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.
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
- How to make a Shack Hack, from an early (12-469) Radio Shack radio.
- Updated Hackable Radio List – and the ITC Voices website, in general.
- A description of Frank’s “Ghost” Box: http://www.ghost-tech.com/franks.php
- Frank Sumption has passed on, but his original plans are still online: http://theradioboard.com/rb/download/Franks_box_6-19.pdf and at Scribd (not always free), https://www.scribd.com/document/64918316/Franks-Box-6-19
- Many MP3 recordings were posted on the EVP and ITC Discussion Group at Yahoo Groups. I’m not sure if the public can access them. (I can, but I was a member when Frank moderated that list.)
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.)
- 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.