Truth about the Ouija Board

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posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 07:17 PM
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One of the most controversial tools ever used in spirit communication, a tool that is still used today, is a simple wooden board. It comes in many different sizes, with a variety of beautifully painted scenes and symbols.

Yet they all share certain characteristics: located somewhere on the surface of these boards are the words “Yes”, “No” and “Goodbye“, the letters A through Z. and the numbers 0 through 9. With this board comes a pointer called a planchette. The planchette is a triangular or heart-shaped device that will point to the letters, numbers or words, spelling out phrases, names and dates. The planchette actually predates these boards. Planchettes were originally used with a pencil attached for automatic writing (a method used a lot during the spiritualist movement). But now the planchette and this board go hand in hand. This board goes by many names such as a talking board, a witch board, or a spirit board. But most of us know it as the Ouija board.


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posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 07:20 PM
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Not quite sure what the point of your post is.



posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 07:23 PM
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Agreed.
This board is nothing more than a satanic tool used as a gateway to Hell.



posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 07:24 PM
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Well, if you read the article until the end I am pretty sure the author does not agree with you



posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 07:24 PM
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Yeah. I am aware it is quite controversial, and thank you for the description... I'll give you the benefit of the doubt, and assume you will be back to give us the truth to this thing...



posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 07:24 PM
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Do they work?
Are they dangerous?
Was there ever a good reason given for the ban on sales?


i went to your link but the video plays auto so had to leave quick smart as it sucks the money out of my con,can you sum i up please??
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posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 07:25 PM
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Originally posted by homeslice
Not quite sure what the point of your post is.


There is no point.

All he did was copy a bunch of text from a webpage and paste it here.

Very engaging....



posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 07:26 PM
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Well, the point of the post is that it strikes me as really odd (to say the least) that people actually put their believes into a commercial item, because that is pretty much all a ouija board is, a commercial board game



posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 07:27 PM
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Not so. I of course copy pasted it into ATS but I think the author has a point. It is just a board game for as far as I am concerned and not a gateway to hell or a means of communicatinmg with dead folk. Or what ever



posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 07:31 PM
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I don't know the truth but what striikes me is that so many people give it a paranormal meaning while it was just invented as a board game, something fun to do. It would be the same as giving a paranormal meaning to rummy.. Or saying poker will open up hell's gates



posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 07:32 PM
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Here is the rest of the article, didn't want to place it all because maybe of some copyright issues but here it is anyway



The Ouija board is quite possibly the most infamous tool used in paranormal research. I would venture to bet that most people reading this have heard a terrifying story that has either happened to a friend or a friend of a friend that involves the Ouija board. But when was the Ouija board created? What’s the history of this fascinating tool of devilish mischief? Was it constructed under candlelight in a dark dungeon sometime in the Dark Ages? Or maybe it was created by a witch who practiced black magic and satanic rituals. Many will be surprised to learn that the Ouija board is fairly young and it was made as a novelty item.

On May 28th 1890, a patent was filed by three individuals: Elijah Bond, Charles W. Kennard and William H. A. Maupin. The patent was for a novelty item developed by The Kennard Novelty Company, and the first boards were stamped February 10, 1891. Kennard was the one who named the board Ouija. People say the name Ouija means yes-yes because oui is French for yes and ja is German for yes, but Kennard claims to have named Ouija after an Egyptian word for good luck. In all actuality the word scarab means good luck in Egyptian (or Arabic) and not the word Ouija. The story goes the board itself repeatedly told Kennard that Ouija meant good luck in Egyptian and the name just stuck. The company only produced the Ouija board for fourteen months but kept corporate control until 1898.

In 1898 the Ouija board was appointed to a man that would revolutionize the board’s history, William Fuld. It was this man who said that he invented the board and that the name meant yes-yes. In 1919 Fuld bought the remaining rights and sold millions of these boards along with other toys. Sadly Fuld would die from a horrible accident falling from his company rooftop while supervising a flag pole replacement. This didn’t stop Fuld’s children from taking over the business or the production of Ouija boards. In 1966 the business was sold to Parker Brothers who still own the rights today.

