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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

World’s Largest Ouija Board All Set to Summon World’s Largest Spirits

OuijaZilla, Ouija Board

If you want to summon some really big spirits, you’re going to need a really big Ouija board - the world’s largest Ouija board, in fact! On October 12, 2019, the aptly titled “OuijaZilla” - a 9,000-pound Ouija board - was unveiled in no less than spooky Salem, Massachusetts.

Constructed of 99 individual sheets of plywood, clocking in at approximately 9,000 pounds, and measuring 3,168 square feet, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! would like to introduce you to OuijaZilla and its curious creator, Rick “Ormortis” Schreck!

THE MAN BEHIND THE MADNESS

Rick “Ormortis” Schreck, Vice President of the Talking Board Historical Society and New Jersey-based tattoo artist, has been laboring for the past year, working to surpass the 2016 record holder—the Grand Midway Hotel in Windber, Pennsylvania—for the World’s Largest Ouija Board.

Aptly named OuijaZilla, this gargantuan board was unveiled on October 12, 2019, in the heart of the Salem Common. The hand-painted wooden board and accompanying planchette are modeled after the original Parker Brother’s glow-in-the-dark Ouija board—minus a few of Rick’s personal embellishments. Rick even got the blessing of Hasbro, Inc. to construct this enormous version of their game!

OuijaZilla, Ouija Board

RICK’S HISTORY

In 1985, at just 15 years old, Rick bought his first Ouija board. Infatuated with the idea and history of witchcraft, he turned to the library at Cedar Ridge High School for more information—because what high school doesn’t have a Satanism and Witchcraft section? As he continued to expand his knowledge of the subject, Rick’s social circle grew to include other like-minded individuals.

Contrary to popular belief, Rick didn’t start off as an avid talking board collector. In 1992, he visited Massachusetts during the 300th anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials. While exploring the spellbound city, he discovered that there were many different styles, shapes, sizes, and spirits of talking boards. To no surprise, Rick began his mission to collect them all.


OuijaZilla, Ouija Board

AN UNUSUAL CRAFTSMAN

When collecting just wasn’t enough, Rick began creating his own talking boards. To increase his chances of communicating with the other side, he made planchettes out of unconventional materials like animal and human bone, human hair, and even human ashes.

Taking it to the next level, Rick revealed to us that “real” witches used boards crafted from the lids of coffins. Unable to find a true talking board made from this material, he has taken matters into his own hands. Inside the walls of his New Jersey tattoo shop, lives a vintage black coffin that Rick plans to dismantle to create his dream talking board.

Quite the collection, Rick now has about 300 boards in total. But, even all those boards put together don’t stack up to OuijaZilla.

OuijaZilla, Ouija Board

A BOARD OF MONUMENTAL PROPORTIONS

Construction of OuijaZilla began in June 2018. Through wind, snow, rain, and extreme heat Rick was the sole handyman on this monstrous project. Fueled with perseverance and guided with the help of his hand-drawn blueprints, Rick painted, designed, and assembled each individual OuijaZilla panel.

The board is constructed of 99 individual sheets of plywood and weighs approximately 9,000 pounds—without the weight of over 20 gallons of wood stain alone. With the face of the board measuring 3,168 square feet, you can park five full-size 18-wheelers on top of OuijaZilla. The planchette itself is 15.5 feet in length, 10 feet at its widest point, weighing roughly 400 pounds. However, due to Rick’s clever craftsmanship, the planchette can be effortlessly maneuvered by one person across the board’s surface.

OuijaZilla truly captured the attention of Salem and will continue to live on in history as the World’s Largest Ouija Board. As for Rick, only time will tell what project he decides to tackle next!

By The Confessional Podcast

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