Michael - Team Leader

Tell us a little about yourself, what interests you about the paranormal?

I grew up in an old secluded cottage and at night it would come alive. Floorboards sounding like heavy footsteps as they settled, or so I was told by parents fully aware of the vivid imagination of their youngest child. Things that seemed normal at the time I realise now, especially after listening to the experiences of my father, were probably my first encounters with the paranormal. After years of searching and wanting to meet a ghost, it seems they were never. far away after all.

What is your favourite piece of equipment, and how do you like to use it?

Voice Recorder:

Most of what we do can be dismissed by a determined sceptic, however to discover a voice (EVP) that wasn't heard in real time give an intelligent response is in my opinion difficult to be viewed as anything but paranormal.

EVP. Electronic Voice Phenomena.

A voice heard through a recording device not heard in real time.
I can hear sceptics say its just the brain interpreting random noise as the sound of a human voice ( Pareidolia). Absolutely in some instances this my be true and we spend time assessing that possibility but, when the voice caught is giving an intelligent response and moreover that response contains multiple words, that would require an incredible amount of unlikely coincidences.
I believe these are the voices of spirits existing amongst us.

For me it's all about building a rapport with the spirits.
When an EVP session is conducted in short bursts of 2 - 3 minutes using a series of questions or observations with sufficient gaps to allow for a response, it can be possible by reviewing the voice recorder and reacting to any response discovered to build a time lapse conversation .

What location gave you the best recorded evidence of paranormal events, and what did you catch?

30 East Drive - Class A EVP's

Northwood House - Full Body Apparition, Spirit Box and EVP's

The Pier Hotel and Diner - Class A EVP's and Kinetic SLS.
This is the location that proved to me beyond doubt that spirits exist.

Secret Location - Equipment interaction, footsteps and shadows and through a lot of patience and empathy the building of a relationship between team members and an intelligent spirit.

Thinking about your experiences during an investigation, what location has stuck with you and why?

The Pier Bar and Diner

My good friend was the owner and through his reports of overwhelming activity, I arranged for a small team to investigate. Before we started I was more than a little nervous, afraid that I had built it's growing reputation to much. We never presume we'll have an active night and I was worried I'd dragged the team out in the middle of the week and we'd have zero activity. I needn't have worried. This place is huge and we spent much of the night in just one small area, the activity proving too much to move on. Before we had even got going, our equipment was going crazy.
From the moment we started our investigation we heard footsteps on a stairway above us which lead to an empty and locked apartment. We even had help finding one of our 'Cat ball' trigger objects although we weren't aware of this until we reviewed my voice recorder. "By Hannah" is clearly heard and sure enough that's where we found it. Just under a bookcase next to Hannah.
Knowing the back story, the EVP's we caught that night were extraordinary and left me in no doubt to the existence of spirits and their ability to interact with us.

What advice would you give to anyone who is interested in investigating the paranormal?

Firstly, realise you're not alone. There are many, many more people who are interested in the paranormal than you think. Many of them have their own experiences which they will share with you.
Find a trusted team who operate in small groups and are keen to allow you to experience a night at your own pace, with guidance and understanding and encouraging you to be as involved as you wish and having full access to the equipment available.

If you're interested in building up your own equipment box, start with a voice recorder and a set of dowsing rods.
Both are cheap to buy and offer rewarding results.
Dowsing rods though unappreciated by many are in my opinion underrated. I frequently use them, especially when things are a little quiet. They offer an easy way of communicating without draining too much energy and because they are simple in appearance and use, are less intimidating than some other equipment.
A voice recorder requires more patience but the results are worth the wait.

Remember empathy is the key. We're not here to judge.

Good luck and see you soon!

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