Written by Tina Leverton
Anyone who is remotely interested in the paranormal has seen some sort of paranormal tv series over the years. Zac Bagans (whom has an extensive list of paranormal series involvement such as Deadly possessions, Paranormal challenge and the very successful Ghost adventures and After shock series) has been a busy man collecting supposedly haunted items as a private collect for himself. As we all know collect can grow quickly and now Zac has decided to display his large and unusual collection in his latest paranormal venture in Las Vegas the aptly named The haunted museum.The Wengert house was built by Cyril Wengert a prominent banker, public utility manger and civic leader who helped turn Las Vegas for a town into a city on everyone's stop traveling through. The House itself is said to be dark and full of possible paranormal events happening from within its basement with reports of it being the home to a satanic circle gathering there during the 1970's to conduct rituals.
The haunted museum ( located within the house built in 1938 in Las Vegas) the museum will be split into 30 different rooms and themes to showcase his Items reported to be included in this paranormal collection are a room of porcelain dolls (which from previous ghost adventures episodes we know that Zac has a personal fear of). Bela Lugosi's (who played Dracula in 1931) cursed mirror and even more gruesome the mini bus which was previously owned by Jack Kevorkian or Dr Death from which inside he assisted suicides (numbers have been reported to be as high as 130 suicides) and the cauldron and shovel which Ed Gein also known as The Mad Butcher used to own before his death in 1984. Not only was Ed known as a murderer but also a body snatcher from local graveyards, the cauldrons and shovel were used to collect and fashion trophy's for his personal satisfaction.
Items that will be on limited display rotations will be inclusive of a Dibbuk box which is said to be a wine box cabinet that in Jewish folklore is believed to house restless, evil spirits. The hands resist him(painted by Bill Stoneham in 1972) which is said to cause sickness, screaming and fear and Robert the doll(originally created by by a set ant whom practiced black magic to a little boy by the name of Robert Eugene Otto in 1896 which has been rumored to curse it's owner and kill people.
While most items won't necessarily be haunted just strange Zac has public ally stated that his museum will be a must visit location for all traveling and living in Vegas along with the Mob museum and the Neon. While this museum is not open yet and has no date released to the public if you are interested you can catch some information and sneak peaks into what it will look like and what items will be inside by watching the tv series Deadly Possessions or the Ghost adventures episode(season 12 episode 13) dedicated to investigating the museum during its set up as he was having staff members leave due to the happenings from within.
Written by Tina Leverton
On the 4th February I was asked to assist the lovely Beth Luscombe of Access paranormal at the first Quantum states paranormal/ Oz Paratech investigation at Quarantine station in Manly Nsw Australia. For those whom don't know about the Q station and its history it was used as a place to quarantine passengers coming to Australia. Passengers would have to wait a mandatory ninety days without any signs and symptoms of illness before they were allowed passage into Australia. Once arrived and disembarked from their ships passengers would have there bags steamed in very high temperatures inside giant ovens to rid them of any parasites and bacteria's that could have potentially clung to them. And if you think that is extreme there's more, the passengers would have to endure an acid shower before they were allowed to continue within the quarantine station itself for their stay. Pretty crazy right? But that was what had to be done to enter so of course you did what they asked.
Back to the story ... Beth was the guest investigator for the first paranormal investigator tour at Q station run by Anne and Roman. We arrived early to meet the rest of the team for the night which was Renata Daniels of Newcastle ghost tours and discussed the plan of action for the tour and what experiments Beth would be running during the tour. After a quick dinner and set up we met the guests by the wharf and once assembled we continued on to the laundry quarters to do the introduction and safety talks. Here all guests were separate do into small groups for the night and equipment was divided out and explained. Roman being the tech guru gave great explanations and theories on how and why we use what we use in the paranormal community.
First stop was the doctors and nurses quarters/hospital wing where Beth started her experiments with sound. Two small sound clips were played (about two-four minutes long) first of people walking around a hospital and ambient noise common of a waiting room, second was of a woman in pain ending with a large scream. Here guests reported activity such as footsteps, smells of bleach and urine and feelings of in easiness.
