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Found 48 posts tagged ‘ouija’


March 22, 2020 (permalink)

A ouija board, a crystal ball, a magic 8-ball, and a horned demon, all in the 1984 Student Handbook, Stetson University, for occult reasons.
> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #demon #occult #crystal ball #ouija #magic 8-ball #student handbook
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February 6, 2020 (permalink)

Ouija board parties and Tarot readings.  From North Central's 1995 yearbook.  See The Care & Feeding of a Spirit Board.
> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#divination #occult #vintage yearbook #ouija #tarot
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December 12, 2019 (permalink)

"He depends on his Ouija board to tell him what's going to happen next."  From The Oredigger, 1951.  See Seance Parlor Feng Shui.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #ouija
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June 6, 2019 (permalink)

"The ouija board is one o fthe most popular distractions of the Hollywood flapper set." From Picture Play magazine, 1922.  See The Care & Feeding of a Spirit Board.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #occult #art #ouija #spirit board #gypsy #talking board
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June 5, 2019 (permalink)

From American Farming magazine, 1914.  See The Care & Feeding of a Spirit Board.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage ad #ouija #planchette #talking board
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April 9, 2019 (permalink)

We're honored by this review of our restoriation of a bizarre, rare book nearly completely lost to a fire, The Care & Feeding of a Spirit Board:

"Sometimes the most interesting bits of knowledge turn up in the places you least expect them to. Unless you are reading Professor Oddfellow. With an impish delight that belies a serious tone, Oddfellow always manages to amuse while imparting forgotten wisdom.  The Care & Feeding of a Spirit Board is a smart and delightful education." —Adam McFarland

Pictured is a tip from the book on how to use “spiritum sylvestre” to relax the dualistic tendencies of a ouija board.

> read more from Go Out in a Blaze of Glory . . .
#ouija #spirit board
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February 4, 2019 (permalink)

Actual ghosts within an old college yearbook?  Yes -- and they can be consulted, even today.  See How to Hoodoo Hack a Yearbook as well as The Care & Feeding of a Spirit Board.   Our illustration appears in The Oregana yearbook of the Univeristy of Oregon, 1920.  
> read more from Yearbook Weirdness . . .
#vintage illustration #ghost #spirits #occult #art #spiritualism #yearbook #ouija #planchette
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November 5, 2018 (permalink)

Have you ever drunk a cocktail whose recipe was dictated by a ghost?  There are 112 spooky drink recipes that were communicated from the Other Side via a Ouija board, collected into Of Drinking in Remembrance of the Dead.  The text on the book's dedication page reads: "This book is dedicated to the presence that inspired it, without whose dictation it would not have been begun, and to whose preternatural knowledge of spirits it owes whatever merit it may possess."
> read more from This May Surprise You . . .
#vintage illustration #art #spirit writing #ouija #cocktails
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October 31, 2018 (permalink)

"WItchcraft in the 20th century."  From the Villanovan newspaper, 1977.  See The Care & Feeding of a Spirit Board.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #magick #witchcraft #occult #ouija #vintage headline
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October 20, 2018 (permalink)

From Kladderadatsch, 1928.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #torture #dungeon #ouija #stretching #the rack
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May 30, 2018 (permalink)

The author Elizabeth Herrick at her Ouija Board.  From Cosmopolitan, 1922.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #occult #art #spiritualism #ouija #automatic writing #spirit board
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March 8, 2018 (permalink)

A donkey with a Ouija board, before the Sphinx.  From Life, 1920.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #political cartoon #sphinx #art #ouija #planchette #donkey
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February 27, 2018 (permalink)

She put the mysterious power of the planchette into action but wasn’t prepared to face what it wrote.  From Pleasant Hours, 1869.   See The Care & Feeding of a Spirit Board.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#spirit writing #spirit medium #ouija #planchette #oracle
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February 10, 2018 (permalink)

"Dead Ouijas tell no tales."  From Cartoons Magazine, 1920.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #spiritualism #ouija #planchette
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December 28, 2017 (permalink)

Crossing the River Styx on a Ouija board.  From Cartoons Magazine, 1920.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #afterlife #ouija #river styx #hereafter
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December 18, 2017 (permalink)

"Shall we go to the movies, play cards, or pass the evening with our deceased relatives?"  From Life, 1920.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #spiritualism #ouija #planchette #spiritualist
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December 17, 2017 (permalink)

Light from Beyond, As Taken Over the Ouija Board by Katherine Mardon Davis, 1919.
> read more from This May Surprise You . . .
#spiritualism #seance #ouija #from beyond
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December 7, 2017 (permalink)

A Ouija-controlled car, from Life, 1920.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #spiritualism #ouija #spirit controlled
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November 28, 2017 (permalink)

From Cartoons Magazine, 1920.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #political cartoon #art #spiritualism #ouija #spirit board
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October 30, 2017 (permalink)

Inflation affects a Ouija board.  The Ouija was asked, "A penny for your thoughts," and it replied, "A nickel, please!"  From Cartoons Magazine, 1920.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #art #ouija #inflation
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