As we are in March, we are in season. Season in Savannah means when tourists start coming into town, starting about the first week of March when kids go on Spring Break and ending just after Halloween. Basically, a good six months of heavy traffic into the city.
At the Gribble House, we are preparing for what this will bring for us. Going into our first year of business, we don't know exactly what to expect, but we do know the city and we have all worked in the tourist industry for quite sometime, so we have a pretty good idea of what is going to happen.
To prepare, we are making sure we're stocked in the best and innovative equipment there is out there.
Garry has made equipment, ordered equipment, and customized equipment for our needs and the needs of our guests.
Lately, we've been realizing a lot of people really want to "see" something, though I'm pretty sure they're not completely sure what they'd like to "see," but we know the prospect of seeing Casper jump out is always on peoples' minds when they come into the building, regardless of if that is a realistic expectation or not.
Though we can't make anything manifest at the drop of a hat, we have introduced a few new pieces of equipment that give our guests something to look at while they're on their investigations.
REM Pods have been used in all the show and generally cause a stir when they go off. The REM stands for Radiating Electro Magnetic, and the whole device detects energy disturbances and fluctiations around the antenna of the device. In plain terms, if you get close to it, it lights up and makes noise. Though, I should mention, the device has a range of about six inches around it (about the size of the base of it), so you really need to be close to it in order for it to go off. Also, the lights that are on the base will flash ad sound depending on how close something is to it.
So far, in the warehouse, we have had great success with the device, but not patterned success that would lead us to believe it's something we are doing to set it off. By this, I mean, it doesn't go off all night every night, and when it does, it's usually in response to us asking about it.
For example, the other night in the warehouse, we were doing an investigation, and our guest was asking if there was a soldier in the room. He got a positive response from the ghost box, and mentioned something about a friend who was a soldier and passed away. At this moment, the REM Pod started going off with a high-pitch whine and the lights were flashing. A couple seconds later, the ghost box loudly said the name, "Bennet," which was the friend who had passed away. The man kept asking questions, and the REM pod kept up it's beeping and singing, until finally there were no more responses about the soldier.
Another new device we have been using is the Ghost Meter Pro. We actually had a guest who investigates up in North Carolina bring this in, and I liked it so much I asked Garry to order one.
The device has multiple settings, but we use it for the "Yes/No" communication option. If a spirit is near, the tip of the meter lights up orange, and you can ask yes/no questions to is and ask it to blink once for yes and two for no in response.
We've had pretty good results for it, and, if anything, it's a fun game to play. The other night I had a couple in the Slave Quarters with me, and we were using the device. Right after we heard the name "Michelle," come through the ghost box, the light on the Ghost Meter Pro lit up, so we began asking questions. It replied in the affirmative that we were talking to a lady named Michelle, then, when we asked if she was married, it again said, "Yes," and the ghost box loudly said the name, "Clifford," in a man's voice, as if he was there, as well, and letting us know his name.
Finally, our last new visual device is Raggedy Ann. I think everyone on here by now knows that I don't like dolls at all, so this one is really one I don't like to deal with, especially when I'm working on my own--I always pack it up when they guests are there with me.
Raggedy Ann is fitted with EMF detectors in her head and hands and will blink if there is any shift in the electromagnetic fields.
Unfortunately, we have captured EVPs of children in the building, so we thought this would be a great trigger object to get them to communicate with us, and it has proven to be. No matter where it sits in the warehouse, we will usually get some sort of response from it, and, let me tell you, it's pretty creepy when its hands start to blink.
And who knows what the future might bring. We are always looking for new equipment to use, and we find that sometimes our guests have something interesting to bring in to us, as well.