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Zak’s Haunted Museum – The Review.

So I’m pretty sure most of you would of heard of Zak Bagans Haunted Museum situated in Downtown Las Vegas by now?

If you’ve not (Then where have you been, seriously?) It’s a paranormal museum that was opened in 2017 by Ghost Adventures Host and Star ‘Zak Bagans’. The Museum is set in a magnificent 1938 mansion which boasts 30 eye catching rooms and each hold extremely mysterious items that Zak has collected over the years.

The museum doesn’t claim that every item on display is Haunted, in fact, that was one of the first things that we were told at the start of the tour.

Being a paranormal investigator myself, this is a place I have wanted to visit since the very first day it opened it’s doors. It took me two years to finally get there, I decided to visit whilst I was on a two week vacation in Vegas for my 30th birthday.

In fact, I actually visited ON my birthday, pretty cool, right?

I’d heard a lot of mixed reviews about this place but I guess it’s pretty much the same with any other location. You’re always going to receive some good reviews and some bad.

I think the main thing that struck me was reading that a lot of people believed the museum to be made up fully for entertainment purposes, and I’m not gonna lie, I was half expecting that myself. Meaning, for everything to be over dramatic, stories of demon’s and ghosts shoved in your face from every angle.

WELL I can happily say that now I have visited, that it’s certainly NOT like that at all.

People who know me know that if I have got something to say then I will downright say it, I don’t hold back and if I thought this museum was total BS then I would call it, no matter who runs it or how big it is.

On this occasion though, you won’t be seeing any of that from me and I can certainly see why it was recently awarded the best attraction in Vegas, this place is NO JOKE.


My Visit 

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Me outside the museum – 31st August 2019

I arrived pretty early around 12.30pm before the museum was due to open at 1pm. I’d done my research and know this place can get pretty busy! (That and I really didn’t want to be standing out in the sun for a long time because I legit would have died. UK girl can not hack that Vegas heat, Sheesh!)

We didn’t have to wait around for long before the gates were opened and we were asked to stand in line. I actually got to meet Angry Joe which was pretty cool. He came around with the waivers for myself and my group to sign. Yes, that’s right, the rumours are true, you DO have to sign a waiver.

Though after going inside, I can kinda understand why now.

Don’t ask me what was on it as I legit didn’t read it, I was too excited to get in, I probably signed my life away to Zak or something so that he can have possession of my body for one of his display cabinets when I die.

WHO KNOWS? It was worth it though.. I think!

Oh and can I just say that Angry Joe was actually a really nice guy, I must have missed the angry that day! 😉

ANYWAY mooooooooooooving on…..

After all of the waivers had been signed and collected we were split into a small group of around 9-10 people and the tour began!

Now I’m not going to go through every single little thing that happened as I don’t want to ruin the experience for anyone else that may be visiting BUT I will be talking about some of my favourite experiences and highlights of the tour.

So, there may be some spoilers ahead!


The Dybbuk Box Room 

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The dybbuk box, or dibbuk box, is a wine box which is said to be haunted by a dybbuk. A dybbuk is said to be a restless, usually malicious, spirit believed to be able to haunt and even possess the living.

Now by this time, we’d probably already been on the tour a good half an hour or so and myself and a few others had already started to feel a little ‘indifferent‘ as we’d moved from room to room to check out the different items on display.

My dad who was with me, prior to entering this room actually felt like a hand had slid down his back, he described it as ‘being able to feel the fingers trail down his spine‘ – My dad is normally the quiet type and he’s been on many investigations with myself and it’s extremely rare for him to speak up and say he’s felt something, so pretty much from that moment I knew he was legit.

Not only this but we also had a sceptic with us who’d also felt something tug on his bag on the way around.

This is also someone I know very well and as far as I know he’s never had anything like this happen to him before.

I recall feeling a little ‘out of place‘ at times, sometimes I felt entirely with it and other times it didn’t feel as if I was actually in the room, but instead, watching from a distance.

The dybbuk box was one of the items I was most looking forward to seeing. I really didn’t know what to expect when entering the room as the energy from the entire museum was already completely off the scales. It really does have its very own vibe.

Thankfully in the dybbuk room I had felt absolutely fine, although others had mentioned feeling dizzy when we were inside. I had gotten pretty close to the glass and checked out the box whilst the lovely tour guide began to tell us a little more about it.

It was definitely one of the awesome items of the day and PS, It definitely needs to be opened and if it does get opened, can I come? (Ehh, worth a shot right?!) Haa!


