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The Haunted Orphanage at Belvoir Winery – The Big Seance Podcast #116

The Haunted Odd Fellows Home Orphanage at Belvoir Winery and an interview with owner, Jesse Leimkuehler - The Big Seance Podcast: My Paranormal World #116

 

Coverage of Patrick’s road trip and overnight stay at the haunted Odd Fellows Home Orphanage, now known as Belvoir Winery! Plus an in-person interview from the The 1900 Room of Belvoir, with owner Jesse Leimkuehler, who shares some of the history and hauntings, and isn’t afraid to dish about the behind the scenes secrets from the Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures investigations!

 

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Amy Bruni and Adam Berry: America’s Favorite TV Ghost Hunters Talk About Kindred Spirits – The Big Seance Podcast #76

Amy Bruni and Adam Berry: America's Favorite TV Ghost Hunters Talk About Kindred Spirits - The Big Seance Podcast #76 - BigSeance.com

 

Amy Bruni and Adam Berry, America’s favorite TV Ghost Hunters, talk with Patrick Keller about their new project, Kindred Spirits on TLC. Plus their favorite paranormal tools, what makes them nerds, and putting a conspiracy theory to rest!

 

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Jason Kupzyk and the 2016 Kansas City Paranormal Conference – The Big Séance Podcast #68

An Interview with Jason Kupzyk, founder of the Kansas City Paranormal Conference - The Big Séance Podcast

 

Jason Kupzyk, co-host of The Ectoplasm Show and founder of both the Mid-Continent Paranormal Research Society (MCPRS) and Kansas City Paracon, shares details about the topics, speakers, and what to expect at this year’s conference! 

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Syfy’s Ghost Hunters Loses Adam, Amy, and Britt!

 

Amy Bruni, Britt Griffith, and Adam Berry speaking to the crowd at Belvoir Winery earlier this year.

Amy Bruni, Britt Griffith, and Adam Berry speaking to the crowd at Belvoir Winery earlier this year.

Last Thursday, Deadline.com reported that Adam Berry and Amy Bruni, both very popular T.A.P.S. investigators and cast members of Syfy’s flagship show, Ghost Hunters, would not be returning for another season. The site also reports that the two are teaming together on a new show. Two days later, Britt Griffith put a statement out on Facebook saying that he would also not be returning. Adam and Amy’s statements are similar, but all three are below. My thoughts on their exits are at the end of this post. 

 

Adam Berry’s Statement
Source: www.facebook.com/AdamBerryFans

In light of an article that came out yesterday on Deadline and tons of rumors circling the internet:

First, there are some amazing episodes of Ghost Hunters that will be airing in October with me and Amy including the 200th episode which is a great milestone for GH, SyFy and Pilgrim Films! 

The rumors are true. After much deliberation, Amy and I have decided to step away from
Ghost Hunters to pursue other endeavors. Ultimately, the toll that
traveling for the show and the sometimes unpredictable schedule that came with it, proved to be too much for us in light of family and
other obligations.

We were not fired. We were not “let go” – we opted to move on. This was 100% our decision that we came to after some discussion with the production company. 

Personally, it was time to move on to other things and for new adventures. I love investigating and will always do that no matter what. Amy and I are a team and I cannot imagine being on TAPS without her by my side. She and I have become brother and sister throughout the years and I am extremely honored to have something like that documented for all time. 

Over the past years I have been able to travel to and investigate some of the most amazing places on earth. I got married, and started a non-profit theatre company, another passion of mine since age six, and now by putting this one chapter behind me, I am able to pursue other artistic endeavors.

I thank Jay for choosing me from Ghost Hunters Academy. For seeing something in me he saw in himself, passion and desire for the field. I am thankful to Grant. Your wisdom, words of encouragement and advice have stuck with me throughout my time working with TAPS and Ghost Hunters and that will carry with me forever. Finally Steve and Dave: “I think I’ll miss you most of all”. The brothers that we have become is an unbroken bond. I will cherish the beginnings of our relationship forever as you have been there since the very beginning. Even though Amy and I are no longer on the road with you all the time I know that we will always be family. Truly, this is only the beginning. “Ramp it up and Prepare the horses!!” <— inside joke —>

Thank You to the fans of the show. Without you we would not be able to do the work that you see every week. My heart is warmed to know that this show and our experiences have touched so many of you. I could never have imagined the passion that is out there for our field and I am driven by the energy all of you give us through social media, our websites and our events. I am comforted to know that there now will be more opportunity to do more outreach in the paranormal community!

Best of luck to the TAPS team and Pilgrim Films with continued Ghost
Hunters success.

