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When asked in 1914 whether he would be re-elected, President Woodrow Wilson said, “The Ouija Board says ‘Yes.'”
There has been debate through the years about whether the Ouija Board is a harmless childhood diversion or a manifestation of evil.
The “talking boards” first became popular after the Civil War, used by spiritualists to contact the dead. The name “Ouija” was supposedly the name of a ghost spelled out to a practitioner of seances. The Hasbro toy company took the copyright on the name, but it’s used generically these days for such occult practices. The Ouija Board has been a much-used motif in urban legends centered on the supernatural. The Ouija Board is part of the plot of The Exorcist, Regan’s first contact with evil spiritual forces. The Ouija Board has widely been criticized and condemned by Christian churches (Catholic and Protestant.)
But a scientific test of the device by the National Geographic Society using blindfolded participants found that the thing didn’t really work at all.
I would be tempted to think of the Ouija Board as an innocuous plaything. But if Woodrow Wilson was a fan… Yeah, it must be evil incarnate.Published in