Magic SEA Underground targets to be a catchall for all popular magic rituals across the Southeast Asia regions. Most of the introductory materials are copied from the intranet just to make a point, or translated into English and provided as it is under one roof to ease your reading. This blog materials are for light reading purpose only. By 'underground' means this is a black box blog, no references to original sources will be provided.
some movies believed to be cursed; at least to their actors. For example, the
movie ‘Exorcist’ was said to have killed at least 9 peoples. Another movie ‘Poltergeist”
also said to have caused some actors to die in tragedies. Other movies in the
list are: Superman, Twilight Zone and etc.
were the movies from the western world. In Hong Kong entertainment circle
however, two movies are said to be cursed and caused the death of 3 famous
actors: Danny Chan (陈百强), Paul Chung (钟保罗) and Leslie Cheung (张国荣). These two movies are: Encore (喝彩) in 1980 and Trial (失业生) in 1981.
All of the
3 actors had died of unnatural causes:
committed suicide on September 1989 also by jumping off a building purportedly due
to his gambling debt. There were some reports of ghost sightings after his
death. A teacher who has taken over Paul’s apartment has reported of seeing the
image of Paul every time he switched on the TV. This incident has caused quite
a commotion in the entertainment circle. Another report was that Paul’s image
was seen in a TVB musical special.
Danny Chan was
said to have suffered from brain damage and fell into comma after consuming
alcohol with medicine in May 1992. He subsequently died in October 1993. He has
never regained consciousness.
Cheung committed suicide on April 2003 by jumping off the 24th floor
of Mandarin Hotel. There were some reports of people saw Leslie’s apparition in
the vicinity of where he has fallen to death.
name of both of the movies brought bad omen as ‘Encore’ supposed to mean ‘repeating’
and ‘Trial’ in Chinese means ‘jobless’. In both cases the deaths came in 3
hence ‘encore’; three people were made ‘jobless’.
that was an old urban legend of old Hong Kong entertainment circles. Perhaps
there are more cursed Asian movies out there? If you know any, please share
with us if possible J!
Taoist sorcerers are not the only persons who like to use
rice stem manikin to perform rituals: healing or cursing the like. An old Taoist
once told me that the effect of rice stem manikin is much better than the paper
manikin or the like.
Likewise, Japanese Shinto sorcerers also make use of rice
stem manikins for their rituals. The ritual I am interested here is the curse
of rice stem manikin. Basically the Japanese style is pretty simple: a typical
form is to nail a 5” nail into the heart of the rice stem manikin and then into
a large tree trunk. This is a curse meant to bring disaster to an intended
person which is said to be in existence since 710AD, during the period of Nara
Era (奈良时代) until today.
It is believed that women at that time commonly employ this
type of cursing method to treat those who have jilted them. Perhaps this was
the only way to express their anger of that time.
The mode of operandi is quite similar though not all manikins
are made of rice stems; it could be carved out from wood too. The most important ingredient is of course is
the name and personal particulars of the person to be cursed must be inserted
into the manikin. After that the person must perform the nailing down of the
manikin between 2am~3am. This is the period of 'chou' (丑时), hence some people also call this ritual as 丑时的参谒or literarily “paying homage
during chou hours”.
The woman who wants to perform this ritual must wear all
white and she must go to a huge three beside a Shinto shrine. Then she shall
press the manikin onto the tree trunk and start cursing by singing out loud her
hatred. When she felt she has had enough of cursing, she shall take a 5” iron
nail and strike it into the heart of the manikin. This ritual must be performed
for 7 consecutive days.
Proponents believe that the victim shall suffer from extreme
bad luck and even death may entail. Until fairly recently, manikins can still
be found on some tree trunks at isolated areas in Japan.
Other variation is to nail a manikin on a Chestnut tree
trunk with iron nails shall kill a person in relative short time. Yet another
form is to throw cursed manikin onto or under the bed of the target; some even
nail the manikin on the main door; or another method I heard is that the image
of the person is drawn onto the floor and then nails are hit in the heart of
The above cursing method is meant on 1:1 basis; i.e. when
the target is known, there is yet another method meant for causing harm to an
unknown target or a group of people… We shall see later.
It is perhaps at the end of my magical journey after some 30
years of involvement. One aspect that still haunts me and many others is how to
measure performance of magic in dollar and cents.
