Ghost Video: Real Ghosts Caught on Tape
Do you believe in ghosts?
Who hasn't asked someone else this question? The subject of ghosts has been going on for ages and it is still a hot topic of people, young and old alike especially when Halloween nears. The existence of ghosts as captured by cameras has led people to go on a ghost hunt in areas rumored to have ghost sightings to find some answers as to why they appear or if they really exist at all or just figments of imagination. Growing up, we all love talking about ghosts. We tell each other scary stories at sleepovers, play games that involve contacting the spirit world, and have a blast going through haunted houses during Halloween. But every one of us decides at some point whether or not we actually believe in these haunted stories.
Just like most people have talked about ghosts at some point, many people claim to have had personal experiences with them. Some 30+% of Americans claim that they have seen a real ghost. Many others even claim to have taken photos and caught footage of ghosts on tape.
A Possible Example of Photographic Evidence of a Spectral Apparition
There are so many things that can contribute to people's belief in ghosts that have absolutely nothing to do with the paranormal. When looking at an alleged ghost video there are any number of things that can interfere with the film that might seem to be "otherworldly", but are actually easy to explain.
In the reality TV series Ghost Hunters, a team of real-life Paranormal Investigators explore homes and other buildings where there have been ghost sightings. While on a ghost hunt, they spend hours researching the area, shooting film, and inspecting on foot to see what unusual experiences they might encounter. They even invite the ghosts to talk with and touch them, hoping to come up with hard evidence that there really are ghosts there. But the best thing about this team is that they don't just assume that an unexplained event is a ghost; they try to find a logical explanation for every sound, sight, and touch that they encounter. They'll go through theory after theory, trying to prove that whatever it was could have been caused by something other than a ghost. It's only when they can't prove this that they decide that it really could be a spirit.
A Great Piece of EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) from Ghost Hunters
Finding Evidence of Ghosts
Proving that ghosts are around is so much easier than werewolves or vampires. Just a few mechanical toys that go wonky, and boo! There's Casper.
There are many methods that are used to try to prove that ghosts exist. Here are some of the tools that are commonly used on any ghost hunt.
- EVP - Probably the most commonly used tool to show that a house is haunted, Electronic Voice Phenomenon refers to disembodied voices being caught on audio recording equipment. There have even been instances when voices allegedly answered the questions being asked by the people who are recording them.
- Video - The most solid way of presenting ghostly evidence. If you're able to get a clear video of an unexplainable moving figure, it is pretty difficult to refute that! There are also various types of video and still image cameras that can be useful to find ghosts. These include infrared cameras and filters, which measure temperature, and have sometimes been found to show evidence of hot and cold spots where they shouldn't logically be found.
- Photos - Far more easy to fake than a video, but they can still be prove to be a great piece of evidence. Or at least a great visual aid while telling scary ghost stories.
- EMF Meter- It's a very common theory that the presence of a spirit will disrupt the surrounding electromagnetic field, causing drops and spikes, so an EMF meter is a very beneficial tool to help find ghosts. On the other hand, fluctuations in EMF can be accounted to many things, like exposed wires, radio towers, and cordless phones so be on the watch for explanations other than the paranormal.
- Geiger counter - Measures fluctuations in radiation in any given area. This tool could be very helpful or not at all when it comes to ghost hunting. Like with the EMF meter, It's difficult to say whether the results will have anything to do with a ghost.
- Personal Experiences - Keep all five senses open! You never know what you might hear, see, smell...or feel. Lets hope you don't taste anything too weird.
An Example of an Obviously Fake Ghost Photo (Check out the edges of the "glow" that surrounds her)
Fake Evidence of Ghosts
Ghost hunt specialists may use certain equipments to detect paranormal activities and prove if the ghost in a ghost footage is real or not. Unfortunately, many people who watch a ghost video online particularly in Youtube get disappointed because the said ghost footage is fake. With technology and cleverness, there are ways to fake a ghost shown during a ghost hunt documentary.
A particular TV Show that performed a poltergeist and ghost footage during a ghost hunt has spooked several of its viewers, but was later on exposed as fake by one of its casts. Apparently, the medium that they used, Derek Acorah, deceived people into believing that he was communicating with spirits. He even touched the wrong bed and “obtained” information about the ghosts.
Paranormal happenings during the ghost hunt like noises and poltergeist activities were also said to be acted out by the casts and then edited to make it look more credible. The cast who exposed this felt bad about doing a work that was so unprofessional and made to fool people. The show was accused of deceiving millions of people just to create a huge drama that will surely gather added ratings for the show.
Fake ghost video techniques like cellophane effect, video editing, motion blur and a lot more create fake ghost videos that are uploaded in video sites so it is better to be smart enough to tell which are real or not.
A few rules for deciding whether you have evidence of a ghost
You probably can't prove that you have a real ghost video if...
The first 20 seconds or so, the light and orbs looked pretty interesting. But keep watching for another 10 seconds to see how unreliable they are.
