" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

November 14, 2018

Illusory Magick?

I just listened to a podcast at Jason Louv's 'Ultraculture' site, where he interviews Mitch Horowitz about Mitch's latest book
'The Miracle Club'.
Ironically, I also just watched the 
Derren Brown Netflix special 'Miracle', where Derren, a stage magician/illusionist, "reinvents the concept of "faith healing” through a series of stunts that "debunk" the confines of fear, pain and disbelief."
So Derren, a professed atheist, is trying to show up the healing stunts of people like -
I'm Spiritual Dammit Podcast: Charlie Goldsmith from the hit show ‘The Healer’
And while I'm not an atheist, I do like watching stage magicians fool around with things that they don't quite understand themselves, like hypnosis and suggestion.
Magic All Around and Within Us?
Waiting in the audience for the 'Illusions Magic Show' to begin
My sons shouted me to a night out at a magic show last month called 'Illusions' for a birthday present, as my oldest son hangs around with stage magicians, so he enjoys stage illusionist shows.
'The Headless Rite'?!
The elephant in the room?!
And just like stage magic, or real life magick, timing is everything.
I had just read 'Elephants on Acid', a book I randomly picked up in Byron Bay last August, which was about bizarre and morbid experiments in the name of science, and one of those experiments was trying to find out how long a severed head retains consciousness.
Things Come in Threes?
I actually picked up an 'Ocean Road' magazine at my motel in Byron Bay that featured the advert of
Matt Hollywood's 'Illusions' stage show (see the photo right at the top of this post) and had shown it to my sons, which was what inspired them to take me to the show for my birthday present.
The Elephants in the Room 2?
I had also read one of the more intriguing magickal practices Gordon White mentioned in his book 'The Chaos Protocols', called 'The Headless Rite', so when I saw Matt Hollywood stick his head in a guillotine just before the interval in his 'Illusions' stage show and appear to chop his head off, all of these thoughts about headlessness from magick, science and stage magic got me thinking to how all of these practices had in common with each other.
Of course stage magicians would believe everything is just a trick or illusion to be played on the gullible (much like Buddhist thought?-), scientists would believe everything had a rational explanation and that death is the end (much like atheists believe?-), and "real" magicians would believe that their thoughts could influence the real world of stage magicians and scientists through magickal spells with their minds influencing the gods and demons to do their bidding for them.
Ear Spring Isn't Listening to Your Chaos Magick and Wishes?
I haven't read any of Mitch's books, but I have watched a few You Tubes of Mitch talking and he seems an interesting guy, but I don't really know enough about his work to endorse it.
Same with Jason Louv, I haven't read any of his books, but I have listened to a number of podcasts of his and other podcasts that he has been on and I have to say that the jury is still out for me on Jason, so I can't endorse his work either.
Gordon White interviews Mitch about  'The Miracle Club' in his 'Rune Soup' podcast, as well (above).
I just finished Gordon White's book 'The Chaos Protocols' and have to say it is worth a read, but I have mixed feelings about the ideas in it as far as the "magick" goes.
If I was going to do an Amazon type review on Gordon's book (which I'm not going to) I would give it a 3 star rating.
'Star.Ships' is the best book of Gordon's in my opinion, after having read 'The Chaos Protocols' and 'Pieces of Eight'.
Gordon's magical rituals described in his books just don't appeal to me.
John The Baptist
Whatever floats your boat I guess, but don't go losing your head over it I say;-)
Make A Wish Large Wishbone Necklace
I wouldn't mind reading Mitch's miracle book though in the near future, so I'll have to put that one on my wish list:-)

November 13, 2018

A HAL of a Surreal Trip Down Memory Lane?

I wrote a post about meeting the two actors who play the astronauts in Stanley Kurick's movie '2001: A Space Odyssey' in my hometown last Friday night and then attending a Q&A with them before the screening of the movie -
9/11 Screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey?
I remembered getting an e-mail from the Palace cinemas like I usually get every week or so in my inbox and most times I don't read them straight away, or not at all, since the Palace cinemas aren't exactly right up the road from where I live now.
But I read it and then read it again and again and thought this can't be right surely?
When I figured it was genuine and checked if I had nothing else on that night I went online to buy a ticket thinking that it would most likely be sold out already.
But no it wasn't to my surprise and I snapped up a ticket.
It was totally bizarre to be talking to actors that I grew up watching again and again throughout my lifetime and to be doing so on my hometown turf not far from the cinema I first saw this movie as a child when I had pestered my grandmother to take me on the bus to New Farm to watch it at the Village Twin cinemas (now the Village Six Cinemas).
My grandmother has long since passed away and while I bet she found the movie as confusing as I did when I first saw it, I'll bet she never would have believed these guys showing up in Brisbane over 40 years later, either.
And just when I thought things couldn't get any more surreal after watching that movie again on Friday night, it did.
Just after getting home from the shop yesterday after buying the above 'Memory Lane' photo frame for my signed poster, I hear the news that the actor who voiced HAL had passed away on the 11th of November.
Douglas Rain: Actor who voiced Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey dies
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood?
My ex-father-in-law, who has also passed on, would often sing the song 'Daisy' to my kids when they were little.
Not that I think he was a fan of the Kubrick movie, he just liked the song for some reason.
And in another weird twist, the suburb I now live in shares its name with a major lyric in that song.
Not that I'm going to tell you what suburb I now live in:-)
Life and death are sure one weird trip ... well, at least mine is.
But maybe I'm dreaming?-)

Maybe We Shouldn't Talk About Judy?

Gerard Butler, Miley Cyrus: Stars' homes destroyed by California wildfires
"This is the second time the rock star has lost his home to a wildfire, according to Vulture
The 1978 Malibu firestorm destroyed hundreds of homes, including Young's."
Songs for Judy?
Is Mark Frost the Red Lens in the 'Twin Peaks' Spectacle?
2018 is also the 50th anniversary of an obscure French film starring Donald Pleasence as Dr.Freedom.
Neil lost his first house to fire in 1978 around the time of the first 'Halloween' movie coming out and another house to fire 40 years later when the re-imagined 'Halloween' came out.
Trick, treat, or dark coincidence?
Talk about life and art and nightmares.
Life is one weird synchromystic journey, isn't it?
California wildfires
And I ain't gonna talk about global warming, either.