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Are there similarities between the Ouija Board and Ghost Boxes?


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Chuck TIPP Founder   posted:4/12/2012 10:39:42 AM  (Reply)
By Charles Swearengin

We all know or have heard the stories and legends of the Ouija board.Most of us were told not to play with it that its evil by our parents.I myself would never try this board but many do every day they even have web based boards that you can get involved in. is this safe?is this smart?I dont know i guess its up to the person whether they want to up something up..Now just in my opinion in some ways the new paranormal investigation tool the Ghost Box or the Ovulis may be very close to useing a Ouija board....I wanted to see how they may be similar so thats why im posting this...





What is the Ouija Board?



Ouija boards came into existence as a parlor game in the mid-1800's, when spiritism and channeling were at the height of fashion. The word "Ouija" is a blend of the French and German words for "yes." Adolphus Theodore Wagner first patented Ouija boards, sometimes referred to as "talking boards," in London, England on January 23, 1854. In the patent, Wagner called his invention a "psychograph" and its purpose was to read the minds of people with "nervous energy." By 1861, Frenchman, Allan Kardac, was describing the Ouija board as instruments with which to open communications with the spirit world. In seven short years, the Ouija board had evolved from a mind-reader to portal of communication with the dead.

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.



The Ghost Box



The ghost box works by sweeping AM/FM band as the channels are scrolled throught upwards and downwards a mix of audio and white noise fragments can be heard..Bits and pieces of music jokey talking even Citizens band radio (CB Radio) fragments or what ever else may be being broadcasting across the band at the time of session.It is believed that while doing these sessions that the spirits can communicate by using this band and bits and pieces of words...Its is also believed that tones and pitches can also be altered...And also can alter the speed and sync of the words or sentences trying to make them line up.

More detailed info on Ghost boxes..

By franks sumption http://www.ghost-tech.com/adobe/Franks_box_6-19.pdf



The Ovilus



The iOvilus is based on the same method of ITC communications as the highly controversial Ovilus.The iOvilus produces speech based on changes to sensors in the iPhone or iPod Touch. Simply, the idea is that an outside force can affect a change that registers a response.

Instrumental Trans Communications "ITC" is not new, however, the methods used to try and achieve it are changing greatly.

The iOvilus is simple to use; start the app and listen to what is said. Remember, the environment drives the output of iOvilus
using a 1000 word dictionary to achieve ITC Communications.

More detailed info on the Ovilus http://www.ghostshop.com/themes/digitaldowsing/images/DBB.pdf





What do you think does these three devices have similarities? Do you think that using these devices are the same as using a Ouija Board? I myself do not put much into the Ghost Box or The Ovilus i do not think theres enough hard or conclusive evidence that what you maybe hearing spirits or that the spirits are using the words from a data base to communicate through these devices i do however want to research these a bit more and maybe my mind will change but it would have to be something a little more conclusive.



I would like to get the opinions from those of you reading this give me a little insight on what you believe....And do you think there similar to the Ouija...

spooky1   posted:4/12/2012 5:58:10 PM  (Reply)
There was so much info on the ouija that I never new before.thx for the info! As.far as the other toi now can understand how the comparason is made. Same idea,newer version. Im still not convinced on thge ghost box or ovilus it just seems a little to "easy" , u no what I mean.
Chuck TIPP Founder   posted:4/12/2012 7:41:46 PM  (Reply)
I agree maybe after a few years of research and in field use we can come to a better conclusion...
spooky1   posted:4/13/2012 2:23:28 AM  (Reply)
I agree,chuck. The only time I used a board was when I was a kid at my friendss house,asking stupid shit about a boy I liked, but my friend moved it & I didmt no much about them. Now, I wouldnt go near em !
Levinus   posted:4/13/2012 7:33:53 AM  (Reply)
I don't like the ghost box. I know exactly how they are put together and it is complete nonsense.

Firstly, they always stick to electromagnetic frequencies that are guaranteed to have something on them. So of COURSE you will hear something. And the way English is spoken...you could make any noun/verb combo sound like an intelligent response.

"What is your name?"

"Tasty Bananas."

We are built to assume, if there is a response...it must be a response to the question. Its just silly. I would be WAY more convinced if someone did the following:

Scanned the local area with a spectrum analyzer, found local stations, and purposely avoided them. Specifically AIM for white noise.

I just have a problem with these types of devices. A spirit is not likely going to be the spirit of a transmission line engineer. So I doubt they'd even know how to control their own electromagnetic influence, or aim for a specific channel. This is why I'm so fond of EMF detectors.
spooky1   posted:4/13/2012 9:23:14 AM  (Reply)

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Levinus  posted:4/13/2012 7:33:53 AM  (Reply)
I don't like the ghost box. I know exactly how they are put together and it is complete nonsense.

