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Patrick Keller, of BigSéance.com, invites you to join an open discussion on all things paranormal, but specifically topics like ghosts & hauntings, paranormal research, spirit communication, psychics & mediums, and life after death. The candles are already lit, so come on in and join the séance!

Big Seance: My Paranormal World Patrick Keller

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Patrick Keller, of BigSéance.com, invites you to join an open discussion on all things paranormal, but specifically topics like ghosts & hauntings, paranormal research, spirit communication, psychics & mediums, and life after death. The candles are already lit, so come on in and join the séance!

    Ghost Hunting Before the Victorians with Tim Prasil

    Ghost Hunting Before the Victorians with Tim Prasil

     
    Did the Victorians invent ghost hunting? Tim Prasil, author of Certain Nocturnal Disturbances: Ghost Hunting Before the Victorians and the familiar voice of Spectral Edition segments, returns to the Big Seance with the answer! Plus nocturnal surveillance, the legendary story of Athenodorus, centuries of rattling chains, Hinton Ampner, and the purposeless ghost! Visit BigSeance.com/220 for more info.
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    In this episode:
    Episode Teaser :00
    Intro :50
    Tim Prasil writes ghostly mysteries; he anthologizes quirky, mostly 19th-century fiction, and explores historical ghostlore. He’s also been known to scribble a limerick. Once upon a time, he had a career in radio broadcasting that took him from announcing to copywriting — and from Illinois to Mississippi, back to Illinois, to Wisconsin, and finally to South Carolina. He then moved to Boston and earned an M.A. in English, taught in upstate New York, and moved to Milwaukee to earn a Ph.D. in English. After thirty years of teaching at the university level in Wisconsin and Oklahoma, he’s now focusing on his books. Some of those titles include Help for the Haunted: A Decade of Vera Van Slyke Mysteries (from 1899-1909), The Victorian Ghost Hunter’s Casebook, Entranced by Eyes of Evil: Tales of Mesmerism and Mystery, and The Lost Limericks of Edgar Allan Poe. 1:26
    Did the Victorians invent Ghost Hunting? Spoiler Alert! No they didn’t. What led up to Tim writing Certain Nocturnal Disturbances: Ghost Hunting Before the Victorians. 4:19
    Nocturnal surveillance and the legendary story of Athenodorus. 10:41
    The trend of ghosts with rattling chains. “I’m hoping that some of my readers are ghost hunters, and maybe they’re a member of an investigation team, and they see that that tradition goes back to the 1500s and they say, ‘That’s cool! I am part of this very long legacy.’” 16:55
    The legend of Antoinette Deshoulieres 19:17
    Joseph Glanvill, the Drummer of Tedworth, and other historical ghost hunts. Plus the practice of interviewing witnesses. 23:18
    “One thing I’ve learned about history is that it’s often a mistake to ask, ‘What did people believe back then?’ The better question is, ‘What did people disagree about back then?’” 28:53
    What will the future say about our ways of ghost hunting and researching the paranormal? 30:24
    Hinton Ampner and the Purposeless Ghost 32:00
    Tim and superstitions 37:18
    What time in history would Tim like to go back to? And who would he be? 39:05
    Tim’s experiences with a theatre ghost! 40:21
    Ghost hunting was very leisurely in the Victorian period. You let the ghosts come to you. 42:19
    Tim Prasil’s most treasured possession 44:28
    The tradition of sharing ghost stories by a fire and Tim’s Tales Told When the Windows Rattle YouTube series 47:44
    More on Tim’s Spectral Edition segments. 51:29
    A special THANK YOU to Patreon supporters at the Super Paranerd and Parlor Guest level! 53:10
    Outro 55:48
    Easter egg 57:05
     
    Tim's Previous Interviews and Spectral Edition Segments
    Episode 111 - Interview on the book, Spectral Edition: Ghost Reports from U.S. Newspapers, 1865-1917
    Episode 22 - Tim's first appearance and interview on the book, Help for the Haunted: A Decade of Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mysteries (1899-1909) 
    Tim's Spectral Edition segments: Episodes 47 thru 95 and episodes 198 and 200.
     
