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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!

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St. Louis, MO

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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!

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@BigSeance

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English


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249 - Psychic Medium Dana Stricker - Big Seance

4/12/2024
Psychic Medium Dana Stricker tells Patrick of the fascinating, yet strange experiences of her childhood that helped to shape her work, which began at the age of 15 when she gave tarot readings. Other topics include her "Battle Axe" of a spirit guide, a shared experience that left a handprint burned into Dana's leg, and what it really means to be a Witch! Plus, what's life like on the Other Side? Visit BigSeance.com/249 for more info. Other Listening Options Direct Download Link In this episode: Intro :00 Dana Stricker’s Bio :46 Patrick and Dana met each other at Amy Bruni’s Strange Escapes event at Belvoir Winery in 2022. 2:26 After leaving the dirty, creepy bunker of the orphanage where Patrick led Dana and a small group in a paranormal investigation at Belvoir, she went home with a child’s handprint burned into her thigh. For more on the investigations from the bunker at that event, check out episode 215. 5:39 Dana is the Social Media Meme Queen! “I just have a very good sense of humor, and I think humor is very important right now in the world, and so I just keep doing it.” 10:48 Dana is a member of the Soulstice Sisters, along with Khristina Bowen and Kathy Feketik. 13:29 Ghostly physical contact in a jail cell at Ohio State Reformatory. 16:10 “I think a place, once a lot of people have gone through it, it seems like it loses something or it gains things that wouldn’t have been there initially.” 19:57 Some of the childhood experiences that shaped Dana’s psychic abilities and mediumship, in which utilized the tarot for many years. 21:55 The “Battle Axe” that is Dana’s spirit guide. 28:30 “I could hear a big band playing in our living room.” Other strange paranormal experiences from Dana’s childhood. 31:25 Help from a theatre class. 34:35 What’s life like on the Other Side? 36:31 “I do practice Witchcraft, but it’s my Witchcraft.” What it means to be a Witch. 42:53 Dana’s advice for young people who may be growing up with similar abilities and experiences, which includes reading Chip Coffey’s Growing Up Psychic. Hear more about this book in Patrick’s interview with Chip in episode 85. 49:32 Dana’s final thoughts. 53:43 Outro 57:55 A special THANK YOU to Patreon supporters at the Super Paranerd and Parlor Guest level! 59:13 For more on Dana Stricker PsychicMediumDana.com SoulsticeSisters.com Get Real with Deb and Dana Dana on Facebook Dana on Instagram The Big Seance Podcast can be found right here, on Apple Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Amazon Music, Audible, iHeart Radio, and YouTube. 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 seance!

Duration:01:01:09

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248 - Your Stories of Messages from Passed Loved Ones Part 2 - Big Seance

3/27/2024
Have you received communication from a dead loved one? In this Part 2 episode, listeners Leslie, Kelly, Susan, Bruce, and Amy certainly have! From a physical and literal sign left on a desk to a comforting voice from the garden. Plus a spirit who communicates through an alarm system, the return of a beloved cat, and a lost and found bracelet. Visit BigSeance.com/248 for more info, and to learn how you can share your own story! Other Listening Options Direct Download Link In this episode: Intro :00 Patrick recently asked listeners to send in stories of messages from loved ones in the spirit world. The most recent episode, episode 247, was Part 1 where Patrick shared those stories. And so today is Part 2 of Stories of Messages from Passed Loved Ones. Patrick would like to thank those people who trusted him with their stories, because someone out there will be helped, or at least comforted after hearing them. :45 Leslie’s sign from her mother 1:41 “Soul to soul” stories from Kelly 10:04 “I’m here.” Susan Davy’s voice from the garden. 12:40 “The alarm system for my house would randomly go off.” 15:55 “I was able to draw the sketches from memory.” Patrick’s account of a spirit visitation. 19:00 More stories from Bruce 21:19 A lost and found bracelet 27:11 Amy Park Goeddeke’s connection with her cat, Mercedes 30:28 “Talk to me.” 38:04 Outro 43:05 A special THANK YOU to Patreon supporters at the Super Paranerd and Parlor Guest level! 44:23 HOW TO SHARE YOUR STORY IN YOUR OWN VOICE Have an iPhone? Open the built-in Voice Memos app to record your story. From there, email your audio to patrick@BigSeance.com. Have an Android? Depending on the phone, Android users will have a built-in voice recorder that should also allow you to send your recording to patrick@BigSeance.com. Record it Online! Visit SpeakPipe.com/BigSeance to leave your story. There's a 90-second limit, but you can leave multiple messages. Leave a Voicemail by calling (775) 583 - 5563. The Big Seance Podcast can be found right here, on Apple Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Amazon Music, Audible, iHeart Radio, and YouTube. 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 seance!

Duration:00:46:20

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247 - Your Stories of Messages from Passed Loved Ones Part 1 - Big Seance

3/15/2024
Have you received communication from a dead loved one? Listeners Ayla, Melissa, Bruce, and Sherri have! From a gentle and reassuring touch by invisible hands, to a Christmas wish, and even a missing ingredient for a recipe from the afterlife! Visit BigSeance.com/247 for more info, and to learn how you can share your own story! Other Listening Options Direct Download Link In this episode: Intro :00 Patrick recently asked listeners to send in stories of messages from loved ones in the spirit world. And many of you followed through! This episode is Part 1 of Your Stories of Messages from Passed Loved Ones. There’s still room for more stories too, and Patrick is even considering a Part 3 if there is enough response. So if you’ve been dragging your feet or trying to decide if you want to send in your story, he’d love to share it. The instructions for how to do that can be found just below the show notes. :58 Thanks to Ayla, Melissa, Bruce, and Sherri for sharing their stories today! 2:01 Ayla’s stories of visitations from her father. 2:38 Melissa shares stories of two generations of loved ones returning to communicate. 33:08 Stories from Bruce, an Evidential Medium. 35:25 Sherri’s story of a missing ingredient for a recipe from the afterlife! 46:10 Consider sharing your story! 48:43 Outro 49:35 A special THANK YOU to Patreon supporters at the Super Paranerd and Parlor Guest level! 50:53 HOW TO SHARE YOUR STORY IN YOUR OWN VOICE Have an iPhone? Open the built-in Voice Memos app to record your story. From there, email your audio to patrick@BigSeance.com. Have an Android? Depending on the phone, Android users will have a built-in voice recorder that should also allow you to send your recording to patrick@BigSeance.com. Record it Online! Visit SpeakPipe.com/BigSeance to leave your story. There's a 90-second limit, but you can leave multiple messages. Leave a Voicemail by calling (775) 583 - 5563. The Big Seance Podcast can be found right here, on Apple Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Amazon Music, Audible, iHeart Radio, and YouTube. 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 seance!

