We all know what the basic equipment is for paranormal investigaitons. Basic equipment will consist of digital cameras, camcorders, IR lights, flashlights, EMF detectors, KII meters, digital voice recorders, Gauss meters, DVR system, and thermometers. There are probably a few more items I have not mentioned, but these are the basics.
When investigating there are some groups that use “trigger” objects. A “Trigger” object is an inanimate object associated to the deceased in some way or another. The object is used to try and get the entity to communicate with the investigators. In many cases this has been very successful.
What about using things that would seem to be unconventional? Unconventional would be anything that you would not normally use. Unconventional equipment are things like baby powder, laser grids, Ouija boards, bells, motion detectors, spirit horn, and just about anything. I am sure there are things laying around your house that could be used on an investigation. When I write about paranormal groups, I always ask about their equipment and if they use anything unconventional or out of the ordinary.
I asked around on Facebook for the opinions of my fellow investigators. I wanted to see what types of things are used that are considered to be unconventional. Here are some reponses.
Tommy Waters “I love trigger objects and use them all the time. And an Ouija board is nothing more than a trigger object. Nothing evil about them at all. I don’t use Ouija boards, just don’t see anything wrong with them other than an object that is misused by frauds in an attempt to deceive people. One “unconventional” item that we like to use is our glass jar with a hanging weight inside it. (Yeah, it needs a shorter name). What I do is cut a small hole in the lid of a big mason jar. I attach a string through the hole and on the string I put a weight (we use a glow in the dark fishing lure with a small bell on it). So with the lid closed you have the hanging weight inside the jar (a controlled object). We then put an emf detector and voice recorder right next to it. Then we just do a regular evp session and try to get something to move the lure….Same concept as having a ball setting out in the open, but with the ball it can be moved by outside forces such as someone blowing on it, floorboards being moved or even having the ball attached to a string. With the controlled object being inside a glass jar there is no way to fake it.”
Nick ‘Danger’ Hanson “Great questions! We (www.ghostheadsoup.com) use all kinds of special equipment like guitar reverb pedals, an AM radio with no antenna, candles, mirrors, music. Basically, you name It we’ll try it. As far as the board goes; we test it monthly to see if we can get real evidence from willing participation.”
Roland Paranormal Investigations (R.P.I)
“Trigger objects I believe are useful. Sometimes if we are out at a friends house that we have already investigated we let our children investigate with us and they kind of become the trigger objects since one of the spirits there is a little girl. We’ve also used ourselves as trigger objects on some investigations. If we are going to a place that is said to have Native American haunting we wear our cowboy boots and hats. Ouija Boards on the other hand I believe are bad and shouldn’t be used. My reason for this is because I believe that they can open portals and actually allow other entities and even demons into a location. This believe comes from personal experience as a teenager. In the home that I lived in at the time there were 3 spirits. My grandmother and 2 children that I don’t know where they came from. After using a Ouija Board in my room a few times I started seeing really dark shadows with red eyes, I would hear growling, things would sit on my bed, stuff flying off my desk, etc. I had never had any of that happen before. The most I would get before was hearing children laugh and my doll collection being rearranged. My parents still live in the house as does my brother. Luckily at this time the red eyed shadows are gone and there is just a grumpy old lady there. My grandmother followed me when I moved out and I don’t know what happened to the children. I know other teams use them and have ways to protect themselves from opening up a can of worms so to speak but I prefer to not use them at all. I don’t want to risk bringing in something else or something potentially harmful into a client’s home.”
“Opinion. Opinion? hmmmm… I’ve always wondered about the keyword “trigger object”. If we go under the assumption that a ghost, like living beings, are individuals. Then wouldn’t a “trigger object” be peculiar and specific to that particular spirit? I.E.: There’s a house that’s haunted by the ghost of a C.P.A. If I were to leave out an incorrectly filed IRS Tax form, would I entice a response? As for Ouija boards, I have my doubts as to their supposed accuracy and ability to draw out spirits or demons for that matter. I guess it’s the fact that I really find it hard to believe that Parker Brothers unwittingly created a trans-dimensional “Western Union” Game.”
I do want to add one last thing. I think maybe some people forget that there is one piece of equipment that should be considered to be the most important, the INVESTIGATOR! Your eyes, ears, and all of your other senses. You are a key tool when on an investigaitn.