    For more on Tim Prasil
    BromBonesBooks.com
    Tim's Books on Amazon
    Facebook: @BromBonesBooks
    Twitter: @TimPrasil
     


     
    The Big Seance Podcast can be found right here, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio. Please subscribe and share with a fellow paranerd! Do you have any comments or feedback? Please contact me at Patrick@BigSeance.com. Consider recording your voice feedback directly from your device on my SpeakPipe page! You can also call the show and leave fe

    • 57 min
    The Witch's Guide to the Paranormal with J. Allen Cross

    The Witch's Guide to the Paranormal with J. Allen Cross

     
    Author, Folk Witch, and paranormal investigator, J. Allen Cross, joins Patrick to discuss his brand new book, The Witch's Guide to the Paranormal: How to Investigate, Communicate, and Clear Spirits. Topics include paranormal work from a distance, common misconceptions that witches have about paranormal investigation, the poltergeist phenomenon, the EVP Ceremony, Clyde the Top Hat Man, and the recipe for cleansing yourself in a Virgin Margarita Bath! Visit BigSeance.com/219 for more info.
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    In this episode:
    Episode Teaser :00
    Intro :38
    Big Shoutout to JeanMarie for supporting the Big Seance at the $15 level on Patreon! 1:18
    J. Allen Cross (Oregon) is a practicing Folk Witch and paranormal investigator. He serves as psychic-medium and occult specialist on a well-known investigative team out of the Portland metro area. He enjoys working as a consultant for other teams and spiritual workers, exploring haunted and abandoned places, and writing about the paranormal. 2:27
    An update on J. Allen Cross since his last appearance in episode 178. And a reminder of how J and his team are primarily psychic mediums. 3:25
    Paranormal work from a distance. 4:58
    Book description for The Witch's Guide to the Paranormal. 5:45
    This book is a foundation for those of us who are sometimes seen as a resource, or the “spooky friend.” 6:42
    Common misconceptions that witches have about paranormal investigation. “I’ve actually been kind of surprised by the reaction from witches when I bring up paranormal investigation around them, because I find that they have two really big misconceptions, and the first one is that all of them seem to think that paranormal investigation is something that happens specifically on TV and only for TV.” 7:59
    “A lot of these spirits aren’t happy where they are.” “Sometimes you have paranormal activity because they are trying to get someone’s attention, because they need some assistance, or they need some sort of help.” 9:05
    “They’re not meant to be on this side.” “You always have to side with the living.” 10:13
    Getting real about poltergeist activity. 12:05
    Simple Magic 13:10
    The EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) Ceremony 14:01
    More discussion on the poltergeist phenomenon. 19:15
    The Occult Specialist or being a resident witch. 21:22
    The Virgin Margarita Bath and other recipes for protection and cleansing. 22:54
    Communicating with the family dog, and more on reading a home from a distance. 24:39
    Clyde the Top Hat Man (or the “Hat Man”) 27:48
    “I love a good liminal space.” A new book! 33:52
    J’s most treasured possession. 35:05
    J is co-host of the Invoking Witchcraft podcast! Plus Nicholas Pearson and crystals! 36:07
    “There is no one better than witches to serve as referees between the spirits and living humans.” Final thoughts from J. Allen Cross! 38:25
    A special THANK YOU to Patreon supporters at the Super Paranerd and Parlor Guest level! 41:08
    Outro 43:47
     
    For more on J. Allen Cross
    The Witch's Guide to the Paranormal on Amazon
    Instagram: @oregon_wood_witch
    Invoking Witchcraft Podcast
    J's Paranormal Investigation Team
     


     
    The Big Seance Podcast can be found right here, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio. Please subscribe and share with a fellow paranerd! Do you have any comments or feedback? Please contact me at Patrick@BigSeance.com. Consider recording your voice feedback directly from your device on my SpeakPipe page! You can also call the show and leave feedback at (775) 583-5563 (or 7755-TELL-ME). I would love to include your voice feedback in a future show. The candles are already lit, so come on in and join the séance!
     

    • 45 min
    The History of Witches in American Film and Television with Heather Greene

