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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

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