Is the Oregon vortex paranormal or an optical illusion

The Oregon Vortex and House of Mystery. Is as advertised “a glimpse into a strange world, where the improbable is the commonplace and everyday physical facts are reversed”. Whether or not the Oregon Vortex is paranormal or an optical illusion, It is an area of naturally occurring visual and perceptual phenomena.

Last updated 29th December 2019

Which can be caught on camera, unlike many weird things. So no matter your education or profession you will find a challenge to what you think is real.

Oregon vortex paranormal or an optical illusions

located on Sardine Creek in Gold Hill. it’s one of Oregon’s oldest and most original examples of Roadside Americana. Opened to tourists in 1930 (by the fella in the pic above) , the attraction is the earliest documented mystery spot or gravitational hill in the United States.

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A place where bubble levels and tape measures, yardsticks and balls that roll uphill are used to demonstrate the phenomena.

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Oregon vortex, paranormal or an optical illusion

Oregon vortex, paranormal or an optical illusion

The Phenomena that gives The Oregon Vortex its name are evident throughout the entire area. Nowhere in the circle do you normally stand erect (oi oi) .

There’s also a plank of wood that 2 people can stand on, but when they switch position they’re at different heights. That’s not normal, obviously, but why is it happening?

No one really knows the exact reason, other than magnetic pulls from the Earth’s core. This then pulls everything in towards it, or some weird scientific jargon, that I don’t really care about. There’s allways someone around trying there best to debunk it.

It looks cool, a broom can stand up on its own, enough said, I’m sold. I would pay money just to experience it for myself, I’m not arsed if its bullshit or not. I mean look at lister in the picture above, I want to try that. Who wouldn’t?

The Oregon Vortex probably isn’t paranormal and is more likely to be an optical illusion. But it does make a broom stand up by itself and balls move uphill. So again, enough said.

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History of the Oregon Vortex


The Oregon Vortex, was referred to by the Native Americans as Forbidden Ground. Their horses refused to walk into the affected area (because its weird) , and the natives chose to avoid this place as well (also because its WEIRD) .

More recently, an investigation which was covered at The Oregonian. Who are some oregon loving people I would imagine. talk of investigators trying to ride horses through the site, but before getting to the Vortex they would completely stop and reverse direction. (again because its WEIRD)

A Scottish geologist and mining engineer named John Lister, developed the area in the early 1920’s and opened the Vortex to the public in 1930. Until he passed in 1959, he had conducted thousands of experiments here.

Since the 1930s The Vortex has been drawing thousands of tourists, psychics, scientists, and anyone else intrigued by the explainable.

Herbert Lundy touted the popularity of the Vortex as early as April 1938 in the Portland Oregonian. John Litster detailed his observations in his “Notes and Data Relative to the Phenomenon at the Area of the House of Mystery in 1944.”

After Litster’s death on December 4, 1959, his wife Mildred sold the Oregon Vortex to Irene and Ernie Cooper. Whose daughter Maria and grandson Mark have continued to keep the attraction open.

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So is the Oregon Vortex paranormal or an optical illusion?

This particular fella called, James Randi. A reformed magician and illusionist, deconstructed its science in 1998. Using photography and mathematics to describe the claims of the Oregon Vortex as optical illusions.

But who cares what he thinks, there’s a broom standing up by itself. The only downside I can see with the Oregon Vortex is that there’s no aliens, that would make it awesome.

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