Bradley Cooper Reveals The Famous Rock Star He Based His 'A Star Is Born' Character On—And We Can Totally See It
A Star Is Born is Bradley Cooper's directorial debut. He also stars in the movie alongside pop icon Lady Gaga. The movie currently holds a 91% "Fresh" rating on RottenTomatoes.com, with many critics praising both Gaga and Cooper's star performances as the star-crossed lovers fated to suffer terrible heartbreak. What almost no one was expecting walking into the theater, however, was Cooper's strange demeanor and low, gravely voice. It turns out Cooper's portrayal of his character, Jackson Maine, was partially based upon the look and mannerisms of another famous rocker.
When putting together Jackson Maine's aesthetic, Cooper turned to rock idol Eddie Vedder, the frontman for Pearl Jam.
In fact, prior to filming the movie, the actor told Yahoo he flew to Vedder's home to see the real man in action:
I went up to Seattle and spent four or five days with [Vedder] and I asked him 9,000 questions. And he gave me minor, little things that only musicians know about what to do, just aesthetically and the inner workings. . . . He was wonderful.
Are the only artists on Bradley Cooper’s playlist Eddie Vedder and Judy Garland??????— Kerensa Cadenas (@Kerensa Cadenas) 1538704063.0
It sounds like Vedder was a pleasure to work with!
Of course, when Cooper told the singer he planned on doing his own vocals in the movie, Eddie couldn't hide his thoughts:
He was like, 'What? Bro, don't do that.'
Reasons you should go see A Star is Born: Bradley Cooper’s character is a perfect combo of Jeff Bridges and Eddie V… https://t.co/jbzsDtjkpH— Linda Dunnavant (@Linda Dunnavant) 1538862232.0
@MattEDuncan Bradley Cooper managed to sustain a note perfect (pun not not intended!) impression of Eddie Vedder fo… https://t.co/hvIfruBBHz— Hanz Olo (@Hanz Olo) 1539034707.0
To truly get inside the head of a career musician, Cooper also spoke to Lukas Nelson, son of Willie Nelson and frontman for Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.
Nelson gave Cooper some sage advice for his onstage performances in the movie:
I remember you said to me, 'Look, man, when you get in front of an audience you better have sung this song 1,000 times, and maybe 10,000 times. Because the first thing that is going to happen is you are going to lose your breath.'
I forgot my headphones at home today... today of all days... I need Bradley Cooper and Lukas Nelson— juvie judy (@juvie judy) 1539017590.0
@nandorvila @ariellec When I saw the trailer I thought at first it was going to be a Pearl Jam / Eddie Vedder biopic.— xBrenton ★★★ (@xBrenton ★★★) 1539016176.0
Though many musicians doubted Cooper's musical chops, he immediately impressed his co-star, Lady Gaga, who commented on the first time she heard him sing:
I just stopped playing instantly and I looked at him and said, 'Bradley, your voice is incredible. You have a real voice,'...He sings from his soul. He sings from his gut. There are people who can do many acrobatics with their voice, but to tell a story with his voice is a different animal.
I thought I liked bradley cooper an unhealthy amount before I saw A Star is Born, BUT a singing Bradley Cooper... YOU’RE KIDDING— Bailey Thatcher (@Bailey Thatcher) 1539030479.0
A Star is Born is such an amazing movie! I’m going to buy it and just watch on repeat. Some amazing acting and sing… https://t.co/TVQuHnk2b6— Danté Miller (@Danté Miller) 1539049206.0
nothing in life prepared me to see bradley cooper playing guitar and singing omg— vanessa⚡️ (@vanessa⚡️) 1539035062.0
He got the chance to prove this talent while filming the movie's opening number, "Black Eyes." To capture what it's really like performing for a sell-out crowd at a rock concert, Cooper asked Willie Nelson if he could jump up onstage to film the number in the middle of Nelson's set. Nelson agreed, on one condition: Cooper had eight minutes. That's one take, maybe two, to play the song perfectly and get the footage needed for the movie.
