11 January 2019

REVIEW: Most Haunted As-Live Eden Camp Museum Pt 1 - Airdate 11/01/2019

If 2019 hadn't started off bad enough, it gets even worse with the launch of a new season of Most Haunted (And possibly the last to air on REALLY, I hear that UKTV don't want to pay for any more episodes after this run, and Antix will take the series to be an online only show)

Anyway lets jump right into the cesspool of debauchery with some filthy blurb.

"The team investigates Eden Camp. There are strange noises and something that wants to separate the team. Can they stay for the duration or will it prove too much?"

Bizarrely it seems like Yvette Fielding has her eye on the Arsenal job since Arsene Wenger has left the club. I wonder what Unai Emery will have to say about that.

We are introduced to a new suspicious team member called Mary.
Someone who looks incredibly like Yvette. Yes it is her daughter.
And just notice how Glen is looking at the new younger, fitter, stronger version of Yvette! While also holding his hands over his groin. This will not end well!

Glen is in super show off mode trying to impress new younger Yvette, and we cut to a clip of them listening to groans he recorded earlier in private. I wonder what those groans could possibly be?

How funny would it be if New Yvette (Her official new name) is better than old Yvette.

We get a quick history lesson and then despite it being very light outside we have the black and white filters on and they are walking about outside and then into the Museum.

Keep in mind this Museum has CCTV, that covers all areas. Will we see the footage from the CCTV? No of course we wont, don't be silly.

Karl has farted and old Yvette is forced to cover her face. Makes a change for it not to be Yvette.

Yvette is already talking to the German ghosts and has them tapping answers out.
1 for yes 2 for no, 3 for Nein

(The preceding joke was supplied by Pete West @petewest1966)

"Do you know you are dead, 2 for yes, 1 for no?" - Yvette Fielding.

Beardy guy is claiming the floor is moving, (it is not).

They all have very squeeky shoes on which is making a racket on the smooth floors.

Glen is staying very close to New Yvette, definitely wants to keep her safe.

They have heard some noises, yet they have admitted that there is a live cat at the premises. No sign of Watson sadly. But I am guessing New Yvette is the new shiny toy for the group, and poor Watson has been relegated.

Karl has heard footsteps, yet the outside security light had not come on, and only came on when Karl came outside. Therefore these censors cannot detect ghosts. Lets keep that in mind in case they try to use that in the future.

"Can you talk to us using your voice" - Yvette Fielding

Keep in mind that despite them claiming this is "As Live" it will actually have retakes and edits

Yvette is getting Glen to whistle to the ghosts. I wonder, if there are German ghosts present, how will they understand Yvette?

The girls watching the cams have seen something, most likely it is just a bit of fluff near the lens. We don't get any replays since we are supposedly "As Live"

New Yvette hasn't done much yet, why not give her a camera and let her do some talking.

Karl says that it is a bit smoky in the one area they are in, but admits it is a museum affect. But they should all be off. But the fact there are effects available makes things more interesting.

The smoke machine is clearly on and working, but Karl keeps claiming it is off, but it is blatantly on.

The cat is making a lot of noise, which they then follow. The cat to his credit has done more in 5 minutes than Watson has ever done.

New Yvette has clearly stolen 1980s old Yvette's curly perm.

So there is a cat present that is meowing. So literally every noise they hear could be the cat. Could be a mouse the cat is chasing.

Karl is doing his usual "hear a noise, run back and forth" routine. Which gets boring quick.

Stuart has a K2 meter, which is completely useless. Stuarts K2 meter has gone off, and then gets Glen to confirm that Stuart's iPhone 6 is switched off, as if that is proof of ghosts. Despite the fact they have cameras on them, mic packs, walkie talkies, torches and so on. Stuart is convinced there is an energy with them. Yes it is the energy in those multiple electrical devices they have on them.

We then get a ridiculous scene of Glen asking the ghosts to make the K2 meters go to the red light.

Back with New and Old Yvette, and the smoke machine goes off again. Why they don't just unplug it I don't know.

Stuart and Glen are now walking outside and their K2 meters keep going off. They are baffled by this really basic technology.

I expect one of these chairs to move later. Pretty easy to set up with some fishing wire, and the cameras wont be able to pick up the wire so job done.

Everyone meets up again, and before you know it they have split up again. Karl and Stuart team up, so you know some shenanigans should occur soon.

Finally New Yvette is getting a bit more talkative, and while talking with Beardy, she refers to Karl as Dad! I am curious if New Yvette is "in on it".

Beardy reveals that New Yvette is the replacement for Fred. And they have a bit of flirty banter.
If you followed me on Twitter @TheBadPsych you would have heard me exclusively reveal that Fred and Karl had had a falling out. I wonder if they made up for Fred to appear in future episodes?

