Examination: ‘Ye Olde Man’ ghost video

UPDATE: I didn’t get this quite right but Bryan and Baxter did a recreation here.

Someone has sent me a link to the video that you can watch below and I smell a rat. It seems too good to be true, and when it seems too good to be true that’s usually a good indication that it is…

For those unable to watch the video, a camera is filming a section of the bar at Ye Olde Man & Sythe Pub in Bolton. There’s some flashing light from behind the camera that scatters throughout the room (initially I thought it was from passing traffic, but I think it might be from an independent light source of some kind) and suddenly what appears to be a cloaked or hooded  figure flickers into view before quickly fading away. There are stills below.

screenshot of the video
The ghostly figure

Some people are getting a bit freaked out by the nature of this video, but I don’t think it is anything remarkable. I think the effect we are seeing could be caused using a Pepper’s Ghost illusion or a similar set up. Who knows for certain? It has familiar features of such though and I sincerely got that impression after watching the video a number of times. Especially when I noticed that before the figure appears it looks as though the flashing light is reflected in something in that area of the room suggesting there might be something there for it to be reflected off of…

light reflection
What’s that?

What is a Pepper’s Ghost illusion? The BBC Learning Zone website has a great explanation, view it by clicking here, but in a nut shell it is a simple-yet-effective illusion created by using a piece of glass to create a semi-transparent reflection of someone out of view by illuminating them. It makes them seem as though they’re stood somewhere when they’re not and because the light is reflecting on the glass you can see through them.

I had a quick dig around online and found that the account that uploaded the video to Youtube belongs to Richard Greenwood, the current manager of the pub who took over in 2012 after it closed down briefly. In a 2012 article about the reopening, The Bolton News quoted Greenwood as saying he wanted to capitalise on the history of the pub which dates back to 1251 and is thought to be one of the four oldest public houses in the country.

The paper reported that ‘Mr Greenwood, aged 37, has worked as a consultant for bars and hotels all over the world and said he wants to make the pub better than it was before. Mr Greenwood said he wanted to capitalise on the pub’s history and is talking to council chiefs about how to promote it as a tourist attraction.’

It has a reputation with ghost hunters but Greenwood denies that this video is the product of trickery. I’m still suspicious though…  See, Richard Greenwood is also Managing Director for Consult Greenwood Ltd, a consultancy firm supplying creative routes to market for new products and technologies. With this in mind I am drawn to question whether this ghost video is a ‘creative route’ for marketing the history of Ye Olde Man and Scythe to help it become more of a tourist attraction. I could be completely wrong though, and would love to hear the thoughts of others in the comments below.

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Hayley is a ghost geek and started to blog in 2007. She uses scientific scepticism to investigate weird stuff and writes about it here while also speaking publicly about how to hunt ghosts as a skeptic.

6 Comments on Examination: ‘Ye Olde Man’ ghost video

  1. Oddly, I provided proof in the YouTube comments that this video has been tampered with and my comment disappeared. Probably flagged as spam or deleted by the account owner. Here it is again:

    Busted: Watch the video frame by frame and at 27 seconds in (06:18:04:01 on the cam timer) you will see the time seems to be overlaid on a previous frame that reads 06:18:03:17. Proof that this video has been tampered with and is not “actual CCTV footage”.

    A/N: Click image for full size.

  2. There was me hoping for an excuse to go and have a pint or three, and you blow the whole thing wide open before I get chance!

  3. Mark but what if the ghost tampered with the video tape 🙂

    Relax I’m kidding, but the paranormal believers always come up with an excuse. No matter the evidence they are always going to believe or find a way of believing.

  4. Not true Mark; I’m a “paranormal believer” but in this case, you and Hayley raise some valid and logical points which lead me towards feeling that this is most probably a fake. There’s a time to believe, and a time to call BS. 🙂

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