Needless to say, Jackson Maine nailed it.
Hold up, I did NOT give Black Eyes enough love in this review. It makes me want to throw my bra at an imaginary sta… https://t.co/IiV2kR3oNo— kelly (@kelly) 1538716382.0
This badass song started playing...and had to stop it...to see who the hell was singing. https://t.co/k4EmtNsm0M An… https://t.co/9MTEb9ibkS— Paul (PJ) Rieckhoff (@Paul (PJ) Rieckhoff) 1539056836.0
Bradley Cooper is insane. He can act in anything, he can sing and he’s a great director. Lady Gaga is also a ridicu… https://t.co/BuFiUpLdyq— Ryan Cape (@Ryan Cape) 1539056553.0
OMG guys black eyes by Bradley Cooper is everything.— Ronnie (@Ronnie) 1538401338.0
Gaga even remembers the moment when she realized Cooper was as much a musician as he was a director, describing an instance when he walked into the recording booth and "immediately criticized what he heard:"
'This is not Jackson's sound.' I thought, 'O.K., now we have a musician on our hands.'
It's pretty easy to see why the movie has so much buzz surrounding it. If you haven't seen it yet, do yourself a favor and get tickets now!
As someone who was forced to watch Butterfly Effect more times than should be legal, I've developed a bit of a knee-jerk NOPE reaction to the idea of time travel.
They say shows jump the shark when they start including ridiculous stuff just for the shock views (fun fact: that phrase comes from an episode of Happy Days where Fonzie literally jumps over a massive shark while water skiing.)
Reddit user, KingTonza asked:
"What would be your Main reason to go back in time?"
and long-story-short, we're all greedy curious saps who clearly could never be trusted with a timeline.
*stares in Ashton Kutcher face*
"I had a cat that died in 2018. He was the best little guy. I’d like to go back and sneak into my old apartment after past me left for work for the day and just hang out with him sometimes."
"Huh I like that. Wholesome and also side-steps the problem of running into past selves."
"I never had cats but will do this with my dogs."
"I just lost my boy last year. Even though I still have my little girl, I still miss him so much. I will visit all the pets I've lost throughout the years."
Jurassic NopeConfused Jurassic Park GIF by VidiotsGiphy
"I really want to see dinosaurs."
"I know, I know, odds are high it would end badly for me. I just really love dinosaurs."
"I'm sure they want to see you too."
"The Libyans chasing me in a mall parking lot at 2am with an RPG."
"I'm sorry but I really really misread this and missed the movie reference because I thought you said lesbians"
"Now THAT'S heavy"
The Necessary Nerd Answer
"To stop the burning of the library of Alexandria"
"When I was an adolescent and reading porno mags, I can still remember reading one of the models saying that the burning of the library at Alexandria was the greatest crime in history."
"Quite an intellectual that model was."
"This would make the year 2000 be the year 2500 technologically"
"So. Much. Lost. Learning."
Best. Party. Ever.happy homer simpson GIFGiphy
"Stephen Hawking’s time travel party."
"The only appropriate reason to time travel."
"I wouldn't go. Or if I did I'd swear him to secrecy."
"For all we know the place could of been packed with time travelers, and he took that info to the grave."
"Buy bitcoin when it first came out..."
"Kicking myself for not buying some back in 2016."
"I worked with a guy who had a sizable amount and I would make fun of him for it. I was stupid and knew pretty much nothing about investing back then."
"I had about $50k just chilling in my savings. I could be a pretty rich man right now, instead I'm broke and saddled with student loan debt. Fml."
"I wanted to buy some back in 2009 but had no idea how. Probably would have been scammed in the end anyways."
"Imagine the guy who spent thousands of bitcoins on a pizza"
"With the knowledge I have now, travel 20 years in the past and avoid a lot of mistakes... and become overlord of the whole world obviously."