Firstly, they always stick to electromagnetic frequencies that are guaranteed to have something on them. So of COURSE you will hear something. And the way English is spoken...you could make any noun/verb combo sound like an intelligent response.

"What is your name?"

"Tasty Bananas."

We are built to assume, if there is a response...it must be a response to the question. Its just silly. I would be WAY more convinced if someone did the following:

Scanned the local area with a spectrum analyzer, found local stations, and purposely avoided them. Specifically AIM for white noise.

I just have a problem with these types of devices. A spirit is not likely going to be the spirit of a transmission line engineer. So I doubt they'd even know how to control their own electromagnetic influence, or aim for a specific channel. This is why I'm so fond of EMF detectors.
Levinus, firstly ld like u to no u have a new name, "tasty bannas". & 2ly this is why im not convinced with the box or oviulus. Going up & down channels u r bound to hear something. And spirits choosing words up out a dictionary !? Im very open minded,but I cant say I buy it.
LincolnGenghis   posted:4/13/2012 12:53:02 PM  (Reply)
spooky1   posted:4/13/2012 1:55:47 PM  (Reply)
Ha, no ur man who plays with pretty unicorn :)
Jaxerback   posted:4/14/2012 9:59:01 PM  (Reply)
What about lingerie Genghis?
jeff   posted:4/15/2012 3:32:32 AM  (Reply)

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Levinus  posted:4/13/2012 7:33:53 AM  (Reply)
I don't like the ghost box. I know exactly how they are put together and it is complete nonsense.

Firstly, they always stick to electromagnetic frequencies that are guaranteed to have something on them. So of COURSE you will hear something. And the way English is spoken...you could make any noun/verb combo sound like an intelligent response.

"What is your name?"

"Tasty Bananas."

We are built to assume, if there is a response...it must be a response to the question. Its just silly. I would be WAY more convinced if someone did the following:

Scanned the local area with a spectrum analyzer, found local stations, and purposely avoided them. Specifically AIM for white noise.

I just have a problem with these types of devices. A spirit is not likely going to be the spirit of a transmission line engineer. So I doubt they'd even know how to control their own electromagnetic influence, or aim for a specific channel. This is why I'm so fond of EMF detectors.
Well, spirits began to use Morse Code during table tipping sessions after the telegraph system was created, so who knows--maybe dead people enjoy nerdy human ingenuity. That, or most people sitting around seances simply didn't understand the technology, so they thought there were ghosts in the machine.
spooky1   posted:4/15/2012 3:50:25 AM  (Reply)

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Jaxerback  posted:4/14/2012 9:59:01 PM  (Reply)
What about lingerie Genghis?
Thats a nice one,jaxer. But how do u no link weres lingerie ?? :) ha
spooky1   posted:4/15/2012 3:50:26 AM  (Reply)

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Jaxerback  posted:4/14/2012 9:59:01 PM  (Reply)
What about lingerie Genghis?
Thats a nice one,jaxer. But how do u no link weres lingerie ?? :) ha
Jaxerback   posted:4/17/2012 8:42:27 AM  (Reply)

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spooky1  posted:4/15/2012 3:50:26 AM  (Reply)
Thats a nice one,jaxer. But how do u no link weres lingerie ?? :) ha
His favourite sports team does!
Timewarrior2001   posted:5/1/2012 9:47:25 AM  (Reply)
The thing that intrigues me about the ghost box is the rate of scanning.
Now if it scans rapidly we are talking......what? 1 channel ever fraction of a second?

Now if we get a sentence in the same voice, that must have been broadcast over multiple channels, given that some stations can broadcast on mulitple channels albeit with signal degredation, how can we explain that?

I'm meaning a sentence that would take 2 or 3 seconds to speak, the scanner would have jumped through so many channels and yet we hear the same voice delivering the sentence?

Whilst I believe most retail gadgets are completely worthless on investigations, some of them, like the the ghost box leave me with questions that are unanswered.

Oujia boards for me are a gimmick, no danger to those of a sound mind. Far to easily influenced by involuntary movements.
LincolnGenghis   posted:5/3/2012 6:46:25 PM  (Reply)
jeff   posted:5/7/2012 10:20:06 AM  (Reply)
Here's an interesting Ghost Box session sent to me from Mass Most Haunted. Enjoy!


spooky1   posted:5/9/2012 3:57:18 PM  (Reply)

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jeff  posted:5/7/2012 10:20:06 AM  (Reply)
Here's an interesting Ghost Box session sent to me from Mass Most Haunted. Enjoy!


THERE TRYING TO HELP HIM CAUSE HES... MARRIED !!!!!
AAHHHH....
LincolnGenghis   posted:5/12/2012 5:12:25 PM  (Reply)


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