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Be Careful Not To Communicate With Zozo, The Malevolent Ouija Board Demon Waiting To Wreck Your Life

Updated October 17, 2018 171.0k views10 items

Stories of the Ouija board demon Zozo have been circulating for just about as long as the Ouija game itself has been around. Who is Zozo? Depends on who you ask, but most people familiar with Zozo believe it to be either a demon, a Tulpa, a mischievous ghost trying to scare and impress the living, or just a product of the ideomotor effect. Regardless of Zozo's true identity and origins, tales of harrowing encounters with it have become so widespread that they've inspired books and horror movies.

Of course, Ouija is a board game, and your chances of accidentally speed-dialing a bona fide evil spirit in the middle of your Halloween party are pretty low. Still, just in case, it can't hurt to keep an eye out for signs that Zozo is haunting your Ouija board or spirit board. Read on to find out what to do if Zozo appears the next time you say HELLO.

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  • You Don't Need To Use A Spirit Board To Run Into Zozo

    Almost every story of an encounter with Zozo involves a spirit board, but even if you don't pick up the planchette, you might be unlucky enough to attract Zozo's attention. Some have contacted it through pendulum dowsing, a system similar to a spirit board that uses a suspended weight instead of a planchette to indicate answers. Others have reported meeting Zozo through automatic writing sessions or hypnosis.

    Researchers have also captured what they claim is EVP audio footage of Zozo. Darren Evans, the most well-known researcher of the Zozo phenomenon, has even taken what he believes to be a photograph of Zozo.

  • Keep An Eye Out For Zozo's Freaky Calling Cards

    Most encounters with Zozo start off as deceptively benign conversations before they start to turn sinister. However, there are several signs that can tip you off in time for you to disengage before anything truly creepy happens. Here's how you'll know it's time to put the game away:

    • The planchette will move in a rainbow pattern from side to side, sometimes pointing to O and Z over and over.
    • The planchette will move in repeated figure eight movements.
    • The planchette will spell out any version of Zozo's name (watch out for Zozo, Zoso, Zaza, or Mama in particular).
    • You might see what look like shadows moving around the area where you're playing.
    • You and whoever you're playing with will start to feel scared, uneasy, or upset.
  • You Can Tell Zozo GOODBYE – Just Be Careful

    If you suspect you might have made contact with Zozo, the best thing you can do is to stay calm. If Zozo really is a demonic spirit, your fear will just make it stick around. If you're using a spirit board, close the session by moving the planchette to GOODBYE. This will formally end the game, and you won't be able to make contact with Zozo anymore.

    If you aren't using a spirit board, end your game or session according to its official rules as quickly and calmly as you can. Even if Zozo is nothing more than a product of the ideomotor effect and an overactive imagination, just removing the source of your fear will help you escape the feeling of being haunted.

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    Getting Rid Of Zozo Is Tricky, But It Can Be Done

    The easiest way to avoid forming an unwanted connection with Zozo is to stop communicating with it for a while. If you use a spirit board, put it away for a while or use it somewhere besides the place where you believe you've run into Zozo. Cleansing your home (or anywhere in particular where you feel like Zozo is more likely to bother you) is also a pretty reliable way of staving off negative influences and regaining some peace of mind. If you're a spiritual person, go ahead and give your place a cleanse with whatever tools work best for you, such as sage or holy water.

    If you're dealing with a run of bad health or cruddy luck, your best course of action is to take care of yourself - remember that what goes down will come up again. Don't ignore your physical or mental health, whether it's creepy spirits or garden-variety health problems that have you worried. And if you're 100% convinced that what you're facing is an actual demonic spirit, you can't go wrong with a good ol' exorcism.