Hi Simba. I know that “provoking” a spirit is something popular to do because it’s been done so many times on television shows, but I just don’t believe it’s necessary to get a response. When I was actively investigating the paranormal, long before ghost hunting shows became the norm, what I did was try to recreate the circumstances under which the apparition was seen or poltergeist activity happened. Usually that didn’t involve people screaming and hollering except in fear. 😉
I do lose my patience with the entity in the doll though, but usually when it attacks someone. For example, when I first decided to bring the doll out of storage, it was to prove to someone who put up a YouTube video about Harold that I owned it. I called my friend Camille to tell her about the video and my plans. She thought that what I was doing was a good idea.
A little while later I “heard,” in my head, “She’d better stay away from me.” Since I didn’t know who “she” was, I didn’t pay a lot of attention to it. After I took some pics with the doll and a USA Today newspaper because it had the date in large letters, I sent the pics and went out to have a cup of coffee. That’s when it hit me that “she” was Camille.
I called her and asked her, and I could tell she wasn’t feeling well. She complained of hot and cold flashes.
I went back to my hotel room, grabbed a bottle of holy water and started dousing the doll yelling, “DO NOT EVER ATTACK CAMILLE OR SOMEONE I LOVE AGAIN!”
A few minutes later I heard, “Okay… she’s okay now.”
I called Camille and asked her how she was feeling. “Better… much better.”
“How long have you been feeling better?”
“Just a couple of minutes ago, actually!”
As far as looking into the doll’s eyes – yes, I have… many times. Where Bagans got that story from that he told on the show, I have no idea.
Thanks for the great question!