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Down the Rabbit Hole, Episode 1: Danny Thomas from Houston Ghost Tour

In this premiere episode of Down the Rabbit Hole, Saul welcomes Danny Thomas, owner of Houston Ghost Tour. They talk about the unusual world of taking people into the shadowy realms of the spirits. Danny talks about his experiences and techniques as a guide and investigator. Saul talks about his work at the seance table.

They are collaborating for an event on June 15, 2019. Click to reserve your spot!

Saul returns to the Museum of the Weird

Some paths fade far into our rear-view mirror. Others come back into view again, and again, as we continue the travel of life. Paranormalist, Saul Ravencraft says that he is pleased that this particular path is returning, at least in part.

“Scheduling made it difficult for me to continue doing tours at the Museum as other activities, such as Sherwood Forest Faire, demanded more of my time,” says Saul. “I enjoy the eclectic energy of that and have missed it, even though the time has been filled with other interesting projects.”

Those projects left a little wiggle room as there was need to fill some limited space.

“There was a space where they needed someone to do what I was doing on a limited basis to help fill out their schedule,” Saul explains. “This will keep me open to continue with the many other projects while still making those connections with people who enjoy the weird.”

Saul said he has missed the Museum since he stepped away in December.

Saul says “I have met a few people who came for tours as strangers who left as allies. I’ve done performances and readings for some of them. There aren’t too many places you can go to meet people who like weird stuff.”

Saul will be regularly featured on Tuesdays from 10:00am to 6:00pm. The museum features an array of curios & oddities, from Bigfoot to shrunken heads, plus a gift shop. It is located at 412 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701 and is open daily from 10:00am to midnight. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $8.00 for children $8 and younger. Tickets include a look at the broad collection of oddities and a tour of the special exhibits, including The Creature In Ice and the Sfanthor horror wax museum, as well as a personal performance by Saul and other performers. Call the Museum at (512)476-5493 for more information.

March: the Serpent and the Rainbow

When: March 11 (second Monday). Doors open for dinner and drinks at 7:00pm. Film starts at 8:00pm.
Where: Mister Tramps, 8565 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758 (map)
Join the event on Facebook.

Join Saul Ravencraft for a look at some of Saul’s personal favorites in horror.

Wes Craven has gave us some great scares in his lifetime. His creations were not just about saying “Boo!” They went deeper inside you and tapped into both primal and intellectual places. The Hellraiser and Freddie Kruger series are what most people recall of Craven’s work, and you can go see those at any sort of horror film series. One of Saul’s favorite Craven films is a more obscure offering called The Serpent and the Rainbow. An anthropologist is sponsored by a pharmaceutical company to go to Haiti to discover the secret to their “zombie powder.” His scientific expedition becomes a twisted path to terror as science and the supernatural clash in a way that threatens to tear away his reason. Horror fantasies that drift along the lines of reality make those lines very blurry… and that’s where you find the kind of horror that will follow you home.

It’s an 80s film, so it’s filled with glorious practical effects. It was filmed in Haiti, and you can feel that.

Donations for this event will go to Doctors Without Borders, an organization dedicating to help get medical help to everyone, everywhere, regardless of politics.

This interactive event takes place in the amazing 3-screen viewing room at Mister Tramps, where there’s not a bad seat in the house. Saul leads the proceedings with help from his sullen assistant. Enjoy each horrible reel with a live audience, the way they were intended to be seen. In between reels, Saul will share some of his paranormal entertainment, featuring some of his strange artifacts and “games” designed to push the boundaries and prove that there are, indeed, more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Mister Tramps has a fantastic food and drink menu, so come hungry. The more food and drink you buy the more they love us!

Join Saul Ravencraft live, 26 FEB 2019

What: An evening of weirdly wonderful entertainment
Where: Kick Butt Cafe, 5775 Airport Blvd. Austin, TX (map)
When: February 26, 2019, 7pm and 9pm
How much: $5 general seating; $15 preferred seating (reserved table for 2)

Come be a part of history as Saul Ravencraft does two rare public performances at Kick Butt Cafe, sharing the kind of entertainment he provides at private and corporate events.

There will be two live shows, exploring the powers of the mind, the strange, and the ghostly. It’s a wild ride into the realm of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. It will be theatre that happens before your eyes and deep within your own mind. “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

Saul will also be recording these programs as part of his promotional reel, so it’s your chance to help build the dream. Come be a part of history for less than the price of a good beer.

Tickets are $5 for general admission. There are a limited number of premium tables for 2 for $15.

Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets.
PLEASE NOTE: By attending this show you agree to be recorded and that footage used for commercial purposes. (See agreement details.)

Emergency Services Respond when Bathroom break threatens to go nuclear

In these sensitive times you need to be careful what you say, even in places that might be considered sacred. A man in a Home Depot bathroom gave a friendly warning to everyone when he stepped into a stall.

“You all need to get out of here because I’m fixin’ to blow it up.”

Here’s what happened next.

Mistaking what might have been an overdose of enchiladas for potential terrorism, a concerned citizen made a phone call to the authorities.

“We just had a customer here made what may have been a bomb threat. He said, uh, somebody told me there’s a bomb in here and you need to leave the building. He said it three times.”

Police responded and found no sign of an explosive, but did manage to track down the man and discovered it was all a misunderstanding. Fortunately, everyone recognized it was a joke and no one had to go away. Good thing he was in a hardware store and not an airport!

