Kindred Spirits is a television show the airs on the TLC network in North America. The show’s stars are Amy Bruni and Adam Berry. Amy and Adam travel to help people that claim to be experiencing paranormal activities in their homes. Some of the people on the show contacted either Amy or Adam due to poltergeist activity or seeing shadowy figures. The clients are scared, nervous, and uncomfortable in their homes. They need assistance to figure out what is happening and how to deal with it.
Amy Bruni has been investigating the paranormal since she was nine years old. Amy had her first paranormal experience at the age of six in Alameda, California. The first ghost that Amy saw was a man dressed in green. She later discovered that her family’s landlord had lost a son in WWII. Amy’s parents encouraged her to embrace the paranormal and it was her father that took her on her first paranormal investigation. Amy joined SyFy’s Ghost Hunters in 2007 and paranormal investigating became her full-time career. Amy lives in Massachusets with her boyfriend and daughter.
Adam Berry had many paranormal experiences in his childhood years. When he was nine years old he was terrorized by what looked like a ghost dog that would scratch at the walls of Adam’s home. Adam became interested in the paranormal after a visit to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. During that trip, Adam saw large white figures in a field and heard loud gunfire and people shouting. This time the experience fascinated him instead of terrifying him. Adam competed on Ghost Hunters Academy and earned a spot on Ghost Hunters in 2010. Adam lives in Massachusets with his husband.
Guest of Kindred Spirits
Chip Coffey is a world-renowned Psychic Medium who works with various paranormal investigators when they need his skills. Chip often collaborates with Amy and Adam to help bring answers to clients needing help with the paranormal. Chip is a sensitive medium that often feels the pain associated with the injury that caused the death of the ghost. He can communicate with departed spirits and is able to determine if the spirit is harmless or demonic. Chip is a personable, caring, and entertaining medium who occasionally tours Canada and the United States giving talks and doing readings for people.
Adam and Amy use a special teddy bear named, Boo Buddy, to communicate with spirits of departed children. The Boo Buddy has an EMF (Electro-Magnetic Field) meter, a temperature sensor and a vibration sensor within it. The bear will speak when it is interacted with. On Kindred Spirits, they also use video recorders and audio recorders to communicate with spirits. If you want to invest in the tools needed to begin investigating the paranormal for yourself you can get some on Amazon.
I enjoy the Kindred Spirits TV show because the hosts do not scream and freak out when they see or hear a spirit. Amy and Adam are curious about the paranormal and do extensive research and spend hours sitting in the dark to try to find answers for the clients they work with. If they are stumped they ask for help from others in the paranormal industry. While watching their program I believe that I have seen apparitions move across a portion of the screen and have heard the voices of the departed as well. I find it frustrating when I watch a paranormal program and do not get to witness any paranormal activity. Kindred Spirits delivers the goods, the thrills, and the chills that go along with the subject matter. I encourage you to give it a peak. Kindred Spirits airs Friday nights on TLC 9/8 c time.
Ghost hunting is a pseudoscience. A pseudoscience is a claim, belief or practice presented as scientific but does not adhere to the scientific method.
Many ghost hunters refer to themselves as paranormal investigators. A Gallup poll conducted in 2005 reported that 32% of Americans believe that ghosts exist. The poll also surveyed 3 countries; the United States, Canada and Great Britain regarding the existence of haunted houses and at that time 32% of Americans, 28% of Canadians and 40% of Britons believe in hauntings.
If you want to become a paranormal investigator or try ghost hunting as a hobby you should consider doing the following things:
interview the client prior to the investigation to find out what their experiences have been
research the history of the location
if working with others get to know them and develop a working relationship
know the strengths of each team member and assign them tasks that play to their strengths.
flashlight–you will be in dark areas and searching the corners of basements
notebook and pen– keep notes of sounds and sights along with times to refer back to
cell phone– in case you need to call 911
1st aid kit–you never know when a scrape, cut or bump might happen
walkie talkies– you will need to communicate in real time with your team members
a watch– it is always good to know what time it is
digital camera– easy to transfer the pictures to the computer. The pictures can be modified to help see deeper into the spectrum to look for anything abnormal.
camcorder/video camera– perfect for documenting your entire site visit. The time should be noted every hour or so if the camcorder doesn’t automatically do it. As with a digital camera, after transferring to a computer, the film can be examined carefully for any abnormalities.
EMF meters (Electromagnetic Field)– measures changes in the electromagnetic field. Power lines and cell phones can affect these so take the presence of those objects into account when interpreting the results of EFM meters.
motion sensor– a good one is “Mel Meter Vibe”. It uses EFM, vibration, touch and temperature.
thermometers-it has been suggested that paranormal entities can manipulate temperature and create cold spots while in the area or while manifesting.
The proper ghost hunting equipment will be necessary to assist in achieving the goal of helping the client determine if they are dealing with a spirit or entity. Ghost hunting has grown in popularity in recent years. Many people are joining clubs as volunteers in the hopes of seeing an entity. Clubs will likely take volunteers but expect to undergo a series of questions and you may need to have a criminal record check done by local law enforcement. A criminal record check would be necessary as you may need to interact with minors during an investigation and you could be entering the homes of clients when the client is not present.
Another piece of the puzzle that you will need to consider if you are serious about ghost hunting is who should be on your team. Many, if not all ghost hunting teams include a psychic medium. They are a great addition as they can communicate with or at the very least sense any spirits that are present.
I would also recommend that you have someone on the team that loves doing research. That person should know how to access local records and be willing and able to ask many questions. In other words, they should have a curious nature. I would also recommend that you have a tech wizard on your team that can make all the wires go where they need to go while having the ability to troubleshoot any technical glitches. Your team will need a good dose of enthusiasm, along with an ability to stay up all night, and the nerves to not scream in fear at every little noise, poke, or cold spot. There is much to learn and much fun to be had in this exciting hobby choice.
Have you ever volunteered for a ghost hunt? Would you? It is how I plan to spend a good chunk of my retirement. Hope my wife is on board.