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New Video of the Ventriloquist Dummy from MAGIC!

Posted in Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2010 by ghostradioworld

This is an excerpt of a documentary which appears on the new Blu-Ray of Magic, released yesterday (10/12/10).  It features brand new video of “Fats” the ventriloquist dummy who starred in the film, and another dummy that was almost cast in the role.  Very creepy stuff.  Prepare for some nightmares.

POTTER Casts Box Office Spell

Posted in Movies, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror with tags , , , , , on July 16, 2009 by ghostradioworld

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (or HP6 for lazy typists) had an impressive Wednesday take, snagging $58 million in its midweek opening.  This is less than Transformers 2’s $62 million.  But will it be able to chocolate leap-frog it’s way ahead of  T2’S five day haul?  Only muggles doubt it.  With it’s PG rating and even stronger family appeal,  HP6 has a real shot at landing the biggest five-day total of the year.

Nearly One in Five Italians Trust Sorcerers!

Posted in Psychic Phenomena, Weird News, Weird Science with tags , , , , , , on June 30, 2009 by ghostradioworld

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Embarrassed about your obsession with sorcery?  Maybe a trip to Italy should be in the offing.  Well, if the following story from the AFP is to be believe:

ROME (AFP) – Nearly 18 percent of the Italian population — 11 million people — trusts self-styled sorcerers and healers, a consumer watchdog said in a report Monday.

The group Telefono Antiplagio found more than 16,000 cases of people being scammed by sorcerers and healers since 1994. There are 155,000 sorcerers and healers active in Italy.

Every day, 33,000 people see sorcerers or astrologers in Italy, the study found.

The top reason for seeing a sorcerer is to soothe a broken heart (46 percent), followed by health problems (25 percent), violence (22 percent) and trouble at work (seven percent).

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What’s Inside a “Witch Bottle”?

Posted in Weird News, Weird Science with tags , , , , , on June 4, 2009 by ghostradioworld

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From Times Online:

Take a small heart-shaped piece of leather, a handful of iron nails, eight brass pins, a lock of hair, some nail clippings, a pinch of navel fluff and place them in a bottle. Then add a pint of urine, seal the bottle and bury it by your front door — this is the recipe for warding off a witch’s curse.

An analysis of the contents of the first witch bottle to be found with its cork intact has cast light on the fear of witchcraft in the 17th century.

The theory behind the witch bottle was that by placing the items and bodily fluids in a bottle, the evil spell could not only be diverted but would also rebound on the witch.

The bottle, which was found at a building site in Greenwich, southeast London, in 2004, was the first of more than 200 witch bottles discovered that still had its contents intact.

It was sent to Alan Massey, a retired chemistry lecturer from Loughborough, who has examined half a dozen witch bottles. Dr Massey said: “We threw every test we could devise at it.”

The analysis took 12 months to complete. Before the salt glaze bottle was opened, it was X-rayed and put through a CT scanner, which showed that its contents included bent iron nails and an unidentified liquid, some of which was drawn off by inserting a syringe through the cork.

Tests determined that the liquid was 300-year-old urine and traces of nicotine indicated that it had come from a smoker. The ten nail parings were examined under a microscope and were found to be those of an adult.

Mike Pitts, editor of British Archaeology, which has published the results of Dr Massey’s analysis, said: “From their size, they probably came from a male and they were well manicured so he was from a higher social class. It is possible that we could one day identify him from DNA analysis and the location of the discovery.”

The small leather heart was pierced by one of the iron nails. There were traces of sulphur, then known as brimstone, and what is thought to be navel fluff. The other objects may have had ritual significance or been associated with the person who filled the jar.

Mr Pitts said: “This is a relic of early modern Britain. There is documentary evidence of how people were advised to make witch bottles but this is the first that has been subjected to rigorous scientific analysis.”

Other charms placed in houses to ward off evil spirits are occasionally discovered during renovations, including children’s shoes and dead cats. The practice continued into the early 20th century.

Witch bottles are much rarer. Dr Massey believes that the bottle he examined dates from the last quarter of the 17th century.

He said: “When I first heard about witch bottles I assumed that you had to catch a witch and make her wee in it. But of course it is much easier and makes more sense to do it yourself, based on the ‘scientific theory’ behind it.”

Most witch bottles are heavy stoneware wine flagons from the Rhineland known as bellarmines after the French cardinal whose face was traditionally embossed on the neck. When the import of bellarmines ceased glass bottles were used, although fewer have survived.

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