You can see the original report below from KWCH12 IN Wichita, Kansas.

The original KWCH12 report

A tiger? In texas?

So, you’re wandering around, trying to figure out the best place to smoke your weed, and you see an abandoned house. Perfect! You go inside, ready to enjoy some deep chillin’, when your buzz is all harshed by… a tiger!

A couple of Houstonians had just this experience. Unbelievably, they called 311, which was probably a very good thing. The tiger was underfed, thirsty, and housed in a cage that she could have easily escaped. Authorities picked up the animal and began her care while an animal sanctuary was found that can take her in. Here’s the news video.

No word as to what happened to the would-be stoners. Good on them for worrying less about their own jeopardy and calling this in before someone got hurt. The story could have been very different.

Lead Astronomer Standing By ET Claim

It’s one thing when the eccentrics talk about alien spacecraft in our solar system. It’s something else altogether when the head of a university astronomy department says it.

The chairman of Harvard University’s astronomy department, Avi Loeb, released a controversial analysis of an asteroid object, dubbed Oumuamua (pronounced /Oh-mooah-mooah/). It talked about the unusual nature of the object based on its behavior. What got everyone’s attention was this quote:

“Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that ‘Oumuamua’ is a lightsail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment,”

As you can imagine, Loeb took a good deal of criticism from the science community. Now that Oumuamua is making its way back out of our solar system, you would think that he would just nod his head and say “You guys are right. It’s just a rock.”

Loeb is not doing that.

The name Oumuamua is a Hawaiian word meaning “messenger from afar arriving first” or “scout.” In his paper, Loeb said that the mathematics of the object’s movement was not consistent with other sorts of natural objects. If your math mojo is sufficient, you can see his work in the paper referenced above.

In a recent article from the Washington Post, Loeb continues to stand by his belief that this was more than just a fancy rock that happened into our solar system.

We have not been able to get a good picture of the object—at least not that I could find. The pictures that you normally see are an artist’s imaginings, like pictures of dinosaurs. There is what is considered to be a good photo of the object, created by combining multiple images from the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope as well as the Gemini South Telescope.

Before you get too excited at what appears to be a flyby of the Starship Enterprise, the actual object is the little white dot marked with a blue circle in the middle of the frame. The apparent portals are stars which were distorted as the telescope tracked with the moving object.

It’s great to see someone stand by their conclusions in the face of opposition. A guy named Galileo did something similar, facing an Inquisition hearing for heresy. That all worked out OK, and his discoveries and thought are still a part of modern scientific culture. Will we eventually discover that Loeb was right? Is it even possible to find out? Probably not in our lifetime.

I think the truth is out there, though. I firmly believe that eventually we will enter into a new age of humanity as we discover our place amongst other beings in the stars. For now, we get a little fuzzy dot.

Séance Theatre

If you believe what you see on television, the only way to have a ghostly encounter is to stumble around in the dark through a mouldy old house, lugging equipment and hoping for a tiny glimpse of paranormal activity.  It was not always so.  People once gathered in homes or public places, both modest and elegant, to wonder at the mysteries of the spirit world and see if it was possible to make contact.

Some people still do.

Cartoon from the 1853 British magazine, Punch, showing the dangers of playing séance games

Séance is not necessarily scary, though it is suspenseful. It need not happen in a darkened room with everyone holding hands around the table. You won’t be intruded upon by your judgy dead relatives.

Spooky séance scene from the 1922 silent film, Dr. Mabuse the Gambler

Saul draws upon the classical techniques for spirit connection that date back 100 years and more. He also can bring more modern techniques, using electronic equipment that was not available to the pioneering spiritualists. It can be done as a costumed affair or as a more casual event.

It can happen in your home, in a location with a haunted history, or just about anywhere where the group can be isolated. Do a light exploration, like many of the curious did in the 19th century, or do a deep dive. There are so many possibilities!

Imagine sitting by candle-light after a delicious dinner.  Saul Ravencraft, has prepared you with what you need to know and do.  The shadows leap about on the faces of your friends, each waiting and listening.  Everything has been arranged.  Will you receive a sign?  Will the spirits visit and make themselves known?  Will they know you?

Experience Séance Theatre as a private event, or request an invitation to one of our group gatherings where you’ll meet other curious seekers. To arrange a private event, find out about a group event, or get more information, please use our contact form or call the office at 512-996-9019.

FYRE festival taken down by magick?

You may have heard of the ill-fated FYRE Festival, a music extravaganza on an island that turned a wealthy group of music fans into something from Lord of the Flies. Recently, come documentaries came out about the ill-fated event. Here is a trailer for one of them before.

Some have said the the downfall of the event was due to incompetence, greed, mismanagement… all the usual things. But, that’s not the only story out there.

A number of articles, like this one from Vanity Fair, suggest that it was none of these things, but that Blink-182’s Matt Skiba used witchcraft to take down the festival. Can a little bit of negative mojo do something like this? In a word, yes! This is why when someone begins to do workings, it is important to have intentions crystal clear or you may have some serious unintended consequences.

In the case of the FYRE Festival, any take-down magick was probably pretty low-hanging fruit. Anyone could probably have lit a candle, said a few words, and gone “Ta-da!” at the end of it all. But, don’t doubt that people from all walks of life try to use their power to make things happen, and it’s not all happy-time, fuzzy-bunny magic. Keep your shields up!