Creepy but Debunked

Photo by Gayle Martin. Copyright 2008. All Rights Reserved.

I’m still trying to get the hang of this new digital camera. Recently I was back in the Bird Cage Theater, and snapped a few photos before I was able to figure how to turn the flash on. Later on, after downloading them on the computer, I noticed something really odd. It appeared to be a really creepy looking clown’s face in the background.

The next time I went to Tombstone I showed a copy to the Bird Cage staff. I learned that indeed clowns had performed at the theater back in the 1880s. I also decided to go back into the auditorium and take a closer look at what I had photographed.

Sure enough, I was able to debunk it. The “clown” appeared at a small screened opening to another room. The “hair” was actually a piece of torn brown paper that must have been used to cover the screen at one time. One the other side of the screen was a white table and other items displayed in the adjoining room.

Professional ghost hunters talk about “matrixing,” or our mind’s ability to form the shapes we see into familiar objects. In layman’s terms, this means that things are often not what they appear, and it is always important to check the facts before coming to any conclusion.

While many of the photos on this blog may defy explanation, this one has been debunked.


The Accidental Ghost Hunter’s Review of “Ghost Hunters International”

I’ve always been a fan of the original Ghost Hunters, but in my opinion, this spin-off makes the original pale in comparison. (No pun intended.)

Robb Demarest is an effective and down-to-earth leader who doesn’t fly off the handle or berate his team members, and the team goes to some pretty amazing places — castles, manor homes, and opera houses — the type of places we don’t have here in the U.S. Each of the places they investigate have a lot of history, which makes the locales even more interesting. And, unlike the original Ghost Hunters, they seem to be able to document more genuine paranormal activity.

Like the original Ghost Hunters, the premise of their investigations is to debunk. That makes any conclusions of a location being haunted much more credible.

Ghost Hunters International airs on Wednesday nights on the SciFi Channel. It makes Hump-day a lot more interesting.