These rare 1960s William Fuld Ouija board by John Waddington Ltd UK version are becoming hard to find, They are after all about 50 years old now. The board & planchette are in excellent condition for its age however the box is quite tatty around the sides but is none the less intact even if supported with sellotape where vulnerable. This set comes complete with the original directions printed on the bottom of the box.
For a better idea of the condition please look closely at the images
Ouija Board Mystifying Oracle By Waddingtons - Rare 1960S Withdrawn Game With Box
History Of The Uk Ouija Board Mystifying Oracle Talking Board
For a short time in the late 1960s, you could purchase this Ouija board from Waddington's, the nation's favourite children's games company. It was marketed as a bit of harmless fun playing with a quaint Victorian past-time parlour illusion game. However, soon films like The Exorcist changed the public perception of such things and the game ultimately was demonised and proved too controversial. Bowing to public & Church pressure, Waddingtons pulled it from the shelves after just a year. This is the actual dated model version of the game used in the Exorcist film, you can clearly see the board layout and the plastic planchette design in the movie basement sequence.
"Waddington Magazine" February 1968 states
"The principal new attraction from Waddington's in 1968 will be the re-introduction of the Ouija Board so popular in this country in Victorian times.
This board contains the words "yes", "no" and "goodbye", and set out in three lines are the letters of the alphabet and the numbers 0-9. It is operated by two people, who place their fingers on a heart-shaped stand, which in the centre has a round glass window. Together the two people can explore the mysteries of telepathy and seek the advice of those in another world. The stand moves mysteriously over the board and alights on letters and numbers, building up answers to the questions of participants. Ouija Boards will retail at 22/6d" The exotic-sounding origin of the game's name is actually just an amalgamation of the French and German words for "yes".
Spiritual attachment of old & used boards
Please note, all our vintage Ouija Boards come with an individual history, these are over 50 years old so we can't possibly enter into the background of the board and how, when or who it was used by. If you have a fear or interest in the idea of demonic, spirit attachment or possession surrounding such objects, please take this into consideration. We can make no claims or disclaimers about the spirit side of these board games, you purchase at your own risk, if in doubt perhaps this is not the item for you.
History of talking boards
"Ouija" is a trademark of Hasbro games, but is often used generically to refer to any talking or spirit board. Following its commercial introduction by Elijah Bond in 1890, the Ouija board was regarded as a joyful little parlour game and was never intended to have any kind of dark or occult status. In fact, it's original instructions were that two people had to balance the board on their knees while sitting face to face on chairs, they then had to balance unsupported hands on the planchette /pointer. This creates a physical micro movement muscle chain reaction that almost always resulted in the movement of the pointer due to this balancing act. Questions would usually be based on courting couples and who found who attractive and such like.
It was however later taken on by the spiritualist movement in the US as a divination tool around WW1 and the association of it connecting with spirits was took firm hold. Since then it has been the victim of mass religious hysteria and adopted by countless Hollywood films and books bringing it to its place as a fearsome gateway to hell. Several Christian groups including Roman Catholics states that "The Ouija/Spirit board" is a form of divination (seeking information from supernatural sources) so should not be done, this same opinion also extends to crystal balls, Tarot cards, and all other attempts to tell the future or talk to spirits. At one point Ouija boards were burned in New Mexico, by fundamentalist groups alongside Harry Potter books…LOL as symbols of witchcraft, expressing that they reveal information which should only be in God's hands. Clearly, this was one of the best promotional stories they could have given and the boards shot back to popular use worldwide, inspiring a whole new Hollywood movie resurgence on them.
Hollywood movies and hysterical religious people have made the popularity of the spirit board. It is, of course! In reality, just a piece of cardboard or wood you could make at home or buy ready-made from a factory. The product has no built-in power's, It's the intention of connecting to the person that makes a link if any, not the inanimate object. So we would suggest if you don't want to talk to spirits or the dead don't do it, whether it be a board, cards, mirror scrying, calling out or any other form, they are all the same practice and carry the same intention.
The logical explanation of whats going on
The original instructions for the Ouija Board (fortune telling game) were that two people had to balance the board on their knees while sitting face to face on chairs, they then had to balance unsupported hands in the planchette/pointer. This creates a physical micro movement muscle chain reaction that almost always resulted in the movement of the pointer due to this balancing act. Just think of the way someone balancing on a circus ball it is an involuntary reaction to stay upright, this works on a smaller more subtle way. We still do however believe that because the Ouija Board is based on the involuntary subconscious movements we make, that the mind may be open to external manipulation from forces, so further experimentation and investigation may well be worth exploring, especially combined with mediumship skills. It comes under the same category as glass divination and table tipping, as well as being good old-fashioned spooky board game fun. Bottom line is if it scares you don't do it, but when did that advice ever work.
"We don't pretend to have the answers to the mysteries of the spirit world, but together we just might catch a glimpse of the other side" (Walking With Ghosts TV)
Neither Walking with Ghosts nor Funky Lighting are associated with or promote any form of religion or organized faith structure. We are simply open-minded people who have a passion for exploring unusual and unexplained phenomenon, as well as social history, mythology and folk-law from every corner of the globe.