Business man Elijah Bond had a unique idea, to patent a Planchette sold with a board on which the alphabet was printed. July 1, 1890, the famed parlor game which is now known today as the Ouija ( "Wee - Jah" ) board was commercially introduced by Mr. Bond, which at that time credited him with the invention of the board. Who actually invented the talking board is still a subject of debate to this day.
Truth is the earliest mention of a spirit board dates back to as early as 1100 AD in China, and some even claim that the board dates back to 540 BC. It's claimed that Pythagoras used talking boards to enhance his studies and "unearth revelations from the unseen world." Talking boards also have connections to Ancient Rome, where two people used a version of the spirit board to predict the successor to the king. They were tried for treason and eventually hung and the claimed successor was immediately executed. This board would later become infamous in future events for alleged paranormal events, such as a haunting, and, or possessions.
Supposedly the Ouija board can summon the dead and there have even been reports of evil spirits conjuring the user to engage in bizarre behavior, such as harming themselves or even another. Unsurprisingly, most of the time these alleged spirits never seem to have anything useful or specific to convey to us. On the contrary, their only hobby seems to be freaking out the users of the board or playing pranks on them. OK so I'm skeptical....Let's move on.
After the American civil war ended on May 9th, 1965, various communications with the dead spiked due to people trying to contact their loved ones who passed away during the war years. In fact sales of the Ouija board have always done well during or after a war, as it brought great comfort to many who sought answers from their relatives or friends.
In 1901 an employee of Elijah Bond, William Fuld, took over the talking board production and proceeded to rewrite history, claiming that he invented it and suing anyone who argued otherwise. He marketed the word "Ouija", saying it was a combination of the French and German words for "yes". Mr. Fuld sued a lot of companies over the "Ouija" name and concept up until his death. William Fuld would always have "Original Ouija Board" and "Inventor" stamped on the back of every board he produced. Talk about rewriting history!
On February 24, 1927, William Fuld climbed to the roof of his three-story factory to supervise the installation of a flagpole. The rail against which he was leaning gave way and Mr. Fuld fell to the ground below. He survived the initial fall, but while being transported a fractured rib pierced his heart and William Fuld died at the hospital. Again sales of the Ouija board would spike due to the weird circumstances surrounding his death. The company was then left to his children, who In 1966, sold the entire business to Parker Brothers. Hasbro purchased the product line in 1991 and continues to hold all trademarks and patents to this day.
The board should be used by at least two at a time and can be placed on the laps of the sitters, or on a small table within reach of everyone. The users place their finger tips lightly on the edges of the Planchette, being careful not to push down too hard.
If you should ever take part in a Ouija board session (or witness one) where you can hear the sound of the Planchette scraping on the board, or it seems to be unusually loud as it moves, there is probably something fishy going on. What this means is that someone is accidentally (or purposely) guiding the pointer and the session should be stopped immediately. Any information received from the board is bound to be false and one of your friends is getting a good laugh.
Once the session begins, it is recommended that the users invite a spirit to come through and speak to them. The users are advised to add that they wish to communicate with a “willing” spirit. The reason for this is that it’s been suggested that negative spirits will try to come through and confuse the users. It’s best to state up front what you are looking for from the session. If you are looking to win the lottery I would strongly advise another method. Let's look at some tips when using the Ouija board.
Questions should be asked and repeated in a slow and deliberate manner. Only one question should be asked at a time and by a single person, to avoid confusion. The answers to the questions will be spelled out using the Planchette.
Never play alone because it is easier for a spirit or demon to invade your home.
Never let the spirits count down or go through the alphabet.
If the Planchette goes to the four corners of the board, it means you have contacted an evil spirit.
Some people believe that if the Planchette falls from the board a spirit will get loose.
If the Planchette moves in a figure eight it means an evil spirit has taken over the board. You must get rid of it then.
If you do get an evil spirit, turn the Planchette upside down and use it that way.
The board must be closed properly or evil spirits will remain behind to haunt the operator. To close a board properly you must say goodbye and it has to too.
Never use the Ouija board when you are ill or in a weakened condition, because this makes you more vulnerable to possession.
Evil spirits will try to win your confidence with false flatter and lies. They will pretend to be a loved one and lie to gain your trust.
Always be respectful and never upset the spirits.
Never use the Ouija in a graveyard or place where a terrible death has occurred. You have a very high chance of meeting an evil spirit or strong entities.
Ouija boards that aren’t disposed right could come back and haunt you.
When using a glass as a Planchette, you must always clean it by holding it over a burning candle.
A Ouija board will supposedly scream if you try to burn it. Also, some people say, people who hear the scream have less than thirty six hours to live. There is only one proper way to get rid of it: break it into seven pieces, sprinkle it with holy water then bury it.
If you place a pure silver coin on the board, supposedly no evil spirits will be able to come through.
Don't leave the Planchette on the board when not in use.
Ouija Boards work best if you have candles on the same surface that the board is. If you do have candles, you should have candles that are the same scent, as it apparently confuses the spirits if there are different scents in the room.
Saying “Ouija, Ouija, Ouija,” or saying the name of the spirit you are talking to three times, makes them answer faster.
Good Luck & Stay Safe!