So what happened? When did the Ouija Board get associated with evil? The history seems harmless, so why is it so closely related to Satan and demons? Although I cannot be 100% sure, while researching the subject I found that almost all negative reports relating to the board came about in the 70’s, after a novel was published and then turned into a movie two years later. The movie is a classic horror story about a teenage girl who tells her mother she has been talking to a person named Captain Howdy through the Ouija Board. Later this girl becomes possessed by the devil, which causes her body to contort, she spits up the classic green pea vomit and her head spins 360 degrees. Yes, you guessed it, I’m talking about “The Exorcist.” Now The Exorcist is “based” on a true story of a 14-year-old boy who was possessed and actually required three separate Rites of Exorcism from three different Christian denominations: Episcopalian, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic. The case happened in 1949 and the boy did admit to playing with a Ouija board. One thing to remember here is that religious groups had already become involved when this claim came out, so the Church automatically would assume this was the reason behind the possession. Just because the Church assumes this doesn’t make it fact. After 1973 (the year The Exorcist came out) there was a skyrocket of claims dealing with Ouija boards and demons; that’s the fact but the movie isn’t all at fault. After this another group that heavily promoted the Ouija Board as the work of the devil would be Christians.

I personally have received many claims from people telling me their stories, and as I suspected most are second- or third-hand. One thing people kept assuring me was that evil has been associated with this board since at least the 50′s, possibly earlier. There are two things I noticed in these stories, though: A. Hardly any of them had demons or possession associated with them. B. All were told that the board was evil by clergy or family members with strong religious views. This still holds me to my theory that the Church has a large role in why this toy is evil. From experience growing up in Christian house hold, I know the Church views any type of spirit communication as a product of the devil. The church has two views on where a spirit goes when it departs from the body, ones that go to Heaven and ones that go to Hell. I have even been taught that ghosts are actually demons portraying loved ones to win over trust so we will “let them in.” With that being said, the very fact that the Ouija board claims to be able to contact spirits would automatically be looked down on by the church, whether it be a toy or not. But still I will say I believe the reason why


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posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 07:33 PM
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surreal....




posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 07:34 PM
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Here is the rest, it is quite a lengthy piece..


people have associated this board game with the devil is largely due to the movie The Exorcist.

So one has to wonder whether the Ouija board really is a tool that contacts demons or even Satan himself? Maybe it isn’t demons but entities that exist on a lower plane. Maybe it isn’t anything except one’s imagination. When dealing with controversial subjects, I feel it is important that we have to look at both sides: the side of belief and the side of doubt. With that being said, let’s look at something called the Ideomotor effect, a term that was coined by William B. Carpenter in 1852. With the power of suggestion or expectation and the subtle unconscious movements made by the hand, one may trick oneself into thinking that something supernatural is occurring. William also states that the muscle movements can be made by the brain independently of emotions. This simply means we do not know we are the ones influencing the planchette to move. This same effect also could explain pendulums and dowsing rods (actually that’s why this explanation was created).

Another common factor in the Ouija stories I received (and have heard in the past) is most of them end with someone burning the board to get rid of the evil, but to their surprise it isn’t affected by the flames. I have heard many other stories that consist of the smell of flesh when the board is thrown in the fire pit, even a board screaming in the flames. But the biggest commonality is that the fire has no effect on the board. Could this stem from the belief that the Ouija board is closely connected with demons and the Devil, and the belief that fire is associated with Hell? It is difficult for me to believe something made out of wood could survive the fireplace.

Still this common factor is interesting, so I contacted a man by the name of James “The Amazing” Randi, to talk about this. For those who don’t know who James Randi is, he is an investigator of paranormal claims. His foundation “The James Randi Educational Foundation” currently offers a $1,000,000 check to anyone who can prove paranormal abilities and/or claims. You may have even heard of this as the “Million Dollar Challenge”. This challenge has been going on since the 70′s and has never been won. So Mr. Randi told me to present everyone here with an experiment, in his words: “Have everyone go out and buy a Ouija board and set it on fire. If it doesn’t burn, they’ll win a million dollars.”

