Shop for Ouija Board Planchettes at SpiritShack! The planchette is required for use with an Ouija board, it’s usually a hart shaped object with a hole in. Made of plastic, wood, glass, and sometimes other materials. All the Ouija board players place a finger or two on the pointer and ask questions. If successful, the planchette will move on its own (by the ghosts) and will land on one letter or number at a time, spelling out words. The letter picked should land within the hold in inside the pointer.

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The Link Between Worlds

Planchettes are required to use a Ouija board to speak with entities beyond the veil. These small discs might seem inconspicuous, but they play a key role in spirit communications.

But what exactly are they, how did they come to be, and how can you use a planchette in your paranormal investigations?

What Are Planchettes

"Planchette" is the French word for "little plank". A planchette is a small heart-shaped board supported by casters, used with a talking board during séances or divination practices.

Planchettes usually have a small hole in the centre of the disk, through which you can see the letters and numbers as the pointer moves across the board.

A planchette can also be used for "automatic writing". This type of pointer has a smaller hole through which the point of a pencil can be inserted. While keeping the hands on the pointer, it can move around, writing sinister messages.

The history of the talking boards and planchettes

These small heart-shaped communication devices originated in America in the mid-1800s. Credit is given to the Fox Sisters, who played a key role in creating Spiritualism in the US. Thanks to them, parlour games with a sinister edge, like séances and table-turning, became popular.

Someone would call out the alphabet and await rapped responses that indicated a spirit was trying to communicate. However, this became tedious, and so believers started to refine mediums of communication. This included pointing at letters on a board and using alphabet cards.

When Spiritualism reached Europe a few years later, Allan Kardec, a French educator, created the planchette. While participating in a séance in 1853, he tied a pencil to an upturned basket, and the participants used this method to write out messages from the spirits in attendance.

After some thought and experimenting, Kardec created the pointer as a wooden plank, which quickly spread through Europe.

By 1858, planchettes reached US shores.

In 1867, a British magazine published an article on planchettes, which resulted in their mass production as demand intensified.

Planchettes have evolved from their pencil-holding days, with most being associated with Ouija boards today.

How To Use A Planchette

Planchettes are mostly used with Ouija boards - here's how to use them:

  1. Start by cleansing the space. You can burn sage, light candles, turn down the lights and set your intentions for the session.

  2. Place the board in such a way that the participants can sit around it. This can be on a table, the floor, or even a bed. Tradition dictates that at least two people must be present when using a talking board.

  3. Each person places their index and middle fingers on the planchette. If there are several people taking part in the séance, each person can place a single finger.

  4. Start the session by pushing the pointer in a circle around the Ouija board. Let it come to rest in the middle of the board, over the "G" letter.

  5. Select a medium who will lead the session. Welcome any positive entities to share your space.

  6. Start by asking if there is anyone willing to communicate. The planchette may move to "Yes". It may take a while to get a response. You can use ghost summoning equipment to strengthen the spiritual energies in the room if needed.

  7. Start by asking easy yes/no questions. Weaker spirits may be unable to spell out entire words. As you become more familiar with the spirit, you can ask open-ended questions.

  8. Watch the movement of the planchette as it glides across the board. You can say each letter out loud as the pointer moves, to help you spell out the word.

  9. You can keep asking questions until the spirit stops communicating, or you wish to say goodbye.

  10. To say goodbye, thank the spirit for talking to you, and clearly say "goodbye". Move the planchette to "goodbye" on the Ouija board.

Combining Planchettes With Other Ghost Hunting Equipment

Planchettes are commonly used with a Ouija board, but what other devices from your ghost hunting kit can be used together with your planchette when performing a séance?

Here are some ghost hunting equipment to consider, and why it would be useful:

  • You can use a pendulum over the Ouija board. The pendulum can swing freely and move in response to answers from the spirit.

  • A spirit box is a type of ghost communicator. This device scans AM and FM frequencies, and ghosts can communicate through the radio waves.

  • Place an EVP recorder next to you when you start the Talking board session. The recorder will record your questions, and you might just hear eerie voices answering your questions when you play back the recording, even though the planchette didn't move!

  • Make use of a ghost hunting app on your phone during the séance. This can be an EVP recorder app or a camera app that can detect shapes in the surrounding room.

  • You can place a full spectrum camera in the room to record your entire session. Who knows, you might just spot an entity lurking in the footage.

Planchettes In Popular Culture

Even non-believers would have come across a planchette or Ouija board at some point, thanks to popular culture and movies.

Even museums have exhibited talking boards, like the Baltimore Museum of Industry that showed the evolution of these boards, and exhibited a "scientific planchette" from Selchow & Righter and a "Boston planchette" from G.W. Cottrell.

Planchettes have also been featured in books and publications. The novel The Haunting of Hill House features one, as does No Highway. The Washington Post even hopped on the craze back in 1907, depicting President Ted Roosevelt as a planchette.

Movies and TV shows have also often featured Ouija boards, and planchettes, including:

  • The Bat Whispers (1930): Cornelia van Gorder suspects her house is haunted, and asks her friend, Lizzie, to use a Ouija board with her to determine the origins of the strange occurrences.

  • 13 Ghosts (1960): A family that inherits a haunted house uses a Ouija and planchette for some innocent fun. However, things take a dark turn when the board reveals the details of 13 ghosts that live in the house.

  • Witchboard (1987): This movie makes use of a Ouija and planchette to drive the plot forward - the Spirit board is considered one of the main characters.

  • What Lies Beneath (2000): Lead character Claire (Michelle Pfeiffer) and her spiritual friend use a Ouija board to try to communicate with spirits, however, the séance fails.

  • Paranormal Activity (2007): Considered one of the scariest independent films of all time, this movie shows the husband thinking it might be fun to use a Ouija game. However, when no one is around, the planchette starts moving by itself.

  • Ouija (2014): This might not be the scariest movie ever produced, but it does prominently feature a Ouija game board and wooden planchette, as the film's name might suggest.


A planchette may look like a harmless little heart-shaped device, but this tool is a key to talking with spirits.

When combined with a Ouija, you can use a planchette to receive answers to the questions you ask paranormal entities. SpiritShack has a wide range of high-quality planchettes and Ouija boards, so make sure to get your hands on one.



What does it mean when the planchette goes off the Ouija board?

There are a few reasons why the planchette may move off the board. It could be the spirit you are speaking with doesn’t wish to communicate. Or it could be a sign you’re a communicating with a negative entity.


How does the planchette on an Ouija board move?

There are a few theories as to how the planchette is moved. The first is that it's one of the players playing a prank. It could be an involuntary, subconscious action, where one of the players is moving it without their knowledge. Or it could be it’s a spirit which is moving the pointer.


Do you have to keep your finger on the planchette all the time?

Once you start the Ouija board session, it's recommended you don’t take your fingers off the board. If you need a break or want to end the session, move the planchette to goodbye, then remove it from the board.


What does it mean when the planchette does a figure eight?

It’s never a good sign when the pointer starts moving in a figure eight. It’s usually a sign you are dealing with a negative spirit or demon. And the session should be ended. If you want to carry one, just end the session, take a little break before trying again.


What can you use instead of a planchette?

If you have misplaced your planchette, there are other things you can use. Such as a coin or a light glass, which should work just as well.