The Bye Bye Man - Section 1: 'Ouija' through 'The Bridge to Body Island' Summary & Analysis

Robert Damon Schneck
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Ouija boards have existed since the late nineteenth century and have straddled the boundary between "harmless, slightly spooky" (127) entertainment and full-fledged "disturbing experiences" (127). The board is constituted of two pieces - a board with the alphabet, numbers 0-9, as well as "Yes" and No," and a pointer or 'planchette' that slides across the board to select numbers of letters in response to questions posed by the participants. While attempts have been made to link the Ouija board to ancient forms of divination, the Ouija board falls more in line with the Victorian era sensibilities, when orators would create full-length books or lectures that were reportedly dictated by spirits. The Ouija board itself was first patented in 1891, but it was not until 1901, when William Fund began to work on the marketing for the board, that it became household...

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