The film travels around the world – from Montreal to Mexico City to New York and Hong Kong – investigating both the origins of so many superstitious rituals, and why human beings are hard-wired to find meaning and patterns in the unexplained phenomena around them. Here, producer Kenneth Hirsch talks about making the film. He didn’t think of himself as superstitious before starting work on the project, but find out how that changed.
How superstitious are you?
Kenneth Hirsch: You know, I wouldn’t have thought I was superstitious a year and a half ago, I would’ve said not at all superstitious, but one of the things the show does is it reminds us that we all are superstitious. You know, even the scientists we interviewed and the skeptics we interviewed, they all acknowledge their own personal superstitions. And I have mine as well: I touch wood if I say something I don’t want to jinx, and for sure, on a big day I’ll wear a lucky piece of clothing.
How did work start on this project?
I was actually approached by a writer in Montreal called Tom Puchniak, he’s the writer of this show, and he’d been wanting to do a show on superstitions for a while, actually. He came to me, I guess last April, and he said, ‘You know, there’s some new research out and a book out that shows that superstition is a good thing for us,’ and moreover that superstition seemed to be growing in influence in the world today, which was surprising to me in the sense that we’re living in such a scientific and technological era.