Monday, October 30, 2017

Don’t Get Scammed By Fake Psychics

Don’t Get Scammed By Fake Psychics 
By Sally Keys

More than half of Brits believe psychic powers exist, and yet psychics and mediums are often misunderstood. You might, for instance, think that psychics can cast spells on you or that they’re tuned into some sort of magical or paranormal force. Time for a reality check. Here’s what you need to know about psychics and how they operate so that you don’t become a target for fake ones.

Avoid Telephone Psychic Readings
These days, it’s common to get psychic readings over the phone. The danger is that it makes it easier for fake psychics to con customers. Unless you know the psychic personally or have heard from loved ones that he/she is trustworthy, you should avoid telephone readings. You have no idea who’s really on the other side of the line. The “psychic” could be an unemployed person trying to earn a part-time income by preying on your vulnerability.  

Ask Questions Of Your Own Just because seeing a psychic feels like something paranormal and exciting, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go into the experience with a clear, logical head. Ask the psychic questions to find out that they’re professional and genuine, such as what they claim to be able to do. A psychic who tells you that he’ll be able to contact the dead or guarantee great results for your future should be avoided. Remember that psychics are not omniscient beings. If they try to make you think they’re amazingly talented, they’re probably not.

Cold Reading Is A Red FlagOne of the biggest misconceptions we have about psychics is that they’re super smart and insightful. Sadly, this isn’t always the case. If you go into a psychic reading believing that, you’re probably going to be more likely to be impressed by things that aren’t impressive – and put yourself at risk of getting scammed.  
For instance, if the psychic asks you if someone has cancer in your family and it turns out your father does, it might make you think that the psychic is sensing something, meanwhile they’re just fishing and betting on the fact that most people know someone who has cancer. As you tell them more about that person in your family, you give them more information that they can use! The best psychics don’t need to ask you anything and they won’t fish for answers in this way.  

Spells And Curses Are Hogwash If a psychic tells you that he/she can remove a curse that’s damaging your life or relationships, or that he/she can do a spell that will help you find your true love, don’t give them a minute of your time! You can tell a psychic isn’t the real deal by how he/she will use tactics to scare you, such as by saying that someone has put a bad spell on you. It’s done to make you feel you need their services or else will be doomed.
No psychic worth his/her salt would resort to such tactics! As professional tarot reader, Alice Grist, tells the Huffington Post: any predictions of doom or gloom don’t have a place in spiritual empowerment.

Fake Psychics Are VagueYou can spot a fake psychic by how vague they are. They might tell you that you’re facing a difficult decision in your life, or you’re about to make a change, or there’s someone in the afterlife who is watching over you and wishes you well. All this information could apply to anyone. If the psychic’s taking your money and giving you nothing more than a general, wishy-washy answer, then they’re not up to scratch on their skillset.

Going to see a psychic should be an empowering and beneficial experience, not something that makes you feel cheated, depressed, or wastes your money. By being aware of how to spot a fake psychic, you avoid getting scammed and pave the way for a skilled psychic to enlighten you on your path. 
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Sally Keys is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Tour Company Offers Ghost Tours in Kansas


As the days grow shorter and cooler, thoughts turn to all things fall and Halloween. 

Offering nearly a dozen different tours around the state, Ghost Tours of Kansas offers several ghost tours in the Kansas City area including Lawrence, Shawnee, Leavenworth, and Kansas City, Kansas.
“There is so much haunted history in the area and we have collected some great stories,” said ghost tour guide Beth Kornegay.  “We hear about new stories and experiences year-round so no two tours are ever the same.  History is tied to many of those stories and we’ve done extensive research not only about the hauntings, but also the history that may have impacted the ghostly happenings.”

How they collect stories is something that truly sets Ghost Tours of Kansas apart from other ghost tour companies.  Anyone can google ‘Kansas City ghosts’ and read some stories or local legends about area ghosts, but owner Cathy Ramirez and her team collects stories from the actual people who have experienced hauntings or ghostly happenings.  Those stories are shared with tour guests during the bus ride to various haunted locations around each tour city.

