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...
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.
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...
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 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.
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.
Sir William Barrett FRS was a Professor of Physics at the Royal College of Science for Dublin from 1873-1910 and one of the distinguished early psychical researchers. In fact, it was Barrett who first initiated the founding of both the American and British Society for Psychical Research. Here are some of his thoughts about the planchette...
THE SUPERNORMAL character of many of the communications that reach us through the medium or automatist having been established, let us now turn to further evidence of survival and of the identity of the discarnate intelligences, together with occasional glimpses of their condition after death.
Some years ago I was staying at a friend's house in the country, which I will call Hawthorn Manor, and found that my hostess, Mrs. E. - the wife of a lawyer holding a responsible official position, and herself a matronly lady of great acumen and commonsense, the centre of a circle of religious and charitable activity - had accidentally discovered that her hand was occasionally impressed by some power she could not control.
Long messages, the purport of which were at the time unknown to her, were thus written.
The curious feature of this automatic writing was that it came on her suddenly; when writing up some household accounts she fell into a dreamy or semi-trance-like state, and then felt the fingers of another hand - belonging apparently to an invisible person seated opposite
to her - laid on her right hand, and a sudden vigorous scribbling ensued. But the writing was all upside down, each line beginning at her right hand side of the page, and could only be read by turning the page round.
Mrs. E. assured me, and I have no reason to doubt her word, that it was quite impossible for her to write a single word correctly in this way in her normal state. Anyone who will make the attempt will find how difficult such a mode of writing is to execute, especially in the clear and characteristic calligraphy, which here occurred.
Mrs. E. was not a spiritualist and had no knowledge of the subject, in fact rather an aversion to it. Hence no serious attention was given to this abnormal writing until a message came containing certain specific statements, wholly outside the knowledge of herself or husband, which they subsequently discovered to be perfectly true incidents in the life of a deceased relative, who asserted he was present and guiding the lady's hand. Other communications followed, which also were verified. Then on another evening came, the instance to which I have referred as affording proof of identity.