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Salem Unveils World’s Largest Ouija Board This October

The Talking Board Historical Society will be revealing Ouijazilla this October is Salem, MA.
Ouijazilla the world's largest ouija board to be unveiled in Salem this Halloween

Rick Ormortis Schreck, the Vice President of the Talking Board Historical Society whose family has been dubbed the “real-life Addams Family,” has been hard at work preparing to crush the current world record holder for the world’s largest Ouija board.

The massive board, which has been named Ouijazilla, was constructed out of wood and hand-painted by Schreck in the classic Ouija style.

“So I finally am able to talk about the Top Secret project that I have been working on since last summer,” Schreck posted on Instagram. “It has been a Hell of a journey and. It ain’t over yet. Stay tuned for sneak peeks at the Monster!”

Ouijazilla will be unveiled in Salem this October. More info here.

World’s Largest Ouija Board

World's largest Ouija board

The Grand Midway Hotel in Windber, Pennsylvania currently holds the Guinness World Record for the Ouija board they painted on their roof in 2016 along with the accompanying ten-foot planchette on wheels.

I’m thrilled to see what kind of monster Ouija Schreck has created.

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Featured Oddities #5: Son of the Devil, Blue Ghost, and Reindeer Horn

Today’s gathering of weird art and morbid oddities for sale.

Hey there, it’s been awhile. Time has not been on my side lately, and it’s all I can do just to push out a monthly newsletter. But a handful of recent discoveries made me realize it was time to dust off the “Featured Oddities” series to showcase some things I know you’ll be dying to adorn your corpse and your crypt with.

Son of the Devil Sideshow Banner

Son of the Devil sideshow banner
Authentic, vintage sideshow banners are hard to come by, and certainly not affordable for the casual circus freak enthusiast as they can go for thousands of dollars. That’s why I knew this large, high quality reproduction created by Jason Lonon of Death-Ray Design would be hanging on my wall the moment I saw it.

BUY IT HERE

Ouija Blue Ghost T-Shirt

Ouija blue ghost t-shirt from the Talking Board Historical Society
Dubbed the Blue Ghost by William Fuld himself, the mysterious figure that graced the boxes of his iconic Ouija board from 1941-1972 is now on a t-shirt for the first time from the Talking Board Historical Society.

BUY IT HERE

Reindeer Horn Incense Burner

Reindeer horn incense burner by Bloodreligion
From my favorite purveyor of pagan art and household goods, this handcrafted incense burner or candle holder is made from genuine reindeer horn, copper wire, and a copper bowl.

BUY IT HERE

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Creepy Hollow Studios Producing Sculpture of Ouija’s Iconic Blue Ghost

Own a sculpture of the Blue Ghost from vintage William Fuld Ouija board boxes.

Creepy Hollow Studios, creator of Terror Bears and a collector/restorer of talking boards, is working on a limited run of 1/4 statues based on the Blue Ghost from vintage William Fuld and Parker Bros. Ouija board boxes. An extremely limited run.

Only 4 of these will be produced.

Two will be made in cold cast resin, and two in translucent resin that glows blue.

Some of the proceeds will go to benefit the Talking Board Historical Society.

More info here.

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Ouija Board: Top 5 Strangest Things People Have Done Because the Spirits Told Them To

Ouija boards have caused people to do some strange things. From murder cases to AWOL military operatives, here is a roundup of the strangest Ouija headlines.
Ouija board facts

The history of the Ouija board is odd and mysterious to say the least. Superstition and paranoia abound wherever the mystifying oracle is concerned. As a divination tool in the heyday of spiritualism, the talking board gained popularity when Pearl Curran claimed to have contacted a spirit named Patience Worth, and began writing novels and poetry dictated to her through the board.

It seems the fear and hysteria didn’t really begin until The Exorcist was unleashed in theaters in 1973. The film was based on the true story of a boy in St. Louis who was believed to be possessed by the devil after using a spirit board he received from his aunt. It seems that before Captain Howdy was corrupting Regan on the silver screen, however, the Ouija was not commonly perceived as a sinister tool of the devil.

