My dad is a huge believer in ghost stories. Ever since I was little, he’d have scary movies on in the background while babysitting me. A lover of Halloween and all things scary, he ventured to the Mansion Keg (515 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario) to have a paranormal experience of his own. He lives to tell the tale here.
Written By: Michael Holmes (my dad)
I had heard and read all the stories about the spirits which inhabit the Keg Mansion in Toronto – and tonight I was determined to “see” them!
Armed with a Rosary, Candle (battery operated) and pack of cards, a friend and I went for dinner at the Keg on Friday, October 24, 2014. I wanted to bring a Ouija Board as well, but they were completely sold out – I suppose since it was close to Halloween, plus the release of the new movie with the same name.
After having drinks at the 2nd floor bar, we proceeded up the darkened stairs to the 3rd floor. This office and storage area is closed to the public, but there is a table and a few chairs at the top of the stairs.
I laid out my cards and Rosary, turned on my battery-operated candle and quietly addressed the spirits saying, “If you are present, please show yourself.” Nothing happened. Meanwhile, my friend began taking photos.
I then picked up the Rosary, held it straight up in front of me and said, “If you are present, make the Rosary move.” After a few seconds, the Rosary started to move slowly in a circular motion. I commanded “faster” “faster” and it rotated faster and faster as wide as 18 inches in diameter.
After a while my dinner companion, whom I think was a bit freaked out by the whole incident, blurted out “Okay, that’s enough, make it stop!” Immediately the Rosary came to an abrupt stop – not a slow stop but an abrupt stop! She said to me, “I was watching your hands the whole time to see if you were moving it – but it was rigid and in one place.”
After a few moments, I raised the Rosary again and said, “If you are still here, make this Rosary rotate again – but this time in a counter-clockwise manner.” Immediately the Rosary started to move in a circular motion – and yes, counter-clockwise! My dinner companion and I watched in complete awe! Again the cross moved as wide as 18 inches in diameter.
There are no fans or air vents up in that area so it couldn’t be blamed on air moving. The cross was made of metal (heavy) so the weight would be hard to move.
Finally, I laid 5 cards out on the table, face down, and said, “If you are here, make the cards move.” Nothing happened. I removed one card and repeated the instruction. Nothing happened. I removed another card and repeated the instruction. Nothing happened. So I said “maybe cards are not your thing,” gathered the cards and put them away. [As an aside the next day my dinner companion suggested there was no response because I did not lay the cards face up!]
My dinner companion and I quietly talked about our experience, noting that the temperature did not drop at any time during this experience and that the air was still during the experience.
We both thanked the spirit(s), saying how much we loved their home, talked about how overwhelming it must be to have so many strangers present in their home…and stressing that we mean no harm, that we come in peace because their home is so beautiful and we thanked them again for allowing us to visit.
Additionally, as we were reviewing the photos later – we discovered 3 of them contained Orbs*.
You will see that in the photo an ORB can be seen just to the right of my shoes against the staircase. This was on our way up to the 3rd floor. We believe the Spirit(s) were accompanying us up to the third floor.
In the second photo, two Orbs can be seen on the staircase to the left. You’ll notice the Orbs are higher on the staircase in the first shot – then further down the staircase – as if they are descending the staircase ahead of us. In the second photo the Orb is much much brighter!
Orbs // A Paranormal Interpretation
Consistent with pareidolia, Orb backscatter has been broadly interpreted as a highly variable range of supernatural paranormal phenomena without verifiability—including invisible spirits, unexpected lights, auras, angels, ghosts, energy fields, psycho-energetic artifacts, energy balls, etc.