An Ouija board is used in divination and spiritualism. The board usually has the letters of the alphabet inscribed on it, along with words such as 'yes,' 'no'. A planchette (a slidable 3-legged device) or pointer of some sort is manipulated by those using the board. The users ask the board a question and together or one of them singly moves the pointer or the board until a letter is "selected" by the pointer. The selections "spell" out an answer to the question asked. It is believed by some that supernatural forces are at work in spelling out Ouija board answers.
The Ouija board was first introduced to the American public in 1890 as a parlor game sold in novelty shops. Although Ouija boards are usually sold in the novelty or game section of stores, many people swear that there is something occult about them.
Some have claimed that the use of the Ouija board caused them to become mentally disturbed. In Thirty Years Among the Dead (1924), American psychiatrist Dr. Carl Wickland claims that using the Ouija board "resulted in such wild insanity that commitment to asylums was necessitated." This can happen when people try to dabble in the occult. By doing so, you are inviting the presence of evil demonic spirits.