I simply do not believe "paranormal caught on video" cable entertainment shows.

Leifer

Senior Member.
Coming from a TV special effects background..... most ALL of the "caught on camera" anomaly clips, can be accomplished via easy home-brewed folly effects.
Most often these "unusual" moving objects that are some-how "caught on camera", are simply hoaxes, and the mysterious object moves in one direction, as if being pulled in one direction by an invisible string.
Here, we have discussed titanium magic wire.... https://www.metabunk.org/threads/ho...ideos-let-us-count-the-ways.11674/post-246724
 
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Leifer

Senior Member.
I don't believe.... so maybe that is the problem.
But.... I will enter any supposed haunted place, blindfolded and unannounced, and I will shout angry epitaphs at angry ghosts. Let's see what happens. .....see if I survive or find any spirits.....yeah, fun.
 

Leifer

Senior Member.
....INFO....

About the Show​


(from the show's PR blurb...)
"Some of the most amazing, eye-opening and downright scary paranormal videos from around the world are featured as a panel of experts break down the footage and analyze what exactly the eyewitnesses captured. Insights from some of the most knowledgeable specialists in the field and firsthand accounts from the people lucky enough -- or perhaps unlucky enough -- to witness this strange phenomena themselves just might make a believer out of even the biggest skeptics out there."
 

Mendel

Senior Member.
Captain Disillusion has debunked a few of these on his youtube channel. His videos are quite an education on what can be done with SFX and VFX.
 

JMartJr

Senior Member
Captain Disillusion has debunked a few of these on his youtube channel. His videos are quite an education on what can be done with SFX and VFX.
I am a big fan of the Captain -- anybody who knows him, even if merely in the "communicate on the Internet"sense, if you can encourage him to make more content you will be doing the world a favor.

"Love with your heart, use your head for everything else."
 

Ravi

Senior Member.
His (CD) debunk videos are awesome. And the way he explains it all is also very professionally done.
 

Rocky

Active Member
Here is a haunted key effect I created last year. Sorry the camera is a little shaky as I was holding my phone in one hand and performing with the other. It was a concept I was messing with for a magic forum. Using an IT reel remotely controlled. Hope you enjoy it.
The Haunted Key
 
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Rocky

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I don't believe.... so maybe that is the problem.
But.... I will enter any supposed haunted place, blindfolded and unannounced, and I will shout angry epitaphs at angry ghosts. Let's see what happens. .....see if I survive or find any spirits.....yeah, fun.
I agree. I always said that I would do the same thing. As skeptics we do not believe in the paranormal. It doesn’t exist, so any videos that seem to show these events is either a hoax or a misidentification. Mostly they are hoaxes. It’s all about clicks and eyeballs on their content.
 

JMartJr

Senior Member
I agree. I always said that I would do the same thing. As skeptics we do not believe in the paranormal. It doesn’t exist, so any videos that seem to show these events is either a hoax or a misidentification. Mostly they are hoaxes. It’s all about clicks and eyeballs on their content.
I'd quibble. I am not implacibly hostile to the idea that "paranormal" things might exist, but the evidence put forward to support the idea, that I have seen to date, is not convincing -- as you say most looks like hoaxes and, I'd add, sincere misinterpretations of normal stuff in unusual circumstances. Me, I'd be equally skeptical of claims made about the not-para "normal normal" where evidence is lacking. YMMV, of course, not trying to tell anybody else how they should think, just saying how I try to think.
 
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Leifer

Senior Member.
So.... set me up. Blindfold me, and try to inform me that I am about to send myself into a scary environment with unforeseen ghostly consequences.
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yeah, I will be scared, beforehand.....AKA "primed".
 
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Mythic Suns

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Interestingly it's also one of those things I rarely see people defend; not the idea that haunted buildings exist but the idea that TV shows about haunted buildings are genuine. Either that or I just haven't met anyone willing to defend those shows. In the UK our equivalent of such a show was called Most Haunted and the two key things I remember about it are the fact that it's basically a low hanging fruit for comedians and that there's videos on YouTube where some of the sounds are replaced with fart noises (it's low brow humour but the editing is pretty spot on).
 

Martin SC

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I have simply always assumed these shows were faked and were just entertainment. I don't see anyone defending them as being films of actual paranormal events because I really don't think they need defending. I watched a few of them some years ago and the stuff was so cheesy and obvious and the family whose house was host to poltergeists were so obviously (not very good) actors that the whole programme was cringe-worthy.

While these kinds of things are not of interest to me so I don't go out there to deliberately engage others in conversation about them I've never met anyone else who thinks they are real either. In that regard reality TV isn't real either, its all scripted and controlled to a degree.
 

Rocky

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I'd quibble. I am not implacibly hostile to the idea that "paranormal" things might exist, but the evidence put forward to support the idea, that I have seen to date, is not convincing -- as you say most looks like hoaxes and, I'd add, sincere misinterpretations of normal stuff in unusual circumstances. Me, I'd be equally skeptical of claims made about the not-para "normal normal" where evidence is lacking. YMMV, of course, not trying to tell anybody else how they should think, just saying how I try to think.
Well I look at it as total fantasy and people all in with this paranormal stuff are extremely gullible and they want to believe in it. It's dillusional. To me it is all made up by people with agendas or people that just love the whole genre and fool themselves. Anything paranormal is a figment of their imagination.
 
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