Last but not least, thank you SyFy!!! You are one of the nicest, loyal and amazing networks to work for. Thank you for your continued loyalty throughout Amy and I’s entire run with Ghost Hunters. I look forward to the future.

Undying gratitude and love always,

Adam

 

Amy Bruni’s Statement
Source: www.facebook.com/AmyBruniGhostHunter

In light of some information that came out yesterday, I feel I need I clarify some things to everyone.

First of all, there are a number of great episodes of Ghost Hunters featuring Adam and myself that you haven’t seen yet. They will be airing on SyFy in October and I hope you will tune in! So no, you have not seen the last of us on GH.

That being said, the rumors are true. After much deliberation, Adam and I have decided to step away from the upcoming tapings of Ghost Hunters to pursue other endeavors. Ultimately, the toll that
traveling for the show and the sometimes unpredictable schedule that
came with it, proved to be too much for us in light of family and
other obligations.

We were not fired. We were not “let go” – we opted to move on. This was 100% our decision that we came to after some discussion with the production company. 

Personally, once my daughter was born, leaving to film was the hardest
thing I’d ever done. As she has grown older, it only became more difficult.
I realized, after much soul searching, that while I love the team
dearly and investigating is my passion – I could no longer miss out on
so much at home to do so.

Clearly, I am so appreciative and thankful to Jay and Grant for giving
me this opportunity in the first place. It came at just the right time
in life for me and these last 7 years with the team, who are my second
family, have been nothing short of amazing.

The fans of the show have been there through thick and thin and I love
that I will always have those episodes of me being pregnant to look
back on and one day show my little one. Please know I will always be
investigating and active in the field and will always leave the door
open for projects that don’t require so much time away.

Thank you for watching me grow on screen. Thank you for seeing me down
this path that led me straight to everything I hold dearest in life.

Best of luck to the TAPS team, SyFy and Pilgrim Films with continued Ghost Hunters success.

See you all soon.

Love,

Amy

 

Britt Griffith’s Statement
Source: www.facebook.com/BrittTylerGriffith

A bunch of you are asking me if I to am leaving#GhostHunters just like Amy and Adam. The short answer is; Yes…. 

It was an honor to work for Craig, Mike and Ita at Pilgrim Films and i wish them and SyFy nothing but success. 

For me, I will continue to produce movies for Micro Bay Features and may even take on an acting role or two;) You can see our work in Black Dahlia Haunting, Dead Sea and House of Manson. 

I would like to thank all of you for your support over the years. You guys rock!!

 

My Thoughts

Outside of their statements, I have no other information regarding future projects for these guys. Can Ghost Hunters, a show that has forever changed the way the world views the paranormal, survive without these three popular faces? As a fan, I certainly hope so! But all this change worries me a bit. Perhaps the good news is that Pilgrim Studios has officially begun searching for at least one new paranormal investigator.

I can tell you that I’m so very glad I had the opportunity to meet all three of them, and I will truly miss seeing them work together on the Ghost Hunters series. I have no doubt they’ll be successful in whatever the next journey is, and I wish them all luck! 

 

Previous posts from the Belvoir Winery T.A.P.S. Event with Adam, Amy, Britt, and Chip Coffey!

Audio Highlights of Spirit Box and Flashlight Communication
The Brilliant Britt Griffith!
 
Ghosts can do that? The Evidence… Sort of…
 
Amy, Adam, Britt, and Chip!

New Friends!
The Photos
I’m Baaaaaaaaaack!
TAPS and Chip Coffey at Belvoir Winery in March! 

 

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My Guest Appearance on The Kiwi Psychic and the Midwest Ghost

I was very honored that Debbie Black and Thomas Spychalski invited me to be their very first on-air guest for Episode Two of the brand new podcast, The Kiwi Psychic and the Midwest Ghost! I was very nervous, but excited. (Sometime I’ll have to tell you a funny behind-the-scenes story that happened while recording.) Both Debbie and Thomas have been great supporters and followers of this blog, and I thank them for giving me the opportunity. The YouTube video of the episode is below. The episode can also be downloaded HERE.


 

My “Show Notes”

If you’d like to listen and follow along, the links to many of the topics and stories that I discussed in the episode can be found below.

 

My post on How To Record EVP

Final Report from the Friedens United Church of Christ investigation. The “It’s all over me” EVP is covered in the video at the top of the page, or you can scroll down through the report and find more details and further discussion just below the first picture of the fellowship hall.

My initial post on the “Can You Help Me” EVP and the Investigation Report from that undisclosed location. Also, here is the original, unenhanced audio and the enhanced audio.

