Why the Ouija board became so famous

  • Ajoutée 17 sept. 2018
  • This is where Ouija boards came from. And it might surprise you.
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    In this episode of Overrated, Vox’s Phil Edwards explores what Ouija means, from a historical and cultural perspective.

    The Ouija game and Ouija movies permeate our culture. But their origin might be surprising. Before this board game was a staple, it emerged from the spiritualist movement in the United States in the mid-1800s and an aggressive entrepreneur who believed he could make a buck off of it.

    Ouija’s overrated - it’s not real and it’s just a piece of cardboard. But it's also a way for people from the past to speak to us (through history, at least).
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Commentaires • 1 912

  • Thomas V
    Thomas V Il y a jour

    Hi I am Divya Meridien I am from India , Delhi but I love foreign countries very much and foreign people also because they are so polite kind and sweet and by the way I am 10yrs old now 👋 ❤❤❤❤💗💗

  • Mr Lee
    Mr Lee Il y a jour

    Luiji board?
    Ouiji board?
    Soulja boy?
    Ouija boy?

  • inox1ck
    inox1ck Il y a jour

    Luigi board

  • Emma
    Emma Il y a 2 jours

    My mum told me a story about her and her friends who played a Ouija Board when she was a child and a face appeared in the glass they used. i used a Ouija Board as a child and the hand dryer in the toilets next to the coat room which is where we played the Ouija Board came on and we went into the toilets and there was no one else human there. Explain that.

  • slippyyy
    slippyyy Il y a 10 jours

    imagine getting laid with an ouija board

  • Crimson Wolf
    Crimson Wolf Il y a 11 jours

    Religious agendas (and yes, atheism is a religious agenda too) abound. Closed minds latch on to the many frauds and hoaxers and dismiss out-of-hand ANY other phenomena. It is the cult of CERTAINTY. "We already know everything there is to know about everything and are certain of it. CERTAINISTS are the death of learning. Demons? Evidence please. Disembodied consciousness, yes. Good, evil, demons, angels, etc... that is nothing but Christian superstition with no evidence to support it.

  • Jack The Hat Boi
    Jack The Hat Boi Il y a 11 jours


  • Chris Sandner
    Chris Sandner Il y a 13 jours


    JACYN OLELLA Il y a 20 jours

    I found a oujia bord in my basement and me and my friends used it and asked any spirt whats your name it started flashing zozo we got scared got a bible and started praying tring to make it go a way and it stoped. Now i hate ouija bords

  • Jackie Pyzocha
    Jackie Pyzocha Il y a 23 jours

    What about the 20th Century? The 60s?

  • Team Slax
    Team Slax Il y a 23 jours

    It’s real!

  • Emilio Samuel
    Emilio Samuel Il y a 26 jours

    We have been rigged.

  • Cindy Smith
    Cindy Smith Il y a 29 jours

    ive beeing this since i was 9 years old

  • Rage
    Rage Il y a mois +1

    A squeegee board?

  • Kristi Mosher
    Kristi Mosher Il y a mois

    When I was little my dad claimed a soul attached to each ouija as it was made... ah the power of glue. Makes anything stick

  • {•v•}
    {•v•} Il y a mois

    6:09 minutes. Nice.

  • ruben g
    ruben g Il y a mois

    Why is he so quick to dismiss the paranormal? Why did they bring in an atheist to talk about a historically devastating spiritual item??

    • Crimson Wolf
      Crimson Wolf Il y a 11 jours

      Religious agendas (and yes, atheism is a religious agenda too). Closed minds latch on to the many frauds and hoaxers and dismiss out-of-hand ANY other phenomena. It is the cult of CERTAINTY. "We already know everything there is to know about everything and are certain of it. CERTAINISTS are the death of learning.

  • Madi C.
    Madi C. Il y a mois

    Your just trying to pull people down

  • nj zahir
    nj zahir Il y a mois

    Is that true?

