Although Parker Brothers sells them as a parlour game and toy.
That just seems odd to me: Talk to the dead! It’s fun for the whole family.
To use a ouija, a heart-shaped planchette is slowly moved around the board by two or more people who are attempting to summon someone in the spirit world. Once a connection is forged, the spirit can communicate by guiding the opening in the planchette over the words, letters, and numbers on the board.
But do ouija boards actually work?
Scientists say no. They believe that tiny, involuntary movements in our hands control the planchette. Of course, this doesn’t explain the spirits who have given messages in languages not known by the people controlling the board. Or the startling predictions that have been made through ouija boards. (A favourite question asked of spirits is, “When am I going to die?” Why someone would want to know that is beyond me.)
Some Christians, primarily Roman Catholics, believe that ouija boards are evil. They feel that the benign spirits people think they’re talking to are actually demons, and not so benign at all.
When I was a teenager, I borrowed a ouija board from a friend. At first, I carefully followed all the rules: I never used it alone; I made sure to move the planchette to Goodbye before taking my hands off it, etc. But the darn thing never worked.
One night I fell asleep with the ouija at the end of my bed. I was in a deep sleep when a loud knocking sound woke me up. Groggily, I realized the sound was coming from the ouija, but I was too out of it to process what that meant. Instead, I grabbed the board and threw it in a dresser drawer.
Before I could get back to sleep, loud knocking sounds started coming from inside the dresser. At this point, I was really annoyed, and yelled a few choice words at it. The knocking stopped, and I fell asleep.
In the morning, once it dawned on me what had happened, I returned the ouija board to my friend.
Have you ever used a ouija board? If so, did it work? What question would you ask the spirit world?
And has anyone seen the movie Ouija? Any good?
Click here for twenty-three terrifying tales about ouija boards gone wrong. Not to go all Buzzfeed on you, but YOU WON’T BELIEVE NUMBER TWENTY-THREE! OMG!
Seriously, though, it’s pretty damn creepy.
Ouija board photo by Gabriel Molina.