Zozo, Darren Evans, Robert Murch and Darkness Radio – A Zozo Hoax?

image I’m still curious and extremely skeptical of this Zozo phenomenon so I keep reading about. The whole thing seems absurd to me. The Ghost Adventures episode was a total farce, but this Zozo idea seems to be everywhere. In my searches I find that Dave Schrader of Darkness radio invited both Darren Evans and Robert Murch to his show to talk about the Ouija, it’s dangers and the upcoming movie. Both Darren and Robert were featured in that same Ghost Adventures, Zozo episode. And if you recall, Robert didn’t actually say the board would contact the spirit world. He made the statement you would get out what you put into it.

I listened to this show and was quite taken with the comment Robert made. He is a Ouija historian and will soon be the curator of the official Ouija museum. In fact, his knowledge is so vast, that Hasbro goes to him when they have questions about the board and it’s origins. He brought up a slew of interesting facts and he even owns thousands of the boards.

One thing to keep in mind is that the Ouija is hundreds of years old. It’s not something that just popped up as a board game in the 80s. It was a huge part of the Spiritualist movement in the very late 1800s. Bear in mind that figures like Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were part of the Spiritualists. It was their belief they could contact the afterlife and the board was a simple way to spell out messages. It never took on a demonic or satanic overtone. That would come from Hollywood and the movies.

It was the Exorcist that pushed the Ouija into a dark place. That was the way little Reagan unleashed the spirit that haunted her. Ironically, that spirit name was Pazuzu. Even though the board was barely mentioned and barely seen, it was typecast in the demonic role. Now, when you touch a Ouija, out pops a demon. Something that was used by scholars and learned writers is now a toy used to contact the devil while you hide in your closet in your pajamas.

This also seems to be where the mythical name Zozo comes from. Pazuzu becomes Zozo because no one call spell Pazuzu. There is actually no reference to Zozo.

But during the discussion, Robert Murch doesn’t really give any indication that Ouija boards are bad or that they even work. He even goes so far as to say if you have a haunted board he’ll take it off your hands. So, if Robert has all these boards, why isn’t he haunted and tormented?

All the while Darren sticks to his story of how dangerous the Ouija is. Don’t touch it, don’t see the movie, don’t even look at the damn thing or a spirit will attach itself to you. He is utterly fanatical as to how dangerous the board is. He even says sales will go up and more unsuspecting people will be exposed to evil because of the movie.

Dave makes several comments as to why Scrabble isn’t haunted or any other "game". I mean seriously, what if you asked a question then pulled out tiles from the Scrabble bag. Would that make it demonic? Would a spirit be unleashed?

It all sounds utterly absurd and the same fool rhetoric we’ve heard in regards to D&D and games like Ultima and Diablo. Playing D&D unleashes the devil. Those kids did evil because they played D&D. No, those kids were messed up in the head and had mental problems.

One thing I did find interesting is that Darren says Zozo is a female spirit. This threw me for a loop considering the big piece of faked evidence in the Ghost Adventures episode was his girlfriend being molested and her pants undone. So she was molested by a female spirit who wanted to see her tits? The more you listen to this sort of thing, the more you roll your eyes.

So what about the board moving? People make it move because they desperately want to believe it will move. And the way the board is set up, words like Zozo are easy to spell. So is Mama and several other words that people claim are other names for Zozo. Even random guesses makes a pattern in this case.

When all is said and done, Zozo sounds like a massive hoax. The people who believe in Zozo are the same people who believe that Jesus comes to them in a waffle or pancake. Nothing about this Zozo story makes sense. Nothing about people contacting the devil through a Ouija makes sense. It’s all in their minds and wishful thinking. And again, if it’s so damn dangerous, why is Hasbro selling it? It’s cardboard and plastic. There are Ozzy Osbourne Ouija boards. There will be a Supernatural Ouija when the show finishes it’s run. Houdini and Doyle used the Ouija and they didn’t get a spirit attached to them. What the hell are people thinking?

Could the Ouija be used to contact the afterlife? Sure, but so could Scrabble, Upwords, playing cards, the phone book and a dictionary.

Like I said, this whole Zozo phenomenon comes across as hoax. Everyone is jumping on a bandwagon and acting like their experience is the most haunting. Combine that with the shenanigans of guys like Zak from Ghost Adventures and you pretty much seal the deal this is all a fake.

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4 Responses to Zozo, Darren Evans, Robert Murch and Darkness Radio – A Zozo Hoax?

  • Darren Evans says:

    When the image of Jesus appears on my pancake perhaps I will write about it, or when it happens to thousands of people across the world maybe it will be taken seriously. I can assure you the Zozo Phenomena is not a hoax. Zozo is mentioned in the Dictionnaire Infernal as one of three demons that possessed a young girl in 1816. In a Catholic Review newsletter written in 1896 the periodical mentions ” The Mass of Zozo,” and further describes it
    as Commune Omnium Daemonum…..” Common to all demons.”

