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Saw a bunch of these at one Five Below store yesterday--one further out from where I live--and none at the Five Below closest to me. The price is $5 at Five Below. But here's an Amazon.com listing for it. Almost bought one; but the box is so small that it must be a fold out board--was thinking haunted ouija board prop. But don't think I'd want / like the crease in the board. Either that or the board is tiny:

http://www.amazon.com/Wee-Ji-Mystical-Talking-Ouija-Board/dp/B00HNWHJGQ/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top/187-0425964-5477647

Here's a really crappy video some kids made; you can see the crease down the center of the board. Planchette looks huge. Are the dimensions far off from the "traditional" Parker Brothers Ouija board? Would be a good size for haunting as a motorized prop?

I may pick one of these up just for the planchette piece. Since I have some nice color prints of the original board.

Again, *not* my video:
 

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I bought one sometime earlier this year. For $5, it is well worth the cost, I believe. I like that the planchette glows, plus the sun and moon icons on the board look wicked.
 

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I bought one sometime earlier this year. For $5, it is well worth the cost, I believe. I like that the planchette glows, plus the sun and moon icons on the board look wicked.
Thanks everyone.

It would be wicked to have around 5 or so of these, converted to haunted ouija boards, then set-up mirrors such that they appear everywhere in a room. Might be a neat scene. I so need to find a place where I can set up a charity haunt...
 

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Thanks everyone.

It would be wicked to have around 5 or so of these, converted to haunted ouija boards, then set-up mirrors such that they appear everywhere in a room. Might be a neat scene. I so need to find a place where I can set up a charity haunt...
You could always buy the cheapo's and glue them to wood to make them look more the way you want.
 

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Thanks for the tip, Mike! I should pick me up a few of those.
Yea, the board does look kind of plain, but the price is worth it just for the planchette. I would think it would work just fine for an animated Ouija board.

I don't know if those kids had any luck, but no ghost worth his salt is going to answer a $5 Ouija board. :)
 

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Thanks for the tip, Mike! I should pick me up a few of those.
Yea, the board does look kind of plain, but the price is worth it just for the planchette. I would think it would work just fine for an animated Ouija board.

I don't know if those kids had any luck, but no ghost worth his salt is going to answer a $5 Ouija board. :)
Excellent, thanks Dave--appreciate confirming that it's worthwhile just for the planchette. Think I mentioned it before, but if you don't find these, check other local Five Below stores. Again, the one nearest to me had zero in stock. While one a 30 minute drive away had a good pile of them. At that price, maybe I should pick-up another 3.

Re: discriminating ghosts and quality talking boards, LOL. :)

Speaking of animated ouija boards, I think I printed out a bunch of 11 x 17 sheets on a color printed that, when assembled, would make a pretty large ouija board if pasted to a stiff backing. I'll have to find them, assemble, and take a photo for scale. I've never done the animated ouija board because it wouldn't work in a yard haunt--so I guess I was thinking how do I scale it up? Might work well in a semi-pro charity haunt. Could do a seance room like the Haunted Mansion.

The Madame Leota room in the Haunted Mansion is one large homage to 19th century Spiritualism; from the floating, glowing musical instruments to other elements. The Spirit Cabinet was made famous by the Davenport Brothers, then exposed as stage magic effect by Houdini and others. Most of the seance / spiritualist effects were exposed over time. Table-rapper build anyone? (evidently was the Fox Sisters cracking joints in their ankles, etc).

I'd like to build a self-knocking ghost door knocker like the one in the Corridor of Doors in the Haunted Mansion.
 

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My personal experiences with 5 Below Merch have not been good ones. We bought $5 water shoes from there and they completely fell apart after the first use - nothing extreme just walking the dog along the beach. It was as if they weren't.... water proof?


That being said...

If you buy a low quality board don't expect high quality spirits.

But I guess it would be a good buy if used for a prop!
 

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This is not my idea, but I liked it the first time I heard it told to me: Here is a public sidewalk, you notice something in the middle of the walk, right in everyone's way.
You get closer. It's a Oui-Ja Board.... then you happen to notice two small,neat piles of .. ashes on the left and on the right sides of the board.
"Oh,Oh!"
 

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Might be a good Ouija board for conjuring the spirit of the late Jack Benny! :)

I don't think that haunted door knocker would be too hard to build.
As far as the animated Ouija---I use mine in my yard haunt. My daughter usually sets up a table with a couple of skeletons and one is a fortune teller. I have a square hole cut in the table for the animated Ouija to sit in. The TOTs seem to love it and I've never had the planchette disappear yet.
This year my daughter was at college, so I just sat this witch at the table. The square hole is where the Ouija would go.

 

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Might be a good Ouija board for conjuring the spirit of the late Jack Benny! :)

I don't think that haunted door knocker would be too hard to build.
As far as the animated Ouija---I use mine in my yard haunt. My daughter usually sets up a table with a couple of skeletons and one is a fortune teller. I have a square hole cut in the table for the animated Ouija to sit in. The TOTs seem to love it and I've never had the planchette disappear yet.
This year my daughter was at college, so I just sat this witch at the table. The square hole is where the Ouija would go.

