The Ouija table ( /ˈwiːdʒə/ wee-jə) also referred to as a soul board or talking plank, is a flat board proclaimed with the albhabets of the alphabet, the numbers 0-9, the text " yes", " no", " hello" (occasionally), and " goodbye", along with various symbols and graphics. This can be a registered trademark of Hasbro Inc., which will markets and distributes the Ouija Table as part of it is line of board games. It uses a planchette (small heart-shaped piece of wood) or portable indicator to indicate the spirit's message simply by spelling it out on the panel during a séance. Participants place their fingers on the planchette and it is moved about the board to spell out phrases. It has become a trademark that is certainly often used generically to refer to any talking board. Following it is commercial introduction by entrepreneur Elijah Connect on July 1, 90, the Ouija board was regarded as a harmless shop game unrelated to the occult until American Spiritualist Pearl Curran popularized its make use of as a divining tool during World Battle I. Mainstream religions and several occultists possess associated make use of the Ouija board together with the threat of demonic possession and some have cautioned their very own followers not to use Ouija boards. When Ouija believers feel the dukun or great is responsible for Ouija's action, it really is parsimoniously explained by unconscious moves of those controlling the pointer, a psychophysiological phenomenon known as the ideomotor effect. Despite being consistently debunked by the efforts in the scientific community and denounced as a tool of Satan by traditional Christians, Ouija remains popular among many persons.