'Sweet Spot' With Mike Sugerman: Brooklyn Shop Sells Evil Eyes For Good Luck

May 17, 2018 - 8:40 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Are you superstitious?  Maybe you’ve been to the small Brooklyn shop, which could be the only one of its kind to ward away evil spirts.

In this week’s “Sweet Spot,” Mike Sugerman tried to get lucky.

So, someone gave you the evil eye. What are you going to do? Where are you going to go?

“I sell evil eye,” said Adil Kosterolgu.

Indeed he does. He sells the evil eye talisman to whoever makes it into his Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn shop called the Zigana Gift Shop.

“Evil eye means for good luck... if someone is jealous for you, it protects (from) bad luck. It can prevent bad luck, ” Kosterolgu said.

So the evil eye is actually for good luck? This gets confusing.

In some cultures the evil eye is a curse cast on people by a mean glare. But to ward it off, there is also the talisman called the evil eye – blue and white concentric circles.

That’s what Kosterolgu sells at his shop – necklaces, keychains, even bells.

“I have customers, you know, Jewish customers, Christian, Muslim – everybody. For everybody,” he said.

Evil eyes are mentioned in rabbinic literature, as well as Islamic literature. Kosterolgu is from Turkey, where the belief is very strong.

His store also sells all sort sof Turkish books and videos. But it is the evil eyes most people come for.

Where else are they going to go?

“I’ve never seen it in New York – in the U.S., actually,” said Sam Otun.

That’s why Otun came by, to the superstore of evil eyes. If it’s not the only one of its kind in the U.S., it’s certainly the largest.

Kosterolgu could be the luckiest guy around.

“I keep some in my house, in my car, all over my store – it keeps away bad luck,” he said.