Ouija boards have been around for well over a century, and are definitely one of the more controversial tools of spirituality and the paranormal. I love them and collect as many of them as I can, especially when I come across a new board design or style of board. Antique boards are always exciting to come across, as are Ouija tables and other furniture.
If you go to any search engine and type in "Ouija stories" you are going to find hundreds, if not thousands of stories about people who have used the board only to have horrendous and often hellish results. I remember years ago coming across a story stemming from Ontario in which a family used the board after they had dinner, only to have a demonic being erupt into the room, pummel them around the house for several minutes, and then disappear as quickly as it appeared.
I find it very hard to take stories like that seriously as an investigator. For all of the stories that are dubious, there are just as many reports from people who have hosted séances and sessions and had absolutely nothing happen. A lot of the time completely gibberish is spelled out, or the people in the session discover that one person was slyly moving the planchette around to frighten the other users.
One huge problem with taking the answers that the board spells out seriously is called the Ideomotor Effect. In the case of using a Ouija board, the Ideomotor Effect is a phenomena where the sub-conscious mind decides to move the planchette without the user being aware that they are choosing what the board is spelling out. Scientists and skeptics will usually call attention to this phenomena when a session seems to be spelling out answers that nobody in the room could possibly know. When we conduct our P.I.N.S. session, the people using the board will be led into the room blind folded. They will not know where their position is around the board, or even what board out of my collection that they are using. Towards the end of this blog I will post a short video that explains every aspect of our sessions as well as the investigative equipment that we will be using.
While it is rare, I do think that people can contact nasty spirits or even invite attachments when they are using the board. People have become reclusive and obsessed with this means of spiritual communication. Some people have even become mentally unstable after their obsession with the board deepens. The most common phenomena that séance participants from all parts of the world report is coming into contact with an entity that calls itself 'ZOZO.'
There have been movies and television shows produced solely on the ZOZO encounters that are reported to the media. Below is a video clip that Darren Evans uploaded to YouTube several years ago. His video is being shared here with his permission.
While ZOZO is the most common names that comes up when people are using the board, it is definitely not the only one. These names cropping up all over the world are similar to the sightings of certain shadow people that are being seen and documented from every corner of the world. Hatman is a perfect example, in fact we will be investigating a shadow person/Hatman sighting later this month when we return from our three day event at the fortress of Louisbourg in Cape Breton.
Below is a short video of what we will be doing with the Ouija video in terms of the séance as well as the editing and the equipment that we will be using. As I state in the video I'm not sure whose house we will be shooting this at, as I have two large dogs that like to get in the way. They are also camera hogs, so they would be more interested in jumping around than behaving and staying out of the way. Enjoy!