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Thursday, October 24 2013 23:59

31 Days of Halloween: Classic Ouija Board - It's just a game... or is it?

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The Classic Ouija Board. It doesn't matter if you think of it as "Wee-Ja" or "Wee-Gee" (I prefer the latter), the classic board game is capable of conjuring some pretty strong feelings and emotions... depending on who you talk to. While versions of the William Fuld-stamped board have been around for over a century, it's the CLASSIC OUIJA Board that is most-often thought of, though many don't realize that it hasn't exactly been easy to come by in recent years. For Day 24 of 31 Days of Halloween here on The Rock Father, I'm featuring the Classic Ouija Board - brought back to life by Winning Moves Games under license from Hasbro. Yes, the true classic based on the famous Parker Brothers board is available once more, and they sent one to Rock Father HQ for some spooky fun...

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No, that picture is not from the 1970s - it was taken here at Rock Father HQ this week.

When you open the box in which Classic Ouija is contained, there are only two things: a sturdy, wooden board (as it was, and as it should be) and the oracle itself. What's incredible is when your four-year-old, who has never seen a Ouija Board previously, proudly announces, "I'll teach you how to play this game, Daddy."

She placed her hands and mine upon the plastic oracle, at which time I asked, "How do you know this?" She looks at me and states very matter-of-fact, "They show it right on the front of the box." And she's right.

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Whether you're asking a harmless question, or trying to connect with the spirit world, the box itself speaks volumes with a simple phrase: "OUIJA--It's only a game--isn't it?"

I still remember playing with one of these in the basement of St. Paul's Church in Monee, Illinois in 1989. Something Someone made it tell us that The Devil was in the room.

The Classic Ouija Board is available from Winning Moves Games' official website.

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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