“We hear from business owners who have had experiences with the ghosts in their business,” Ramirez said.  “We don’t include individual homes on our tours, but we do talk to businesses who want to share their ghost happenings with us.”

Another differentiating factor of Ghost Tours of Kansas is that the company has paranormal investigators and local psychics who work with them to investigate several locations in each tour city.  The results of those investigations are shared during the tour.

Each tour lasts between 90 minutes to two hours and tour guests will get out in at least two locations to explore on their own or with one of the tour guides.  Each tour has at least one cemetery that has ghostly happenings that tour guests can explore on their own.  Guests are encouraged to take photos and see if anything unexpectedly shows up, which has happened on more than one occasion.

During a Shawnee tour last year, a tour guest took a photo and a ghostly green hand showed up in the photograph.  The photo was so clear that the folds of skin between the fingers can be seen.  It was as if someone was standing behind the person who took the picture and put their hand over her shoulder.  Another photo was taken a few years ago in a Lawrence cemetery during a tour and a full body apparition was caught by a photographer.  Those pictures, and other ghost photos captured on other tours, are shown during each ghost tour.

 “We never tell people that they should believe in ghosts, we only tell the story and present the evidence that has been collected,” said Kornegay.  “We want each person to decide on their own, but people generally walk away as a believer.”

For a complete list of all tour locations, dates, and times, visitwww.ghosttoursofkansas.com or follow Ghost Tours of Kansas on Facebook.  Tickets must be purchased ahead of time and on-line at the website to ensure sufficient space is available on the bus.  Especially during October, tours tend to sell out quickly so early ticket purchase is encouraged.



Saturday, August 26, 2017

Are Empaths More Likely to Have Psychic Powers?

By Sally Keys

Author: HQUALITY- Fotolia,com

Empaths (or highly sensitive persons) may make up as much as 15 to 20 percent of the world’s population. Being an empath is more than feeling for others, which most people can do on some level. These people can feel others’ pain as if it were their own, even for people they have never met.

Empaths, who know who they are seem to be much more in touch with others than the average person. So, it makes sense to wonder if they may also be more likely to possess other powers, such psychic gifts. Continually, this begs the question whether it true that empaths are psychics too? Let’s dive in.

What Is an Empath?


Being an empath involves much more than feeling sad when someone you love cries. Highly sensitive persons feel just as devastated as the other person, even when the subject is a stranger or fictional character.


Do you ever notice that your intuition always seems to be on point? You might be an empath. These in-touch people just seem to know things. Furthermore, empaths may feel overwhelmed in crowded spaces, due to a large number of emotions flooding the person.

What is a Psychic?

Forget the images you’ve seen on television. Psychics are just much more than those stereotypes would have people believe. Psychics possess what is known as the gift of Extra Sensory Perception (ESP). There are many different types of psychics, so the abilities vary widely.

Some people with ESP may receive premonitions that predict the future. Others may communicate with people who have passed. Psychic abilities don’t stop there. Mostly, individuals with ESP sense things that other people may miss.

What is the Crossover?

Have you noticed the similarities already? Both psychics and empaths sense feelings and spirits that others ignore. Because empaths are so in-tune with the people around them, they are more likely access psychic powers as well.

In fact, The Wellness Institute says that empaths are more apt to experience a whole host of paranormal things. People with empathic abilities are more likely to have out-of-body, near-death, and past-life experiences.

Some people believe that it is these experiences that allowed them to access their empath and psychic powers entirely. That makes a lot of sense, seeing as though paranormal experiences can have a profound and long-lasting effect on a person.

Although the exact connection is a mystery, there does seem to be a link between empaths and psychics. After all, if a person can feel so deeply, they can more easily connect with the world around us.
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Sally Keys is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible. 



