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Renowned psychic, bestselling author Sylvia Browne dies at 77 - CNN.com

Renowned psychic, bestselling author Sylvia Browne dies at 77
By Greg Botelho, CNN
updated 10:29 PM EST, Wed November 20, 2013
Psychic medium and author Sylvia Browne speaks to the audience during her appearance at Route 66 Casino’s Legends Theater on November 13, 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Psychic medium and author Sylvia Browne speaks to the audience during her appearance at Route 66 Casino’s Legends Theater on November 13, 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
Sylvia Browne dies at a San Jose hospital, her website states
She authored 22 books that became New York Times best sellers
She appeared on shows including “Montel” and “Larry King Live”
Browne wrote 2 months ago: “If you are afraid to die, you will not fully live”

(CNN) — Renowned psychic Sylvia Browne — a leader in the paranormal world who appeared regularly on television and radio and also wrote dozens of top-selling books — died Wednesday in a northern California hospital, according to her website.
She was 77.
A believer in reincarnation as well as God, Browne conducted thousands of hypnotic regressions and hundreds of trance sessions to help people around the world, according to her official biography. She explained on CNN’s Larry King Live that she both communicated with the dead and looked into the future.
“I don’t know how I do it,” Browne once explained on King’s show. “I’ve done it all my life.”
Her following extended well beyond those she helped directly. Some got to know her through her writings, others through the media — including appearances on “Unsolved Mysteries,” “Loveline with Dr. Drew” and “The Montel Williams Show,” on which she was a weekly guest for 17 years.
2003: I get my powers come from God
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“I, like so many of you, lost a friend today,” Williams said in a posting on Browne’s website. “But, as has been for the last 20 years, she’ll always remain a part of me.”
Born in Kansas City, Missouri, during the Great Depression, Browne first became aware of her psychic abilities at age 3, her bio says.
It was a “very scary thing” for her when she realized as a youngster she could tell if someone was going to die, she told King in 2000.
“The only thing, I think, that saved my sanity was that there are so many — well, we can track our lineage back to 300 years — of psychics,” Browne said.
After moving to California in 1964, she moved from helping people privately to doing so publicly to help “thousands of people gain control of their lives, live more happily, understand the meaning of life and to find God in their unique way,” her website states.
She founded The Nirvana Foundation for Psychic Research in 1974, and went on to publish more than 50 books. According to her bio, 22 of those made it to the New York Times Best Sellers list.
Browne also trained ministers to help spread her thinking through the Society of Novus Spiritus organization, and created The Sylvia Browne Hypnosis Training Center to teach her hypnosis methods.
While beloved by many in the psychic community, Browne also had detractors. They included those critical of her remarks, on a 2004 episode of “The Montel Williams Show,” that then-missing Amanda Berry was dead — telling Berry’s mother she would next see her daughter “in heaven, on the other side.”
Berry ended up being rescued — along with her young daughter, Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus — last May in the Cleveland home of Ariel Castro, where they’d been held captive for the better part of a decade. Browne subsequently posted a statement on her website saying, “If ever there was a time to be grateful and relieved for being mistaken, this is that time. Only God is right all the time.”
Browne’s Facebook page includes a September 10 posting stating, “If you are afraid to die, you will not fully live.” The final message came less than a month ago, on October 27, when Browne wrote, “My one prayer every morning that has carried me through my life is, ‘Hi God, it’s me again.’
“It doesn’t matter how you pray,” she added. “It can be just simply talking to God. Remember, God knows your heart and soul.”
Her website does not give a cause, but does say that Browne died at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, California.

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McPike Mansion
The McPike Mansion in Alton, Illinois is a mansion that was constructed in 1869. There have numerous reports of paranormal activity occurring in the mansion, including reports of hearing children laughing and sightings of apparitions moving around the halls. These hauntings are somewhat unusual in the sense that they are not linked to a murder or suicide.

 

McPike Mansion

The McPike Mansion in Alton, Illinois is a mansion that was constructed in 1869. There have numerous reports of paranormal activity occurring in the mansion, including reports of hearing children laughing and sightings of apparitions moving around the halls. These hauntings are somewhat unusual in the sense that they are not linked to a murder or suicide.

