How do Ouija Boards REALLY work?

Yes I know this isn’t an actual Ouija Board but I thought it was cool, plus it gets my point across at the same time. It comes from Jimmy1220 from Devian Art.com……but anyway…

The Ouija Board dates back to the late 1800s when at the height of the spiritualist movement it was a popular game. Over the years, many manufacturers have marketed Ouijas and other “talking boards.” At The Museum of Talking Boards – one of the best websites about the Ouija – you can see and read about the many incarnations of the board. Currently, apart from the familiar Ouija board marketed by Parker Brothers, there are about eight other styles of talking boards that all work in pretty much the same way – with a pair of hands resting on a planchette that points to words or spells out answers to questions asked.

Now, we know this but I’ve always wanted to know just how does it work. (For those who already know, then why are you still reading?)

My girl-friend and I were playing with the Ouija Boared a few days ago, the pointer was moving all across the board. Spelling out “random” words we could not understand (or at least what we thought we couldn’t understand). We were also playing with my girl-friend’s step mom. Every time she touched the pointer, the pointer “had a mind of it’s own” , scattering all across the board. Once we finally said goodbye, my girl-friend’s step mom’s hands were ice cold and our hands were warm. My girl-friend’s step mom said “it was like the spirit was using her to contact someone”, but I knew better and so I did a little research.

Are we controlling the Ouija or not? The Museum of Talking Boards proposes two  theories on how the Ouija works – the spiritualist theory and the automatism theory.

Many advocates of the Spiritualist Theory think that there is no harm in contacting the other realm because most spirits are basically nice and have important information to share. They believe that no one should ever use the Ouija board. Malevolent forces can masquerade as good and cause emotional damage, even death to the user of the board. They offer as proof the many accounts of spirit possession reported by “experts” on the occult and demonology.

The clinical term for all this (in my opinion) is the “ideomotor response.” You may not know that you are moving the message indicator, but technically you are. Humans might not be aware of it, but suggestions can be made to the mind by others, by observations, or by other mediums and these suggestions can influence the mind and affect motor behavior.

See, according to The Skeptic Dictionary, tests devised by American psychologist William James, French chemist Michel Chevreul, English scientist Michael Faraday, and American psychologist Ray Hyman have demonstrated that many phenomena attributed to spiritual or paranormal forces, or to mysterious “energies,” are actually due to ideomotor action. These tests demonstrate that “honest, intelligent people can unconsciously engage in muscular activity that is consistent with their expectations” (Hyman 1999). They also show that suggestions that can guide behavior can be given by subtle clues (Hyman 1977). 

So in laming terms, when people go to play the Ouija board, they know in advance of what it’s supposed to do, they often expect it to give some sort of results, and unconsciously, they guide the pointer so that it gives “answers”. In this way, it can be used to develop your own psychic powers without having to dig up some spirit of a questionable nature. Its whatever you make of it honestly.

But still in my opinion, there are no demons. There are no spirits. It’s just a piece of plastic/cardboard. Nothing more.

Your Thoughts?



One thought on “How do Ouija Boards REALLY work?

  1. Go play with a Ouija board call on “Zozo” See if you believe in it then… but only do it if you’re ready to be possessed.

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