The Sporting Life

The Sacred Grove

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Enter into the sporting life, the world of prostitutes, pimps, madams, gamblers, bootleggers, and drag queens. From the ritzy clubs, hidden speakeasies, luxurious brothels, and down-on-their-luck dives of old to the seedy massage parlours and back alleys of today, the sporting life has always intersected with the culture of African-American hoodoo, conjure, and rootwork. Now Professor Porterfield takes you into the clandestine milieu of underworld beliefs and secret practices, and shows the impact that the sporting life has on the world of magic and spirituality. With more than 150 practical spells, charms, recipes, and authentic old-style tricks, The Sporting Life pulls back the velvet curtain that has for too long concealed the life, times, and history of the demimonde.

Presenting the magic of the prostitutes of the Bible, the working girls of Storyville and Memphis, the high-stakes bettors, the magnetic madams, the persuasive pimps, the cagey corner dope dealers, and members of oppressed lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender communities of colour โ€” The Sporting Life is sure to startle your senses and thrill your heart. This exhaustively researched book blows open the hidden world of love, lust, vice, and danger that is the sporting life.

Professor Charles Porterfield is an Old Testament, old-school reader and rootworker. His previous books include Hoodoo Bible Magic and A Deck of Spells. He is a natural man who specializes in men's issues and the Biblical and historical aspects of hoodoo and conjure. Texas born and raised, he lives with his wife, children, grandchildren, and two cats.


Dedication 4
Acknowledgement 4
Preface 5
Hoodoo, Conjure, and Rootwork 7
What is the Sporting Life? 8
Slinging Slang 9
Working Girls and Hustling Women
Fancy Ladies, Call Girls, and Hookers 14
Madams and Aunties 18
Spells for Prostitutes and Escorts 20
Flesh Peddlers and Gentlemen of Leisure
Pimps, Loverboys, and Sugar Daddies 26
Bringing Them In and Turning Them Out 30
Spells for Procurers and Panderers 32
Sissy Men and Bull Dagger Women
Boy-Girls, Queers, and Drag Queens 38
You Sure Gotta Prove It On Me 42
Spells for Gay Men and Lesbian Women 44
Gamblers, Runners, and Players
Policy and the Numbers 50
Beating the Odds 54
Spells for Games of Chance and Skill 56
Bootleggers, Traffickers, and Pushers
To Live Outside the Law You Must Be Honest 62
Keeping The Man Away 66
Spells for Breaking the Rules While Staying Safe 68
Dives, Houses, and Holes
Brothels and Cathouses 74
The Juke Joint 79
Spells for Drawing Trade to an Illegal Business 81
Dressing for the Demimonde
Nice Shoes and the Walking Blues 86
Hide My Eyes 89
Spells for Looking Good and Staying Sharp 92
Bibliography 96

First Edition 2016

Published by
The Lucky Mojo Curio Company
6632 Covey Road
Forestville, California 95436

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