Is there anybody there?

Remember the Ouija Board? That tool of the devil that Middle-America was convinced would turn us to the Dark Side? I was reminded of it because Channel 4 is to televise the first live séance tonight as part of the Derren Brown series and anyone can join in, if equipped with an empty glass, a candle, pen and paper and the letters of the alphabet.

Which is what made me think of this in the first place. As a teenager, we wouldn’t splash out good cash on a Ouija Board; we made our own, ie the above equipment, with the addition of ‘yes’ and ‘no’ to the alphabet and a mirror on which to lay them while we sat round it, index fingers place on the up-turned glass which would then whizz from letter to letter in answer to our questions. Don’t know who was doing the pushing, but I’m sure it wasn’t me. At least I think so — apparently it’s all done through something called the ‘ideomotor effect.’

What I hadn’t realised was that Ouija boards had such a long history. And it has always moved with the times, so you can now contact the spirit world online with the virtual Ouija. Isn’t science wonderful.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

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