PASADENA – As the night crept toward the Witching Hour, a shadowy figure stole across the proscenium of the stage at the Pasadena Playhouse. Maybe it was a trick of the light or too much caffeine. Whatever it was caught the attention of members of the Pasadena Paranormal Research Society when their digital equipment suddenly shut down at the same moment. “We were doing an EVP \ session and I saw it out of the corner of my eye,” said the Society’s resident gearhead, Dennis Liang. “I’m a skeptic. I told them from the start I want to know the truth,” she said. Wielding fistfuls of cool gadgets and colorfully lit sensors, the team’s tech, Liang, is part skeptic and part believer. Hunched over a console, he monitors data as it’s collected from a variety of sensors, including an LCD display streaming video from four digital records mounted in the green room, on stage and in an electrical utility area. They collect data on temperatures, electrical fields, barometric pressure, audio levels, infrared emissions and more. Assistant Director Gil Saldana explained there are two types of entities – “intelligent,” sentient spirits loitering in the afterlife, and residual energy left behind during times of strong emotion. That residual marker could be from nervous actors waiting in the green room or a performer absorbing the rapturous applause of the audience. But their ultimate quarry – the spirit of Brown – failed to heed their pleas to manifest. “Gilmor Brown, send us some kind of sign,” Schultz said from a third floor office where theater staff attribute unexplained phenomena to Brown’s ghost. “We hear you’re quite a prankster.” Not ready to entirely give up the ghost, Saldana offered a theory on why Brown didn’t appear. Just like they can drain power from cameras, he said, some spirits require energy to manifest. “I’m of the opinion any activity here is going to be much higher when there is a show going on and an audience to create energy,” he said. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444 www.insidesocal.com/pasadenapolitics 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre It was an unusual late night show for the 90-year-old theater when a dozen investigators with the team converged recently to search for spirits and attempt to contact the mischievous ghost of its long-departed founder, Gilmor Brown. Investigating the Playhouse was an opportunity Society Director Syd Schultz said his team couldn’t pass up. “Most often we do private investigations of peoples’ homes. It’s not every day you can delve into a site so rich in history,” Schultz said. With the theater’s blessing, the team’s work was captured by a local filmmaker who is making a documentary about the history of the theater. Melinda Cole, a licensed private investigator, had no interest in the paranormal until she had to deal with what she described as her own personal poltergeist experience at home.