Are Ouija Boards Real?

Updated on June 18, 2018
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Kitty has had paranormal experiences her entire life. These experiences have fueled her passion to write about all things supernatural.

Are Ouija Boards real?
Are Ouija Boards real? | Source

What is a Ouija Board?

A Ouija Board is a board marked with letters, numbers, and a few greeting words along with a planchette that is used to communicate with spirits. They are also called spirit boards by occultists and mediums. You might have seen Ouija Boards in toy stores and the toy departments of major retail stores. You can purchase them online. You can even make your own using simple household materials. Despite the Ouija Board being sold in toy stores and as a seemingly harmless, yet exciting "toy", it's history is much darker and is not often known by the unsuspecting player.

The Ouija Board's origins are a little muddy. Some say it dates back to ancient Egypt, while others say spirit boards were in use in medieval China. In documentation from 1100 AD, "planchette writing" is mentioned and said to have been a means of communication with the dead. There are also theories of spirit boards being used in necromancy in medieval Europe, Greece, and Rome, as well as in ancient India. What we do know is the Ouija Board itself was patented by Elijah Bond in the late 1800's, and the Spiritualist movement took to it like moths to the flame. Spiritualism was a sort of religious movement in the Victorian era that focused on life after death and communication between the living and the dead. Seances were routinely performed using spirit boards, table-tipping, and knocking on wooden objects. But while table-tipping and spirit-rappings would fall out of popularity, the Ouija Board stuck around.

Is the Ouija Board Real? Two Perspectives

You might want to know if the Ouija Board is real. Does it really work or is it just a hoax - a game that fools the players into believing it's real but plays on their fears and imaginations instead? Truly it is up to the person to decide whether a ouija board is real or fake, but many people who have played with the Ouija Board can attest to the eerie experiences. It truly depends on whether you believe or not. Those who believe or are open-minded will most likely have more experiences with the Ouija Board than those who don't believe in the spiritual world.

When you sit to use a Ouija Board, the first thing you must do is place the planchette on the board. The planchette is the piece that moves over the surface of the board to spell out answers to your questions. Then you will very lightly place the tip(s) of your finger(s) on the planchette. To start the "game", the players ask if there are any spirits present that want to communicate, or something along those lines. If there are, typically the planchette will spell out a word or move over the word "yes" at the top or bottom of the Ouija Board. Some say the spirit pushes the planchette over the words, letters, and numbers it desires, while others say it is more like a magnet on the bottom of the board that pulls the planchette into position. Still others claim the Ouija Board is most dangerous because the spirit uses the players' hands to move the planchette where it desires. If this is truly the case, this means there is almost a spirit-possession of some kind going on between the spirit and the players' bodies (even if it is only in their hands/fingers).

The players then continue to ask questions and communicate with the spirit until it is time to end the conversation. At this point, it is imperative to swipe the planchette over the word "Goodbye" on the Ouija Board. This supposedly clears out the board and sends the spirit away. Unfortunately, from my experience, this doesn't always work to send the spirit away.

From a spiritual point of view, Ouija Boards are said to be an open line of communication between the spirit world and the physical world. This means that nearly any kind of spirit can use the board to make contact with humans. And yes, that includes the demonic realm. Many mediums, psychics, and witches will tell you that the Ouija Board is dangerous because it is such a wide channel of communication, it literally lets anything in. Some even say that a portal or door can be opened and the spirit can come through into the physical realm from the other side. Because of the Ouija Board's dark history, this could be why the darker entities are attracted to using the board. Just like flies are attracted to crap, so are demons attracted to negativity.

From a logical standpoint, the Ouija Board may be real in the physical world as it is made of cardboard, paper, ink, plastic, and other man-made materials. But it is not "real" in that it doesn't let people communicate with the spirit realm. This is explained away by psychology - the players' fear and imagination take over their sense of reality and make them believe that a spirit is present and moving the planchette when in reality it is the players moving the planchette around the board. Usually one player's hand is heavier than the others, and this person will be the one to control where the planchette moves and what the Ouija Board "says". Some say this is what happens, because you can never quite tell whose fingers are heavy or light on the planchette during a Ouija session.

Ouija Boards have been a popular "game" since Victorian times.
Ouija Boards have been a popular "game" since Victorian times. | Source

The Ouija Board and Demons

While the Ouija Board can be explained away by science and psychology, many of the terrifying experiences cannot. If you do a simple google search on the Ouija Board and scary experiences, you will find thousands upon thousands of stories by people who have supposedly played with the "game" and refuse to ever go near it again. Here are some of the most frightening stories.

One woman claims when she was a young teenager, she and her friends decided to play with the Ouija Board for fun. They had no idea what they were getting themselves into. A spirit easily came through to speak to her and her friends, calling itself "Zozo". They thought it was a weird name but continued to play and talk to this spirit through the Ouija Board on a weekly basis. The girl became obsessed with playing with the Ouija Board, and as the weeks went by she began to notice shadows following her around her house, around her school, and nearly anywhere she went. She'd see a shadow out of the corner of her eye looming in the corners. Then she began hearing a voice in her head, telling her to do things that she wouldn't normally do. She became very depressed and isolated herself from her family and friends. She didn't know who to confide in. Finally, she realized it was a spirit that had come through the Ouija Board and got rid of the board once and for all. She claims she battled the presence of this demon for a while, but eventually with a positive outlook on life and ignoring the spirit, its presence faded. Scarily enough, this story is a common one with people who have had negative experiences with the Ouija Board. The demon "Zozo" is one who frequently uses the Ouija Board to come through into the physical and attach itself to unsuspecting people. He also calls himself Zaza, Zuzu, Oz, Z, MaMa, and Pazuzu.

