Jimmy Kimmel Sebastian Maniscalco Reveal Secrets of the Italian “Evil Eye” Superstition

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>> Jimmy: I HAVE TO SAY I DON'T THINK WE'VE EVER MET. I'M GLAD TO FINALLY MEET YOU. I FEEL WE HAVE A LOT OF THINGS IN COMMON. >> WE DO. I SAW YOU I THINK AT MY PEDIATRICIAN'S OFFICE. >> Jimmy: OH, REALLY? >> WE WERE IN THE WAITING ROOM. >> Jimmy: YOU DON'T GO TO AN ADULT-SIZE DOCTOR? >> NO I THINK WE SHARE THE SAME PEDIATRICIAN. I SAW THERE, AND I'M NOT THE TYPE OF GUY TO GO UP AND GO, HEY, HOW ARE YOU DOING? IT'S LIKE, OH, HE'S SEEING MY DOCTOR. >> Jimmy: I ASSUME YOU HAVE A CHILD, THEN? >> YES, CLOSE IN AGE TO YOUR SON. >> Jimmy: DO THE WHGOTCHA. >> I GOT TO TELL THE AUDIENCE, THE PEDIATRICIAN WE GOT, IT'S A LOT DIFFERENT THAN THE PEDIATRICIAN I HAD GROWING UP. IN A WAY YOU GET A GUY -- THIS GUY COMES IN A FULL SUIT. HE HAD COLOGNE ON. HE'S CHECKING MY BABY. SO -- YEAH THE GUY'S A BEAUTIFUL MAN. >> Jimmy: HE'S A HANDSOME GUY. YEAH, YOU GO -- BECAUSE MY DOCTOR IN BROOKLYN WAS DR. DIFILLIPO. ME DELIVERED MY MOTHER, PROBABLY MY GRANDMOTHER TOO, HE WAS LIKE 900 YEARS OLD. I DON'T KNOW IF HE WAS A PEDIATRICIAN, I DON'T KNOW WHAT HE WAS. >> PROBABLY NOT. >> Jimmy: IF WE GOT SICK, THAT'S WHERE WE WOULD GO. YOU'RE FROM AN ITALIAN-AMERICAN FAMILY. WHERE FOOD IS VERY IMPORTANT. AND I WAS SURPRISED TO LEARN IF YOUR BOOK THAT YOU AT ONE TIME WORKED AT THE OLIVE GARDEN. >> YEAH. >> Jimmy: A WAITER THERE? >> YEAH, A WAITER, 16 YEARS OLD. AND MY DAD'S FROM SISTERSICILY. I CAME HOME, DAD, I GOT A JOB AT THE OLIVE GARDEN. HE STARTS WEEPING. [ LAUGHTER ] HE'S LIKE, I CAN'T BELIEVE IT, YOUR GRANDMOTHER HAD AN OLIVE GARDEN, AND NOW YOU'RE WORKING AT AN OLIVE GARDEN? [ LAUGHTER ] I GO, NO, DAD, IT'S AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT. HE'S LIKE WHAT? HE'D NEVER BEEN THERE BEFORE. HE CAME IN TO VISIT ME ONCE. AND AT THE OLIVE GARDEN, IF YOU'VE BEEN, YOU SING A HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONG IF SOMEBODY HAS A HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I NEVER LEARNED THE SONG. SO IT WAS HARD TO GET ALL OF THE OTHER GARDENERS TOGETHER. TO SING THE SONG. SO I HAD TO GO IN A LOT OF TIMES ACAPELLA AND FAKE IT. ♪ FROM THE PASTA WE MADE TO THE LASAGNA WE MADE ♪ [ LAUGHTER ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] >> Jimmy: HAVE YOU BEEN BACK TO THE OLIVE GARDEN SINCE? >> NO, I HAVE NOT. >> Jimmy: YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT ITALIAN FAMILIES. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I KNEW YOU TOUCHED ON IS THE EVIL EYE. >> YEAH. >> Jimmy: NOW THIS IS SOMETHING WHEN I EXPLAIN IT TO MY FRIENDS WHO ARE NOT ITALIAN -- EVEN SOME WHO ARE -- THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. BUT EXPLAIN WHAT IT IS. >> I WAS SO EXCITED NOT ONLY TO COME ON YOUR SHOW BECAUSE I'VE BEEN A FAN OF YOU, WHEN I HEARD YOU WERE PRIVY TO THE EVIL EYE. >> Jimmy: OH, YES. I WORE A HORN TO PROTECT MYSELF FROM THE EVIL EYE AS A TEENAGER. >> YES. FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW THE EVIL EYE, YOU COULD BE GIVEN IT BY SOMEONE WHO'S JEALOUS OF YOU, OR THEY COULD COMPLIMENT YOU, YOU LOOK GREAT! WHAT THEY'RE REALLY DOING IS PUTTING A CURSE ON. [ LAUGHTER ] SO NOW YOU MIGHT HAVE A DIFFERENT TALE, BUT IN MY FAMILY, IF YOU GOT THIS EVIL EYE, IN ORDER TO FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE IT, THERE'S A LITTLE BOWL WITH WATER. >> Jimmy: YEP, THAT'S RIGHT. >> PUT A LITTLE OLIVE OIL IN