To honor her ceremonies, where worshippers worked themselves into a frenzy, a massive statue was created that would start to lactate from all of the goddess' multiple sets of breasts at the climax of the ceremony. Yes, this means Heron fixed the boob-god statue with a timer. Yes, we have a video of the end result. And yes, you're welcome. We figured you could use a terrifying new fetish.
Ancient Egyptian Sorcerers Had Mastery Over Life and Death
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Ancient Egypt was not a bad place to be a magician. Particularly if you had an animal-themed act. Siegfried and Roy would have cleaned up, back in their prime. As recorded in the Westcar Papyrus, the most famous of the ancient animal-wrangling magicians was a man named Dedi, a seer and supernatural lion-tamer whose Ultimate Priest Attack was to sever and reattach heads.
Dedi might have been fictional, but the magic better have been real.
Though his pharaoh would have liked him to perform the trick on human prisoners, he instead demonstrated it on "a goose, a waterfowl, and an ox." Hopefully an unrepentant criminal ox.
Turns out, this whole "ripping the heads off animals and reattaching them" shtick is a pretty simple sleight of hand trick. It's still employed today, by performers like David Blaine.
Apparently, all you need is a cheesy prop, a bit of distraction, and a heck of a lot of showmanship. You procure a fake chicken head from your local fake-chicken-head supplier, tuck a real chicken under your arm, mime up a good show of pulling its head off, and then show it to the audience. The chicken has its head safely tucked under its own wing, facing away from the audience. While the rubes are flipping out about your rampant animal cruelty, you pretend to screw the head back on and all is well. Here's a handy step-by-step if you want to try it yourself.
(Note from Legal: For Christ's sake, do not try this yourself! In fact, please generally refrain from performing "decapitation magic" on animals based on the suggestions of an Internet comedy site. We honestly do not believe we had to type this. For shame, Cracked. For shame.)
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