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Exorcists issue warning about Ouija boards


Posted on Saturday, 6 December, 2014 | Comment icon 176 comments

Not everyone considers the Ouija board to be family entertainment. Image Credit: PD
Despite being a popular gift this Christmas, the humble Ouija board possesses a much darker side.
Last month Google reported that Ouija boards were fast becoming one of this year's most popular Christmas gifts thanks to the popularity of Halloween movie 'Ouija', but now exorcists and paranormal investigators have warned that people should avoid purchasing them unless they know what they are doing.

Despite being sold in toy shops, Ouija boards have long been associated with the occult and some believe that their misuse can have unpleasant consequences.

"It's easy to open up evil spirits but it's very hard to get rid of them," said one priest who wished to remain anonymous. "People can be very naive in thinking that they are only contacting the departed souls of loved-ones when they attempt to communicate with the dead using the boards."
Paranormal investigator Darren Ansell has also expressed concern. "[I] wouldn't touch an Ouija board with a barge pole," he said. "I've had too many scares over the years."

His group, Paranormal Study and Investigation (PSI), has conducted several controlled experiments indicating that the movements of the planchette during a Ouija session may simply be the result of the subconscious muscle movements of those taking part.

Despite this however Ansell maintains that some of the people he has talked to have had experiences following the use of a Ouija board that cannot be so readily explained.

Disembodied voices, strange noises and objects being flung around the room are all things that have been reported by people who have attempted to contact spirits using one of the boards.

Source: Independent.ie | Comments (176)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #167 Posted by djainir on 15 February, 2015, 6:44
Except you know how to rid evil forces.. but still dont play it considering your safe and your family safe.
Comment icon #168 Posted by JamieSymptom on 19 February, 2015, 12:36
Why can no-one produce ouija results under test conditions? The things have been around for a long time. If it were actually possible to contact the dead, via any of the tools or techniques dreamed up over the years, a test would have been devised that could reproduce the effect, even if not consistently. This is where the whole ghost and demon thing falls apart for me. A lot of people have been trying for a very long time to produce even just a tiny bit of proof that such things actually exist. And they have not. All that happens is people tell stories and produce dubious photographs and vide... [More]
Comment icon #169 Posted by mfluder on 19 April, 2015, 3:00
I'd be more than willing to change my mind if someone, somehow, figured out how to make a ghost or demon manifest at will under test conditions. There are things that we know exist in this world, and outside it, that cannot be reproduced in a lab. That does not mean they don't exist. Hauntings are frequently, by nature, unable to be moved into a different setting; it is the house that is haunted. I've always wondered why it is so hard for some people to believe the stories of those who have had brushes with the paranormal. We seem to have no problem putting people to death based on "eyewitness... [More]
Comment icon #170 Posted by aquatus1 on 20 April, 2015, 1:31
There are things that we know exist in this world, and outside it, that cannot be reproduced in a lab. But can, apparently, be reproduced in bedrooms, hundreds of thousands of times every weekend, by little girls having a sleepover. Hauntings are frequently, by nature, unable to be moved into a different setting; it is the house that is haunted. Same applies to weather phenomena, and yet, we seem to do just fine studying it. We can even reproduce a lot of it in labs. We seem to have no problem putting people to death based on "eyewitness testimony", Don't know where you are from, but eyewitnes... [More]
Comment icon #171 Posted by QuiteContrary on 20 April, 2015, 2:53
Don't know where you are from, but eyewitness testimony is considered the least reliable form of evidence in the American Judicial system, and there is no way anything at the level of the death penalty will ever even get to trial if all they have is that. Unfortunately a sentence of Life in Prison has happened with as little. (1998) I just watched this amazing case on TV about a month ago that is why your post reminded me. Judith Johnson was beaten, raped and murdered while her 6-year-old granddaughter, Brooke, was staying at her house. Brooke was also beaten and raped, but survived. She told ... [More]
Comment icon #172 Posted by mfluder on 20 April, 2015, 4:18
Same applies to weather phenomena, and yet, we seem to do just fine studying it. We can even reproduce a lot of it in labs. Don't know where you are from, but eyewitness testimony is considered the least reliable form of evidence in the American Judicial system, and there is no way anything at the level of the death penalty will ever even get to trial if all they have is that. The point isn't what we can and can't study in a building. The point is phenomena like hauntings are anomalies. They are, in my opinion, exceedingly rare things. They are usually tied to a very specific place, and someti... [More]
Comment icon #173 Posted by aquatus1 on 20 April, 2015, 4:48
Unfortunately a sentence of Life in Prison has happened with as little. (1998) I just watched this amazing case on TV about a month ago that is why your post reminded me. Yes, close to two decades ago this was indeed the common thought, that testimony was reliable enough for such things. Fortunately, a generation later, this idea is no longer as influential as it once was. The point isn't what we can and can't study in a building. Then why make it a point in your argument? The point is phenomena like hauntings are anomalies. Anomalies to what? You aren't talking about deviations to known pheno... [More]
Comment icon #174 Posted by QuiteContrary on 20 April, 2015, 10:21
I have tremors so playing the game with my kids when they were growing up, they thought spirits stuttered.
Comment icon #175 Posted by astralwitch on 22 April, 2015, 5:18
Yeah....I think Ill pass on that.
Comment icon #176 Posted by Paranormalcy on 22 April, 2015, 9:56
I dunno, I had some pretty fun experiences. A few pretty creepy when I still wasn't sure what I thought about things and when I was putting stock into the results we got from the board personalities. But some stuff was highly entertaining, way better than watching crappy network stuff. $20 for the cardboard and plastic gift that keeps on giving (leaving this open for someone to cleverly amend this with "You don't know how right you are - giving you demonic possession!")...


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