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A very creepy story of the Ouija board

A little harmless fun or a direct link to evil spirits? The story of the Ouija board is creepier and even more fascinating than anyone imagined.

Spiritism played a major role in the 19th century. This new religion says that the death of the physical body means no end for the person's spirit, which simply passes to another plane of existence - an otherworldly realm that is mostly undiscovered by the living, but can be bridged with specific techniques and rituals is> Waldemar Stepien / Joe Brooks / | © Culture Trip

In the 1800s, life expectancy was under 50 and people were drawn to the promise of continued communication with their dead loved ones. Spiritism also had its fair share of famous figureheads who popularized the movement, such as the Fox sisters - two upstate New York children who claimed they could communicate with the deceased. Her routine - the girls asked a question and the ghosts supposedly responded by knocking on the walls or furniture - became a sensation and started a trend for Sevenings across the country.

A shrewd businessman named Charles Kennard noticed this secret crying and set about inventing a kind of "talking table" that would make it faster and easier to reach the spirit world. As soon as he developed a prototype, Kennard asked the ghosts what his invention was supposed to mean and the planchette wrote "Ouija". When he asked for the bizarre word, they replied "good luck". As in, you will need it.

The Ouija board was first marketed as a toy in the 1890s, with no explanation of how it worked, only that it could answer questions about the past, present, future with uncanny accuracy, and that it would create a connection "between the known and unknowns, the material and the immaterial. "The mystery fueled demand, and perhaps sewing a seed that could channel spirits would not be a perfectly harmless activity. With the help of horror films and countless urban legends, this premonition of the Ouija board has intensified over the years.

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Of all the scary stories, one could be particularly scary. William Fuld was an early advocate and later owner of the company that produced Ouija boards. In 1927 he was on the roof of his new factory overseeing the installation of a flagpole when the railing he was leaning against broke and he fell three stories to the ground. A broken rib pierced his heart while being rushed to the hospital and killed him instantly. It later turned out that the Ouija table spirits were the ones who directed him to build the factory.

So you have it - the scary backstory of the Ouija in a nutshell. Was it enough to leave you in the box this Halloween?


Author: George Webster

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