Duration:00:52:46

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246 - Staticom Spirit Communication Technology with Tony Rathman - Big Seance

2/29/2024
Building on the work of Friedrich Jürgenson and Marcello Bacci, Tony Rathman, along with wife Cherie, Ron Yacovetti, and Lourdes Gonzalez, has taken EVP and Direct Radio Voice to a brand new level. They've developed the technology and an exciting new method that they call Staticom! In this episode, Tony, who is also the founder and lead investigator for Entity Voices Paranormal Investigation (or EVPI), tells Patrick how it works, and even shares several fascinating audio samples of the method in action! Visit BigSeance.com/246 for more info! Other Listening Options Direct Download Link In this episode: Intro :00 Do you have a special story of receiving communication or signs from a loved one who has crossed over? Patrick would love to hear from you! Check out episode 245 for the details, or just go to BigSeance.com/245. :48 Follow @BigSeance on Instagram and Facebook! 1:39 With 14 years of paranormal investigation experience, Tony Rathman is the founder and lead investigator for Entity Voices Paranormal Investigation (or EVPI), and he’s investigated hundreds of locations across the country, as well as overseas in Japan and the Philippines. He is also an EVP/ITC Specialist and along with his wife Cherie Rathman, Ron Yacovetti and Lourdes Gonzalez, they’ve developed an exciting new spirit communication technology known as Staticom. Based on the 40 years of work from Marcello Bacci, the Rathman’s continue to evolve and refine DRV (or direct radio voice) techniques for both longer, clearer and more understandable communication. They’ve since removed radio from the process, and so that’s why they’ve given this baby the new name — Staticom, which now communicates with only Broadband white noise. 2:03 Patrick shares with Tony some of his background with EVP and how Staticom reminds him of how excited he was in those early days of discovering EVP research! 3:42 What is Staticom? 7:08 Taking radio out of the picture! 12:43 Staticom is a Method and uses VST (Virtual Studio Technology). 13:57 How does Staticom compare to the Portal, Wonder Box or Echovox? 17:30 The Ovilus, Pizza, and Rainbows… 19:06 Remember the old, traditional, time consuming way of holding an EVP session? Our expectations (or maybe our attention spans) have changed! 20:31 Tony has always been fascinated by electronics, and built spirit boxes for years. 24:10 Marcello Bacci’s message through Patrick’s clock radio! 25:21 “I’ll say glad to meet ya!” — Marcello Bacci 27:11 Water, Rain, and Wind! 27:43 Communication Stations on the Other Side 29:13 How do spirits communicate through Staticom? 31:33 What’s it like on the Other Side? “It’s complicated.” 34:05 Staticom Example: “Energy of your mind, actually.” 38:10 Staticom Example: “Three hundred” 43:43 Interpreting Messages 46:21 Staticom Example: “And Tony Rathman can see.” 48:45 Staticom Example: “Extraterrestrials” 50:57 Final Thoughts from Tony Rathman 55:22 Outro 57:56 A special THANK YOU to Patreon supporters at the Super Paranerd and Parlor Guest level! 59:15 For more on Staticom and Tony Rathman EntityVoices.com YouTube Twitter: @EntityVoices Tony Rathman on Facebook The Big Seance Podcast can be found right here, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Amazon Music, Audible, iHeart Radio, and YouTube. 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 seance!

Duration:01:01:10

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245 - Messages from Passed Loved Ones - Big Seance

2/14/2024
Have you received messages from a dead loved one? Are you open to it? Do you encourage it? And how does it come through? Does it come through in dreams, signs, or symbols? Inspired by a beautiful conversation among a group of strangers, Patrick invites you to share your stories for an upcoming episode of the podcast. Visit BigSeance.com/245 for more info. Other Listening Options Direct Download Link In this episode: Intro :00 While working on a library reorganization project, Patrick was reminded of a presentation he gave at a local library and the conversations he had with a small group of people who stayed after to share their stories. Vita, who attended with her daughter, shared several experiences. :51 A safe place to share stories and experiences. 3:09 “I had a dream and it came true two weeks later.” 4:42 “I had been praying that my mother’s sisters would come and help her get to the Other Side.” 7:30 A purple daisy. “You have to look for a sign to know a sign is there.” 9:25 An Open Mind. “You’ve got to open your mind. You’ve got to open up and think it can happen.” 11:39 “I felt like my father was giving me information.” Flight 370 and premonitions from a dream. 12:55 What signs or communication have you received from your own loved ones? Are you open to it? Do you encourage it? And how does it come through? 16:43 An example of audio feedback sent from Keli, a listener who contributed to episode 162, our Daily Communication with Spirit episode. 17:52 Send in your stories! 19:25 Here’s how to get your stories to Patrick! 20:09 Outro 22:48 A special THANK YOU to Patreon supporters at the Super Paranerd and Parlor Guest level! 24:05 HOW TO SHARE YOUR STORY IN YOUR OWN VOICE Have an iPhone? Open the built-in Voice Memos app to record your story. From there, email your audio to patrick@BigSeance.com. Have an Android? Depending on the phone, Android users will have a built-in voice recorder that should also allow you to send your recording to patrick@BigSeance.com. Record it Online! Visit SpeakPipe.com/BigSeance to leave your story. There's a 90-second limit, but you can leave multiple messages. Leave a Voicemail by calling (775) 583 - 5563. The Big Seance Podcast can be found right here, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Amazon Music, Audible, iHeart Radio, and YouTube. 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 seance!

Duration:00:26:07

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244 - Mourning Society of St. Louis - Big Seance

2/1/2024
The Mourning Society of St Louis is a civilian reenacting group with an interest in mourning, death culture, Spiritualism, and the funeral customs of the mid-nineteenth century through the early twentieth century. This incredibly unique group, co-founded by Edna Dieterle and Katherine Kozemczak in 2005, plans educational events such as historically accurate funerals and wakes, and is the first of its kind. Join the conversation with Patrick, Edna, Katherine, and Sherri Morrow, a member since 2015. How do they build the atmosphere and set the scene? What can modern society learn from Victorian mourning customs? How does playing a character in mourning affect these ladies in their daily lives? Pour some tea, cover your mirror with a black drape, and hear about the inspiration, the research, and the planning behind events that even includes a live seance play based on documented moments in history! Visit BigSeance.com/244 for more info. Other Listening Options Direct Download Link In this episode: Intro :00 The Mourning Society of St Louis is a civilian reenacting group with an interest in mourning, death culture, spiritualism and the funeral customs of the mid-nineteenth century through the early twentieth century. Their main focus is public educational events. The Mourning Society has participated in events with our partners at the beautiful and historic Bellefontaine Cemetery, the Campbell House Museum, the St Louis Public Library, Jefferson Barracks Historic Site, Missouri History Museum, the General Daniel Bissell House, the Field House Museum, Lafayette Park Conservancy, and the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum at the Missouri Botanical Garden. :52 Guests for this episode are Edna Dieterle and Katherine Kozemczak, who co-founded the Mourning Society of St. Louis in 2005, along with Sherri Morrow, who joined the group in 2015. 4:15 Katherine tells the story of how the Mourning Society came about. Her and Edna were already volunteers on the board for a historic mansion in St. Louis. But the main inspiration started with Edna's trip to a home Mississippi. 4:55 Katherine and Edna’s growing collection of artifacts and accoutrement, including coffins! 6:03 In 2015 their educational mourning events expanded to include funerals at the beautiful and historic Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, and wakes at the the Campbell House Museum. 7:18 A truly unique group, and probably the first of its kind! 9:01 More on the Victorian funeral events at Bellefontaine Cemetery, including a service in the chapel, and educating participants on the cholera epidemic in 1865. 10:00 A striking and moving sight that includes an undertaker with a historic and period hearse. 12:21 The research and education that goes into the planning of events. 13:50 Sherri on why she joined the Mourning Society. “These are my people.” 14:47 Finding (or sewing) Victorian clothing! 15:23 Carpe Diem. Facing mortality and how playing the role of “mourner” affects these reenactors in their daily modern lives? 18:22 When people just don’t appreciate or understand it. 23:48 Tear Catchers and Wearing Black. Misconceptions about Victorian mourning customs. 27:14 “A lot of times, women did not attend the funerals at all, because men were like, ‘They can’t control their emotions and they’re going to cry in front of everybody.’” — Katherine 32:03 Black drapery, superstitions around mirrors, and marking the house to know a death has occurred. 34:03 The custom of placing coins over the eyes of the deceased. 37:09 Events at the Campbell House and the Magic Chef Mansion, including a wake, mourning customs, medical aspects of Victorian mourning (including live leeches!), and post mortem photography. 38:22 The Spiritualism event at the General Daniel Bissell House, which includes spirit communication devices, and a seance play which incorporates documented accounts of seances from the period! 40:03 Volunteering or joining the group. “It’s just like a bad...