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How to play the Midnight Man Game w/ rules
It is highly recommended that you do not play the midnight game, however here are some instructions for thrill seekers. Do at your own risk;
Submitted by coastlinesandpizza
1. It must be exactly 12:00 AM when you begin the ritual, or else it will not work. You will need;CandlesPaper and PencilsA wooden front doorSaltA pin needleAll the lights in the house offStep 1: Everyone who is playing the midnight game must write their names on a piece of paper, then use a pin needle to drop a single drop of their blood onto the paperStep 2: Place the paper in front of your front door. Your front door must be made of wood.Step 3: Light a candleStep 4: Knock on your front door exactly 22 times. (Note: The 22nd knock must happen at 12:00 AM or the ritual will not work.)Step 5: Open your door, blow out the candle, and close it. You have now summoned the “Midnight Man”. Immediately relight your candleStep 6: Your goal for the rest of the game is to survive the Midnight Man. Everyone who plays must walk with their candle lit around the house, avoiding the Midnight Man at all costs until the clock strikes 3:33 AM. At which time the Midnight Man will leave. If your candle blows out on its own, it means the midnight man is near, and you have 10 seconds to relight your candle. if you fail to relight the candle in 10 seconds you must surround yourself with a circle of salt and wait until 3:33 AM. If you fail to surround yourself with salt in time the Midnight Man will attack and you will have hallucinations of your worst fears until 3:33 AM.Signs that the Midnight Man is nearby:* Your candle blows out* You suddenly get very cold* You hear a low whisper* You see a black humanoid figure within the darknessWARNING: * DO NOT USE SOMEONE ELSE’S BLOOD ON YOUR PAPER* DO NOT STAND IN ONE SPOT UNTIL 3:33 AM, THE MIDNIGHT MAN WILL FIND YOU* DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FALL ASLEEP DURING THE MIDNIGHT GAME* DO NOT ATTEMPT TO LEAVE THE HOUSE DURING THE MIDNIGHT GAME* DO NOT USE A LIGHTER OR ANY OTHER LIGHT SOURCE IN PLACE OF A CANDLE* DO NOT TRY TO TURN ON THE LIGHTS DURING THE MIDNIGHT GAME* AND DEFINITELY DO. NOT. TRY TO PROVOKE THE MIDNIGHT MAN!

 

How to play the Midnight Man Game w/ rules

It is highly recommended that you do not play the midnight game, however here are some instructions for thrill seekers. Do at your own risk;

Submitted by coastlinesandpizza


1. It must be exactly 12:00 AM when you begin the ritual, or else it will not work. You will need;

Candles
Paper and Pencils
A wooden front door
Salt
A pin needle
All the lights in the house off

Step 1: Everyone who is playing the midnight game must write their names on a piece of paper, then use a pin needle to drop a single drop of their blood onto the paper

Step 2: Place the paper in front of your front door. Your front door must be made of wood.

Step 3: Light a candle

Step 4: Knock on your front door exactly 22 times. (Note: The 22nd knock must happen at 12:00 AM or the ritual will not work.)

Step 5: Open your door, blow out the candle, and close it. You have now summoned the “Midnight Man”. Immediately relight your candle

Step 6: Your goal for the rest of the game is to survive the Midnight Man. Everyone who plays must walk with their candle lit around the house, avoiding the Midnight Man at all costs until the clock strikes 3:33 AM. At which time the Midnight Man will leave. If your candle blows out on its own, it means the midnight man is near, and you have 10 seconds to relight your candle. if you fail to relight the candle in 10 seconds you must surround yourself with a circle of salt and wait until 3:33 AM. If you fail to surround yourself with salt in time the Midnight Man will attack and you will have hallucinations of your worst fears until 3:33 AM.

Signs that the Midnight Man is nearby:
* Your candle blows out
* You suddenly get very cold
* You hear a low whisper
* You see a black humanoid figure within the darkness

WARNING: 
* DO NOT USE SOMEONE ELSE’S BLOOD ON YOUR PAPER
* DO NOT STAND IN ONE SPOT UNTIL 3:33 AM, THE MIDNIGHT MAN WILL FIND YOU
* DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FALL ASLEEP DURING THE MIDNIGHT GAME
* DO NOT ATTEMPT TO LEAVE THE HOUSE DURING THE MIDNIGHT GAME
* DO NOT USE A LIGHTER OR ANY OTHER LIGHT SOURCE IN PLACE OF A CANDLE
* DO NOT TRY TO TURN ON THE LIGHTS DURING THE MIDNIGHT GAME

* AND DEFINITELY DO. NOT. TRY TO PROVOKE THE MIDNIGHT MAN!

