Category Archives: Apparitions

LORETO – MYSTERY OF THE HOLY HOUSE

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An investigation into one of the most fascinating and controversial mysteries of Christianity. How was the Holy House of the Virgin Mary transported from its original location in Nazareth, to Palestine, to the town of Loreto on Italy’s Adriatic coast?
BLURB FROM AMAZON PRIME

An exclusive documentary investigation into one of the most fascinating and controversial mysteries of Christianity.

RATING: 5 Charley’s.
How does such a sacred shrine from the mid-east relocate to Italy? More puzzling still, how does the shrine not only make that trip, but how does it manage to appear in 5 different places, sometimes appearing and disappearing overnight? Then, when it arrives at its final destination, Loreto Italy, it appears on and blocks a main road?

A magnificent Basilica, second only to Saint Peter’s in Rome, now surrounds and protects the House of Mary. The interior shots of the marble statues and paintings in the Basilica are breath taking. Plus here’s an interesting bit of trivia. Did you know that Ostrich eggs were revered objects? They were used in shrine and church decorations going all the way back to the time of Christ.

So many questions still remain regarding this mystery. The most important ones are of course, did the Crusaders accomplish such a series of moves?
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If the Crusaders are responsible, how did they manage to
quickly break down the Holy House, move it, and then reconstruct 5 times without being detected? It would have required a small army to accomplish this.

Or was it indeed, as the ancient carved stone tablets reveal, an army of Angels that dutifully performed these miracles?
Watch the video and decide for yourself.
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“The house flew in from the sea, and landed on a hill.”
Witness testimony from 1295.

WHERE TO SEE IT:
AMAZON PRIMEFREE IF YOU’RE A MEMBER
If not, purchase and rental prices are listed.

Want to see another mystery of the church?
Read this review of the documentary:
Guadalupe: the Miracle and the Message

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THE GHOST HUNTER SHOWS TO BINGE BY – PLUS A FREE SHOW

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Steve Shippy began documenting his work on film, and to date has produced and directed 10 feature length documentaries. Including “A Haunting on Hamilton Street,” “A Haunting on Dice Road,” and “A Haunting on Brockway Street” where he investigates haunted locations to uncover the truth, and hopefully bring closure for residents of small towns like his.
Blurb from The Travel Channel
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To learn more about Steve Shippy,
visit the Travel Channel:
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OVERALL RATING OF BOTH SERIES: 5 Charley’s
The first thing I have to share with you is, that I am not a big fan of network “reality” Ghost Hunting shows. I find they tend to have very little “reality” and decent research techniques in them and way too much manufactured drama as a backstory. These are the main reasons such shows are referred to in TV production parlance as docu-dramas.

A Haunting on Potter Street – The Potter Street Station

But then I discovered Steve Shippy, A.K.A. Prozak, the Rapper turned Ghost Hunter on Amazon Prime. First I was impressed with the excellent production value of each show. Then, the well-organized and well equipped Ghost Hunting investigations, he and his team is second to none.

Third, the results the teams gets in terms of video footage and recorded Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) sent many a chill down my spine. Of course watching such shows in complete darkness helps foster such goose-bump reactions.

Finally, its Shippy’s approach to the reason he Ghost Hunts. He comes across as genuinely wanting to, not only to help the people who are undergoing unpleasant supernatural intrusions, but also the poor spirits, trapped here, who are causing the haunting situations in the first place. He’s not driven to prove the paranormal is real or not, he just accepts what is happening is real, and then adapts a humanistic approach to deal with the situation at hand.

In Shippy’s defense of not being taken on a “rube ride”, the team always conducts thorough background research in each case. And examine the witnesses’ claims to detect possible fraud and sleight-of-hand trickery. So his acceptance as to the reality of the haunting is a guarded one.

