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The Ghost Box
What is the Ghost Box? How Does the Ghost Box Work?
The argument has been made that Thomas Edison was working on
a ghost communication device – a ghost box of sorts, to contact
the dead. However, there are many Edison experts that would
argue that it was only legend, a myth that is untrue. They will point
out that he neither believed in the afterlife, nor did he believe
spirits and ghosts could be contacted through an electronic device.
Whatever the truth behind Edison, his personal diary makes a good
story and backdrop to the ghost box.
Even more intriguing, some today claim they are in contact with Thomas Edison via the ghost box; but many
respected researchers of the latest ghost box technology have yet to make contact with the famous, dead
inventor. So, what is a ghost box?
EVP Evolves into the Discovery of the Ghost Box
EVP or electronic voice phenomena was discovered in the late 1950s and has become well known today thanks to
numerous TV shows featuring ghost investigators using audio recorders to capture the voices of ghosts and
spirits. More ghost hunters are embracing the two-way communication device called a ghost box (aka the Frank's
Box). Following on the heels of the Spiricom, one of the first known, two-way communication devices used to
bridge the gap between the earth realm and the spirit realm, the Frank’s Box was the first device that allowed
ghost investigators to speak to the dead. Frank’s Box is a ghost box that produces random voltage to create raw,
random or linear sweeping audio from an AM or FM tuner that is then amplified and sometimes fed into an echo
chamber before being recorded. Ghost boxes, such as Frank’s box, create audio bits and white noise that ghosts
and/or spirits can then use to bring forth words – real time two-way communication. Frank Sumption was the
original inventor of the ghost box. He conceived of the idea by first experimenting with Stefan Bion’s EVPMaker
software for EVP recording while also being inspired by an October 1995 Popular Electronics Magazine article that
asked, “Are the dead trying to communicate with us through electronic means? Try these experiments and see for
yourself.” Today, Frank is still experimenting with various improvements to his ghost box design. Today, most
ghost boxes do not sweep the band randomly, but prefer linear sweeping of the AM or FM bands. That is not to
say other bands, such as shortwave, weather, etc are not being experimented with by Frank and other
Instrumental Transcommunication experimenters. Others since have developed their own ghost boxes, such as
Paranormal System’s "MiniBox," Joe Cioppi’s “Joe’s Box” and the "PSB7 Spirit Box."
(Below right: The magazine that inspired the creation of the first ghost box; a Frank's Box type ghost box.)
The Ghost Box: The Radio Shack Hack Discovery
In late 2007, another discovery was made by a retired electrical
engineer known as Sum Duc. His find has been dubbed the “Radio
Shack Hack.” Here is his story: “I was in Radio Shack looking for
parts for a new type of device for ITC I’m currently working on. I
saw the AM/FM 12-469 on the shelf and thought, ‘I bet I can
make this work.’ I had no idea it would be so simple.”
Since that time, other researchers such as Mike Coletta have
figured out how to alter the older version Radio Shack 12-470
AM/FM radio, too. Mike has posted many of his videos on
YouTube to help others make their own ghost boxes. What has
been great is the fact that so many have made their discoveries
and research public, such as Frank Sumption, Joe Cioppi, Bruce
Halliday, Steve Hultay, Sum Duc, Mike Coletta, and more. Links to
their websites are at the end of this article as a big thank you.
The ghost box can be used for EVP, as it can be recorded, then
analyzed for messages from spirits and ghosts. However, what
makes the ghost box unique is that it can be heard audibly
through either an external speaker or headset, where responses
from the other side can be heard and responded to live – not
unlike chatting with someone by walkie-talkie. It does require the
user to train his or her ear to hear the messages that are brought
forth, as the noise and audio bits can at times be somewhat
distracting. But if one experiments long enough with a ghost box,
it will become apparent that the audio sound bites and white
noise will begin to be manipulated to form answers to questions,
phrases and more. For this reason alone, we recommend
recording all sessions and listening to them later. Upon playback,
one might be amazed at what is captured in the audio.
The Ghost Box: How it Works?
The function of the ghost box and how it works seems to be affected by the strength of radio signals in an area.
Poor signal quality reduces the ability for spirits and ghosts to make contact through the device. Perhaps there
is not enough audio bits to be manipulated successfully for real-time communication. That would indicate that
enhancing the antenna on these devices could improve results by the researcher, according to Bruce Halliday.
The biggest debate over the ghost box might be just who in the heck is coming through these devices? Are they
spirits? Ghosts? Demons (the religious ask)? Aliens? Our own projected thoughts? The research continues in
this area, but many believe both ghosts, spirits and beings from another realm are making contact through the
ghost box. Experimenters have received positive, good messages, as well as negative and cursing messages.
This would indicate that perhaps the range of messengers who are able to manipulate this device into audible
words is broad. Some believe that there are spirits from the light called “controls” or “operators” who work to
establish contact and can bring other spirits and ghosts forward through the ghost box. Some of these same
operators have been recorded coming through different ghost boxes by different people in different
geographical locations. This would lead one to think that operators are involved from the other side in order to
try and organize a grid of control and functionality. Whatever the case may hold to be true, it does appear that
one’s connection with the other side seems to influence how good and what type of results will be experienced
through the ghost box. It just may be that those who are recording the best results might be psychic in nature,
truly connected with the spirit realm prior to the existence of any ghost box.
Angels & Ghosts worked in 2008 to run experiments with different ghost box configurations for utilizing and
recording the altered Radio Shack ghost box. Our results and story can be read in the book, Helping Ghosts.
Thank you to all who have freely shared their work and ideas with the world.