Ghost Boxes – Where Do the Words Come From?

Ghost boxes (and related ghost hunting equipment) include real-time EVP devices, Shack Hacks, Frank’s Boxes, and Digital Dowsing equipment like the Puck and Ovilus.

Ghost Boxes - where do the words come from?Today, Kyle (a visitor to Hollow Hill) asked where the words come from. Here’s my reply.

Different ghost communication devices work in different ways.

Some – like the Puck and Ovilus – have a built-in vocabulary. In theory, those are the only words those devices can say.

However, I’ve heard an Ovilus – in dictionary mode – say my name (Fiona Broome) when “broom” was in the vocabulary list, but “Fiona” definitely wasn’t. So I haven’t a clue how that happened.

I’ve witnessed other investigations where the words weren’t in the vocabulary. So, it wasn’t just that one time. (That first was at the Salem Inn, in Salem, MA, in one of their most haunted rooms.)

Those kinds of words are emitted when EMF spikes/surges occur. In theory, the words should be drawn from the built-in vocabulary, at random.

Therefore, when words (or phrases) are relevant and/or repeated beyond a statistical norm… that suggests some intelligent (spiritual) energy is involved.

Some ghost boxes – like Shack Hacks and Frank’s Boxes – use radio stations’ broadcasts. The devices cycle through lots of radio stations in succession – maybe half a second, each – and grab words or parts of words, at random.

I’ve heard those devices speak clearly, in full sentences, even though the clips were brief and strung together in real time.

One of them – a Frank’s Box – produced my late mother’s voice, complete with her regional accent, and “she” said something relevant to me. There is no way anyone would have known that particular phrase or way of saying it, to fake the voice/message.

That happened two days in a row in Ontario (Canada), The first time was at a haunted site investigation. The second was the next day, at a not-haunted hotel site hosting a ghost hunters’ conference.

But, adding a little geek-skepticism here: Is it possible that people – consciously or inadvertently – can use some weird form of psychokinesis to control the words coming through those devices…?

(Psychokinesis is the supposed ability to move objects by mental effort alone. I’ve seen it happen in real life, frequently enough to believe it’s an actual phenomenon, and may explain some poltergeist activity.)

That explanation outside my understanding of physics and psychokinesis, but it’s the only possibility I can think of.

It’s a fascinating field of study!

Ghost Box Resources

Shack Hacks

Frank’s Box

Here’s a demonstration of a Frank’s Box. (Note: I can vouch for Chris being gifted in terms of his use of a Frank’s Box. Other than that, I’m uneasy recommending Chris, based on a few red flags that bothered me.)

More Resources
  • Digital Dowsing – Some of this equipment works very well. I’ve used a couple of models of the Ovilus EMF device. Another research I respect has said that the Puck is even better. You may have seen some Digital Dowsing tools in use on ghost hunting TV shows.
  • Ghost Box Hacks – Open Source Paranormal’s plans and tips. The site hasn’t been updated in some time, but the information is still useful.
  • Halloween Ghost Box Tips (2016) :

If you have questions or insights about these kinds of devices, I hope you’ll leave a comment at this site.

4 thoughts on “Ghost Boxes – Where Do the Words Come From?”

    1. Vivek, I agree. But I also believe that some spirits reach a point where they feel they must reveal themselves and why they linger at “haunted” sites. Perhaps they reach an “enough is enough” point, frustrated by being ignored. Or, at the other extreme, treated like a sideshow. They’re the ones most likely to manifest, visually or audibly, or use some other means to show they’re there.

      (Well, that’s my best guess. Of course, there’s no proof of any of this, beyond what we experience ourselves and feel certain to be true.)

  1. Hey, Fiona, you hit upon something that is difficult to get a handle on. Is it, what Stephen Braude would call, “living agent psi,” or is it really evidence of some kind of afterlife? I mentioned one of Braude’s other books, before, (“The Gold Leaf Lady”) and you said that you ordered it. (By the way, how do you like it?) However, Braude wrote another book, which is (I believe) called: “Immortal Remains.” Unlike the first one that I mentioned, I never read Immortal Remains. However, I do think that I remember Braude talking, once, about how he put forth some hypothetical “super star” cases of mediumship that could provide strong evidence of an afterlife in Immortal Remains. Although, he also said that there were no such “super star” cases that he was aware of; maybe someday one of those kinds of “super star” cases will come to light. Anyway, maybe you and/or some of the readers of your website will be interested.

    1. Mark, I’m chagrined to admit that I ordered the book and put it on my bookshelf… and got caught up in other things. I’ll be reading it this weekend. Thanks for the nudge about it!

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