Monday, August 7, 2017

Writer’s Block? Find Inspiration Through Haunted Travel

By Sally Keys
Photo by Jesse Bowser on Unsplash
We can’t all simply reach into the darkest depths of ourselves and pull out a masterpiece the way writers like Stephen King do. Even if our imaginations knew no bounds, sometimes there’s no better story than the truth. It may seem that there are only so many ghosts in one’s backyard, and perhaps you’ve exhausted those resources. The world is full of spiritual, and potentially haunted destinations which are just waiting to be written about. Is it fate calling you to visit them, or the voices of lost souls?
Explore Haunted America
The USA is home to hundreds of sites known to be inhabited by otherworldly forces. You could close your eyes and pick a state at random and there would likely be a destination within it that suits your niche. Some areas have fascinating and well-known historical significance. Take Salem, Massachusetts, the site of the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Alternatively, in Independence, Missouri you can find the haunted Ginger Rogers' birthplace where Ginger Rogers’ ghost is said to reside. No matter what century you’re drawn to write about, the USA will undoubtedly have something to offer you.
Search Farther From Home
The world is a big place; it’s full of mystery and tragedy. See the final resting places of thousands by venturing to the Catacombs in France or the Killing Fields in Cambodia. There’s no denying that a certain energy is palpable in places that have seen such horrors. If you’re especially brave, or a little bit twisted, you may consider a visit to Aokigahara, Japan: otherwise known as “Suicide Forest.” The global possibilities for your ghost hunting are endless.
Look on the Bright Side
A little light couldn’t hurt, could it? Assuming you’re not a vampire, of course. There’s plenty of inspiration to be found in spiritual destinations around the world. Though these destinations are innumerable, countries like Thailand are popular for their particularly enlightening holy places. You can go anywhere for your spiritual trip, or you can visit some specific destinations for spiritual vacations.
Go Forth and Wander
Normally inspiration won’t seek you out, you have to go looking for it; but we are talking about ghosts, so you may get lucky. Just in case, play it safe and go find the creepiest places you could dream of. But remember the words of Friedrich Nietzsche, “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster... for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.”
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Sally Keys is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible. 


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Battle with Disney over Crop Circle Photos

By Colin Andrews

CA: The Movie "Signs" - The scariest movie ever. The public were not aware of what was going on behind the scenes - I had threatened an injunction to stop the movie release in Europe - a threat Disney found out quickly that they had to take seriously. Quickly conceding to my legal demands:
According to 'Decider' and many who watched Disney, Mel Gibson, blockbuster movie 'Signs', it was: "The Scariest Alien Movie Ever"? http://decider.com/…/signs-at-15-the-scariest-alien-movie-…/
By Jade Budowski @jadebudowski
Jul 29, 2017

