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797: Ouija Boards | Skeptical Sunday

797: Ouija Boards | Skeptical Sunday

Update: 2023-02-18


Every year around Halloween, millions of teenagers, drunk adults, and terrified believers gather around Ouija boards to contact "The Other Side." We've all been a part of it, and we know we weren't moving that little thing, but it was definitely moving. So what’s really going on here?

Welcome to Skeptical Sunday, a special edition of The Jordan Harbinger Show where Jordan and fact-checker, comedian, and podcast host David C. Smalley break down a topic that you may have never thought about, open things up, and debunk common misconceptions.

On This Week's Skeptical Sunday, We Discuss:

  • How a pair of sisters playing a prank on their parents in upstate New York escalated into a spiritualism craze that took the 19th century United States — and then the world — by storm.

  • The Medieval Chinese origins and evolution of what we know today as the Ouija board.

  • How the spiritualism craze boosted the Ouija board's adoption into millions of households (even outselling Monopoly in 1967).

  • The indelible marks the Ouija board has made on our lives — from pop culture to the law.

  • The science behind what makes the Ouija board "work."

  • Connect with Jordan on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. If you have something you'd like us to tackle here on Skeptical Sunday, drop Jordan a line at and let him know!

  • Connect with David at his website, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube, and make sure to check out The David C. Smalley Podcast here or wherever you enjoy listening to fine podcasts! If you like to get out of your house and catch live comedy, keep an eye on David's tour dates here and text David directly at (424) 306-0798 for tickets when he comes to your town!

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797: Ouija Boards | Skeptical Sunday

797: Ouija Boards | Skeptical Sunday

David C. Smalley