|Mom, myself and Luana traipsing around Rome.|
"Dad, why are you taking this picture?"
"I truly enjoy your entries. Thank you for sharing the information that you have found. Could I ask one question, though? What drove you to investigate this? Your content is like none other I have experienced before. How did you come about it?"
"My best friend Luana Anders died. She started visiting me in dreams. Later that year, I was working in NYC on the Charles Grodin show (Charles was a great friend, and we became friends through her.)
I had seen James Van Praagh on Larry King and suggested we bring him on to see if he could converse with her. (Charles isn't a believer or non believer - he likes to remain open to both sides of any discussion).
So we designed an experiment. I called in the show directly from my home. Only Charles knew I was calling in.
James Van Praagh mentioned a few things, but two jumped out. The cocktail glass collection reference (my last name inspires comic gifts) and a photo on my refrigerator. It was the only photo I’ve ever put up where I said aloud - “Oh look: the essence of our relationship.” (Drinking cappuccinos and laughter. It's reported in “Flipside")
|The photograph on my fridge he was referring to. There was only one.|
When I put it up I said aloud "THE ESSENCE OF OUR RELATIONSHIP"
When he mentioned it I knew only one person in existence could know the story behind this photograph that he mentioned live on the air.
Later our 3 year old son wouldn't go upstairs. I asked him why. He pointed to the staircase and told me a woman was visiting him. I said “Who is visiting you?” He took me into the kitchen and pointed to THIS PHOTO on the fridge.
Worried he might never go upstairs again, I asked “Does she frighten you?”
He said “Dad. You can see right through her!”
I thought it over and said “Well, does she say anything to you?“
He nodded. “She says “I love you.”
I replied, “Well… that doesn't sound scary, does it?”
He paused, sighed and said “Okay" and went upstairs to bed.
(From "Flipside: A Tourist's Guide on How to Navigate the Afterlife.")
Once one proves to themselves their loved ones still exist - experience won't prove it to anyone else, because it’s experiential - one stops wondering.
I started designing more ways to film or capture that experience. Hence the past ten years, two documentaries ("Flipside" and "Talking to Bill Paxton" on Gaia) and 8 books about the Flipside research.
Here’s the clip where James Van Praagh mentions the photograph - believe, don't believe - but this was the moment I realized there actually is a flipside:
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