The Return of Ms. Cleo, Mambo Priestess ?

Psychic. Fifth Avenue, NYC. By Timothy Krause.Licensed under CC 2.0

“Call me now ….”

Ms Cleo was the face and more memorably the voice of psychic readings in the late 90’s. My friends and I are still known to respectfully mimic her classic patois. Vice yesterday published an interview with the divine Ms herself. It’s very entertaining and I suggest everyone read it for themselves.

Ms. Cleo talks about being raised in the tradition of Obeah (the Jamaican based variation of Voodoo,) and her initiation and study up to become a Mambo priestess. She tells of being a playwright. Surprisingly she even gives her side of the legal troubles surrounding the Psychic Readers Network which was charged with deceptive advertising and billing by the Federal Trade Commission in 2002. The Director of the commission at the time said “ you don’t need a crystal ball to know that the FTC will continue to stop unfair and deceptive trade practices.” Ms. Cleo however says she was only paid $1,750 for the first infomercial, despite the company’s huge success. She has suffered a lot of bad press, but luckily for us she is present in the new documentary Hotline. It’s an official selection at this year’s Hot Docs. The documentary examines sex lines, psychic lines, suicide hotlines, and even prayer lines, and what it means to be on the phone in these ways.

Watch the trailer and Ms. Cleo if you’re reading this… Call me now, I’d love to interview you here on Voodoo Universe :)

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About Lilith Dorsey

Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Celtic, Afro-Caribbean, and Native American spirituality. Her traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University and the University of London, and her magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly , filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation, author of Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism and The African-American Ritual Cookbook, and choreographer for jazz legend Dr. John's "Night Tripper" Voodoo Show. She believes good ritual should be fun and innovative, and to that end she led the first ever Voodoo Zombie Silent Rave Ritual in July 2013, complete with confused Thriller flash mob.