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Ghost Repeller Now Available PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Wagg   

ghostrepellerWhile some may be "hunting" ghosts, or merely trying to decide whether they exist or not, one ambitious Thai company, Boondee Laboratories, has created a device that will force them away. They claim it works on devils too.

First, I have to comment on the language on the site. The authors are clearly not native English speakers, and as easy as it would be to poke fun at their phrasing and word choice, I'm going to refrain from doing so for one simple reason: I can't speak a word of Thai that isn't on a restaurant menu (I'm a big fan of Tom Kha Gai).

This electronic device sends out a "killer wave" that's supposed to repel ghosts. From Boondee:

Video capture the invisible picture then convert to radio signal and sent to WAVE KILLER gernerated by complex electronic circuit.

Looking at the schematic on the site, I have to scratch my head. The picture looks as though a little block with a Buddha carved on it is somehow generating something... though I'm not clear how it actually leaves the box, or what form it takes.

When I first started researching this story, Boondee had an item up saying that they were considering removing this product from their lineup, but today, it's back in full force.They were running tests, and it seems that they've decided their product is effective.

I've no doubt that this device will work as a placebo. If you think you have ghosts, and you think a device like this could work, you can think that it has. But it seems to me that this device should also be able to detect ghosts in the first place, and that's something science has not been able to do. If Boondee can do that, I strongly encourage them to share their wisdom, or at least explain how they can "video capture the invisible image."

Or maybe they're aliens instead of ghosts? How are we to know?

 

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written by medge42, March 18, 2009
If you point it in the right direction will it repel yetis and bigfoots?
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written by daveg703, March 18, 2009
Reminds me of the joke about the elephant repeller. When the user of this ob-noxious substance was poked fun at, the response was, "Well, you haven't seen elephants hanging around here, have you?"
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written by Trish, March 18, 2009
This reminds me of an old joke - from maybe as far back as the 1930s. A woman sees a man spraying his yard all the time. One day she asks what he's spraying for. "Elephants, " the man replies. The woman says, "There's no elephants around here."

He replies, 'See, it works."
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written by advancedGIR, March 18, 2009
That's an awfull load of electronics for a useless item, so I would vote for delusional instead of con artist.
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written by MadScientist, March 18, 2009
I had a ghost repeller as a child. Its technical name was "electroluminescent night light". It was cheap, made a pretty yellowish-orange color, and in the middle of the night it helped me find the bathroom without tripping on things.
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written by BillyJoe, March 19, 2009
This story reminds my of the the one about the wide-mouthed frog, although I don't quite know why. In fact I can't even remember what it was that made them rare, except that it worked by having the wide-mouthed frog say through narrowed lips, "Ooow, you don't see many of those around here do you"

BJ
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written by dr nick, March 19, 2009
I wonder if the electrtosensitivity woo-merchants will denounce this device as unsafe, as it produces KILLER WAVES. It looks like a primitive radio transmitter to me, so will you need a licence? Will it interfere with radios and televisions?
I'm also worried about the fact that it is mains powered and yet it is put in a wooden box. It looks to me like some of the mounting screws are not earthed. Under a fault condition, the only thing it wil repel is the user.

I like this comment by Venkman on the forums:

"My ghosts don't speak either Thai or[sic] English. Will the device still work? Or will it just confuse them and make them angrier? They're already pretty pissed off, and I don't want to make it worse.

Also, if it works will the ghosts move from my house to my neighbors house? That would be good, because I really don't like my neighbor, and I'd love to infect him with demons."
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Wide mouthed frog
written by Paul Murray, March 19, 2009
In fact I can't even remember what it was that made them rare

The wide mouthed frog was speaking to a crocodile at the time. It's an old joke.
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written by Roo, March 19, 2009
Oh, for goodness' sake. What a waste of electricity. That said, d'you think they also make an "ex-boyfriend repeller"? smilies/wink.gif
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A real bargain ...
written by Mikie, March 19, 2009
at $688 plus shipping! smilies/shocked.gif
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written by skyhand, March 19, 2009
I'm sure that the video really captures the images of the ghosts. You need to get some ghost vision glasses to see them. Glasses to help you can be purchased separately. These glasses can help you in your ghost hunting. http://xrayvisionglasses.net/faq.aspx
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written by ghostchaser, March 19, 2009
A camera that captures invisible images?
The device kills a ghost; I thought they were supposed to already be dead?
I guess that it is a good thing that it does not measure AC fields or it would be on a murderous rampage to destroy all of your household appliances. However if it does attempt to "Kill" things with a natural EM signature I wonder how the homeowner and any pets in the home are affected?
If this thing is for sale in the US and it really emits any kind of EMF it would be interesting to see what the FCC has to say.
It is also interesting to see the claims that meet the culture of country that the device comes from, it won’t kill ancestral ghosts or "good ghosts".

This is just one of many different types of device that are being pushed to detect or get rid of "Ghosts". There is the Ghost Radar that is being sold in Japan and so many different types of Ghost Detector being sold in the US that I have lost count.

It will be interesting to see if some scam artist can use this device as a "ghost busting tool" to scam some poor parent who has been told that the spirit of their dead child is being held hostage by a malevolent spirit or even a Demon.

I have seen other scams of this nature that have destroyed the lives of people in times of grieving, like the "Franks Box - Thomas Edison’s Telephone to the Dead". It is so sad when a con-artist can use these types of device to rip off people in a time when they are down.