    The History of Witches in American Film and Television with Heather Greene

     
    The history of witchcraft and witches in American film and television is truly fascinating and goes back to silent films! Patrick has a conversation with writer and journalist, Heather Greene, who wrote the amazing book, Lights, Camera, Witchcraft. Topics include The Craft (1996), the different incarnations of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Hocus Pocus (1993), Satanic Panic, Rosemary’s Baby (1968), the “Production Code”, the Wicked Witch of the West, boy witches, SCOTUS and the end of Roe v. Wade, and modern day witchcraft! Visit BigSeance.com/218 for more info.
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    In this episode:
    Episode Teaser :00
    Intro :46
    Heather Greene is a freelance writer, journalist, and editor. She received a BA in film at Wesleyan University and an MA in film studies from Emory University. She also studied film and theater at Cornell University and the University of Paris. Heather has written for Religion News Service, Turner Classic Movies, The Wild Hunt, Circle Magazine, Patheos.com, and other outlets. She is a member of Circle Sanctuary, Covenant of the Goddess, and the Religion Newswriters Association. 1:28
    Book description for Lights, Camera, Witchcraft: A Critical History of Witches in American Film and Television. 2:18
    Patrick did homework as he progressed through the book, and went down several rabbit holes! 3:58
    Reclaiming the name. “The witch has been with us since recorded history.” 4:55
    Three Sovereigns for Sarah (1985), Rose O’ Salem Town (1910), The Cavalier’s Dream (1898), The Witch (2015), and The Craft (1996)! 6:53
    The Craft was a watershed film for teenagers and witchcraft in general! 7:55
    For extra fun, watch the films as you progress through the book. 8:25
    The different incarnations of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. 9:50
    The main categories of witches in the history of film include the accused woman, the wild woman, the fantasy witch, and the “other”. Also discussed here are vamp witches (the wicked queen, Jennifer from 1942's I Married a Witch), the witch next door (Sabrina, Jillian from 1958's Bell, Book and Candle, Samantha, Morticia), the teenage witch (The Craft, Sabrina, Charmed, Twitches, Harry Potter), satanic witches, and the clown witch (1993's Hocus Pocus). 12:03
    Women’s power and Hollywood’s treatment of witches. 16:19
    This episode of the Big Seance is brought to you by Jim Harold’s Campfire! Tune in for true and fascinating stories as told by ordinary people who’ve had extraordinary experiences. Find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to The Big Seance. 20:51
    Satanic panic, Hocus Pocus (1993), and more on girl power films and TV. 23:08
    Until Rosemary’s Baby (1968), the film industry’s Production Code took a lot of the fun and freedom out of witchcraft storylines. 25:18
    In 1972, Raymond Buckland was probably the first to consult Hollywood on witchcraft in films. 29:38
    Hollywood’s affect on modern witchcraft. 31:26
    More on satanic panic and the controversy with Margaret Hamilton (the Wicked Witch of the West from 1939’s The Wizard of Oz) on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood and Sesame Street. 33:32
    Boys can’t be witches, can they? 37:54
    The Covenant (2009) 41:30
    “The witch is always going to be the liminal figure that’s pushing the boundaries. She’s forever going to be an activist, so to speak. She’s always going to be someone who’s not at the center of society. So she’s going to push the boundaries.” 43:14
    “How do you make a thousand witches with one SCOTUS decision?” Final thoughts from Heather Greene! 45:58
    A special THANK YOU to Patreon supporters at the Super Paranerd and Parlor Guest level! 48:04
    Outro 50:20
     
    For more on Heather Greene
    HeatherGreene.net
    Lights, Camera, Witchcraft: A Critical History of Witches in American Film and Television (Amazon)
     


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    • 51 min
    Physical Medium Scott Milligan Wants to Melt Your Fear of the Ouija Board

    Physical Medium Scott Milligan Wants to Melt Your Fear of the Ouija Board

     
    Physical and trance medium, Scott Milligan, wants to melt your fear of the Ouija board. In a Facebook LIVE video from July of 2022, Scott persuaded viewers to come to the board at their best and treat the space as a place of peace. He also shared stories of physical phenomena from seances, including an important and moving lesson from a fabulously dressed spirit. Visit BigSeance.com/217
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    In this episode:
    Episode Teaser :00
    Intro :30
    Scott Milligan is the world's foremost tutor of physical mediumship, trance, and altered states. With 25 years of sitting in the darkness of the seance room, Scott's physical phenomena and direct voices of his spirit team and deceased loved ones are extremely powerful to witness. He and former guest of the show, Sandra Champlain of We Don’t Die Radio, have done lots of collaborating, and so between all that content and Scott’s Facebook profile, there is SO much to watch, listen to, and learn if you want it. 1:10
    Some background on where Scott’s message in this episode came from. 1:58
    Scott Milligan’s July 21, 2022 Facebook LIVE video. 3:07
    Prayer and Setting Intentions. “I personally have never asked for protection. The only reason I don’t is because I trust my friends. I trust them with my eternal life.” “If you’re asking for protection, you’re leaving a layer of your sense saying there’s something fearful.” 16:23
    “Be at your best.” 18:45
    Ghosts vs Spirit People. 19:30
    “And he said, ’Do you think it’s going to hurt you?’, and I said yes. And he picked up the board and hit me across the face with it. He said, ’That’s the only thing that’s going to hurt you, now put your finger on the glass.’” 24:50
    The “Spooky Meeting” 31:05
    “Low entity, am I?” An important lesson from Dolly the drag queen. 33:15
    A special THANK YOU to Patreon supporters at the Super Paranerd and Parlor Guest level! 39:48
    Outro 41:55
     