Next stop was the grave diggers cottage and a more Victorian approach along with another sound experiment. This time the sounds were a grand father clock ticking and wind blowing through a house, the hands on part of this stop was table tipping, pendulum use and dowsing rod divination. While these produced some very interesting responses the table tipping was the biggest hit with the table not only tipping in time with response to questions but also holding angles.
The final two places were the morgue and the shower block. The morgue well piled in where possible and used a sound experiment to hopefully stir those whom were their in spirit if possible to communicate with us. A brave Corrine McCarthy climbed aboard the slab and used instruments as means of communication through touch, after not much time had passed she began to report feelings of being touched on the leg and on the rib cage which quickly escalated to feeling as though she was restricted from breathing and needed to end the self trigger object experiment. Finishing in the shower block was a great idea as it has the creepiest feeling to begin with (reports by guests) and with sound experiments running of a large group of men having a fight within a shower area( voices echoed as though it were). Guests reported experience like being toughed, feelings as though they were being watched, hearing strange noise and seeing shadow play occur. The night concluded with small groups or individuals completing a walk through of the shower block alone and experiencing it for themselves (about five minutes).
All in all the night was a huge success and every guest left with an experience or a great memory of their time that night as paranormal investigators completing their investigations at Manly quarantine station. If your interested check out Anne and Roman of Oz Para Tech for dates or if you want a more private tour grab six friends and have yourself a great night investigating. If your in the Newcastle area/s check out Renata Daniels of Newcastle ghost tours and her very large catalogue of venues to investigate and lastly check out Beth Luscombe at Access Paranormal for opportunities to learn about the paranormal, have open discussions about the paranormal and access information in the field about teams and tour groups that exist.
Elie on David Bowie
David Bowie, a name synonymous with greatness. Originally David Jones, he decided to change it so as not to be confused with another star who also tragically passed a few years ago, Davy Jones of The Monkees. His career would soon capitulate into stardom.
I didn't discover Bowie until my late teens, thanks to my mum who was a fan. I have many memories of playing his hit song, "Sorrow" while cleaning the house with my mum as well as "Under Pressure" with another fallen great, Freddie Mercury.
Bowie first came to stardom with his album hit "Space Oddity" with many more hits to follow. As well as a talented singer/songwriter, Bowie was also a natural actor, perhaps best remembered for his lead role in "The Labyrinth", a favourite of many generations of fans.
Bowie will be remembered for his innovation, rejection of traditional image and gender, amazing character personalities, and of course, his music.
David will always be a hero, not for a day, but until the end of time, joining all the other legendary musicians 2016 has taken away from us...
Tina on Prince
Prince (prince Rogers Nelson), was a great man and inspiration to many. Being a singer,a songwriter,a record producer and a multi instrument player he touched most people's hearts in all walks of life. I vividly remember growing up with my older sister playing prince songs (on records) in the lounge room and her bedroom singing along with every word. The movie purple rain was an influential movie to me. It showed me that not every thing in life will be perfect, not everything is forever.
His music was the sound track to a generations life and the ripple effect of his stage presence set a precedent for what a performer should strive to reach at Evey Concert they perform. With over 1oo million albums sold world wide and winning an uncountable amount of awards including being introduced into the rock and roll hall of fame in 2O04 why wouldn't you as a performer want to reach this level of respect and admiration.
He taught me that different isn't bad,different doesn't mean that you should hide,be loud and be proud of who you are. Be eccentric and stand out,make a difference. His support in female artists was next to none in the music industry and was encouraging for a then very young me a positive roll model for a male wanting to include and recognize females and their talents. In a world of red roses be the purple Lilly. Prince left this world at the age of 54 years young (too young) and I have no doubt that his musical mark will be a permanent reminder that just because someone said no doesn't mean you can't do it. It simply means you have to show them why you need to do it.