We will be keeping a close eye on the "Ghost-Repeller"

Thanks,
Bryan
Rocky Mountain Paranormal

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written by Rustylizard, March 19, 2009
Study the circuits at the web site. You can save a bundle by going to Radio Shack and building your own. One word of caution—you will need to add a B.S. detector circuit to the device’s electronic array. Otherwise, when the full two amps of power kicks in, it could give you a serious case of diarrhea. The addition of a few cheap resistors and a capacitor will prevent the owner from getting a serious case of the screaming trots!
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Two for the price of one
written by rosie, March 19, 2009
I have a similar device in my attic that repels squirrels and such by emitting an UHF screech. It does seem to work, and I haven't noticed any ghosts since I installed it either.
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written by ghostchaser, March 19, 2009
This seems to be a variation of the Buddah Box
http://www.fm3buddhamachine.com/

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Buddha Box
written by JeffWagg, March 19, 2009
@ghostchaser, Yes, I think you're right! I tried to blow up the image on their site, and there does appear to be a little Buddha in there. Apparently a killer buddha.
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Other ghost detectors
written by NoNews, March 19, 2009
On of the "ghost detectors" brought up in the SGU forum discussion on the Boondee device:
http://www.ghostwatchdog.com/

Which is unique in its use of "Gravity Wave Radiation" if not unique in its use of BS.

@ghostchaser All electronic devices emit EMF and must comply with the limits set by the FCC. Compliance with radiated and conducted EM in the US is via a self-certification process. Intentional transmitters such as this have more requirements for test documentation. I'm not sure what category a "ghost killer" would fall under however.
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written by kenhamer, March 19, 2009
The authors are clearly not native English speakers, and as easy as it would be to poke fun at their phrasing and word choice, I'm going to refrain from doing so for one simple reason: I can't speak a word of Thai that isn't on a restaurant menu

Cultural sensitivities notwithstanding, the language is still pretty damn funny.
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But you missed the best part!!
written by BatBoy, March 19, 2009
Two weeks ago this web site had an announcement, that stated because of bad publicity the product will be delayed for two weeks they would wait for the bad publicity to die down before introducing the product. Later that same week there was an announcement that they had taken the product off of their lineup altogether. And that the prototype would be sold on eBay, I even had my eBay search going for it. But they apparently got over their bad publicity so you can have one sent to United States for $828.

A big question I have is if this thing kills ghosts wear do dead ghosts go? I was thinking perhaps Miami. And why waste your money on this thing when this product the Ghost Watchdog http://www.ghostwatchdog.com/ which utilizes Gravity Wave technology a registered trademark. Harmlessly detects the Phantom without rendering it any harm. And it's a bargain at $349.95, paranormal science marches on.

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written by Willy K, March 19, 2009
I'm gonna git me one of these!

I'm gonna plug it in backwards so it will attract ghosts.
I'm gonna party with Casper and all his friends. smilies/tongue.gif

P.S. Don't worry skeptics, in the world of the delusional, you can plug an AC powered device in backwards. It makes perfect sense to those who think like a four year old child. smilies/wink.gif
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written by Mully410, March 19, 2009
This sounds like some sort of ghostist movement. What do these people have against ghosts? Ghosts just want to be friendly. They shouldn't be persecuted like common pests. For example, would it be politically correct to have a machine that repels Canadians or Latvians, would it?

Oh the other hand, I think I might try a machine that repels scientologists if I can find one.
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written by KingMerv00, March 19, 2009
Wow, a machine that mixes up correlation and causation! I'll buy 100!
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What's so hard about building a ghost repeller?
written by Dan O., March 19, 2009
Every device that is capable of providing proof of the existence of ghosts has been shown to effectively prevent their appearance. It doesn't sound like this device is fully capable of providing such proof but only mimics such a device. It may be intentional so that the user will have to upgrade to version 2 to deal with ghosts smarter than a sack of beans.
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written by markbellis, March 19, 2009
It does look like some kind of holy figure is carved on the block that's the "wave killer engine" - don't know if it's the Buddha though - it might be just a famous monk - non-Buddhists aren't allowed to take statues of the Buddha out of Thailand - I was told that it was because someone was caught smuggling heroin out in one - so maybe that's not the export model. I like how it can distinguish between friendly and unfriendly spirits. In Thailand there is quite a lot of belief in ghosts, demons and spirits, both good and bad!
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written by jd_weber, March 20, 2009
Did you notice that (according to the FAQ) it can differentiate between good ghosts and bad ghosts, and only kill the bad ones? (Apparently someone was worried that it would kill off ancestors that were hanging around to watch over them.) So you don't have to worry about accidentally killing Casper (again).
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written by knitwit, March 21, 2009
I always order Tom Kah Gai! Also, I've always wondered if this kind of broken english isn't done on purpose? I've wondered that about menus in asian restaurants as well. I mean, they have these nicely printed and photographed, plasticized menus that look very professional, but the language is a lot like this ad only not quite so bad. Sorry this is off-topic, but the language really made me laugh as well--and I'm an anthropologist who always preaches cultural relativity.
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written by pxatkins, March 23, 2009
It's been taken down again (12:45pm PST)
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written by Steel Rat, April 12, 2009
Sorry, but it's perfectly legit to make fun of the grammar. If they're going to post something in English it's their responsibility to make sure it's correct. If I posted something in Thai, i would make every effort to make sure it was correct.
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