Paranormal Misinformation

If you watch the plethora of paranormal TV shows please realize these shows are for entertainment purposes only, and very rarely show the real side of paranormal investigations.

There is a flood of paranormal misinformation and irresponsible material at times on these paranormal TV shows, which is often bordering on the ridiculous. The producers and directors of these shows only want to, make money, keep you entertained on a weekly basis, so they can keep their jobs, and continue to make money, and have no concern for offering real and true information.

The examples below are only a small percentage of the paranormal misinformation and disinformation that paranormal television and some inaccurate and misleading paranormal investigation team websites promote.


Many of these show paranormal investigators using a certain kind of flashlight to turn on and off while the investigators ask the ghosts a series of questions. It might go something like this.

“Is there anyone here with us tonight? Please turn on the flashlight that’s on the table if you’re here.” After a short period of time, the flashlight turns on all by its self. Then the investigators usually say “Thank you” please turn off the light. Amazingly, after a few seconds, the flashlight turns off.

Then they ask “Turn the light on if you are a female” and of course the light flickers and turns on after a few seconds and then goes off a few seconds later. More questions follow with the flashlight turning on and off and it seems as though they are communicating with something we can not see.

Wow, looks like they might have a ghost answering the questions using the flashlight. Actually, that’s not the case at all. There is a physical explanation for the flashlight repeatedly going on and off by itself. The certain kind of flashlight used is a Mini Maglite 2 AA batteries twist to turn on.

It’s all about heating and cooling. First, if you notice they always turn the flashlight on for a few seconds. The bulb generates a lot of heat causing the metal parts inside the flashlight to get really hot really fast and starts to expand. They then unscrew the top of the light “just enough” so that the light goes out.

The question and answer session begins.

Now, because the light is off, the reflector starts to cool down and pushes one tiny piece of metal into contact with the other tiny piece of metal and … Magically!! The flashlight bulb comes on seconds after the investigator asks the question.

Hmm, perfect timing I’d say. You think the investigators know just how long it takes for the flashlight to heat and cool, so they can time their questions?

I would say they know “exactly” how long.

With the light back on, the reflector gets hot once again and starts to expand, and expand until it pulls the metal pieces apart again. And the light goes off.

No Ghosts, just Thermal Expansion. Maybe you’ve heard the expression “The Flashlight Trick.” That is exactly what it is. It’s a trick to fool “you” the watcher of the program into believing the investigators have an unseen force answering their questions using the flashlight.


Developed by Spud Pickles software claims that their app has the ability to “detect paranormal activity” and will plot it on radar. If this application does what it claims it can do, and then it can do something that no other product can do reliably especially a cell phone app.

The app’s description also contains some written context containing some incredible statements about how this application works. The Ghost Radar app claims that it uses electromagnetic fields, vibrations, and sounds to detect ghosts and paranormal activity in and around the device.

Ghost Radar Cell Phone App in useThere are a few paranormal TV programs that I have personally seen with different investigation teams where this app has been used during a reenactment of a real paranormal investigation. One show that comes to mind is “Haunted Case Files,” which boasts “Americas Top Ghost Hunters Hardened Veterans of the Paranormal.”

How can the producers of this Television program actually make false statements about having Americas Top Ghost Hunters on their show when the investigators use cell phone apps that are made for entertainment purposes only to document evidence of the paranormal?

This is a direct statement from the Ghost Radar App website.

“This application should be used for entertainment purposes only and that the app is purely aimed at those looking to trick others or have a little fun.”

The paranormal teams that make these false statements of tracking paranormal activity using this ridiculous cell phone app are just as bad if not worse than the Television producers that produce these programs. I can tell you how the Television program producers find “Americas Top Ghost Hunters.”

They send out random emails to a multitude of paranormal investigation teams asking for cases to show on their TV show, and many teams will jump at the chance for those 15 minutes of fame. The producers of these shows not checking to see if these teams are credible or have a good reputation in the paranormal field. They simply pick a few teams from the email responses they receive and “VOILÀ” “Americas Top Ghost Hunters.”

Ghost Radar Cell Phone App

Paranormal Research Organization receives these emails several times a year requesting to appear on these shows and share our experiences with them. Real veteran researchers stay away from the shows because they know that in the real paranormal world appearing on these ridiculous and less than credible shows will destroy their reputation with the real paranormal researchers that they consider their colleagues.

So I think it is fairly safe to say that this app will not accurately detect ghosts or paranormal activity anywhere.

The claims that are made about the technology within this app are unfortunately misleading.
In order to measure and monitor electromagnetic fields, vibrations, and sounds to detect ghosts and paranormal activity around the device, the phone’s internal hardware would need a massive upgrade.

This is terrible and these shows spew so much misinformation that they actually create fear and do harm to the entire paranormal field. They also make the real researchers have to deal with discredit when they do not conform to this nonsense that people see on TV and believe to be real and true information.

This is one reason why the public is so confused and misguided about the real side paranormal events.

The internet doesn’t escape the misinformation highway of unreliable information regarding the paranormal either.


Matrixing (mey-trik-sing) or Pareidolia (par-ei-do-lia) is responsible for over 80 percent of supposed faces seen in photos. This is a psychological phenomenon in which the mind responds to a stimulus (an image or a sound) by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists.

The human brain is wired to recognize certain shapes and patterns as faces. The more you look at a strange anomaly in a photograph, the more it looks like a face even though it is not. These patterns sometimes appear in clouds, on rocks, reflections in windows or even in the bark of a tree.

Yet some of these paranormal websites show images of what the investigators claim is a “face.” Sometimes even a “demonic entity” peering in through a window or a reflection in a mirror and more often than not the image is circled with a red line. So as not to miss it.

The investigators who validate these images are leading everyone to believe that the faces they captured in a photo are ghosts or images of demons. In reality, they are nothing more than a trick of light and shadows.

Please keep in mind when watching the multitude of Paranormal TV shows or visiting “some” of the many “Paranormal Investigation Team” or “Ghost Hunting Team” websites that not all of them are presenting what they are calling real “evidence” of paranormal activity are actually real and true evidence. But the really scary thing is, some of them actually believe what they have captured “is real paranormal evidence”.


There is page after page after page of paranormal websites showing photos of “captured evidence” of orbs claiming that this is “proof” that spirits are present. Taking this ridiculous theory even further, they claim that different colored orbs show the spirits' mood.

As an example: White = Energetic, Yellow = Cautious, Orange = Warning, and Red = Negative.

Different colored orbs show the spirits' mood.

This is but only a few of the colors that they use as examples. Depending on which colored orb website you are currently on, each one seems to have different opinions about the meanings of each color.

Believe it or not, some of these investigation team websites take this one step even further stating that the face on the orb looked “demonic.”

Seems as though orbs are everywhere and most if not all are explainable as the result of dust, humidity, bugs, and pollen or other totally explainable natural elements floating around in the air.

Want to know more about Orbs read our 'A Little About Orbs' page.