Theatrical Superstitions

Apr 29, 2013

Don't bring these backstage.
Credit / Steven Depolo

The theater is rife with superstitions, not the least is the one that says it’s bad luck to whistle backstage.

This has its roots in the fact that in the distant past, sailors were hired to run the fly loft on the premise that their expertise with knots would serve them well.

They communicated by a system of whistles. Therefore, someone else whistling could send wrong cues and create a bit of havoc.