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Hexing Hitler: That Voodoo That You Do Makes Me Want To Cry…

Let’s face it – the world we live in now, and the world seventy one years ago were two very different places. While some of the biggest box-office smash include the CG comic-book action explosion, The Avengers, top grossing films of 1942 included I Married a Witch, Road to Morocco, and the year’s highest grossing epic, Mrs. Miniver.

On top of that, the world was completely engulfed by the horrors and tragedies of WAR. 1942 was a year, when the best was yet to come, and undoubted pressures and insecurities were running mad like devils (this not being too different than our current social climate), and no doubt there were those who were foreseeing THE END.

Luckily, THE END has yet to be seen in terms of whether or not we are physically standing on this Earth today – this I can confidently attest to. Luckily for us, the horrors of such a war are far behind us. But let us not forget the times where we weren’t so sure.

“On the wet windy evening of January 22, a youthful band of idealists went to a lonely cabin in the Maryland woods.”

These pictures were taken 70 years ago, as well. The year is 1942 and we, The Eye of Faith, have taken a journey South to the backwoods of Maryland where “On the wet windy evening of January 22, a youthful band of idealists went to a lonely cabin in the Maryland woods.”

These previously unpublished photographs taken by LIFE Magazine photographer Thomas McAvoy amazingly capture the drama of a “hexing party” organized “to kill Adolf Hitler by voodoo incantation.” in definitely one of LIFE’s weirdest and most wonderful pieces of history ever untold. It would be three more years until Hitler would go down by his own hand, but such a powerful force of evil could have used a few more helping hands.

“a dressmaker’s dummy, a Nazi uniform, nails, axes, tom-toms and plenty of Jamaica rum,” …sounds like the tagline for a damn good movie.

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{A new article from the Huffington Post announced Hitlers boyhood home in Austria is up for grabs, and not without fears of neo-nazi condos.  Make’s us nostalgic for the days of Hexing Hitler. Photographed for LIFE magazine. Circa, 1942}


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Face the Future: Vapid Freakshow Covers Vogue Italia


Sex and vanity collide in the  not so distant future.   S&M undertones emerge and take over the carnal landscape of this isolated Ranch.   A day in the life with rich bliss and voyeuristic intentions have us intrigued and mildly disturbed.  So follow our lead as we take you through this bizarre yet eye-catching display of Fashion at it’s finest.

From the September spread for Vogue Italia shot by Steven Meisel, we are taken to a dark and strange world, with high end appeal.  Watch the above video by Gordon Von Steiner to get a glimpse into the weird world of mystery and perversion, mixed with aspirational sex appeal.

Model Carolyn Murphy channels her best Sharon Needles in this latest cover story.  With dozens of masks, each freakier than the last, and gorgeous styling by Karl Templer, we are blown away by the horror we find looking through this spread.

Thanks to Haute Macabre for bringing these images to our attention, we just knew we had to share it with our readers here at The Eye of Faith. Share with us your thoughts on this strange and telling tale of masked beauty and eerie fascination.


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Ventriloquy: That, Dummy, Ain’t Funny!

Sometimes the thought of a porcelain doll could make us jump into our bed and hide under the covers.  But today we want to bring attention to the forgotten art of Ventriloquy.

Yes, once upon a time, people didn’t just use dolls to instill fear in small children and grown up alike.  There was a time when performing with a doll was a science! It was a huge part of the world of Vaudeville.  To bewilder and astound audiences with trained voices that could not be explained, and techniques and tactics to amuse and delight!

The first known use of Ventriloquy was back in 1584 if you’d believe it! Originally, ventriloquism was a religious practice. The name comes from the Latin ‘for to speak from the stomach’.  The Greeks called this gastromancy.  The noises produced by the stomach were thought to be the voices of the unliving, who took up residence in the stomach of the ventriloquist. The ventriloquist would then interpret the sounds, as they were thought to be able to speak to the dead, as well as foretell the future.

Naturally, the practice of interpreting sounds made by the human body after death was not so natural for most.  Manipulating a corpse to mimic speaking left most instinctively offended, and the whole art came off as ‘eerie’.  As a matter of fact, in the Middle Ages, Ventriloquism was thought to be similar to witchcraft.  As Spiritualism led to stage magic and escapology, ventriloquism became more of a performance art.  By the 19th Century it shed its mystical roots and has since become the freaky dummy play we know and love today.


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1890-1910, [gentleman in costume embracing a mannequin], François Bruner


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