A look back on my visits from the “Rapper” (with transcripts and audio examples) –  My Rapper: Missing you, old friend…

Some spirit box examples: Belvoir Winery: Audio Highlights of Spirit Box and Flashlight Communication, and 200th Post and Fort Chaffee Prison Spirit Box Session.

For several posts about the Ouija Board, visit the Ouija Category Archives.

For a free download of Audacity, visit audacity.sourceforge.net.

All of the Belvoir Winery Posts:

Audio Highlights of Spirit Box and Flashlight Communication
The Brilliant Britt Griffith!

Ghosts can do that? The Evidence… Sort of… (Discussion of the mysterious disappearance of the video.)
Amy, Adam, Britt, and Chip!
New Friends!
The Photos
I’m Baaaaaaaaaack!
TAPS and Chip Coffey at Belvoir Winery in March!

For my cemetery photography, you can find most of the cemetery albums on my Flickr page, or visit the Cemetery Category Archives.

Adopting Graves 2013: My Thoughts and a Look Back on a New Tradition

Here’s Thomas’s very popular Amityville Ghost Boy Post 

 

More links for The Kiwi Psychic and the Midwest Ghost 

Facebook for Kiwi Psychic and the Midwest Ghost 
YouTube Page
Twitter: @Kiwi_Psychic
Thomas Spychalski’s Blog – News From the Spirit World
Debbie Black’s Blog – Spirits and the Paranormal (debbiedakiwi.com)

 

 

 

 

 


Belvoir Winery: Audio Highlights of Spirit Box and Flashlight Communication

Wow! It has been so long since I’ve uploaded audio to this site, that I nearly forgot how to do it. It definitely took longer than it used to! In this post, and what will probably be the last of the Belvoir Winery T.A.P.S. Event series of posts, I wanted to share some highlights from two of the spirit box sessions, and one of the flashlight communication sessions. Obviously, video highlights would have been more entertaining, but if you’ve been following this series, you know about the frustrating, yet very paranormal disappearance of my video. I’ve not decided if I’m blaming aliens, the spirits of Belvoir, or a great conspiracy by Amy and Adam (so that their cute pose on my NightShot camera wouldn’t go public). Oh I’m only kidding, you two… kind of…  

 

My Disclaimer

As an investigator and researcher, I tend to be very careful when declaring or classifying something as “paranormal”, and in these highlights, you won’t see any of that. So here’s my disclaimer. The highlights below are simply a collection of interesting clips from my evening at Belvoir Winery. I’ve not combed through the audio completely, and since the environment was not controlled, and since the group was large and meant to be just for fun, I probably won’t. When it comes to the Spirit Box (sometimes referred to as a “ghost box” or “Frank’s Box”), which uses a somewhat controversial technique called “radio sweep”, I remain fascinated, but openly skeptic about certain responses, specifically those that are short or one-syllable. Along with standard EVP, radio sweep falls under the category of ITC or Instrumental TransCommunication. For more on radio sweep or the spirit box, simply type “spirit box” into the search field above and to the right.

When it comes to flashlight communication, I’ve tried in my own investigating several times and got no results. I felt like many of the flashlight responses seemed more than coincidence, and could very well have been paranormal. With that being said, I don’t have a lot of experience in this area. 

 

Spirit Box Highlights

These highlights are taken from two different spirit box sessions in two different locations on the Belvoir Winery property. Together they lasted about 40 minutes. The P-SB7 spirit box we’re using is one that I got secondhand from Stephen Hill. In the first short clip in the highlights, you’ll hear Britt Griffith demonstrating it. Other voices you hear are of myself, Adam Berry, and other guests in our group for the evening. Toward the end of these highlights, you’ll hear the group laugh as the box froze on a few radio stations as I was adjusting. I thought they were funny. The “thank you” that just about everyone in the group heard at the very end was kind of a powerful moment. There are a few cuts in the audio, either to save time or because of unnecessary noise, otherwise these clips are unenhanced.

 

Flashlight Communication Highlights

Though it’s hard to imagine exactly what’s happening, you’ll hear that the group is clearly impressed or moved by several of the responses. You’ll hear myself, our group’s wonderful guide, as well as other guests from our group. You’ll also hear some of the super creepy wind that we were hearing at this location. There were actually two flashlight communication sessions, but only one of them was captured in my audio recorder. The session that wasn’t captured was probably more impressive. I really wish the video of these moments could have been saved. Again, there are a few cuts in the audio, either to save time or because of unnecessary noise, otherwise these clips are unenhanced. 

 

 

 

Previous posts from the Belvoir Winery/Odd Fellows Home series:

The Brilliant Britt Griffith! 
Ghosts can do that? The Evidence… Sort of…
 

Amy, Adam, Britt, and Chip!

