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Tips and Tricks for Paranormal Tours

by Emma Diane McManus 2 years ago
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Some tips for new paranormal researchers!

Tips and Tricks for Paranormal Tours
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When conducting a tour make sure your voice is clear and above normal speaking volume, so that everyone in the group can hear you!

If you know the history, give a brief explanation. You’re not giving a history tour; just explain when the place was built, any family history you know, deaths and so on. Knowing the exact details isn’t important. Just as long as people know a little about where they are. Each new destination we will usually have the information needed.

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Start with:

• “If there are any spirits here with us, we would love to experience what you can do. Everyone is here with respect and mean you no harm. Could you please come forward and make your presence known?”

Leave it quiet for a minute or two then explain about the EMF metres:

• “People in the group have grey boxes with lights. If you walk over to them, they will change from green to yellow to red. Could you do that for us please?”

If no metres go off ask how everyone is feeling. Get the group to interact with you and each other. Keep asking how they are feeling. Our bodies and emotions are one of the best pieces of equipment that you take on a paranormal tour.

Don’t be afraid to make them laugh! If no one talks or says how they feel say something like “Don’t all speak at once,”

Jokes ease the tension and nerves and help gel the group. Crack jokes when you can/when the situation calls for it, even if the joke is about yourself.

Laughter is one of the best things to do to build up energy for spirits.

Explain (to the group and spirits) that when you ask a question, if the answer is yes can they light the metres up. If the answer is no, then keep them at green.

Begin with:

• “Do we have any spirits with us tonight?”

Then continue with general questions:

• “Are you male/female? Did you live here? Did you die here?”

If there are responses on one or more metres, continue to talk with the spirits and ask them to move around the group to other metres or to make their presence known by making a noise, showing a light, gently touching someone or lowering the temperature.

If YOU feel something. Wait.

Ask the group first if they are feeling anything first. If no one responds, say thank you to the spirit/s for what they have done to make themselves known.

You may find it’s going to be the temperature that has changed. The group may then pick up on this, if not say to the group:

• “has anyone noticed the drop in temperature?”

By now you should have at least one person picking up on the temperature drop or at least agreeing with you.

If there is still nothing happening. Ask the group if anyone feels like calling out (asking a question etc)

If not, then (where permitted) suggest moving to the next location.

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In each new location ask the basic questions. Keep encouraging the group to interact with the spirits and each other.

Make sure you ask them for torches off, as it takes around 30-45 minutes for your eyes to fully adjust to the dark.

Suggest doing EVPs (electric voice phenomenon) and explain what that is and how the spirits can communicate through them.

Ask if anyone wants to ask the questions. If no one wants to. Then you ask the questions.

Usual thing: “are you male/female? When did you die?” Etc.

Explain that when they’re listening to EVPs at home that they need to listen in the quiet and without distractions.

Explain about seeing things out of the corner of their eyes. Say something like:

• “Spirits will often appear at the corner of your vision because it’s easier to appear in your subconscious mind.”

Answer people’s questions the best you can. If you are unsure tell them to ask another member of the group or tell them that you will find out (if you can).

Each new location:

After a few minutes ask how everyone is feeling. Each new room/area can bring its own emotions and feelings. Always make sure everyone is feeling okay.

Tell people when they’re leaving the room/location that they can take photos but only after the group is done in that area. Explain that the flash can ruin your night vision.

If using the Spirit Box, make sure you explain how it works and tell them that you can hear the odd word from the radio stations. So listen for the same voice/sentences and direct responses to questions over multiple sweeps.

If too many people start asking questions over the top of others. Try to calm them down and ask for one at time and to leave gaps between questions… at least 10-15 seconds.

If anyone feels ill/uncomfortable:

Explain to them that they just need to ask (inwardly) for the spirit to take the feeling off them, as spirits may effect you to show how they felt or how they died and not realise that you don’t want to feel that way.

If the spirits seem to be around one or two people in particular; it may be that the spirit has come with them or that the person/people have something in common with the spirit or that they remind the spirit of someone.


• “Do you have a connection to the location?” (To the person)

• “Does this person remind you of someone?” (To spirit)

There could be a connection from appearance, names, ages, job or voice.

If you have a tour where nothing seems to be happening -

Don’t Worry! It happens.

Explain to the group that this type of thing can happen from time to time as the spirits don’t always feel like making their presence known.

Remind them that the shows on TV are sometimes 8-12 hours of footage from one location cut down into one hour worth of TV. So of course there can be hours/days without much activity in a location.

The believers in the group will understand and the sceptics will see it as proof they’re correct.

At the end of the day, we aren’t doing this to change every sceptics mind because some of them will simply never be converted to believing.

A sceptic is someone who hasn’t had a paranormal experience… yet.

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Don’t feel nervous! I know that can be easier said than done but if you mess up, they won’t know. Chances are they’ve never been on a paranormal tour with you and your group (and even if they have, it probably hasn’t been the same location) so they don’t know if you’ve said something in a weird order or left bits of the “story telling” out. If you find yourself stuck with what to say, ask another group member to ask out or ask if a member of the tour to ask some questions.

We are always learning. And I hope you enjoy paranormal tours and learning with us.

About the author

Emma Diane McManus

Hi! I’m Emma from Northern Ireland. I’m a tattooed, ghost hunting semi-professional photographer and aspiring author.

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