Duration:01:07:15

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243 - Victorians and Spiritualism with Steele Alexandra Douris - Big Seance

1/18/2024
Step into the Victorian era with an author and Victorianist, Steele Alexandra Douris. Steele specializes in Victorian crime, gothic fiction, and Spiritualism, and is the author of Spirits, Seers & Séances: Victorian Spiritualism, Magic & the Supernatural. In this episode you’ll discover the hidden gems of 19th-century newspapers, periodicals, and the women's magazines that helped to shape the Spiritualist community. Need a response to someone worried about the dangers of practicing any form of spirit communication? Try a timeless quote from prominent Spiritualist, W.T. Stead. Are you ready to try something new at your next party? Plan a Tableaux Vivant, the fascinating and long-lost Victorian party activity! You know that old curio “curiosity” cabinet in the corner? You can thank the Victorians for that. And criminal investigation, detective fiction, and psychometry? You can thank the Victorians for that too! Visit BigSeance.com/243 for more info. Other Listening Options Direct Download Link In this episode: Intro :00 Steele Alexandra Douris is an author, artist, and Victorianist, specializing in Victorian crime, gothic fiction, and spiritualism. She is a PhD candidate in the English department at Stanford University, where she has taught courses on Victorian spiritualism, ghost stories, and the gothic novel. She holds an MA in English from Stanford University and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. As an undergraduate, Steele observed the social behavior of lemurs, wielded a trowel as part of a central Texas archaeological dig, and learned to identify primate fossils and human bones. As a graduate student, she disappeared into the archives of Victorian Britain, and now emerges only periodically to collect new tarot decks, hunt for fossils, and hoard art supplies. Steele splits her time between foggy NorCal and sunny South Texas, towing her mountain of journals and sketchbooks with her wherever she goes. You can learn more about Steele by visiting SteeleAlexandraDouris.com :50 Steele’s book is Spirits, Seers & Séances: Victorian Spiritualism, Magic & the Supernatural. 2:36 What is a “Victorianist?” Plus Steele’s academic passions. 3:26 A passion for archaeology, art, and literature. 5:01 What did the newspapers have to say about it? “I work a lot in newspapers… 19th century newspapers, 19th century periodicals and early 20th century women’s magazines.” 6:38 In her research into Spiritualism, Steele was amazed by how many Spiritualist magazines, newspapers, and periodicals there were at the time, like The Medium and Daybreak. “The material really just gave me a glimpse into the entire engine of the Spiritualist community beyond just what I had pictured at the beginning.” 7:38 Steele includes really great “try it yourself” exercises at the end of each chapter! Examples include instructions for holding a traditional spirit circle, sitting for a solitary seance, meditating like Dr. Mesmer, automatic writing/automatic art, channeling blindfolded, sitting for a psychic portrait, practicing psychometry, channeling your inner folklorist, exploring your own shadow/reading a gothic tale, scrying, making a Halloween card, or holding a Christmas seance! 8:55 Patrick discusses some of the really cool fall issues of The Delineator, an American women's magazine of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 10:51 Tableaux Vivant, a fascinating, long-lost Victorian party activity. 12:02 “It’s hard to move in many modern occult circles without tripping over the Victorians. And yet, somehow, in the process of becoming ubiquitous, the Victorians have also become invisible.” 16:16 Patrick on one of his “a-ha” moments from the book: “Some of us dream of putting away our modern tools and technology to pretend we’re Victorian. But in reality, Victorians were all about becoming modern, with the huge advances in technology that was happening at the time.” 16:16 What economic class of Victorians are we usually...

Duration:00:52:01

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242 - Psychic Medium April Roane Returns - Big Seance

1/3/2024
Listen in as psychic medium April Roane, who can always be depended on for powerful insights, discusses the evolution of her journey since her last appearance on the Big Seance Podcast in 2016. She provides a unique perspective on the shifts in paranormal investigation and how psychic mediums contribute to them. Hear a powerful discussion on the dangerous side effects of paranormal investigation, including the chilling tale that led to the need for an exorcism. April candidly discusses her move to East Texas and the area’s complicated paranormal culture. Other topics include the 2020 pandemic and the positive shifts it brought to society. Visit BigSeance.com/242 for more info. Other Listening Options Direct Download Link In this episode: Intro :00 April Roane has been transforming lives worldwide for over two decades. In 2009, she started by transforming her life first. She was guided to join a recovery program for food addiction. Using tools of recovery, she began her very personal and challenging journey of self, transformation, service, and faith. April is a channel and vessel for messages of truth, hope, light, and love. This creates a natural healing and alignment experienced through, from, and of Spirit, Higher Power, Universe, Gaia, Source, God, Angels, Guides, Loved Ones, The Collective Consciousness, Ascended Masters, and Light Beings. April receives messages from Spirit in the form of feelings, visions, thoughts, ideas, sounds, knowing, smells, and tastes. And she uses the ability of remote viewing with Spirit when working with others, specifically in paranormal and missing persons cases. April is the author of several books, including the Love Your Inner Empath workbook and her children's book, Goodnight Just the Same. She is the co-host of Spiritually Rogue Podcast with Braxton and April Roane. April is the president and founder of The Divine Association of Sacred Women and strives to impact the lives of children, women, and Empaths worldwide positively and powerfully. She’s been featured on A&E’s My Ghost Story Caught on Camera, the BIO Channel, CBS Radio, Rogue Talk Radio, The Hotel Cassadaga, The Historic Jefferson Hotel, and Pawtographs for Pooches Parafest. You can learn more about April Roane by visiting AprilRoane.com. :51 April was previously interviewed in episode 70 of the Big Seance Podcast in 2016. Topics included cruises, finding balance, awakening after addiction, abuse, coming out, depression, meditation and journaling, paranormal Investigation and the role of psychic mediums in that space, and what life is like on the Other Side. 3:05 An update on the improvement that April has noticed in the paranormal space when it comes to psychic mediums in paranormal investigation. 5:05 The two clips from April’s last appearance on the show that Patrick just loves and has used many times when promoting the show. “And my goal, in addition to being a psychic medium, is I’m April. I’m a person. And I have a family, and I have a life, and I have a path that I’m trying to figure out. And if I don’t balance myself--my mind, my body, my soul--sometimes I do a really good job. Sometimes I flub it up a lot. But if I don’t balance me, I’m not going to be a good intuitive.” “You know, they don’t ever want to talk about, ‘Remember that time you stole my money, you ass hole!’ You know, they never say that!” “They always talk about those moments that took our breath away, not the moments that we lost our breath.” 6:25 April has moved to Texas, she’s worked on missing person cases, but her work with balancing herself has not changed. 7:40 Those who are and are NOT pushing our species forward since 2016. 9:37 The 2020 pandemic and its effects on the world. “As a society, we still don’t know what it did to us.” 11:22 The positive effects of Covid. “It forced us as a species to look at things we refused to.” 18:21 The paranormal culture in Eastern Texas, the Azalea Inn Bed and Breakfast, and her work with...