"I don't know. That seems like a lot of responsibility."
"Can I be overlord of like 50 acres in the woods and a dope cabin?"
"Overlord is good. Me? I prefer All-Being, Master of Time & Space!"
"Most mistakes are healthy and are what shape us. I wouldn't have fixed any mistakes if I got a million dollars for it."
Curiosity Killed The Redditor
"Honestly just to see how everyday life was in like the 1400's for the average person. Feel like that's not something we know a lot about, or maybe just I don't know about."
"This seems like a bit of a foolish wish."
"I want it too."
"I'd want to bring along a bottle of antibiotics and a bar of deodorant soap, though."
"It was probably crap. Working long hours of hard labour is pretty much your only option. Unless you are born into aristocracy and live on an estate."
"So like ... you'd probably already be dead, depending on how old you are."
"This is a great choice, but I'm afraid that the diseases that you carry will be destructive for the people in the 1400s"
"Wait, what if a time traveling Redditor was the real source of the plague?"
"To witness firsthand important events from the past and see how accurate our history books are"
"Let me know who actually killed JFK."
"I wonder if we were there as eyewitnesses maybe it would just seem like chaos . . . hmmm . . . what event would you like to witness."
"Too many to list, honestly, but definitely the battles of Alesia, Cannae, and the siege of Orleans, as well as the sermon on the mount, and the (start of the) Hijrah."
The Paradoxback to the future great scott GIFGiphy
"I want to go back in time to prevent myself from going back in time"
"This is the true time travel paradox"
"Are you implying that you have already travelled back in time?"
So yeah ... maybe let's just not.
I have a sneaking suspicion we'd get ourselves in a lot of trouble and end up jumping way more than sharks.
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When discussing statistics, people immediately become engaged.
Who doesn't want to know more?
And random facts are the best.
That is what gets you to 'Jeopardy.'
Redditor unelaboratedov wanted to discuss factual fascination. They asked:
"What is the most interesting statistic you know?"
I love facts and statistics. It's always good to know the popular averages.
How Much?jesus GIFGiphy
"If you earned $180,000 per day since Jesus was born, you still wouldn’t have as much money as Jeff Bezos."
"Of the 335 million people living in the United States, approximately 23 million adults are completely edentulous (have no teeth)."
"My guess is it's become quite common to get full dentures, including pulling out teeth for them. That's like 8 percent of the population, and I basically never ever see people with visibly no teeth. But I know several who have full dentures and probably see a lot more without realizing it."
"Racing car drivers in the 1950s, 1960s and even into the 1970s had a lower survival rate than WWII fighter pilots. Meaning those racing drivers were statistically more likely to die than those flying in battle. Crazy."
"To add to this my interesting statistic is that there’s still around 240k WWII vets still kicking. But 234 die on average every day."
"I'm an Uber driver with around 750 trips, so statistically I've been alone in a car with around 7 or so psychopaths."
"I did Uber a few years back, maybe did 100 trips. I often wonder what is the worst thing ever done by any of those passengers. Aside from the drunk girl who peed herself on St Patrick’s day."
DUIdrunk drivers GIFGiphy
"The average drunk driver drives under the influence more than 80 times before being arrested for the first time."
I feel 10X smarter already!!
"don't go there"Fishing Fail GIF by ConesulfozGiphy
"Protected fishing zones in Europe are more overfished than unprotected zones. People hear 'don't go there' and then go there."
Right and Left
"My favorite statistic, as a left-handed person myself, is that southpaws die, on average, 13 years younger than right-handed people. I had always heard this attributed to the fact that power tools are generally designed for right-handed users, making many of them awkward and dangerous for left-handed people."
"But the real explanation is far more interesting. See, until the middle of the 20th century, being left-handed was heavily stigmatized, and often viewed as a sign of the devil. Teachers would not allow their left-handed students to actually use their dominant hand."