Party like its 1999 prince, ride in that little red corvette, wearing your iconic purple leather jacket and I'll remember each year to blow you a kiss when doves cry and I see purple rain.💜
Peet on Alan Rickman
Although I'm sure this wasn't the start of his career, my first memory of Alan Rickman was those immortal lines "I'm going to cut your heart out with a spoon". He made the very best Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. I always remembered him after that. Every time I'd see him in a movie, I'd think "That was the dude from Robin Hood."
Then, of course, came Harry Potter. I am a mad Harry Potter fanatic. I am Hufflepuff all the way, and the books are like my bible. So when Mr Rickman first appeared as the devious Severus Snape, I was entranced. Snape is not meant to be loved, and the fact that he has such a huge following is testament to Alan Rickman's acting skills.
When I found out, in that final book that everything Snape ever did... like, EVER did, was for love - my heart just broke. And when I heard that Alan Rickman had died on 14 January 2016 - my heart broke all over again.
"After all this time?"
Danni on Alan Rickman
I think for me Alan Rickman's death had hit me hardest. I fell in love with the character Professor Snape from the Harry Potter book series first, then when Rickman made his Harry Potter film debut appearance as Professor Snape in 2001 it was done; sold; finalised! I was in love. That voice, his talent, the way he perfectly captured what I envisaged as a teenager, Snape to be. Snape to me was a misunderstood character; a young, different and unusual boy who grew into a begrudging and harsh teacher at Hogwarts. A man who felt the sting of unrequited love and built walls to protect himself.
Rickman was from a humble working class background and made his way into theatre pretty much the same way I did. Reading, influence, the magic of the stage and wonders of creative writing fueled his passion. So I followed his footsteps; dreamt of the day I trod the boards of a theatre and wrote for the stage. His ability to so artfully demonstrate comedy and tragedy was what I wanted to do with my theatre. Have the ability to make others laugh and cry all the while experimenting with all things art and theatre. From the Sheriff of Nottingham in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" right through to the absurdism of Samuel Beckett's "Play", I enjoyed every bit of Rickman's theatrical choices in life. Rickman once said in an interview, "I never said no", and I try to this day to follow that advice when chasing the dream. This was how he influenced my life. Below is a taste of Alan's absurdism. The theatre/film world lost a legend to cancer January 14, 2016 and it feels like yesterday I shed a little tear for this loss.
Jonathan on Zaha Hadid
For me, 2016 was the year the world lost one of its most innovative and groundbreaking architects, Zaha Hadid.
For those who may not have heard of Zaha, some of her well-known works include the London Olympic Aquatic Centre and the Riverside Museum in Glasgow. The British designer, passed away aged 65, after suffering a heart attack while in hospital in Miami in March where she was being treated for bronchitis.
Zaha’s buildings have been built all over the world and she paved the way for women looking to do something amazing in a male dominated profession.
Zaha was the first architect to really have a lasting impression on me. Unlike most designers, her work blossomed from inconceivable creativity, which was beautifully manifested graphically in her art, and finally born into stunning reality as her projects got built. She was an individual of great courage, conviction and tenacity.
Zaha once said, “You have to really believe not only in yourself; you have to believe that the world is actually worth your sacrifices.”
I was privileged to be able to visit a few of her buildings in the UK this year – a wonderful and befitting way to say ‘Goodbye and Thank you’ for inspiring me to be who I am.
Alex on Leonard Cohen
I did my best, it wasn't much // I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch // I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you // And even though it all went wrong // I'll stand before the Lord of Song // With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen (Canadian singer, songwriter, musician and, poet) died the 7th of November 2016. He was 82.
Leonard Cohan was very much on my mind when he passed as new cover of Hallelujah by an American A Cappella Pentatonix has just been released and just Bob Dylan just in October has been award the Nobel Prize for Literature "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition". Leonard and Bob's work and contribution to music were often compared and there isn't a cover of Hallelujah I don't love so Leonard and his dark voice and words were very much on my mind.