    In.1906 a book on Greek Tourism describes Zozo as diminuitive of Pazuzu, or a nickname of this demon made popular by the Exorcist film. In another book called The language of Science the author describes a secret society in Africa called the Zo, in which initiates practice human sacrifice. The Zo of the Zo presides over these rituals, and in a recent essay on the spread of Ebola it is mentioned that these Zo people have actually helped to spread Ebola by their very beliefs and medicinal healing practices.

    Then there are the Zo people of Burma, The Mayan Cult of Zotz, the etymology of the word Zo dates back centuries and was used to describe a spiritual healer in ancient tribal voodoo. In the ancient Basque language Zozo is defined as Blackbird or Crowe. I filmed a raven on the set of I Am Zozo that literally vanishes into thin air that was featured on Fact or Faked. It was never declared a hoax despite a forensic examination of the ad card from which the video was taken.

    Many people are skeptical of the Zozo Phenomena until it happens to them. Thousands of people have reported it both to me and all over the internet, but some still say its just a fabrication, and everyone is entitled to their opinions. Yes, you did get it right that I continue to profess Ouija boards can be dangerous, but I am far from alone in that opinion. Houdini himself also warned of the dangers, as did Edgar Cayce and even Aleister Crowley. Science can not yet prove the existence of the spirit realm, so Hasbro can keep selling the Ouija and raking in millions in revenues, but the Zozo stories continue to pour in. And I never said Zozo is female. In the Coast to Coast interview I refer to the Zaza entity that surfaces in Ouija sessions as showing female characteristics.

    I believe you are a good writer, and you aren’t the first to say its all a hoax, but thousands of encounters portray a different opinion. Perhaps you should get on a board and see if you also experience it? And let me know if an image if Jesus appears on your waffle, I would dare to guess there is far less of a chance that happens.

  • Boogie says:

    Being from Oklahoma all my life & watching GAC for years, I was absolutely disappointed by the total lack of evidence on that episode. No evp’s, no visual evidence such as “orbs” that Zac always points out… nothing. Only a board with people pushing a piece of wood around. Don’t get me wrong, not saying its real or not real, was just disappointed in comparison to their other episodes. I do have to say I’m getting to the point where Zac even makes me mad. If there is such a thing as spirits, do they ALL have to be EVIL ENTITIES? Sometimes that crap just gets old. I started watching their show by accident, flipping through channels, then got curious if this really was real, watched for phony stuff, etc. Last couple of years I’m losing interest because of all the “evil” spirits Zac seems to find at every location. Isn’t there a chance they might just be communicating with a deceased relative or something?? He’s getting way too dramatic for me. And I just happened to find this site when I was searching Google about this Darren & Katie Evans, to see what exactly she was incarcerated for because to me, honestly, she acted like she was “on something” when she came back in the house. Another way to make “okies” look stupid! Just wanted to share my disappointment with the Oklahoma City episode. Was almost embarrassed to admit I am from Oklahoma.

  • Boogie says:

    Being from Oklahoma all my life & watching GAC for years, I was absolutely disappointed by the total lack of evidence on that episode. No evp’s, no visual evidence such as “orbs” that Zac always points out… nothing. Only a board with people pushing a piece of wood around. Don’t get me wrong, not saying its real or not real, was just disappointed in comparison to their other episodes. I do have to say I’m getting to the point where Zac even makes me mad. If there is such a thing as spirits, do they ALL have to be EVIL ENTITIES? Sometimes that crap just gets old. I started watching their show by accident, flipping through channels, then got curious if this really was real, watched for phony stuff, etc. Last couple of years I’m losing interest because of all the “evil” spirits Zac seems to find at every location. Isn’t there a chance they might just be communicating with a deceased relative or something?? He’s getting way too dramatic for me. And I just happened to find this site when I was searching Google about this Darren & Katie Evans, to see what exactly she was incarcerated for because to me, honestly, she acted like she was “on something” when she came back in the house. Another way to make “okies” look stupid! Just wanted to share my disappointment with the Oklahoma City episode. Was almost embarrassed to admit I am from Oklahoma.

  • Laura Pallett says:

    That episode of Ghost Adventures was difficult to watch. Zero evidence, zero believability. A previous commentor is correct when they highlight the absence of EVP, photo, historical etc. evidence. It is almost like Zozo doesn’t exist….

    Hmm.

    You should check out a video by the paranormal scholar. They explain how Zozo is a hoax. Lots of historical references, evidence and source links. Definitely worth watchjng if you want to find out the truth about Zozo.

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