From that point onward the Ouija Board became a prime target for Christian Ministries and other forms of religious clergy. At the beginning of the new millennium in New Mexico boards were thrown into the same bonfire flames as, Harry Potter books and Disney’s Snow White VHS tapes. Bible verses, they claimed, shunned the use of mediums to communicate with spirits. In 2002 Pat Robertson warned his 700 Club viewers that messing with the Ouija would allow demons to hijack your soul.
Many Paranormal Enthusiasts remain wary of the traditional Ouija Board. Although, Psychic Researchers prefer the antique model. In 1991 Hasbro bought the rights from Parker Brothers and to this day sell 100’s of thousands of units a year. Now, people buy the board because of the publicity and danger element rather than contacting spirits dwelling in another realm.
Modern Horror Movies like Paranormal Activities make use of the board in their plotting of the series. TV shows episodes of Breaking Bad, Rizzoli and Isles, even Castle, revolve around the mysterious Ouija. Teens that prefer Gothic themes, wear bras and underwear depicting the board.
This so-called game, reaches new heights of popularity in troubling times. So, you can be assured sales are brisk lately. The phenomenon holds interest at the edge of our flawed society. Okay, its ability to fascinate I can understand. But, how does it work?
What invisible force powers the planchette across the boards surface? Scientists tell us the energy is the product of our minds. They call it the Ideometer Effect. In 1872 William Benjamin Carpenter, published a paper for The Royal Institute of Great Britain. This report stated, automatic muscular movements are taking place below our conscious awareness. The next year Michael Faraday confirmed his findings.
Many trials have been conducted since then. They offer scientists insights, methods by which we can study levels of the thought process involved in unconscious manipulation of inert matter.