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Robert Murch

Biography:

Robert Murch is the world’s foremost collector, historian, and expert on Ouija and talking boards. His bizarre relationship with Ouija began after watching the movie Witchboard in 1986, a century after the talking board made its debut. Murch purchased his first antique Ouija board in 1992, and became obsessed with unraveling the mystery of its origins. Since then he’s devoted his life to researching the history of the Ouija board and its founders, with Murch often traveling the world to track down descendants of all those involved with the introduction of the Mystifying Oracle. Murch showcases his research and knowledge on his websites williamfuld.com and the upcoming talkingboards.com, which together provide the most in-depth Ouija history sites ever created.

Murch often collaborates with Hasbro, Winning Moves, USAopoly, and The Canadian Group (producers of the Ouija board today) and on various films, including Ouija, What Lies Beneath, Sugar & Spice, and Drive-Thru. He has also consulted on or appeared in numerous TV programs featuring Ouija, including 30 Odd Minutes, TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, A&E’s Storage Wars and Paranormal State, Travel Channel's Mysteries at the Museum and Ghost Adventures, Showtime's B******!, Smithsonian Channel’s Millionaire Made Here, HGTV’s Who’s Lived in my House?, and CBS Sunday Morning. The Smithsonian Magazine consulted Bob for a popular article on Ouija boards and featured him and his research on the topic.

Murch is an accomplished international lecturer, speaking at museums and conferences around the world. He is currently collaborating with Brandon Hodge to create the definitive history of spirit communication devices and serves as the Chairman of the (Ouija) Board for the Talking Board Historical Society Inc., which he founded. What’s next for Murch? You’ll just have to ask the Ouija board!

Past Shows:

Ouija Board & Zozo Phenomena

Ouija Board historian Robert Murch and Zozologist Darren Evans joined Dave Schrader (email) for the entire program to discuss the history of the Ouija Board, Zozo phenomena, and strange cases where crimes have been committed as a result of using the Ouija. ... More »

Host: Dave Schrader

Ouija & Talking Boards

Historian and expert on Ouija and Talking Boards, Robert Murch, was joined by collector and author, Brandon Hodge, to discuss the rich history of the Ouija Board and earlier spirit communication devices. Before the Ouija became synonymous with talking boards, there were numerous other boards and devices dating back to the 1800s (in fact Murch said he has some 500 items in his collection). First hour guest, actor Kane Hodder, who played Jason in a number of the Friday the 13th movies, talked about his career and a new book about his life called Unmasked. ... More »

Host: George Noory

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