planchettes.com - Frequently Asked Questions...
What's a planchette?
There are two basic types of planchette. The most common is
a "ouija board planchette." That's the little pointer that you use
with a ouija board. The "ouija board", actually a trademarked brand
for "communications board", was first seen around 1880.
It is believed that the "planchette" was invented in France,
sometime around 1850. Planchette, in French, means "little plank..."
This earlier planchette is most accurately called an "Automatic Writing
Planchette..." These first planchettes were designed to hold a pencil,
and allow the "spirits to write through the use of our hands..." Although
now less popular than the ouija board varient, these earlier planchettes
are actually much more capable. While with an ouija board, the planchette
can only point to a letter, number or symbol, as printed on the board,
an automatic writing planchette can draw pictures, etc.
It's curious that many report that different spirits have distinctly
What's a communications board?
A comunications board, generically, is a device composed of
a rectangular board, printed typically with the full alphabet, the
numbers 0 through, and perhaps a few words or symbols representing
"Hello" and "Goodbye." A communications board is used with a planchette,
a small device which glides with the least resistance possible, allowing
the user to, via automatism, point to various letters, spelling out
Opinions vary on the use of these devices. Modern psychiatrists
actually call for their use in a number of cases. Meanwhile, certain
predominately fundementalist Christians will assure you that they are
a ticket to hell. Most scientists will agree that communications recieved
through devices like the communications board or the planchette are
the result of automatism. They believe that it's simply that, via devices
like the ouija board or planchette, the subconscious is able to communicate
We couldn't agree more about this. We must add though that it's
possible that the human mind has capabilities which most cannot easily
access. We feel that through the use of a device like a planchette,
that many powers deemed "Supernatural" by most are easily accessible.
We certainly can't rule out the possibility of communications with
If spirits exist, and somehow, can communicate with us through
sensations available to our minds, then perhaps psychic tools like
the planchette can more easily help access them. Hundreds of thousands
of people have felt so, and seen for themselves. With our products,
some of which have never been available before, most anything is possible...
Thomas Alva Edison and the Spirit World Thomas Edison is certainly regarded as one of the great minds of the ages. He has over 3,000 patents to his credit, more than anyone in history. Thomas Edison invented, among thousands of other things, the light bulb, the phonograph and many other "miracles of science" which we take foregranted today. Did you know that he spent years of his life building a machine which could communicate with the dead???
The "Ouija Board" - Fact, Fiction & Folklore The "ouija board" has been accused of many things. Some claim it's a direct link to the spirit world. Others would have you think that if you as much as went near one, you'd open the gates to hell and become posessed, just like the little girl in "The Exorcist..." We explore the FACTS and let the reader judge for themselves...
The Truth About Automatic Writing Automatic Writing is a powerful ability which most of us have yet to explore. We examine the evidence on hand and attempt to explain this phenomenon as well as potentials which are hardly explored.
Do Spirits Write Books??? Via automatism and seances, many books have been published which credit supernatural entities with the authorship. We offer a synopsis of several well known, as well as nearly completely obscure books. We begin with discussing the "Seth Books", certainly the most famous of the lot. We also explore another book by well-resepected authors. In their book, they report to have communicated with famous "ghosts" including George Washington. Although this book is from 1882, they have some interesting things to report from entities living on Mars...
The History of Psychic Tools Psychic tools have a history going back thousands of years. We attempt to explain the evolution of these "devices" as well as show the connections between each of them. From the "pendulum board" used by Pythagoras through the most recent inventions.
Ouija Boards in the Movies... Psychic tools such as the "ouija board" have made their way into the spotlight many times. We reminisce about some of our favorites.
“Planchette” - Reprinted from the "Religio-Philosophical Journal" - July 11, 1891
No other mechanical accessory of psychical phenomena has been so widely used or has produced such sensational results as the little instrument known as planchette. Originally of French origin, as the name indicates, it has been utilized in all parts of the world and unnumbered instances of its effectiveness are on record. It first attracted attention in France about 1857, as near as we can state without authentic data for reference. Many suppose that the instrument had its origin in this country: while this is not correct, it is probably true that it was first made an article of merchandise in the United States.
On this point we have before us an interesting letter, dated May 29, 1891, addressed to Mrs. J. M. Staats, who had supposed the writer to have been the inventor. He writes:“I regret that I cannot throw any light upon the origin of planchette. I was first induced to make it and offer it for sale through an article in the London Once a Week, describing it and its antics. This was some thirty-two years ago. I was the first one to manufacture and offer it for sale, and for this reason I was looked upon as its inventor; I see that such an idea prompted your letter. I also tried to patent it, solely to make money out of it; but the Patent Office declined to give me a patent, alleging as a reason that it was immoral in its tendency; and I must confess that at times its answers were startling, even shocking, to orthodox minds.
I learned afterward that the patent office official who passed upon its merits was a staunch believer in the Westminster Confession, and I was powerless against such narrow-mindedness, and so my patent was denied. Many went to making it; profits were reduced, and seeing no money in it I gave it up.
There are some manufacturers still making it, and it has a sale of at least 2,000 to 3,000 a year.”The demand is much larger than Mrs. Staats’s correspondent estimates and is just now having one of its irregular periods of activity. A series of extended and exhaustive experiments would undoubtedly be productive of data for valuable generalizations. That many messages written with the aid of the planchette are from spirits seems conclusive; but that more of them must be accounted for in other ways is equally as conclusive. Sometimes facts have been given unknown to any one present, at other times predictions made that have come to pass.
Under some hands, there has come at one time messages of the purest and most exalted nature, and at another abominable falsehoods and unutterable profanity. On this point, and in reply to a complaint that spirit communications are not to be trusted, Mr. Thomas Shorter, of England, once wisely remarked: “Well, perhaps that is the very lesson they were chiefly designed to teach you.”
An intelligence claiming to be a spirit gave the following through a planchette:“It is one of the important providential designs of these manifestations to teach mankind that spirits in general maintain the characters that they formed in themselves during their earthly life—that, indeed, they are the identical persons they were while dwelling in the flesh—hence, that while there are just, truthful, wise, and Christian spirits, there are also spirits addicted to lying, profanity, obscenity, mischief and violence, and spirits who deny God and religion, just as they did while in your world. It has become very necessary for mankind to know all this; it certainly could in no other way be so effectually made known as by an actual manifestation of it; and it is just as necessary that you should see the dark side as the bright side of the picture.”