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Ouija Boards (70s)

In 1973, in a film called The Exorcist, Regan becomes possessed by the devil after playing with a Ouija board — and a fad was born.

Businessman Elijah Bond introduced the Ouija board in 1890. Initially the Ouija board had no connection to the occult; it was simply a harmless game. It was during World War I when American spiritualist Pearl Curran began using it as a divining tool.

In the 70s sales of Ouija boards outpaced Monopoly! There is much debate about whether the planchette of the Ouija board can really “move” by itself or whether participants involuntarily move the planchette.

Ouija boards are flat boards that contain the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0 to 9, the words “yes” and “no” and sometimes “hello” and “goodbye.” They usually contain other symbols and graphics. Every Ouija board also comes with a planchette; a heart-shaped piece of wood or other moveable indicator. The “spirit” spells out its message while participants each hold on to the planchette.