Dubbed 'Ouijazilla', the 9000-pound Ouija board covers 3,168 square feet and has a 400-pound planchette.
In news, that'll raise the hair on the back of your neck, the world's largest Ouija board, dubbed Ouijazilla, has been unveiled in Salem, Massachusetts. The giant-sized Ouija board has made its debut just in time for Halloween and of all places, at Salem, the infamous site of the witch trials from the 16th century.
The Godzilla of Ouija boards weighs 9,000 pounds and covers a total of 3,168 square feet. Over 99 sheets of plywood were used to make the board and the maker used 20 gallons of wood stain and paint to complete the iconic design with the full range of numbers, letters, illustrations of the sun, moon and the word goodbye.
The 400-pound planchette on the board will be used by spirits to navigate the letters and communicate with those who dare to reach out to the world beyond ours.
The Ouijazilla made its debut on October 12, Saturday courtesy the Talking Board Historical Society in Salem. The aim of the society is to "research, preserve, and celebrate the history of talking boards, the men and women behind them, and the people who use them."
Rick “Ormortis” Schreck, Vice President of the Talking Board Historical Society and New Jersey-based tattoo artist, is the man behind the Ouija board, according to Ripley's Believe It Or Not. Schreck has been working on his passion project for over a year. The previous record-holder was made in 2016 at the Grand Midway Hotel in Windber, Pennsylvania.
The Ouija board is currently the largest in the world. "It's official. Ouijazilla was a smashing success and broke the record to become the official World's Largest Ouija Board. Thank you to all of the city of Salem," posted Talking Board Historical Society on Instagram.
Rick “Ormortis” Schreck crafted the Ouija board based on the original design by William Fuld in 1917, which was later reproduced in 1967 by Parker Brothers board game company.
The Ouija trademark was subsequently bought by Hasbro, Inc. Schreck confirmed that he had got the "blessing" of Hasbro. "It has taken Rick “Ormortis” Schreck a year to secretly create this Behemoth that will be known as the King of all Talking Boards! It is by far the largest board in the world and the Talking Board Historical Society will be unleashing it onto the earth," read a post by the society.
A wedding on the Ouija board. That should end well...
The Ouija board also contains warnings at the top, reading: Never Use Alone, Never Use In Graveyard, Never Ask When You Will Die and Always Say Goodbye.
The legend goes that Ouija got its name when Helen Peters, a medium, used the talking board with her brother-in-law Elijah Bond in Baltimore, in 1890, according to a report by The Guardian.
Helen asked the spirits what it should be called and the planchette spelled out “Ouija” which the board said meant "good luck". Whether the spirit was being sarcastic, we'll never know. Just like how we'll never know if invoking the spirits of Salem, harboring centuries of pain will be a good idea.
We know that Helen Peters advised against contacting the spirit. “Until her dying day, she’s telling everyone: don’t play the Ouija board because it lies,” says historian Robert Murch.