April 23, 2013

Blogging From A to Z April Challenge Day Twenty: T is for Table Tipping

Although it's not practiced very much now, table tipping used to be one of the more popular forms of seance during the Victorian Period. It's a means of communicating with the dead that many of the present-day living do not really understand.

In a nutshell, table tipping involve people sitting around a small table and placing their fingertips on the edges of the surface. The table then tips in any direction to signal the affirmative to a question. You can use table tipping like a spirit or Ouija board by calling out the letters in the alphabet until the table tips, recording the letter that was indicated until you have sentences. Or you can just ask simple yes or no questions.

First off, you need an appropriate table. Round tables are the most popular since they allow everyone sitting around them to be spaced out evenly. The table should be fairly small, since a tipping larger table might come crashing down on someone. Tables that have three legs instead of four are also preferable since they tip easier. 

Of course many people say table tipping is a completely bogus way of communicating with the dead. These people argue that the participants push on the table to purposely influence the outcome of communications. Spiritualists who still use table tipping say that the participants do push on the table, but it's from the spirits "tugging" on the participants' muscles to make them push on the table, and so the communication comes from the spirits.

Have you ever participated in a table tipping session? How about with an Ouija board? Do you think table tipping is genuine or a fraud? 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Always thought table tipping was bogus. It's an easy one to fake.

Julia King said...

I agree with Alex. Who know though. But things like this freak me out. It's best to leave things like this alone, in my opinion.

Steven said...

Alex, it is incredibly easy to fake, which is why the practice has been largely abandoned. Spiritualist churches still commonly use it, though. Still it's an interesting practice to study.

Julia, I take it you're not the adventurous type when it comes to the paranormal? Nothing wrong with that...