100 / By Threat of Leprechaun

“Why does the Ouija Board scare everyone?” I asked my uncle.  “Because it’s black magic?  Because it’s like giggling in the devil’s ear?  Is future-reading really like stealing from my own intuition?”

“Nothing so sinister,” my uncle explained. “It’s just– if the Leprechaun catch you playing with magic, they’ll play tricks on you. First, you’ll see floating dots in the sunlight. Then, color behind your eyelids. Then, nightmares in the day.”

I gasped. “I already see the first two but I didn’t do anything!”

“Oh no,” he grimaced. “They’ve got you forever now, poor girl.
Best not make it worse.”

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I've never played with a Ouija Board... just in case, but this version made me laugh.
I’ve never played with a Ouija Board… just in case, but this version made me laugh.

As I age, I find more and more people who can see the dots in the light and color behind their lids. I suppose we’ve all been caught out by Leprechaun, eh?

Did you play with Ouija boards as a kid, or even now?

91 thoughts on “100 / By Threat of Leprechaun

    1. 😀 I know, he’s a hoot. Between his ability to say things with a straight face, and my gullibility, it’s amazing he didn’t turn me into a total nutcase with all his jokes. 😉

      And, ha! I could see myself doing the same — 1, rigging the results, and 2. not being very good at doing so, 😀

      Thanks for popping by, Naomi!

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    1. Perhaps if you leave it outside the Leprechaun will take it away? 🙂 Magic Disposal Service seems like a task they’d be quite happy to undertake. 😀

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    1. Even the idea of the board scared my family silly so I didn’t mess around with them– I was plenty busy scaring myself silly with thoughts of leprechauns, oni, jinn, goblins, the hulk, gremlins, sith lords, etc. 🙂 Thanks for reading, Laura!!

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      1. Oh, well leprechauns are a whole ‘nother story, aren’t they? I was convinced, and I mean CERTAIN, that there was something nefarious under the bed or in the closet. And I’m sure it was there. I don’t know when it left to go bother some other innocent child. Even to this day I get that feeling sometimes…don’t look under the bed. DON’T!!! Scare myself silly. Sillier.

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  1. That’s the first time I’ve ever heard a connection between Ouija boards and leprechauns. I was always a little suspicious of “Lucky” and his charms. Now I know why.

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    1. My uncle could make a connection between anything and the leprechaun. His wife was just as quick to blame everything on the oni. But yeah, that Lucky character and his charms… there’s something not quite right there. He’s all kinds of shady! 😉

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  2. I can’t think of a sleep over or slumber party in the late 60’s and 70’s when the Ouija board and flashlights didn’t come out. The only exception being a girl from an ultra religious family who believed it would channel the devil. As for those tricky Leprechauns – never part of our little world. Fairies on the other hand – far less tricky but still not creatures to trifle with.

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    1. Fairies, piskies, nymphs, and other such fairy-tale-land creatures were talked about in my house as if they were fact. 🙂 And yep, none of them were to be trifled with!

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      1. My house too! We were careful not to ever step on mushrooms, revered certain trees, my mother made a point of having beds of flowers like snap dragons – which we never disturbed – they collected dew for fairies to sip, and on hot summer nights as we lay on blankets gazing at the stars – we always listened for their music. 🙂

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  3. I was not allowed to play with them because of “The Exorcist” (which I was not allowed to watch either). Religion beat out logic during that argument.

    Of course, I did not find out that I wasn’t supposed to do this until I actually had at a sleepover. Oops. Grounded, lol.

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    1. Grounded for something you didn’t know was a rule? Oi! I’d have put up a fit, probably.

      Still, in regards to Ouija boards– probably better safe than sorry!

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  4. I did but it wasn’t at my house and I had NO idea what it was. I thought it was a ‘game’. I have not since. I didn’t believe anything because we were so little, had no idea what we were doing. and of course it was the other kids moving it!

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    1. 🙂 There’s plenty of people in this thread who have fessed up to moving it around, so I’m inclined to believe that as a possibility as well. It’s such a pretty board for something that brings up such complex emotions!

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  5. I’ve never come near Ouija… My parents were extremely religious and I was scared shitless just looking at it. Now, I wish I had for the fun of it. I’m doing Tarot instead.

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  6. Oh, how lovely, Rara – what a great explanation. I don’t play with the Ouija board, but I do work with the Arthurian deck of tarot cards. xxx

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    1. My family always has a way of putting magic into things, 🙂 even silly, mischievous magic. 🙂 Tarot cards are fascinating, but more complex than most people can manage. I have a feeling you do just fine with them! 🙂

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  7. Wait, you mean not everyone can see dots in the sunlight and color behind their eyelids?
    I have never played with an Ouija board. I hear my mother did once and it startled her so badly that she never wanted me to go near one. That, and nobody I know has one.

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    1. 😀 Haha, no, E… everyone can. It’s just not something most people point out, so it’s easy to think that they can’t. I was fairly certain the Leprechaun “had me” for weeks. 🙂

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  8. I’ve never done, myself; I tended to go more with Monopoly and Risk. Less contacting the other side, more taking over South America with tiny plastic red soldiers.

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    1. My family is incredibly competitive so I tended to stay away from Risk and Monopoly unless pulled into the game, 🙂 but I do have to say if you’re going to take over a continent, it’s significantly more impressive to do with tiny plastic soldiers. 🙂

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    1. They’re sneaky critters! 🙂 If it comes to it, remember that you can bribe them with sparkly things. That’s why I always carry a paperclip! 😉

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    1. Oh no, I hope it wasn’t my theme that ate your comment, that’s the second one I heard of today! 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to retype, Judith! xo!

