“I Hear Dead People” - A Review of the Ovilus Spirit Communication Device
Matt Hendrix, sensitive investigator of Paranormal Task Force, Inc.
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By Gregory Myers of the Paranormal Task Force
When I had first heard of the Ovilus device and what it purported to do, I could not help but laugh out of complete skepticism. I have always doubted claims that such paranormal communication devices actually work. At best, I thought them to be products of wishful thinking and at worst, pure hokum. When I was finally able to test out the Ovilus, I was stunned at how well it worked and performed in the field.
The Ovilus is one of many paranormal field experimental devices created by Bill Chappell, a retired electronics engineer and the founder of the digitaldowsing.com website. He states the device works by measuring changes in the “environmental” energy fields around it. It modulates the energy changes into audible speech using a synthesizer chip, an extensive English word dictionary, and a function that phonetically sounds out words. Mr. Chappell calls this process ECM or “Environmental Communications Mode” and states his devices do not employ any arbitrary techniques to produce results such as random generation, sweep functioning, or programmed algorithms.
The Ovilus is a small, lightweight device that is portable enough to be taken anywhere during an investigation. It is powered by a 9-volt battery and has two audio-out jacks so headphones, external speakers, or audio recorders can be used simultaneously with the device. The Ovilus also features a bright array of LED lights to graphically display various readings, a feature useful for low light use.
The device has seven modes of operation. It includes a dictionary mode containing 512 stored words, phonetic mode (sounds out words by syllable), a combination mode (both dictionary words and phonetics) and a “yes” or “no” mode. It also features an electromagnetic field (EMF) mode that verbally outputs EMF levels in milligauss, a level mode that only graphically displays EMF levels, and a dowsing mode that simulates virtual dowsing rods.
I assume at this point, the reader is still fairly skeptical about the effectiveness of such a device. I was initially doubtful too. However, after working on an investigation with Keith Age of the Louisville Ghost Hunters Society (LGHS) who had brought an Ovilus along with him, my skepticism began to wane. I must admit, it took some time to adapt to the device’s primitive “speak-n-spell” like voice and I found myself initially unimpressed. However, when it began repeating words relevant to the history and events specific to the location we were investigating, I was shocked! On another floor of the investigation area, it performed just as brilliantly stating unique location appropriate words.
After that experience, I began to warm up to the device and decided it might be a good fit for our team. We ordered the Ovilus through Bill’s website and gave it a trial run on our own investigations. We found the Ovilus very easy to use and it performed so well, we added it to our arsenal of critical research equipment used on every investigation.
From our use in the field, we have noted some tips and precautions with these devices. The Ovilus and other communication devices from Bill Chappell and Digital Dowsing may attract a range of paranormal activity attempting to communicate. As such, we have witnessed that the devices are capable of generating unexpected and sometimes disturbing speech or text. With this in mind, they should not be used around or by children, anyone suffering from mental illness or emotional trauma, or around those who are easily offended. One must definitely give careful consideration to the use this device around clients who may not want or need to know the information being imparted. Furthermore, it should be considered that paranormal realms are not always the safest and involvement can bring hidden psychological and physical dangers. I always recommend that those who attempt any type of spirit communication should first protect themselves with their own faith or spiritual beliefs.
Use of this device requires rationalism and common sense. With only 512 dictionary words and 71 phonetic syllables programmed in the Ovilus, some results from the device can be attributed to coincidence and the odds of it saying something contextually correct are statistically probable. A good investigator should always collect multiple sources of evidence in an investigation that, when combined, may determine if the output of the device is coincidental or not. Furthermore, researching the history and past events of the locations where the device is being used also aids in validation.
Sandra Oates and Bobbi Govro of Paranormal Task Force.
We feel the Ovilus is a “must have” device of value to any paranormal investigator desiring to gain an edge in researching the paranormal and it appears we may not alone in our assessment. Having been featured in several prominent magazines, radio shows and movies, Bill Chappell’s devices are gaining the attention of the entire paranormal community.
