Spirited attacks on Ouija board craze

Spirited attacks on Ouija board craze

A lame new horror movie has reported driven up sales of ouija boards – and has prompted an Irish exorcist to warn that the things are capable of unleashing ‘demonic forces’ in people’s homes this Christmas.

According to this report, the warning from the Catholic exorcist, who did not want his identity revealed, came after Google predicted that the modern version of the Victorian-era “spirit boards” will be a sell-out this Christmas.

The search engine company confirmed the boards, purportedly used to contact the dead through spelled-out messages, is one of the top trending gifts on its price comparison list this year following the release of Ouija last month.

While critics largely panned the film as cliched and horror-free, the Vincentian Catholic priest declared:

It’s easy to open up evil spirits but it’s very hard to get rid of them. People, especially young people and teenagers who are likely to experiment with ouija boards on a whim, can be very naive in thinking that they are only contacting the departed souls of loved-ones when they attempt to communicate with the dead using the boards.

He added:

It’s like going to some parts of Africa and saying I’m personally immune to Ebola. But it does leave people open to all kinds of spiritual dangers. People don’t intend any spiritual harm by it, but we live in a spiritual realm and you have no way to control what may impinge on you.

The exorcist said evil spirits, and even demons, will masquerade as departed loved ones as a means of gaining possession and, as a resul

People don’t realise they can get infected.

Darren Ansell, one of the three-member team of paranormal investigators based in the North known as Paranormal Study and Investigation (PSI), said he personally:

Wouldn’t touch an Ouija board with a barge pole.

He told The Sunday Independent:

I’ve had too many scares over the years.

Ansell’s team, which featured on BBC’s “Greatest Haunts”, employs scientific methods and state-of-the-art technology to determine the natural or paranormal causes of unexplained phenomena.

Some of PSI’s controlled experiments on groups using Ouija boards confirmed subconscious muscular movement responsible for answering questions put to the board.

But he has also interviewed many board users – all of whom have reported very negative experiences during or after the sessions.

They include hearing demonic voices; unexplained feelings of anxiety and depression in otherwise mentally healthy people; relationship breakdowns; hearing noises; and seeing objects flung around or moved.

Said Ansell:

I’ve witnessed tables walking down the hall on their own with just fingertips touching them.

27 responses to “Spirited attacks on Ouija board craze”

  1. L.Long says:

    I see his problem….
    “People don’t realise they can get infected.”
    So he is afraid that the xtian kids will get a cure to the gawd virus that infects them now.

  2. Broga says:

    I thought the Ouija Board would be a great Xmas present for my wife as I am a bit stuck on that for the moment. I thought I had better check out a testimonial on Amazon and it is totally convincing. How could anyone not be persuaded by this?

    “Since the age of 5 to the extent that by the time he was 11 years old he was communicating with spirit and giving his friends readings, more as he says in a psychic way. He had no family or friends to guide or encourage his abilities, so at around 14 he sought his own spiritual path by attending psychic circles..

    Knowledge came later on being guided by his guide to certain books in shops and libraries and having books open at particular pages with just what was required. At a very early age he often spoke with spiritual knowledge not knowing where this came from.”

    I think my wife will love this. Instead of browsing in the local library she will be guided to “certain books” and they will be open at the pages which interest her. What a fantastic present. Everyone will want one.

  3. Angela_K says:

    Oui and Ja: French and German for yes. Us rational people know they are just toys which what they were designed for over a hundred years ago. It wasn’t until some spiritualist religious nutter claimed he could communicate with dead these boards where proscribed by the established churches.

  4. 1859 says:

    Why the pointy thing with the fingers on it seems to move the way it moves is very, very easily explained with a good dose of vector analysis and Newtonian mechanics. For sure, those “certain books” will not be about how to use vectors to represent forces, or how to find the resultant force from many applied smaller forces. For such ouija-believers ignorance is bliss!
    Anyone seen that old party trick of lifting someone off the floor using only the forefingers of four people? Again Newton had it sussed out 400 years ago.

  5. Paul Cook says:

    You have it spot on.
    It is very easy for a group of people to levitate anything.

    As to Mr Para-Moron he needs medical help :
    “I’ve witnessed tables walking down the hall on their own with just fingertips touching them.”

    This is such an easy trick to perform – the man is incapable of logical thought. Scientific methods! All easily explained – and where is the evidence of ghosts etc.? Just like religion – it’s all in his head.

  6. Trevor Blake says:

    Roman Catholic translation: It’s easy to hide rapist clergy but it’s very hard to get rid of them.

  7. Newspaniard says:

    In a good horror film, it’s mostly the skeptic who gets it first. Watch out, behind you, there is a table approaching pushed by 4 disembodied fingers!

