Spirit Box Experiments

10th September 2017. Reading Time: 7 minutes General, Paranormal Investigation, Paranormal Equipment. 3706 page views. 2 comments.

Spirit boxes, ghost boxes etc - you either use them or you don't. Either way they are not going away anytime soon. Here are some different experiments you can try to spice things up a little bit!

Spirit boxes/ghost boxes are essentially broken radios. They sweep through radio stations forward or backwards at set rate. Through the white noise you hear snippets of radio stations, however the theory is that if you hear a loud full word or sentence that it could be a spirit communicating with you. Keeping in mind that audio pareidolia plays a big part here, I have heard some very interesting things come through a spirit box BUT if I am being completely honest with you, I am not the biggest spirit box advocate. Why? Again audio pareidolia. If you don't know what that is, check out my article audio pareidolia is a real thing. I use spirit boxes on public investigations because people who watch Ghost Adventures want to see it in action. I personally usually rely on other methods, but I do try it now and again. Instead of standing in a room holding the spirit box shouting over the top of the white noise, I thought ' there has to be another way'. So I started researching. There are some really cool experiments that people out there have come up with for the spirit box. If you believe in the box or not it doesn't really matter as these experiments cater to both a believer and skeptic. If it works, it is some pretty interesting evidence. If it doesn't work, it can prove your point if you think they are rubbish. Either way, I think they are definately worth a try and I am always willing to try new things, so here are some different spirit box experiments you can try!

Run 2 boxes side by side

This is a pretty standard one. Have your two spirit boxes next to one another and see if you can get a response to come through both spirit boxes. I have tried this and it has never worked for me but I must say I would be pretty impressed if the voice came through both boxes at the same time. It would be difficult to have them sweeping in perfect unison so it even possible? I don't know - that is why it is an experiment

Have 2 people wearing headphones writing down their responses

Have one spirit box and 2 people sitting at a table. Use a headphone splitter so that each person is wearing headphones and can hear the same spirit box feed. Ideally the headphones should be noise cancellation ones so that outside noise does not contaminate the experiment. Have the people write down the responses they are receiving as they hear it. Are the recognizing the same words? This is where audible pareidolia will come into it as well. One person may recognize a word as tree while the other hears mummy. It sounds silly but it can happen. Like with anything unless they are clearly hearing the same thing, you would have to throw it out. Then it would be establishing if the word they have heard is interference or perhaps something else. In this case, you want them to be clearly writing down the same responses as one person is not influenced in any way by the other.

Play pass the parcel with the spirit box

One of the theories behind the spirit box is that you need to be physically holding it with your hand so that it can act as a conduit. Some people believe that maybe a spirit only wants to talk to a certain person. One of things I like to do during our public investigations is play 'pass the SB7'. Everyone in the room is standing in a circle and they basically hold the spirit box, ask a question, wait about a minute for a response and then if they don't receive anything pass it on. It is changing up the energy in the room, the spirit box is being held so it is ticking that box and hey it is getting everyone involved. Is this increasing your chances of getting a response? Is there one person in the room they want to speak to? Experiment and see. Other people also like to walk around the room holding the box. Tell me which room to go into or where should I stop? This is another popular method I have seen used quite a lot.

Try to eliminate interference

Interference is a big problem with the spirit boxes and is commonly mistaken for being a spirit voice. Some investigators use what is called a faraday pouch which is designed to eliminate the interference. You can buy them or make your own but what is important to understand with this one, is that it is impossible to build the perfect faraday cage/pouch that will completely eliminate all radio interference. Some people also remove the antenna or purchase it 'detuned' but interference can still potentially come through. The only way to not pick up interference would be not to sweep through the stations. Can we leave the static white noise playing and get a response? In theory why does it need to be sweeping across radio stations? Why can they not come through the white noise? Surely it would be easier because you aren't having to try and come over several frequencies? Something worth trying.

Have an interviewer and interpreter

This is a popular technique I have seen online and actually tried myself. You have one person who acts as the interpreter or 'medium'. They wear noise cancellation headphones and basically shout out any responses they are hearing on the spirit box. Then you have the interviewer. This is someone asking the questions. The person who is shouting out the responses can't hear the questions so if they shout out something that is relevant to the question asked, is there some merit to it? In trying this experiment I did very much get caught up in the moment (which I tend to do) and it can be a bit daunting when you have someone screaming words at you, but this is one I will be trying again. It seemed there were some interesting response but there are some flags here as well. Mentally, the person who is shouting out the words could anticipate the questions you will ask based on the answers you giving. One way to avoid this would be for the interviewer to stick to a set of pre determined questions so that the interpreter could in no way 'predict' what you are going to ask. I wish I did it this way, but you can see what we did below and I will be working with Glenn again on this one.

Remember everything is experimental so nothing is silly. It goes back to my whole dont knock it till you try it thing. Before writing it off completely, come up with different ways you can do things. Maybe you can adapt a new experiment of your own. Instead of sitting in a room surrounding a spirit box sitting on a table, lets think of some new ways we can do this. Log your results. Is it increasing our chances of a response? Are there certain things you are doing that give more responses? Are people interpreting the answers the same or differently? We all know how a spirit box works so lets start looking at why. Why are these things happening and why are they coming through. Is it really just interference or is it something more? Why does white noise work? If it does in fact work, what other things can we try and do with white noise to get more responses? Whether you love or hate ITC and the spirit boxes, it is something worth experimenting with just to see what it is all about. You can either prove it works or prove it doesn't. The reality is that it is not going anywhere so why don't we try new ways to use it. I have heard some people who don't believe in the spirit say there are certain conditions that could possibly change their mind but it would never happen. Well how do you know if you don't try? We might be surprised with what we find!

Tell me your ideas or experiments with the spirit box below! Did you get results? What things do you want to try and why do you think it works/doesn't work?

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  • Tracy Simpson 2 years ago

    I've done several times the "Interviewer/Interpreter" experiment with the interviewer using a predetermined set of questions. To keep the experiment as influence free as possible the interpreter is not allowed to know the questions in advance to keep them from inadvertently listening for and finding relevant answers.

  • Karen Griffiths 5 years ago

    I like to place several couples around the room doing different activities (playing cards, rolling a ball between 2 people: simple things like like that) whilst the remainder of the group talk to the ghost box.
    It's quite interesting when you hear references to what the others are doing, which they can verify, when we're asking completely different questions.