How to Get Rid of the Scottish Curse

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How to Get Rid of the Scottish Curse

So someone said 'Macbeth' in a theater... What to do when the name of the Shakespearian Scottish play equivalent of Voldemort has now been uttered? Lucky for you, there's a way to get rid of the bad luck from the "the-play-that-must-not-be-named". Check out the cleansing ritual below for that play. And good luck! Er... break a leg!

The Classic Remedy

To reserve the ill-fate brought on by saying The Bard's Play is for the offender to step outside, turn around three times, spit over the left shoulder, and say a line of Shakespeare from another play. 

Most commonly used lines:

  • "Angels and ministers of grace defund us" -Hamlet

  • "If we shadows have offended" - A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • "Fair thoughts and happy hours attend on you" - The Merchant of Venice

Finally, the offender must knock on the door on the theater and receive permission to enter again. 

Nothing like a little banishment to keep you from mentioning Macbeth, eh? .... Oh no. 


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