"This actually proved to be somewhat effective. So as left-handedness became more accepted, lefty children were no longer forced to use their right hand, but older people who were naturally left-handed but forced to use their right hand continued to identify as right-handed."
"Because of this, the average age of self-described left-handed people was significantly lower than it would be if not for the previous generation being forced into right-handedness. And when the average age of a group of people is lower, the average age of death tends to follow suit."
1% to 27%
"Some EMS agencies in Arizona and Nevada have been using CCR (cardiocerebral resuscitation) instead of the standard CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Basically starting by doing 200 chest compression non stop instead of 30 with 2 rescue breaths."
"Within a year of implementing it, EMS providers reported that their save rate went from 1% to 27%. This last year that number has gone up to around 50%. Furthermore, the saves are no longer just getting a pulse/heartbeat back, the people are now more often neurologically intact."
On the Waves
"The most dangerous world record to attempt is the water speed record, with an 85% mortality rate. The reason being that at the speeds they reach (300+ mph), air resistance is so strong that if the boat tilts even slightly too far up, it will completely flip and crash into the water at insanely fast speeds. And as you can imagine, it's pretty easy to tilt too far up when you're constantly bouncing on waves."
"It would take 1.2 million mosquitoes, each sucking at once, to completely drain the average human of blood."
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Why are people crazy with words?
It's like no one has been taught to think before they speak.
There are fine lines between some thoughts and then there is just straight-up nonsense.
Like... do you not realize you're in public?
And what you're saying is a crime?
Redditor Mysterychic88 wanted hear about the what some people have said to others that left shivers down their spine. They asked:
"What's the eeriest thing a complete stranger has ever said to you?"
People are just creepy in general. So this should be weird.
Call Dateline NBCKeith Morrison Chin Touch GIF by Dateline NBCGiphy
"'Enjoy the rest of your night at the dance. When you go out to the parking lot, I'm going to kill you.'"
"Didn't see him again for the rest of the night and had an escort to my car, but dude was creepy as f**k."
Old Navy Issues
"I was 7 years old and in Old Navy with my mum and sister. They went to try on clothes and I didn’t know that and had a panic attack trying to find them. Some older woman said she’d take me in and raise me and not to worry. For some reason I thought it was better than being alone forever at least. I was with her for a bit until I saw my Mum walk out of the dressing room. To this day I think about what if I left with her…"
I gave him one...
"I was on my way to my friend's house when a man(probably homeless) walked over to me and said 'Give me some money, I am hungry.' I said I don't have any money to which he replied 'you have two $5, give me one.' I don't know how he did it but I had exactly two $5 bills in my pocket, I gave him one."
"As a child, I lost track of my mom while walking around after spotting a friend. It was a tiny town; the kind where you know everybody at least by sight, so I didn’t freak out, just went looking for her. I asked an arcade owner if he had seen her, and he said: 'Yeah, she went inside to the back. Why don’t you go in to look for her?'”
"My stranger danger alarm went off like crazy inside my head. I just said ‘no!’ and ran away. I swear this dude had dead AF eyes. Turns out she was just about a half a block ahead and was walking back to me. I never told her about the creepy man, and I regret it to this day thinking he might have actually lured a poor kid in."
Ya hungry?'Cookie Monster Eating GIF by Sesame StreetGiphy
"I'm walking through a parking lot between cars when right by my ear I hear an adult man ask in a syrupy-sweet voice 'Hey, cookie, ya hungry?'"
"I turn in shock/disgust to see he's sitting in a car with a little girl, sees me and says incredulously 'I was talking to my daughter.' My sister who witnessed this laughed til she cried."
It's like humans can't hear themselves. Have we no censor?
'do you want any chips'chips GIFGiphy
"I feel bad, there’s some legit scary stuff here, by comparison mine seems significantly less 'eerie.'"