What I have always loved about Leonard's songs and lyrics is how they appeared defeatist, I know that sounds incredibly sad but he always seemed to embrace the worst so very well and leave us not necessary with chin up look on the bright side but instead a reminder that from the bottom this is really only one way to go and that is up. This was very evident in how he explored political, justice and war themes. I could also relate to how torn and changeable he was on these themes, sometimes he was ready for the gritty fight and other times he was a sweet hippy speaking of love and peace time. To me, he always seemed very in tune with what was going on and how he was feeling and in that way a true artist using art to reflect back to world what he is seeing.
Like a bird on the wire, // Like a drunk in a midnight choir // I have tried in my way to be free.
Peet on Gene Wilder
When the news broke on 29 August that Gene Wilder had died, a piece of my childhood went with him.
I know Gene was most well known for his portrayal of Willy Wonka, but my main memory of him really just relates to him. It's of being a kid, and seeing my mum laughing so hard she had tears streaming down her face. We were watching a show called "Hanky Panky" - not one of his most well known, but definitely one of the funniest. To see my mum that happy imprinted on my brain and it's something I will never forget, so thank you Mr Wilder.
Another honourable mention that also made an impression on me was "Hear No Evil, See No Evil" where he played a deaf man and teamed up with Richard Pryor, who played a blind man... hilarity ensued! This was one of four movies they made together, their comedy genius bouncing off each other.
Gene was born on 11 June 1933 and named Jerome Silberman. Back in the days when real names weren't chic enough, he changed his name to be more appealing and received an Oscar nomination for his first major role in Mel Brooks' "The Producers".
When Gene died, he left the world with a true legacy in the form of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles - amongst many others.
"A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men."
- Willy Wonka
Amanda on Carrie Fisher
When a celebrity dies many people say 'why are you sad, you didn't know them' but whilst we may not have known them personally, these people touched our lives and gave meaning to certain times in our life.
Once such person for me was Carrie Fisher. With her portrayal of Princess Leia I was shown, as a young girl, that a woman can be a formidable person, a kick ass, bad ass leader of the rebellion who stood up for what was right and took no shit, and Carrie herself was no different!
Her advocacy for mental illness and drug addiction showed everyone that these topics needed to be talked about, discussed and brought into the public eye. Many parts of her life were put on display in her autobiography Postcards from the Edge.
Carrie will always be Princess Leia to me even though she has a vast movie history and to sum up my feelings..
"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened. "
One of my favourite quotes from Carrie is “I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.” something we should all remember and live by I think! I will forever be sad that we won't get to see her grace our screens again after Episode 8 or hear her views on the world.
Let it be reported that Carrie drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra.
Vale Carrie Fisher 21.10.1956 - 27.12.2016
Written by Tina Leverton
Awakening the human consciousness, quantum physics and soul regression. What do these have in common? It’s the third annual Australian afterlife explorers conference taking place in January 2017.
The attendees will be in for a spiritually moving and scientifically stimulating two days. Held on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th January 2017 at the Byron community centre in the picturesque Byron bay. All attending will be offered a variety of topics from the metaphysical to alternate realities/dimensions and everything in between. These topics will be presented by international guests such as Dr Robert Davis (who has been a professor of neuroscience at the state university of New York for the past thirty years) and Linda Backman (a Psychologist who specialises in soul regression hypnotherapy).
Not forgetting us Aussies we have speakers such as Michael Roads (a spiritual teacher and author whom in his 20 published books touches on how he is able to not only communicate with nature but it is also possible for him to go beyond linear time and space), also Mary Rodwell who is a world leader in “star seed” children and how they play a role in human consciousness and I can say from personal experience Mary is a fascinating woman to listen to. With so many more experts in these fields and so much more that I haven’t listed this conference is shaping up to be the most exciting and enlightening so far.
The third annual Afterlife Explorers Conference is 13th-14th January 2017 and is a great way to learn and meet new people in this field. Tickets are selling fast so you will need to get in quick as they are on their final releases.