“If voodoo and magic spells work, why isn’t there any proof?”
It’s a fair question, and the foundation upon which any skeptic of the supernatural stands. But that foundation seems to finally be crumbling. A pair of new studies – one conducted in New Zealand and the other in Japan – have just delivered convincing evidence that some spells do, in fact, work. The New Zealand study has received a fair amount of press, so a link at the bottom of this article will suffice. But the second study, in Japan, has only now come to light.
Here’s what Dr. Tagasaki and his team of researchers did:
Bear in mind, this was a carefully controlled, double-blind study. Neither the participants nor the researchers knew the goal of the study nor the working hypotheses. And the beauty of the study was its simplicity.
One-hundred men and women were brought to a convention center for a supposed craps tournament. For those not familiar with the game, skill plays no role, except in more advanced bets which were not allowed in the tournament. In essence, in craps you need to role the same number you rolled at the beginning of your turn before the two dice show a total of 7.
After two hours of play, as expected, some players were ahead, others were behind. During a break, the researchers approached the twenty players with the biggest losses and offered them each a chance to “buy” a Good Luck spell (using the play chips from the tournament). Of those who agreed, half were taken to a private office where an actual voodoo priest, Jean Emmanuel II (son of the famed Haitian voodoo priest, Jean Emmanuel), cast an authentic voodoo Good Luck spell. The other half were also taken to see the priest, but unbeknownst to them, the priest cast only a General Wellness spell. (This, then, was the control group.)
Of those who received the authentic Good Luck spell, a startling 84% had a winning round in the next session of the tournament. Meanwhile, the control group who thought they were receiving a Good Luck spell (but in reality only received a general Wellness spell) did no better than what would be expected by chance, with roughly 44% having winning rounds.
Dr. Tagasaki and his team aren’t quite sure what to make of the results of the experiment, which they repeated numerous times, with different people each time. One researcher theorizes that, despite the spell being given in a creole dialect of French Haitian, the spell’s authenticity is nevertheless somehow conveyed to the recipient, perhaps via tonal fluctuations in the priest’s voice. If the recipient were convinced subconsciously of the spell’s authenticity, he might play in such a way as to take advantage of the natural clumping inherent in all statistically random events. (Click here for more on clumping in mathematics.)