Who would have ever thought that collecting Ouija Boards could lead to the resolution of a century old family feud? Probably no one, especially the man who actually did it. Robert Murch is the guest on the Collectors Show this week, and his
collecting has taken him places where few will ever go or be taken.
Robert Murch is the world’s foremost collector, historian, and expert on OuijaÒ 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 upcomingtalkingboards.com, which together provide the most in-depth Ouija history sites ever created. Murch often collaborates with Hasbro (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 Bullshit!, 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 Board for the Talking Board Historical Society Inc., which he founded.
But if you want to know how he ended this family feud, you will have to listen to The Collectors Show on Web Talk Radio (www.webtalkradio.net) or iTunes.