The Devil’s Rocking Chair

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The infamous “Devil’s Rocking Chair,” a relic from Ed and Lorraine Warren’s archives.

One of Zak’s newer items if of course the The Devils Rocking Chair which many of you will remember has links to Ed and Lorraine Warren and you can see a snippet of what it was used for in an upcoming Conjuring franchise movie!

I was REALLY excited to see this.

Again, a tour guide had taken our group into a small room and myself and my mom were at the very front. The Chair itself is kept inside a small kind of ‘cupboard‘ which was on the wall in front of us. Before we saw the chair a brief video was played of Ed Warren as he spoke of the chair and during the reveal they played the actual exorcism tape.

Now as the door opened (and I am being completely honest with this as it still bothers me to this day) I’d felt a massive burst of energy fly towards to me, so much so that I actually leaned back a little as it was quite forceful.

With being a paranormal investigator I’m pretty use to this feeling and I knew that it was energy coming from the object, I think it was just the sheer force of it that had kinda caught me off guard.

Funnily enough, nothing was said and later that evening, My mum said to me ‘I really didn’t like that chair, I felt this massive gust of  energy fly towards me as the doors opened

I think my exact words were ‘Mom, you gotta be shitting me!‘ as I too then went on to explain it had also happened to me. We’d both been stood side by side and directly in front of the chair as the door opened.

That’s definitely an experience I am NEVER going to forget.

I’d legit give my right arm to investigate that room.


John Shaw – Freak Show

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John Shaw at Zak’s haunted museum.

 

It was great that in between of seeing all of these items that some amazing humour and entertainment had been thrown in too! I think that’s awesome!

You gotta have a sense of humour doing this entire thing otherwise you’d actually go insane!

Well, I say a sense of humour, if your idea of fun is having a bunch of clowns jumping out at you and each one saying ‘Happy Birthday‘ in a creepy voice along the way…

Good thing it’s definitely my idea of fun and I’m not gonna lie, one of them did actually get me pretty bad and I screamed my head off. It’s still funny though.

Inside, Zak has a kind of ‘Carnival, Clowns and Freak show‘ thing going on and this entire floor smelt of popcorn.

Upon going into the room with John Shaw, I was kinda picked on a little bit as it was my birthday and taken to the front. The next thing I knew this guy had taken a drill out (YES A DRILL) and was drilling himself in the nostril and I was just like …. cool.

Whilst my mum proceeded to try and not vomit in the corner (lol)

It was quite interactive too. I had to hold a kind of ‘Jug‘ of water shall we say and then John, just a few inches away from my face now decided to stick hooks in his lower eyelids which also had chains dangling from them, I then had to fill the bucket at the end of these chains with the water so he could swing it from side to side using just his eyelids…

So yeah, thanks John! Awesome birthday.

Been dreaming about you for a few weeks now and those sexy eyelids.

Haha! But on serious note, it was really fun! and definitely a birthday I won’t be forgetting in a hurry! That’s for sure.


Sharon Tate’s Wedding Dress

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Inside this room, Zak has a kind of ‘dead celebrity‘ memorabilia section. This was actually the room I had my first ‘profound’ experience in.

I was actually stood with my back to Sharon Tate’s wedding dress and I felt someone tap me on the shoulder a couple of times, as if to try and get my attention.

So much so that I actually thought it was my dad or something, but as I turned I realised that no one was there, in fact, everyone was stood in front of me. I’d instantly turned to my mom and told her what had happened. I have no idea who or what had tapped me on the shoulder or why, all I can say is that it definitely happened. I didn’t feel uncomfortable or threatened in any way, I genuinely just felt like someone was trying to get my attention.

Overall this room is pretty cool, it has a whole bunch of celebrity memorabilia.

Again They did state that not ‘everything’ is haunted or said to be haunted. Even if it’s not, it’s a really amazing collection, that along with all of the serial killer memorabilia too, which by the way, also has it’s own room…

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Charles Manson exhibit

I actually saw Charles Manson’s teeth and a few more of his personal belongings as well as his ACTUAL ashes and bone fragments. Zak also had items that relate to John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy as well as MANY more.


Ed Geins Cauldron

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The object was a rusty cauldron said to have been purchased from the Gein estate sale in 1958. A former neighbor named Hollis Brown saw the cauldron in a shed on the property while assisting police with cleanup in the wake of Gein’s November 16th, 1957 arrest. It was filled with blood and human remains

Now as mentioned at the very beginning, Zak’s museum has over 30 rooms and each have been designed to match the items that it holds.

