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Answered 2011-12-07 17:52:15

Ouija Boards, and similar divination mechanisms, are purportedly controlled by the spirits. In that regard, whether they work is entirely up to the belief of the user.

As far as HOW they work, most results are obtained by the subconscious or conscious movement of the user. In experiments by parapsychologists in the 1930's and 1940's, blindfoldedOuija Board players were unable to generate any decipherable results. Because some assume that the "spirits" require human eyes to see the Ouija Board, the experiments did not totally discredit belief in the phenomenon.

The Ouija board should be correctly used as indicated on their instruction sheets, "for entertainment purposes only".

"Ouija" is a registered name of Parker brothers. The generic term is 'Talking boards'.

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Many religions consider such "spirit summoning" to be forbidden, a form of divination or occultism. For most in the secular world, it is another manifestation of superstition taken to a ridiculous extreme.

Do they work?

As for the connection to the spirits of the dead, why should the dead be bothered? In some cases, information has been gleaned from them that none of the people using the board would admit to knowing.

They can provide answers as to whether the spirit survives after death. Spirits can provide reassurance to the bereaved, but are unconcerned with material things such as wealth, fame or fortune.

There is something there, but exactly what is obviously unknown.

Be respectful as you would to meeting someone face to face. Do not seek to tell fortunes.

Be careful playing with these things because they have been known to lead to mental illness and possessions as believed by some religious groups.

sometimes. but it isn't your recently deceased loved ones you are talking to, they are random spirits (including demons). the ouiji board is like a single telephone in the spirit world and any spirit may answer the call. I suggest to not try and use one because bad things happen to some people after they have. They become very scared and paranoid, some saying they have actually seen ghosts or demons. They believe in spirits and demons because the ouiji board worked (nobody knows how). Some have even commited suicide.

This subject is too emotive to answer here. Everyone has their opinion. To the skeptic no proof is enough. To the beleiver no proof is neccessary.

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