  8. Great Satan says:

    These pillocks really ought to read Derren Brown’s “Tricks Of The Mind” where he successfully debunks this sort of twaddle.

  9. Paul Cook says:

    Two things:
    1. Darren ansell’s own twitter page has him selling a second hand car; and
    2. The Psi web site shows the ‘team’ one of whom has sadly departed this world. A lady called Julia.

    Two questions:
    1. How is a second hand Peugeot and ‘paranormal’ activity related? And
    2. Will they prove their nonsense by contacting Julia?

  10. barriejohn says:

    Down in the dumps because your favourite football team let you down again at the weekend? Maybe someone has put a spell on them:

    PS My family are “Saints” (Southampton) supporters. I tell them to pray to St Jude – the patron saint of lost causes!

  11. Michael Glass says:

    Ouija board is SO easy to cheat on. One go at it was enough to convince me that it was a lot of bunkum.

  12. rantnrave says:

    Delusional fool claims toy can raise the dead – where’s the news here?

  13. barriejohn says:

    So easy to cheat on? You mean that it can actually do what people claim that it can do?

  14. zombiehunter says:

    isn’t that movie ouija just jumanji for adults??

  15. Brian Jordan says:

    Keeping his identity secret? The demons know where he lives – and they didn’t need a ouija board to find out, either.

  16. gedediah says:

    How dumb do people have to be to believe this stuff is real? How do they manage everday tasks like dressing themselves?

  17. David Anderson says:

    Ah, but the COE of the catlick church thinks that Europe is like an old grandmother stuck in the past. Meanwhile his scumbag organization continues to spread bullshit about witches, demons and devils leading directly to the death and suffering of women and children throughout the world.

    Of course, we know that they have no self-awearness and no fucking shame.

  18. Rob Andrews says:

    From a public relations point of view the Catholic church is doing several things:
    1) Showing modern Catholicism to be anti superstition. Hence rational and scientific thinking.
    2) Protecting the young from ‘bad ideas’. Even though there faith is ‘strong’, they nust guard againt any possible corruption of it.
    3) iI gives them access to the media. ‘Any publisity is good publicity’. The saying goes. Keep your name in the press.

    If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.

  19. AgentCormac says:

    Let’s face it, you’d have to be mentally retarded to believe that Ouija boards actually work. Oh, hang on a minute – that’s precisely what the rcc is saying it believes.

  20. Paul Cook says:

    I don’t think that real mental retards would want to be associated with the rcc cafflicks- seems a bit of a sleight.

  21. AgentCormac says:

    @Paul Cook
    My sincere apologies to anyone with cognitive difficulties who may feel insulted because I compared them to members of the rcc. As we all know, the rcc hierarchy demands that all thinking is voluntarily suspended by every member of its church, thereby rendering themselves incapable of reasoning – a condition which is far more worrying than any form of non-self-inflicted impediment.

  22. Vanity Unfair says:

    To Paul Cook:
    1. How is a second hand Peugeot and ‘paranormal’ activity related?
    Have you never watched Columbo? There is no way that car works by normal mechanical means.

    Incidentally, Ouija is (in Europe at least) a trade mark of Hasbro, a USA company, so probably protected over there, too.
    So, presumably, it is being used with their permission.
    Trade mark EU005155239
    Class 28 Toys, games and playthings.
    Class 41 Entertainment services.
    The previous UK registration is now, appropriately, Dead.
    Search on

  23. barriejohn says:

    Worth a look, though totally off-topic:

    Seeing Jesus in Toast: Neural and Behavioral Correlates of Face Pareidolia

    Sorry again if you’ve seen it all already!

  24. Broga says:

    Interesting priorities from the RCs. I suppose the dangers of Ouija boards deflects attention from the continuing paedophile brutality in RC schools. For example from the BBC:

    “Pupils who were beaten and raped at a school run by a religious order have for the first time revealed a 30-year campaign of sadistic and degrading abuse.

    The former schoolboys, who were as young as 11 when they were convicted of petty misdemeanours and sent to St Gilbert’s in Worcestershire, are demanding answers from the De La Salle order, which ran the school under the governance of the Home Office. “

  25. 1859 says:

    “Ouija believe it?” said the drunken Irishman. (apologies)

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  27. Cathy Fraser says:

    I think these are not silly but there are ways to communicate that are far easier than a board game style communication device. There are mediums and people that can teach you to communicate and how to receive communication back. A great book, The Fun of Staying in Touch by Roberta Grimes, this book gives a great deal of teaching on just how to communicate. is her site for info. I think the “Quija” board nowadays is marketed as a toy more than an actual communication center. I guess it depends on how you want to look at it.