Gene de Jean Lifts a Curse on Dallas — 1970
by Paula Bosse
Curse lifted — all in a day’s work…
by Paula Bosse
On Sept. 4, 1970, at the corner of Commerce and Ervay, a “white-magic warlock” named Gene de Jean conducted a ceremony to lift a heinous curse placed on Dallas in 1963 by a somewhat vague “malevolent black-magic coven” — this curse, which, uncoincidentally, preceded the JFK assassination, had apparently hung over the city for 7 long years. Fortunately, the media had been alerted, and we have film footage of the historic occasion in which a mysterious warlock lifted a nasty curse which no one in Dallas knew had been cast in the first place.
Do-gooding warlock Gene de Jean arrived in a “velvetized Cadillac” (a Cadillac COVERED IN BLACK VELVET!) with a be-robed bell-ringing acolyte, and, with Neiman-Marcus in the background, he uttered a few incantations and proclaimed the curse lifted. He also “blessed” a few random people in the crowd for good measure before walking back to the waiting velvetized warlock-mobile, his job done. In his wake there was much rejoicing and/or confused looks exchanged on Commerce Street. Thank you Mr. de Jean!
In something of a kill-joy article, the Associated Press revealed that “Gene de Jean” was a warlock stage-name. In non-warlock life he was Gene McIntosh, mild-mannered Houston psychologist. When pressed by the reporter, Gene said that it was “pure coincidence” that the Texas Association of Magicians was wrapping up its 25th annual convention 2 blocks away at the Statler Hilton (which can be seen in the background of the footage). So, yes, Gene McIntosh and Lee Thompson (the bell-ringing “acolyte”) were well-known Houston magicians/illusionists in town for a magicians’ convention. And — why not? — a friendly curse-lifting.
Here’s the footage — at the 12:19 mark — captured by a WFAA-Channel 8 News cameraman for posterity.
And a few screenshots of the warlock in action.
Associated Press photo by Ferd Kaufman
Seriously — how do you cover a car with velvet?
Voilà! Curse lifted!
Doing a little research, I have to say, when I came across the photo below, I felt a twinge of betrayal. Or at least disappointment. It shows Gene de Jean on the streets of Milwaukee (Milwaukee?!!) in June, 1970. The guy in the sunglasses is also seen with him in Dallas. The caption of this photo: “A self-described warlock (male witch) in black flowing cape bestowed a blessing right here in Old Milwaukee Tuesday. Gene De Jean blessed the city and a number of passersby at N. 3rd St. and W. Wisconsin Ave. He was in town for a magician’s convention.” Was it all just a schtick, Gene? And I thought we had something special.
via Wisconsin Historical Society
Sources & Notes
Video and screenshots are from the WFAA NewsFilm Collection, G. William Jones Film Collection, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University; the footage is from Sept. 4, 1970 and can be found on YouTube here (clip begins as the 12:19 mark).
When I posted a version of this on my Facebook page a few weeks ago, David B. commented with a couple of informative links about Gene McIntosh (who died in 2006): this overview of his career as a magician, and this tale of a stunt he performed while driving from Houston to Dallas in 1959, blindfolded the whole way. RIP, Gene.
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There may be more to the curse than is known. It may well have been done on November 22, 1963 and not before. Mr. “Gene de Jean” might have laid it on thicker because like all magicians (and warlocks) his profession is deception and illusion. He reminds me of Anton LeVay the founder of the Church of Satan who started out working in Carnivals. Larry Crafard who started working for Jack Ruby just before JFK was assassinated worked in Carnivals too. I wonder if “Gene de Jean” ever worked on any government projects involving hypnotism or telepathy or propaganda.
There are a number of things about Dealey Plaza that suggest a curse. The old Masonic Lodge was there. Main, Commerce and Elm streets look like the Cabalistic Tree. The pool of blood by the pergola…
The curse was probably not just on Dallas, it was probably bigger than that.
Thank you Paula for this information. Things are not always what they appear. Any research into the Kennedy Assassination will reveal that.
I am kinda more interested in the velvet-covered Cadillac limousine.
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