For one thing if a person just reads and perhaps try a
ritual or two without investing considerably amount of money and effort; then I
can almost guarantee that this person shall not have any results for however
long time he/she has been involving in magic. Provided that his/her magic is inherited
or in the family bloodline, then this person is the blessed one as not much
money needs to be invested but only time and effort.
In my case, I have figured out some rough numbers just for
Total investment, Mi = 300,000
Total monetary gain, Mg = 30,000
Total non-monetary gain = K
So, the formula for measuring magic performance is as
Mg = Mi / 10 + K (in 10 years time)
From the formula, it takes 10 years of my lifetime just to
gain $30k from magic plus countless of non-monetary gains: protections,
disaster avoidance, health etc.
It also means that if one invests $1,000 in magic, he/she
can only gain $100 back in dollar and cents; but the non-monetary value is something
that cannot be measured as one disaster could wipe off a person’s life saving
or cause the person to lose his/her family!
It also mean that the return of 10% of money invested is over
a fairly long time, for example 10 years or so. In my case, it was only after
30 years and countless of effort and time involving in performing magical
It would be good if anyone can come out with another better
mathematical model as I am not a mathematician and my research is merely based
on my love of magic. Now, maybe I would rephrase my saying of “magic don’t work”
to “magic can work” if and only if one have enough money and lifespan to spend.
For the rest, religion is perhaps the best choice; and a cheaper one too!
Kokkuri San is a type of traditional Japanese game
similar to the western Ouija board. But as its name implies, this is a game
related to calling animal spirits namely the fox. However it can also be used
to summon any spirits up for communication. There are many undesirable
incidents attributed to Kokkuri San in Japan. For example, in Hyoga Prefecture,
18 high school girls were hospitalized in June 2013 believed to be related to
Hokkuri San. Many countries in the world have banned this type of seemingly
harmless game. Basically the Japanese version of Kokkuri San is the same as with
other types of Ouija Board but it is normally played by two persons.
I was asked to survey a piece of land in Southern Johor
by a Japanese investor, so together with an interpreter and two representatives
off we went to the worksite. After a day’s work, we were caught in a heavy
rain; so we had to seek shelter in a temporary office at the site.
It was getting dark but the rain wasn’t like it will
cease soon, so I pulled a chair and took a nap in one corner of the office. The
interpreter was engaging in a long conversation with his girlfriend over the phone. The two
Japanese representatives were quite restless as there weren’t too many
entertainments around and they pulled out a piece of blank paper and started to
write some characters on it.
After a while one of them lighted one cigarette and then
put a coin on top of the paper. Each of them put their middle fingers onto the
coin and they started to chant: “Kokkuri San, Kokkuri San, if you are present,
please move this coin…”
It was perhaps after 10 minutes or so, the coin started
to move and both of our friends seemed to have indulged in the game. Strange
things happened after a while, one of the player started to utter a series of
sentences while the other player began to weep in a woman’s voice.
The interpreter and I were stunned for a while, and then
I asked the interpreter:
Me: “Hey, what was he saying?”
Interpreter: “Oh, A San was saying that how much he
missed his girlfriend and that he was sorry for not returning home on time…”
After another while, the one who weeps started to say
something and the interpreter continued: “B San said it is good to have someone
remembered her still…”
Gradually I felt something wasn’t right, so I asked to
interpreter to speak in Japanese to the thin air asking whatever there were
present there to end the conversation for the fear that prolonged conversation
might lead to spirit possession. This is the most undesirable case out there
without any help.
Luckily, whatever were there were quite obedient. A San and
B San regained consciousness as if they were in a long slumber. I was just glad
that nothing bad happened. Perhaps the spirits were a Japanese couple who were separated
due to WWII. I could only guess.
“If the Lord of Hell desires a person to die at
3am, no one dares to keep him/her till 5am.”
or not when a person is destined to die, many obstacles would present to hasten
the late Mr. Lee in Ipoh was pretty healthy with no serious health issues. One
night he suddenly suffered from heart attack and his wife tried all methods to
call the ambulance service but the line just couldn’t get through.
It was only
that when Mr. Lee gave out the last puff of his breath that the phone line
finally cleared. By the time an ambulance finally got to Mr. Lee, he was
later by Mrs. Lee, she said that it seemed someone or something was blocking
the line even though she has made many calls. You may attribute that to one’s
bad karma or the person’s past life debtors came to take his life away. The fact
is that, when it is time; no other means can save this person.
urban legend was about a late Hong Kong artist, Danny who was in comma for 17
months after he has drunk alcohol and medicine together.
of story I heard was that the drinks was passed to Danny by his good buddy J.
