Cryptique is a spirit board.
What exactly is a spirit board?
Spirit or talking boards were introduced to America in the late
1800s as toys, games, or amusements. They are comprised of two major
pieces. The first is a board or base on which letters, numbers, symbols,
and/or words appear. The second is a moveable piece (also called a seer)
that can point, choose, or designate the letters, numbers, symbols,
or words that appear on the base or board. Operators place their hands
on the moveable piece, ask a question aloud, and allow it to move freely
across the board. The answer to each question is spelled out one letter
at a time.
Many spirit boards emerged shortly after its first
appearance. The most prevalent became known as the OUIJA® board.
OUIJA® is a trademark currently owned by Hasbro Inc. Other common
names given to talking boards are witchboards, spirit boards, mystery
boards, and oracle boards.
How can I purchase Cryptique?
Simply visit our Buy Cryptique page
where you can purchase the board online through one of the fine online
shops who it.
What is included with the purchase
When you purchase the Cryptique spirit board, you will receive both
the board and moveable seer, and a
tomb-like box for storage. Also included
within are directions on how to use
How is Cryptique made?
A disturbing trend in the manufacturing of spirit boards has emergeda
trend that Spirited Ventures, Inc.,
creator of Cryptique, refuses to perpetuate. Due to the rising costs
of materials, the quality and size of talking boards has suffered. Cryptiques
measurements are 17 1/2 inches by 11 1/2 inches. This generous surface
area allows for uninterrupted sessions due to insufficient playing room.
There are no fold lines on Cryptique, so the seer will glide smoothly
across the entire board. The board itself is constructed of paper applied
to covered 100 point chip board, while the seer consists of a label
applied to a specially molded piece of plastic. To play Cryptique online,
try our Virtual Board.
Do spirit boards talk?
Yes and No. Spirit boards dont actually make any verbal sounds,
so in the strictness sense of the word they dont talk. Typically,
one of the operators will write down the letters or words that the seer
points to during the session: this is how answers are formed. The answers
can be examined and their meanings can be cryptic or obvious. In any
case, the mysteries are revealed without the need for speech of any
What do spirit boards communicate
That is a question that people have been trying to answer for over one
hundred years. From the mainstream sciences to the paranormal, many
theories have been offered to explain how spirit boards work. Below
are a few examples.
Psychologists suggest that when you communicate through
a spirit board, you are actually talking to yourself. The
term for this is automatism. They explain this phenomenon by stating
that you are actually pushing the moveable piece yourself though you
dont realize it. According to this theory, you are not consciously
aware of your movements; rather they are automatic and controlled by
your subconscious. You actually answer your own questions as if you
are on automatic pilot. This theory can also be seen when you are driving
a car and space out. You suddenly snap out of it and realize
you have driven miles, stopped and passed through stop signs, lights,
and busy intersections as if driving had your full attention. While
your mind becomes occupied by other things, such as wanting a spirit
board to work, another part of your mind takes up the challenge and
The study of the paranormal offers a few other theories
as to what you are actually communicating with when you operate a spirit
board. Some in this field believe you are communicating with an unseen
force other than yourself. It is this force, rather than you, that controls
the moveable piece to spell out your answers. Others in this field believe
that when you use a spirit board, you may channel or host this unseen
force, and it uses your hands to move the piece.
Spirited Ventures Inc. does not condemn or
condone any of the theories that try to explain the inner workings of
the talking board, nor do we attempt to dismantle the mystery of this
century-old puzzle. We believe half the fun of using a spirit board
is wondering how it works.
How many people can play Cryptique?
Can you play alone?
Any number of people can play Cryptique. In fact, as many hands
as will fit on the seer and still allow it to move are perfectly acceptable.
Alternatively, you may wish to have a solo session; that is fine as
Can I do anything to increase Cryptiques
The directions provided with Cryptique are only the basics; anything
that relaxes you and clears your mind can help you prepare for a session.
For each person, Cryptique will perform differently. Experiment with
times of the day, locations, and people to find the best circumstances
How seriously should I consider
the results of a session with Cryptique?
Cryptique is for entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to
direct or instruct any of the people who use it. Spirited Ventures,
Inc. does not recommend using Cryptique in any other manner, other
than for entertainment purposes. Interpretation of the results of sessions
with Cryptique is up to the individual.