If you’ve ever seen me speak at a conference, lecture, or school, you know my passion is discussing the odd and unusual in front of people. When I’m speaking on a stage, I feel a connection to everyone there. That energy is incredible. And by watching the facial expressions and body language of my audience, I can learn what topics make them lean forward with interest, and which stories make them start checking their phones for Facebook updates. That connection from one person to a group, or even from an individual to another, is a tangible energy that can be felt by everyone involved.
On January 28th I had the honor of heading to New York City to give my first TEDx talk. My topic was: “History is a Ghost Story - The Haunted White House.” I was the first paranormal investigator who has been asked to give one of these talks. I prepped for weeks to make my 10 minutes count. My talk is now available online for free here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQrxNE7D5I4. Please watch it and share. I feel the message is important.
You may have noticed that Ghostvillage.com hasn’t had many updates lately. I want you to know why: We’ve been rebuilding this baby from the ground up. Back in 1999 when Ghostvillage.com launched, the site was just six Web pages. Updating six Web pages doesn’t take much time. But over the years we added thousands more. Each page is a unique HTML file. While that worked great years ago, today it’s too big for its own good. So I’ve been working with a programmer to move all of that content into a database. From there, we can do anything with it. You can search for exactly what you’re looking for and create your own unique Ghostvillage experience.
The new Ghostvillage.com will officially launch next month with the next newsletter. I’m thrilled for you to see what we have planned. And once on the new platform, we will welcome new contributors, content, and discussion like never before.
This month, I thought we could explore the concept of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) a bit more. EMF is a buzzword on any paranormal TV show. Many investigators use EMF meters in their investigations, but why? The theory is that ghosts are either comprised of electromagnetic energy or the intelligence behind them manipulates EMF in some way, but again I ask: Why do we think that is so? I’m not saying it’s necessarily wrong, I’m just saying we should understand the logic behind the theory and not just repeat it because we saw it on television.
The original ghost hunter Harry Price was exploring electromagnetic energy as it relates to ghosts as far back as the 1920s. He went down that road because psychic mediums before him believed that this newly-harnessed power called “electricity” could explain psychic phenomena. Maybe it can. What do you think? Discuss it in this month’s message board of the month: http://www.ghostvillage.com/ghostcommunity/index.php?showforum=27
I have some big events coming up soon. First, I’m proud to announce that I’m coming to Paracon Australia May 10-11! If you’re one of our many Aussie Ghostvillagers, please come investigate Maitland Gaol with us. And this April 12, we’re holding a Legend Trips event at the historic and haunted Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut!
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|The Spirits of the Mark Twain House
“Then away out in the woods I heard that kind of a sound that a ghost makes when it wants to tell about something that’s on its mind and can’t make itself understood, and so can’t rest easy in its grave, and has to go about that way every night grieving.” –Mark Twain
Huckleberry Finn knew about ghosts, and his creator, American literary treasure, Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, loved to tell a good ghost story.
The most prominent ghostly figure in the home today is that of a young woman in a long white dress who has been seen gliding along the hallways, stairways, and hovering in Susy’s former bedroom. We can only speculate that this is the spirit of Mark Twain’s daughter returning to the place she was happiest. In addition, several guests, staff, and investigators believe that George Griffin, the family's butler, still makes his appointed rounds in the house. Several employees of the museum acknowledge that there’s a spirit to the building, and they often feel like they’re not alone inside.
You’ve seen this place on Ghost Hunters -- now investigate for yourself! Legend Trips is the first group to be allowed inside to hold an event like this. Don’t miss it!
Click here for more information: http://www.legendtrips.com/Mark_Twain_House2014.shtml
This is the place to find out where author and Ghostvillage.com founder Jeff Belanger will be speaking on the subject of the
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|Jeff Belanger's Upcoming Events
Dead of Winter at Lizzie Borden's - Fall River, Massachusetts - February 22, 2014
The Spirits of the Mark Twain House - Hartford, Connecticut - April 12, 2014
Paracon Australia - Maitland Gaol, New South Wales, Australia - May 10-11, 2014
A Weird Massachusetts Evening with Jeff Belanger - Norton Public Library - Norton, Massachusetts - August 12, 2014 6:30PM
Fantomfest - Austin, Texas - September 27-28, 2014
Shooting Star Casino - Mahnomen, Minnesota - October 10-11, 2014 - INFO COMING SOON!
A Supernatural Evening with Jeff Belanger - Hudson Public Library - Hudson, Massachusetts - October 15, 2014 6:30PM
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Who illustrated the 1814 sketch of the torched White House in Jeff Belanger's TEDx talk?
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