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Working with Orbs

Hey gang! We haven’t written an article in a while and thought we would post one because it has been asked of us a lot recently. Well that isn’t true… we write a lot of articles but after some debate within the team we typically opt to not share them. This one, however, we feel we need a common resource to point our clients to when this particular topic comes up.

We’ve always had clients, past and present, try to discuss “orbs” with us and in particular why we don’t bother with them. While some orbs can be amazing and at times mind blowing, the truth is that orbs are pretty hard to actually distinguish and are usually not at the center of any paranormal activity you are experiencing. We typically discard our own orb evidence immediately. It’s difficult to separate positive from false-positive when it comes to orbs. So many anomalies, many unseen by the human eye, can appear in the flash of a camera or lighting that it makes depicting what is and isn’t an orb quite difficult.

Orbs aren’t considered a spirit (or ghost) but rather a form of energy that either indicates a spirit is present, a spirit trying to manifest, or the energy that a ghost needs in order to do an action. There’s a lot of mystery behind what exactly an orb is. More often than not, though, orbs are simply debris in the air like dust or bugs. A dead giveaway on most dust orbs, for example, is the inner ring inside the circle just below the edge.

True orbs are believed to not have this inner ring, to be a spherical shape as opposed to a flat circle, and to illuminate it’s own light. We have special programs that help us narrow down these parameters in determining if an “orb” may be a true orb. But we usually don’t bother. It’s not really considered “evidence” and as stated before it’s not actually a ghost.

Below are some examples of false-positive orbs.

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Standard Types of Hauntings

While there are many different kinds of hauntings that can take place, we generally find that there are 4 which stand above the rest. We will now go over these and go a little in depth with each of them.

A residual haunting is a haunting in which the being(s) involved are repeating a moment of time. This could be the moments before their death or something else in their life all together. The idea behind this is residual hauntings are nothing more than a memory imprint often left in the environment itself. There have even been cases where you are dealing with both a residual and intelligent being that are one in the same. Though the spirit is not actually there the energy is and can still have a ’cause and effect’ on the living.

This is another very common style of haunting. An intelligent haunting is one where the spirit is there, very aware, and even interactive with the living. These generally involve ‘unfinished business’ where they may be looking for someone or help with a situation. These hauntings can also cause some havoc such as banging, foot steps, and moving objects though not as affectively as poltergeist.

This haunting is a malevolent one that we often find attached to the living. This attachment usually comes during some emotional or large physical change in the person they are with and generally involves young girls though this isn’t always the case. While there are many varying factors to this haunting, we do find that many have similarities. The rate and power that it interacts with its surrounding is one key factor. General human spirits can do this too but poltergeist do it at a larger and stronger rate.
*note* poltergeist hauntings are often confused with demonic hauntings.

Demons come in many varying forms and can be quite hard to identify. They are also rare. A demons purpose on earth is to break down the will of the person or people it has targeted to make way for possession. Common signs of demons is the smell of sulfur and often times there are other spirits in the location. We are unsure if they are being forced or trapped there but we have noticed this to be a semi-common occurrence. We also find that they are very noisy, much like poltergeist. Many other signs are that of standard hauntings. Hence their being hard to identify.

I hope that this small article can help you with your home or investigative means.

EVP’s and the Estep classification system

EVP’s are very important in the field of paranormal research. Some of the greatest evidence ever captured has been through these means. The best thing about EVP research is that it can be done by anyone. Just keep a few things in mind while doing it.

Be mindful of your or others talking. This is quite important as I have heard many EVPs that were obvious background noises. Upon further investigating we were even able to determine who it was and when it was. It can be accidental, of course, but you need to keep things such as that in mind when doing EVP research.

It’s also good to have good computer software to help you isolate the EVP and even do technical work to draw it out, make it louder, or even help determine if it’s someone and not a disembodied voice.

You should also have a good classification system to go by. See below:

The following is the classification system used by The PPS. This same system can be found at the PRISM website. It’s named after the founder of the AA-EVP, the Estep System:

A clear and distinct voice or sound that is universally accepted and undisputed, because it must be understood by anyone with normal hearing and without being told or prompted to what is being said or heard. It can be heard without the use of headphones.


A voice or sound that is distinct and fairly loud. This class of voice is more common and can be heard by most people after being told what to listen for. It is usually audible to experienced persons who have learned the skill of listening to EVP. It can sometimes be heard without the use of headphones.

A faint and whisper-like voice or sound that can barely be heard and is sometimes indecipherable and unintelligible. It may have paranormal characteristics, such as a mechanical sound. Most investigators would apply objectivity and disregard it, but may save it for reference purposes.

The AA-EVP has documented the following characteristics:
* More EVP messages are recorded at night or during stormy weather than during the day or when the weather is clear.
* EVP message length is typically very short, ranging from one word to short sentences.
* The voices involved in EVP messages often exhibit a shift in frequency outside of the normal human voice frequency range.
* Voices may be clearly male or female, old or young, even mechanical or “human” sounding. Some messages are delivered in a singing voice.
* EVP messages are often preceded by a sound that has been described as a “click” or a “thud.”
* Messages are usually in the language of the experimenter, but individual experimenters have received other languages.