In the world of theatre, many people say, “good performances come with a lot of luck.” One of the eternal quests for us performers is, how do we acquire such luck? Now this question has been considered and answered by hundreds of thousands of people. Just a few rituals that hopefully bring good luck and fortune/some theatre musts are:
1: NEVER say “Good luck,” for fear the opposite might happen. You say “break a leg” or “have a good show!”
8: Pinching an actor/actress before an entrance brings them good luck. Not only will they be alert but probably bruised as well.
10: A rubber chicken backstage keeps the cast and crew on track. This is a relatively new ritual that started with the Orpheum Theatre stagehands.
11: Never say, “Macbeth” while you are anywhere near the theatre for fear you will awaken the ghost and set a dreadful curse upon the theatre. Instead, ALL stage personnel should refer to it as “The Scottish Play.” Some don’t believe in this superstition but many take it quite seriously.
13: Candles are an instant omen of bad luck.
Some unlucky objects to have in a theatre are:
1: Peacock feathers. The “eye” of the feather is associated with the “Evil Eye” so peacock feathers are said to summon evil.
2: Real jewels/real antiques. These things are said to be bad luck mostly because of the fact that fake ones look better and more extravagant than real ones from the audience, and are not as valuable if damaged.
3: Real food. Real food is said to cause disasters on the stage and not only that, it can be difficult to work with. Many people have found that Twinkies are a great substitution for many foods.
4: Real flowers. Real flowers require water and if a vase was to be spilled on stage, there is a risk of slipping and plus, there is a mess on the stage. There once was an actress who slipped on a petal, fell and broke her leg on stage.
5: Real bibles. It is said to be unlucky and disrespectful to use a real bible on stage. A similar-looking book is to be used instead.
6: A yellow clarinet in the orchestra is instant misfortune.