In four other tales, conjure is used for revenge; two of these yield successful gains for the protagonists against slave owners ("Mars Jeems's Nightmare," "The Marked Tree"), yet the other two result in the maiming or death of slaves at the hands of a vengeful conjure man
("The Conjurer's Revenge," "The Gray Wolf's Ha'nt").
And any prophet with cabalistic formulas or conjure man
with magic family remedies attracts a large number of clients" (O negro brasileiro 320).
" is a winner for its bold characterization of Mama Mulate an educated practitioner of voodoo charged with solving a missing persons quest.
Most of the slaves visit the conjure man
, Old Catfish Primus, to get a "fighting hand" before the uprising (79).
When Arthur Flowers' conjure man
walks out of a sort of Rastifarian woodland to ask a married woman to let him court her, the blend of modern images and language achieves the sense of life's ineffable wonder that recalls Jean Toomer's Cane.
The tale begins with the slave Primus's theft and consumption of a shote belonging to a black conjure man
, who, learning the identity of the thief, turns him into a mule and sells him into a life of hard labor.
While the east is wondrously energetic, it lacks a central star presence or two that could ignite the production's real possibilities: A stronger "conjure man
" emcee and one really convincing singer could make all the difference.
Ultimately the root-worker (conjure man
) Bynum Walker (double-barreled name--a binder of men, always on the go) frees Loomis from his wretched past: "I'm standing now!" As with Slave Ship, rush to your bookstore and nearest director.
Opening their respective plays to a timeless world of "Black synesthesia"(6)--the negritude of kairos, or the eternal present, so to speak--are the old conjure man
in Battle of Angels, the "Negro woman" who is Eunice's neighbor in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Fly in Sweet Bird of Youth.
In orpheus thee is only Uncle Pleasant, a mad conjure man
who appears, like the Fate theme in Carmen, when the author would have our flesh creep.
When he discovers how he has been fooled, he takes revenge on Jube, but only after the conjure man
has rendered Dan's transformation into a gray wolf permanent.
Rudolph Fisher's The Conjure Man
Dies (1932) was the first mystery novel set in an African-American community.