THERE’S AN ongoing debate about the powers and realities of the Ouija board. Essentially, there are three basic positions:
Which is true? Talk to any group of people and you’ll find strong proponents for each argument. A few years ago, I conducted a survey (http://paranormal.about.com/library/weekly/aa083099.htm) of readers on this subject. It results showed that 65 percent of those who responded felt the Ouija was dangerous, and 35% felt it was harmless.There is also a lively discussion on the matter in our Paranormal Forum (http://forums.about.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?lgnF=y&nav=messages&tsn=1&tid=10919&webtag=ab-paranormal).
As expected, most religious leaders are strongly anti-Ouija. More interesting, however, is that many of the top paranormal researchers believe the Ouija to be a dangerous instrument, to be avoided at all cost.
Brad Steiger, one of the most prolific authors on matters supernatural, has consistently stated his opposition to the use or even the ownership of a Ouija board. In his article “Mothers, Don't Let Your Children Grow Up to Play with Ouija Boards,” (http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/XJ&sdn=paranormal&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rense.com%2Fgeneral70%2Fouija.htm) Steiger recounts his investigation of a 17-year-old girl who began experimenting with the Ouija – with dire consequences. “She thought she had the knowledge to contact spirit entities through the board,” Steiger writes, “but unfortunately she had neglected to assume a prayerful attitude to guard against malignant influences.”
Dale Kaczmarek, founder of the Ghost Research Society, says, “I would strongly advise against the use of the Ouija, automatic writing or séances” in his article “Ouija: Not a Game.” (http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/XJ&sdn=paranormal&zu=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ghostresearch.org%2Farticles%2Fouija.html) “Most often the spirits whom are contacted through the Ouija are those whom reside on ‘the lower astral plane’.”
One of the most respected paranormal investigators or the past fifty years, Hans Holzer, adds his voice in warning against the Ouija. In the book The Ouija Board: A Doorway to the Occult (http://erclk.about.com/?zi=15/mRt), author Edmond C. Gruss quotes Holzer as saying, “Those who wish to use the Ouija board as a parlor game I advise to think twice. There is always the possibility – rare, I admit, but conceivable – that one of those playing the board is a genuine trance medium without realizing it. In such a case, the board can become an easy entrance for a disincarnate person… who might next take over the personality of the medium and manifest under conditions where no controls are possible.”
Some readers in the Forum have also had bad experiences. “I'm wondering if anybody else out there knows how dangerous Ouija boards truly are?” says toddybear007 (http://forums.about.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?lgnF=y&msg=10919.5&nav=messages&webtag=ab-paranormal). “I had my own experiences a long time ago when I was around 13 years old. To make a long story short, I came face to face with pure evil.”
“I do believe without a doubt that Ouija boards open doors,” adds Deebliss (http://forums.about.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?lgnF=y&nav=messages&tsn=45&tid=10919&webtag=ab-paranormal). “The entity that we brought out actually manifested itself to my best friend’s mother….”