Paranormal Story Archives
July 2001 Page 6
I used a Ouija Board for many years through the '60S and '70s. It always worked great and fast with anyone I worked it with. It did not have to be the opposite sex, as some instructions suggested. It worked fine in quiet places, and just as good at noisy parties when everyone was in altered states. We had anyone asking questions that was on the board, not one specific person. It worked really great with my sister and me, and also with a foursome of us gals who used to gather at my apartment. We had a third party write everything down in a notebook. Often, those using the Ouija Board were blindfolded, and the board was twirled around so we couldn't tell which way it was facing - still it spelled out perfectly coherent sentences. Not that what it said was necessarily true, but it communicated well with us. Over the years, I gathered a notebook full of communications with the Ouija - and some of it is only carried in our heads from earlier years. We had a lot of fun with it, and were not scared to use it. Following are a few of the sessions I remember most.
1) I was working the board with my sister, and Ouija was rapidly spelling out an answer for us. Right in the middle of a sentence, Ouija paused and began lazily moving around and around in a figure-8 pattern. As we waited, wondering what he was up to, we heard my mother rustling something out in the kitchen, and my little sister out there with her said, "I want some of that." Suddenly, Ouija spelled out rapidly: "I want some too." We laughed and said, "You want some what?" The pointer began circling lazily again for about a minute, then suddenly shot across the board and began spelling out: "Date Nut Bread." Having no idea what food my mother was rustling in the other room, we called out to her, asking her what she was preparing to eat. She called back, "Some new bread I thought I'd try - it's called... let's see... Date Nut Bread." My sister and I were floored. We imagined that Ouija had floated on out there in the kitchen to check out the name and left us idling on the pointer. We thought that was so cool!
2) During some year in the '60s, some local grade school child turned up missing, and weeks went by, but the searching turned up no clues. So, us little detective sisters decided we'd solve this case by asking the Ouija. We did, and the Ouija answered: "Murdered." We asked where the body was, and the reply was: "Sand bank." We went on to other things, temporarily forgetting the missing girl, until with shock, we learned from the newspaper that the little girl had finally been found - murdered - in a sand bank.
3) Sometimes Ouija would just start telling us a story when we hadn't asked it anything. One fantastic story was that the first rocket to ever make it up in space headed for the moon would be from Africa, that there would be five black people aboard, all of them nurses, but that all of them would die - and no one would ever find out about it.
4) Then of course, was the silliness of Ouija: While my sister and I were working the board, one of the kids rubbed a balloon on their hair to make it static and stuck it to the ceiling over our heads. Some time later, during a lull in our conversation, Ouija suddenly said: "I'm going to pop that." We said, "Pop what?" and Ouija replied: "Balloon." So, of course, we said, "Okay, go ahead," and Ouija would say: "Get ready, get set... now," and we'd wait, but nothing would happen. So we'd say, "Hey, Ouija, thought you were gonna pop the balloon," and right back at us he would answer: "I am. Get ready, get set..." I think he did this about 10 times before we told him to knock it off. And the balloon never popped.
Then there was the Ouija board I used in the '70s in another state with a bunch of us girls who always got together to party and talk with the Ouija. These are the sessions where we would blindfold those using the board (so it was impossible for them to influence where the pointer went), spun the board so no one would know which way the letters were, one person recorded everything in a notebook, and the other was an observer to make sure the recorder wasn't making things up.
This time the Ouija insisted he had a specific name, which was "Ira" - a name none of us had never heard before. Ira claimed he had lived before as a human, that his name had been Frank Pullin, that he had worked at the Catskill Game Farm in New York, and he had many children. After maybe 100 sessions, Ira told us he had a sister Anne, who wanted to talk with us. Anne was very different - gentle and sweet. Then two other males (I forgot if they were brothers or cousins), but one was Jack, and one was Chuck. One of those two swore a lot, and was nasty, so we didn't like talking to him.
These entities told us that they wanted us to focus on one of my stuffed toys for each of them, so it would be more real to talk to an object rather than the air, I guess. So each picked a toy they wanted to be. One time while we were blindfolded, the girls who could see kept moving the teddy bear representing the entity we were speaking with, to different locations. Then we were told to ask where the entity (in bear form) was "sitting now," and darned if us blindfolded gals using the board didn't spell out the correct location every time!
One time, one of the girls (Sue, who was nicknamed "Red" by Ira because of her carrot red hair) was late for a session. When she finally arrived, as she was walking thru my door, Ira spelled out: "Red hurt foot." Sue came around the corner and squealed, "Oh my God! How could he know that!??" She was limping because she stepped on something with her bare feet on the way to my house. So we asked what it was, and Ira spelled out: "Glass." After about 10 minutes of digging with a needle, Sue pulled out a shard of glass from her heel.
Another time, Ira was grouchy, and we asked him why, he replied that we were about to go to the beach and have fun and would leave him behind. We said, "Oh, you want to come too? How do we take you, do we take the Ouija Board? Can't you just float there with us?" Ira replied: "Take cat" (his stuffed toy that he chose to be in was my black stuffed kitty). So we went to the beach, and brought the cat. At one point, Sue dropped the cat in the sand by mistake, and quickly picked it up, brushed it off, and said, "Sorry Ira." We all laughed. Later that evening, we got on the board, called up Ira, and asked how he liked his trip to the beach. His reply: "Great fun. But Red got sand on me."
As far anything negative ever happening from using a Ouija Board, the only thing I can think of at all that was really weird happened during the era I was using the board at this certain apartment. It was odd because I was very independent, lived alone and was never scared of anything at this time in my life. So anyway, I came home one day, opened the door, stepped through, shut the door - and suddenly I was paralyzed with fear that someone else was in my apartment with me. My back was glued to the door as if some sort of pressure was holding me there, and I could neither get myself to go back through or advance forward - I just stood there for about 10 minutes, the hair on my neck was "crawling" and it was standing up on my arms. I listened intently, barely breathing, but never heard so much as a whisper of a sound to indicate anyone was there. Eventually the intense feeling began to fade, and I remember advancing slowly, checking every nook and cranny before I felt completely satisfied that no one was there. There was no other way out of the apartment, so no one could have been there and escaped through a window or anything. I have no idea if this was even related to the Ouija stuff or not, and in fact, I didn't even think to connect it until years later when I had moved elsewhere. Otherwise, all my experiences working a Ouija Board were pleasant.
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