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      1. I really like your posts, and I wanted you to know. I behaved melodramatically most of my early years, and the Ouija board was just my kind of thing. 😎

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  9. I did with a neighborhood friend when we were very young, and we still insist it foretold sad things that happened later. Maybe it’s our way of feeling like we knew what was going to happen or suggesting there was order and purpose in an otherwise messed up world. Needless to say, I don’t think I’m getting one for my children anytime soon (read: EVER!) Zoiks!

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    1. I’m sorry for the sad things that happened. *hugs* I survived just fine without Ouija and I’m sure your kids will too! If they ever ask, just remind them about the leprechaun… 🙂

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  10. I have never even seen a Ouija board. And yes, I’ve seen dots behind my eyelids as long as I can remember. Something about staring into a light and then closing my eyes.

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    1. Never even seen a Ouija board? Interesting! The dots are afterimages, a reflection of how the cone cells in our retina respond to color. Either that, or Leprechaun magic! 🙂

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  11. All the members of your family are wise and interesting. Your uncle makes me laugh. Can’t help liking him.
    Yes, I did play with that Devil’s instrument when I was young. Got some interesting answers too. 😀

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  12. Oh, do not get me started on Ouija boards! I can tell you some really creepy stories about them. I get such strange and terrible vibes from them. I won’t allow one in the house and I won’t go near one. They are not just ‘toys’. I’ve seen some weird stuff from Ouija boards.

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  13. Oh my. My son used to call the dots and colors “sky pictures” when he was little. Looks like our whole family is bewitched:). Ouija board was reserved for sleepovers in which we also looked in the mirror with a candle and said something about Mary Worth. Gives me the shivers even now:)

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    1. Sky pictures– that’s brilliant! 😀 He’s obviously one up on the Leprechaun!

      As to the sleepovers, that does sound scary! Of course, I’ve been known to be startled by normal candles without any hocus pocus going on, so perhaps I’m not the best judge. 🙂

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  14. I used to throw big parties for halloween… And by big, I mean lots of people, lots of costumes, lots of drinking, lots of everything. One year, I even went with a theme… it was the first year I lived on Betelgeuse street. Yes, spelled like the star, but, still close enough. I bought a Ouji board and a bunch of books on magic, voodoo, etc… and placed everything around the house for people to peruse when they were taking a break from the music/dancing/socializing/etc… Mostly I placed them there for people like me, who aren’t socialites and often gravitate to the dark corners of parties and wouldn’t mind something to be entertained by as a break from the commotion. (At this particular party, I was, of course, behind the decks, laying down the tracks for the guests… including a very nice twilight zone theme song remix that was perfectly creepy, and a trance remix of the day-oh song from Beetlejuice.)
    But, I never played with the ouji board. And I’m not sure what happened to it. I still have the magic books somewhere, though, and did read all of them.

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    1. I love magic books, they fascinate me, 🙂 I used to throw big parties, too– very much the same set up except I didn’t touch the music since that would have ruined the party. Instead I went around pulling peope out of corners… 😉 The Twilight Zone theme song remix sounds awesome!

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  15. I had a board when I was a kid and loved it. Nothing untoward ever happened. I did discover that if I concentrated hard enough on an answer that’s what it spelled out even if my hands hovered above the “cursor” … My first lesson that thoughts create reality though I didn’t get it at the time.

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    1. Oh yes, thoughts create reality. That’s the basis of thought behind most of my family’s dislike of the game. 🙂 Still, thoughts = reality is a frightfully wondrous idea!

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    1. 😀 Piskies! I grew up hearing tales of them, too. 🙂 My first cat had an ear twitch and one of my other uncles would say there was a piskie family living in his ear! 🙂 Thanks for reading, Ace!

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  16. Such huge imaginations out there eh? A leprechaun is a new one on me. haha your family is a riot. I played with a board when I was a child, no big deal and I helped move the pointer. Sometimes I could feel resistance from other fingers trying to move it to what they wanted it to say. hehe

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  17. Rara, Without doubt I remember playing with the Ouija Board, and I remember trying to push the little guide over the letters I wanted, and it never quite working out as I had planned. But it was fun trying, and fun attempting changing the future. Take care, Bill

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  18. I played with them with my friends at many a sleepover. I always took control of the guide and made things happen. M, J, and J–if you’re reading this, we weren’t talking to the spirit of Kurt Cobain–it was me.

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  19. I don’t think I have even seen a Ouija board in person. Probably for the best since I’m half skeptic and half chicken I’d probably have had some sort of major internal struggle had that been involved in any of my childhood sleepovers!

    And on a completely different note…
    How are you liking facebook?

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    1. Haha! I have to say that I’m glad my parents came down so much on the “don’t touch them” side. Whenever I saw them, I didn’t have to make a judgement call– which is good. Like you, I’m a chicken/skeptic/believer… it’s complicated. 😀

      I love having a place to put silly little things and the occasional picture. 🙂 It’s also a nice way to keep in touch with other bloggers. I’m not insane about it (yet) because it still always feels like a little bit of a timesuck, but I do love how much closer it’s brought me to several other bloggers on there, if that makes sense. 🙂

      I’m going to start a “This week, at the Queen’s” type of thing tomorrow night and I’ll embed some stuff from FB, Twitter, Instagram, my husband’s blog, our other blog, etc– but that might give you an idea for the type of stuff I post there and how I use it in relation to everything else. 😀

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  20. Always believed in leprechauns when I was a kid, as well as faeries, and wishes. Ouija boards were so intriguing… but I was using one the night by dad was killed, and that was the end of that. Like drinking too many drinks, you don’t go back to that particular drink.

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  21. I think for leprechauns to appear, it has to be a green ouija board… : )

    I’ve never actually used one, but it always looks like fun in old movies when the board spells out the name of the person who’s gonna be murdered in the big ol’ haunted house… : )

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