Hence J was blamed for causing Danny’s death indirectly.
J recalled later, he said that there was a disembodied voice instigating him to
pass the alcohol to Danny. As J could remember, the voice said:
you pass this glass of alcohol to Danny, all his problems will be solved!”
J also said
that at that night, he seemed to be controlled by a mysterious force and that
he just followed what was ordered by the disembodied voice. Well, true enough,
after drinking the alcohol, all of Danny’s worldly problems are solved in an
I am not
going to preach, but if you have not done what you wanted in this life; then do
that as soon as you have the opportunity. For your love ones may not be with
you when you have the time.
to my friends, there is a lesser known story about Aoando that spawned from Edo
period (江户时代). As I
heard that even up to today, many Japanese still believe in curses hence no wonder
why the spirits are so vengeful in Japan. There is a story that told to me
regarding a cursed ramen (拉面) stall that believers say it still operates until today.
Japanese like to eat a bowl of hot ramen in the street. This is especially true
during cold days. If you didn’t try the street ramen, then it is said that you
haven’t to Japan. But there is another type of ramen stall that you should
never try for it is operated by demonic entities.
of ramen stall would have a green lantern hung out in front the stall but there
is no one to look after the store. But if anyone who ventures to take the green
lantern to light up inside of the store, then an old man shall come out to
greet the potential customers.
point, knowledgeable folks would just turn their head and walk out of the store
without turning their heads. But if unwary visitors stay on in the store, the
stall owner will serve everyone a big bowl of ramen.
customers do consume the ramen, then they shall be cursed and many unfortunate
incidents would happen to these ramen customers. The very person who told me this
story of demonic ramen stall said that his father was once visited this type of
store after attending the company function.
across a ramen stall with a green lantern in the midst of thick fog. Due to
curiosity he stopped over and found that inside the store was pitch black so
the old man took out his torchlight to shine inside and an eerie sound came out
from the dark: “Do you want a bowl of special ramen?”
pal’s dad just had a sumptuous company dinner, he had no mood to eat further,
so he just declined politely: “Sorry for bothering… I shall be on my way…”
As soon as
the old man stepped out of the stall, he heard a shrieking sound that would
raise the goose bumps of anyone who heard it: “Hehehe… lucky soul, I just
missed one for my collection!”
father instinctively turned his head and to his horror, the ramen stall has
vanished but a green lantern was hovering at a distance of 10 feet from him. So
he ran as fast as he could until he reached a street lamp pole, when the old
man turned his head again, the green lantern was no more.
cannot guarantee if you will go into a demonic ramen stall in the street; it is
better be careful than sorry.
There are four demonic times that many people do not aware
of. Basically a beginner in Taoist magic or Tantric practitioners should not
begin his/her meditation practice during these times. If you still do not
believe me, then please do a research on the below timing and you will agree with
me that during these hours, accidents and mishaps tend to happen:
·2300hrs to 0100hrs
·1100hrs to 1300hrs
·1700hrs to 1900hrs
·0500hrs to 0700hrs
Midnight is when Yin energy turns to Yang and the water
element is at its peak. Noon is when the Yang energy turns to Yin and the fire
element is at its peak. In old China, the emperors would execute prisoners at
noon time to prevent the dead souls from seeking revenge.
6pm is when the metal element is at the peak, so people gets
more aggressive and tends to involve in fight. Coincidentally, 6pm is also when
most of factory and office workers return from work.
6am is ruled by wood element, at this time people started to
open their eyes heading to work. Since not everyone have a good night sleep,
coupled with night shift workers returning from a hard night’s work; accidents
tend to occur during this time too.
In Chinese occult science, we call the above timing Zi (子), Wu (午), Mao (卯)
and You (酉). These timings are when the
elemental forces: water, fire, wood and metal elements are at their peaks. Hours
following the 4 peaks are the 4 graves (库).
The graves refer to the subsiding of the elemental force hence activities would
come to rest.
People who stay in urban areas will agree with me that the
above timings see massive traffic jams daily. And that anyone who travels
during the above 4 demonic times of a day is more likely to meet with traffic
It is also said that if a beginner started to meditate on
the 4 demonic timing, then chances are that this person is likely to be
disturbed by spirits or even possessed! Though the above demonic timings are
not popularly known, the consequences are pretty severe. Please don’t treat