Unfortunately, not all haunts Shippy comes across are all just creaking floors and random knocks in the night. Some are downright cantankerous and demonic in nature, causing vandalism and bodily injury. For encounters like these, Shippy enlists the services of professional Exorcists or Mediums to conduct site cleansings.

While on the subject of professionals, one reoccurring guest Ghost Hunter is Brian Harnois, one of the original team members of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (T.A.P.S.). Their show, Ghost Hunters, premiered way back in 2004 on the SyFi channel. It was the first show of its kind and popularized paranormal reality TV and Ghost Hunting. (Wikipedia). Brian’s catch phrase is “Dude RUN!”

Brian’s style of Ghost Hunting is dramatically opposite of Shippy’s. Brian tends to be more confrontational and in- (the Ghost’s) face, forcing the entity into a physical altercation. This usually results in Brain getting the worst of these exchanges, resulting often in deep red scratches or other unpleasant painful side-effects. Admittedly these touches of “drama” makes for good TV, and satisfies one part of the required reality TV formula.

But it’s not the usual goofiness of other Ghost Hunter shows where the team members are arguing with each other, till they hear a bang. At which point they abruptly end their petty manufactured squabble and begin screaming “What was that? What was that?” Maybe if you had been Ghost Hunting and not reliving high-school, you’d know what that was. But, I digress.

Brian unfortunately brings a lot of baggage with him to the show.  A lot of Ghost Hunter fans are not too happy seeing him again. And they enjoy the fact that he is being brutally be resulted by unearthly claws. A Google search will give you the details. But Shippy fully supports him and respects Brian’s many years of experience and advice.

Now the question remains, is Shippy faking it all? I can’t answer that. Simply I don’t know. But after bingeing my way through all these shows, and seeing and hearing all the circumstantial evidence documented in them, I’ve come away with the conclusion that there may be something out there  lurking in the shadows, worthy of more investigation. Ultimately to be proven if it’s indeed real or not.

All the following Steve Shippy shows are on Amazon Prime.
FREE
if you are a Prime member.
If not, purchase and rental information is included with each listing.

THE SEEKER SERIES:
1– A Haunting on Hamilton Street
2 – A Haunting on Hamilton Street 2 – The Stable
3 – A Haunting on Potter Street – The Potter Street Station
4 – A Haunting in Saginaw, Michigan
5 – A Haunting on Washington Avenue – The Temple Theatre
6 – A Haunting at the Hoyt Library
7 – A Haunting On Dice Road – The Hell House
8 – A Haunting On Dice Road 2 – Town of the Dead

THE HAUNTED SAGINAW SERIES
A Haunting on Brockway Street
A Haunting on Finn Road – The Devil’s Grove

Want to see Steve Shippy’s
NEW SHOW ON THE TRAVEL CHANNEL FOR FREE?

Haunting in the Heartland – The Binding at the Gilbert House.
(You’ll witness a successful house cleansing.)
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THIS SHOW’S RATING:
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To see his new series on the Travel Channel
Haunting in the Heartland,
you’ll need a cable or satellite hook-up,
even if you’re are accessing it through Roku.

ONLINE NOW:
Listen to the Johnny Dare Morning Show
for an interview with Steve Shippy.
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Why This Rapper Is Now a Ghost Hunter
INSIDE EDITION INTERVIEW
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FOR MORE FREE PARANORMAL TV:
Follow the YouTube Channel TV Classix
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THE AFTERLIFE INVESTIGATIONS: THE SCOLE EXPERIMENTS – FREE DOCUMENTARY

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For five years a group of mediums and scientists witnessed more phenomena than in any other experiment in the history of the paranormal, including: recorded conversations with the dead, written messages on sealed film, video of spirit faces and even
spirit forms materializing.
Blurb from the ParanormalX YouTube Channel

THE SCOLE EXPERIMENTS

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Supposed Ghost Photos captured on unexposed film.

BALLS OF LIGHT
Swirling balls of light, seen and captured on video.