Stuart has found a ghost cup. Ok not a ghost cup, just a cup. But it might fly later if we are lucky.

The girls in the office hear a noise, the door opened a bit and they panic. They are more entertaining than the rest of the crew.

Of course the door opens OFF CAMERA. They hear another noise and panic even more, and the dark hair lady grabs the boob of the blond lady. Yes for real.

These two are definitely more entertaining than the rest of them. Can we just watch them all night instead?

As Dawn on Twitter @happydawn1 points out, there is a lot less screaming from the likes of Yvette which is a nice change.

Stuart is asking the ghosts to move something, then on cue a bike outside the door moves by itself.

So how does it move? Someone in the hall simply moved it. That's the most obvious explanation.

I have watched it a few times and the bike looks like it is jerked. Most likely with string or something. When they run out, notice how they film away, most likely so the string can be removed. They are also conveniently not on camera themselves, and the audio may have been added later.

The way they film it, I believe Stuart is the one who did it.

Stuart and Karl are trying to convince each other it was a ghost and not Karl who moved the bike, meanwhile Beady and New Yvette are sat on the floor. Beardy clearly taking advantage of the sitting position.

New Yvette is just like Old Yvette and she gets scared by Beardy breathing.

Glen and Old Yvette are still looking at the laptop. Hopefully Glen has his secret folder behind a password.

Hmm a camera is set up to film the door, and low and behold just as the brown haired lady walks off camera the door swings open, almost as if someone pulled it open using a string hidden off camera.

Of course the camera is set up in such a way as to not show the full length of the door.
The doors are clearly very light and swing very easily, so would not take much to do this.

My only issue here is that these girls do seem quite genuine, but the door clearly was pulled open, and it wasn't a ghost. So it had to be them, there is no other explanation.

Karl and Stuart are still talking about the bike.

Looks like Twitter thinks as I did with regards to how it was done.

Stuart and Karl are in the kitchen and there is a firm knocking which they suggest is coming from the door, but is probably Karl just knocking the table or another door OFF CAMERA.

Again they could simply set up a second camera filming both of them and instantly prove they were not behind the knocks.

I really am curious as to how anyone can believe that it is really a ghost?

Old Yvette and Glen are still at the laptop, listening to noises. They are taking it easy this evening it seems.

It is 22:23pm and I thought I would check to see if Most Haunted is trending on Twitter as you know Karl always like to claim it is, and clearly is is NOT trending. Remember Karl will always use the "Trends for you" and then screenshot that, that is NOT the same as UK Trends. Trends for you is literally trends that people who follow you are using, and of course people who follow Karl will be tweeting about Most Haunted.

Back with Karl and Stuart, and they wasting time with the K2 meters again.
Remember when in a previous As Live Karl used his walkie talkie to set off the meters. Just a clue as to how they do it.

Both of them on camera and suddenly everything goes very quiet. Strange that.

There is a noise and a door is closed OFF CAMERA while Stuart is filming in the dark at the sofa.

Suddenly Karl blatantly moves towards where Stuart is and kicks over a bike that is resting against the wall, he then moves back and claims he is at least 6 foot from it.

Again I hate to repeat myself, but a second camera filming them both would instantly prove that Karl didn't just kick it over.

Karl and Stuart are now using the K2 meter to measure how haunted the house is.

They get bored and leave the little bungalow they were in and head back to the main building.

As the episode is nearly over, for some reason they are still filming in black and white despite the fact all of the lights are on.

The 2 ladies are describing their experience with the door opening. Yvette looks very suspicious. I wonder if they told her before hand what they were going to do.

Karl is describing his and Stuart's experiences and is finding it hard to keep a straight face as he tells his story of the bike moving.

They all finish telling their stories, and then describe where they will all go next. And with that the episode ends.

To be fair to them the episode did entertain, but perhaps I am blinkered since I have not seen an episode in a while.

Good points:
New Yvette is an interesting addition to the show, Yes i know it is yet another family member, but she replaces Fred so that can only be good, plus they save money as they don't have to pay her.
The two ladies watching the cams, again they are something different so I like them. Also I highly doubt they were paid, so it is more free crew members.
The cat had some fun and made some noises.
Stuart and Karl made an effort and did some half decent fakery.

Bad points:
No Watson, again Watson is relegated and kept away.
More new people inevitably means more people to fake.
Still the same old same shit type of investigating.
K2 Meters are totally pointless. As are EVPs.
No cutlery or cups were thrown.

So overall there was more good than bad.
I will give this episode a strong 3 out of 10.

Review by Jon Donnis

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6 January 2019

Hot Reading in the 21st Century - How the modern medium cheats!

