With so much talk of Zozo demons, portals and evil entities, it’s time to have a look as the most recognized "occult" device out there, the Ouija.
Why has the Ouija become so feared? How did it come to be associated with negative energy? When first created, it was meant as a tool that could speak to loved ones in the afterlife. You could contact Uncle Rupert, Aunt Francis, a lost husband in the war and even the spirit of a departed pet. It had no negative associations at all, quite the opposite. It was seen as a positive influence that could even bring peace and happiness.
When did things change so that it could only contact evil? Who turned this board of Spiritualism into a tool of demonic conjuring? Part of that looks to be a product of Hollywood and movies like Exorcist and Witchboard. In both cases you have an innocent, young, female becoming prey to dark forces through use of the board. It makes for good storytelling, like Dracula seducing the women he wished to turn. However, it’s only a story.
Does it have something to do with Aleister Crowley? To be fair, there is a ton of misrepresentation about Crowley. Despite how it’s portrayed, Crowley wasn’t trying to conjure Satan. Further, he was considered wicked because of his sexual habits and indulgences. He referred to himself as "The Beast" in order to magnify his infamy.
Even if he was "evil", Crowley experimented with a great many things. He certainly read the bible, so should that be considered tainted? Crowley worked with Tarot cards and those aren’t being called a portal to hell. There is even a deck he designed.
Clearly not everyone thinks it’s evil, Amazon certainly treats it as a toy. You can get talking board coffee mugs, tumblers, pendants, keychains, mint boxes, hoodies, rings and sweatpants. In every sense of the word it’s a gimmick item. If there was any scientific evidence to the board’s power, or any of these Zozo claims were proven to be real, would it be allowed to be sold by a toy company?
Further proving it’s lack of power, National Geographic showed that when participants are blindfolded, the Ouija spells gibberish. The BBC and others have explained how the Ouija works and how it doesn’t. Even Penn and Teller, who are masters of the con, show how the Ouija doesn’t work.
Another master of illusion, Houdini proved every claim of mysticism to be a hoax, from seances to ectoplasm. The Ouija was used heavily in seances and not one of them proved to be valid. And this was during the time when talking boards had no demonic connection associated with them. Houdini wanted to commune with the dead, but it just wasn’t so.
But there are those that say the spirits need the participants eyes in order to spell words. Yet, paranormal investigators claim spirits can see them. Which group is lying?
People also claim the Ouija can predict the future and explain how it told them something 20 years ago and it just came true. If you can link events together that occur that far apart, you’re trying to find a cause and effect. This would be same as reading a fortune cooking that says you will come into great wealth and two weeks later you find $20 in the street. No one would say the fortune cookie had divine insight. But when it happens with the Ouija, people say it has power.
Looking at it, the Ouija uses a board and letters to spell out phrases from the other side That in mind, why aren’t people having the same experience Scrabble or Upwords? Why isn’t this mysterious humbug called Zozo showing up on Scrabble boards spelling out demonic words?
In our society, why is conjuring evil so damn easy and contacting good spirits so hard? People say they were only in the room with a Ouija and something bad followed them home. However, the same isn’t true about someone passing a church who then says a friendly angel followed them home to make breakfast and tidy up the house. If evil forces can throw books and upturn chairs, a good force should make something to eat and be useful.
If the Ouija was capable of working on conjuring those who have passed, why aren’t we talking to Einstein, Twain, Socrates, Houdini and other great minds so they can continue their work?
This may sound like heresy, but it’s not meant to be. But if the board allowed us to contact the dead, perhaps angels, perhaps higher spiritual beings, why isn’t it used in religious teachings? People don’t have a problem with prayer, so what’s wrong with something more direct?
A common claim toward the Ouija is that it works because of intent and belief. If you don’t believe, nothing will happen because the spirits know. If your intent is to contact a spirit, you will. How is that different than, "it works because I said so."
The Ouija has been debunked multiple times and is as mystical as a rabbit’s foot, lucky socks, game winning jersey, rain dance, blowing on dice or a double rainbow. When they work, people claim the power of the talisman. When they don’t, people claim other forces were acting against them, like the other team had more people with jerseys, or the magic ran out giving them their last wish.
As a final thought, since Darren and his ilk claim it’s so easy to conjure Zozo, why not take up the million dollar challenge laid down by James Randi and get Zozo to appear while he looks on?
Other Articles of Interest:
- I Am Zozo – A Review
- Zozo, Darren Evans, Robert Murch and Darkness Radio – A Zozo Hoax?
- Do you believe in the Ouija?
- Ghost Adventures – The Zozo Demon – S10E03
- The Zozo Phenomenon by Darren Evans – Review
- The Zozo Phenomenon by Darren Evans – Thoughts and Impressions
- Paranormal State – The Lurking Man – S05E09
- Ghost Adventures – Samaritan Cult House – S14E03
- Ghost Adventures – The Exorcist House – S08E07
- Paranormal State, seeing the demonic in a box of Cracker Jacks
The last Ghost Adventures episode, Exorcism in Erie, come across as very staged and false, especially the claim of residue on the stairs leading to the basement where Bishop Bryan performed his mini-exorcism on the horseshoe.
