Adding to what has quite possible been one of the busiest years in the Australian Paranormal community, the Australian Paranormal and Spiritual Expo was an excellent kick-start to October.
After the success of the 2013 Expo, the venue was changed to the historic Casula Powerhouse and Arts Center, about an hour south of Sydney.
The Powerhouse was built in 1951 and has been a hotspot of Paranormal interest in recent years, which made it the perfect host not only for the Expo, but for the premiere of ‘Ghosts of Casula’ (which took place on the night of the Expo). ‘Ghosts of Casula’ is a locally produced and filmed documentary which delves into the experiences and possible spirits that reside in the Powerhouse and the lands that it sits on.
On the day, the Expo was a veritable hive of activity. Stallholders included Paranormal teams from NSW and beyond, some of Australia’s most renowned psychics (such as Mitchell Coombes), Ufologists, Skeptics and sellers of Paranormal Streetwear.
Yes. That is a thing.
At times it was hard to move in the crowd, but it was fantastic to see how much the Expo had expanded from last year. Not only that, but it was great to catch up with so many of my Para-peeps that I rarely see.
The diversity of attendance was exciting. There were talks held in the theatre of the Powerhouse on Mediumship, Paranormal Investigation, Skepticism, Energetic Healing and Tarot. My first stop was a talk by ESP Paranormal, which ran through a few of the practical uses of Victorian techniques in modern Paranormal Investigation.
Table-tipping, Ouija Boards (UGH! The O-Word!), as well as a bonus stint at the end on ITC (Instrumental Transcommunication) photography. Rob (from ESP) has some truly interesting stuff! I guess I’ll have to add it to my list of things to try… one day…
I took the chance afterwards to socialise and meet some of the awesome characters that were at the Expo… and Facebook them 🙂
One thing I was interested in catching was a talk held by Richard Saunders; ‘Are Ghosts Scared of Skeptics?’
It was interesting and somewhat informative to see how Australian Skeptics approached the idea of the Paranormal and perceived those who operate within it. I will admit, I did leave feeling a little empty, but definitely wanting more… perhaps that was the point?
Especially within the Paranormal Field at the moment there seems to be such a small presence of ‘card-carrying’ skeptics, even though they are inexorably a part of the community as much as the UFOlogists and psychics.
Besides… Richard Saunders can bend spoons… which makes him okay in my book 🙂
Paranormal friction aside, there’s no denying how beneficial events like these are to the Paranormal community. Not only for strengthening personal and professional relationships, but for just ‘getting it out there’; exposing the public to these different beliefs and alternative lifestyles.
I – for one – cannot wait for next year… but first; PARACON 2015! xD
*Photos have been linked where available. I take no credit for any of the images in this post (except the last one)*