posted on Mar, 2 2006 @ 07:56 PM
I have never believed that the board or the operator was exhibiting anything. Last year, in an effort to test the validity of the board/operator, two
friends and I sat down with two other people (one at at time) who said they'd used the Ouija board with interesting results. We told them that we
were going to do some experiments to test the validity of the answers but didn't thell them what we were going to do.
For each person (again, this was done at different times and there was no communication between the operators) we asked them to "bring in the
spirits" and work with us in answering questions. We (one of us with the other two persons taking notes) worked with the operator; both held the
plancehette and, for each of the ten question we asked, the planchette moved to an appropriate answer, sometimes spelling things out and sometimes
going to 'yes' or 'no'. The other two observers took notes.
Then, we told the operator that we were going to ask a bunch of questions again and that the operator and one of us would allow the planchette to 'do
its thing'. The only difference was that this time, we'd blindfold both the operator and the helper. The observer would again ask questions
and record the answers. At first, the operator was not enthusiastic about it but agreed. Ten similar questions were asked and the planchette's
movement was recorded.
All of the "answers" from the second set of questions were gibberish.
Later that day, we brought in another operator, did exactly the same questions with the same conditions, and got the same results; gibberish produced
by the blindfolded operator ahd her 'helper'.
Our conclusion was that the operator was unconsciously guiding the planchette to the answers, receiving perfectly normal visual cues. Without the
visible cues, the operator did not move the planchette to spell out anything and the letter combinations of the "answers" were completely random.
As far as I know, this is the only time anyone's tried to test the efficacy of the Ouija board/operator under controlled conditions. Obviously,
because of the simplicity of the expeirments, anyone in here, if he or she chose, could duplicate the experiments, and provide us with additional