Well, I wish I had a couple campfire stories to tell about my board, but for now I'll share this one.
I got my ouija as a Christmas present about 6 years back - off of ebay. It was an original William Fuld board, back before the copyright was bought
out. Like any superstitious owner, I went online and carefully looked up what you were supposed to do, and what you were not.
In my research, I heard several stories about people becoming possessed, boards that would "scream" when they are burnt, boards that would come back
if you didn't give it away, permanent hauntings if you didn't say a prayer before closing a session (the list went on & on). The last bit of advice
I found was to never, ever challenge a spirit to prove it was present.
Well, I must've been the laughing matter for several of the spirits present (I felt them, in a way), because try as I might, I couldn't get not one
spirit to communicate through the board. I broke all the superstitions with the board - Didn't close my sessions, constantly asked for the spirits to
prove they were there, played it in the dark or lit by a single candle, and even asked the dreaded challenge of physically proving they were there (if
you're detecting a bit of sarcasm by now, continue reading to find the source). I swear I heard laughing while I was making my attempts.
Essentially, it turns out that I had a literal "dead" ouija board - I finally threw it out, and it didn't come back
My theory why it works:
1. The "rules" say two or more people. Well, when you bring two or more people to do the same task, sometimes more energy is about that can create
poltergeist-like effects. Throw in a little fear, and you've got the makings for a "working" board.
2. Also, there was a while back a certain collection of horror stories published, one of which was claimed to be cursed called The Dare
quick glance on youtube shows teens basically "freaking themselves out" by following the instructions in the story. I believe a similar thing is
happening when people are using the board, in that their subconscious is "guiding" their hands to a specific letter (my friends would purposely do
this, at which point it became more humorous because people actually believed something spiritual moved it).
3. Now, I could be one of the few people where either spirits are bored of me (or making fun of me), but I've never witnessed anyone having the
experiences like some of the people out their claim. Then again, I've never ran into BEKs either, and yet they also seem to be common.