The curse of Bela Lugosi’s mirror?

After Bela Lugosi’s mirror came up again on the Ghost Adventures Museum of Madness episode, I looked to see what other information I could find about it. Turns out the answer is almost nothing. Each reference points back to Zak’s original episode from Deadly Possessions.

Going through multiple search permutations doesn’t provide any corroborating evidence for the story surrounding the mirror, nor anything to support Zak’s allegation of scrying, or anything else related to Lugosi’s supposed acts of mysticism. About the only thing you will find is that Lugosi was buried in the Dracula cape at the behest of his family, not by his own wishes.

Considering Hollywood thrives on gossip, scandal and rumor, if there was even a breath of truth to these rumors, they would be plastered all through the sensational media of the day.

As it stands, there is only one source of truth, and several steps removed from being any sort of witness. Further, the story comes on the heels with selling the mirror to an amusement park and a bit of TV air time. Makes you wonder how much of it, if any of it, is true.

It’s certainly possible I missed it, but is there any other source material to support any of these claims? Lugosi was a dash on the famous side. Finding evidence of his supposed mysticism should be easy to find, if it were true. It’s almost as though this story were custom made for Zak.

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Ghost Adventures – Annabelle’s Curse – S15E08

annabelleThe second part of the Museum of Madness Halloween Special involves bringing out what Zak and it’s owner consider to be the most haunted doll in the world – Annabelle. It was originally a gifted for a student who claimed it would shift position on it’s own and write letters asking for help. Later, Ed and Lorraine Warren deem the doll to be haunted. So haunted in fact, it needs to be kept in their special museum in a display case with handy warning signs saying not to touch her. It’s also the subject of at least two movies.

Tony Spera, son-in-law to Lorraine Warren, is the current owner and taking all the care of handling plutonium, brings the doll to the museum. It’s locked in a metal case and needs to have holy water at the ready and prayers said over the case before he can open it. Due to the danger, he doesn’t actually touch the doll, but bathes his hands in the holy water, then uses welding gloves to whisk Annabelle from her case to a display chair.

And what manner of hideousness is Annabelle? A large Raggedy Ann doll. But, don’t be deceived, this doll has killed a man.

While on a tour of the Warren home, a young man puts a challenge to Annabelle to show off her powers. Driving home, the same man loses control of his motorcycle, crashes into a tree and is killed. This “accident” is attributed to the doll rather than reckless driving, poor road conditions, weather or equipment failure.

As Zak sets up Annabelle so he can introduce himself and talk to her, he notes an orb flies out from her and they get the word, “Listen” on the spirit box. This is followed by “Annabelle” in a male voice.

We then have Billy losing his mind as two stick figures are mapped over Zak, which then proceed to jump back and forth between Zak and the doll.

With this going on, Zak repeatedly says he wants to touch the doll. He needs to touch the doll. He’ll do whatever Tony wants him to do just to pick up the doll. Rather than come to the fore and bring the interaction to a halt, like he’s threatening to do from his little hideaway, he simply keeps telling Zak to resist the urge. The doll is so dangerous and Zak is in such a fragile state that Tony does nothing.

But as Tony says Zak needs to ask for God’s help to resist, the word God appears on the talking EVP device. Then EVP device then displays Grab and Foot, which causes Zak to touch Annabelle on the foot.

To prove the power of Annabelle, when Zak gets home that night, the mileage on his car is 06666. When at lunch the next day, lightning strikes a light pole next to his parked car. This is the “electricity” that his fortune telling machine said as he tried to unplug it. A machine that we learn is completely programmable, so Zak saying it can’t say electricity really isn’t accurate.

And now we should attribute bad weather and lightning storms to Annabelle. I think the meteorological society might disagree with that assessment.

With the doll packed up and taken away, three fans of the show, Alex, Greg and Martin come in to have a look around. They investigate the museum and report back on what they find. Alex and Greg eventually meet up and decide to look into the Lugosi mirror. The mirror seems to have an effect on Greg, while Alex says something is touching her. No surprise Zak spies an orb.

Alex goes to the funeral parlor where Zak displays what he claims are the bones of a real skeleton. As Alex asks who the remains belong to, they get a reply of “David Cook”, who turns out to have died in 1957 and was a member of the Oddfellows.

Because of the response, Zak takes UV images and captures a black mass kneeling before the remains. All of this makes Alex pretty emotional, but she is none the worse for wear as they bring things to a close.

But before they do, Zak is haunted and stalked by a balloon that has escaped from one of the rooms. It’s hovering low, clinging to the rails and moving toward him as though pulled by a child. This he feels is the spirit energy of Annabelle, who he thinks has escaped into his museum.

Another answer would simply be static holding it to the railing, but that is nowhere near as cool an explanation.

Out of all the events we witnessed, I’m not sure which is the more frightening, the bad acting from Bloody Mary, or the bitchy witchy standoff between Lady Snake and Patti Negri. But that fall from Father Sebastian was a total winner.

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Ghost Adventures – Museum of Madness – S15E07

haunted-museumFor this year’s Halloween special, Zak brings us the Museum of Madness, which is actually a special that showcases his own haunted museum in Las Vegas. If you recall, the museum and several of it’s items were feature on Deadly Possessions. This includes the cauldron of Ed Gein, the mirror of Bela Lugosi, which Zak says is cursed and his own collection of supposedly haunted dolls.

