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Instrumental Transcommunication



ITC – The Basics


Submitted by Mitchell Goth


ITC, it stands for Instrumental Transcommunication, and it’s safe to say that just about every paranormal investigator out there has used it, but not many know the meaning of ITC, and some still haven’t even heard the term before. ITC is a rather broad term of electronic spirit communication as opposed to EVP which just includes voice recorder communication, although EVP is a sub-category of ITC.
In reality, if you’re communicating electronically in any way shape or form with spirits, it’s ITC. The most common devices used for ITC are digital/analog recorders (for EVP of course), ghost/spirit boxes like the Shack-Hacks and the P-SB7, and even EMF detectors. EMF detectors can only be considered ITC tools if you use them for communication rather than for diagnostics and searching for random EMF spikes. Along with all of these you can also find specialized ITC devices such as the Ovilus. For those who are unfamiliar with that the device, the Ovilus is an ITC tool that contains an internal electronic dictionary that is powered by environmental sensors. The theory behind the Ovilus is that spirits can manipulate the environment to choose their words from the dictionary to speak.
While those are the most common methods of ITC, there are many other smaller sub-category’s. Television communication was a very popular means of ITC back in the 80’s. It was used mostly to capture visual evidence through blank channels, but was utilized later on as a means of audio communication/white noise generation (a lot like the TV from the movie Poltergeist, but on a less dramatic scale). Other forms of ITC include people using phones, cameras/camcorders, bionic ears, and even fax machines to communicate with the dead.
Since the 1970’s ITC has been a staple of the paranormal investigation community. But, it seems that it has become so common, people have all but forgotten that it’s still a term at all. But, remembered or not, ITC is used by every paranormal investigator who utilizes any of the above techniques, or any other kind of electronic communication, it’s really any type of way to achieve intelligent ghostly communication with electronics, be the result audio or visual evidence. So, as long as you don’t entirely rely on metaphysical means of investigation, you use ITC on your paranormal investigations.



Mitchell Goth is the Wisconsin State Representative for the NPS, and a passionate researcher in the paranormal field.  He can be reached via email at mitchell.goth@yahoo.com




Investigators Tool Box

Investigators Tool Box: Where Do You Start?


Submitted by Belinda Clark-Ache


There are about a billion different tools and gadgets that can be used when investigating the paranormal. I’ve included a list at the end of this that I’ve culled from numerous web sites but I thought I would start with the basics. Here are a few things I think are valuable when you are just starting out.

A cell phone, working time piece, flash lights, a camera (35mm, digital 5.0 or higher megapixel or both) a compass, pencil, markers, paper, a audio recorder, common sense and a buddy who shares your interest. Everything else can be picked up along the way as you determine how much money you want to spend on your new pass time.

Where do you find items to buy? Hardware stores, Wal-Mart, Walgreen’s, Lowe’s, Radio Shack or online: Google ghost hunting tools or investigators tool kits or go to almost any paranormal groups website and find their tool/equipment lists. Beware of your online safety and the safety of your financial assets when making any purchases online.

After these bare bone items what would I suggest are your next purchases? My Top 10

1. Tripods for all cameras

2. External microphone for all devises that record sound. Spend the money on QUALITY. Ask someones advice in the recording business or do your research.

3. A closed circuit security television system. The basic one is under $80.00

4. Video Recorder, DVR burning soft-wear, Write-able DVD’s

3. Two way radio’s*

4. Thermometers

5. EMF meters

6. Black light

7. Motion detectors

8. Radio Base

9. Personal recording devices

10. Thermal imaging camera’s, monitors


In addition these things can be added:

*Geiger counter

*Divining rods


*Night scope

*Closed circuit television security system



*Motion detectors/sensors

*Black light


*Note pads, automatic pencils, clipboard, and markers

*Time pieces/wrist watches: yes. Synchronize the times settings

Carrying cases for equipment

*Tape: scotch tape, duct tape

*Wire ties or plastic ties

Choice of equipment and how you use it is going to tell people a lot about how seriously you take paranormal research, but should not be the reason you invest in the high ticket items. You are going to find that in most cases less is more and the time to figure that out would best be before you sink your hard earned money into electronics.  I want to advise you to build and add the more expensive pieces later. It may save a big expense!



Belinda Clark-Ache began investigating the paranormal in Pomona California, with family members, during the late 1960’s, letting experience be her teacher. 2003 a friend, founder of one of the pioneering online investigating teams, The Ghoststalkers of West Tennessee invited her to go out with them. She has experience in residential investigations, historical locations, battlefields, demon presences, malevolent spirits, spirit cleansing & cross over. Her favorite investigations are the ones that are validated by historical research. These days she works with teams by invitation as a consultant and/or guest spending her time providing referral services to those searching for help and promoting National Paranormal Society.