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Damona Hoffman: Your House Is Haunted, Now What? Former Ghost Hunters Executive Producer Gives Advice

My Huffington Post readers know me as a dating expert, but what you might not realize is that my first love was actually the paranormal. While other teenagers were going to the mall and making out with one another, I was chatting it up with the witch at our local occult store about the best techniques for tarot card reading. I was always curious about the unknown, but my analytical mind wanted to understand, not just believe. So you can imagine that about the best thing to ever happen to me was the show Ghost Hunters. I was a rabid fan who saw this show as the answer to my paranormal prayers. Finally, a program that followed skeptics who looked for logical answers before jumping to conclusions! At the time, I was an executive at NBC Universal and I hoped that one day I might cross paths with Jason and Grant at a company party and share some supernatural small talk with them. A few years later, my dreams really came true when I got transferred to the then Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) and was assigned to oversee the show.

In 2011, when searching for signs of life after Syfy, I started to think about the next evolution in paranormal programming. I wondered, “Why isn’t there a TV show about real people documenting their own paranormal experiences?” I called the one person I knew who could bring that show to life in a credible and exciting way, Rob Katz, who had been the executive producer of Ghost Hunters for seven seasons. This Saturday, February 16th, that show will be born on Destination America at 10 p.m. ET as The Paranormal Project. I grabbed a few minutes with Rob Katz to discuss the new show and get advice for readers who, like the participants of the show, may be experiencing something strange or sinister in their homes.

DH: Why is The Paranormal Project different from other ghost shows?

Rob Katz: It’s the only ghost show out there where the homeowners get the chance to investigate their own homes. When someone is dealing with their own fears in a place that they have to sleep, eat, and live every day the investigation is much more emotional. In one story, we follow a family who reached out to ghost groups in the past who would not help them because they believed the entity to be demonic. This family has a mother who is being attacked by an unseen force and frightened children who are seeing and feeling strange things. With this show they were given an opportunity to find answers on their own since the experts would not help them.

DH: Even though you call yourself a skeptic, you’ve seen some pretty amazing things that you can’t explain. In all your years of producing ghost hunters, what really made an impact on you?

RK: I’ve seen many things that I just don’t have an explanation for. One incident that stands out was when TAPS was at The New Bedford Armory. In the middle of an investigation, our sound person, Frank, dropped to the ground and instantly went into shock. We called a medic thinking that something medical had occurred but all of his vital signs were normal. Frank told us that something went right through him and knocked him to the ground. When we reviewed the footage, we actually caught his sound bag moving up on it’s own and knocking him in the face. He was standing completely still and the sound bag just lifted up. Interestingly, right before he was knocked over I had felt a cool breeze and I reached up to see where it was coming from. As a skeptic, I was looking for an open window or any possible logical explanation. I just don’t know what happened. At Eastern State Penitentiary, I was with Jason and Grant investigating in one of the cell blocks and we all saw what appeared to be a black figure walking on the catwalk above us. We went up to investigate and there was nothing there. Unfortunately, it did not record on our cameras and never ended up on the show, but I know what I saw with my own eyes and there was a black shadow walking above us.

DH: What is the best thing for someone to do if they think their house may be haunted?

RK: Take a step back and take a logical approach.
1. Check for any plumbing or electrical issues in the house. Make sure there are no rodents or other animals living in places you can’t see. Also make sure your ventilation systems are clean and working properly. Things like carbon monoxide and other pollutants can effect how you are feeling in your home. 
2. Set up cameras to see if anything strange occurs when you are not there.
3. Get a digital recorder to see if you pick up any sounds or voices.
4. See if there is a pattern to when the activity occurs. Many times what people experience is a residual haunt and those cannot hurt you. 
5. Contact a local ghost group for help if all else fails.

Rob’s advice is well-researched after exploring nearly 300 haunted locations on Ghost Hunters andGhost Hunters International. If you have been through the steps he mentioned and you still can’t get to the bottom of it, you can always write to Destination America and ask to be on a future episode of the show or you can just do what my pal Jason Hawes suggested in his book, Ghost Hunting: True Stories of Unexplained Phenomena from The Atlantic Paranormal Society, “When in doubt, get the hell out!”


The Paranormal Project premieres Saturday, February 16th at 10 p.m. ET on Destination America.

 

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