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 Post subject: Re: Ouija board
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:37 pm 
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Ha! Classic!! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Ouija board
 Post Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:23 pm 
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I see what you mean. That would be a rather interesting conversation piece, especialy at Christmas time, but it would make for a better Halloween prank. I realize you were only kidding, but maybe you can get a clear plastic with ouija board images printed on it. Set it on th floor and tell that same story. I bet you would have your friends and relatives really going.

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 Post subject: Re: Ouija board
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:47 am 
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Does anyone know the history behind the Ouija board and who first developed it?

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 Post subject: Re: Ouija board
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 23, 2009 12:16 pm 
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no but that's a good question...i think i'll look it up :)

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 Post subject: Re: Ouija board
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:22 pm 
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That is interesting, I really haven't thought about its origins!
I'll be looking forward to that.

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 Post subject: Re: Ouija board
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 9:59 am 
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Maybe I will try googling it and see what it says...

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 Post subject: Re: Ouija board
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:03 am 
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History of the Ouija board
Interest in the mysterious ouija board has persisted for over 100 years. Learn its history. The devotees range from collectors of antique boards to true believers in its mystical powers.

Two people sit opposite each other at a table. On the table is a rectangular playing board with two curved rows of letters, one above the other. The top row runs from A to M, and the lower row runs from N to Z. Just below these is a row with numbers One through Zero. At the top left of the board is the word Yes, and at the top right, the word No. Near the bottom of the board is Goodbye.


On the board rests an odd little device, like a tiny heart-shaped table, with three legs that allow it to glide smoothly over the board's surface. The two people put their fingertips lightly on the little table, the planchette, and it starts moving. The planchette moves from letter to letter, supposedly under its own power, and spells out messages, or answers yes or no to questions put to it.



And so begins a session with a Ouija board, a game which is also known as the talking board and the witch board. Ouija boards were immensely popular between 1890 and 1950, and dozens of manufacturers competed with different versions, sometimes claiming that the Ouija was much more than just a game. Capitalizing on the the craze for spiritualism, they didn't hesitate to suggest that the Ouija was a portal to the spirit world, capable of putting one in touch with the dead of all ages.


The Ouija board wasn't so much invented, as it was refined. Communicating with the dead through spirit mediums swept the United States and Europe during the latter part of the 19th century. Seances were held, in which people sat around a table, waiting for the spirits to speak. The disembodied dead made their presence known by tipping the table, and knocking one of its legs on the floor. The taps were supposedly a code which the medium interpreted for her guests.


But table tipping was a slow and rather boring way to receive the spirits' messages. Some mediums chose to go into a trance and allow the spirits to speak through them. Others preferred automatic writing, believing that what they wrote while in the trance state came to them from the spirits. Numerous gadgets were also invented, some of them involving complicated gears and pulleys. Gradually, a simplified planchette and a standardized board evolved, becoming the Ouija board that we know today.


In 1892, in an early business takeover, William Fuld became the owner and president of the Kennard Novelty Company, which had developed the final form of the talking board. He then renamed it the Ouija Novelty Company. Fuld was such an enthusiastic promoter, even claiming that he had invented and named the board, that his name is still associated with it, and its actual originators are mostly forgotten. Capitalizing on public fascination with the exotic and mysterious far east, Fuld declared that Ouija was the Egyptian word for good luck. It's more likely, however, that he derived the name from the Moroccan city of Oujda.


Fuld went on to sell millions of talking boards, as well as other toys and novelties. In spite of fierce competition from other toy makers, his company dominated the market for 35 years. Thanks to his own talent for sensationalizing a simple toy, his accidental death in 1927 was turned into a lasting legend. His fall from the factory roof while doing repairs was rumored to have been a suicide, and to this day that story is still circulated as fact.


After Fuld's death, his family sold the company to Parker Brothers, which still produces the Ouija board, and owns all rights and patents. The popularity of the game has waxed and waned over the years, and controversy has centered on whether it is just a game or a real doorway to another plane of existence. People who believe in spirits and similar beings, insist that using a Ouija board can provide an opening for malevolent forces, placing the souls of users in danger.


In fact, the Ouija board has inspired its own body of superstitions and legends. Most of the superstitions concern ways to make sure that evil spirits can't make use of the board to enter our world and create mischief or worse. Placing a silver coin on the board is supposed to prevent spirits from coming through, but if you don't have a silver coin there are other things you can do to protect yourself. Never use the board in a cemetery or any place where a murder or other unnatural death has occurred. Never use it when you are sick, since evil spirits can take possession of anyone who is in a weakened condition.


Other precautions are: never play alone, don't let the planchette fall off the board, and don't allow it to go straight through the numbers or the alphabet, since these provide a direct path for the spirit's release. If the planchette makes a figure eight several times, or goes to the four corners of the board, you have contacted an evil spirit and should turn the planchette upside down to use it.


Is any of this true, or do all the manifestations have a reasonable explanation? No one has ever completely resolved the question of how the planchette seems to move on its own, even against the wishes of the users. One explanation is that invisible micro movements of the users' hand and arm muscles guide the planchette to spell out messages from their own subconscious. Does such a theory take the fun and mystery out of the Ouija board? Certainly, true believers in spirits ignore any debunking efforts.


Whatever the theories, the Ouija board has made a place for itself in history. In the late 1800s, Pearl Curran produced six novels and reams of poetry which she claimed were conveyed to her by Patience Worth, an entity she contacted with her Ouija board. Later, a friend of Mrs Curran wrote a novel with the help of her board and Mark Twain's spirit. The Ouija board has played a prominent part in at least one murder trial, and has been featured in movies, including Awakenings and Witchboard, a series of three low budget horror films.


Today, the commercially produced Ouija board is seldom considered anything more than a toy. Yet it does have its devotees: collectors whose interest is rare antique boards, spiritual seekers who use the board as a focus for meditation, and craftspeople who design and create limited edition or one-of-a-kind boards. For those who want something more than cardboard and plastic, handmade boards of wood, glass, and even leather are available for prices well up into the hundreds of dollars.


Ouija boards even have a presence on the internet. There are email/chat groups, personal pages devoted to various aspects of its history and use, and several sites with interactive boards to play with on line. Dominating the internet scene is The Museum of Talking Boards. This beautifully designed site is not only full of fascinating information about Ouija boards, it has many photographs of boards past and present, and links to more than a dozen sources of handmade boards.


Toy or mystic portal? Whichever it is, the Wonderful Talking Board is an enduring part of popular culture.

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 Post subject: Re: Ouija board
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:11 am 
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Thanks Midnight that was intersting!!! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Ouija board
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:15 am 
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You are most welcome kind Witchy...

Some people even called the Ouija board the Witches Board...

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 Post subject: Re: Ouija board
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:19 am 
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I knew about being a witch's board!!! I own one, but did not know much about it's origins. That was very cool!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Ouija board
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:50 pm 
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Really interesting article, Midnite. Thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: Ouija board
 Post Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 7:39 am 
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thanks midnite :)

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