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The Association for the Study of Unexplained Phenomenon (ASUP, Inc) a non-profit 501(c)(3) research and educational corporation dealing with the paranormal and dedicated to the study of theories concerning the survival of the human consciousness after death, has announced today that their research and development staff has completed work on a prototype device similar to what is commonly called “Frank’s Box,” after its original inventor, Frank Sumption, that has been claimed to be a working, “telephone to the dead.” The ASUP began fabricating their device after they learned that the original “box” would not be made available for serious research by groups like their own.

Almost a year in the making, the R&D team at ASUP now say that their box outperforms the original devices; preliminary testing suggests that the new box does appear to create coherent words and phrases, in fact team engineer Ron Ricketts has reported that while still working on the device on a work bench with the system running, the speaker said his own name very clearly on three separate occasions. The group however is making no advanced claims for what they now call the Mini Box, except to say they will begin field testing of the unit and that it will be made available to anyone seriously interested in studying it. The Mini Box has a U.S. patent pending.

The ASUP’s Director of Operations, April Slaughter has explained that the group is not in the business of selling technology, but that the Mini Box will be made available to anyone interested by the first of the year, through a separate company that specializes in high tech gear for paranormal investigators. She indicated that the units will be sold at as close to the cost of manufacturing them as possible.

Slaughter will be introducing the box at this year’s TAPS outing to the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado on the weekend of November 16th, where she will allow investigators to use a prototype unit. She again cautioned that the ASUP is making no wild claims about the device, except to say that it functions perfectly and that they have had great results from limited testing in the lab.

Anyone wishing to learn more about the Mini Box may contact ASUP Coordinator, Rick Moran, who will be more than happy to set up interviews to discuss the device for interested media. Mr. Moran can be reached toll free at 866-396-9132 or via e-mail at

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