Duration:00:55:42

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241 - The Sacred Herbs of Yule and Christmas with Ellen Evert Hopman - Big Seance

12/21/2023
Uncover the enchanting history of Yule and Christmas in this interview with Ellen Evert Hopman, master herbalist and Druidic initiate since 1984. Her book, The Sacred Herbs of Yule and Christmas: Remedies, Recipes, Magic and Brews for the Winter Season, gets beautiful reviews. The recipes, cocktails, and traditional Christmas meals from around the world will have you salivating. Ellen introduces you to mystical figures like Gully Gawk, Pot Scraper, Bowl Licker, Flora the Roman Goddess, Saint Lucia with the candles on her head, and of course, Krampus. Learn about the origins of putting candles in windows, and why we leave a place at the table for our dead loved ones, or leave our beds empty. Plus the history of mistletoe, the traditional red and green colors, and why you should absolutely NOT answer the door on Christmas Eve if a werewolf is on the other side! Visit BigSeance.com/241 for more info. Other Listening Options Direct Download Link In this episode: Intro :00 Call in or reach out with your holiday traditions for this time of the year, no matter the holiday, and particularly if it’s different from what we might think of as traditional American holiday activities. What are some of the interesting traditions that maybe have been passed down for centuries at this time of year? Email Patrick@BigSeance.com. There are also a couple of ways that you can leave a voice message, and to learn more about that go to BigSeance.com/contact. Patrick can’t wait to hear from you! :50 Ellen Evert Hopman is a master herbalist and lay homeopath, who has been a Druidic initiate since 1984. She is a founding member of the Order of the White Oak, the Archdruid Amerita and founder of Tribe of the Oak, a former professor at the Grey School of Wizardry, and a member of the Grey Council of Mages and Sages. She is the author of Celtic herbals and Druid novels, including Secret Medicines from Your Garden, The Sacred Herbs of Samhain, and Once Around the Sun: Stories, Crafts, and Recipes to Celebrate the Sacred Earth Year. She lives in Massachusetts. You can learn more about Ellen at EllenEvertHopman.com. 2:41 Reviews for The Sacred Herbs of Yule and Christmas: Remedies, Recipes, Magic and Brews for the Winter Season. 4:57 The similarities between our Halloween/Samhain traditions and Christmas. 6:20 Why do we put lights on trees? 8:20 Have goblins? Burn old shoes in the fireplace! 9:49 Have a persistent ghost that won’t go away? Burn a strip of leather! 10:21 Guising and Mumming 11:19 Memories of May Day 12:05 Are you bad or good? Mystical Icelandic figures, including Gully Gawk, Stubby, Spoon Licker, Pot Scraper, Bowl Licker, Door Slammer, Sausage Snatcher, and Doorway Sniffer, and yes, Krampus! 14:03 “This is really a life or death time of year.” Why have we been scaring children, for centuries, to get good behavior? 16:20 “Iceland is an unusually literate, book-loving society, and on Christmas Eve, Icelanders exchange books as gifts and then spend the night reading them, often while drinking hot chocolate or an alcohol-free Christmas ale…” 17:51 The Office (Dwight Christmas) and Belsnickeling 19:05 The Roman Goddess, Flora. “Bring a goat to the festival and liberate a rabbit.” 19:58 The Goddess of Winter 22:24 Ellen reads her Call in the Three Worlds of the Ancestors, Nature Spirits, and Gods, and the Petition for Healing, which is from the Rite for the Goddess at the Winter Solstice. 23:04 Recipes, Cocktails, and Christmas meal traditions from around the world. 28:47 The Irish tradition of Women’s Christmas 33:30 The spirit of Santa isn’t the only spirit that comes down the chimney! Plus, lighting candles, leaving beds empty, and a place set at the table with food for dead loved ones. 36:09 Libation and the Essence of Food 38:52 Saint Lucia, the Christian figure with candles on her head. 41:31 Did you know all of Santa’s reindeer were women? Plus, the red and white Amanita Muscaria mushroom. 44:15 Mistletoe...

Duration:00:59:26

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240 - Most Haunted's Yvette Fielding - Big Seance

12/14/2023
Patrick's candid interview with the "Queen of the Paranormal" herself, Most Haunted's Yvette Fielding. She's a true pioneer in paranormal television, and she shares her thoughts on everything from how she thinks spirits communicate to SNL's hilarious 2006 parody of Yvette and Most Haunted. She looks back on the traumatizing 30 East Drive episode and a Most Haunted event where guests got stuck in a prison cell. How does the UK’s Most Haunted compare to American paranormal television? Plus, did you know that there are 76 Most Haunted episodes that haven't seen the light of day? Listen to find out why! Visit BigSeance.com/240 for more info. Other Listening Options Direct Download Link In this episode: Intro :00 Yvette Fielding has been crowned by many as “Queen of the Paranormal”, “Queen of the Night”, or even “First Lady of the Paranormal.” Listeners from the US will no doubt know Yvette as the star of the hit paranormal TV series from the UK, Most Haunted. She and her husband, Karl Beattie, first created and produced the show in 2002, making them true pioneers in paranormal TV. They’ve been producing the show ever since. If you’re a listener outside of the US, you may actually know Yvette originally from Blue Peter, a British TV show, which is the longest-running children's TV show in the world. Yvette was the youngest presenter ever on that show, and she even interviewed Princess Diana! She’s the author of a series of new young adult fiction, and she has a memoir coming out next year! :50 Welcome to the parlor, Yvette! 2:44 Yvette and her husband live in a house that is 400 years old! 3:20 Patrick had a lot to catch up on with Yvette and Most Haunted! 3:56 Where can you find Most Haunted these days? Plus Most Haunted has gone on the road with stage shows! 6:41 Investigate with Yvette and the team with Most Haunted Experiences! 9:25 Where does the knocking at tapping come from? And if it’s paranormal, how do spirits produce it? 10:40 Yvette’s calls for science to take the paranormal more seriously. 13:07 Looking back at Saturday Night Live’s hilarious 2006 parody of Yvette and Most Haunted. 17:07 “I broke wind with fear!” 18:38 Building up energy with a trusted group of people. The current Most Haunted team has been together for several years. 20:00 Yvette’s tapping board and the story of the Fox Sisters in the early days of Spiritualism. 22:25 Patrick compares the UK’s Most Haunted to American paranormal TV. 23:55 Yvette says she doesn’t watch other paranormal TV shows. She also doesn’t watch horror films. After a terrorizing investigation, she drives home listening to Mary Poppins. 26:48 “How many weeks rehearsal do you do?” A number of years ago, Yvette and her husband talked to American producers of paranormal TV. 28:24 Patrick urges American listeners to check out Most Haunted if they haven’t yet. 31:25 Yvette and her husband have 76 episodes on a shelf that haven’t seen the light of day, because they’re “so bloody boring!” 34:20 It only takes one doubting or skeptic person to block activity from spirit. Yvette calls these people “muters.” 34:57 Most Haunted almost always has Glen Hunt or another parapsychologist or openminded skeptic on every investigation. 36:53 Looking back on the 30 East Drive episode, one of the most traumatizing investigations the team has ever been on. When the Lights Went Out is a 2012 film based on events at this location. 39:16 Burns, stitches, and scars inflicted by spirits. “It can be quite a scary occupation, and a bit dangerous, as well. So you have to be careful.” 48:14 Stuck in a prison cell. Looking back on the investigation at Accrington Police Station & Courts. 49:21 Patrick wants to see a crossover episode of Most Haunted here in the US, or a guest appearance by Yvette Fielding on an American paranormal TV show! It’s time! 51:47 “Just before I started Most Haunted, I didn’t believe in life after death. I really, really didn’t, Patrick, and it really...