Ed Geins however was my overall favourite.

The design hits you as soon as you walk in and it depicts a barn. It’s dark and eerie sounds as well as a red lamp above really add to the atmosphere.

All of the tour guides were fantastic, we had a new guide for each location in the museum and all were very informative and the tour inside the cauldron room was no different.

We were filled in of the gruesome details behind this item and it was shortly after that’ it felt like someone had stroked my leg.

I was wearing a dress that day as it was absolutely scorching outside, so the feeling of someones hand on my leg towards my thigh area was a little unmissable. Again, I was not stood by anyone at all and I was more towards the door as for some reason this room made me feel very dizzy and a little sick. So much so that I stayed by the door incase I had to run out and find the nearest bathroom!

I gotta admit, this room did freak me out. I didn’t like it at all.

It looked great, but the general energy and atmosphere was a big no.


The Demon House. 

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Remains of the Demon House – the most authenticated and and documented case of possession in American history.

As many of you know, Zak had the the former ‘Demon home’ bulldozed to the ground but he did keep certain remains of it, such as the staircase and some dirt from the basement.

All of this you can now see and experience in his museum.

This was another room I didn’t particularly enjoy. We were shown a brief video once more in regards to the story and documentary Zak had made and soon after the slats on the walls around us were removed and we were actually standing in the middle of the Demon House exhibit.

Both me, my mum and another person in our group instantly got the smell of sulphur.

Their generally was not a nice feeling but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it felt ‘evil‘ because it didn’t, It was more like a sadness. My mom also picked up on a damp smell, almost as if everything in there was very old.

Sometimes it’s hard to explain our feelings which is why you definitely need to go and check this place out for yourself.


Would I recommend it? 

As stated when I first started this blog, I’m not here to BS anyone and I genuinely did have some experiences here.

I think it’s a great location and has some amazing authentic items, each of which can be backed up with legitimate history.

The tour guides are very informative and we were given ample time to check everything out. The tour runs for around an hour and a half (approx) but I think we was in there a little while longer.

I really thoroughly enjoyed my experience and it made it an awesome birthday. Massive thanks to Zak and his team who should all be very proud as it’s a great museum!

I would definitely recommend a visit if you’re ever in Vegas…

I’m already planning my trip back!

As a review I’d give this place a 10/10 and it certainly deserves all of the success it’s been receiving.

This place is legit if you want some place spooky cool to visit whilst in Vegas!

 

Until next time,

Happy Hunting!

Blog written by Vicky Grant.

Patti Negri – Old World Magick

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the very FIRST of our featured writer blogs!

For this blog the lovely Patti Negri has given us exclusive excerpts from her international best selling book Old World Magick For The Modern World and she also provided us with a brilliant in-depth exercise which you can try yourselves at home!

Before we get into the main feature of this article

Let’s learn a little more about Patti!

 

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Patti is a psychic-medium and “good” witch.

She was voted number one psychic, medium, trance medium, tarot reader, witch / magical practitioner in the world this year in an International competition by Times Square Press.

Patti has been able to communicate with the spirit world since she was a toddler and consciously since she conducted her first séance at age eight. Since then, she has conducted séances, clearings and sessions on radio, film, TV and in living rooms across America.

Patti enjoys working her magic on television. She appears regularly on the Travel Channel TV Show Ghost Adventures.

 

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Patti alongside the GA crew.

 

Patti’s working style is magical, loving and upbeat which creates a positive, safe and fun environment for you to learn, grow and heal.

She has been practicing natural magick her entire life. Her specialty is in adjusting energy and flow – in people, spaces, situations, most anything.

She works organically by creating spells and rituals that arrange natural elements to the rhythms and cycles of the universe to bring about healing, change our lives for the better, and create balance.

 


 

Patti’s new book ‘Old World Magick For The Modern World‘ has recently topped the best seller charts in FIVE countries! The US, UK, Germany, France and Australia! 

She has provided us with excerpts from her book below including an exercise you can all try yourselves at home!

VERY EXCITING! 

I am now going to hand the blog over to Patti and you can read below what she had to say about her book!


 

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In my book OLD WORLD MAGICK FOR THE MODERN WORLD Tips, Tricks and Techniques to Balance, Empower and Create a Life You Love! You will learn to bring clarity, confidence and courage to your life with fun, simple magickal practices.

