We all love the idea of heading out for a night to some creepy abandoned building, a reputedly haunted prison, mental facility or even the local cemetery in order to come across a ghostly apparition or hear disembodied voices coming from the great beyond. But, as TV offerings like Ghost Adventures, Ghost Lab, Ghost Hunters and of course the original paranormal spookfest Most Haunted have shown us, high tech gadgets with colourful blinking lights that beep and whir are a must have for investigating the paranormal.......or are they?
I've been actively investigating for many years now, seeking the truth behind ghostly phenomena and helping others understand what may be the cause of activity if a ghost is found not to be the culprit. This is where the use of electronic based devices can come in handy. They're not JUST a ghost detecting tool, but an invaluable apparatus to have at your disposal when looking for a logical explanation. It's important to remember, these gizmos are not made to actually 'sniff out' ghosts, but to detect activity that theoretically occurs when a ghost is present such as changes in electric or magnetic fields, movement, temperature anomalies and shadows, all of which can occur naturally without the aid of Slimer from Ghostbusters jizzing ectoplasm all over you!
Over the coming months I'll be taking you on a weird and informative journey through the world of the 'paranormal arsenal' that is commonly used here and across the globe that theoretically aid (or hinder) in detecting ghosts.
In this blog, I'll cover the conception of some of these tools, how they originated, how they work, prices and value for money, and most importantly discuss if these pieces of equipment are reliable and required.
Dan McMath is a paranormal investigator, radio program host, promotions manager and barman with a flair for cocktails designed to make you see more than just the floor!