SALEM — The witches went away early during last night's Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour by Charlie Sheen at Boston University's Agganis Arena — but they didn't go away mad.
It may have been the violence, or at least the heated atmosphere, that sent Salem warlock Christian Day, Lori Bruno, who works at the witch shop Hex, and Lorelei, owner of Crow Haven Corner, out of the arena before Sheen had finished his unconventional presentation.
"It felt a little like he was inciting people into his own insane place," said Day. The crowd, he added, with many drunk and others high, seemed "similar to the mobs at public executions. ... This wasn't done well. A lot of people left when we did. Of course, a lot of people did enjoy it — granted they were drunk," Day said.
But Day was ready to give the troubled movie and television star his due, saluting the impact he had on local occultists after he called himself a "Vatican assassin warlock." Day used the remark to denounce the common misuse of the term "warlock."
"It is misunderstood as a traitor, and devil and betrayer of other witches," said Day. "It's a male witch. It's a positive thing."
For Day, dozens of radio and television interviews followed Sheen's remark.
Last night, he said, took it all "full circle." Day couldn't be mad at the "Two and a Half Men" star.
"Charlie Sheen shaped my life," he said. "He put me in the media all over the world. ... People keep calling me and asking what I think of Charlie Sheen."
His gratitude was manifest as he said, "I paid more for these tickets than for (Barbara) Streisand."
The three Salem witches arrived in full witch fashion to last night's event. They agreed that the crowd, drunk or not, seemed to appreciate the effort. Yet, for all the build-up, Sheen did not acknowledge them and barely mentioned the controversy.
"He didn't really see us," said Laurie Stathopoulos, who uses the "magical name" Lorelei. "He did say he's not a warlock."
She brought gifts — pentagons for Charlie and his "goddesses" or girlfriends — and left them with the security people. Earlier, Lorelei had performed a magical intervention to try to heal Sheen and protect the admitted drug abuser.
She seemed to think he requires more intervention. "Does he need work?" Lorelei asked of his show. "Yes. He needs work." But she judged it better than the one in Detroit, where he was booed off the stage and in New York, where the crowd grew rowdy, disrespectful and Sheen left early.
On the other hand, she said, "He looked totally coherent and he wasn't drunk."
"Charlie will do all right," said Bruno, noting that he announced plans to donate proceeds to aid Japanese earthquake victims. It's a good thing, she said. "When you give you live."
Asked if he said anything memorable, Bruno cited Sheen's now familiar catch-phrase, "Winning." And as if to concede that the final score isn't in yet, she added, "I hope he does win."