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Graham Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette Members of the Iron County-based Michigan Advanced Paranormal Society (MAPS) presented Friday night at the Calumet Theater their findings from a March 2022 investigation into the theater and ballroom. Their findings have only refreshed the decades-old question: Is the Calumet Theater really haunted?

CALUMET – The Calumet Theater and adjacent ballroom was the subject of a paranormal investigation in March 2022, conducted by the Michigan Advanced Paranormal Society (MAPS). On Friday evening, they were back to share their findings with the public.

The Calumet Theater has long been claimed to be haunted, with many local residents claiming to have experienced paranormal occurrences in the building.

“Usually when we walk into a place we like to have more than a day or two,” said Kyle, who did not give his last name, “but we were only able to come here for a day, so we were really hoping to get some evidence.”

Fellow member Jamie does not believe in the paranormal, as he admitted when he said:

“I am the skeptic of the group. I don’t believe in that shit.

Jamie said one of his tasks was to walk through buildings before a survey with an electromagnetic field (EMF meter).

Electromagnetic fields occur in nature and come from man-made sources. Natural examples include electrical charges from thunderstorms or the earth’s magnetic field. X-rays, TV antennas, electrical wiring and electrical appliances are well-known industrial sources for EMF detections.

Jamie said that in the basement of the Calumet Theater there is a place that registers an unusual degree of electromagnetic force, and areas with high EMF readings can actually affect people physically, mentally and in other ways.

Spending a prolonged time in an EMF can cause auditory and visual hallucinations, heart palpitations, chills, and can cause the hairs on people’s arms to stand on end. In short, he says, all those things which, when someone is exposed to it, make him exclaim, “Oh my God! A ghost!”

Places that don’t have recordable EMFs, gas leaks, water drops or other conditions that can contaminate a digital recording are those that deserve further investigation, he explained.

For further investigation, in addition to an EMF meter, Jamie said his favorite modern scientific device is a digital recorder, like those in most cell phones.

They are used to research what paranormal enthusiasts call EVP, or Electronic Voice Phenomenon – voices, footsteps, other sounds that the recorder will pick up, but not be heard by the human ear.

But while Jamie doesn’t believe in the paranormal, there were five separate EVPs captured during the investigation that he can’t explain or “discredit.” The EVPs were played for the public.

The first was captured on stage, as the crew members were talking. During the discussion, in the background, there is suddenly a bloodcurdling scream.

Kyle said the scream is what they determined to be residual, which is not a current haunting by an intelligent mind, but rather the leftover energy from a past event involving intense emotion.

The scream, Kyle said, could either be residual from a past play on the stage of the theater or the scream of a murder that had happened long ago in the alley behind the theater.

Another EVP captured, again during a discussion between team members. In the recording, the discussion can be heard clearly, when suddenly the recorder also picked up a woman humming a tune.

Kyle said there was one EVP that bothered him in a way the others didn’t. This one happened in the theater’s ballroom, just above the town hall garage which houses the fire engines. This garage is where the bodies were deposited on the night of December 24, 1913, whose lives were lost when someone falsely screamed “Fire” at a children’s Christmas party. Seventy-three people were killed in the panic for the door that resulted from the fake scream.

“Robert and I were going to do an EVP session in the ballroom,” Kyle said. Two TEUs were captured, one immediately after the other. The first was a question, which Kyle thinks is smart, and asks: “Do you know her?”

Immediately after this question, a second voice, which sounds like that of a young woman, asks: “Can you save us? »

Kyle said hearing that second question gave him chills, “just because of where we were,” just above the garage, which the team had not been authorized to investigate.

“I don’t think I’ve ever encountered one with two distinct voices in the same EVP, like so close,” Kyle said. The first voice sounds like a man. “It was really weird for me.”

The third was captured in theater when a member of the team, Logan, dropped the flashlight he was holding.

First the flashlight can be heard landing on the ground, then the EVP, “Flash light?” is heard, followed by Logan saying he dropped his flashlight.

Kyle said he doesn’t remember where the fourth executive vice president performed, but he can be clearly heard saying: “Go out.”

The fifth EVP occurred in a passage behind the stage, where a recorder was intentionally left on. A member of the team, walking towards him, said: “By the way.” Immediately after is a very clear answer, a female voice, singing the word “HELLO!”

Enthusiasts consider EVP to be a form of paranormal phenomenon often found in recordings with static or other background noise. Scientists consider EVP to be a form of auditory pareidolia (interpreting random sounds as voices in one’s own language) and a pseudoscience promulgated by popular culture.

Thus, while several distinct and audible digital recordings of voices other than those of the investigation team have been captured and released for the public, it is up to the individual to accept or reject the EVPs as paranormal.

But as Rhonda, one of the team members, said, “There is nothing to fear here.”

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