Paranormal Video Experiment with Dr Hans Schaer
On Saturday, 28 March, 1998 Dr Hans Schaer was invited to scrutinise a video session, part of which would be in fully-lighted conditions. Dr Schaer reported that the first part of the session took place in excellent visibility.
The new films were packed together in a sealed plastic wrap and were forty-five minute JVC type EHC (extra high grade) cassettes. The unopened package was handed to Dr Schaer. Having inspected the package, Dr Schaer opened it and selected one of the cassettes, which he signed and dated.
Alan showed him how to insert the cassette into the video camera. Dr Schaer was careful to do this himself, making sure that nobody else present touched the cassette. The camera was a JVC compact VHS camcorder, model GR-AX600 registered at 3 lux (1 lux in slow shutter mode), with an F 1.6 lens, which Dr Schaer had earlier supplied to the group. It was already mounted on the tripod when he inserted the cassette and was pointing towards the upright mirror across the room. This mirror was inclined backwards slightly and positioned approximately eleven feet from the camera lens. The electric light in the cellar was on and conditions were described by the doctor as being 'bright'. In these well-lit conditions, he switched on the video camera.
Dr Schaer and the four members of the Group (Alan and Diana Bennett and Robin and Sandra Foy) then sat round the central circular table. Robin put on the tape of Sandra's meditation music.
Towards the end of the session, Mrs Bradshaw (one of the Spirit Team) said that she believed this experiment had produced a remarkable result and that if there were anything on the tape it would be near the beginning. This meant that it would have been produced during the first thirty minutes, when the video camera had been running in full electric light.
At the end of the session, when the light was switched on again, Dr Schaer removed the video tape from the camera, checked his dated signature and carried the tape upstairs, where he inserted it into the video player in the Foys' sitting room. At the very beginning of the tape, they all saw in the lower right part of the television screen the clearly recognisable profile of a man aged between fifty and sixty, slightly bald in front, with dark black hair and possibly a black moustache, wearing metal-rimmed spectacles'. This portrait appeared as if it were inside a water bubble(see plate 44). It lasted for about six seconds. There were many coloured 'slurs' (Dr Schaer's word) on the tape, some of them animated. One of the slurs started to move towards the bubble, entered it and formed a second man's head behind the first one, but still easily recognisable. The second man wore something like a Russian fur hat. His face remained there for about three seconds and then both portraits vanished. Dr Schaer concludes his report of these events as follows:
We were not that evening, and still are not, able to identify these two men. No specific explanation as to their identity was given by the Spirit Team either. The Scole Group were kind enough to produce a postcard-size enlargement of one sequence of this video tape which shows these two men in profile very clearly.