James Randi has also done tests on the Ouija board. To prove it is nothing more than the ideomotor effect, he blindfolded the operators, and the results produced were nothing but nonsense. No words, names, or phrases, no yes, no or dates–it was only gibberish. Surely demons or evil spirits would be able to spell the same whether the operator is blindfolded or not, so what happened? The logical explanation according to Randi is that it’s all done subconsciously by the operator. When the operator can’t see the board, the operator can’t produce positive results. It is also important to note that in controlled tests, the board has never produced any information that isn’t already known to the operators.

One major problem with the modern day paranormal investigator is lack of common sense. People jump to conclusions way to quickly and let myths become fact. Based on all the information I gathered while studying the Ouija board, I have to conclude the following. The Ouija board is and has always been a board game, a children’s toy. It has never been and is not a portal to hell, it does not let entities of any sort in through some invisible doorway, it does not conjure demons or Satan himself. It matters not of your intent or belief, it is a piece of wood or cardboard with fancy paintings and designs, nothing more. I have personally tested the burning of the Ouija board and it may surprise most readers, but it does in fact burn. I heard no screaming, I smelled no burning flesh, it wasn’t waiting for me on the mantle magically rejuvenated, however it was a waste of 15 dollars.


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posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 07:35 PM
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Originally posted by Elq10000
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Not so. I of course copy pasted it into ATS but I think the author has a point. It is just a board game for as far as I am concerned and not a gateway to hell or a means of communicatinmg with dead folk. Or what ever


Anyone who says this is just a "board game" hasn't experienced what happens when it "works"



posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 07:38 PM
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TL;DR

Now if there was only an app for something like that...



posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 07:38 PM
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posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 07:39 PM
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Originally posted by Elq10000
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Here is the rest of the article, didn't want to place it all because maybe of some copyright issues but here it is anyway


thanks but i was kind of hoping for some personal insight,experience.


just a copy and paste it is then



posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 07:39 PM
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“The James Randi Educational Foundation” currently offers a $1,000,000 check to anyone who can prove paranormal abilities and/or claims. You may have even heard of this as the “Million Dollar Challenge”. This challenge has been going on since the 70′s and has never been won. So Mr. Randi told me to present everyone here with an experiment, in his words:“Have everyone go out and buy a Ouija board and set it on fire. If it doesn’t burn, they’ll win a million dollars.”


So.... this guy is saying that NO ONE in approx 40 years has thought to make a Ouija board out of... metal?




posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 07:42 PM
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When using an article or story for a thread it is required to use the "Ex-Text" function when just copying and pasting.
Like so:



One of the most controversial tools ever used in spirit communication, a tool that is still used today, is a simple wooden board. It comes in many different sizes, with a variety of beautifully painted scenes and symbols.

Yet they all share certain characteristics: located somewhere on the surface of these boards are the words “Yes”, “No” and “Goodbye“, the letters A through Z. and the numbers 0 through 9. With this board comes a pointer called a planchette. The planchette is a triangular or heart-shaped device that will point to the letters, numbers or words, spelling out phrases, names and dates. The planchette actually predates these boards. Planchettes were originally used with a pencil attached for automatic writing (a method used a lot during the spiritualist movement). But now the planchette and this board go hand in hand. This board goes by many names such as a talking board, a witch board, or a spirit board. But most of us know it as the Ouija board.


Then you provide a link to the source:
Truth about the Ouija Board

Then it is customary to provide your own thoughts and opinions on the subject at hand. Like this:
I am unfamiliar with using the Ouija Board, because I do not have much interest in the afterlife or spirits. I don't dismiss it out of hand, but I have no personal experience with anything supernatural. So I just have to take anything I learn about it as hearsay.

I hope this helps you out in the future.



posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 07:44 PM
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Quote from article: "I have personally tested the burning of the Ouija board and it may surprise most readers, but it does in fact burn. I heard no screaming, I smelled no burning flesh, it wasn’t waiting for me on the mantle magically rejuvenated, however it was a waste of 15 dollars."






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