Whose spirit will be summoned with the help of the what’s being touted as the world’s largest ouija board? Those visiting Salem on Saturday are about to find out.
The colossal wooden board, which can be separated into pieces for easier transportation, was loaded onto a truck to make the trek to Salem, where it will make its spirited debut at 1 p.m. at the Salem Common.
The board reportedly weighs 9,000 pounds – that’s 4 ½ tons for those doing the math – Schreck said in a video on the historical society’s Facebook page. It’s also long enough that five 18-wheel trucks could park atop it, according to the organization’s website.
The planchet – the part of the board that moves when people place their hands on it – stretches 15 ½ feet and weighs 400 pounds, Schreck said in an interview with Talking Board Historical Society’s director Karen Dahlman.
“The board that I used, actually, to replicate is the 1998 [board] for Hasboro,” Schreck said. “The glow-in-the-dark board. That’s my favorite. … Ouijazilla is big enough to put, I think, 2,300 of those boards on top of it.”
While the planchet is large enough for Schreck to stand in the customary hole in the middle – there’s a photo of him doing just that – people will stand around the planchet to move it. Schreck said he installed foam bumpers along the edge for a more comfortable grip.
Schreck has been working on the board for over a year, the society’s website says.
“Just for the paint itself, the black paint, which goes miles, that paint goes forever, it’s probably about 20 quarts,” he said in a separate interview with Dahlman. “Twenty quarts of black enamel, and I don’t even know how many gallons of deck stain to stain this thing.”
A self-professed “ouija maniac,” Schreck said in the Facebook video that along with collecting boards, he also made other ones. He’s used old church pews or antique embalming tables. He also made a bed of nails with a ouija board underneath.
“We’re going to invade Salem, Massachusetts, the place that inspired me to collect ouija boards back in 1992,” he said.