New Friends!
The Photos
I’m Baaaaaaaaaack!
TAPS and Chip Coffey at Belvoir Winery in March! 

 

 


The Brilliant Britt Griffith! More from Belvoir Winery/Odd Fellows Home…

See the end of this post for links to previous posts in the series.

Two of the biggest highlights from my T.A.P.S. weekend at Belvoir Winery involve the brilliant Britt Griffith. Now a permanent member of the cast of SyFy’s Ghost Hunters, Britt brings a much-needed fresh voice to the team… oh and gadgets. Lots and lots of gadgets. But he knows how to use them, researches them, knows their background, and in some cases has a hand in their design!

 

Britt’s Paranormal Technology Session

I was able to sit in on his paranormal technology session on the second day. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I found that I learned quite a few things. The best was having some of my own personal opinions and experiences reinforced or validated by someone who clearly has knowledge and a lot of experience. As if I was sitting in an undergrad lecture, I took lots of notes (which is why I don’t have a better photo), but out of respect for Britt and these events, I won’t cover his whole session here. Instead, I’ll point out a few things that really hit me in the head.

 

  • Did you know that both Britt and buddy KJ McCormick had done experiments with EMF and audio while under water?
     
  • Britt has apparently changed his mind about using IR (infrared) illumination during investigations. This really made me think and was kind of an “Aha moment”. In order to see shadows, you need contrast. Too much IR will prevent shadows. He went into some suggested ways to illuminate a room to prevent this problem. If I remember correctly, he also touched on the fact that we don’t really know what effect, if any, IR has on spirits (or humans, for that matter) when we blast them with it in large doses. Is it harmful? Is it polite? It very much reminded me of the first place I heard this topic being brought up. Check out Karl Pfeiffer’s How to Photograph a Ghost for more.
     
  • I learned that my current DVR would be of better use in the dumpster out back. I’m in need of a new one and now I know what to look for.
     
  • Britt is not a fan of the cheaper digital recorders (like the Sonys that I often use), because of the compression and the false anomalies they cause. He suggests only using them for stationary audio, but then also using a more quality recorder at the same time, to compare events to hear what actually happened. This is when I felt like a genius! I’ve always done this in EVP sessions. Along with one of my Sonys, I use a nicer Tascam recorder with a pretty good external microphone that would pick up a ghost in my neighbor’s house if it were quiet enough. When I think I have the Devil saying “Hey Keller! You suck!”, I compare that same moment in the Tascam and often learn that it was simply me scratching my nose, or my four-legged and furry son Meril rolling his eyes at me and sighing at the thought of another EVP session. It is why I’ve even considered video taping my sessions as well… to get a visual along with the sound. He suggested a few recorders. One of them is on my wish list.
     
  • Among many other things, he discussed logging barometric pressure (which I’ve often done, but can’t seem to find the perfect equipment for an investigation), E pods and REM pods, IR thermometer guns (Duh! Don’t use them to detect cold spots!), carbon monoxide detectors, debunking, Ovilus, reviewing evidence, and a popular favorite… orbs. I’ll only tell you that I very much concurred with his position.

 

Again, Britt used my spirit box! AAAAAAHHHH!

It was already a pretty cool spirit box, considering I got this particular one secondhand from Stephen Hill. But then during the overnight investigation, Britt suggested we get it out for a demonstration in a room that had already proven to be a hot spot for spirit box communication. Because this was such an Elvis moment, I awkwardly fumbled around in the dark trying to set it up and get it working to hand it off to Britt. When it didn’t turn on, I remembered Stephen Hill has always told me to take the batteries out while not in use. I’ve never really been good at remembering to do this…. but it turns out the previous time I used it, I followed those orders. I somehow found batteries fairly quickly, turned it on, and handed it off. Several of the people in our group had never seen or heard of a spirit box. We did get some communication, but you’ll never see it since my video footage of that moment has mysteriously vanished into thin air. See this previous post for more on that story. Actually, I have digital audio of that moment, but I’m still in the process of going through all of that.

 

Did you know?

Britt keeps himself busy by doing so much more than just paranormal investigation! Did you know he has been in several movies?

Check out his acting reel!

 

And the trailer for the 2012 film, The Black Dahlia Haunting.

 

Thanks, Britt! 

 

Previous posts from the Belvoir Winery/Odd Fellows Home series:

Ghosts can do that? The Evidence… Sort of…
Amy, Adam, Britt, and Chip!

New Friends!
The Photos
I’m Baaaaaaaaaack!
TAPS and Chip Coffey at Belvoir Winery in March! 

 

 

 

 

 


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