Sunday, April 27, 2008

Reflections on Hauntings (pun intended)

I saw a YouTube video today titled, Ghosts, Spirits, and Demons. It’s a compilation of videos from various sources, some allegedly dating back to the 1970's, others I recognized as being fairly recently made. I can’t vouch for the authenticity of any of it. Some of it could have been faked fairly easily, but I have no grounds for saying that it was. Most of it appeared to be real footage of real unexplained events. It’s definitely worth a look – I’d love to hear about it if anyone has concrete information either supporting these videos, or establishing them as hoaxes.

The most interesting clip, to my mind, is the last one. It’s titled, Demon Child in the Mirror, so I was prepared for one of those joke endings where some horrifying scary face from some movie suddenly jumps out at you. Thankfully, that didn’t happen. (I hate those, not only because they’re fake – they always scare the *&# out of me, lol.) What this video did show, was a lovely little girl combing her hair in front of an old-fashioned three-way mirror. Due to the camera angle, we can see the little girl and two of the mirror panels, showing her reflection. She finishes combing, puts down her comb and turns around to face the camera; then she turns back to the mirror for a moment, then back to the camera again. The second time she turns back to the camera, ONE of the reflections doesn’t change...her face appears in the camera and also in the mirror behind her. The reflection in the other mirror panel shows the back of her head, as it should.

I watched this segment several times, pausing repeatedly to study the individual frames, and I haven’t been able to detect any tampering. Admittedly, I’m not an expert, and I know that a lot can be done these days with computer graphics; but the overall quality of this video is simply not that high. It’s good, but it really doesn’t look like it’s been “fixed” at all.

I was especially interested in this segment because of an experience I had several months ago. I walked into the bathroom one night to brush my teeth before bed, and as I turned to look into the mirror, I saw my own face reflected – in profile. Startled, I turned to look at another mirror that hung on the wall next to me – that reflection was normal, and when I turned back to the first one, my own shocked, white face stared back at me.

I am sure of what I saw, but I can’t understand how it could be possible. A hiccup in time? An error in The Matrix, like the black cat that appeared twice in the movie? I have no idea. I only know that I saw my own face in the mirror, from an angle that was impossible according to conventional physics. I saw it for several seconds, and I immediately told my husband about it. I was visibly shaken when we talked about it, and he remembered it right away when I showed him the little girl in the video today.

Has anyone else had an experience similar to this? I’d love to hear about it, if so. Obviously, there’s more to physics (and to life itself) than we currently understand. Please feel free to write to me at


Regan Lee said...

Thanks for the post, Karyn. Very interesting! I've never had that happen. Maybe someone who reads this will have some insights.

I know that mirrors can be portals to a spirit world. There's a lot of lore about mirrors and the recently deceased; covering the mirror in many traditions when someone dies.

A kind of side note:
We lived in a haunted house in Los Angeles. My husband and I, my sister and her boyfriend, we all lived there in a big house. I never saw a ghost, but saw the effects of it; (things moved, my cat refusing to go in one room, etc) but one night, my sister came out of the bathroom, very shaken, and said she'd just seen the ghost in the mirror. She looked around; she couldn't see it in the bathroom, just the figure of a woman in the mirror.

Emma said...

Thanks for this! I really enjoyed the video.

I am possibly the jumpiest person in the world - so like you I'm always a bit freaked by those JUMP videos

Great to find this site!

HauntedHillsdale said...

Hmmm, you know I just finished working with Leslie Rule (Ann Rules daughter) on a story about one of the little girls I worked with saw ghosts in her mirror. It was a 3 way mirror like you described. She would look in the mirror see the ghosts behind her, look behind her, no ghost. Look in mirror, ghosts behind her.

She actually worte a whole book about ghosts in the mirror (profiling cases). It's coming out this August. Apparently this whole "ghost in the mirror" occurrence happens in many a womans public bathroom (or so I'm told by Leslie). I did investigate a bar that there was supposed to be a woman in the mirror.

I do agree with whomever said above me that they can be portals. Thats why I'm not at all thrilled with having a mirror in my bedroom as I sleep.

Now I'm off to find this video, did you post a link to it and I'm just missing it?