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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 different handwriting.


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 words.

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 directly.

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 "spirits..."

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...




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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.



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Divination or Fortune Telling

Divination is the attempt to foretell the future or discover occult knowledge by interpreting omens or by using paranormal or supernatural powers. The list of items that have been used in divination is extraordinary. Below are listed just a few. Many end in 'mancy', from the ancient Greek manteia (divination), or 'scopy', from the Greek skopein (to look into, to behold).