Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Here's our proof that we are all ghosts:

In the video, we illustrate our proof through Papa Emeritus, leader of the Swedish doom metal band Ghost, who presents as a zombie anti-pope but is in fact something else.  In the 1930s, the same era that Ghost's Meliora album evokes, Portuguese philosopher Fernando Pessoa said that "We are death.  This thing we consider to be life is just the sleep of a real life, the death of what we truly are.  The dead are born, they do not die.  The two worlds have been switched.  When we think we are alive, we are dead.  Let us live while we are dying."  That same year, the thrice-great Charles Fort also theorized that spiritualists were correct but in reverse— that when spirits die they become human beings.  Fort said, "Once upon a time, we were real and alive, but we departed into this state we call 'existence'.  We have carried over with us from the real existence, from which we died, the ideas of Truth—ideas that really meant something when we were really alive, but that now, in our phantom-existence—which is demonstrable by any X-ray photograph of any of us—can have only phantom-meaning.  So, then, our never-ending, but always frustrated, search for our lost reality.  We come up chimera and mystification, but persistently have beliefs, as retentions from an experience in which there were things to believe in."  Fort didn't go so far as to say that all of us are directly ghosts: most of us may be the descendants of those departed from a real existence, who, in our spook-world, pseudo-propagated.  A hundred years earlier, in the 1830s, the Scottish writer Thomas Carlyle noted that a ghost is a spirit that has taken corporal form and appears for a while among men.  And so the multitudes at Papa Emeritus' concerts are themselves ghosts--spirits that have taken corporal form briefly and then disappear.  What is anyone if not a ghost?  Papa Emeritus is like a magic mirror that reflects you, and the skull face is your own death.  He's not a zombie anti-pope, unless, of course, you are yourself.  But what a blessed implication, that we were once real and alive, or at least perhaps one of our ancestors once was.  To the pseudo-phantoms out there, shadows several-times removed from reality, keep reaching for something to believe in.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Unlocking a Surprise Fortune in a Vintage Dime Store Weight & Fortune Machine

A vintage fortune-telling weight scale -- its penny vault unlocked for the first time in years or even decades. Can you guess how many pennies will cascade out? Or how many rare coins will be among the loot? All the surprising details are revealed, along with some mind-bending esoteric secrets of copper pennies.

If you'd like the machine to tell your own fortune, leave a penny in Prof. Oddfellow's tip jar and he'll send you a snapshot of the answer that comes up:

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Exploring the Ruins of a Wizard's Manor

An old Moorish house in the tropics was destroyed by two historic hurricanes in one year, but what survived the storms is beyond weird. Like a wizard's museum, every wall features bizarre niches protected by antique iron grates, containing bottled ghosts, imprisoned gargoyles, hoodoo shrines, haunted radios, and crystal balls. Plus, one of the great secrets of alchemy is hidden in plain view.

Part One of this adventure is here:

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A Positive Oracular Reading for 2018

Will 2018 be any easier than 2017 was?  Because so many of us have found ourselves in some sort of underworld, I used a deck of cards with dungeon maps to find out how we can navigate the coming year.  There's good news, which I explain in this video.

A Lucid Waking Experiment

Here's how to use a spooky old mirror to test whether you're dreaming or lucidly awake. We didn't know how this video would end ... until we posed a question to the mirror and then had to face the uncanny answer.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Most Dangerous Words Ever Spoken

 Here's our short video on the most dangerous words ever spoken.