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It is pretty much unknown who invented the Ouija board...but if I had to put my money on it, I'd say it was Elijah Bond since his name graces the original patent documents under the heading "inventor". Still, some say it as a man named Charles Kennard. Regardless of who actually invented the board, Charles Kennard and his Kennard Novelty Company are responsible for being the first to patent a new item that would soon be all the rage. He was awarded the patent on February 10, 1891. He called the new creation "Ouija" because he claims the board told him that Ouija was Egyptian for "Good Luck." Well...Ouija isn't really "Good Luck" in Egyptian but no one seemed to know or care. The name stuck and so did this new fad.
His children then took over the business and continued selling the boards through the great depression all the way up to 1966 when they retired. That is when the fate of the Ouija was sealed. They sold the rights to the Ouija board to Parker Brothers. One of the first boards Parker Brothers made was great. It was wooden and is the best board Parker Brothers ever made. I have one of these on display in my galleries as well. Then, sadly, the boards went from hardboard, to tightly-pressed paper, to cardboard. Now all that is being manufactured is a glow in the dark version of the Ouija. Maybe one day, Parker Brothers will wise up and make a wooden edition. At the moment, we can only hope for this. Interestingly enough, I read that more Ouija boards have been sold throughout history than any other board game. This includes Parker Brothers' own Monopoly. I hope you enjoyed this history...this is based on several different sources so it may not be totally accurate. The Ouija has a very cloudy past at best.
In 1891, the practice of spirit photography gained more credibility when Alfred Russell Wallace, the co-developer of the theory of evolution, spoke out with the belief that spirit photography should be studied scientifically. He later wrote about his own investigations into it and included a statement that he believed the possibility of it was real. He did not feel that just because some of the photos that had been documented were obviously fraudulent, that all of them could be dismissed as hoaxes. Despite such notable interest in the field, little was heard of spirit photography (outside of Spiritualist circles) for a number of years. But during this time, some fairly spectacular photos did manage to appear and some of them have remained unexplained ever since. Perhaps my favorite of this period has been referred to as the "Lord Combermere Photograph". The photo was taken in 1891 (and first published in 1895) by Sybell Corbett, who was staying with her sister at Combermere Abbey in Cheshire, England. She decided to take a photo of the large library there and used an exposure of about one hour, a fact that she noted in her diary. Although no one was in the room when the photo was taken, the developed plate showed the faint image of a man seated in one of the chairs. The photograph was shown to a relative of Lord Combermere and it was identified as being the man himself. The problem with this was at the time the photo was taken, Lord Combermere was being buried in a churchyard a few miles away. He had been killed in an accident just five days before! The photo has defied explanation ever since. In 1911, spirit photography entered the mainstream with the publication of the
One of the first mentions of the automatic writing method used in the Ouija board is found in China around 1100 B.C., and it is first recorded in historical documents of the Song Dynasty. The method was known as fuji "planchette writing". The use of planchette writing as a means of ostensibly contacting the dead and the spirit-world continued, and, albeit under special rituals and supervisions, was a central practice of the Quanzhen School, until it was forbidden by the Qing Dynasty. Several entire scriptures of the Daozang are supposedly works of automatic planchette writing. Similar methods of mediumistic spirit writing have been widely practiced in Ancient India, Greece, Rome and medieval Europe.
Originally posted by Dock9
reply to post by IntastellaBurst
and just as a weight on the end of a length of string can function as a ouija board --- and probably did so, thousands of years ago
A plumb-bob or a plummet is a weight, usually with a pointed tip on the bottom, that is suspended from a string and used as a vertical reference line, or plumb-line. The instrument has been used in since at least the time of the ancient Egypt to ensure that constructions are "plumb", or vertical. It is also used in surveying to establish the nadir with respect to gravity of a point in space. They are used with a variety of instruments (including levels, theodolites, and steel tapes) to set the instrument exactly over a fixed survey marker, or to transcribe positions onto the ground for placing a marker.
Originally posted by TheAmused
the ghost of my rich uncle always knocks my hotels of boardwalk when we play monopoly too folk's...or does he maybe it's just me thinking he is..as my little brother snicker's cause he did it.
evp's are another story.
your comparing a electronic gadget to a board game mass produced to get our money.
if ya can see my point.
We buy the board in hope's to get a scare and a what if response..
and that's what the board was made for ....to make money of the mass's
on the paranormal in which there is no way to claim it's 100% real or 100% fake...it's win win to the board maker's.
Originally posted by TheAmused
you just described a Plum bob.
but im sure someone has used it to summon a ghost or talk to a demon lol
A pendulum of crystal, metal or other materials suspended on a chain is sometimes used in divination and dowsing. In one approach the user first determines which direction (left-right, up-down) will indicate "yes" and which "no" before proceeding to ask the pendulum specific questions, or else another person may pose questions to the person holding the pendulum. The pendulum may also be used over a pad or cloth with "yes" and "no" written on it and perhaps other words written in a circle. The person holding the pendulum aims to hold it as steadily as possible over the center and its movements are held to indicate answers to the questions. In the practice of radiesthesia, a pendulum is used for medical diagnosis.
Originally posted by Titen-Sxull
reply to post by TheAmused
While I certainly share your skepticism about Ouija boards I must say that you will not win many people over here.
I've seen how Ouija board discussions go here on ATS and typically they are dominated by people telling anecdotal unverified stories about how terrible paranormal things started happening to them in relation to a Ouija board. These sorts of anecdotal reports, for some strange reason, actually manage to convince some people.
Generally the Ouija board is just a piece of material (plastic or wood typically) with letters on it and perhaps a yes no or maybe - how is this paranormal and furthermore how is this ANY DIFFERENT from the keyboard on which I am typing right now?
Another issue I have with Ouija boards is that those using them fall prey to the Ideomotor effect whereby movements are made that are not conscious. It is a fatally flawed experiment in which the variable is typically a superstitious human who already believes something spooky is about to happen. If a Ouija board moved WITHOUT human influence or trickery it might actually mean something but with the human variable attached to it anything that is spelled out is entirely NORMAL not paranormal.
I agree with you that its nothing supernatural or magical but I have to say you should have titled the thread "Prove to me that the Ouija board is anything other than a novelty toy" thereby putting the burden of proof on those who make the absurd and ridiculous claim that a piece of cardboard/wood/plastic with the alphabet on it is actually a supernatural conduit.
i dont see how cardboard with letters on it can contact the dead