The reason is very simple – you play with fire and you get burned.
Ouija Boards are the same thing.
“He actually believed what the Ouija board advised him, that the friend was the cause of his problems,” Weslaco police spokesman J.P. Rodriguez Rodriguez said. “That’s kind of the incredible part.”
Following its commercial introduction by businessman Elijah Bond on July 1, 1890, the Ouija board was regarded as a harmless parlor game unrelated to the occult until American Spiritualist Pearl Curran popularized its use as a divining tool during World War.
Modern Ouija boards were developed by inventor William Fuld. Fuld sold his patent to Parker Brothers in 1966. Ouija boards, as we recognize them today, look nothing like the original prototypes. The 20-25 million Ouija boards sold by Parker Brothers consist of a rectangular game board that is covered with a woodcut-style alphabet, the words yes, no, and good-bye, and the numbers 0-9. Also included with the “game” is a heart-shaped plastic planchette. The planchette is the ‘pointer’ that is supposed to glide over the board under the direction of supernatural forces and form comments and questions by pointing out questions and comments. Parker Brothers has marketed Ouija Boards under the tagline, “It’s only a game – isn’t it?”
A number of films have used an Ouija board as a plot vehicle:
- The Uninvited, 1944
- Thirteen Ghosts, 1960
- Tales From The Crypt, 1972
- The Exorcist, 1973
- Alison’s Birthday, 1979
- Amityville 3-D, 1983
- The Devil’s Gift, 1984
- Spookies, 1985
- Witchboard, 1985
- Girls’ School Screamers, 1986
- Awakenings, 1990
- Repossessed, 1990
- And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird, 1991
- Radio Flyer, 1991
- Sorority House Massacre 2, 1992
- Witchboard 2: The Devil’s Doorway, 1993
- Only You, 1994
- Witchboard 3: The Possession, 1995
- Grim, 1995
- What Lies Beneath, 2000
- Long Time Dead, 2002
- Paranormal Activity, 2007
- Downton Abbey, 2011
- The Office, Season 6, Ep. 6 “Costume Contest”, 2010
It’s just best not to play with fire…hellfire….