Recently I have written articles on a number of topics, in the hope of educating people and helping people fight back against the scam that is the psychic reading and/or Mediumship.

Catch up on those by clicking the links below.
How to expose a medium yourself.
Spiritualist Church Medium Secrets.

Today I want to take a closer look at how modern mediums will hot read their victims using modern. technology, and how you can take steps to prevent this, if you are still determined to visit these grief vampires.

In the Church Mediums article I spoke about "The Blue Book" method of hot reading, well this very old fashioned method works great in Spiritualist Churches, when you have the same people attending every week. But what about when a medium hires a function room in a hotel, or a library, where they will most likely be faced with people they have not seen before. Well many more experienced mediums will just stick to cold reading, especially if they have gig after gig every night of the week. It is simply not worth the hassle and time to employ stooges, use recording equipment and so on. Just go on stage, use a few pre-prepared characters which always seem to hit, like the young man who died on the motorbike, or the old man with emphysema, and so on. Go to enough shows and these made up characters seem to appear rather regularly.

It has been alleged that Sally Morgan employs various methods as well as cold reading, one being to get everyone to leave a message for a dead loved one in a bowl, which she will then pick out later in the show to connect with. Use your imagination here, and you can figure out what could possibly be going on. Not to mention the whole scandal of the ear piece which she denied using, then there was video of her removing this non existent ear piece, so she said that was for stage direction, and so on, a legal case against the Daily Mail, big pay out cause they couldn't prove it and so on.

Regardless of that, any time you see ANY medium perform using a madonna style headset be warned, despite what they claim, there is usually more going on. I saw that first hand at a Simon Peters show, when his mic picked up the secret feed he was getting in his ear.

No medium needs a head set, or head phones, or anything like that. They can hold a mic. It is real easy. Also beware of mediums with long hair, that also covers a multitude of sins.

These are all old school techniques, but I want to show you the new school techniques.

So you are on Facebook, and you hear of a new up and coming medium, he or she has been getting rave reviews, so what do you do? You go follow a page or join a group set up by said medium, you might add them as a friend on facebook, or you might end up making friends of other people in the group and you add them.

Suddenly your entire history is available to that medium should they want it.
And what do you do when a show is announced? You click "going" to show you are going to the show.

The moment you joined that group, followed that page, or added anyone vaguely connected to that medium, you lose all right to say "they had no way of knowing......"

Even the most careful of facebook user will not have covered every base when trying to protect their data.
You know those little games you play, those apps you give permission to, to give you a horoscope reading, that data is for sale. For all you know a medium you follow created that app, and guess what, when you gave that app permission, you gave it every detail on your account.

So right now I want you to go to Facebook. Using the menu, find the link to settings, then click on APPS.
You should end up here

Now have a look through your apps. Is there a lot there? Yeah I thought so. My advice, remove the lot.

Next go to Timeline and Tagging Settings
Now to stop a nosy medium from snooping on your page, if they are not connected as a friend, then you need to tighten up these settings, have a look through and make them as secure as possible.

Next go to Privacy, again if needed make these settings much more secure.
The most important one to secure is your friends list, and you want to make it so that only you can view it.

Now why would I suggest this?
Well let's say I am a dodgy medium, maybe your photos are all private, your timeline is pretty secure, there is really nothing I can see on your profile unless I am your friend, so how can I gather info on you, well the first thing I would do is go to your friends list. I am gonna start by searching for people with your surname, that is the easiest way to find siblings, children, parents and so on. And what happens when someone dies who had a Facebook account? It ends up being left as a tribute page. So if I am a psychic and find the page of your dead relative, I can end up finding out everything I need to know to pretend they are coming through in a reading.

Other things you can do if you have access to someones friends list. You can look at profile pictures, maybe your best friend has you on their profile photo, this is gold to a psychic, for it gives them another way to research you, and if that friend doesn't have a secure enough account the psychic can look through photos and see what places you go, what you do and so on. It all helps when building up the reading. For example, is there photos of you in fancy dress at Halloween? The medium could say.

"They are telling me how much you like dressing up, they are showing me blue paint, would you understand that?"

Guess what, you dressed up as a Smurf for Halloween, but the medium had no possible way of knowing that did they?

Another setting to tighten up is the one about who can search for you using an email address. Even if you don't follow a mediums page or are in their group, maybe you book tickets to a gig online and use your email, guess what, that email just exposed your facebook page. 

One time I pointed that out to someone, and they said "but I didn't use my real email address" upon some slight investigative work, they had a @hotmail.co.uk address for facebook, but used a @yahoo.com email for booking tickets, but the bit before the @ was the same on both. And on both it was their full name with a dot and numbers. So even if you don't give your name when you book, you are giving your name in your email address. Search for that name, their location, check their likes and it is pretty clear if you have the right person.

