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John Safran vs The Occult

Length: 3 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (616 ratings)

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John Safran has fallen in with the wrong crowd - again.

He has spent months among sorcerers, satanists, and exorcists. Now he's spilling the beans in a new podcast.

Forget gentle white witches and tarot card readers. John packs his bag and fearlessly heads off to places where black magic leads not only to exorcisms but… murder. He flies to the US and investigates a gang who murdered a teenage girl for disturbing their satanic shrine. He sails to remote islands in Vanuatu, where laws have been passed to quash witchcraft and contravening them can lead to public hanging or exile. Back in his hometown of Melbourne, he spends time with a Muslim professional who, convinced she is possessed by spirits, seeks an Islamic exorcism.

John discovers that a belief in black magic can bring people together... and tear them apart. But why - in an age where we have scientific knowledge at our fingertips - are so many people still fearful of the spirit realm? And what are police and psychologists meant to do to rein all this in?

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Black magic is alive and kicking in the 21st century...

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What is the audio-book version of "unputdownable"?

Whatever that word is, that is what this podcast was. Funny, clever amd all the rest. Loved it.

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Pure gold

Anything John Safran touches is gold, tgis is no acception. Give this a listen, and his books a read.

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Hail Satan and Murder Teenagers!

Like a cheap ozito drill from Bunnings boreing through my ear canal, John Safran's voice drills a signature style of gonzo journalism into my sheltered life leaving me with the associated brain damage one would expect when engaging in these cheap thrills. There are worse ways to spend a couple of hours, do yourself a favour and let him mush your mind.

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John Safran you've done it again.

His talent for finding stories is only matched by how listenable he is. Who would have predicted that a whinging guy from St Kilda would give a great explanation on Satan worship in US gangs.

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Great listen.

Content and delivery kept me engaged the entire time. I'm also not a saffron fan, so that's saying something.

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Interesting subject matter, excellent sound design

This was such a great podcast. excellently produced and sound design is really immersive and subtle.
Its pretty spooky and interesting to hear the way the occult has entered the lives of people across the world. listening to the final ep I've got chills!

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He has returned!

I've always been a big fan of Safran, and this series didn't dissapoint.
I tried to ration the episodes out to make them last longer. I failed.

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I’m captivated

Always been a John Safran fan right from his first appearance on reality TV. Maybe I’m biased, but I can’t stop listening to this podcast.

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Great storyteller

Big fan of John’s for a while now. This is a great example of his ability to spin a tale and his knack for transporting his audience to strange and interesting contexts.
Do yourself a favour and listen to this

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Absorbs you , and takes you on a journey.

Safran is a great story teller, the topics are a bit dark, but Safran sprinkles his trademark humour in the mix, anyone familiar with his previous works will expect.

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  • 02-12-2019

Interesting

Found it interesti g but wished for more facts detail etc Narrator easy to listen to

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  • 20-11-2019

Really not much of a story.

Just generally poor. Two or three interviews which can't have taken much more 30 minutes each and not really about the occult.

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  • 07-12-2019

Awesome

This helped me through a long plane journey and was so interesting I stayed awake!

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  • Mark
  • 25-02-2020

great listen for the curious mind

passed my afternoon at work quick it interesting and got me thinking.highly recommended in fact it's worth a second listen

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  • ian
  • 13-02-2020

interesting subject!

Some great content. found the story lacked direction at times, but was interesting.
I liked the narrators voice, which reminded me of Ron Jonson. However I did not know if he was being serious or joking at times but enjoyed the delivery of the story all the same.
That said it was a great listen, really enjoyed it.

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  • T G Steele
  • 23-01-2020

Interesting short documentary.

Interesting topic, well narrated. Wasn't exactly what I was expecting but I enjoyed it none the less.

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  • Steven Nigel Ibbotson
  • 13-01-2020

enjoyable

great documentary. no so much about the occult but a great listen. worth the time

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  • Loui
  • 17-12-2019

very interesting

gave lots of interesting points and I enjoyed the Interviews with the various people from different backgrounds

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  • Sasperella
  • 14-12-2019

Interesting

Not quite what I was expecting but it was an interesting listen nonetheless. Would listen to more from him.

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  • BitMonkey
  • 09-12-2019

(Black) Magical stuff.

A well presented and researched investigation that deviated from the route that I expected such work to take and is enjoyably fresh because of it.

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