In 1853, M. Planchette a frenchman invented a device that would be named after him.
The planchette, a small, heart shaped table with pencils attached to it's legs.
Those who used it claimed that it operated by spirit force and ghosts were able to write
With the coming of the spiritualism movement a new device was created...the ouija board.
EC Reiche a cabinet and coffin maker from Maryland created a new method of communicating
with the dead. He created a wooden lap tray with the letters of the alphabet arranged in two
lines across the center of the board. Bellow these letters, he placed the numbers 1-10 and
the words Yes and No in each lower corner of the board. Rieche kept the planchette
connected to his board but removed the pencil tips and placed wooden pegs on the
bottom of it.
It has been said that the ouija board was named ouija by Reiche because ouija was a
combination of the French and German words for yes..inturth it was named ouija because
Reiche thought that ouija was Egyptian for luck.
The board was sold to a friend of Reiche's Charles Kennard(the first producer of the ouija
board)...Kennard Novelty Co. Kennards shop manager William Fuld, decided to go into
business for himself and begin producing the ouija board that he re-named Fuld's
talking board. Oddly, Fuld took his own life What makes ouija boards work and
what makes them dangerous When you begin using a ouija board,
you are opening a gateway to the other side and asking anything and everything to come
through. You have no control of who can and will try to come through. Things may start
of innocent enough, the board answering simple questions, leading you to believe that
you are communicating with a dead friend of loved one or someone famous,
when in fact you may be communicating with something...else.
When communications take a turn for the worse, it's a common belief that by no longer
using the board or by getting rid of it all the negative effects will stop.
This is not true, the gateway is still open, and you will still experience the negative
effects until it is closed. A trained paranormal investigator or demonologist
should be contacted to close the gateway.