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239 - The Haunting in Wicker Park and the True Story Behind the Upcoming Film - Big Seance

11/29/2023
Have you heard about the upcoming film, The Haunting in Wicker Park, starring Erin Moriarty (The Boys) and Jamie Campbell Bower (Stranger Things)? It was inspired by the experiences of the Becker family who invited NBC News cameras to film an exorcism in their Chicago home in 1971. Hear what we’ve learned about this new film, and take another listen to Patrick's 2014 interview with Edwin F. Becker, who sadly passed away about a year ago. Visit BigSeance.com/239 for more info. Other Listening Options Direct Download Link In this episode: Intro :00 Today we reach back into the Big Seance archives to re-visit the two-part interview with Edwin F. Becker in 2014, about the frightening, real-life experiences that he and his family suffered through in the early 1970s in their home in Chicago. Those experiences led to NBC’s Carole Simpson filming the first televised exorcism in their home in 1971. Edwin's book, True Haunting, originated as just a journal to document it all. The accounts of the activity are just amazing, and as Patrick said in his review for the book over 10 years ago, it reads like amazing fiction… except it’s not. In 2012, the Paranormal Witness series featured the Becker family in an episode titled, The Tenants, and Patrick highly recommends that you check that out, if you can. The 2-part interview for the Big Seance that we’re revisiting today, was one of the first interviews Patrick had that he felt was really big, he was super proud of it, and Edwin later reached out to him to tell him that to that date it was perhaps the best interview he'd ever been a part of. :50 Sadly, Edwin died about a year ago in November of 2022. But to Patrick’s surprise, today he discovered that there was a major motion picture in post-production, called The Haunting in Wicker Park, directed by Gary Fleder, and starring Jamie Campbell Bower, who played Henry Creel and Vecna in the fourth season of the Netflix series, Stranger Things. iMDb says it was supposed to be released in 2023, but 2024 is just around the corner and there are no trailers yet. There are, however, some behind-the-scenes production photos. Edwin was aware and knew about the upcoming film, because he excitedly announced it in one of his last social media posts. If you know any details about the release of the film, please let us know at patrick@bigseace.com. 2:22 Audio of the historic 1971 NBC footage of the exorcism of the Becker home with journalist Carole Simpson. Thanks to Edwin, the footage exists on YouTube. The aged audio is kind of atrocious, but it’s worth a listen. 5:05 The following interview was originally released in two parts in November of 2014: Edwin F. Becker’s bio. 11:06 Background on Edwin’s book, True Haunting. 12:41 Edwin takes us back to 1970 and a story that begins with the purchase of an old two-story building, a home made up of two apartments, each on its own floor. 14:08 “Eddie, I’m never coming down here.” Edwin brought his wife, Marsha, in to see the new home and the basement. He hoped that she would see that they could fix it up and make it into a home. She was not a fan of the basement. 21:03 Nasty fighting among the family of the deceased former owner, and a deal to keep Myra, a scary old remaining tenant for 120 days. 24:00 “We started having anomalies immediately. I believe spirits are intelligent. I don’t know if they can look into your soul and see everything you’ve ever done, like a demon can, but I know that they can sense what you’re going to do and read your mind. I learned that while we lived there, because they could anticipate my actions whenever I tried to record them on a tape recorder.” 26:49 It all started with Marsha and the phone. 27:14 Edwin finally understands that there is a problem in the home, and he calls in a priest for a house blessing. It didn’t go well and he bolted! 30:05 “What do you do about it?” 35:34 The mysterious sheds in the basement. 37:42 New downstairs tenants. 39:35 Runaway...

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238 - Pearl Curran and the Mysterious Story of Patience Worth - Big Seance

11/17/2023
Patrick revisits the mysterious story of Pearl Curran (1883 - 1937), the Saint Louis housewife who between 1913 and 1937, channeled entire books and other works from a spirit known as Patience Worth, and mostly through the Ouija board. Visit BigSeance.com/238 for more info. Other Listening Options Direct Download Link In this episode: Intro :00 Patrick is planning for an upcoming speaking engagement and was looking back to some of the early episodes of the podcast. He was reminded of a short episode he produced about Pearl Curran and Patience Worth. :57 Patrick reads portions of “Patience Worth: Author From the Great Beyond” by Gioia Diliberto for Smithsonian Magazine from September of 2010. 2:20 “Speaking through a Ouija board operated by Pearl Lenore Curran, a St. Louis housewife of limited education, Patience Worth was nothing short of a national phenomenon in the early years of the 20th century. Though her works are virtually forgotten today, the prestigious Braithwaite anthology listed five of her poems among the nation’s best published in 1917, and the New York Times hailed her first novel as a ‘feat of literary composition.’ Her output was stunning. In addition to seven books, she produced voluminous poetry, short stories, plays and reams of sparkling conversation—nearly four million words between 1913 and 1937. Some evenings she worked on a novel, a poem and a play simultaneously, alternating her dictation from one to another without missing a beat.” 4:36 “The Patience Worth case remains one of the most tantalizing literary mysteries of the last century, a window onto a vanished era when magic seemed to exist because so many people believed in it. In the decades since Pearl Curran’s death, in 1937, no one has explained how she produced Patience’s writing.” 8:32 “At first Pearl spelled out every letter with the Ouija board, but as time passed, the mere touch of her hand on the pointer loosed a flood of spoken words. Eventually, she abandoned the board entirely; a feeling of slight pressure in her head would announce Patience’s arrival, and Pearl would begin reciting.” 15:28 Check out the book, The Patience of Pearl: Spiritualism and Authorship in the Writings of Pearl Curran by Daniel B. Shea. 18:23 Looking back at episode 32 of the Big Seance Podcast from 2015, where Patrick reads the article, “Ghostwriter and Ghost: The Strange Case of Pearl Curran & Patience Worth” by Ed Simon, from The Public Domain Review. 18:47 Two Moms and a Baby from the article, “Ouija poet Patience Worth: 100 years and many moons later”, by Jane Henderson, from the St. Louis Post Dispatch. 35:58 Outro 39:34 A special THANK YOU to Patreon supporters at the Super Paranerd and Parlor Guest level! 40:50 The Big Seance Podcast can be found right here, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Amazon Music, Audible, iHeart Radio, and YouTube. 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 seance!

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237 - Lisa M. Gunshore, the Buddhist Biohacker Returns - Big Seance

11/8/2023
In this fascinating conversation, Lisa M. Gunshore, a multifaceted spiritual guide, shares her remarkable journey. She’s a tantric yogini, quantum coach, psychic medium, and she's had initiations by the Dalai Lama. Lisa discusses her near death experiences, the connection between astrology and tarot, and her favorite paranormal and spiritual tools. She also dives into her nightly lucid and often prophetic dreams, offering tips on dream recall. The episode concludes with a glimpse of her upcoming revised edition of her book, Enlightenment Pie. Visit BigSeance.com/237 for more info. Other Listening Options Direct Download Link In this episode: Intro :00 Lisa M. Gunshore is a tantric yogini, certified quantum coach, and functional Ayurveda wellness coach with initiations by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Lisa is also a medium and shaman, and a certified yoga instructor. If that’s not enough, she’s a psychic medium, she has a culinary background, and she’s had several Near Death Experiences. She’s a blogger, she has a podcast, the Buddhist Biohacker, and a YouTube channel by the same name. She’s the author of Enlightenment Pie, with a second edition is coming soon! :49 Lisa’s last time on the show was in episode 176. Topics included 11:11D, Enlightenment Pie, food sensitivities, Spirit photos, and Near Death Experiences (NDEs). 1:48 Welcome back to the parlor, Lisa M. Gunshore! 2:38 Catching up with what Lisa has been up to in the last three years. 3:16 Slowing down during the pandemic, the After Death documentary (2023), surviving a hurricane, and NDEs. 8:16 Patrick brings up a fascinating episode of the Buddhist Biohacker where astrologers discuss the forecast for the United States in 2022. How does Lisa work with astrology? 12:47 The link between astrology and the tarot. 14:50 Chatting about other paranormal/spiritual tools. 19:50 “[Negative spirits] can’t bother you unless you let them.” 24:52 Dreaming and journals. Lisa says she has amazing lucid dreams every night. She also has prophetic dreams. She recommends a book called Conscious Dreaming by Robert Moss. 28:27 But how do you document and remember your dreams? 38:54 Mantras and using the “Hu” technique for remembering dreams. 40:32 Lisa’s experiences and lessons from the Dalai Lama. 43:56 About the upcoming, revised edition of Enlightenment Pie. 58:36 Final thoughts from Lisa M. Gunshore. 1:00:20 Outro 1:03:39 A special THANK YOU to Patreon supporters at the Super Paranerd and Parlor Guest level! 1:04:56 For more on Lisa M. Gunshore BuddhistBiohacker.com YouTube: @BuddhistBiohacker Instagram: @Lisa_M_Gunshore Enlightenment Pie (Amazon) Lisa's previous appearance on the Big Seance (Episode 176) Patrick's Previous Appearances on the Buddhist Biohacker 10/30/20 – Paranormal communication with Patrick Keller (Halloween Edition) 8/7/20 – Paranormal Communication with Patrick Keller The Big Seance Podcast can be found right here, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, Amazon Music, Audible, iHeart Radio, and YouTube. 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 seance!