The only way you can be safe with an email address is if it is a brand new one, never used anywhere before, and does not contain your name within it. This really should be common sense, but sadly so many people make this mistake.

So now your facebook is nice and secure, what else is there. Well of course there is Instagram. Again if your account is public, and your username is your real name, or anything easily searched for, you have just given the medium another way to find out info on you. You Gran died, what do you do? You put a RIP message on your Instagram, a photo of you with her and so on. And who will comment? People who knew her, and suddenly the medium has a load more people to use to find information about this dead relative.

So just two pieces of advice here, make your profile private, that will stop people seeing your photos as well as your friends list, and change your username to something completely unconnected to you, your real name or anything that could be guessed. DO NOT PUT YOUR REAL NAME ON YOUR INSTAGRAM!

Twitter, again same advice as above, check your permissions, now consider what you use Twitter for, the vast majority of people will have a public account on Twitter, so your entire history is now view-able, and can be downloaded in it's entirety in a matter of seconds. Imagine the sheer amount of data a medium can pick up from there. They have everything you have ever posted in front of them in a simple document file. Thousands of tweets, well they are unlikely to read through them one by one, but they can always do a search for keywords like RIP, Dad, Mum, Gran and so on. And very quickly a picture can be built up of someone. 

If you are on Social Media, unless you are incredibly careful and private, it is almost impossible to stop someone researching you. And however much you convince yourself that you cant be found from just a phone number or an email, try and google your own details, google your name, then click the images tag, google your email address, see what comes up. This info is all available to a medium who knows you are going to his gig and wants to hot read you.

Let's get away from social media a bit. In the old days when a medium would arrange a gig in a town, they would send someone to a local shop, buy the local paper, and look up the obituaries. In 2018 you don't even need to do this.

A random medium, Derek Acorah, he has a show tonight in Brierley Hill in Dudley, England.
Google "Brierley Hill obituaries" and you get multiple links to local papers that have a list of obituaries in them.

Many of the sites will even have a search function.
So I know that Steve McBobberson has booked a ticket for my show, or perhaps has clicked on the "Going" link on my facebook page. But I can't be bothered to search through their social media page, instead I can search for their surname on the obituaries for that local area. Maybe I get lucky and the name matches up. These obituaries will not only have the name of the person who has died, but their age, their relatives names, what they did for a living and sometimes even how they died.

If I am a medium, I am not interested in the 91 year old who died peacefully in her sleep, because it is unlikely that any of her relatives will feel the need to visit a medium. No I am interested in people who died at any age under 65, as that would be considered too young to die.

And now these obituary sites even have comment sections for each person who has died whereby people can leave messages. This is gold for a medium. So they go through names of people they know will be attending their show, they scan obituaries for surnames that match, they match up names of the living to that on their list. And if all of this is matching up, and if the person died young. Perhaps the obituary says something like "They were taken from us too young", then the medium can assume this person was in an accident, or even killed, and now the medium as the name of the dead, their relatives name and so on, a quick google search for "Bob McBobberson Accident" and it was probably covered in the local paper, and now you have the name and how they died as well as the names of all their relatives.

And all this from Steve McBobberson clicking "going" on a facebook event page, or from steve.mcbobberson@"£$%.com email address.

We live in a world where nothing is private, we moan about excessive CCTV cameras filming us everywhere, yet we invited the world into our living room through social media.

And criminals are taking advantage of this. You are making life easier for mediums than it has ever been in history. Yet you then tell me some medium told you something they had no way of knowing!?

Before you think the medium had no way of knowing something, ask yourself, what is more likely? Is it real, or were you fooled.

There is no shame in being fooled, it has happened to all of us, even me, but there is shame that after you are fooled you keep being fooled by the same trick. And if you do not do anything to prevent being fooled, especially in this age of technology and living our lives online, then you have to seriously question yourself and ask why you invite this upon yourself.

If you post on a forum, the webmaster can see your email address, they can see your IP, on some forums they can even read your private messages. However much you convince yourself that no one can research you, I promise you, you are wrong. And if there is a possibility that someone can research you, even if you consider that chance to be small, it is still infinitely more likely than your dead granny telling a medium that she thinks your new kitchen looks lovely.

Be smart. Try it yourself, research yourself. And then try to tighten up that security, it will never be perfect, and if someone is knowledgeable enough then can still figure things out, but ask yourself, if you make it really hard for a medium to cheat, then they are less likely to try and cheat you.

But of course my final piece of advice is simply to save your money, don't go to that medium, don't take the chance you will be conned.

By Jon Donnis