Haunted Paintings Make Some People Ill

by Rob (@Dimentoid) // 2019-03-01T11:40:41-05:00

Gloucestershire Live shares shocking footage of a paranormal show-and-tell gone wrong, when one woman fell ill after the reveal of a haunted painting.

The painting is titled “Sinister,” recovered from a place called Revesby Abbey, and presented by the Haunted Objects Museum. At about 4:30 in the video, a woman complains that the painting has caused her to experience a terrible headache, and then (off camera) passes out.

According to GLive, she later underwent “spiritual cleansing with tuning forks” with the help of a nearby medium.

If you know me, you know I’m usually not that much of a skeptic. Takes the fun out of things. That said, in situations like this (and, really, with all types of ghost hunting and paranormal investigation), I can only wonder if such a reaction would be had if you showed someone a “haunted” painting but failed to mention it was haunted.

I’m not sure any such experiments have ever been performed. I’m not sure if any paranormal investigators have ever investigated a house that decidedly wasn’t haunted, just as a control. Or shown someone a terribly cursed object without mentioning it was cursed, just to see the possible effects. Without that baseline, you’ll never be able to say, “Yes, this is haunted.” Haunted compared to what?

Is an object only haunted if you know it’s a haunted object? Does a curse only work if you know you’ve been cursed? How much of a role does priming play in personal paranormal experiences?