Mexico City – Every year the so-called "Great Wizard" of Mexico, Antonio Vázquez, casts his tarot cards and makes predictions for the forthcoming year. His predictions have a mixed record of success, at best, but they have earned Vázquez a name and something following in Latin America.
This year, at least regarding one big prediction, most people in the world will be rooting that he is right on the money: The "Great Wizard" says theories of doomsday in 2012 are "big fat lies."
The Mayans, Vázquez says, never said anything about the world ending.
As for his other prophesies, Vázquez tended to the provocative. He suggested Tuesday at a press conference in Mexico City that witchcraft caused the rash of cancer cases among South American leaders.
Not only has Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez been battling an unspecified cancerous tumor, but also Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer --which has a high survival rate. Current Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, her predecessor Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo have all suffered from cancer.
Vázquez is not the only person wondering out loud about the coincidence of cancer cases at the highest levels. Venezuela's Hugo Chávez questioned last week if the U.S. could have induced the illness that he and the leftist leaders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay suffer from.
Among the 'Great Wizards' other predictions are that Barack Obama will lose the 2012 election and that Syria would be invaded. He did not specify by whom.
The warlock has predicted events since 1980, but his record is not spot-on.
In 2008, for example, he predicted Britney Spears' death.
Vázquez's predictions come on the heels of a similar exercise by a council of high priests of Santeria in Cuba. The "Babalawos" as they are called, predicted that 2012 would be a year of "great disturbances" around the globe.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.