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22 Populär Culture Review fortune, misfortune, and spiritual opportunities that in the case o f Harry Angel have irrevocable consequences. The numbers o f the two dice— six and two— reveal these notions. The first die shows the number two, a number that signifies unity as well as its “movement away ffom unity” (Greer 494). Number two, thus, expresses dualism until its meaning o f unity coincides with its opposing notion o f Separation. In this sense, number two can also be perceived as an antagonistic number as it can oppose its initial meaning. From a spiritual perspective, the antagonistic force o f number two is num ber one, a num ber often linked to God the Father. Hence, “the Devil, “telling always no,” and the Evil which it personifies, have the number 2 for its Symbol” (Desrosier, Two online). Consequently, number two represents the bad opposing the good, the spiritual opposing the secular, the virtuous opposing the evil, the honest opposing the deceitful. The allusion to duality, false appearances, and moments o f Separation play an important role in Parker’s film. Throughout the entire movie, Louis Cypher pretends to be nothing eise than Harry A ngel’s employer. Only too late does Angel realize that he has been fooled and that his own identity and unity o f the seif have been jeopardized by what initially seemed to be a Professional engagement with Louis Cypher. The symbolic articulation o f the number six, which finds representation in the increasing manifestation o f evil as the film progresses, Supports the film ’s domineering notions o f deception, imperfection, sin, and evil (see Desrosier, Six online). Moreover, it is “the number o f the test” that requires choices and decisions to be made by the person tested, in our case, Harry Angel (Desrosier, Six online). Adding the two numbers together, we obtain the number eight, the number symbolizing finality, “immutable etemity” and self-destruction (Desrosier, Eight online). Here we can conclude that the individual dice as well as the combination o f the two provide the viewer with inside knowledge about the exceptional and unique rules o f a very peculiar game that Harry Angel is unable to win. It is a game in which evil, camouflaged by a business suit, wins over good and decides upon life. It is a game initiated and won by the Devil. Voodoo Dolls and Magic: Voodoo Dolls in Angel Heart The notion of game and play is also attached to dolls. They are playmates that often become a child’s companion, confidant, and talisman. They are lifeless beings that sometimes seem to acquire