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236 - Halloween Rewind with Karen A. Dahlman, Plus Conversations with Trick-Or-Treaters - Big Seance

10/30/2023
Enjoy this special look back at highlights from two different Halloween episodes from the past -- The Legends, Lore, and Symbols of Halloween, with Special Co-Host Karen A. Dahlman (2014) and Halloween Withdrawal and a LIVE Report from Trick-or-Treating (2019). Plus hear a track from Sam Haynes' new album, Haunted House Party II. Visit BigSeance.com/236 for more info. Other Listening Options Direct Download Link In this episode: Highlights from the following two Halloween episodes from the past: 17 - The Legends, Lore, and Symbols of Halloween, with Special Co-Host Karen A. Dahlman (2014) 108 - Halloween Withdrawal and a LIVE Report from Trick-or-Treating (2019) A special THANK YOU to Patreon supporters at the Super Paranerd and Parlor Guest level! Check out Sam Haynes' new album, Haunted House Party on Spotify! For more on Karen A. Dahlman KarenADahlman.com YouTube: @KarenADahlman Twitter: @KarenADahlman Facebook: @KarenADahlman Instagram: @KarenADahlman The Big Seance Podcast can be found right here, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, 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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235 - Karen A. Dahlman, Ouija, and When Cats Had Wings - Big Seance

10/26/2023
In this interview, Patrick once again welcomes back Karen A. Dahlman, a paranormal researcher, licensed counselor and spirit communicator. The conversation starts with a humorous incident they both shared at the Haunted Castle House in Missouri, highlighting the importance of fun in paranormal investigations. Karen introduces her book, When Cats Had Wings, co-authored with her cat, Jack, who channeled the book's content on and off the Ouija board. The book focuses on the unconditional love between cats and humans, with stunning illustrations by Maaz Farzaan. The discussion also touches on animal communication and lessons learned from various pets. And finally, Karen dispels misconceptions about the Ouija board and stresses the importance of using tools that resonate with one's strengths in paranormal research. Visit BigSeance.com/235 for more info. Other Listening Options Direct Download Link In this episode: Intro :00 Voicemail Feedback from Kevin! You too can call the hotline at (775) 583-5563. :48 You too can become a Patreon supporter by going to Patreon.com/BigSeance. 1:48 The conversation in this episode was taken from a LIVE broadcast with Patrick and Karen A. Dahlman from last week, on October 19th. Karen A. Dahlman, MA, is an author, paranormal researcher, licensed counselor and spirit communicator. She serves as an officer and director of the Talking Board Historical Society. 2:46 “Folgers in your cup.” Karen A. Dahlman returns! She starts out with a funny story she and Patrick experienced at the Haunted Castle House in Brumley, Missouri. Fun and laughter is important in paranormal investigation! 4:11 “The audio got sexier.” Patrick fixes his microphone. 8:12 This interview started out “off the rails.” 8:51 Patrick introduces the audience to Karen’s book, When Cats Had Wings. She co-authored it with her cat, Jack! Jack actually first announced this project to the world through the Ouija board during a special episode where we had a Ouija session with Karen. 10:29 “[Jack] started the book when he was very much alive, in physical form, and then he finished it in Spirit.” Karen explains how channeling can happen over the Ouija board, and how the book came about. 13:05 “Little people and big people.” Jack wanted this book to be for children and adults. 16:40 The beautiful illustrations in the book are by Maaz Farzaan. 16:40 “The book is about unconditional love between our animal friends (specifically in this case, cats, the felines) and human beings.” 17:47 The book was channeled on and off the board, including from a dream! 18:20 Patrick asks, “Does it work the same way with dogs?” 19:58 Animals rescue US! “It’s almost like they become a master teacher for you.” 21:05 Different animals or pets teach completely different lessons. 23:10 Karen’s first animal communication through the board happened in 1996, with assistance from one of Karen’s guides, Mary Angel. 25:15 Where you can find When Cats Had Wings. Also, get the box of Kleenex! 30:35 Patrick and Karen are going to be “pulling some shenanigans” after they die. They also share some of the pacts they have with loved ones and how they’re going to communicate. 33:11 Multidimensional multitasking and communication from Rosemary Ellen Guiley. 35:20 “If I can muster an apparition, absolutely, but I’m also going to perform some classic ghost tricks. Like, I might even look for a sheet with two holes.” More on Patrick’s pact with his mother and how he’s going to communicate to her after death. 36:55 “Fat Cookie” and the fun that Patrick and Karen have had with the Estes Method. 38:00 Karen recently interviewed one our favorite guests, Claire Broad, and on a topic we recently discussed with her. Check out Karen’s conversation with Claire. 39:18 When spirits use smells and other senses to communicate. 41:50 Using Lenormand cards for animal communication, and how to move off the cards. 44:52 Trying to communicate, telepathically, with a pet....

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234 - Susan Davy on Why You Need to Check Out Uncanny - Big Seance

10/13/2023
In this episode, Patrick reviews a few vintage books on parapsychology and Extra-Sensory Perception (ESP), shares the spooky family stories inspired by a recent mediumship reading, and interviews longtime listener/friend/librarian Susan Davy on why you need to check out Uncanny. Uncanny, produced by Danny Robins, is an incredibly popular podcast/book/TV series from the BBC. Visit BigSeance.com/234 for more info. Other Listening Options Direct Download Link In this episode: Intro :00 About today’s episode! :51 Inspired by past guest and parapsychologist, Dr. Callum Cooper, Patrick recently read two books on parapsychology, and wanted to share his thoughts. The two books are Parapsychology: The Controversial Science (1991) by Richard S. Broughton, Ph. D. and Extra-Sensory Perception After Sixty Years: A Critical Appraisal of the Research in Extra-Sensory Perception (1940) by J.G. Pratt, J.B. Rhine, Burke M. Smith, and Charles E. Stuart. Next up is the even earlier groundbreaking book, Extra-Sensory Perception (1934) by J.B. Rhine. 1:43 Patrick recently had a mediumship reading from Jen Piwowarski, a listener who is also a budding new medium. This reading inspired some interesting stories that Patrick wanted to share with you. 6:44 The cake stand and a shattered glass: The poltergeist activity that Patrick’s Great Aunt remembers from a time when he was still in the womb. 7:37 A spooky and sad story from Patrick’s Great Grandma’s old farmhouse. True? Embellished? The tale has passed through the family over the years. 9:02 Pour the tea for Patrick’s conversation with longtime listener, librarian, and friend of the podcast, Susan Davy! 12:23 Susan was one of the very first listeners to call in and use the show’s hotline! Did you know the show has a hotline? It’s 1-775-583-5563. 13:23 Susan recently introduced Patrick to Danny Robins and the Uncanny. It’s a book (Into the Uncanny: A Real-Life Investigation Into the Paranormal), a podcast (Uncanny), and as of this week, if you live in the UK, a new television show (Uncanny). 15:32 Susan Davy is a librarian by trade, and here’s her pitch as to why Danny’s work and the Uncanny is something you need to check out! 17:06 The audience is allowed to contribute to the cases in the Uncanny. Plus Room 611 and #BloodyHellKen. 21:00 For American’s in particular, you’ll be excited to learn that these stories aren’t from the same old haunted locations. They’re all new to us! 23:43 Danny Robins, a writer by trade, isn’t afraid to be funny, and he podcasts from a shed. 25:55 There are two years of episodes to binge if you’re just getting started! 28:26 In most episodes, Danny features at least two experts to discuss the week’s story. One is usually more on the skeptic side (often Ciarán O’Keeffe), and the other tends to be more open to believing. Evelyn Hollow is one of the experts often featured, and Patrick has reached out to her for an interview. By the way, he’s reached out to Danny Robins’ team as well. He’s gotten a response and hopes to be able to schedule an interview soon! 28:50 The Uncanny TV series just dropped on BBC Two in the UK! 31:30 UncannyCon! 33:01 Next up! Susan shares several of her own paranormal experiences, beginning with a frightening McDonalds trip that has caused her to avoid a particular bend in the road ever since! She later did research and found that reports of seeing that same apparition go back to at least 1878! 34:25 Susan describes the apparition, which reminds Patrick of an incredibly real dream from several years ago, in which he was gifted the experience of seeing a glowing apparition. 39:02 “Your Highness”, a funny paranormal experience. 45:30 What’s your favorite dessert? (Shoutout to Anne and Renata!) 47:40 When you’re having a GREAT hair day! “I just heard, in my right ear, a mixture of what I will say is ‘ha ha ha’ and a belch.” 51:33 A bowing, servant ghost. 54:15 Go to the library! Read a book such as This House is Haunted:...