    For More on Scott Milligan
    Sandra Champlain's Great Work with Scott Milligan
    Scottmilligan.co.uk
    Scott on Facebook
    Scott on Instagram
    Scott on YouTube
     


     
    The Big Seance Podcast can be found right here, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio. Please subscribe and share with a fellow paranerd! Do you have any comments or feedback? Please contact me at Patrick@BigSeance.com. Consider recording your voice feedback directly from your device on my SpeakPipe page! You can also call the show and leave feedback at (775) 583-5563 (or 7755-TELL-ME). I would love to include your voice feedback in a future show. The candles are already lit, so come on in and join the séance!

    • 43 min
    The Black Flame Society Podcast with Ally and Wil

    The Black Flame Society Podcast with Ally and Wil

     
    Are you as passionate about Hocus Pocus as Ally and Wil of The Black Flame Society Podcast? Join Patrick and listen in as they discuss their favorite moments, characters, meeting cast members, Hocus Pocus tattoos, the magic of getting the opportunity to interview producer and creator David Kirshner, and Halloween nostalgia! Share in the excitement for the release of Hocus Pocus 2 with the return of Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, and Doug Jones! Plus the terrifying hauntings that Wil experienced growing up! Visit BigSeance.com/216 for more info.
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    In this episode:
    Episode Teaser :00
    Intro :44
    Bios for Ally of @HocusPocusCollector and Wil of @SpookyWil! 1:24
    The story of how Ally and Wil joined forces to produce and co-host the popular Black Flame Society Podcast! 2:31
    Halloween culture, merchandise, and trick-or-treating in the US vs. UK. 6:25
    How Hocus Pocus came into Ally and Wil’s lives! Plus being terrified of Billy Butcherson! 9:06
    The magic of nostalgia! And Patrick crushed hard on Max Dennison, played by Omri Katz. 11:14
    Ally has had the fortune of meeting most of the cast of Hocus Pocus, including Doug Jones (Billy Butcherson), Omri Katz (Max Dennison), Vinessa Shaw (Allison), Jason Marsden (Voice of Binx), Larry Bagby (Ice), Tobias Jelinek (Jay), and Kathy Najimy (Mary Sanderson). 13:39
    Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Doug Jones are coming back for Hocus Pocus 2! 14:21
    Ally’s interviews of Hocus Pocus cast members. 15:24
    What do Wil and Ally’s closest friends think about their nerdy passions? 15:37
    This episode of the Big Seance is brought to you by Jim Harold’s Campfire! Tune in for true and fascinating stories as told by ordinary people who’ve had extraordinary experiences. Find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to The Big Seance. 20:35
    The magic of having the opportunity to interview producer and creator of Hocus Pocus and Hocus Pocus 2, David Kirschner! 22:51
    Ally has an “I shall always be with you” tattoo. Those moments in Hocus Pocus that tug on our heartstrings the most, plus the Come Little Children song, and the inspiration for the last scene in the film! 28:08
    This is the time in the summer that Hocus Pocus was released in theaters in 1993! 30:28
    Patrick tears up when Thackery Binx, as a cat, circles his father’s feet as he shoos him away. 31:16
    Funniest moments in Hocus Pocus! 32:14
    Jay and Ice moments and favorite lines! 34:00
    Challenging Ally and Wil with a Whose Line Is It? game! 35:20
    The fat of a hangman, the black flame candle, and the actual Book that David Kirschner created! 38:31
    Ally and Wil’s most treasured Halloween and Hocus Pocus possessions! 40:40
    The Sanderson sisters’ cottage in the original film and suspicions about what appears to be the sisters’ cottage in Hocus Pocus 2. 42:21
    Lights, Camera, Witchcraft: A Critical History of Witches in American Film and Television by Heather Greene has interesting commentary about the time period that Hocus Pocus was coming out of when it was filmed, and the themes that are present. PLUS the Salem Witch Trials. 43:18
    Wil grew up having some intense paranormal experiences! 48:51
    Ally’s spirit visitation as a child, and other friendly ghosts. 54:35
    Final thoughts and what’s coming up for Ally and Wil and the Black Flame Society Podcast! 56:27
    A special THANK YOU to Patreon supporters at the Super Paranerd and Parlor Guest level! 59:22 
    Outro 1:01:31
    Easter egg 1:02:51
     
