How did Paul Create Dr. Torpor?
The idea of Dr. Torpor was originally inspired by Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors, a 1965 British horror movie. Peter Cushing played Dr. Schreck, a mysterious tarot reader. Other influences include Dr. Caligari from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Dr. Septimus Pretorius from Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Professor Marvel from The Wizard of Oz (1939), Professor A. Daemon from the Twilight Zone episode “The Chaser” (1960), Simon of Simon’s Sanctorum (a Boston horror host from 1970 to 1973), and one of Paul’s professors from graduate school, William B. Arndt Jr. Also, the good Dr. Torpor is an extension of some of Paul’s most bombastic and mischievous personality traits.
Why Does Dr. Torpor Look Like That?
Dr. Torpor’s cadaverous features are a combination of silent film makeup, the garish appearance of many horror hosts, and Voodoo face painting.
Will Paul Wear Dr. Torpor Makeup for My Online Tarot Reading?
For your reading Paul will not be in makeup. Paul has a serious attitude about the tarot. Unlike Dr. Torpor, who does not seem to take things very seriously. Dr. Torpor wears makeup for videos and live performances. Dr. Torpor can get quite wacky in his videos and in person.
What Makes Paul Polychronis a Good Tarot Reader?
Paul adds psychological knowledge to tarot readings (what Dr. Torpor affectionately calls, "scientific twaddle"). He views the tarot as a multifaceted stimulus that facilitates a unique conversation between querent and reader. Through this interaction, one’s way of life may express itself and be experienced differently than usual. A tarot reading provides a fascinating and unusual way to learn more about oneself by drawing out unconscious information.
"Heaven but the vision of fulfilled desire,
And hell the shadow of a soul on fire,
Cast on the darkness into which ourselves,
So late emerged from, shall so soon expire"
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Be wary of the Hollow Days!