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Planchette on a board: Illusion or Reality?

Updated on December 19, 2011

The setup

A typical Planchette board
A typical Planchette board

The method

The existence of spirits and the underworld has been a topic of debate for centuries. People from all over the world in various times by various means have claimed to have made contact with the dead. While Science is still pursuing the truth behind these kind of encounters, the average Joe is still left clueless as to whether spirits really exist. Doubts and curiosities of this kind led me to try my hand at one of the most popular means of speaking with the spirits, Planchette!

To facilitate the process, three of us wrote down all the alphabets of English from A to Z, and the numbers 0 to 9 in a circular way on a mirror. Well, it doesn't really have to be a mirror, it just has to be a plain, smooth surface. We even wrote down the words 'Yes' and 'No' for the convenience of the spirits. Then we placed an inverted bowl at the center of the circle, and touched it lightly with our index fingers. Next, we asked the Devil to come and give us a sign. It took a while, but finally the bowl began to shake. We confirmed the Devil's presence by asking him if he is there observing that the bowl moved towards 'Yes'. Once confirmed, we requested the Devil to send the spirits of some people we knew, one by one. We confirmed their presence by asking questions and receiving satisfactory answers.

The entire process led me to believe that there was definitely something supernatural that was going on that night. However, it remains to see if the spirits that came and 'talked' to us really belonged to the people we called, or it was the devil who was impersonating them. This was my first planchette, so many questions remained within my mind. Although some of the answers made me think over and over again, that when we die, we either turn into spirits or we don't, but there is something that is not so good after the worldly life is over, and if there is any place called heaven, it is the world that we live in.


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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      Planchettes produce mysterious written messages fuelling the belief that the devices foster communication with spirits as a form of mediumship.Thank you for a very interesting and informative article best left to the readers to believe whether its an illusion or a reality.

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      Senoritaa 5 years ago

      Yes I've myself heard of scary stories about people who've been doing planchette on a regular basis. This was my only time, and after hearing all of those, I do not wish to again meddle with things I do not understand. Thanks for your insight Rahul. Very helpful.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      This is an interesting encounter! The world of spirits is essentially filled with two kinds... the good ones and the bad ones...

      I am certainly relieved that nothing went wrong with you guys 'cause some consequences with Planchettes can go bad when something wrong happens on our part.

      I have indulged in the same process above long back and do not plan to do it again... It is creepy... the whole experience... I have never been the same.. again... been more cautious.. more alert... felt like there's some one watching always......

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      Senoritaa 5 years ago

      Hi Lilleyeth. Thanks for reading my hub. I will check yours soon. Glad to know others have similar experiences.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      I for one am absolutely, positively certain that the Ouija Board can give you information. In fact, I've just published a hub about it.