Thanks Gym and Dave. @Dave, that's very cool--glad you successfully incorporated your animated board into your yard haunt. Thanks for posting the picture. I don't think it would play well in my neighborhood--could freak out or offend certain people of certain denominations of Christianity that are very popular where I live. So far, I've been the Cool / Best / Spookiest house every year--not tough to do when hardly anyone else decorates like a HF member would.
 

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On a slightly different but similar vein.. I had a small antique table that a normal Checker Board fit into perfectly. The table had a wooden decorative little "wall" around the outside edges
I cut a few of the squares from the checker board and cut some square holes lined up with the Checker board holes. I kept the lighting dim in the room.
I would tell people they would have to play me in a game of checkers.
The game ended and I had won by default when their checker vanished down through a hole in the space they were trying move across! Evil laughter followed!
 

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I don't think it would play well in my neighborhood--could freak out or offend certain people of certain denominations of Christianity that are very popular where I live. So far, I've been the Cool / Best / Spookiest house every year--not tough to do when hardly anyone else decorates like a HF member would.
I understand where you're coming from, Mike. You could just tell them you don't know where it came from. It's not yours. :)

LOL, Gym. Pretty good trick.
 

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But then on the other hand.. there are quite a few stories out there concerning those "Boards" that had some very scary things connected to playing with them...
,,.. including right here in my own house.
Before I owned it,some tenants were "Bored" one night so they began playing with a Oui-Ja board.
"Something Scary Happened!" They put the board away.. after that every once and awhile as one of them were trying to sleep in that bedroom a loud voice would call them by their first name and wake them from a sound sleep.
Beneath that bedroom is a small crawl space,then under the crawl space is the wine cellar where people have seen a ghostly woman appear there ever since 1925.
 

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Thanks Dave. :)

@Gym, don't know what to say. I don't believe in anything supernatural. Ouija boards are widely thought to work on the ideomotor response, with participants unwittingly moving the planchette. Similar to holding a pendulum over a Yes / No know piece of paper, then asking a question with focused concentration. Subconscious movements of the hand / wrist lead it to a particular spot, unbeknownst to the practitioner.

People often lie as well; for example, anyone who "believes" in the Amityville Horror Story hasn't heard of the concoction created to sell books. Inn Owners often lie, or play upon legends, to drum up business, etc. Not all are liars of course--other things can explain supposed ghost encounters. Joe Nickell is an investigator of ghosts / hauntings and has a number of books on the subject. Interesting reading; often there's quite a natural explanation to these things. Most people would rather believe, however, than investigate. I find the investigations revealing natural explanations to be more intriguing than the presumed reality of survival after death--don't think anyone's ever come back to provide proof of survival conclusively. :)

One thing I find especially interesting is Sleep Paralysis; where a person swears they saw a ghost at their bed, couldn't move, etc. Google "sleep paralysis" and ghosts to read an example of a dream state with eyes open; but the body is paralyzed, since that's what occurs during dreaming--so the body doesn't act out dreams and hurt itself. That explains a lot of the classic Incubi and Succubi tales of old; ghost visitations through history; and in our times, claims of Alien Abductions; same psychological phenomenon at work in most cases. The interpretations of the experience do change over time.

Not saying there are no such things as ghosts or the supernatural. Can't prove a negative. Just that there seems scant evidence for it; and when investigated properly, often evaporate. So many different causes that any "real" cases may be like finding a needle in a haystack. Same with "psychics" for which Cold Reading, on purpose or accidentally, is typically the explanation.

I do enjoy ghost stories of course. Always have. But again, I find investigations of hauntings that reveal terrestrial explanations much more interesting; just as I find secret illusions and effects explained (e.g. Fox Sisters and other Spiritualist con-artist methods) more interesting than any alleged real "power." I remain open minded however to new evidence, properly examined by those with strong analytical skills and critical thinking methods; vs. assuming one's conclusion from the start.
 

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Gym, that vanishing checker is pretty funny.

A few years back Target was selling some test tube candy which had 3D figurines as tops of the tubes in the shape of I want to say Vampires and Monsters. All the candy was on clearance really cheap and I picked up the whole batch for a few dollars. Mostly I was interested in the test tubes for my mad lab but thought the tops could be put into their own base (made out of wood or foam) and used as Halloween Chess pieces. One of those far down the road rainy day projects would be to make a chess board for them and add metal to the bottoms of the pieces and use a strong magnet wand under the chess board to move the pieces around. Your checker board and the weeji board made me think about that project again.
 

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That's a great idea to use those tube tops as chess pieces, Spookie!

I've been wanting to try to make an animated chess board like you describe for quite a while. I recently found a chess board on E-bay that I think would work great for that prop.
If I make any progress, I'll post it.
 
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