Bewitched, “Abner Kadabra” (1965): Supernatural Candy for the Brain!

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Extrasensory perception (and its acronym, ESP), Supernatural powers, mind over matter, having “the power”, predicting the future, talking to the spirits, secrets of the universe, psychokinetics, séance, and magic. Sounds like just another Big Séance blog post, right? But it’s not. Well, it is, kind of. But all of those terms and phrases were spoken in an episode of Bewitched, titled “Abner Kadabra“, which originally aired in 1965 in its first season. 

It was one of those situations where we turned the TV on, and it was tuned into a channel that I don’t typically watch. I haven’t even seen an episode of Bewitched in many years. We were lucky enough to catch this one from the very beginning, and watched it all the way through, thoroughly entertained for the entire episode! It was such a stress reliever after a really long day. 

Gladys Kravitz, a goofy and crazy neighbor, caught Samantha re-arranging pictures on one of her walls… which she was doing with the help of a twitch of her nose. Mrs. Kravitz, who of course is shocked and frightened by what she sees, accuses Sam of being from Venus and having “supernatural powers”, and even throws in a snide remark about her not being like all the other housewives. Samantha thinks she avoids this mess by suggesting that Gladys actually caused the pictures to move herself, with her mind. Gladys seems to enjoy the attention and believes that she suddenly has “the power”, and runs with it, thinking she can guess numbers, read her husband’s mind, talk to spirits, make it rain (a hilarious scene), and even cook with her magic. 

Abner, Gladys’ husband, is thoroughly annoyed by all of this, but concerned that his wife is going crazy. Samantha ends up arranging a séance, in which Gladys serves as the stereotypical medium, playing the part very well. Samantha’s intention is to scare Gladys, so that she decides on her own to leave her “powers” behind for good. It worked!

The whole thing was just supernatural candy for my brain, and I couldn’t believe the topics and terms that were thrown around in one episode of a 1965 sitcom. I can’t believe I didn’t know about it. It was truly a cute episode that was worth the watch. I even watched it twice. 

And now you can watch it too, because the entire episode is on Hulu! Here’s the link. —> http://www.hulu.com/watch/10998#i0,p28,d0

Enjoy!

 

You might also like:

ESP Trainer 

The Case of the Cackling Ghost 

Konstantinos Séance vs. I Love Lucy Séance 

 


Pets and the Afterlife: An Interview with Author, Rob Gutro – The Big Séance Podcast: My Paranorm

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Author, medium, and scientist, rob gutro. Pets and the Afterlife. Interview for The Big Séance Podcast.

 

Author, Medium, and Scientist, Rob Gutro, talks to us about his book, Pets and the Afterlife: How they communicate from the other side and more.

 

For more on Rob Gutro, visit http://ghostsandspiritsinsights.blogspot.com/.

Facebook: Rob Gutro – Author/Ghost Hunter/Medium

Twitter: @GhostMediumBook

 

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  • What is the difference between a “ghost” and a “spirit”?
  • What are the signs of afterlife communication from our pets?

 

Other items in this episode!

  • I share the BIG news that Jim Harold, of The Paranormal Podcast and Jim Harold’s Campfire, will be my next guest for episode #14 of The Big Séance Podcast! Don’t miss it!

 

Thanks, Rob!

You might also like:

Comfort From Beyond to Grieving Pet Parents (Guest blog by Rob Gutro at Big Séance.com)

 

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The Big Séance Podcast can be found right here, on iTunes, and on Stitcher. Please subscribe, submit a rating, or share with a fellow paranerd! Do you have any comments or feedback? Please contact me at Patrick@BigSeance.com. Consider recording your voice feedback directly from your device on my SpeakPipe page! You can also call the show and leave feedback at (775) 583-5563 (or 7755-TELL-ME). I would love to include your voice feedback in a future show. The candles are already lit, so come on in and join the séance!


Announcing the Winner of the Janice Carlson Remote Viewing Contest!

The Janice Carlson Remote Viewing contest for The Big Seance Podcast

Janice Carlson and her dog Buzzbee, a German Shepherd and Golden Retriever mix.

