Tools of the Trade
Would-be ghost hunters use a host of gizmos, some more plausible than others, to sniff out spirits. These tools make up their arsenal.
Tape Recorder: Sleuths use both cassettes and digital devices to pick up “electronic voice phenomena.” Almost any auditory oddity counts as an EVP, from crackles and thumps to spoken messages.
Electromagnetic Field Meter: Based on the theory that ghosts generate disturbances in background static, this gadget measures the strength of the force. Many appliances produce these currents as well.
Full Spectrum Camera: This clicker captures not just visible light but also infrared and ultraviolet frequencies. The broad range affords specter hunters crucial advanced night vision for midnight scouring.
Geiger Counter: Some spirit seekers think that haunts emit trace levels of radioactive material. Detectives tote this machine to identify and track the amount of these particles in the surrounding air.
“Ghost Box”: This phantom-finding radio scans AM and FM channels for abnormal signals. Since we’re surrounded by soundwaves, it’s easy for it to pick up noise that appears strange or otherworldly.
Ouija Board: In this sleepover staple, users put their hands on a pointer, ask a question, and wait for the planchette to move across the board and spell out a reply. Power of suggestion plays a big role in this game.