This is the follow-up on the Moving Cup – Poltergeist? article I did a few days ago.
"Real" or "Fake"?Many of you already suspected that it was staged or faked in some way. In fact, you probably half-expected it from me.
The video was, indeed, staged, but let me stress that the purpose of the video was certainly NOT to try and defraud or misguide people, but to demonstrate how easy it is to fool the mind by manipulating objects. This is especially important with the fact that there are so many fakes around today. That’s not to say that ALL recordings of paranormal activity are faked. Far from it! I’ve had my share of paranormal activity, things I can’t explain.
I’ve caught a "light anomaly", which has yet to be satisfactorily explained, during the time that I was away for a weekend. The page with that video has been updated, with the audio enhanced.
Also, during the recording of the "Video Light Anomalies Demonstration" tutorial, I captured what I believe is an EVP, which sounds like "rosting" (a dialectal word for "roasting").
What People Thought
Anyway, the majority of you thought that it was water on the windowsill (because of what appears to be a reflection) and that the surface tension was moving the cup. I can see why because in my window is a shiny crystal pendant that refracts the light onto the windowsill’s surface when the sun hits it at a certain angle. The windowsill itself is plastic and rough to the touch. There’s actually NO water and no condensation on it.
Only two people saw how it was done (one came close and the other nailed it): one suggested something rectangular on the bottom with a string attached and the other a fishing line with sellotape on the bottom of the cup.
How Was It Done?
I used an ordinary cup, the same kind you buy from Starbucks. I bought mine from my local café, where I usually buy my once-per-week morning coffee, as a special treat.
I then sellotaped ordinary 0.15mm fishing wire to the bottom of the cup. The wire is almost invisible to the naked eye, except at certain angles in the light.
When it’s placed on the windowsill, it looks like a lonely upside-down cup with nothing special about it. Then, with the webcam fixed onto the back of the chair, keeping both hands free, I was able to hold the reel in my hand and pull it off camera so that the cup starts moving. At the very end, when the cup flips onto the floor (a give-away sign would have been that I picked up the webcam right before, which was also addressed by a well-informed viewer), a quick off-camera yank does it and the fishing wire is worked loose from the sellotape. And you still can’t really see the fishing wire.
I sincerely apologise if you do feel deceived. That wasn’t my intention at all. As I said, it was purely a scientific and subjective experiment to demonstrate if it could be done and how it could be done. Remember that the golden rule of paranormal investigation is to eliminate the normal before claiming the paranormal.
I’m a paranormal investigator myself, although I’ve retired from the field for now. I’m presently what I’ve coined a "paranormalorist", someone who studies paranormal lore. In the past, I’ve conducted research into paranormal phenomena, including ESP, psychokinesis, psychic abilities and apparitions, for private or independent research teams, and I’ve investigated several haunted locations in the UK, Canada and America.
I don’t believe in faking evidence for the sake of it, only occasionally for demonstration or debunking purposes. You’re not guaranteed to capture something every time you’re on an investigation. You can visit a location and have nothing to show, but you can visit the same location later and have some really compelling evidence. That’s just the way it is. If evidence is staged for kudos or recognition, or just because it can be staged, or even to show that a location IS haunted because nothing’s been captured, then those might be the wrong reasons to investigate. Foremost in an investigator’s mind must be to capture (and possibly prove the existence of) paranormal phenomena, in whatever form that takes, however small and insignificant it seems.
Just because something has been captured, and can possibly be debunked or explained rationally, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a naturally occurring phenomenon or that it’s been faked somehow. Only the investigators themselves know the circumstances surrounding the capture and what occurred at the time the anomaly was captured, even if it wasn’t immediately noticeable at precisely the moment the photo or video or EVP was recorded.
There’s absolutely no point in faking evidence because it completely defeats the objectivity and purpose of investigating the paranormal in the first place. Most of the paranormal teams we follow have captured some awesome photos, video footage and EVPs during their investigations, and that’s always rewarding and is what makes it all worthwhile in the end. Even if it ends up potentially being natural causes.
It seems that most of the paranormal activity in my apartment, at least from its initial high activity with "my own poltergeist experiences" has died down. If I do capture anything, it’s now down to pure luck, although I will be attempting a few EVP sessions and recordings when I go away for a weekend again.
I’m also aiming to buy a new cellphone with a camera and sound recorder built in, but I’m looking for something very specific for those purposes. If I then capture anything significant I’ll be posting it.
I know that it can be discouraging if there’s no tangible evidence after an investigation, or if the paranormal community as a whole shoots it down, or if something that appears to be real is faked, but at this point no one can really know for certain what’s going on. We often have to go on blind faith alone.
I’d like to actively encourage all paranormal teams to continue because without the evidence – natural or paranormal – there can be no serious study on the subject. In the end, we’re all aiming towards the same goal and "para-unity" is what matters, to be able to share our findings and determine or communicate with the spirit worlds.
Thank you to all those who participated and commented. Hopefully, it gave you guys something to really thinking about it.