First though - back to my legal battle which I won in less than a day.
CA Comments:
The public have not been aware until now that a frantic legal battle was going on behind the scenes which nearly scuttled the European launch schedule of 'Signs'. Why? Because I discovered that Disney had broken contract with me. I was in the process of instructing my attorney to issue an injunction on Disney to cease their scheduled filmed advertisements and TV interviews with the stars of the film, ahead of the European launch. This was unexpected and sad because I was a consultant for the movie.
The Disney legal heads first tried to impress me that they were making me famous and that even 'Starbucks' paid them to be named in such releases etc. I pointed out that I was not a movie star or a coffee company but a researcher and well known in my own right for what I do.
They questioned my official complaint, which was the breaking of agreed terms of my contract for limited use of 11 crop circle photographs. They checked my contract, not believing my claim. After all, this was Disney I was talking to, who have teams of legal experts who just don't make these kinds of mistakes for which I protested. They asked for 20 minutes to check my claim against the contract - then came back first with an attempt to put me down and tell me how lucky I was to be working with them. After the arrogance, came obvious panic when they acknowledged their error - a serious one at that - because some of the crop circle photographs were promised to be published exclusively in my new book 'Crop Circles - Signs of Contact, co authored with New York Times best selling author, Steve Spignesi. The book was due any time soon. They had used them behind many interviews on many national TV shows - none legally.
The 11 photographs were licensed only for use at specific pop music venues, which were planned for the launch of the film.....but hey, on this particular day, I turned on my television set and there I was as filmed in England some short time before and Mel Gibson back in Hollywood being interviewed with my photographs fading in and out behind him as back drop. Later in the day another TV show and now I was looking very closely. There was Night Shamalan and Joquin Phoenix again with my photos as backdrop. This was in complete contravention of contract, which placed them in a very serious situation and for me too, because the exclusive material for our new book 'Signs of Contact' was blown out of the water.
I had a signed contract with Disney with strict conditions which did NOT include backdrop for television interviews with Mel Gibson, Night Shamalan or Joquin Phoenix. I had taken part in several TV interviews myself for the movie launch and would have been shocked had they again inserted backdrop using my own material behind me. I though had the real deal behind me, i.e. Silbury Hill and I was stood in a crop circle.
Disney, are renowned for their ruthless pursuit of copyright contraventions of their own material, such as Micky Mouse etc, but here now they were in a tangle. In the days following the release in the United States, and hours before the transmission of interviews with the movies stars for the European they had a problem they had to remedy - with a threat of an injunction.
Their initial attitude towards me didn't help them. Their contracts attorney was like "hey little nobody, it was an error made by a junior staff member but you should be thankful because we are making you well known. So we will send a new contract through to clear this up - sign it and fax it back straight away. That will be great".
Not so fast ......They had tried all the slick talk and flattery and so now what, this they knew this was going to cost them. In less than two hours Disney agreed new terms with me to proceed but to this day I realize it was nowhere enough. Not because I am greedy but because their arrogance and lack of apology with not the slightest concern for my promise of exclusivity to my publisher for the new book 'Crop Circles - Signs of Contact". Perhaps the title of the book should have been called "Signs" of a broken Contract".
Andrews & Spignesi Book: Crop Circles - Signs of Contact
PS: I later learned that Paramount Pictures had a very similar breach which cost them more than $4,000,000 and that was over 2 photographs. Oooooww!

Colin Andrews: www.ColinAndrews.net

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Haunted Ginger Rogers House

The Haunted Ginger Rogers House
By Margie Kay
Copyright 2017

In February of 2016, my real estate investment company was lucky to purchase the house where Ginger Rogers was born on July 16, 1911. It is a tiny 800 square-foot Craftsman Bungalow in Independence, Missouri, and our intention is to have it open to the public to enjoy since there are many Ginger Rogers fans. The house is located just a few blocks from the Truman Library and Museum and other tourist attractions. Tour buses often drive by the house and people stop to take pictures, so we know there is a public interest.  This was more important to us than just renting it out to someone or reselling it after it was renovated.

100 W Moore St. Independence, MO 

Not long after the work to restore the house began, I was standing in the room where Ginger was born, and wondering what to do for the paint and d├ęcor. Suddenly, a foggy mist started to appear in front of the wall across from me and accumulate, finally in the shape of a woman in a long ball gown. I knew it was Ginger Rogers. I did not feel any fear, only amazement, as this is the last thing I was expecting.

Being a paranormal investigator, I knew that sometimes house renovations can stir up spirits, however, that was not on my mind at all.  I was concerned with doing the work to the house to make it structurally sound, ordering kitchen cabinets and appliances, and getting approval from the Heritage Commission to do work to the exterior. Since the house is an Historic Landmark Property, nothing can be changed on the exterior without approval from the commission first. The last thing on my mind was that the house might be haunted.

A couple of weeks later, I was meditating and decided to remote view the house. This is a process where I use my mind’s eye to travel to a location and look at it. It was late at night and very dark. I stood on the front lawn of the house looking at it when Ginger Rogers appeared again, standing next to the column to the left of the front steps to the porch. I took this as a sign that she approved of what we were doing.

