Are Ouija Boards Illegal in the UK? - Answered



The short answer to this is ‘no’ - Ouija boards are not illegal in the UK.  A quick check on sites like Amazon, and ebay (among many others) will reveal that Ouija boards are readily available for purchase from numerous UK retailers.  Retailers who would without doubt be clued up enough to not stock illegal items for sale.

So where does the urban myth that Ouija boards are illegal in the UK come from?

To some degree England is riddled with long forgotten laws.  Laws that at one time (presumably) served a purpose, but now, although having technically never been revoked, are largely forgotten about, and are never enforced.  Laws such as, ‘All English males over the age 14 are to carry out 2 or so hours of longbow practice a week supervised by the local clergy’, and ‘It is illegal for a lady to eat chocolates on a public conveyance’, are the most noted.  And as such, many believe the Ouija board to be illegal in the UK, due to some long forgotten law from the times of the Crusades, or some-such, no specific law having been in place against the Ouija board is known of.  And as stated above, if ever such a law did exist, it certainly no longer does.

With that said, there is however a law in the UK that was established in 1951 that prohibits the use of ‘devices’ for fraudulent purposes.  A law designed to prevent the use of objects such as (potentially) the Ouija board from being used by ‘fraudulent mediums’ to con those who seek out their services.

But ultimately, as an object in and of itself, it is perfectly legal to both buy, and sell Ouija boards within the United Kingdom.


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