"Walking home from work and a bloke screams Up in a car, slams the brakes and gets out. I assume I’m already being done over and accept my fate (it was a long day at work, I didn’t have fight back in me). Anyway, the bloke jumps to his boot (trunk?) swings it open and just screams 'do you want any chips' I said no thanks mate, and off he angrily sighs jumps back in his car and buggars off."
my family needs me!
"Not a stranger, but my brother stood up in the middle of a catatonic seizure and said these 3 things: 'Where am I? I have to get back to work in a few hours. My family… my family needs me!' - while looking around the room confused, and as he said that his eyes rolled back and suffered a second attack."
"He was 12 when this happened, and no, he didn’t have a job or a family of his own. I was there in the ER room when it happened while he was being attended by nurses. When he finally recovered consciousness a few hours later, he didn’t remember a single thing that happened that night and had no idea of the things he said."
Tuck and Roll
"I was in an Uber and the driver asked if had any kids and I said no. He was shocked and I asked why? And I kid you not he said 'I’m shocked no guy has ever tried. You’re a beautiful girl, I know I would have.' In that moment I was considering tucking and rolling out of the car but we were about to hit the highway and I didn’t want to be late for my flight 🙃."
Hey, you’re a great person!
"One day in high school, I was walking to Burger King and thinking about how much I didn’t like myself. When I got to Burger King, this homeless man inside yelled out to me across the restaurant 'Hey, you’re a great person! You’re a great person.'"
"I casually said thanks and left, like I wasn’t both stunned and creeped out. Reading through the comments, I see a lot of similar experiences with homeless people knowing what you’re thinking or details of your past. Amazing and creepy."
there was nobody there...anatomy preach GIFGiphy
"I'm a doctor. When I was working in psychiatry, a schizophrenic patient in the Emergency Department who I was clerking in asked me who the man in the turban behind me was (there was nobody there). I asked him to describe man and he described my grandfather who had been dead for several years perfectly."
People really need to read the room before speaking. Good night.
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Do you believe in magic?
I definitely do! My best friend reads tarot cards, and his predictions for me have always been accurate. I have to believe in magic! And I'm not the only one.
In the 1600s, people were notorious for believing in witchcraft. That's what led to the famous Salem Witch Trials. We don't torture or burn people at the stake anymore -- thankfully -- but that doesn't mean the belief in witchcraft has faded.
People make money by boasting the power of Sight. Magical talismans are sold for protection. Ouiji boards are constantly used to try and contact the dead.
Then there are people who have witnessed actual witchcraft themselves. If seeing is believing, those people are definitely believers.
Redditor hows_my_driving1, wanting to know more about real witchcraft, asked:
"people of reddit who have practiced or witnessed acts of witchcraft, voodoo or the occult. What was your experience?"
"It’s been healing. I cast a spell against my abuser. It was empowering to face not only the memories but forever banish them from my life. A week later she was arrested and finally charged."
Geographical Mind Reading
"I drove over to Salem on hot August morning and killed some time in the tourist district. One shop owner asked me if I wanted a psychic appt, but I told her I was just in to buy a candle. She laughed and grabbed my hand lightly and said "So you grew up in Reading.""
"She was right."
The Power of Sight
"little backstory first my grammy was a christian witch she told me when she was about to die when i was 4 and that this is in my blood to predict personal events, she told me how you have to listen to those little voices you hear but can’t pinpoint. anyways i’ve seen a 10ft tall shadowy figure with a deer skull and glowing yellow eyes my entire life this is what tells me the events i can “see” through it if i connect to a person with rituals we do together idk what i’d do without it honestly it scared me the first 16 years of my life but it’s been nothing but comforting since i accepted it"
Expelling The Cold
"I’m pretty sure my grandma practiced some sort of witchcraft. When i was really young maybe 4-5 i remember her taking me, my brother, and my cousin to this sort of church basement-like dark room and the only light was a small fire in the middle of the room. there was about 20 people in the room including a few more kids. I remember the adults had all the kids line up and walk around the room and once we got to the middle there was an old lady that essentially fire bended around each kid. I only remember this because it was the warmest i’ve ever been and i’ve had problems with always being cold ever since."