THE BOWL. THEN TAKE THE MIDDLE FINGER AND STIR IT THREE TIMES. NOW, IF THE OIL AND WATER GO TOGETHER, YOU GOT IT. >> Jimmy: RIGHT. >> ALL RIGHT? >> Jimmy: FIT LOOKS LIKE A LITTLE EYE, YEAH, RIGHT. >> YEAH. IF THERE'S TWO RINGS, THOUGH, A FEMALE GAVE TO IT YOU. >> Jimmy: RIGHT. >> OKAY? I JUST HEARD THIS. THIS IS A NEW ONE TO ME. FIT LOOKS LIKE A BRACELET, A MAN GAVE IT TO YOU. NOW DO YOU HAVE ANY VARIATION TO THAT STORY? >> Jimmy: YEAH, OKAY, I'LL TELL YOU, FIRST OF ALL YOU'D HAVE TO MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS OVER THE BOWL OF WATER THREE TIMES. >> OKAY. >> Jimmy: AND THEN THERE WERE THREE DROPS OF OIL. VERY SIMILAR. IT WAS ALWAYS LIKE THE SAME BOWL WE'D EAT OUT OF, A PASTA BOWL. THEN THERE WAS A PRAYER THAT COULD ONLY BE LEARNED AT MIDNIGHT ON CHRISTMAS EVE. >> OKAY, THIS IS WHERE I WAS TALKING TO MY FATHER BEFORE THE SHOW. DAD, THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT A MIDNIGHT SOMETHING. HE GOES, THERE'S NO MIDNIGHT! [ LAUGHTER ] THERE'S OIL AND WATER! I GO, NO, THERE'S A MIDNIGHT THING IN THERE. SO I'M GLAD THAT YOU CLARIFIED. >> Jimmy: MY GRANDFATHER SAID HE HAD TO LEARN IT AT MIDNIGHT. AND THEN HE WOULD HAVE TO SAY THE PRAYER OVER YOU. AND ONCE I GOT THE EVIL EYE, AND IT HAD TO BE REMOVED FROM ME, AND IT TURNED OUT, ACCORDING TO MY FAMILY WHO DID THE INVESTIGATION WITH THE THING, IT WAS A KID WHO CAME IN AND I HAD A TOY THE KID WANTED. SO THE KID GAVE ME THE EVIL EYE AND LEFT. >> SO HERE'S ONE. IS THERE SOMETHING IN THE WATER THAT SAYS IT'S A KID? >> Jimmy: OH! I DON'T THINK SO. >> TO THE GOOGLE PEOPLE, IS THIS EVEN ON GOOGLE? I DON'T EVEN KNOW. >> Jimmy: I DON'T KNOW. >> IT'S GUYS LIKE YOU THAT HAVE THESE STORIES PASSED DOWN. THAT I DON'T THINK GOOGLE KNOWS ABOUT. >> Jimmy: I REMEMBER THINKING EVEN AT THAT TIME THINKING MY FAMILY WAS CRAZY. EVEN WHEN I WAS A KID. THINKING, THERE'S NO WAY THIS IS REAL. COULD POSSIBLY BE REAL. BUT I WAS, OF COURSE, INTERESTED IN THE MIYSTERY OF IT. >> DID YOU GUYS HAVE -- WE HAD A HORSESHOE THAT WAS OVER THE DOOR. BUT IT WAS UPSIDE DOWN. NOW THAT'S SUPPOSED TO KEEP THE DEMONS AWAY. >> Jimmy: I LIVED IN VEGAS. WE HAD THE HORSESHOE IN VEGAS. I MEAN, BENNION'S HORSESHOE. THAT'S WHERE WE'D GO TO GET AWAY FROM DEMONS. WE DID HAVE A LOT OF HORSESHOES ALTHOUGH I NEVER THOUGHT IT WAS FOR ANYTHING OTHER THAN GENERAL LUCK. MY GRANDFATHER WOULD THROW HORSESHOES TOO. WE DIDN'T HAVE HORSES, JUST THE SHOES. >> NO, JUST HORSESHOES RANDOMLY PEPPERED THROUGHOUT THE HORSE. >> Jimmy: A BUNCH OF BAREFOOT HORSES ROAMING AROUND LAS VEGAS BECAUSE OF OURS. WELL, I HEARD YOU'RE DOING A BIG COMEDY SPECIAL AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, WHICH IS A HUGE, HUGE THING. >> YEAH, IT'S BEEN A LONG JOURNEY FOR ME. I MOVED 20 YEARS AGO DOWN THE STREET, FIVE BLOCKS AWAY FROM HERE, ON HOLLYWOOD AND FULLER, 20 YEARS AGO. AND NOW I'M DOING RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, WHICH IS A REALLY BIG MOMENT IN MY LIFE. AND THAT'S NEXT WEEKEND. FIVE SHOWS THERE. WE'RE TAPING IT. >> Jimmy: FIVE SHOWS, WOW. >> YEAH, FIVE SHOWS. I GOT MY FAMILY COMING OUT. >> Jimmy: WHO ARE YOU TAPING IT FOR? >> NETFLIX. >> Jimmy: A BIG NETFLIX SPECIAL. >> NETFLIX SPECIAL. MY FATHER'S COMING OUT WITH THE HORSESHOES, THE WHOLE THING. [ LAUGHTER ] >> Jimmy: NICE. I'VE BEEN FOLLOWING YOU A LONG TIME. YOU'RE VERY FUNNY. I'M GLAD TO HAVE YOU HERE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SEBASTIAN.

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