Other experiences with this demon are rampant on the internet. The author has also had experiences with this demon on a makeshift, homemade Ouija Board when she was thirteen years old. The demon's movements on the Ouija Board are nearly always the same, but in many cases he tries to trick the players into believing he's someone else. Some of his typical movements on the Ouija Board include rainbow movement back and forth over the letters or numbers and figure eights with the planchette. He will also spell out his name repetitively, to the point where it is annoying. Some people even say watching videos of people playing the Ouija Board that come in contact with this demon will open up the way for others to come in contact with him. No one quite knows who this demon is or where he comes from, but he could be the ancient Babylonian demon king known as Pazuzu.

Some websites claim a man named Evans made up the Demon Zozo-Ouija Board story; however, the author had experiences of the same kind long before Evans' supposed story went viral in 2009. The author experienced this demon's presence when she was twelve years old, back in 1997-98. She also wrote about her experiences before realizing there was a demon Zozo phenomenon across the web. Some say the Demon Zozo is equivalent to the CreepyPasta urban legends like the Slender Man; however, if you've ever come in contact with this demon through the Ouija Board you might be keen to believe otherwise.

It's not just Zozo that Ouija Board players should be worried about, there are other evil spirits that use the board as a means of attaching themselves to the physical realm. Mediums say demons have the ability to attach themselves to physical objects, and so it is no wonder they are able to attach themselves to the Ouija Board.

Should You Try the Ouija Board?

The funny thing is most adults have no desire to try the Ouija Board, it is usually unsuspecting and curious young adults and children that want to try it out. And, unfortunately, toy stores and toy companies market these spirit boards towards children by placing them in the game sections of toy stores and toy departments. There's also a pink Ouija Board that was made, clearly geared towards young girls.

If you are thinking of trying the Ouija Board, consider whether you are ready to deal with the consequences. Sure, nothing might happen. But there's always the possibility that something negative will happen and you might not be able to break away from it easily. There are stories of young girls and boys who get so attached to the Ouija Board that they end up committing suicide. Is this something you'd like to be messing around with? Even the most adept and spiritually powerful people warn against the use of this tool. They say in order to use it, you must be able to protect yourself spiritually with the use of sage, white light, and other necessary spiritual tools. If this is the case, why even try to use it at all? If you're looking for something fun to do, tell each other scary stories instead. Read books about ghosts. Take a day trip to a cemetery. But you don't need to play around with the Ouija Board if you're not looking for a potentially negative experience that may not end.

People playing with a Ouija Board...I hope they used protection!
People playing with a Ouija Board...I hope they used protection! | Source

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2018 Kitty Fields


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  • Fayleen profile image


    9 months ago

    I made one when I was about 13 and nothing happened. I had to dare myself to try it as I watched a film called witch board several times and it's the best deterrent for teens trying ouja boards. I tried it back then but I also did other reckless stuff as a teenager as I was just a bit like that. Nowadays I have a keen interest in spiritualism but I'm wary about trying to hard to contact the other side in case something goes wrong. I'm interested in using incense, a crystal ball candles relaxation sounds fairy tarot maybe a pendulum but I reckon the ouja board is to risky. Great article kitty :)

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    Chris Mills 

    10 months ago from Hartford, CT

    I played with the Ouija Board as a child. I don't remember any results, and have never taken it seriously. But if damage is being done, even if it is only psychological and not spiritual in nature, it isn't a good thing.I appreciate the objective viewpoint.

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    Larry W Fish 

    10 months ago from Raleigh

    Nicole, a very interesting read indeed. I believe in the paranormal, ghosts, out of body experiences ( I personally had one). However, I think Ouija boards are stretching my imagination. I will not say one way or the other because I have never used a Ouija board. I think it is possible or it could also be what one believes to think. The human mind can be tricked into what someone believes. I enjoyed the read though.

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    10 months ago from Pennsylvania

    I've never used a Ouija Board but I've been interested in them (as I am with anything paranormal related). A part of me is curious to try it out but after hearing so many stories I'm also apprehensive about the chance of a negative experience.

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    Kitty Fields 

    10 months ago from Summerland

    Hey Donna! Nice to see your smiling face again! Thanks for reading!

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    Donna Herron 

    10 months ago from USA

    Great hub! I, like a lot of people, had a few Ouija Board experiences as a teen. I can definitely attest that some weird things happened with the board. Whether a spirit was directing the planchette or just someone in our group, I couldn't say. But I enjoyed reading your article and learning more about the history of the Ouija Board. Thanks!

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    Mary Norton 

    10 months ago from Ontario, Canada

    I have tried it a long time ago with friends and we got so scared I don't think I would ever try it again. Playing with evil spirits is not a good thing to do.


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