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233 - Dr. Raymond Moody and Paul Perry on the Proof of Life After Life - Big Seance

10/5/2023
The New York Times calls Dr. Raymond Moody the “father of the near-death experience”, or NDE. He has been studying the phenomenon for nearly five decades. Paul Perry is a bestselling author and documentary filmmaker, whose best-known film is Jesus: the Lost Years. Together, Raymond and Paul have co-authored their sixth book together, Proof of Life after Life: 7 Reasons to Believe There Is an Afterlife, which finally has the answer to humanity’s most pressing question: What happens when we die? Visit BigSeance.com/233 for more info. Other Listening Options Direct Download Link In this episode: Intro :00 Dr. Raymond Moody's bio :47 Paul Perry's bio 2:51 Dr. Moody and Paul Perry have co-authored a new book, Proof of Life after Life: 7 Reasons to Believe There Is an Afterlife. 4:42 The story of the friendship and collaboration between Paul Perry and Raymond Moody, and how it began. 6:38 Amazing stories of music at the time of death. 9:58 “Hyper-vision” - Our failing earthly senses don’t seem to negatively affect the dying experience. 15:02 More on hearing music during a Near Death Experience. 19:15 Dr. Anthony Cicoria was struck by lightning and was suddenly a pianist with an intense fascination with Chopin. 20:56 Some NDE witnesses will hear the music, while others in the same room don’t. 25:45 Shared Death Experiences (SDE) 28:02 The incredible experience of sharing, or even participating, in a dying person’s life review! 31:03 The case of Jeff O’Driscoll 33:10 Coming back healed. Patrick shares the story of a childhood friend who was placed on hospice, experienced two NDEs, and now healed and living life like a rockstar! 35:15 “It was just that everybody was amazed that they were talking, fully coherently, with a man who had been pronounced dead for quite a while.” 36:54 Aristotle and Meteorites 38:50 “[Terminal Lucidity] shows objectively that the mind and body sometimes do operate separately. And in doing so, terminal lucidity reveals a great mystery that surely redefines consciousness.” 41:23 “It’s turtles all the way down.” Will NDEs become more intense as people become aware and open their minds to the possibility of them? “We can reformat our rational mind to overcome the problems that keep people from expressing the experience adequately when they recover.” 45:32 Dr. Moody’s research into the psychomanteum. 49:35 “It’s not just good for calling up grandma.” A practical value in the psychomanteum is the high and the flow of creativity. 56:29 Sometimes the paranormal experience happens after you leave the psychomanteum. "Suddenly, and this was at 3:30 in the afternoon, these three orbs appeared in the room, and they moved around the room like giant clear beach balls.” 57:43 “Sometimes the person who is assisting sees the apparition, too.” The case of Eric Pigani. 59:43 Final thoughts from Dr. Moody and Paul Perry. 1:03:15 Outro 1:05:12 A special THANK YOU to Patreon supporters at the Super Paranerd and Parlor Guest level! 1:06:29 For more on Dr. Moody, Paul Perry, and their work LifeAfterLife.com Proof of Life after Life (Amazon) The Big Seance Podcast can be found right here, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, 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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232 - Astrologer Dena DeCastro and the Upcoming October Eclipses - Big Seance

9/27/2023
Astrologer Dena DeCastro returns to tell us how we can take advantage of two upcoming October eclipses to benefit our lives. In this interview, we learn that eclipses are not rare. We also learn why an eclipse is such a great device to use in Hollywood. According to Dena, “There is a spooky, supernatural quality to the whole idea of an eclipse. Something is literally being interrupted [in] the natural order, and it’s a moment of pause. And you can look at that and be kind of spooked out, or you can look at it and say, ‘Wow! Isn’t that the coolest thing ever, and I’m going to ride with that energy and do something productive with it.’” Visit BigSeance.com/232 for more info. Other Listening Options Direct Download Link In this episode: Intro :00 Dena DeCastro is an astrologer and author in Portland, Oregon. She has been a counseling astrologer for over twenty years and has been teaching astrology since the mid 2000s. She received her astrological training through Steven Forrest’s Apprenticeship Program, and holds two Master’s Degrees. Her articles have been featured in The Mountain Astrologer magazine, and she has appeared on many podcasts and local radio shows over the years. She also hosted The Sirius Astrology Podcast (2007-2014), one of the first astrology podcasts. In 2021, Dena and fellow astrologer Katie Sloan created the Let’s Get Real Astrology podcast, which they co-host. She currently provides individual readings, as well as mentorship for those who want to learn astrology. Her new book, Foundations of Astrology: A Workbook for Beginners is available on Amazon and via her website denadecastro.com. :51 The last time Dena was on the show, Patrick pushed her into appearing LIVE for the first time. Has she been LIVE since? 2:42 Looking back on Dena’s forecast for 2022, and a reminder that she does not predict the future in her astrology work! 5:05 A discussion on the unusual 1980 Horror/Fantasy Disney film, The Watcher in the Woods, starring Bette Davis, which features some really fascinating and dramatic eclipse themes. 7:20 Let’s talk about eclipses! They occur in pairs, two weeks apart, about every six months. We have two eclipses coming up in October, on the 14th and the 28th! The current series of eclipses is in the Aries/Libra polarity, which began in April. We have a final Taurus/Scorpio polarity eclipse on October 28th. When an eclipse falls in the sign of the north node, it is calling us to aspire to move toward the positive aspects of that sign. This was the case with April’s eclipse in Aries: the calling was to integrate the high side of Aries, because that is also the sign of the transiting north node. In contrast, on the upcoming eclipse of October 14th, the shadow side of Libra is more likely to show up. The invitation is to become aware of our own Libra shadow behaviors, and to release them. 9:17 Solar Eclipse and Lunar Eclipse 10:26 Patrick reflects on seeing and experiencing a solar eclipse in 2017 with an entire student body of a middle school! 11:53 The astrology of an eclipse and the transiting nodes. 13:20 The south node is where the shadow material coming up for the collective resides. 15:25 The upcoming October 14th solar eclipse will bring up an awareness and an opportunity to work through and to set intentions around doing good work with the Libra shadow. 16:06 Two weeks before and two weeks after the eclipse is the most potent window, and Dena likes to call the intensified period between two eclipses, the “Eclipse Portal.” Before October 14th — “What do you want to let go of around old relationship patterns?” “What new things do you want to invite in in your relationship life?” 16:50 The October 28th lunar eclipse. Wrap up things you’ve been working on regarding security, money, safety, and staying grounded. Acknowledge the work and progress you’ve made and release. 20:53 Purging and letting go. Dena uses Patrick, who is an Aries, as an example of how you can apply the...