In modern times, it’s no secret that opinions tend to be extremely polarized. To some, Ouija is nothing more than a hokey board game that exploits a subconscious muscular reflex called the ideomotor effect. To others, it’s a diabolical doorway into the afterlife through which demonic forces can terrorize careless users.

Recent: World’s largest Ouija board OuijaZilla unveiled in Salem

To me, it’s nothing more than a piece of wood with a great design and a fascinating history…that may or may not have once fixed my friend’s Nintendo one day so we could play Contra after countless hours spent fighting the notorious flashing screen. If you were a kid in the 80s, you know the struggle – you try to play game, the screen flashes, you blow in the cartridge, the screen flashes, you summon a demonic entity to fix the NES, the game finally plays, your eternal soul belongs to the devil.

No matter your point of view, one thing is certain: Belief in the power of the Ouija board has caused people to do some pretty damn strange things….

Woman Wills Her Estate to a Spirit

When she died in 1955, Mrs. Helen Down Peck left her $180,000 estate to a man named John Gale Forbes…whom she had met through her Ouija board many years earlier in 1919, when she and her husband would often commune with the spirits for fun.

Peck believed Forbes was a confined to a mental institution somewhere, and had written to many trying to find him. The will stated that if Forbes could not be found, her money was to be put in a trust fund to be used to research mental telepathy for the understanding and care of insane persons.

This newspaper article from 1956 details the odd case.

Ex-Wife Controlled by Ghosts

In 1905, months after his divorce from his ex-wife Mabel, Frank Aulich sued her for custody of their 6-year-daughter. He claimed that Mabel’s mind was deranged by her belief in the Ouija board, and that she was being controlled by it.

The April 9, 1905 edition of the Galveston Daily news reported Mr. Aulich’s claim that Mabel consulted the board before making any decisions, and that it governed her conduct toward her child and himself.

Gulf Breeze 6

Six NSA military operatives deserted their posts in West Germany on July 9, 1990 because they embarked a new mission to Gulf Breeze, Florida…apparently to prepare for impending war between several alien factions living on, in or around the Earth…as well as the coming of the Antichrist in 1998.

Why? Because an entity called Safire, which they came in contact with through Ouija board sessions, told them to.

The Ouija Murder

In 1930, a 66-year-old Seneca Indian woman named Nancy Bowen, a tribal healer on the Cattaraugus Reservation near Buffalo, bludgeoned another woman to death with a hammer and shoved chloroform-soaked paper down her throat. The woman was Clothilde Marchand, whom Bowen had never met. But a recent Ouija board session had identified her by name as a witch who was responsible for the death of Bowen’s husband the previous year. Conveniently, the planchette even provided the witch’s home address.

More on that story here: Tricking tribal healer Nancy Bowen to kill

Ouija Board Retrial

Stephen Young was tried in 1994 for the double murder of newly weds found shot to death in their cottage in Wadworth, East Sussex. The night before the jury gave their verdict, several drunken jurors used a board and an upturned wine glass to consult his victims. When they asked who did it, the board spelled out “Stephen Young done it. Vote guilty tomorrow.”

These details came out later, winning Young a retrial and another shot at freedom. The second time around, however, a new jury decided the Ouija was right.

Did I miss any bizarre Ouija board stories?
Tell me about them in the comments below.

[h/t Talking Board Historical Society]

Ghosts And Gadgets: Communicating with the Spirits

Morbid Anatomy presents this short film by Ronni Thomas exploring Brandon Hodge’s incredible personal collection of planchettes and other devices used to communicate with the spirit world.

From his profile on the Talking Board Historical Society:

Brandon Hodge is a collector, author, historian, and the prevailing authority on automatic writing planchettes and early spirit communication devices. Long fascinated by the bizarre occult world of tipping tables, séances, Spiritualism, and ghostly encounters, Brandon acquired his first automatic writer—a boxed E.I.H. Scientific Planchette—nearly two decades ago. He has since traveled the globe documenting, collecting, and lecturing on the world’s rarest séance artifacts.

For more, check out his website at mysteriousplanchette.com

via The Daily Grail

Ghosts and gadgets: Brandon Hodge and his collection of spirit communication devices