ALIEN
Really odd, an “Alien” captured on video, but not seen.

RATING: 3 Charley’s.
Undoubtedly, the claims made in this video, along with the many photos and videos presented, are incredible. With a complete suspension of belief that is. Over all it’s a well-produced video.
Most of its source material is from the original VHS tapes, made during the séances held in 1993 through 1998.  These have not been remastered, so expect some blurriness here and there.

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As a bonus, the Scole team visited the famed “Radio Medium” Marcello Bacci of Grosseto Italy and filmed many of his Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) sessions.

My personal take on this documentary is that a great deal of it could be authentic, and you will get the chills while viewing it. But in viewing it a number instances, I felt the producers couldn’t resist the temptation not to “pad it” with either visual effects or over-the-top claims.  After all,  job number one for them is to create compelling “reality” TV.

WHERE TO SEE IT:
YouTube – FREE
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You can also access YouTube through a Roku player if you have one.
That way you can watch it full-screen on your TV.
AMAZON PrimeFREE, if you’re a member.
If not, $1.99 to rent, $7.99 to buy.

FOR A SKEPTIC’S TAKE ON THE SCOLE EXPERIMENTS –
Please visit the: SKEPTOID Podcasts by Brian Dunning.
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Please note that during the Covid 19 lock down,
all Podcasts from this site are FREE.
Way to go Brian!

REFERENCES
(For when Amazon ends its embargo on delivering books.)
The Scole Experiment
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To learn more about the “Radio Medium” Marcello Bacci,
read the in-depth article on him in SUPERNATURAL MAGAZINE:
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SUPERNATURAL MAGAZINE is produced by the Supernatural Society.
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GUADALUPE: THE MIRACLE AND THE MESSAGE

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The most important event in the evangelization of the New World occurred in December, 1531. Over the course of four days, the Virgin Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, appeared to an indigenous convert named Juan Diego. As a result of this encounter, and the image miraculously imprinted on Juan Diego’s tilma (cloak), nine million Native Americans embraced the Catholic faith, and the Americas began its transformation into “the Catholic hemisphere.”

THE MIRACLE AND THE MESSAGE

Our Lady of Guadalupe’s message of love had replaced the institutionalized violence of the Aztec culture and built a bridge between two worlds. Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message, narrated by the legendary Plácido Domingo, traces the history of this transformative event from the 16th century to the present.
From the IMDB summary –
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Featuring interviews with leading theologians, historians and experts on the scientific inquiries into the miraculous image-this gripping film explores both the inexplicable mysteries behind the image, and the continued relevance of the Guadalupe apparition to the modern world.
Amazon Prime’s Blurb.

IT’S RATING: 5 Charley’s
What other kind of rating can you give a miracle? Particularly fascinating is the in-depth research conducted on the eyes of the image.  The “painted” eyes have reflections of people in them in them as if created by a reflection.

WHERE TO SEE IT:
AMAZON PRIME – FREE IF YOU”RE A MEMBER
If not, you can rent it for $4.99, or buy it for $19.99.

OTHER VIDEO TITLES FOR MARIAN APPARITION BINGE WATCHING:
I like to see as many documentaries on the same subject as possible. But it’s always good to compare the different approaches and learn the original sources each documentary film maker uses regarding the subject at hand. You’ll learn something new and different in each one you watch.

All of the following are available on AMAZON PRIME.
Again they are all FREE if you are a member.
– Guadalupe – A living Image
– Fatima – A Message of Hope
– Strange Occurrences in a Small Irish Village
I had never stumbled across this particular Blessed Virgin  Mary (BVM) apparition. It took place in the Village of Knock in County Cork Ireland on August 21, 1879. The video is very interesting and concentrates more on the Shine and the town then the actual occurrence itself. But what is extremely important is that some of the decedents from the original witnesses are still alive. Those interviews are amazing.
For more general info on the “Hill of Mary Shrine:”
Wikipedia:
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