The Ouija board game, also commonly misspelled as weegie board game and wigi board game, is an adult board game which is supposedly able to let you communicate with the spirits of the dead. The board is most commonly made from wood and is marked with all of the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0 to 9, the words hello & goodbye and the words yes & no. The board also has a few other symbols on but they are meant more for decorative purposes rather than useful ones.
The game involves the conducting of a seance with a group of willing participants, the group then place their fingers on the planchette (a small wooden piece), which is then meant to move around the board to spell out words. The words spelled out are those communicated by the manifestations of the spirits, the main reason why Ouija board game is often referred to as “the talking board”.
Whilst the majority of people believe that the planchette is moved by the spirits there are some who believe that the movement is simply caused by the unconscious movements of those people in the seance. This phenomenon has been coined as the ideomotor effect.
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History Of Ouija & It’s Origins
Ouija is thought to have originated from China back in 1100BC. Back then the method of contacting the dead using a planchette was called “Fuji” or “Planchette writing“. This became the central practice of the Quanzhen School, that is until it was later banned by the Qing Dynasty.
Then in the 1890 two businessmen by the names of Elijah Bond and Charles Kennard decided to patent their idea of combining the planchette with a wooden board that contained the alphabet. The patent was filed for and granted in 1891 and the first Ouija board was invented. But this adult board game wasn’t called Ouija until some time into the early 1900′s when an employee of Charles Kennard took over the production of the talking board under the name “Ouija”.
The Ouija board game remained extremely popular between the years of 1920 and the 1960′s but it’s popularity declined over time.
Notable Versions, Editions & Special Editions
The full rights to the Ouija board is now owned by Parker brothers, but there have been many variations of Ouija released under different names. Just a few include:
- The Pathfinder Talking Board
- Psychic Circle
- Hellboy Talking Board
- Buffy The Vampire Slayer Conversations With Dead People Board