- It's orbs - There are just WAY too many alternate explanations for floating dots of light. Dust, reflections, body heat reacting with the film... Don't bother trying to claim that orbs are spirits, because it's practically impossible to prove.
- There is a strange light with no definable form next to you in a photo. Again, like the orbs, there are a million possible explanations that have nothing at all to do with real ghost sightings caught on tape.
- There is a shadow. Come on people! You've got to come up with something that isn't easily explained. There's no way to prove that a shadow is actual ghost footage.
- It looks fake. Trust your instincts. After all, how many photos of Bigfoot have we seen and summarily dismissed? Why? Because they look fake.
- It's frightening. A scary ghost video probably isn't the real thing because in general, real ghosts seem to be mostly benign. They tend to either ignore us, not know we're here at all, or become mostly harmless pests. Of course there are exceptions to this, but if you've found some truly horrifying ghost footage, it's much more likely that someone created it to scare someone else.
An Example of "Orbs" which could be caused by raindrop on a camera lens, lens flare, or various other disruptive sources that are not supernatural.
Real or not, if this is happening in your house, you may want to consider moving. Or maybe finding a priest.
It might be real footage of ghosts if...
- There is a recorded voice while no one is talking, or that doesn't match the voice of anyone in the room. Bonus points if you can clearly make out the words.
- There is a strange light next to you with a defined shape in a photo or video, or an undefined shape in a video. On tape, it's much less likely for there to be light disturbance or many of the other explanations that could be used to excuse this in a photo.
- Electronics are malfunctioning in unusual ways. I'm not saying that your house is haunted if your printer refuses to print; but maybe if that same printer is printing the words "I'm here" over and over for no apparent reason, you should really consider it.
- Your pets are acting weird. You need to remember that animals have far sharper senses than we do (and sometimes I think they're smarter too) so it's entirely possible that they are more sensitive to the paranormal than we are. If fluffy is barking incessantly at air, add it to your list of strange happenings.
- Objects are moving on their own. This is a very common way for people to become convinced that their house is haunted. This especially seems to happen if the house is being rearranged or renovated. The theory is that the spirit "living" there wants things to go back to how they were when they were alive. This one can be faked pretty well by someone who knows what they are doing, but if you're by yourself in your house and a chair pulls out from the table, a door slams shut, and a lamp is suddenly floating... well.. come to your own conclusions. And get it on tape.
Villisca Ax Murder House
Hauntings in America
In America alone, thousands of people have claimed to have seen or felt the presence of ghosts either during a vacation or in their own houses. Some are even fortunate enough to have a camera with them and this starts the ‘accidental’ filming of a ghost video. These paranormal activities became the sole focus of study of paranormal experts to get proof if real ghosts exist.
Do ghosts specifically look for a place to haunt? There is no concrete proof of that, however, it has been known that ghosts usually haunt places where they died especially if it involved brutal deaths.
Some of America’s Famous Haunted Places
- The Bell Witch Cave in Tennessee – This cave was said to house an evil witch named Kate Batts who tormented her neighbors, the family of John Bell. Apparently, the dead witch continues to make her presence known in the Bell Witch Cave, which is now owned by Bill Eden. Until now, many people who asks Bill Eden to give them a tour inside the haunted cave and people who doubt that the ghost is not real personally experienced paranormal activities.
- Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Kentucky – During the 1800’s, this was the hospital that performed barbaric medical experiments on patients suffering from “white plague” (now known as Tuberculosis). There is no doubt that this place will be haunted with all the patients who died.
- Villisca Ax Murder House, Iowa – A brutal mass murder happened in this house in 1912. The murder case was never solved and people claim that the dead family has been haunting this place ever since. Today, this place is a real picture of a typical ‘haunted house’ and its isolation only make it appear more haunted.
Waverly Hills Sanatorium
Ghosts All Around
Every part of the world is host to reports of ghosts in all shapes in sizes. Are these reports fake? Are the people just crazy? Are they mistaking the mundane for the paranormal? Are they just plain lying? Or could it be that ghosts really are among us?
There are many reasons why there are skeptics out there, and many them make some excellent points. However, there is so much evidence supporting the existence of paranormal entities that it is probably very arrogant to say that they definitely don't exist. Science has been proven wrong over and over again. After all, the atom was the smallest thing until it was split open and everyone was proven to be wrong. At the same time, there have been countless "paranormal" encounters that have been debunked.
Claiming that something is paranormal only to have it proven otherwise just hurts the credibility of those who could truly have had an experience worth sharing. So if you have had an experience that you believe to have been paranormal, do everyone a favor before announcing it. Step back, keep some objectivity in mind, and figure out if there is a logical, scientific explanation for whatever you have seen or encountered. If there is, don't be disappointed, just accept it and move on. If you can't think of an explanation, get second and third opinions. Then, after all of that, gather whatever legitimate evidence you can. If there is enough to support the possibility of an actual haunting, then and only then consider going public.