 

soul sensing how to communicate with dead loved ones by Janice Carlson, big seance podcast, remote viewing exercise, contest, book giveawayIn episode 10 of The Big Séance Podcast, Janice Carlson agreed to have a little fun with listeners, and announced a contest for a chance to win a copy of her book, Soul Sensing: How to Communicate With Your Dead Loved Ones. Listeners were to psychically tune into the pet that was sitting with her during the interview, and be the first to most accurately describe him. Buzzbee, the beautiful subject of this exercise, is pictured above with Ms. Carlson.

Though none of the responders were very close in describing Buzzbee, Belle, who recorded her submission by clicking on the Record Voice Feedback link in the menu at the top of the page, actually described another pet in the household pretty spot-on, according to Janice. How cool is that?! So Janice determined that Belle, who listens from Canada, should be the winner!

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO BELLE FROM CANADA!

If you listened to episode 11 of the podcast, you heard her audio submission.

 

I wanted to thank those who played along and responded, giving us a chance to have some fun with our very first contest/giveaway! And also, thank you to Janice Carlson for donating a copy of the book.

Thanks for reading and listening!

Next up on the podcast, and in a related topic, is an interview with Rob Gutro, author of Pets and the Afterlife: How They Communicate from the Other Side and More. That should be up in a couple of days.

 

Peace Out!

 


Photography from Saint Peter’s Cemetery, Saint Charles, Missouri

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For the full set of photos, visit the Saint Peter’s Cemetery album on my Flikr page.

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Other recent cemetery photography posts:

Return to the Old Catholic Cemetery in Lexington, Missouri

The Iron Fence and the Family Plot

Cemetery of Immaculate Conception of Dardenne, Missouri

Francis Howell Cemetery, St. Charles, Missouri

Perfectly Lonely and Snowy City of Souls – Return to Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis

 

 


Let’s Talk About Channeling! An Interview with Medium and Metaphysician, Lee Allen Howard from Building the Bridge – The Big Séance Podcast: My Paranormal World #12

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Author, Medium, and Metaphysician, Lee Allen Howard, talks to us about his journey through Channeling. Also a brief discussion about Lily Dale.

 

For more on Lee Allen Howard, visit http://building-the-bridge.com/

Twitter: @RevLeeHoward

Facebook: Lee Allen Howard, Medium & Metaphysician

 

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Blog posts mentioned in this interview:

How I Began Channeling (Building the Bridge)

The Mechanics of Recorded Channeling (Building the Bridge)

My First Higher Channeling Session (Building the Bridge)

Time to Pick Up and Move? (Building the Bridge)

The Saga of Selling My House, Part 1 (Building the Bridge)

Death Perception’s Kennet Singleton: A Psychic Medium (Big Séance)

 

Thanks, Lee!

 

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The Big Séance Podcast can be found right here, on iTunes, and on Stitcher. Please subscribe, submit a rating, or share with a fellow paranerd! Do you have any comments or feedback? Please contact me at Patrick@BigSeance.com. Consider recording your voice feedback directly from your device on my SpeakPipe page! You can also call the show and leave feedback at (775) 583-5563 (or 7755-TELL-ME). I would love to include your voice feedback in a future show. The candles are already lit, so come on in and join the séance!

 


Introducing my Cemetery Grave Adoptions for 2014

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If you listened to episode 11 of The Big Séance Podcast on Cemetery Grave Adoptions, I promised to keep listeners updated on this year’s adoptions. Well today I took advantage of an absolutely splendid autumn-like day (finally!), and headed on out to a local cemetery that I’ve heard a lot about, but until today had never been. I had flowers ready to go, and I intended on finding two graves to adopt. I spent a little over an hour just taking photos and checking the place out.

Shortly after arriving, I met a Abby, who was very happy to see me. Once Sabrina, her owner, caught up with her, we had a very nice conversation about cemeteries and how much we enjoyed them. After Sabrina gave me some tips on where to find some of the older headstones, and after Abby (a dog, if I wasn’t clear enough) gave me a few last slobbery kisses, she got bored and ran off to find another friend, forcing Sabrina to follow. There were several four-legged friends and their owners enjoying the cemetery today. Just before leaving two hours later, a cute little doggie ran up to me as I was getting into my car. This little doggie looked almost exactly like my dog Meril, only smaller. 

