posted on Jul, 30 2010 @ 01:06 PM
So is this the path? Start a group > gain enough renown and brownie points with locations and other groups > then to start running events > making
money. Is this the paranormal economy?
The number of stalls at mind, body and spirit fairs, selling tarot readings, aura photographs, sessions of reiki, concoctions for all manner of things
for purifying the soul to cleansing your house. The market for the spiritual is huge, on a important note go and look at the magazine section of your
newsagent – take in a count of how many female oriented spirit magazines there, ok you don't have to go now but on my trip to WH Smith couple of
days I counted 9! All heavily advert laden with psychic chat lines, and ads to buy trinkets such as charms, crystals and blessed items promising the
world – or modern day Snake oil as I prefer to call all this.
Exploiting a lie
Without mentioning the location in my home town of Nottingham - They ran an advert in the Evening Post. Come investigate the haunted chambers and
caverns beneath the "xxxxxxxx". It presented itself as team of investigators running an event asking other teams/groups to pay £20 a pop per person
every Saturday evening to do an investigation at this location, which has profound paranormal activity. I got in contact with the "team" and bloke
answered shared few pleasantries regarding the intention of the events, he went to explain how poltergeist activity has been reported down in the
caves under the pub, apparitions are frequent, pints slide along the bar upstairs as well as the screams of a young girl are heard so yeah sounds OK.
Day later I contact the pub directly - oh what's this it's the same guy!
So... the lead investigator of the team - trying to get people to come to a location on a regular place at £20 a head, was actually also the guy who
ran the pub.
Like any good investigator, went to the research on the location - found nothing, not even in local historic records apart from a few bits regarding
refurbishments in the 80s. I dropped by the pub a few times, spoke to the locals who frequented the place. Not a single patron - including 2 guys who
have been using the pub for over 15 years had EVER heard those stories.
One of them told me, the pub isn't doing so well of late. Added 2 + 2 = truth. Truth is the paranormal stories of this location are a complete
fabrication, to supplement the income and takings. Creating a BS story, for wannabe ghost hunters with the guarantee nothing will happen. They made it
up, its make believe. This as you can tell this really infuriates those with a passion for documenting the proof of paranormal activity.
Paranormal Network cannot hazard a guess how many locations are playing the exploitation card on the people in a coop to getting more of a reputation
and making “some dirty” money on the side.
“Is it all about money, I thought it was about discovering the paranormal?”
Well strangeness and weirdness are certainly out there, But the world of the paranormal is a passion, that passion costs money. Many have found ways
of making it sustainable, many have found ways of making it pay them very well, and others are exploiting our evolutionary instinct to discover the
unknown. Its an economy, and like the economy is volatile.
With seemingly more and more paranormal themed TV show hitting the screens, morepeople getting together with a hope of starting something, with
organized “ghost hunts” to the reputed locations and scare attractions becoming big business. This field of the paranormal is getting so crowded
– its hard to keep sight of why we are here.