  • Göbekli Tepe
    Göbekli Tepe Il y a mois

    couple of years ago got involved in it and saw all the science i had learnt go down the drain when it actually moved. still astonished i am

  • Joshua murphy
    Joshua murphy Il y a mois

    Underrated and real.

  • Jose Carlos
    Jose Carlos Il y a mois +1

    Vox overrated: Beyoncé episode please

  • Jacob Maldonado
    Jacob Maldonado Il y a 2 mois

    The board by itself is just cardboard and plastic but demons do use it as a tool to communicate with you.

    • Crimson Wolf
      Crimson Wolf Il y a 11 jours

      Demons? Evidence please. Disembodied consciousness, yes. Good, evil, demons, angels, etc... that is nothing but Christian superstition with no evidence to support it.

  • Juanana Pazos
    Juanana Pazos Il y a 2 mois

    I like how people who dont try are the ones that arent brave enough to go try it in abandoned places

  • Øath betrayer
    Øath betrayer Il y a 2 mois

    Because Mario kept hogging all the fame.

  • Mob Rules
    Mob Rules Il y a 2 mois

    Don't be fooled. ZOZO rules the Ouija. You have been warned

  • Austria Germany
    Austria Germany Il y a 2 mois

    you can bring devil in your life

  • Joe Wilson
    Joe Wilson Il y a 2 mois

    I don't believe in that

  • SimpleMan.45
    SimpleMan.45 Il y a 2 mois

    Oh really? The how do you explain this 👻.
    I just got done playing the game.

  • Tough Harley
    Tough Harley Il y a 2 mois

    He loves to hear himself talk obviously

  • Rodney Wardell
    Rodney Wardell Il y a 2 mois

    One of the first mentions of the automatic writing method used in the ouija board is found in China around 1100 AD, in historical documents of the Song Dynasty. The method was known as fuji "planchette writing". The use of planchette writing as an ostensible means of necromancy and communion with the spirit-world continued, and, albeit under special rituals and supervisions, was a central practice of the Quanzhen School, until it was forbidden by the Qing Dynasty.[13] Several entire scriptures of the Daozang are supposedly works of automatic planchette writing. According to one author, similar methods of mediumistic spirit writing have been practiced in ancient India, Greece, Rome, and medieval Europe.[14]

    • Crimson Wolf
      Crimson Wolf Il y a 11 jours

      Ya mean that Parker Bros Co. didn't invent it? Well, shut mah mouff!! Hahaha! Thanks for the historical context.

  • Supergirl Christina
    Supergirl Christina Il y a 2 mois

    Christ I don't like the movie of the ouija board

  • jennifer rosier
    jennifer rosier Il y a 3 mois

    OK... SO what about certain people who do believe that this "TOY" board is real ?? witches .. priests .. whatnot ??

    I've only played w/ one once and nothing happened but then we were in middle school and were asking silly questions about boys and stuff. It's not like we were trying to summon any demons ??

  • Zenon Kowalczyk
    Zenon Kowalczyk Il y a 3 mois

    Souija boy board

  • frediventure3
    frediventure3 Il y a 3 mois +1

    Take it seriously and ull find out that u want it to end and somehow kt doest stop. Talk to me then play with it afterwards but seriously. Its a channel dont even start what u couldnt stop

  • The sun is gone.
    The sun is gone. Il y a 3 mois


  • Steven Ellison
    Steven Ellison Il y a 3 mois

    My friend used to have one, and he had bad experiences with it so he kept throwing it away only to continually find it reappear on the kitchen table as he would come home aghast once more. So, actually they do work, and I’ve had experiences with demonic spirits myself so I wouldn’t recommend it. The Bible forbids communicating with the dead, and I understand why now. It’s for our own protection.

  • Steven Ellison
    Steven Ellison Il y a 3 mois

    I heard it was named ouija by the board when the original creators asked what it should be named. Upon hearing the name out of sheer curiosity they asked what ouija meant? The board replied, “good luck”

  • Vasya Kurolesov
    Vasya Kurolesov Il y a 3 mois


  • pisces guy
    pisces guy Il y a 3 mois

    Me: Oujia board is the some one
    *oujia board goes to NO*
    Me: Ok

  • 9th TEARDROP GameTeller
    9th TEARDROP GameTeller Il y a 3 mois

    In Thailand we call it 'ghost in the cup' cuz we use cup as a vessel and summon ghost in to it.