I was really having a hard time making this decision. After such a great experience last year, I really felt pressured to just be drawn to two graves. As I’ve said before, lately I tend to float through the cemetery with more of a photographer’s eye. Other than the ones I kept photographing, I wasn’t really feeling like I was being drawn or pulled toward any specific grave for adoption purposes. Then, like happens so often in my school gig with things like auditions and solos and choosing who gets spotlighted, I kept feeling guilt for passing up all of the other hundreds of graves and monuments. Don’t they all deserve to be adopted? 

I couldn’t narrow it down to one named grave and one nameless (as I suggest in that same recent podcast episode), so what did I do? I decided to go with four of them. I may regret his decision in the busy month of October.  

So here they are. I’ve done no research or genealogy at this point.

 

Schwester (Sister) Maria Georgia (1862) & Schwester (Sister) Maria Germana (1872), Requiescat in Pace

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Sister Maria Germana’s monument is broken off of the base, which is right next to Sister Maria Georgia. One leaning on the other, it makes a beautiful photo, and I can’t help but wonder about the friendship these ladies must have had in life. I took so many photos of their crosses that I just knew I was adopting them this fall. 

 

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H.W. Rühenpohl (1812-1850)

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I’m not entirely sure of the name on this soul, but the base behind the rest of the monument says “W.H. Rühenpohl”. To the best of my ability, the monument in front says “Hier Ruht” with a smaller inscription that I’m not able to make out (probably in German), and then “Rühenpohl”. Someone has tied the base and the top together with wire.

 

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Unmarked

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I’m really hoping this stone marks a grave. I can’t imagine it being anything else. It must just be incredibly old and weathered, or perhaps it is the base of a monument that no longer exists. This stone rests right in front of the crosses of Sisters Maria Georgia and Germana. I decided this was a good thing, because otherwise I’d have a hard time finding it.

 

The Tradition Continues

Today I introduced myself and explained my intentions with this grave adoption tradition. I’ll now return every two weeks (at least), leaving flowers or gifts, visiting with them (should they choose to be present), and praying that their souls are at peace. Hopefully I’ll be able to do some genealogy sometime soon. I’ll be sure to keep you updated. 

 

Want to learn more about this cemetery grave adoption tradition? Again, check out episode 11 of The Big Séance Podcast to hear me discuss last year’s project, my inspiration for starting it, and my 8 tips for starting your own grave adoption tradition!

 

Stay tuned!

 


New Fall Traditions: Cemetery Grave Adoptions – The Big Séance Podcast: My Paranormal World #11

 

 

Patrick shares stories of the New Fall Tradition of Cemetery Grave Adoptions that he started last year, and meet Little Johnnie and Clara. He also gives tips and recommendations, so that you can begin your own grave adoption project. 

 

 

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For more on Little Johnnie and Clara, and for photos from last year’s grave adoptions, visit Adopting Graves 2013: My Thoughts and a Look Back on a New Tradition.

For Renae Rude – The Paranormalist’s post that inspired this tradition, visit Graveyards, churchyards and cemeteries: spending an afternoon with the dead

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8 Tips to start your new Grave Adoption Tradition:

  • Know that you have the right to be in a cemetery to pay your respects, just be sensitive and respectful of others. 
  • Choose a grave or head stone that is interesting to you, most likely older, and out of respect, one that doesn’t already have signs of regular visitors, or family members paying respects.
  • If you’re interested in the genealogy of this project, be sure to choose a head stone that still clearly displays a name and dates.
  • Realize that the days will get shorter as you get deeper into the fall. Most cemeteries have times posted when the cemetery is closed, and it’s usually “dusk”.
  • Bring meaningful gifts or flowers on each visit… but realize that you’re responsible for disposing of them later.
  • Don’t be afraid to just talk casually, or even flat out describe your new tradition to your adopted soul.
  • Take photos on each visit. Document the work you’re doing, if for nothing else, to inspire others.
  • Have fun… don’t take it too seriously… and definitely don’t make it about MOURNING or being SAD.

 

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The Big Séance Podcast can be found right here, on iTunes, and on Stitcher. Please subscribe, submit a rating, or share with a fellow paranerd! Do you have any comments or feedback? Please contact me at Patrick@BigSeance.com. Consider recording your voice feedback directly from your device on my SpeakPipe page! You can also call the show and leave feedback at (775) 583-5563 (or 7755-TELL-ME). I would love to include your voice feedback in a future show. The candles are already lit, so come on in and join the séance!

 


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