On the 11th anniversary of Frank Sinatra's death, around 40 people gathered to participate in a seance Thursday evening on the stage in the Cal Neva's Frank Sinatra Celebrity Showroom.
Participants in Thursday evening's seance hold hands in order to focus their energy on calling spirits, namely Sinatra's, to show a sign of their presence. "Frank, we have champagne, and this glass is for you," called one participant, toasting to Ol' Blue Eyes' memory.
Carl Buehler, tour director for the Cal Neva, rocks back and forth, sensing an otherworldly presence.
Cal Neva cage manager Jamie Small, dressed as Marilyn Monroe, watches and listens for signs of paranormal activity during the seance.
CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — On the 11th anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s death, about 40 people gathered to participate in a seance Thursday night at the Cal Neva’s Frank Sinatra Celebrity Showroom.
Although the seance yielded no tangible paranormal experiences, such as doors spontaneously slamming open or audible knocking on ceiling pipes as in years past, infrared cameras and electromagnetic field detectors were able to detect some paranormal activity during and after the event.
Most of the participants hoped to capture photos of ghosts or entities, often depicted by white orbs on the image, on their ordinary cameras.
“Usually you don’t know until you develop (the pictures),” said Kitty Umbraco, who has attended and documented several smaller, private seances at the resort. “Nothing really happens during the seance; it’s when they develop the pictures that weird things come out.”
Thursday’s seance was the first such event to be open to the public, said Cal Neva Tour Director Carl Buehler.