ON THE JULY 25, 2007 broadcast of Coast-to-Coast AM with George Noory, he was scheduled to conduct an on-air Ouija board experiment. The show had been hyped for many weeks, and in the space of those previous weeks he had been encouraged by a few to go ahead with the experiment and warned by many more to forego it.
When it came down to the night of the experiment, George backed out. The experiment was all set to go. Rosemary Ellen Guiley brought a vintage Ouija board, seeing the event as an opportunity to “advance people’s thinking about spirit communication.” Bruce Goldberg was also in favor of trying the experiment and even invoked “white light protection” to shield the experimenters from any harm from lower astral entities. He, too, thought it would be educational for listeners as an example of psychic empowerment.
The dissenting voice came from Jordan Maxwell, and it was a strong one. He told George in no uncertain terms that such an experiment would be a mistake and that it was very dangerous and “extremely foolhardy”, warning there was a possibility of opening a portal that would allow dark entities to come through.
So there were two people approaching the night with a very positive attitude, and one with a very negative point of view.
Unfortunately, from my own point of view, George allowed the negative attitude to prevail. And his reasons for stopping the experiment seem ludicrous here in the 21st Century.
We don’t even know for sure what the experiment was going to be or how it was to be conducted. We don’t know who was going to touch their fingers to the planchette or who was going to ask the questions. We don’t know what the questions might have been. The only clues we have are in George’s revelation that he had had a near-death experience that left him obsessed with the afterlife. His intention with the experiment was to see if he could contact spirits, specifically that of his dead aunt, who could tell him the afterlife is real.
So why did George back out? Because, he told his audience, of strange things that have happened in the previous weeks:
- People getting into car crashes
- People getting trapped in the St. Louis Arch (where he lives)
- His daughter is pregnant and she miscarried during a previous pregnancy
- An earthquake in Indonesia
- A previous guest’s mother had died
I cannot emphasize how crazy these reasons sound to me as someone who takes paranormal phenomena seriously. For one thing, these kinds of things happen every day. How is a radio Ouija experiment possibly responsible? Second, four of the five events took place before the experiment – not during or after.
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