Blindfolded Ouija Board Experiment
Date:7th August, 2015 Type:Residential
Location Title:Blindfolded Ouija Board Experiment City/State:Liberty, MO
Investigation Times:09:00 PM - 10:30 PM Status:Analysis
Sunrise:06:22 AM Sunset:08:22 PM
High Temperature:89 °F Low Temperature:68 °F
Sky Condition:Clear Wind:NNW at 1 mph
Lunar Phase:Last Quarter % disk visible:43%
Solar X-Rays:Normal Geomagnetic Field:Quiet
As shown on the Penn & Teller Show "Bullsh!t," most Ouija board sessions fail when the participants are blindfolded. We wanted to give this a try to see what our results might be.
Becky Ray:At first we used no blindfolds and had no results with Christina and Tania. Then Edward and Jenny tried with very slight movement. We added Jennifer and movement was slightly faster but still very slow.
Then we tried Jenny, Lisa, and Angela and at first had no movement. When I left the room to get the EM pump they had much faster movement and it moved over letters but still did not spell anything. It finally went to "Yes" and then slid off the board. Everyone reported that the planchette felt "locked down."
We added the EM pump as everyone was reporting feeling drained. Next we added blindfolds to Lisa, Jenny, and Angela, and turned the board to where they weren't sure where it was. The planchette moved about and went to "NO" three times without being asked anything. Then it pointed to the photo in the lower right hand corner and kept making circles. Lisa reported what felt like a hot spot on the board and the planchette immediately moved to hover over that spot. When we removed blindfolds everyone was surprised at the placement of the board.
Next we tried it again without blindfolds but nothing happened other than the participants reporting feeling the electrical pulse in their jewelry from the EM pump.
Jennifer Sprague:I have not seen anything that would convince me that a spirit is moving the planchette or that a spirit is manipulating the board. I believe it is all in the subconscious of the players and those focusing on an outcome or word and even though in our experiment the board was flipped and people were blindfolded and not aware and we still got a 'no,' response, I don't believe that that proves anything or shows proof that a spirit moved it or was manipulating it. I think a truer test would have been to switch out the board completely and use a completely differently designed board where the yes or no were perhaps not in any of the corners. I do find these experiments interesting though and I think they are worth experimenting with and using diverse techniques to test things. I think the bigger question for me is just how powerful is our conscious mind.