayback Machine) removed their links.
At the time, I said, “I can’t recommend that website. It could be dangerous to your computer. It was a continuing problem, since I first wrote this article in 2010. Here’s a screenshot from Google on 4 Nov 2013, showing Google’s warning.”
So, given that history, I’m cautious about linking to ChrisMoonPsychic.com, but my concerns could be unfounded. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Chris’s successes with the Frank’s Box brought the device to the attention of serious investigators.
Some people believe that much of that success is due to Chris’s own gifts as a medium, as opposed to the device he’s using.
At a 2010 conference, my own experiences left me with no doubt that something extraordinary is going on with Chris Moon or one of the Frank’s Boxes he owns, or both.
The box “said” things that no one could have known, except me. And, it “spoke” using words – and an accent – that Chris couldn’t have predicted, even from unguarded hints I might have given.
CLAIMS AND RISKS
The credibility of Frank’s Boxes open doors even wider to problems we already have in this field: Charlatans and con artists.
People can be very vulnerable when they’ve lost someone dear to them, or have fears related to death.
After all, if you could pay a certain fee or fulfill a request, and you could talk directly with someone on the other side — via a “telephone to the dead” — well, I think most people would.
Would a Frank’s Box work in the hands of an unscrupulous medium? I’m not sure. I haven’t seen anyone except Chris Moon use one. I don’t have enough experience to confidently endorse either Chris or the Frank’s Box.
Another high-profile researcher says she owns several actual Frank’s Boxes (acquired from Frank Sumption). I’m not sure if that’s true.
When I spoke with her, she insisted that Frank’s Boxes aren’t reliable for ghost research. She said that a Mini-Box is a better choice.
But, I can’t trust that information, either.
Here’s why I’m skeptical: She promised to return in two or three weeks, to demonstrate the Mini-Box. It was kind of a quid pro quo for information I gave her, for one of her next books.
She never honored that promise, and has avoided me, ever since. (But, to be fair: she listed me in her book as one of her resources.)
Until I’m more confident about these kinds of devices, I recommend experimenting. Try every real-time communication device that you can. (Borrow them, or spend time with someone who owns one. Do not spend money you can’t afford to lose, on devices that may not work.)
Compare your results at home (or at any single, stable location) against results at “haunted” sites. Frank Sumption seemed pretty adamant that the box works anywhere you have it. He’s said there’s no point in taking it to a “haunted” site.
So, from what I’ve seen, a Frank’s Box can be remarkable.
Is it always…? I have no idea.
I am 100% convinced that it can work in the hands of Chris Moon.
The voice I heard on it would have come through in any location. The deceased had no connection with the location where Chris made contact via the Frank’s Box. As far as I know, during her lifetime, she’d never been within 100 miles of that site.
However, I can’t claim that Chris always uses integrity with the Frank’s Boxes. At the time I met him, and shortly afterwards, there were some very big red flags related to how he ran his business.
One was a message Chris said he heard through the Frank’s Box. Supposedly, the message was an extraordinary claim (prediction) that came from a famous, deceased scientist.
That claim was about me, personally. (A couple of days later, I learned that Chris had made the exact same claim to another woman at the event. I’m not sure it was a coincidence.)
To date, I’ve seen no evidence that the claim valid. That makes me uneasy. But, as you can see, everything I’ve seen in connection with Frank’s Boxes has been unsettling.
Are those boxes fraud magnets? Do they cause the owners to say things that aren’t trustworthy?
I haven’t a clue. Frank passed away some time ago, before he had time to give me one of his Frank’s Boxes.
If you’ve had experiences with a Frank’s Box, especially if you’ve used one yourself, I hope you’ll leave a comment below.