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The Frank's Box--Telephone to the Dead?

Updated on January 5, 2017
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Athlyn reads and feels energy and has had a long acquaintance with the ethereal.

A Frank's Box--an Echo Chamber Purported to Capture Spirit Voices

A Frank's Box used to capture spirit messages.
A Frank's Box used to capture spirit messages. | Source

Efforts to Capture Spirit Voices & the Frank's Box

In the world of paranormal research, different gadgets and devices have been developed to capture evidence of ghosts, spirits, and entities in their various manifestations.

With the discovery of EVPs (electronic voice phenomena), strange whispery voices that have appeared mysteriously on recording devices, the quest to record ghost voices has led in interesting directions, with devices designed to capture messages from spirits from the other side. These efforts have been going on for decades.

In recent years digital recorders have become the tool of choice because these can be used in a stand-alone fashion and by dent of their design, they already include white noise. This makes the process much easier because someone trying to capture EVPs does not have to provide a separate background source of white noise, as they had to do in times past.

Perhaps considered more exciting still, another device has been added to the arsenal. This is what is known as the ghost box or Frank's Box as it has been called, after its creator, Frank Sumption.

How did the Frank's Box emerge? In 2000 Sumption tried using conventional white noise in his efforts to capture electronic voice phenomena but found this method had certain drawbacks. In 2002, Frank came up with the idea of using a voltage-tuned radio, i.e. a box with an echo chamber for audio.

This did the trick and soon Frank was capturing numerous EVPs and his ghost box captured worldwide attention when it was featured on an episode of the popular series Paranormal State.

A Frank's Box

A device created to capture ghostly voices.
A device created to capture ghostly voices. | Source

How Does the Frank's Box Work?

Much like a broken radio, the Frank's Box (also called a ghost box) scans radio frequencies which produce random noise. It is believed that spirits use the echo chamber, harnessing the random sounds to create messages for humans.

This might seem a tad farfetched but proponents feel that raw audio, such as generated by a radio with tuning across the entire band, can be used by the dead to communicate--that spirits are somehow able to manipulate this tuning--and thus it is postulated that the Frank's Box actually channels spirits who re-modulate the audio into discernible words and that they do so, so as to speak to humans.

"I just sweep the tuning, and that produces bits of speech, music and noise, known as raw audio, similar to EVP-maker. The entities use the raw audio to make their voices," Sumption explains. "The sweep can be done by hand, or electronic random-sweep, or by electronic linear sweep."

According to Frank, the technique had been done in Europe in the 1980s. He automated the process by implementing his idea of sweeping the tuner modules from car radios. His ideas took shape when Bill Chapel came out with the hack box and with the emergence of EVP-maker, a computer program that was the inspiration for the Frank's Box.

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"Science" Behind the Ghost Box

The science behind a ghost box device is that it generates random voltage from a transistor, which tunes to a frequency in the AM band. The signal is filtered and in turn amplified and fed through a speaker.

  • The box could be acting as a noise generator that entities utilize to communicate, capitalizing on the audio frequencies to send messages.
  • Spirits influence the random voltage generator (RVG) manipulating existing voices on radio broadcasts.

Instrumental Trans-dimensional Communication (ITC), in fact, is a term coined to describe the use of electronic devices to facilitate communication with the other world. The ghost box or Frank Box takes matters one step further because it is designed for the sole purpose of communicating with non-human entities and capturing messages from them.

Did You Know?

While skeptics point to bleed-over or random noises interpreted by eager listeners with preconceived notions about the afterlife, numerous EVP studies have demonstrated that something may indeed be occurring.

EVP Sessions Using the Frank's Box

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EVP or Just Random Noise?

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Are Those Who Lived Before Trying to Communicate?

Sumption Answers Critics

Critics contend that the messages produced via the Frank Boxes are nothing more than believers “finding meaningful patterns in meaningless noise, rather than actual contact with entities/spirits.

Sumption answers the critics: "The only way to judge it is by content. You're addressed by name; they say the phrase "ghost box" often; they mention things that you will hear and see in the very near future." He adds: "Broadcasters are not going to be there the instant I do a test video giving meaningful, clear, personal messages and comments the instant the camera starts recording... Give the entities something to make voices out of, and they will talk."

Subjective Validation Effect?

In the video below good questions are raised as to what might be occurring when people use a Frank's Box. Are spirits truly responding to questions posed by humans or are humans experiencing what is known as the Subjective Validation Effect?

A Hoax?

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Ghost Boxes Raise the Possibility of Contact With the Dead

Whatever the causes of the EVPs produced via the Frank Boxes, these ghost boxes have contributed to continued exploration of the paranormal and raise the possibility of actual contact with the spirit world.

© 2013 Athlyn Green

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