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Scared? Find Out Why These 13 Superstitions Began

Shh, don't say "Macbeth" in a theater!

As any true thespian knows, unless you’re practicing the actual play, you do not speak the name “Macbeth.” Doing so will (according to popular belief) curse and bring ruin to your play. To skirt around this potential disaster, actors will often refer to the play as “The Scottish Play” or “The Bard’s Play.” This superstition is restricted to the theater and is said to have originated from William Shakespeare himself. According to legend, the play’s curse first struck during its initial performance around 1606 when the actor originally intended to portray Lady Macbeth died suddenly. Many assert the bad luck is due to Shakespeare purportedly including real black magic spells for the incantations used by the play’s witches. Supposedly, in order to remove the curse, the person who invoked the unlucky name has to exit the theater, spin around three times, spit over their (left) shoulder, and then either recite a line of Shakespeare or say the foulest curse word they know. As silly as it may seem to most people, those who work in the theater take it very seriously.