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planchettes.com - History of the Psychic Appliance...

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Innovations of the 20th Century | The Electronic Age | The Future of Psychic Appliances

 

Psychic Appliance Innovations of the 20th Century

 

It may surprise you to learn that during the late 1800's through the early 1900's, great inventors like Thomas Edison continued to develop new psychic appliances. Thomas Edison consulted with several prominent mediums and concluded that if there is an afterlife and that we were able to communicate with it's habitants, that he would be capable of making a device which would make the communications as easy as possible. A great deal of controversy surrounds a special type of recording device which he was developing. Essentially, it was a very sensitive phonograph, with "an extra large horn as the spirits have their own way of speaking..." He felt that a sensitive enough recording device could possibly record "the voices" of the dead...

 

 
 

 

The dowsing community found great success in the mid 1900's with a new variation to their wares. The advent of the "L-Rod" was met with popularity never before seen in the dowsing community. The "L-Rods", as their name implies are "L" shaped rods, generally made from stiff wires. Some are as basic as bent coat hangers. Others have reported greater luck with more sophisticated systems. Some of these feature bearings or special handles which allow the tool to be even more sensitive. Some prefer wires produced from certain metals, frequently copper, silver or gold. There is a variation where the tips are constructed to hold various "target materials" as well as screw-on tips, made of specific materials. Mostly due to lack of media hype, the tools traditionally employed by the dowsers have not been besmirched with the occultophobia so common to devices like the ouija board.

 

 

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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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The Ouija Board:

Skeptics say that the Ouija moves due to the "ideomotor effect" (sometimes called "automatism"). The ideomotor effect refers to the involuntary and unconscious motor behavior of a person. The term "ideomotor action" was coined by William Carpenter in 1882 in his explanation for the movements of dowsing rods and pendulums by dowsers, table turning by spirit mediums and, of course, the movement of pointers on Ouija boards.

Carpenter argued that muscular movement can be initiated by the mind independently of volition or emotions. We may not be aware of it, but suggestions can be made to the mind by others or by observations. Those suggestions can influence the mind and affect motor behavior. What is purely physiological, however, appears to some to be paranormal.

The skeptical explanation does not, however, account for predictive events and other phenomena sometimes associated with the Ouija.