"So when I was a teenager I started practicing Buddhism. Or at least what I thought was Buddhism as I never went to a temple. Just read books and whatever I found on the net. Well at this point I believed in the possibility of magic. I wanted to be a healer. So I looked up whatever I could find about healing magic. I actually don't remember what I read. I know I used key terms like "Tibetan" and "shaolin" and even "druid" rather than "black magic" or "occult"
"One of the things I learned was the need for long spans of deep meditation. So after school I would often meditate for 30 mins to 2 or 3 hours. I did feel things, I did feel different. I even felt at some point that I had ascended to a higher meditative ability. However I only practiced healing magic once and the result is worth mentioning."
"The event begins with my then-girlfriend being very sick. Idk with what but very sick. High temp, pretty sure she was throwing up but she was stuck in bed for a few days so it was rough. Anyways, I told her I wanted to try and help her. Try to remove the negative energy, purify it and send it back. I sat and meditated as I believed I basically needed to "charge up". I meditated for literally between 4 and 6 hours. Might've fallen asleep. I begin the "procedure" which is to trace the body without touching it. The right hand ahead of the left. The right pulls out the negative energy, the energy is purified within the body and send back through the left. (read this somewhere)"
"Here's where things get weird. I was about half done and I accidently touched her forearm with my thumb. The result was a blue, thick arc of static leapt from my thumb and shocked her. she screamed like she had been pinched. I apologized of course but we soon noticed she had a sooty burn mark on her forearm and another near her own thumb where the electricity exited her body. She retained that mark for a quite a while but that's not the end of it. That night, minutes after the shock she asked for a glass of water. I left her room, to cross the living room to get to the kitchen. ...as I passed under the dome light fixture in the living room.... the lightbulb inside literally explodes and the light goes out. I still got the water."
"The next day her mom confirmed that the bulb had indeed completely shattered inside the dome and strangely enough my gf was completely better the next day."
"I never practiced healing magic again because I decided I had gotten lucky and that I probably could have hurt her."
Always Complete The Ritual
"A lot of people aren’t going to believe me and that’s fine. You shouldn’t believe half of the things on the internet anyways but I’m saying that this actually did happen."
"So back in the summer last year I started getting more into witch craft and rituals. Spell jars, incense, herbs, moon water, all that jazz. So after I did a bunch of research on how to make spell jars and the steps to go through it I decided I wanted to finally make a protection spell jar (that’s the first spell jar or spell you have to do before you start anything else). So I did everything I remembered to do, I lit incense and cleansed the jar and my work space, I told each herb what it’s purpose was as I put it from my hand into the jar, and I used a white candle to seal it. Keep in mind I did this around 11:30-12:00 at night. So I started to get a little dizzy and tired (assumed it was just from the incense) and decided to go to bed."
"I was laying down in my bed and I felt kinda weird like something was just off like that kind gut feeling? So I peak over a little on the side of my bed and out of the corner of my eye I saw this black figure was just sitting on the ground starring at me, and then I quickly turned my head fully and it looked like it’s whole body just smacked on the ground and dragged underneath my bed. Of course I turn my phone flash on and I start freaking out and I quickly look up wtf that was and if I accidentally caused it."
"Turned out I didn’t pray to my spirit guide for safety before I did the spell so the thing I saw was a “shadow man”, and they usually show up if you did something in the spell wrong. Idk just thought I’d share my creepy experience:)."
Now You See Them, Now You Don't
"I was a member of a ghost hunting crew in my free time for a few years. On one occasion, we were investigating at an old mental hospital/Tuberculosis hospital. It was a huge building with four floors. Did a walk through a few hours before and were on the property all day setting up cameras and equipment. Fast forward to about half way through the investigation."
