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Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum Ghost Expedition 2018 [Baltimore MD] / Instrumental Trans Communication (ITC) – Thoughtography Experiment

Photo set captured by Maryland Paranormal Research ® at the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore, MD on Nov 10 2018.  This was a reprise of a visual ITC-Thoughtography experiment last conducted at Belle Grove Plantation [Port Conway VA] Jul 09-10 2016

THOUGHTOGRAPHY

Thoughtography is the mental (or psychokinetic) capacity to produce images on film or other media through intentionality.  

  • The ITC-Thoughtography experiment aimed to obtain control images in discernable detail of members who resided in the Poe home to include Edgar Allan Poe, his wife Virginia Eliza Clemm, and his aunt Maria Poe Clemm.  Their images were conveniently situated on the fireplace mantle 

METHOD

Video was captured on a SONY DCR-SR45 camcorder.  Camcorder video was then fed to a TV tuner stick connected to a laptop via a USB port. Audio from a Ovilus-X ITC device was sent to a distribution amplifier, which was used to create co-channel interference in the composite video signal

  • In this experiment the interference pattern was generated from audio produced by the Ovilus-X, used on the phonetic setting. This device translates electronic voice phenomena (EVP) from vocal frequency (VF) into an amplified and audible form using a speech synthesizer 
  • During instances of ITC chatter, smartphones were used to capture interference patterns generated on the laptop display.  This technique represented another departure from the traditional KSM method of examining every frame of video
  • Video is a series of still pictures usually changing at the rate of 30 frames per second.  Images are produced by voltages that control color (chroma), brightness (luma), and scan information.  Horizontal and vertical scanning is moderated by synchronization pulses  

OUTCOMES

The ITC-Thoughtography experiment unfortunately did not yield discernible images of Poe family members. Most images did not convey anything recognizable.  However, some images appeared to have representations of objects or words associated with prominent works of Edgar Allan Poe

  • The camera was situated in a display room on the 2nd floor in a corner that allowed a view of the stairwell to the garret (attic).  The first two images are baseline views of the room without signal interference.  In the second image, an investigator is in the room and camera field of view
  • The next two images display a facsimile of a smoking pipe. This was a signature accessory of the fictional detective character “C. August Dupin”, who first appeared in Poe’s acclaimed short story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”
  • The next two images appear to display the letters “RUE”, which also connects to Poe’s work “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.”  However, some might interpret the letters as “RVE”
  • The next two images appear to display a facsimile illustration of the head of a common raven.  This may connect to Poe’s most celebrated poem “The Raven”, which cemented his celebrity
  • The final two images appear to display a facsimile of a mask in the bottom left corner.  This may relate to Poe’s short story “The Masque of Red Death.”  The image possibly also contains faces at the center right position and could also be an instance of spirit photography

REFLECTIONS

The ITC-Thoughtography experiment was exploratory.  In isolation any of the reported images, which are approximations or facsimiles of objects represented, could be ascribed to pareidolia, which is the human tendency to see meaningful patterns in random data  

While different observers may see different patterns, collectively the images appear to be reasonably recognizable, although not perfect, representations of the objects in question.   And, the collective of images suggests the possibility of visual communication

There had been ample streams of EVP throughout the night and audio findings will be presented in separate posts. Some audio streams related to Poe’s ancestors such as Major David Poe (who served as the Assistant Deputy Quartermaster General for Baltimore), as well as to Edgar Allan Poe himself

While the experiment aimed for high-detail imagery obtained in the Ted Serios experiments, perhaps imaging intentionality is easier to effect on smaller scales, much as it appears easier to capture  EVP in fragmented  bursts. Nonetheless, detailed images are more convincing and leave less room for misinterpretation  

However, a question remains as to what are the sources of the effects, i.e. living and/or post-mortem agencies?  Since observers are taking photographs during apparent instances of ITC, psi functioning as well as engagement on the part of the participants may have mattered towards experiment outcomes  

Future instances of this experiment will return to the traditional KSM technique of examining every frame of video but this will be limited to high-interest periods and/or streams of audio

REFERENCES:

Braude, S. E. (2016, April 16). ‘Ted Serios’. Psi Encyclopedia. Society for Psychical Research. London, UK

Eisenbud, J. The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery 1000 Hilltop Circle Baltimore, MD 21250 speccoll@ umbc. edu Jules Eisenbud Collection on Ted Serios and Thoughtographic Photography

Klaus Schreiber’s Video Looping ITC. (2015, Nov 23 ). ITC Voices 

Maryland Paranormal Research ®. (2016, Jul 12). Belle Grove Plantation Ghost Expedition 2016/Caroline Co [Port Conway VA] / Visual ITC From An Ovilus-X. Maryland Paranormal Research ® blog

Maryland Paranormal Research ®. (2016, Jul 30). Haunted Port Conway Virginia: King George County/ Belle Grove Plantation Ghost Expedition 2016. Maryland Paranormal Research ® blog

Maryland Paranormal Research ®. (2016, Oct 15). University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Special Collections: Jules Eisenbud Collection on Ted Serios and Thoughtographic Photography. Maryland Paranormal Research ® blog

Mishlove, J.A. (2016, Apr 7). Thoughtography of Ted Serios with Stephen E. Braude. New Thinking Allowed with Jeffrey Mishlove, Recorded March 12 2016. YouTube

Senkowski, E. (1995). Instrumentelle Transkommunikation. Dialog im Unbekannten. World ITC

Thoughtography. (2018, January 12). Wikipedia

IMAGES:

Maryland Paranormal Research  ® at

Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, Poe Baltimore MD. Nov 10 2018. All rights reserved

Quinn, A.H. (1941). THE HOME OF POE AND MRS. CLEMM – Still…

Quinn, A.H. (1941). THE HOME OF POE AND MRS. CLEMM – Still standing in Amity Street in Baltimore,“illustration – 21,”, Courtesy of the Enoch Pratt Library. In Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography (1941), p. 206a.  Reprinted by The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore

October 6 & 7, 2018 203 N. Amity Street Baltimore, MD 21223

October 6 & 7, 2018
203 N. Amity Street
Baltimore, MD 21223
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The International Edgar Allan Poe Festival, Baltimore MD

October 6 & 7, 2018
203 N. Amity Street
Baltimore, MD 21223

Photo

Image resembling the face of Edgar Allen Poe found on the back of a caterpillar.