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A Word About Ouija Boards…


It’s not the board that’s dangerous; it’s the process of inviting harmful paranormal entities into your home.

There are two schools of thought on Ouija boards in the paranormal field.  One group states emphatically that this is not a dangerous activity.  The other school of thought emphatically states that the Ouija board is a dangerous item.  We subscribe with the majority in the field and with the scores of documented incidents that have a common theme – the Ouija board!  Personally, we find it amusing that some groups are quick to dispel all the documented cases where the use of the Ouija boards is involved.  They sound like the skeptics (that they themselves argue with) that assume that paranormal activity does not exist and are quick to dispel all the documented cases and claims. 

Ouija boards can invite unwanted presences into a home or other location.  When we say unwanted, we mean demonic entities not in this realm and malevolent spirits that remain in our realm.  Although at first glance it appears to be a harmless toy, it is a potentially dangerous item.  Will something happen each time you use one?  Not at all, but use does bring an associate risk. 

By using a Ouija board you are consciously inviting spirits to communicate with you.  In actuality, a user does not have any control over who responds when they evoke spirits.  What you may end up getting is demonic or a malevolent spirit.  What is a malevolent spirit?  These are the spirits, that when living, comprised of what we know to be the criminal element.  This criminal element remains angry and hostile in death and its intentions are clearly not your best interest.  Spirits keep the same personality that the person had while living.  If this element does not value human life while alive, why would they in death?

The demonic entity or malevolent spirit will focus on someone in the group with a lower psyche.  This entity or spirit will answer basic questions in order to lull the user into a false sense of security.  The entity may disguise itself as friendly and helpful, this element has been known to lie and be convincing using the name users try to contact.  Unless you ask the right questions to ask, you may not know the difference.  The more the Ouija board is used, the greater the chance the entity or spirit can create major and potentially dangerous situations.  Even the energy used to contact the spirits can energize a spirit, and again, you have no control over who (or what) responds. 

Once a demonic entity is allowed into your home, it is very difficult - and dangerous – to expel.  Conversely, a spirit cannot be physically expelled, they must be convinced – therefore it will be impossible.  If you have a Ouija board, please throw it out.  Do not donate to a charity in a box of unwanted items – just destroy it.  Normally we like to see unwanted items given to charity, but not this time.  Please educate your children on the dangers involved with this “toy”.  Education is much easier than dealing with a demonic entity or malevolent spirit! 

Some paranormal groups will tell you that these boards are not dangerous because “demonic entities are rare”.  However, there are documented cases of homes being plagued by demonic entities and malevolent spirits as a result of the use of a Ouija board.  Why risk it?  To us, it’s as dangerous as walking through the streets with a stash of money.  Most people will not bug you, but one may rob you.  It’s the same in the paranormal world, most are harmless – but there are those few bad apples!

Manchester Paranormal Investigations will NEVER use a Ouija board as part of our investigation process and we will recommend that no one should use one. 

What exactly is a Ouija board? 

A Ouija board is a tool used in divination practices.  The “word” Ouija is actually a trademark, but has become a generic term for any board used for divination.  The board itself is marked with letters, numbers, symbols, and a “yes” and “no” space.  The device uses a planchette (a small heart-shaped piece of wood or plastic or other movable object) to form a response.  The fingers of all séance participants are placed on the planchette and allowed to move. 

Brief History of the Ouija

Divination techniques have been recorded for thousands of years; however in the late 1800’s, the mass production of affordable divination devices and the exploding fad of spiritualism led to the explosion of use.  Charles Kennard and Elijah Bond decided to patent what would become the prototype of the modern Ouija board in 1890.  In 1901, William Fuld, and employee of Mr. Kennard took over the ownership of the factory and production of the board. 

Mr. Fuld changed the name of the board to Ouija and even claimed to have invented the device.  It is believed that he used “his” board and tragedy struck him and he met an untimely end.  While supervising the installation of a flagpole on the factory, he fell off the roof.  Reportedly, in transit, a fractured rib pierced his heart and he died shortly thereafter.  Is that a coincidence?  We may know for sure, but that’s an unfortunate way to go.  The estate of Mr. Fuld sold the Ouija board – and the whole factory – to the Parker Brothers. 

How does a Ouija board work and why is it dangerous? 

There are two schools of thoughts on how a Ouija board works.  Believers think users can actually make contact with spirits (including malevolent, and on rare occasion demonic entities).  It is believed that the spirit uses telekinetic energy to move the planchette providing the user or group with responses to questions.  The board itself has no power and is simply a tool used to aid in communication. 

Those who advocate the use of the Ouija, say the like other forms of divination, it is a legitimate way to communicate with the dead.  While professional mediums believe that the movements may be controlled by malevolent spirits more intent on something other than providing correct information. 

The other school of thought states that the communication is nothing more that the planchette moving through the user’s subconscious.  They believe that the user is not aware that they themselves are moving the planchette and assume a spirit is guiding the answers.  In parapsychology, the use of the Ouija board is believed to pick up information from the subconscious mind.  Some information that an individual clearly repressed can come back to life and the user can suffer a psychosis as a result of these images.

What do we believe?  We believe the planchette can move both by spirits and entities and also by subconscious movements.  No matter the force moving it, it will sometimes cause problems down the road.  Be it a malevolent spirit or demon or a repressed memory coming back to something as trivial to an addiction to using the board and allowing it to control your decisions.   Those who suffer an addiction become dependent on information that might not be accurate and limit themselves to something to make decisions for them.  

There are reports of the planchette flying through the air or spinning without being touched by any user.  There are too many reports of people being harassed by unseen forces after using the board.   Unfortunately there are written accounts (not rumors) of people institutionalized or suffering mental anguish after using a board regularly.  We understand that not every person may experience something like this, but it does happen and why risk it? 

It’s manufactured by a toy company.  How can it be dangerous? 

I hear that question a lot and can answer with the following comparison – toy guns were also produced by a toy company and yet youths lost their lives when police thought they were real.  While the plastic gun was not dangerous, the use of one is – much like the Ouija board.  So yes, “toys” can be dangerous – although the Ouija board is not a toy – but a tool for divination. 

It is our belief that the use of a tool that was created for spirit communication does not belong in the hands of a child.  Until people realize the seriousness of the spirit realm, they should not touch this device.  There are many people who have suffered with the consequences of this “toy”.

Some noted demonologists strongly recommend never using a Ouija board.  Experienced demonologists have seen their share of demonic possessions and episodes of dangerous haunts by malevolent spirits.  These cases had the use of a Ouija board as a common denominator.  As we stated above, demonic entities and malevolent spirits will pretend to be helpful to gain trust and then will make their move when the time is right. 

There is also several reports of users having to be institutionalized either through information gathered from their subconscious, or through harassment from an evil entity or spirit.  Some have even let the board control their lives and their decisions. 

Still want to use that Ouija board? 

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