Friday, January 30, 2015

Cursed Movies That Killed (被诅咒的电影)


There are 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.

 

Well, those 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:

 

Paul Chung 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.

 

Leslie 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.

 

Perhaps the 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’.

 

Anyway, 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!
 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Curse Of Rice Stem Manikin (稻草人诅咒术)


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 drawing.

 

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.
 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Measuring Magic Performance In Dollar & Cents


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 discussion purposes:

 

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 follows:

 

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 research.

 

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!

 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Kokkuri San & Ghosts (狐狗狸仙与鬼)


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.
 

Monday, January 26, 2015

When Death Is Imminent (当死神来临时)


The Chinese has a saying that goes like:

 

阎王要人三更死,谁敢留人到五更?

“If the Lord of Hell desires a person to die at 3am, no one dares to keep him/her till 5am.”

 

Believe it or not when a person is destined to die, many obstacles would present to hasten his/her death?

 

My neighbor, 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 pronounced death.

 

As recalled 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.

 

Another 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.

 

A version 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.

 

Again when 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:

 

“Only if 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 undesirable way.

 

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.
 

The Cursed Ramen Stall:Aoandō (青行灯)


According 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.

 

Many 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.

 

This type 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.

 

At this 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.

 

If the 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.

 

He came 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?”

 

Since my 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!”

 

My pal’s 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.

 

While I cannot guarantee if you will go into a demonic ramen stall in the street; it is better be careful than sorry.

 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Concerning The Four Demonic Times (四魔时)


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 (), Wu (), Mao () and You (). 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 (). 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 incidents too.

 

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 them likely.