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File No: 18-13-202
   
Location: Houdini Museum- Scranton, PA



Investigation Date and Duration:
October 17, 2018       8:00 PM – 11:00PM

On this particular visit, the PPA was requested to join the Marywood University Communications students who were working on a TV project for the University TV channel about how to conduct a paranormal investigation.

 
 

Location Status:
Two story building containing the Houdini Museum

  

 
 

Reported Activity:
This museum has been rumored to be haunted for many years. Along with public visits for historical tours centering around Houdini, the staff hold seances in the museum for entertainment and magic show events for children's birthday parties. Objects have been reported to move in the museum, people report being touched, doors opening and shutting and pictures frequently falling off the walls when securley attached.




Equipment Utilized:
Infrared Camcorder (2)
Digital Voice Recorders (4)
EMF gauge (4)
Thermometer
REM Pod (3)
Laser Line
Motion Sensor (3)
Digital Camera

Investigators Present:
Mark
Ed
Kelly



Environmental Conditions:

Solar X-Rays: Normal
Geomagnetic Field: Quiet

Moon Phase: 58% of full – First Quarter
Atmospheric Conditions: Partly Clowdy

Technical Notes:
- Marywood production staff present and running audio/video recorders



 

VIDEO ANALYSIS:

A handheld camcorder in the main museum room captured a stand holding many pendulums for sale sitting  on a table vigorously shaking.  The table had been observed shaking by Mark about an hour and a half earlier prior to the start of the physical investigation.  After the investigation started, at one point, Mark had asked if anyone had bumped into the table or had shaken the table, to do it again. The stand began to shake about 2 minutes later.



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AUDIO ANALYSIS:

No physical evidence captured on audio at the time of the investigation


Photographs:
No photos of evidential value were discovered.

  

 

EMF (Electro-Magnetic Field):
Standard baseline readings were taken throughout the building with expected spikes near electrical appliances.  At one point in the investigation, an EMF meter began to show intermittent spikes from an unknown source. A second EMF meter was used and showed a significant spike to 4.3mg  and then stopped. Several minutes later the rack on the table in the same room began to shake.

 

 

Investigator Feelings / Personal Experiences:
Kelly -
While sitting in a chair in the main room of the museum, Kelly stated it felt like someone had just sat down on her lap. One of the owners sitting next to Kelly later reported feeling a very cold area surround her.

Ed - Stated that he heard a voice in the main room of the museum before the start of the physical investigation as he was setting up monitoring equipment.

 

Conclusion:
During the investigation on this particular date, investigators were able to document a moving object in the main room of the museum after an earlier obervation of the same. The movement came upon request. Additional personal experiences were observed and three motion activated lights that were placed in sequence at one end of the main room where pictures fall off the walls seemingly had the batteries go dead in each sensor. The batteries were removed and placed right back into the sensors for verification of property contact and the sensors still remained non-functional. A few minutes later, all three motion lights began working again.

Basee on the activity occuring, there does seem to be a level of paranormal activity occuring at the Houdini Museum. Some responsive which would indicate a haunting may be taking place. No psychic medium was present during this investigation but the PPA plans on following-up with a more official investigation to try and establish the cause of activity.


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