We have certainly been converted by Mr. Chappell’s visionary inventions. As we gain more experience with the device, we plan on writing a more in-depth review of results we get in the field. If interested in learning about the Ovilus and his other devices, visit Bill’s website at http://www.digitaldowsing.com.
© 2008 - Gregory Myers, Paranormal Task Force, Inc.
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The Dead Spoken To You Lately?
Lisa Lee Harp Waugh
The Great American Necromancer
The first lady of conjuring the Dead.
The ancient art pf Necromancy is still
alive today with Waugh at it's main
investigator. LISA LEE HARP WAUGH
Is a necromancer in the 21st century.
She is by what may call a real conduit
to the world of the dead. She dressers
in ceremonial robes, draws magical
circles on the floor and commands
spirits from Heaven, Hell and all
places in between to appear before
her and communicate with the living.
As a teenager she studied heavily
The Black Arts by Richard Cavendish
and The Grand Grimoire by A.E Waite,
the Malleus Maleficarum and anything
she could get her hands on by the
great by Eliphas Levi, John Dee and
the great beast, Aleister Crowley.
A professional Necromancer and founder
of the Sorcerers Guild And Necromancers
of Texas and of greater Houston, Texas.
Waugh has been practicing and conducting
rituals for many paranormal investigators
for over 20 years. Waugh also paints
many spiritual and common murals and
lives in a small Texas town with her
three dogs. She also over the years
makes ceremonial candles and is active
in ghost hunting in the deep South.
Summoning the dead to communicate
with the living is a natural daily
occurrence for Waugh. "I have
been doing this since I was a child."
" When I lived in Galveston,
Texas about 15 years ago, I was introduced
to the ancient rights of ceremonial
Necromancy as a ritual by a great
shaman called Freebird, and because
of him and his diligence to the art,
I still practice it until this day."
"However, if a spirit has something
vital to impart to you, they will
call upon you, not vice-versa and
no ritual is needed".
She then Got involved with the local
Hoodoo Voodoo's of the area and new
doors where opened to her concerning
communicating with the dead.
Waugh was baptized and trained in
the secret dark religion by Bianca
The Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Waugh
lived in New Orleans for 3 years until
she learned all about spells, hex's
and how to hoodoo voodoo people as
Waugh also owned and managed the
fantastic Candle Making Company in
Galveston, Texas for many years that
catered to the eclectic patrons taste
of many of the states visitors and
just curious. She then moved to Houston's
Famous Vodoun area 5th ward. This
now where she resides to this day.
Her home today is a testimony to Necromancy
and her new found religion of Voodoo
Necromantic practitioners such as
Waugh conducts, and entails respect
and reverence not only for the spirits
of the dead, but for the spirits of
Hell, Heaven and all places in between.
Waugh has a large home one room she
has painted black where she calls
the good spirits. Another painted
all black where she calls the infernal
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Waugh is often compared today in
her facial features and many similar
practices as being a modern Dr. John
Dee. He of course was one of the most
fascinating characters of the Elizabethan
period just as Waugh is recognized
as such in modern times. The events
of Dee's life are filled with science,
experiments, astrology and mathematics
which he aligned with magic, the supernatural
and alchemy! All of which is Waugh's
personal passion and driven honest
beliefs. These are also stead fast
traditions she does and true in practicing
openly. A few of her select followers
say she is the actual reincarnation
of John Dee. Waugh also practices
astrology, and is very continuously
studying the Black Arts.
Waugh, a real big hearted Texas gal
does not comment on any of this privately
or publicly ... for she is humble
in her paranormal studies and research
to the core. Gina Lanier a close friend
of her's relates: "Waugh is a
very outgoing friendly, charming and
a downright loveable person, and gets
along equally well with the living
and the dead." Lanier and Waugh
once investigated a real Haunted Texas
Federal Prison together for close
to two years in the early 1990's and
had many startling paranormal adventures
Lisa Lee Harp Waugh's accomplishments
have been achieved through hard work,
persistence, and a goal-oriented attitude
required to overcome obstacles and
reach difficult goals. Waugh shares
her approach to communicating with
the dead's success in this motivational
performance that's sure to inspire
Paranormal Investigators to excel
in their life.