Newcomers to this hobby may not necessarily get a breakdown of the evidence that can be obtained when attempting to solve a mystery in a book.
By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
The finale to JoBlo’s streaming video paranormal investigative program We Want to Believe “The Demon Jar” is now available to watch! For anyone wanting a crash course in the meat and potatoes of what happens in a paranormal investigation, this episode serves it up par excellence and comes to a satisfying conclusion which is very informational!
“I think when the first television shows came along, the people didn’t expect to become famous. At a certain point, especially if you’re on a network, you’re going to bow to that network’s demand. You can’t have a show where nothing happens. We hope we get a case where we find nothing. We want to be the first.
By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
To make a mark in the paranormal pop culture scene requires a schtick network television and mainstream movies rarely want to play up. We Want to Believe is not so much about exploring the wilds of Supernatural British Columbia than Super, natural as it’s actually marketed. Instead, it’s to reveal to enthusiasts of such occult-type television programming a web series can hold a viewer’s attention much better in a shorter, digestible format!
The show’s genesis came from Jason Hewlett, who originally thought of making an audio podcast after spending a few years with the Vancouver Paranormal Society (VPS). He has his own show, works for the Kamloops Daily News covering local crime and is a voice on Radio NL 610 AM before bringing his skills to the group. All it took was believing there was something under the bed as a child and finding something weird–perhaps druidic–on a hike once at Shuswap Lake later in his years.
Going on a public ghost hunt can be fun, but it’s not without some caveats. Some paranormal groups offer it because Halloween is when they are the most popular. It shows what an organization does in a regular investigation. The only difference is in the amount of people involved and whether what’s manifesting is a product of mind over matter or it what’s occurring is truly supernatural! If anything happens, that’s up to the participant to decide.
Every organization has something different for the season: The Vancouver Paranormal Society offers public evidence reveals, a different kettle of fish, year round. Peter Renn, the leader of this group, does not see these public events as a bad thing. People get to meet the team and see how well they are at it. Darryl Pearson of Northern Paranormal Investigations said his group was contacted a few times to appear on television but they never got a call back when he told them what his group represented.
Halloween is a very enjoyable time for many. Whether that’s with an event taking place—like attending a live theatre production, a book reading, a horror movie marathon or a paranormal investigation—it’s simply a time to either be merry to get your spook on. Getting closer with the spirit world these days is easy and it has come a long way. In the early part of the 20th century, the choices were generally with seances. Folks could indulge in contacting loved ones.
Even the annual tradition of contacting Harry Houdini became part of the paranormal tapestry. He passed away on All Hallow’s Eve, He promised to his wife Bess that if either should die first, they’d attempt to contact the other and had a code word to prove communicating with spirits is possible. Over the years, the methods of doing such a thing have improved and organizations have formed.
Technology-wise, newcomers have many more tools at their disposal. For the casual investigator, all they need is a willingness not to bring in their own (spiritual) beliefs into a case. Many veterans believe this can taint the data. Having an open mind on the fact hauntings are not rooted according to culture helps. These experienced folks generally agree a good common sense, a basic camera and an audio recorder are all that’s needed.