Dr. Snake - otherwise known as Jimmy Lee Shreeve - is a practitioner of voodoo folk magic. He is author of the cult bestseller "Doktor Snake's Voodoo Spellbook" (St Martin's Press). Snake also plays blues guitar and provides hoodoo spell casting services to clients around the world.
Dr. Snake grew up in London. Although a white man, he learned hoodoo from the late Earl Marlowe, a Trinidadian singer and root doctor whom Snake played in a band with during the 1980s. Besides music, the two would perform love spells, luck spells and money spells for people in London and other parts of the UK.
These experiences are chronicled in "Doktor Snake's Voodoo Spellbook", published in the USA by St. Martin's Press and in the UK by Connections. With evocative illustrations by Chris Daunt, the book has been described as "Carlos Castaneda meets deep south hoodoo."
Today Dr. Snake divides his time between London, LA, and his country retreat on the eastside of paradise, where he cannot be reached by phone, fax or e-mail. Only true hoodoos know how to reach him there.
Dr. Snake walks on the edge of forever and always pays heed to his dreams.
For public engagements, Dr. Snake appears in a wide-brimmed hat and shades, wears a silver snake ring, and smokes the occasional Cuban cigar. He has a case full of hoodoo potions, roots, herbs, and powders. And casts voodoo spells, and makes up mojos and other charms, for people in the audience who need help in matters of love, money, and health.
He also tells fortunes - psychic readings - using his classic Jack Daniel's playing card deck.
In between dispensing hoodoo spells and advice, Snake plays deep blues and rock riffs on an electric guitar, plugged through a Vox busking amp. A hunting knife is wedged under the strings to raise them for the Snakeman's specialty - soulful and haunting bottleneck (slide) guitar.