    For More on Ally & Will and The Black Flame Society Podcast
    TheBlackFlameSocietyPodcast.com
    Facebook: @TheBlackFlameSocietyPodcast
    Instagram: @TheBlackFlameSocietyPodcast
     
    Ally
    Facebook: @HocusPocusCollector
    Instagram: @HocusPocusCollector
    Twitter: @HoPoCollector
    TikTok: @HocusPocusCollector
     
    Wil
    SpookyWil.com
    October31st.co.uk
    Facebook: @SpookyWil
    Instagram: @SpookyWil
    TikTok: @SpookyWil

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Amy Bruni's Strange Escapes at Belvoir Winery

    Amy Bruni's Strange Escapes at Belvoir Winery

     
    Patrick recently had the amazing opportunity to be a speaker and “paranormal celebrity” for Amy Bruni’s Strange Escapes event at Belvoir Winery/Odd Fellows Home with Adam Berry, Chip Coffey, John Tenney, Aaron Sagers, and Greg Lawson! He also had several fascinating experiences leading 200 attendees in groups through 8 hours of paranormal investigations of the bunker at Belvoir over two days. Visit BigSeance.com/215 for more info.
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    In this episode:
    Episode Teaser :00
    Intro :39
    Patrick is feeling much better now! Thank you for the thoughts and prayers! 1:20
    A couple of weeks ago, Patrick had the amazing opportunity to be a speaker and “paranormal celebrity” for Amy Bruni’s recent Strange Escapes event at Belvoir Winery/Odd Fellows Home with Adam Berry, Chip Coffey, John Tenney, Aaron Sagers, and Greg Lawson! 2:27
    Patrick’s Saturday morning talk on “Being a Paranerd!” 3:58
    One of Patrick’s responsibilities was to lead 200 attendees in groups through 8 hours of paranormal investigations of the bunker at Belvoir over the two days. 8:07
    Important notes about the audio from the investigations in this episode. 9:18
    Patrick’s recent experience of being touched in the bunker, plus the story of how the spirits of children from the orphanage are said to hide out there. 10:15
    Feeling the space. 15:30
    Reaching out and communicating with the spirits. 16:20
    Getting “vibed out” and having to leave. 23:25
    Flashlight communication! 26:30
    Movement in the corner. 30:20
    Singing “Row Row Row Your Boat” with the spirits! 32:18
    The flashlight joins in the singing of a round! 35:19
    Hiding from teachers! 38:10
    The adult male authority figure or “shadow man” joins the group and the children leave. 38:56
    The energy picks up again! 42:00
    Inviting a friendly touch. 44:00
    This episode of the Big Seance is brought to you by Jim Harold’s Campfire! Tune in for true and fascinating stories as told by ordinary people who’ve had extraordinary experiences. Find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen to The Big Seance. 46:45
    Communication through the spirit box! 49:02
    Is Smith here? 50:40
    “My pleasure.” 52:42
    Hearing “Patrick” through the spirit box! 57:50
    Getting a good laugh from the spirit box. 1:00:50
    More “Patrick” coming through the spirit box. 1:02:53
    “Aubrey” 1:04:05
    Personal Experiences 1:05:04
    A special THANK YOU to Patreon supporters at the Super Paranerd and Parlor Guest level! 1:11:59
    Outro 1:14:12
     
    For more on Amy Bruni's Strange Escapes and Belvoir Winery
    The Haunted Orphanage at Belvoir Winery - Big Seance Podcast #116 
    Amy Bruni and Adam Berry: America’s Favorite TV Ghost Hunters Talk About Kindred Spirits – The Big Seance Podcast #76
    Strange Escapes
    Belvoir Winery
     


     
    The Big Seance Podcast can be found right here, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher, Amazon Music, and iHeart Radio. Please subscribe and share with a fellow paranerd! Do you have any comments or feedback? Please contact me at Patrick@BigSeance.com. Consider recording your voice feedback directly from your device on my SpeakPipe page! You can also call the show and leave feedback at (775) 583-5563 (or 7755-TELL-ME). I would love to include your voice feedback in a future show. The candles are already lit, so come on in and join the séance!
     
     

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