"We'd been through most of the building and decided to go to the basement at about 3-4am. While walking through we started hearing some weird noises on the opposite side of the hospital. We made our way over and saw light coming from underneath a door. Disclaimer, this building had no electricity. So obviously, we were spooked. We opened the door and that's when we saw about 6 or 7 people sitting around a pentagram drawn on the floor surrounded by candles, and a dead cat in the middle. They all had on black cloaks and red masks. Very horror movie like. We were frozen in terror until one stood up, maintaining eye contact with me, and ran toward us. I slammed the door shut and we all took off."
"We got outside and immediately called the cops. When they arrived, we took them to the room, and the people were gone. No candles, no pentagram, no dead cat. Just disappeared. The cops thought we were crazy but we went through footage on a go-pro I had strapped to my chest that caught it all. I don't have the footage anymore, unfortunately, but honestly I don't know if I ever want to see it again."
"Should also note that the only entrance/exit to this hospital is where we came in and out. The backdoor was boarded shut, and we couldn't find any broken windows anywhere. We were by the front door when we called the cops and didn't leave it. They never came in or out of that door that night. We had a camera on the door all day, and they never went in, and we never saw them come out before the cops got there. Only thing I can assume is they either live in that basement, or aren't actually alive. Still have nightmares to this day of opening that door, and the eye contact held with the man that ran at me. I'll never know what happened, but I left the crew and never looked back after that night."
"Had an uncle who would consult witchdoctors to do harm to my dad who was a successful doctor. He and my dad had quite an age gap, so at a point in time, he paid for my dad's fees. Then was in disbelief that my dad had so much success so he begun to consult witchdoctors and things would happen ie unexplained accidents etc."
"There was a time the roof of our house would flap like there were animals jumping, and we heard noises like chicken or rats but when my brother would climb up to check, he would see nothing. With alot of prayers these incidents stopped, but to this day, we still find strange bottles with liquid and stuff ie feathers, bones planted around our village house. When I was younger, like 8, one time I was upset and sulking, and couldn't sleep. When I got up to put the light on, I felt hot breath on my neck. I was shocked and scared, but my parents came and said they saw nothing. When I put out the lights I heard someone breathing heavily. So I would block my ears and sleep, as my parents would say its nothing, and I was an only girl so I slept alone while my brothers slept in the other room, and my parents had their own room."
"There was onetime I saw an old lady in my room. She just sat there on the chair beside my bed in traditional garb. I would shut my eyes and just sleep, as no one would believe me. But when I was in campus years later, my dad said he stayed with a great aunt who was a sorcerer and he heard her speaking to evil spirits in the night. She would be slapping the ground and talking to them like they were little mischievous children. My dad never saw them."
"There are two areas in Kenya known for witchcraft, and we come from one of them. With alot of prayers, God has intervened in our lives rescuing us from bad situations.""
Last Resort Magic
"I remember having to lean on “witchcraft” to help keep my friend from getting deported, because there was a point where it seemed like nothing else could be done (I just flipped a cigarette in my pack, like back in the first two world wars, and I would smoke that cigarette to “cast my spell”)"
"Next thing you know, something happened that ended up working out in his favor, thus he got to come back home."
"Not to sound like that person, but I’m 70% convinced that if I didn’t do that, it would have ended terribly for him and everyone else that knew and loved him."
The Art Of Tarot
"I read tarot cards and so far I have always been accurate. I can read for people who have always had no luck with readings as they are described as "unreadable". My partner thinks it's all bull turd but asked me to do a reading for him and it hit every single nail on the head for stuff even I didn't know about him. I am a practicing witch but i only do small things for me and my close people. Spells, protection, cleansing that kind of thing. I've had way too many experiences of seeing things and experiencing things for me to deny any of its existence. Since I was a small child."
If I didn't believe in witchcraft before, I certainly would after those stories! What do you think?
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