Enlightenment is all about your relationship with yourself and with spirit.  You will receive a collection of fun, easy, insightful techniques to open your awareness and your sight – and therefore your own self-empowerment!  You will learn easy ways to truly take the driver’s seat and be the architect of your life, so you can create a life you truly love.

For the fulfillment of our heart’s desires we need the willingness to step out of our cocoon of false beliefs and any limitations that appear to be sabotaging our efforts. The choice is ours, and it is greatly dependent upon how we view change: as an opportunity to release our fears and insecurities or as a challenge we prefer to avoid.

When the exploration of consciousness is interwoven with the unfolding of events in our everyday lives, we have made a conscious choice to discover and live our limitless potential.  Our dreams really CAN come true!  And, it is as easy as we allow it to be – or as hard as we make it.  Let’s go for easy!

What is Practical Magic? 

Practical magic is simple techniques, spells and thought patterns that anybody can do to improve your day to day life and help you live a magical life every day!  Everything is a combination of Mind, Body and Spirit to create the shift, open the door, enhance the opportunity, see a new perception to move forward in the direction you want with a bit more grace, ease and enjoyment as you manifest the life you want!  Everything from how to deal with difficult relationships, your own personal blocks, fears and limitations, to how to develop your own psychic ability and intuition and to tune into your own guides and deity.   Who has the power?  YOU do!     (If not… who or what have you given it away to?)  I will teach you how to be the master or your universe.  The architect of your own life.

Mind, Body, Spirit Connection

The one thing we know from the 200,000 books written about it, is that everything we do must include mind, body and spirit. One out of three is “wishful thinking”.  Two out of three is “hit or miss” at best.  Three out of three is a “home run”!  To break it down, to do anything we first must do or have it in our head, in our thought process. We don’t do ANYTHING without it being a thought first. Examples are: “I’m going to be rich.  I’m going to eat.  I am going bowling.  Everybody takes advantage of me”. Etc.  Then, hopefully, our body takes action.  We start the process of making money, eating, bowling – or even the manifestation of people taking advantage of us…  (People most always DO live into our expectations…  keep aware of that!)  But the third and often elusive is the “spirit” element.  It’s less tangible.  Harder to grasp.  But, the spirit aspect is the “battery power” that makes it happen.  It’s like the aspirin for the headache.  Spirit can be created a lot of ways; via prayer or affirmations, vision boards, spells and magical workings, or it can be done via the elements. Every element has some specific attributes.  We will be using all of these techniques, elements, spells through out

Living your belief system

To me it is all about Awareness…  Awareness, Intent and Conscious Creation. Let’s live our life “Awake”.   Which is very different than a life lived on “auto pilot”, “phoned in” or “asleep at the wheel”!   This book is the perfect place to get started…We know that where you put your energy is where you live.  Start putting your energy into the things you want – not the things you don’t have.  The classic “Glass half empty vs glass half full” is a perfect place to start. Yes, fate exists.  But free will and manifestation outweigh it by a landslide.  This is a good place to begin in creating a life you love.  You can’t control everything around you.  But you CAN control how you react to the things around you – and that changes EVERYTHING!

 


 

Elemental Balancing Exercises 

Or what I like to call… 30 seconds to fix anything!

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I think the key to almost everything is balance. Every once in a while, well heck almost daily, we get or feel a little out of balance. Here are my super easy elemental exercises to help get you back in balance within 30 seconds almost anywhere you are!

Picture your entire life in the four basic elements.  Earth.  Air.  Fire.  Water. Your Earth is who you are, your home, your sense of being, the womb. Our Air is our thinking brain, our thoughts, our sense of reason, (and often that chatter that won’t shut up when we want it to).  Your Fire is your passion, creativity, the blood in your veins, your spirituality. Your Water is your emotions… and remember water is about 70% of our body and 70% of our planet, so our emotions are a big part of who we are.  So, the next time you are not as happy as you can be, or productive as you can be, or even as awake and conscious as you would like to be… (we really don’t want to go through life “asleep at the wheel”, “phoned in” or on “automatic pilot”!)  Instead of just staying in that state decide which of those four elements is the most out of balance. I promise, one of them will be!