At the end, they claimed there was some foreign substance on the wall. They claimed it was wet and even looked like blood, perhaps even some sort of demonic residue left behind by the entity supposedly taking possession of Chris.
Even in the dim light, it very much looked like plaster spackle and it only took a few seconds to find an image of a wall being repaired that looked almost identical to the material on the wall in this episode.
When you compare the two, it’s pink drywall spackle. Zak, Aaron, Bishop Bryan and the owners are deliberately staging evidence to suggest an outcome. Had they turned the lights on, the deception would have been exposed.
So if they faked the foreign material on the wall, what else did they fake? What other props are they planting around the house? A lot of their previous discoveries and evidence have been dubious, but it looks like they may have been caught out on this one.
It seems clear that the demonic presence, the exorcism, the story of the witch’s house and the dark energy around a rusty bit of metal are a complete fabrication and hoax to try and sell their idea of demonic.
The image on the left is from Ghost Adventures where they claim it’s blood or foreign matter. On the right is pink drywall spakcle on the same sort of textured wall. Look at that, they’re the same. This is not a case of getting something wrong, this is a case of fakery.
The drywall image was taken from here – https://operationhomeblog.com/tag/spackle/
Other Articles of Interest:
- Ghost Adventures – Exorcism in Erie – S14E06
- Ghost Adventures – Passport to Hell – S07E20
- Ghost Adventures – Lizzie Borden House – S05E05
- Ghost Adventures returns tonight with a marathon!
- Ghost Adventures – Fort Chaffee – S04E10
- Ghost Adventures wants to investigate Idol Mansion
- When will the paranormal bubble burst?
- Ghost Adventures – Dorothea Puente Murder House – S13E05
- Some sort of crazy paranormal showdown
- Ghost Adventures Hales Bar Marina & Dam – S04E24
Fresh off his previous incarceration and apparent brush with fraud for booking appearances and never showing up, Ryan Buell has been arrested yet again. This time for battery and harassment. It’s not really clear what incited this little fracas, but it looks like Ryan pulled out the claws in an attempt to scratch the victim, then decided to become a bit of a biter.
This comes while Ryan is still dealing with the stolen car incident from a few months back, and is still facing an angry mob because of the tens of thousands he raked in for bookings he never followed through with. Additionally, it’s rumored he lied about his pancreatic cancer, to gain sympathy and money. Even his mother says he’s on a downward trend and that he needs help.
It seems an emotional or mental disorder is plaguing the former paranormal investigator. Perhaps this stems from that decade ago encounter with the Demon of Brownsville Rd. (that was sarcasm)
Other Articles of Interest:
- Haunted Histories Volume 3
- A Haunting in Connecticut
- Expedition Unknown – Blackbeard’s Hidden Gold – S02E03
- Hannibal – Takiawase – S02E04
- Expedition Unknown – Mayan Apocalypse – S01E09
- Expedition Unknown – The African Gold Hoard – S02E12
- Da Vinici’s Demons – Season 2 Finale
- Bates Motel – Caleb – S02E03
- Bates Motel – Season 2 Finale
- Expedition Unknown – Yamashita’s Gold
Jeff Mudgett, great-grandson of H.H. Holmes, has been granted a petition to exhume the remains for the purpose of DNA testing. This will confirm if Holmes was indeed hanged or as some have speculated, that he was able to get someone else to swing in his place while he made a grand escape.
If you recall, Holmes spent a great deal of time writing that his features were changing, that his face was longer and taking on the appearance of the devil. This might have been to enhance his sinister reputation, while others believe it was part of his ruse to slip another body into his place. Further, the massive amount of concrete used to seal away his body not only prevented would-be grave robbing, but prevented any further identification of his remains.
Jeff has also stated he believes Holmes was in London at the times of the Ripper murders and has put forth the idea that Jack the Ripper and H.H. Holmes are one in the same. It goes against the grain, but Jeff has some interesting theories and evidence. Further, that idea makes more sense than some of the other suspects.
Who knows where this will lead, but it’s extremely intriguing.
Other Articles of Interest:
- Dr. H. H. Holmes and The Whitechapel Ripper – A Review
- Bloodstains – Jeff Mudgett
- Jack the Ripper ‘was invented to win newspaper war’
- Bloodstains – The Analysis
- Haunted History Season 1, Ep. 3 "Murder Castle"
- Aaron Kosminski Named as Jack the Ripper Through DNA Evidence
- The Murder Hotel of H. H. Holmes
- Whitechapel Series 1
- Killer Contact – Jack the Ripper – S01E01
- The Dark Life of H.H. Holmes