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1 month ago - Tuesday 10/3/17 - 5:44:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
There are so many superstitions about theatre, and many stage actors who believe them.
Example:
- never whistle on stage.
- never wear a green costume on stage.
- never pronounce MacBeth in a theatre (unless it's a line from the play)
- never offer carnations to an actress.

They all have historical reasons.
- most stage technician were former sailors. They would whistle to each others when it was time to raise or lower backdrops or curtains.
- one green dye component was arsenic. When actors sweat on stage, they often got sickness from poisoning.
- early productions of MacBeth had terrible things happening to the actors. Freak accidents.
- at the end of theatre season, the boss would offer roses to the actresses that he planned to rehire next season. The one fired got carnations.
1 month ago - Tuesday 10/3/17 - 8:43:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
does theater have a lot more superstitions associated with it than usual? the only other area i know that has that many superstitions is professional sports, and mostly baseball.
1 month ago - Tuesday 10/3/17 - 8:57:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
Where does grabbing another man's ass fall into the superstition pantheon
1 month ago - Tuesday 10/3/17 - 10:01:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm not superstitious generally I certain socks on special days but that's more justbecause I enjoy wearing those socks and i think it's going to be a good day, it could be even better if I'm wearing my favourite things.
I often don't step on cracks in pavement, but I don't think anything will happen if I do, it's just something to occupy my mind while walking.

But I am magical because a few nights ago I dreamt I found a dog in the street near home. I took it home (his name was Doug). I picked him up in a car which was weird because I don't drive.

So last night my housemate comes home with a dog, same type of dog except different colours. His name is Narfi (got that one wrong) and my housemate said someone she knew, but didn't know lives around hear picked her up in a car and drove her and the dog here.

this one is weirder though - I dreamt that i was at my godmother's father's
1 month ago - Tuesday 10/3/17 - 10:04:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
funeral. Basically that was it and I gave her a hug and said sorry.

I mentioned this to my mum because it's weird I would even dream about her since I never see her or anything. At which point mum informed me that my godmothers dad did dierecently (after I dreamt that

(but I honestly believe these to be coincidences)
1 month ago - Wednesday 10/4/17 - 12:29:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm very superstitious about animals. Like if you've got spiders eating your insect populations, that's kinda bad luck. But if you see frogs, lizards, or mantisses, that's good luck. If you're got people living in your back yard eating bugs, that's terrible luck. Even worse if you're related to them.

Same things with birds, except geese. Seeing birds is good luck, especially birds of prey. Except geese, they can fxck right off.

I'm also superstitious about the color balance of M&Ms.

I however am not superstitious about my radio volume. I start at 11 or 13, and usually end up on 18 by the end of the ride.
1 month ago - Wednesday 10/4/17 - 1:50:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 10/3/17 - 8:43:40 PM Inquizitor2 wrote:
does theater have a lot more superstitions associated with it than usual? the only other area i know that has that many superstitions is professional sports, and mostly baseball.

I'm guessing any form of public performance must have its fair share of superstitions and rituals.
1 month ago - Thursday 10/5/17 - 8:09:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
Oh, yeah, I used to be superstitious about the rubber on shoe soles. I'm not anymore, but I still catch myself knee jerking back to thinking that gum colored soles offer more traction than "dyed" rubbers (in this day and age almost all rubbers are dyed, even to get that gum look, which is why I'm looking at the different gum soles right now and they're all a different color), black being the slickest of all the colors.
1 month ago - Friday 10/13/17 - 1:10:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
1 month ago - Friday 10/13/17 - 1:44:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
My cousin got married on a Friday the 13th and a coworker is going to a wedding later today
1 month ago - Friday 10/13/17 - 9:15:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
I feel wary of stating "[Bad Thing] has never happened to me..."

It feels like the Bad Thing will probably happen.
1 month ago - Friday 10/13/17 - 9:25:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 10/3/17 - 5:44:03 PM Abzurd wrote:
- never pronounce MacBeth in a theatre (unless it's a line from the play)


The MacBeth one is my favorite. My university did it one year I was there, and that's when I learned about it. The actors were all very cautious about just saying "the spring play."

(There's a neat line from Hamilton where he plays with this: "My dearest Angelica, tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day. I trust you'll understand the reference to another Scottish tragedy without my having to name the play."
but then turns around in the next line and says it: "They think me MacBeth; ambition is my folly")
1 month ago - Saturday 10/14/17 - 1:10:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not « the Scottish play »?
1 month ago - Saturday 10/14/17 - 1:25:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, that won't scan with the lines.

Unless you mean the cast/crew when my university did it. In which case I could very well be misremembering what they said.
1 month ago - Saturday 10/14/17 - 1:48:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, that’s what I meant.

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