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Ep. 26 – Call Her DADA

Show Notes

It’s our one-year anniversary! One year of Booze + Spirits, and despite all that experience, Mel shows up late, Cait pulls her conversation cues from Cards Against Humanity, and Nick talked into the cold mic while the hot mic was in another part of the room again (sorry for the potato quality). For this momentous event we decided on a episode touching some of the darker, nastier denizens of the paranormal world (the ghost ones, not douchey or pretentious ghost hunters), and some ways to keep yourself from being caught in their webs. So sit in for an extra long, sub-quality version of Defense Against the Dark Arts class, and at the end Cait will send you home with a recipe for a Bloody Mary that doubles as a protection spell!

Like we mention in the podcast, Michelle Bellanger is one of our favorite sources for information on psychic and magical arts. You can find her books through her website, though some of our favorites are listed below:
The Ghost Hunter’s Survival Guide
The Psychic Vampire Codex
The Dictionary of Demons

The Phillip Experiment – Artificial creation of a spirit entity (see also tulpas)

How to Lucid Dream

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Remember to drink responsibly and in accordance with your local laws. Don’t end up our next ghost!

RECIPE: Bloody Orangey Margey

  • 2 oz Silver Tequila
  • 2 oz Blood Orange Juice
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz charcoal agave syrup
  • Juice of 1 lime

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake until mixed and chilled. Strain into a fresh glass of ice. We recommend a salt or Tajin rim.

Charcoal Agave Syrup

Combine 1 cup agave syrup with 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Carefully mix in 1 tsp activated charcoal (available at your local health food store), bring to a low boil for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER:  Activated charcoal can affect how your medications and supplements work.  Ask your doctor if you’re on prescriptions.  We’re lushes, not medical professionals 🙂

DIY Haunted Television

Here’s a project that connects with me on all levels. Of course, I love spooky stuff and horror movie scares, and a huge part of what I love to do as a theatre director and designer is take what is normally thought of as a “movie special effect” and make it work in the nuts & bolts practical world. There’s a real satisfaction when the proper combination of tech and timing makes, say, an actor move independently of their shadow, or a person appear in different parts of the room too quickly to be human.

So this project by Instructables user gocivici is right up the center of my alley. He’s fitted an old cathode-ray TV with a Raspberry Pi and a mini-camera, and using face -recognition software has created a television that turns itself on, waits for the viewer to look away, and then places a spooky image behind them when they look back. Watch this:

It really is genius, and being Instructables, the how-to for creating your own is included on the site. It takes some Raspberry Pi programming and electrical engineering, but from what I see the instructions are very complete and should be manageable if taken slowly and carefully by anyone with a creative itch to scratch. I hope to see this (as well as some creative variations) in every Halloween haunted house by next fall!