Pictou County medium claims to have captured Houdini's voice

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Hatfield made recording at seance in Halifax on Oct. 31

Alan Hatfield, knows there will always be skeptics who doubt whether his work as a medium is real, but he’s gone the extra mile to try to give some veracity to his claim of contacting Harry Houdini in the afterlife.

Following an Oct. 31 séance in Halifax, Hatfield said he took a recording to get it verified as real and original.

Scott Ferguson, a Halifax based professional audio engineer and producer, has examined the tapes for tampering, determining that not only has the audio not been tampered with, but that these messages from spirit have a different intonation and occur at a different frequency than the voices of those present in the room at the time.

“It is my opinion that upon intent listening and frequency spectroscopic analysis, the recording is consistent with my expectations for an unaltered, original recording,” said Ferguson.

Interestingly enough, Houdini himself didn’t believe in mediums, but just before he passed away, Hatfield said Houdini promised his wife Bess that, if it was possible, he'd send a message from beyond.

On Oct. 31, Houdini enthusiasts and spiritualists from around the world gathered at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, to participate in the annual Houdini séance. This year it was led by Hatfield. During the séance, the only audio that was played back for all present to hear, was a 31 second clip that unusual sounds were heard as if something was being dragged across a floor.

“After the séance I still had roughly 90 minutes of tape to go through and I was very excited to hear a direct response to questions asked of Houdini,” said Hatfield.

He said that the voices from the departed are often too quiet to be heard by all present, but he records them and plays them back louder. That’s what he did the night of the séance, but didn’t have time to do it when everyone was there.

”I could not ask everyone present, including the media, to sit quietly now for another 90 minutes to review what may have or have not been captured on the audio, as impending high wind and rain warnings were forecast for that evening,” Hatfield said.

Despite having had technical difficulties with one of the tape recorders at the beginning of the séance, Hatfield had a second digital recording device rolling throughout, along with infra-red video and audio.

He claims that Houdini said: “Hey you know this is crossed over and all this Indian has to tell you here today.”

Hatfield, who is an aboriginal, said Indian is the term that would have been used to identify First Nations people back in the 1920s. The term crossed over, he said confirms that Houdini was talking form the afterlife.

Asked how he could be sure it was Houdini’s voice and not someone else’s on the recording, Hatfield said that when you call you call out by name someone in the spirit life, if there’s an answer, you know it’s the person you called.

“Nobody would come and answer for him,” he said.

Hatfield also claims to have heard a response from Houdini’s wife Bess. One of the women at the séance asked her “We always wondered why you never had kids.”

The response was: “Alan invited me.”

Hatfield explained that that meant that she’s only going to talk to him since he was the one who opened the door for her.

Since the dead don’t have vocal cords they use the audio energy in the room to communicate.

“They sort of piggy back what they want to say into our sound waves,” he claims.

He said if he was making all this up, he’d be the only one hearing the voices. The audio recording he said proves he’s not.

Capturing spirits on tape is nothing new for Hatfield, who claims to have been communicating with spirits since he was a child. In 1988 he said he was working as a truck driver when he saw a light and heard a voice say: “We have a new mission for you.”

Hatfield’s specialty is EVP — electronic voice phenomena.

”I've been to the Titanic site twice and recorded voices there and at Deadman's Island and other places through the years,” he said.

Hatfield says he will provide a transcript and recording of the voice. 

Organizations: Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, First Nations

Geographic location: Pictou County, Iceland

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  • elk
    December 11, 2013 - 10:46

    I feel bad for anyone who spends a dime on this guy or believes this garbage. I'm sure James Randi would quickly debunk any and everything Alan has ever done. There's a reason you only hear of him in local news and not on any legitimate news sites.

  • Chris
    December 10, 2013 - 22:09

    Lots of people claim lots of things; doesn't mean they're worth printing. Consider: what is more likely - that this man is able to commune with the dead, or that he's a con man? People like this charlatan routinely take financial advantage of people at their most vulnerable. What an embarrassment for your newspaper. Have Mr. Hatfield bring his recording to the James Randi Educational Foundation. If he can prove his claims, he'll get a million dollars that has been promised to anyone who can demonstrate psychic abilities in a controlled test (bank statements with the funds are frequently released, and the prize money has gone unclaimed for decades. Why might that be?). Again: embarrassing.

  • skeptic
    December 10, 2013 - 19:37

    Alan Hatfield should take James Randi's million dollar challenge!

  • Angels of light
    December 10, 2013 - 14:34

    It is amazing at how many people are fooled into believing that this type of contact is from loved ones.If only through some simple internet research they could find the more culpable proof that this contact is from tricksters making one believe that familly or friends that have past away could only know this type of information.Most do not want to believe the Bible,but it tells you quite clearly of these exact happenings and to stay clear.The funny thing is that if a book of ancient knowledge was found in an Egyptian pyramid or Mayan temple today,that warned us of foreboding of evil spirits like this as the bible does,most would think twice before summonsing spirits.Demons have many forms and many reasons to fool you into thinking your loved one are talking to you.It de-sensitizes a person into thinking that this type of expierence is OK,and leaves one open to further attack.Thats why they are called trickster and perverted.

  • Chris Angel
    December 10, 2013 - 14:30

    I'll believe it when i see it

  • Grateful
    December 10, 2013 - 07:42

    Wow. And I always thought this stuff was baloney. Thanks for setting the record straight.

  • Dave
    December 09, 2013 - 22:29

    "Since the dead don't have vocal cords they use the audio energy in the room to communicate." Not a sentence I expect to read in the news!

    • James
      December 10, 2013 - 13:58

      Dave, I believe he's explaining the science behind it, in layman terms. This would make a great piece on TV's "How things Work," don't you think?

  • Randy Hearst
    December 09, 2013 - 15:09

    If this is true, the Nobel Prize awaits you. Perhaps Alan can patch in old Alfred himself! "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." Albert Einstein LMAO

  • ARLENE MACDONALD
    December 09, 2013 - 13:50

    AWESOME ALAN . I WENT TO SEE ALAN , WE HAD NEVER MET , AT THE END OF THE SHOW HE ASKED IF ANYONE KNEW A "NAME" AND BECAUSE IT WAS A NIK NAME FOR MY UNCLE ONLY I WOULD KNOW IT HE MENTIONED THE NAME OF A LIL DOG NAMED TIPPER WHO WAS WITH HIM ,, I DIDN'T REMEMBER THE DOG'S NAME , HE GAVE ME A MESSAGE FROM MY UNCLE WHO I MISS SO MUCH , IT WAS RIGHT ON , AFTER WARDS I WAS IN THE CITY WHERE HIS KIDS LIVED AND ASKED THEM THE NAME OF UNCLE'S LIL DOG THEY TOLD ME "TIPPER" I GOT GOOSE BUMPS , THEN I TOLD THEM THE STORY OF THE EVENT THAY WERE SO HAPPY TO HEAR HE WAS HAPPY AND WAS THINKING OF US ALL , THANK YOU ALAN & UNCLE

    • hey u
      December 10, 2013 - 17:52

      Hope his show was FREE,!,,