But Zak isn’t alone. He’s brought in several guests to help him channel the dark energy and even “do a ritual and see what you can summon.” This includes Bloody Mary, Voodoo Queen of New Orleans; Father Sebastian, Vampire and Occultist; Isibella Karnstein, his companion and hostess of Endless Night Vampire Ball; Lady Snake, Psychic Witch; Patti Negri, Psychic Medium and White Witch.

Bloody Mary will head down to the basement with Billy to perform some conjuring. Father Sebastian will gaze into the Lugosi mirror. Lady Snake will work some rituals using the cauldron of Ed Gein and Patti Negri will be placed on other end of the building to test her psychic abilities. Basically, she will rock back and forth, wave her hands and mumble.

The main action focuses on Father Sebastian, who, after staring into the mirror, becomes disoriented and falls down. Zak is in such a panic about his well being and slamming his head onto the floor, that he doesn’t call for medical help. Instead, he makes comment that an orb flies out of Sebastian and once gone, Sebastian can speak and regains himself.

Sebastian says he saw white shapes mingling in the mirror and that he was trying to draw out the energy. This is followed up by both Isibella and Dakota (the camera man) having scratches on their neck. These of course were caused by paranormal means.

To be cool and brave, Zak stands before the mirror to demand the entity show itself. He then turns away and nearly falls down himself, saying the face in the mirror wasn’t his.

At this point, Zak is running from room to room, whipped into a frenzy by the events going on. Down in the basement Bloody Mary is playing with a cursed doll, and demanding the doll get a tea set. Lady Snake is wandering in circles around the cauldron and Patti Negri, as expected, is rocking back and forth like she normally does, speaking in two word sentences and acting like everything is coming apart around her.

We’ve also lost Jay. After working with Lady Snake, he’s wandered off to sit in a prone position as though in some sort of trance.

To follow up on the cauldron, Zak brings Patti to meet Lady Snake over the Ed Gein cauldron. This leads to the bitchy witchy standoff, where Lady Snake channels the evil presence of Ed Gein and says she wants to toss Patti into the pot.

Down in the basement, where Bloody Mary is playing with dolls, the Ovilus picks up Norman, Mad, Puncture and Help. Zak gets Norman on another device and feels the spirits must be talking because two devices simply can’t say the same word twice.

Feeling that Bloody Mary has developed an attachment to the doll, Zak whisks it away and puts it back in the class display case. But, to try and have her final say, the Ovilus gets, Contrition,  Surprise and Devil. Additionally, Devil came through on the device when he placed a spirit box over the cauldron.

All of this activity confirms to Zak that dark energy swirls around his museum and that it’s most haunted museum in the world. Since he owns the place, would you expect him to say anything else?

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Haunted Towns – Cape May New Jersey – S01E06

physick-estateThe Tennessee Wraith Chasers are off to the beach in Cape May, New Jersey to check out what they believe to be open portals brought about by the Spiritualism movement on the late 1840s. With all the death related to the war, people were quick and eager to use any means to contact their departed loved ones. Chris also believes the high level of quartz in the beach sand helps conduct the spirit energy.

Their main point of interest is the Physick Estate. It has been left empty for decades as people are driven off by voices and footsteps. Craig, a local historian and medium, says the energy of Dr. Physick, Emilie, Isabelle and Frances, still linger in the house.

As they start a baseline sweep, Doogie feels something cold around his head. He says he is already starting to feel the presence of the entities.

The investigation takes place across four main rooms. Chris and Doogie start off in Frances’ room where they get some knocks and Doogie once again feels something cold around him.

Porter and Brannon go to Dr. Physick’s room where Porter believes he sees a man with glasses in the mirror.

Chris and Doogie then head to Isabelle’s room where Chris believes he sees cold fingerprints on Doogie’s neck.

They gather together in Emilie’s room, who would have enjoyed the idea of a seance and talking to the other side. They get a few blips on the meter and Doggie’s faulty flashlight turns on.

Day 2 sees them at the Cape May Fish Market, where the owner, Paula, believes she caught an apparition on a security camera. As Doogie looks around upstairs, he says he sees someone poke it’s head around the corner. This is also where Paula keeps a doll she found in a closet from the building.

Porter and Brannon hang out in the booth where the apparition supposedly appeared. They believe they get the word, “Hair”, in reference to people saying something pulls their hair when sitting in that spot.

They go upstairs to use the doll to try and communicate with a child entity that lingers up there. They line the floor with flashlights to make a runway leading to the doll. They ask for lights to go out, which they do, and they feel the candle is blowing in the direction of the spirit.

When reviewing footage of the night, they have two poltergeist moments. The first is an orb flying around. The second is a painter’s pole falling over. This act of gravity is the sure sign of a ghostly presence.

At the end of the two days they have gathered the following evidence, which to them, puts Cape May as one of America’s haunted towns:

A candle flickering

Spots on Doogie’s neck

Something in the mirror which wasn’t captured

A meter beeping on a billiard table

Doogie feeling cold

A stick falling over

With such frightening occurrences, it’s amazing Cape May has anyone visit!

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