Not long after that event, I received a call from Stephanie Turbeville with KC Paranormal. I had never met Stephanie before, but knew about her organization and she said she had read my books. Stephanie said she hoped I didn’t think she was crazy, but she was compelled to drive by the house the night before after completing an investigation elsewhere, and when she got out of the car she stood on the front lawn. Then the spirit of Ginger Rogers appeared standing next to the left column on the porch and smiled at her. It gave me chills, because that is exactly where Ginger appeared to me! At that point, I knew the Stephanie was the real thing, and that we should collaborate on investigating the house. I was so busy operating my several businesses that I turned most of the investigation over to KC Paranormal.

I invited the team to investigate the house on a Saturday night. We threw some chairs in the otherwise vacant house for everyone to sit on, and my brother and I joined Stephanie and her partner, Jan. We were in for much more than we expected. We all hoped to obtain evidence, but what occurred was nothing short of amazing.

During the 2 ½ hour investigation, we heard multiple voices come through the spirit box speaking in single words or at times phrases. One was definitely the voice of Ginger Rogers as we all recognized it. Another was an older woman, likely her mother Lela Rogers. Then we heard three different men speak as well, saying words like “basement” and “murder.”  The basement has a dirt floor and stone foundation walls. The thought that a murder may have occurred in the house sometime during its 105- year history, was unnerving. But Ginger seemed happy and thrilled we were there. She answered “Yes” when I asked if she wanted us to restore the house and open it to the public.

We heard a lot of noises coming from the basement and kitchen areas, saw multiple blue and white orbs moving about that were visible to the naked eye, and captured more orbs on film that were not visible. At one point, my brother, said “what the heck is that?” and pointed to a baseball-sized purple orb that came through the closed front door and moved to him. He held up one finger and the orb seemed to attach itself to his finger, remaining about 1” away. I then put my finger next to the orb and it followed my finger around for a minute, then took off and went back out the front door!  All four of us saw this occur and were all amazed. None of us had ever experienced anything like it.

At this point, Jan got out a digital flashlight which does not have a spring on it and can’t be tampered with. He set it on the floor and asked if Ginger Rogers was with us and if so, to turn on the light. The light turned on. Then he asked several questions, and to each one the flashlight turned on or off right on cue. None of us were near the flashlight, so no one could have tampered with it. This video is on the KC Paranormal You Tube channel.

Next, things got even weirder. I looked at the doorway to the second bedroom and saw a web-like bluish color structure forming, then faces appeared in this web. They were not human looking – but looked like aliens. I said nothing, hoping that someone else would see the same thing and would confirm what I was seeing. To my surprise, my brother, who rarely sees anything like this, said, “Guys, there are faces of aliens in that doorway.”  Stephanie and Jan moved to where they could see it, and they both saw the faces and web structure.

I took pictures with my FLIR camera and took a look at the photos the next day. In one picture, there is a blue web-like structure in the window in the kitchen, with a creepy looking alien type face in it. That was something none of us saw with the naked eye.

We are all very confused about the evidence obtained at the house. We get a very good vibe from Ginger and likely her mother, Lela. But these other entities are something else altogether, and the last thing any of us were expecting. I speculate that there may be some type of portal at that location and diverse types of entities are passing through. The area used to be Native American land, so perhaps that has something to do with it. The land wasn’t developed until the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The house was built sometime between 1909 and 1910, with the first renters in 1910, then Lela Rogers in 1911. After four years, Lela and Ginger moved out, and there have been many families who owned or rented the property since. 

One person contacted me who lived in the house for a year and he said nothing out of the ordinary occurred. Another person lived in the house for several years, and he said nothing happened that he knew about. Perhaps these entities were disturbed by the amount of work we did to repair the stone foundation walls, the floors, plumbing, electrical, doors and windows, and only came out during this process. Or perhaps they’ve been there all along, and the other people just were not aware of their presence.

KC Paranormal did a recent second investigation on their own and obtained yet more evidence of a haunting. I am eager to see what they captured on film and if any EVP’s were captured as well.

In all my over 1,100 investigations completed for others around the U.S., U.K. and South America in the past 40 years, I’ve never seen so much Paranormal evidence occur in such a brief period.  And of course, I own the house and must deal with it!