Archive for April, 2015

26
Apr

Ouijacon April 25, 2015

   Posted by: David    in Uncategorized

Ouijacon April 25, 2015

I am home from Ouijacon and I can’t wait to post.
I had been looking forward to this event for months.
People traveled from all over the world to be here in Baltimore for this event.
As it happens Baltimore is my home town.

We all owe a huge debt to Robert Murch not only for making this event happen but for doing for Ouija what Jason and Grant of Ghost Hunters did for paranormal investigations only Robert has done it without the benefit of television coverage.

The speakers were awesome, the vendors were awesome, and the panels were amazing.

While I was in the vendor area a nice young lady asked me if I wanted to participate in an experiment. I did.
They hooked some kind or retina tracking gizmo to my head while I and another person operated a board. They also recorded the sitting.
We didn’t get a whole lot of action for them to record but we had a great time trying.

There is a comradery among Ouija collectors that Robert spoke well to during the collector’s panel.
At the auctions we compete against each other but bring us together and we are family.

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The following is from the Talking Board Historical Society website:

Celebrate Ouija’s 125th Birthday in the City where it was Born: Baltimore!
OuijaCon – April 23-25, 2015 – Baltimore, Maryland

Come celebrate the history and legends of the Ouija board with some of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject. The conference includes lectures, workshops, plus collectors from around the globe will be setting up a temporary museum showcasing over a century of talking boards.

OuijaCon is the Talking Board Historical Society, Inc.’s inaugural event.
All proceeds will go to benefit the society, a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization.
See the World’s First Travelling Talking Board Museum!

Collectors from around the globe will have some of their prized pieces on display.
There has never been a collection brought together like this before.
Come see 125 years of history and artifacts related to talking boards, dial plates, spirit trumpets, and much more!

Venue:

Baltimore Harbor Hotel
101 W Fayette Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Agenda:

Thursday, April 23rd:

6:00 PM to 10:00 PM – Meet and greet party in the Ouija & Talking Board Museum in Baltimore Harbor Hotel Conference Room International A. The Ouija & Talking Board Museum will be open throughout the event. A cash bar will be available.

Friday, April 24th:

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Brandon Hodge: Ghosts in the Machines—a history of spirit communication devices before talking boards

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Robert Murch: Ouija—the making of an American icon

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch break

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Jeff Belanger: Beyond Ouija—spirit communication from talking boards to modern-day ghost investigations

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM The City of Baltimore will come in to make a mayoral proclamation that April 25, 2015 is the 125th anniversary of Ouija and will unveil a plaque that will mark the building where Ouija was named. Ouija cake will be served!

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Dave Schrader: Nightmare Creatures—a look at the creatures that go bump in the night, chilling real-life encounters from Ouija to Black-Eyed Kids, shadow people, and more

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Rosemary Ellen Guiley: Weird Ouija—a look at some of the strangest stories on record involving Ouija boards

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM A Supernatural Look at Spirit Communication Panel: Rosemary Ellen Guiley, John Zaffis, Karen Dahlman, Darren Evans, and Chip Coffey (Moderator: Jeff Belanger)

7:30 PM Vendors close for the day

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Dinner break

9:00 PM Chip Coffey: Are You Afraid to Play with Your Ouija?—followed by a séance where Chip will attempt to communicate with the spirit who named Ouija 125 years ago!

Saturday, April 25th: (Ouija’s Birthday)

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Karen Dahlman: Practical Ouija—getting the most mileage out of your Planchette

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Darren Evans: The Zozo Phenomenon

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch break

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Calvin Von Crush: The Ouija Board—Fact vs. Fiction

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Brand Hodge: Baltimore’s Lost Occultist—the rise and fall of T.H. White

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM John Zaffis: What Happens When Something Negative Comes Through? A Q&A

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Ouija Collectors Panel: Robert Murch, Calvin Von Crush, Mike Zohn, John Kozik, Andrew Vespia, and Janet Mattei Romano (Moderator: Dave Schrader)

7:30 PM Vendors close

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Dinner break

9:00 PM Mega Ouija Experiment/Party: bring your Ouija board! A cash bar will be available.

This event was a dream come true for every Ouija collector in the world.
Thank you Robert Murch for making it happen for us.

Much love,
David

18
Apr

Emanuel Swedenborg

   Posted by: David    in Uncategorized

Emanuel Swedenborg

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Emanuel Swedenborg was not a Victorian.
He was born on January 29, 1688, in Stockholm, Sweden.
He crossed over March 29, 1772, decades before the Victorian era began.

So why include him in a section on Victorian influences on the way we experience the paranormal today?

He is considered by many to be the forerunner of modern mediums.
His influence was keenly felt in the Victorian era, in modern Spiritualism, and today.

He was a leading scientist and inventor of his generation.

He was appointed Assessor of the Board of Swedish Mines by Charles XII.
Two years later he was appointed to the House of Nobles.

Swedenborg spent the first two-thirds of his life in the pursuit of science and the last one third of his life opening his spiritual sight.

From: Wikipedia
“In 1741, at age 53, he entered into a spiritual phase in which he began to experience dreams and visions…this culminated in a “spiritual awakening,”…so that from then on he could freely…talk with angels…and other spirits.”

From: Swedenborg dot com
“The life of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) was steeped simultaneously in the rational world of the physical sciences…He lived during the height of the Enlightenment, a period when intellectuals rejected dogmatic religious teachings in favor of science and reason, and his theology reflects a long struggle to understand the world of spirit through investigation of the physical world. Ultimately, that struggle was resolved when (as he described it) his spiritual senses were opened and he began to interact directly with the denizens of heaven…and the world of spirits…In keeping with his early scholarly training, he presents his ideas in a logical order, drawing examples from everyday life as proof of the truth of his words, inviting readers to judge for themselves.

“Starting in 1759 a series of incidents demonstrating Swedenborg’s interactions with the spirit world drew international attention.

“The first, in July 1759, happened while Swedenborg was attending a dinner party in the Swedish city of Göteborg. During the party, he suddenly became agitated and began describing a fire in Stockholm—more than 250 miles away—that was threatening his home. Two hours later, he reported that the fire had been extinguished three doors down from his house. It was not until two days later that messengers from Stockholm arrived in Göteborg and confirmed the details as Swedenborg had relayed them.

“In 1760, the widow of the recently deceased French ambassador to Sweden was presented with a bill for a very expensive silver service her husband had bought. She was sure he had paid, but could not find the receipt. After asking Swedenborg for help, he had a dream in which her husband revealed the location of the receipt, a dream which turned out to be accurate.

“In 1761, Swedenborg was presented at the court of Sweden’s Queen Louisa Ulrika (1720–1782), and she asked him to relay a particular question to her deceased brother, Prince Augustus Wilhelm of Prussia (1722–1758). Swedenborg returned to court three weeks later and gave her the answer privately, upon which she was heard to exclaim that only her brother would have known what Swedenborg had just told her.”

While he was one of the great scientific minds of his day Swedenborg is better known as the “forerunner of the New Dispensation.”

From FST dot org 
The New Dispensation refers to “events which took place on the evening of March 31, 1848, along with those which followed, literally shook the world into confronting the reality that our loved ones, in Spirit, not only survive death, they can draw close to us and communicate with us.” This date was when the Fox sisters engaged in an interactive exchange with the spirit of a murdered peddler who remained in their home.

F.W.H. Myers said that, “To Swedenborg goes the recognition, for it is to Swedenborg first that the unseen world appeared as a realm of law, a region not of mere emotional vagueness…but of definite progress according to definite reactions of cause and effect.”

Much love,
David