Happy Friday the 13th, everyone! What better way to celebrate than to watch occult scholar, Mitch Horowitz, wax wyrd in his marvelous new web series, Origins: Superstitions. Created with eerie filmmaker extraordinaire, Ronni Thomas, the series explores the reasons behind thirteen prominent superstitions including the avoidance of black cats, knocking on wood, and clutching a lucky rabbit's foot. Each episode is informative, fun, and beautifully art directed with delightful animations and spooky tunes.
As a big bonus, you can see Horowitz and Thomas present the series live tonight at the Morbid Anatomy Museum. Wish I could be there myself, but copying details below for those of you who are lucky enough to be able to go:
Friday the 13th : A Celebration of Superstitions
February 13 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm$13
With Morbid Anatomy Film-maker in Residence Ronni Thomas and Mitch Horowitz, author of “Occult America”
Date: Friday, February 13th
Admission: $13 ( Tickets Here ) ($20 for Double Feature with Love Cults, Drugs and the Hypnotic Arts with Mel Gordon on February 14th )
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
***Refreshments sponsored by Art in the Age
There are very few of us who don’t abide by at least one, if not a battery, of rituals to ensure good luck or protect us from bad. We may knock on wood to prevent a jinx, toss spilled salt over our left shoulder, or fearfully avoid breaking a mirror to avert the dreaded 7 years of bad luck. But why? Find out this Friday the 13th, with filmmaker Ronni Thomas and Mitch Horowitz, author of “Occult America” as we celebrate the launch of their new web series “Origins : Superstitions”.
The series is a 13-episode exploration of our culture’s most enduring superstitions. hosted by occult historian Mitch Horowitz. All 13 2-minute episodes will screen throughout the night. There will also be a brief introduction to the series, and an in-depth look at some of history’s most trenchant superstitions. Throughout the museum, you’ll be tempted to “test”your superstitious side, with ladders, umbrellas, mirrors, and more. Complimentary “Superstitious” cocktails will be provided while supplies last!
Ronni Thomas is the film-maker in residence at The Morbid Anatomy Museum. He is also the creator and director of the “Midnight Archive” web series (www.themidnightarchive.com), “Walter Potter the Man Who Married Kitten” ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjHBpxIa45U), and the upcoming “Morbid Anatomy Presents” film series.
Mitch Horowitz (www.mitchorowitz.com) is a PEN Award-winning historian and the author of “Occult America” and “One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life.”