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Planchettes

ouija board

Ouija board with wooden planchette

DON’T HAVE A MEDIUM on speed dial? No problem: get yourself a planchette, place your fingers lightly upon it, and wait for spiritual contact.

A planchette is that thing that comes with your standard ouija board. Literally translated as a “little plank,” a planchette was originally a small piece of wood on legs which moves around, presumably through ghostly intervention. The first models had a pencil attached, so that when it moved, the ghost in question could use it to write messages to the living. Later versions were shaped like a pointer that could point towards letters on a board to spell out words, or to the words “yes” or “no” for quick and easy answers. My own planchette is made of plastic and is made by Parker Brothers. Creepy.

my ouija board

My childhood ouija board. Much used at summer camp.

my planchette

My planchette says:

OUIJA
REG. U.S. PATENT OFFICE
WILLIAM FULD
MESSAGE INDICATOR
PARKER BROTHERS
BEVERLY, MA 01915

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3 Responses

  1. Who’s that (gay?) poet who wrote a whole book using a Ouija board- James Merrill?
    Ah yes, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Changing_Light_at_Sandover
    I think I glanced at it in a bookstore once. You would think that I would love something like this, but…
    I think it’s to safe to the Great American Ouija-Board-Delivered Novel/Epic Poem has yet to be written…


    Marcus_Ewert
  2. ‘I think it’s safe to say…’ – that was meant to read


    Marcus_Ewert
  3. Leah Fox Fish used an early version of a ouija board in her spirit circles of the 1850′s. She used a chalk board with the alphabet, then pointed at each letter in turn, waiting for a knock from the spirits to spell out the letters in a message. The planchette makes a spookier effect though!


    dksalerni

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