  • Shablé
    Shablé Il y a 3 mois +1

    No you dont know that the board works by idiomotor skills, matter of fact, there has been tests done that the two were blindfolded and a third party had called the letters out and it still spelled out things. There is no way thats possible if you vision is disabled, moreover TWO ppl vision is disabled. There is more to this than subconscious mind at work.

  • Xor rd
    Xor rd Il y a 3 mois

    Vox subscribers and their Reddit puns....

  • Demonic Sweaters
    Demonic Sweaters Il y a 3 mois +10

    scientific explanation: "oh it's just this part of your mind moving something without your knowledge, spelling out words, answering questions, etc.. etc.." sure, that's comforting.

    • Crimson Wolf
      Crimson Wolf Il y a 11 jours +2

      Weak explanation. I have seen it work hundreds of times.

    ELLOSEE Il y a 3 mois

    My wife and I began really seeking God and one night we both were awakened by evil dreams..we spoke about our experiences...she later was scrolling Facebook and found videos of our nextdoor neighbors playing with a ouija board that same night ...satan was attacking us because we seek the LORD.

  • Dolphin
    Dolphin Il y a 4 mois

    so,ghosts don't exist . How do we explain video and audio tapes recorded by reputable witnesses .. See the Enfield case in the UK..

  • Kookie Monster
    Kookie Monster Il y a 4 mois

    in the philippines we just use paper, coin, and a great lier

  • Michelle Parson
    Michelle Parson Il y a 4 mois

    Am I the only one who thinks that he says oujia weird? I say it like o wi ji

  • CreScent SubliminalS
    CreScent SubliminalS Il y a 4 mois

    JUMPSCARE: @4:59

  • Raven Moonsinger
    Raven Moonsinger Il y a 4 mois

    I know that a lot of what this video says about Ouija boards is true. However, that doesn't mean that they're never affected by the supernatural. At some point in their use they can be a door to a world outside this dimension.

  • NAVYCalvin
    NAVYCalvin Il y a 4 mois +1

    idk about Ouja at first but i do know kokkuri-san

  • Boss 302
    Boss 302 Il y a 4 mois

    When is the Braille edition coming out?

  • Por Que
    Por Que Il y a 4 mois

    I like how my fav color yellow is used a lot 😗

  • Hina BrØkəN
    Hina BrØkəN Il y a 4 mois

    Is the thing at the beginning a film?

  • Kelly Sells
    Kelly Sells Il y a 4 mois

    The Didyouseeme game

  • SupremeRevival155
    SupremeRevival155 Il y a 4 mois

    Don't mess around with this stuff. Many bad things happen to people who play this board.
    I know someone who used to mess around with this board a lot. Now he hears voices and Whispers in the nighttime, hears different people walking up and down his stairs, being woken up constantly in the nighttime because his bed keeps shaking violently.
    It doesn't matter what your religious beliefs are even if you are an atheist. Stay away from this game!

    • SupremeRevival155
      SupremeRevival155 Il y a 4 mois

      @Michelle no

    • Michelle
      Michelle Il y a 4 mois

      Have you seen the vine?

    • Michelle
      Michelle Il y a 4 mois +1

      @Greedo *schizophrenia

    • Greedo
      Greedo Il y a 4 mois +2

      SupremeRevival155 Sounds like skitzophrenia to me.

  • Bunker Sieben
    Bunker Sieben Il y a 4 mois

    Oui is yes in French. Ja is yes in German...

  • TRP R!ot
    TRP R!ot Il y a 4 mois +1

    Still waiting for that soulja boy ouija board

  • Dwight Cortes
    Dwight Cortes Il y a 4 mois

    So it doesn't talk to ghost?😲

  • Landon Wharton
    Landon Wharton Il y a 4 mois +2

    Ouija boards are cool