We're a society that believes in superstitions. We wear certain items for luck, we cross our fingers when we want things to happen, we refuse to walk under ladders, and we think a broken mirror causes seven years of awful luck.
These beliefs carry over into the theater world, too. Like the alleged curse surrounding Macbeth, which prevents actors, audience members, and everyone else from uttering the production's name, here are 10 other theater superstitions.
With game day just around the corner, we’ve been wondering what types of superstitions sports aficionados participate in. Our team talked briefly about it last week, and one of us admitted that we had to watch one game from the corner of our bed, because if we moved, our team would lose. (I won’t name names…)
My uncle has a particular pair of socks that he needs to wear whenever he wants his team, the Rams, to win, while my dad has to shut off the game if his team (Patriots) is losing so they can turn it around.
And even athletes themselves have superstitious traditions. Before each game, tennis player Serena Williams has to tie her shoes in a very specific way, then bounce the ball five times before her first serve, twice before her second. She also wears the same socks during a tournament run. Tiger Woods always wears red during his final rounds. Colorado Rockie Jason Giambi was known for wearing a golden thong when his game performance hit a slump.
Here are a few other quirky sports-related superstitions: