February 20, 2012
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Hi I’m Marla. Gimme a Minute I wanna talk to you about Superstitions.
I’m recording this minute on Friday the 13th. Today is a day, or a date I should say, that freaks out a lot of people. As equally bad if not worse than walking under a ladder, breaking a mirror or opening an umbrella indoors.
But did you know that hearing an owl hoot, three times, fixing a button on a shirt while you’re wearing it, or signing a contract in April, July or November are also bad luck? News to me.
There are many superstitions that have to do with theatre too. We all know you never say good luck, and never mention the Scottish play backstage. Did you know not to whistle in the dressing room? This started because before the age of walkie talkies and intercoms, the director would often whistle for scene changes. Any actor whistling backstage could cause a scene change.
If somebody does do any of the theatre curses, they’re supposed to leave the room, or the building, spin around three times and then knock on the door and ask for permission to come back in. And did you know that it’s good luck if you get lipstick on your teeth.
But the best theater superstition is this one. If you notice a loose thread on another person’s clothes, you’re supposed to take the thread, spin it around your head three times and then tuck it down the neck of your shirt for good luck.
Seriously, come here….
I’m Marla, thanks for listening, see ya.