Mexico's 'grand warlock' makes 2013 predictions
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mr Antonio Vazquez is a cherubic 72-year-old with twinkling eyes, a long white beard and a knack for predicting things that don't actually happen.
For more than three decades, Mexico's self-proclaimed "Grand Warlock" has been doing tarot card and horoscope readings to reveal what's in store for the coming year. Among past predictions: Mr Fidel Castro would die in 2008. Germany would win the 2006 World Cup. Mr Barack Obama would lose to Mr Mitt Romney.
Despite Mr Vazquez's consistently incorrect record of prognostication, dozens of journalists swarmed Mexico City's press club on Friday for the Grand Warlock's latest round of predictions in what has become one of this country's most reliably strange and inexplicably popular New Year's traditions.
On tap for 2013, according to the Grand Warlock: a new war in the Middle East, chaos in Venezuela and a tough year for Mr Obama.