DIY Voodoo Kit (Sep, 1956)
IF YOU know somebody who always beats you at croquet or who likes to swat you on the head and call you, “Old aardvark”â€”and who doesn’t know someone like that?â€” then what you need is a voodoo kit. With this you’ll spend many happy hours sticking needles into a little doll and pretending it’s your playmate. Voodoo is West Indian for black magic, which is the art of inflicting pain, sickness, death and bad luck by remote control. Another profitable trick you can do with it is cast love spells. You pick a real live doll to whom you aspire and, working through your voodoo doll, draw her to you as a magnet draws iron filings. You don’t need a toothless old practitioner any more; you buy this Do-It-Yourself Voodoo Kit, which is sold by a genius named Don Poynter of Cincinnati, Ohio. Don read a crack in a magazine about how there should be such a kit and promptly went to Haiti to arrange details. It sells well to people who say they want it for laughs.