Water/Emotions…  Is it your emotions that are out of balance?  Are you angry or sad or worried about something? Whether held inside or screamed out the window… whether justified or not, if it is your emotions keeping you from your full experience of life in this moment… you need the water element. An attribute of water is emotion. Think of it like an aspirin for a headache. Just think how good you always feel after a shower. It’s the water!  You can’t jump in a shower every time you’re sad or angry or worried, but you can almost always find running water. A sink, a kitchen, a bathroom, a drinking fountain or hose. So, going back to the mind body and spirit equal “home run” formula… walk up to that sink turn on the water, first set your intent (mind) perhaps ask your higher self, God your Spirit guides or whatever words you use that with this water you are releasing this extra emotion.   Then run your hands under the sink for 30 seconds (body or action). If you want, you can visualize that anger or sadness running down the drain. The water itself is the “spirit” or battery power!  You now have all three elements, so within 30 seconds you will have healthfully released that excess emotion.  Gone.  Not stuffed down, or ignored or discounted…. just gone.  So now, if you need to deal with what caused the emotion, you can now do it without the overwhelm of it.  Give it a try…  I think you will be pleasantly amazed!

Air/Thoughts…  Do your thoughts get the best of you sometimes?  Do you overthink?  Get foggy?  Sometimes can you just not get your thoughts to SHUT UP!  If so, you need the air element. An attribute of air is thought. In these rushed modern times, very few of us breathe deeply.  Unfortunately, the effect of shallow quick breathing goes directly to your head!  So just being aware of your breathing can be a huge help in itself… but my “magic fix” for foggy brain is adding some sound to your breath…  Vowels sounds to be exact.  Any vowel, any order.  Vowels literally clear the head.  Think about how almost every sacred word or chant is a vowel… “Amen”, “Om”, etc.  So… next time you get chatty or foggy brain – do my one, two, three (Mind, body, spirit) quick fix.  First set your intention that with your deep slow breathing and vowel sounds you will clear and quiet your mind… then just DO IT!  Within 30 seconds you will actually notice the chatter in your head begin to stop – and the fog clear up.  Great to do before a presentation or important conversation – or anytime you need clear thinking!

Earth/Grounding… If you are not feeling “grounded” or “in your body” – you need to tap into the earth element.  Its great to get outside in nature.  Get barefoot in the dirt or grass.  Hug a tree – literally!  But, if you are on the 35th floor of an office building going in to a very important meeting and feeling a little “queasy” – grab ANYTHING that is wood or stone.  A pencil, a wooden chair or desk.  The granite countertop, a crystal, even the diamond, opal or any stone in your ring.  Grab onto it.  Decide in your head that this item will ground and center you.  Hold on to the object.  Deep breath for 30 seconds.  Everyone feels this one a little different.  I feel like a warm earthen blanket surrounds me.  Some people feel like “roots’ are coming out of the soles of their feet into the ground.  However it feels to you – you WILL feel immediately grounded and centered.

Fire/Passion… If you are feeling tired, passionless or not inspired – you need to call in the fire element.  Maybe you have a hot date with your honey and just not “feeling it”. Or working on a creative or art project and need inspiration – or maybe you are just exhausted, in bed and have to get up!  You have all the “earth” you need – but you need the “fire” power to rise and shine.   This, like air is breathing and sound magic…Set your head what you want as in the others…  than do 30 seconds of deep breathing while going zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. (Ask any eight-year-old what sound a bee makes… you’ve got it!)  Within 30 seconds you will start to feel a tingling in the base of your spine.  It will rise up and in no time at all you will have all the energy, passion and creativity you need to move forward.

These four techniques really can be like your hidden super hero powers!  You can do them anywhere.  They cost nothing and take only 30 seconds!  Keep them in your invisible back pocket – and pull them out whenever needed for immediate balance and relief!


 

 

If you would like to grab yourself a copy of Patti’s amazing book

I would recommend Amazon and you can check that it out HERE

Please also follow her on all of her Social Media sites!

Instagram: @patti.negri
Twitter: @pattinegri
Facebook: @pattinegri
Website: www.pattinegri.com

 


 

I really hope you have enjoyed this blog! Patti is one of the most loveliest people I have ever had the pleasure of speaking to and it’s been a real honor in having her guest write for my blog!

I definitely recommend her book!

As the first of our featured writers I would like to say a massive thanks to Patti and also to everyone who took the time to read this article!

We will now be taking on more featured writers moving forwards!

If you are interested in writing for us and having your very own feature just like Patti then please drop me an email directly at

Deadcentralparanormal@gmail.com

OR alternatively fill out the Contact form!

 

Until next time,

Happy Hunting! 

Vicky xo