Monday, 24 October 2011

NOTES for Paranormal Investigators

Guys: could you review this document, which I've just completed for our Paranormal Investigators. We'll be reviewing their videos later today, and I want to move quickly once we've made the selection. Any comments welcome. Thanks, Brendan

Monday, 10 October 2011

a Ouija Board seance

Art: you were asking about asking about trying to invoke physical signs during a Ouija Board session. Dan-te suggested this set of guidelines. If we find a good spot (e.g. high EMF and low temperature), then I think there's a chance we can use Ouija as a good medium. We can then easily monitor our investigators' responses during the seance.

"A Ouija board can be an interesting experience. Some believe it is a doorway to another world and warn against its use, but most people see it as a harmless diversion, especially if it's not taken too seriously. Here are some guidelines.
  1. It takes two to Ouija. Usually one person is not able to work the Ouija. Get a friend to use it with you. A male and female is usually recommended.
  2. Timing. Most practitioners suggest using the board at night when, they say, less interference is in the atmosphere.
  3. Create some atmosphere. The Ouija is more fun if you darken the room and light some candles. Turn off the TV and any music to minimize distractions.
  4. Have a seat. The two users should sit facing each other, with knees touching if possible, with the board on their laps. Don't use a table.
  5. Decide on a questioner or medium. Even though both people can ask questions -- or anyone else in the room can -- only one of the users should be the medium (the one to formally ask questions of the board).
  6. Place your fingers on the planchette. You and your partner should place the fingers of both hands very lightly on the planchette, or pointer.
  7. Move it. Purposely move the planchette around in a circle on the board for a moment or two to get it 'warmed up.'
  8. Attitude. Don't let the board control the session. The medium should begin by announcing that the session will only allow an experience that is positive or toward a higher good and that negative energies are not welcome.
  9. Begin simply. Start with a simple question, one that requires a yes or no answer.
  10. Be patient. You might not begin to get answers right away. Give the board a chance to 'warm up.'
  11. Be polite. When the board starts working, thank the board or entities for showing up and communicating with you.
  12. Don't ask stupid questions. Avoid questions such as, 'When am I going to die?' If the board answers, 'in 6 months,' you might just worry about it needlessly.
  13. Don't ask for physical signs. Many experienced users warn against asking for physical signs that the 'spirit' is real or present.
  14. Don't believe everything the board tells you. Just as with any other source of information, don't accept whatever the board says to be the truth or accurate.
  15. Close the board. This is an important step. When you're done with your session, slide the planchette to 'GOODBYE' and remove your hands.


  1. Have someone write down the answers. Sometimes the letters spell out very quickly and it's difficult to keep track of what's being said. A third person with paper and pen can write down the message as it comes.
  2. Play sober. You'll get better results if you haven't been drinking or smoking.
  3. Maintain control. If the board starts giving rude, vulgar, obscene or otherwise disagreeable responses, break off the session immediately by closing the board."

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

cinema screen

This is the design template for the cinema screen. Working document - probably to be revised.

The Experiment image is now here

So, here it is. A little late, but kind-of communicates  what we're trying to do. Doesn't undermine the research does it? Do you think "the ghost" is a little bit too much. After all, it is all about the perception of haunting as much as real haunting.

Production Schematics

Josh, could you please take a look over these schematics. Thanks.

download application form for The Experiment

Click the PDF icon below to download an application form for The Experiment. Complete and follow the instructions for returning the form via post, fax, or email. Applications must be received by 5pm Monday 17th October.

Monday, 26 September 2011

The Experiment Application Form

Art's changed around the Application Form from "Haunting" so we can use it for "The Experiment". Comments anyone? Download PDF Application Form (122k)
or cut and paste this link

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Other Nottigham Hauntings

I found a link to those other Nottingham haunted sites mentioned in the Nottingham Post article

Thrill Laboratory present: "The Experiment"

"For one night only, Thrill Laboratory present an experiment like no other: real scientists, real subjects and the live medical examination of a haunted building. University researchers have developed cutting-edge technology to capture the effect of invoked paranormal activity on the bodies and minds of the susceptible. Dr Brendan Dare brings to you the unpredictable results of their scientific research from the remote basement of a reputed Broad Street haunting, which will be filmed and transmitted real-time to a live cinema audience."

photos from Lee Rosys

I got one of my students to take some photos of the basement. Plenty of room for equipment


Art got them!! In fact he got two - Lee Rosys' ghost featured in a Nottingham Post article in 2006 (Halloween, surprise surprise), but look at that article in TODAY newspaper (RIP) from October 1986. Got to be the same place.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

"Haunting": experiment description

To remind you all of the original University research proposal that got approval. I've posted the original abstract on my FTP site you can download from  Art: if any of the psychology students want a really quick description, just tell them -
“Haunted”: investigating links between ESP (Extra Sensory Perception), geological resonance, environmental fluctuations, and reports of paranormal activity in subterranean “haunted” spaces.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

let's talk more here

Quick placeholder to say we're up and running. Crazy - getting bogged down by sudden influx of emails from other members of UoN staff about Art's newspaper article. If we're going to do this experiment, then this surely has to be the venue, right? Can he send me a scan to share amongst the group, then start to do a little more digging around the venue?