Larry Wessels, Director of Christian Answers of Austin, Texas (see websites: BIBLEQUERY ORG, HISTORYCART COM & MUSLIMHOPE COM) is joined in radio studio by Dr. Edmond C. Gruss, author of the book, "The Ouija Board, A Doorway to the Occult," who is Professor Emeritus at The Master's College, Santa Clarita, California. He is also author of "Cults and the Occult," "Apostles of Denial: An Examination and Expose of the History, Doctrines & Claims of the Jehovah's Witnesses," "The Jehovah's Witnesses and Prophetic Speculation," and several other books on the cults and the occult. Normal "Christian Answers Live!" radio show hosts Lee Meckley & Jim Toungate, Jr. also participate.
William Fuld of Baltimore is usually credited with the invention of the Ouija board. But if a patent establishes priority, Elijah Bond is the inventor since he first filed for a patent on May 28, 1890 (which was granted on Febuary 10, 1891). Bond even called his invention the "Ouija or Egyptian luck-board." In 1920 Colonel Washington Bowie, a former partner in the Kennard Novelty Company, testified that there were two other possible contenders for the invention of the Ouija board: E.C. Reichie & C.W. Kennard. According to Bowie, Reichie was a cabinetmaker living in Chestertown, Maryland, in 1890. Although not a spiritualist himself, he was acquainted with table-rapping & "noticed sympathetically that a large table was a heavy thing for a frail spirit to juggle about [so] ... he devised a little table - the Ouija board." C.W. Kennard stumbled on "spooks & commercial possibilities" in the kitchen of his Maryland home when he placed a saucer on the breadboard & watched it move, "as though of its own volition." He soon formed the Kennard Novelty Company, which produced "a little talk-table, first known as the Witch Board."
The occultism (a belief that certain secret, mysterious, or supernatural agencies exist and that human beings may communicate with them or have their assistance) craze that swept America during the 1960s skyrocketed Ouija board sales, which in 1967 outsold "Monopoly." Evelyn M. Cuoco (Parker Brothers' Consumer Relations Administrator) notes that for a few years sales of the Ouija board "hovered around the 2 million mark" & that it continues to be "a very solid Parker Brothers staple" (May 5, 1992). The name Ouija is simply a combination of the French "oui" and the German "ja" - both words meaning "yes." Players ask the board questions & supposedly "answers" to those questions are given to the players by "spirits" which move the planchette (a very small heart-shaped table with three legs) over the Ouija board. The Ouija board has all the letters of the alphabet, numbers from 0-9, & the words "Yes," "No," & "Good Bye."
This radio broadcast analyzes the Ouija board in light of Biblical, historical & experiential evidence. The Ouija board has been billed as a harmless game & has drawn countless users, especially young people, into its sphere of influence which has resulted in some cases in obsession, possession, insanity, suicide, & murder. Let users beware (Isaiah 8:19).