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231 - Think You Understand Twin Flames? Medium Claire Broad Demystifies the Concept! - Big Seance

9/21/2023
Medium, spiritual teacher, and bestselling author Claire Broad, returns to convince you that the romanticized concept of twin flames or twin souls is NOT what you think they are. It’s just one chapter out of her book, Heaven Sent: Soul Lessons from the Afterlife, but it’s such a huge topic, which sometimes seems to be polarizing in the spiritual community, so we devoted an entire episode to it! Visit BigSeance.com/231 for more info. Other Listening Options Direct Download Link In this episode: Intro :00 Claire Broad is a medium, spiritual teacher and bestselling author. She gave her first message from the spirit world to a relative at the age of 4 and began developing her ability as a medium from the age of 21. She is accredited as a registered and approved medium with the Institute of Spiritualist Mediums and has built a strong reputation for being deeply spiritually aware, whilst maintaining a down to earth, honest, compassionate approach to her work. Claire resides in Fleet, Hampshire in England. :48 Claire’s new book is called, Heaven Sent: Soul Lessons from the Afterlife. 1:40 Twin Flames. Did your eyes just roll back in your head? Patrick’s did too! But sit back, because if you thought you knew all about the concept of twin flames, you’re probably wrong! 2:40 Claire was recently featured as a speaker on Howard Hughes’ first cruise! So was Dr. Melvyn Willin, a former guest from episode 145 in 2019. Howard Hughes is an award-winning UK based broadcaster and journalist and he hosts The Unexplained with Howard Hughes. 4:17 Claire says she is no longer the person she was when she spoke to us last in 2019! Her life changed after having a profound and surreal experience where she met energy healer, Gyles Whitnall. They both now recognize each other as their own twin flame. 6:43 Soul mates are not twin flames. 9:45 Meeting Gyles triggered a Kundalini awakening in Claire. 10:58 “So when I talk about twin souls or twin flames, I’m not talking about romance. That’s for romantic soul mates.” 14:25 Other mediums were approaching Claire with a knowing that Claire had met her twin flame. 15:02 “And I, for the first time, experienced my absolute knowing that I am an eternal consciousness, and that Gyles and I had the exact same frequency, same soul energy, and he was my mirror counterpart. He’s so different from me.” 16:15 “I’ve got to let people know that a twin soul is the the way that universe manifests the soul in to physical embodiment.” 17:40 “No one is special here. We are all twinned.” 18:10 Claire says that if you meet your twin flame, it’s going to turn your life upside down, and that most people aren’t successful in holding the relationship together. 19:40 The synchronicities between Claire and Gyles. 20:45 More on the soul connections that Claire wrote about in her book, Heaven Sent. 23:00 Health problems, businesses going under, families and relationships falling apart. These are some of the complications that one could experience when meeting your twin flame. “Anything where there is something that you need to work on and heal, because you recognize, I haven’t yet mastered why I’m here.” 25:36 “If you meet your twin flame, you will start to understand how we are all one.” 28:45 Life partners vs romantic soul mates. 29:03 Twin flames won’t necessarily model a traditional romantic pairing. They are sometimes between a gay man and a straight man, two straight women, and often with large age gaps. “It’s going to trigger both people to really evaluate true, unconditional love and who they really are.” Twin flames are not likely to be in the same family. 31:41 Throughout different lifetimes, you always have the same twin flame. You might not necessarily meet them in this lifetime, and that’s okay. 34:44 As twin flames, Claire and Gyles now work together spiritually as a team. 37:10 “And whatever soul connection you are in, it’s divine. We cannot put these soul connections above each other. They are...

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230 - Nurse Hadley Vlahos and the In-Between: Stories from Hospice - Big Seance

9/13/2023
New York Times bestselling author Hadley Vlahos, RN is known as @nursehadley to her 1.6 million TikTok followers. She joins Patrick to discuss her book, The In-Between: Unforgettable Encounters During Life’s Final Moments. Hear touching stories from hospice, the lessons she’s learned from her patients, the beautiful story of how she obtained a top secret red beans and rice recipe, and the legacy she aspires to be known for. Visit BigSeance.com/230 for more info. Other Listening Options Direct Download Link In this episode: Intro :00 Who is Nurse Hadley Vlahos? :46 Patrick read Hadley’s book, The In-Between: Unforgettable Encounters During Life’s Final Moments, and cried every five pages! 3:14 Patrick’s experiences with hospice care, and a BIG thank you to Nurse Hadley and those in the field! 4:13 The fear of dying in pain. 6:08 The difference between dying in a hospital and dying under the care of hospice. 7:20 Hadley’s first experiences, what she’s learned, and how she’s grown since! “I was so shocked [when] I got into hospice! It is such a whole person experience. We really are making sure that not only the patient is taken care of, their mind/body/spirit, but their family as well. And I was not taught that in nursing school.” 8:31 “If you have religious trauma, maybe you don’t want to read some of these things. But I’ve been really shocked about the amount of people who say that this helped them with religious trauma. And they loved reading a book that says, ‘yes I was raised in the church, but I have now taken care of people from all backgrounds, all denominations, and I see that it can be beautiful and peaceful no matter what’, and they said that it has helped them.” 10:25 Hallucination vs. truly seeing dead loved ones. 11:58 Who are we to correct a dying loved one by telling them that they’re hallucinating and no one is in the room?! 14:40 Hadley hasn’t witnessed a patient who has had a bad experience when it comes to seeing dead loved ones at the end of life. 16:41 Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Christopher Kerr, and seeing a mist at the time of death. 17:49 Hospice isn’t in the business of speeding up death. Some patients actually live longer than expected once they’re comfortable and out of pain. 19:08 The “Surge of Energy” that some hospice patients experience before they die. 20:08 People who are described by loved ones as stoic, reserved, and introverted tend to wait to pass alone. People described by loved ones as open and extroverted tend to wait and pass with loved ones by their side. 22:49 Burnout, boundaries, and the struggle hospice nurses have of getting attached to their dying patients. 25:18 When caregiving is new. Choosing hospice care. 26:51 The lessons Nurse Hadley has learned about the way to treat people! 28:57 How do medical schools and nursing schools need to change in order to adequately prepare our nurses and doctors for end-of-life treatment? 30:52 “I’m going on a trip.” Nurse Hadley’s thoughts on what happens once we die and get to the Other Side. “Whatever is next is something that cannot be explained using the language we have, the references of our world that we have. It is just something that we cannot understand.” 34:41 “You cannot bring your own beliefs to the room. You need to leave them at the door.” 37:05 The story of the special, top secret red beans and rice recipe that a former patient shared with Hadley. 37:41 The Hadley House, Hadley's nonprofit family-centered hospice house that facilitates meaningful gatherings, allowing patients to celebrate their lives with loved ones. 40:05 Final thoughts from Nurse Hadley and other details about the book. 43:37 Outro 45:00 A special THANK YOU to Patreon supporters at the Super Paranerd and Parlor Guest level! 46:18 For more on Nurse Hadley Vlahos NurseHadley.com HadleyHouse.org The In-Between on Amazon TikTok: @nursehadley Instagram: @nurse.hadley Facebook: @nursehadley The Big Seance Podcast can be...

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