Graveyard Shift 12 Famous People Who Allegedly Practiced Black Magic  

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Humans have always been captivated by the mysteries of the universe and the secrets of life and death. People use the occult for a variety of reasons - for money, for love, for fame. And celebrities are no different. They too want to know the secrets of the universe and sometimes dabble in black magic. You might even be surprised by some of these people who have either been suspected of practicing or openly do practice black magic or study magical arts and philosophy. 

The history of celebrities and the occult goes way back to the early days of music, tv, literature, and film. Famous writers, musicians, artists, actors and more have been accused of practicing black magic for decades. To this day, there are still many famous people with an open interest in mysticism. Whether these people who practiced black magic, or any sort of magic at all, did it for real, these figures have managed to get public imagination abuzz. Check out this list if you want to know more about some famous black magic users who fought demons, cast curses, and hoarded mythic books, among other things.

David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 12 Famous People Who Allegedly Practiced Black Magic
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David Bowie was one of the most influential rock musicians of all time. He was known for his experimentation in sound, style, and persona. However, things got a little weird for him in the '70s. While recording the 1976 album Station To Station - an album which he barely remembered recording - Bowie became swallowed by cocaine use, alcoholism, paranoia, and magic. He became obsessed with using magic to attain success and protect and defend himself from demonic forces. He would draw pentagrams on every surface he possibly could. 

Bowie would go on strange rants that no one could follow, refused to go above the third floor in any building, took part in strange rituals, and believed that witches were trying to steal his seed to create a demon baby. Eventually he even called a white witch to lift the curse and exorcize his house. 

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William S. Burroughs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 12 Famous People Who Allegedly Practiced Black Magic
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As one of the most famous authors of all time, William S. Burroughs had a lot of significance in 20th century counterculture. While he's known for his book Naked Lunch, Burroughs is less known for his love of curses. As in he placed curses on places and people he didn't like or he felt wronged by. Burroughs claimed he had closed a restaurant in London where he had gotten bad service with magic.

Burroughs and fellow novelist Truman Capote had been insulting each other and their work for years when Burroughs finally reached his breaking point. He cursed the other author in an open letter: 

“You will never have anything else. You will never write another sentence above the level of In Cold Blood. As a writer you are finished.”  

Weirdly enough, Burroughs' curse came true. The only thing Capote managed to have published before his death a year later got him kicked out of celebrity circles. 

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Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 12 Famous People Who Allegedly Practiced Black Magic
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Actor and musician Sir Christopher Lee is so well known for playing terrifying villains on stage and screen that it began to spill into his real-life reputation. During his life he was suspected of engaging in occult practices, and one of the most popular rumors was that he had one of the largest collections of occult literature in the world. Lee himself not only denied all of this, but delivered a powerful warning to all wannabe black magic practitioners.  

“I have met people who claim to be Satanists, who claim to be involved with black magic, who claimed that they not only knew a lot about it. But as I said, I certainly have not been involved and I warn all of you: never, never, never. You will not only lose your mind: you lose your soul.”

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Grimes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 12 Famous People Who Allegedly Practiced Black Magic
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Canadian Witch House artist Grimes is known for her brilliant music and odd persona. She has featured occult personalities in her videos, as well as tweeted pictures of different mystic books. She is also known to go to extreme lengths while recording, such as locking herself away without food, water, or company for extended periods of time in order to access weird realms of consciousness. That is exactly what she did while recording her 2012 album Visions. She told The Guardian that on day nine of deprivation everything changed. 

"I started to feel like I was channeling spirits. I was convinced my music was a gift from God. It was like I knew exactly what to do next, as if my songs were already written."

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