Gareth gets magical in London


21 Responses to “Gareth gets magical in London”

  1. Anonymous says:

    this is certainly a wonderful thing.

  2. jfrancis says:

    Reminds me of something I’m working on. My main character is a skeptic who figures out that magic is actually a physics hack and after studying it properly becomes particularly adept at it.

    That’s not the plot, obviously, just a bit of a description of the main character.

  3. Anonymous says:

    All this talk about Crowley and the multimedia efforts he inspired, and no mention of Kenneth Anger, one of Crowley’s most inspired disciples?

    His movies, including (but not limited to) Lucifer Rising and its truncated first effort, Invocation Of My Demon Brother, are rife with Crowley references and inspirations. That Anger is not a part of this event seems to me a gross oversight.

  4. BattyMcDougall says:

    23 Skidoo.

  5. DWittSF says:

    American Magus = Harry Smith, the godhead for this genre, imo.

  6. DWittSF says:

    AETHYRFLUX, thanks for mentioning Henry Jones: he’s a friend of mine from my NYC days, and I helped him put on a few Harry Smith shows. He has a lot of Harry’s old equipment (the magic lanterns are amazing) and film stock/slides, as well as a few crazy Harry stories.

    Gareth, if you have any interest in Harry Smith, you should contact Henry, or even drop by his EV studio. He’s got the full setup for doing Heaven and Earth Magic, among others, and you may even convince him to break it all out for a show!


  7. bjacques says:

    Argh! Dammit! I wish I was there. But where’s Alan Moore?

    The Blake show at the Tate sounds fantastic. You’ll love it. Me and some friends saw a great show there a couple of years ago, with Blake, Henry Fuseli and James Gillray. Gillray’s cartoons were brilliant and the direct ancestor of Steve Bell (in the Grauniad). Shame Gillray was a Conservative.

  8. nehpetsE says:

    To connect several boingboing areas of esoterica

    “magic”shapes, mandala’s etc, frequently are very similar to computer simulations of fourth dimensional geometry.

  9. eli says:

    I suppose you already know about Coil band’s blend of Crowleyesque ritual, electronic music and performance. Just in case…

  10. Gareth Branwyn says:

    As I said in the piece, the reference to Equinox here is not to vernal Equinox, but to the title of Crowley’s journal, The Equinox. And it, in turn, was a reference to what Crowley called The Equinox of the Gods, or the transition from one age (Aeon) to another.

  11. Gareth Branwyn says:

    Oh yeah, Coil is one of my all-time faves. So excited to see Sleazy perform.

  12. pspinrad says:

    Wow, Gareth, that sounds so amazing! I’m excited for you going and looking forward to reading your reports!

  13. Gareth Branwyn says:

    Oh yeah, Coil is one of my all-time faves. So excited to see Sleazy perform.

  14. hassan-i-sabbah says:

    Saw sleasy a couple of weeks ago in Glasgow,performing as the threshold house boys choir.
    Absolutley brilliant.Had a wee chat wth him after the gig,really nice guy.heres his new stuff

  15. hassan-i-sabbah says:

    surprisingly intellegent discourse on the comments page as well which is well odd,for you tube.

  16. aethyrflux says:

    concerning Alan Moore’s whereabouts, i would check in Northampton… but as he is rarely inclined to grant an audience with his adoring fans, i think that he would generally prefer that you read his interviews:
    (although if you’re particularly considerate & actually want to carry on intelligent discourse with him, i believe that he has been known to carry on written correspondence with select individuals)

    and where is Kenneth Anger?
    …with an installation currently @ NYC’s P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center:

    if they’re going to display Harry Smith’s work, they should contact his close collaborator M. Henry Jones:
    …who has continued to screen a florilegium of Smith’s films put together in the manner intended by Smith – as performances – using stroboscopic effects, multiple projections, magic lanterns, and the like… under the title, “Harry Smith: A Re-creation” (which I was fortunate enough to attend @ Scottish Rite Theater here in Austin back in 1999)

    I have to admit a certain affinity for these sorts of things, myself… i recently completed this grant proposal:
    The CAVE (Collaborative Audio-Visual Environment)
    …a project which has grown from similar roots:

    PS it should be noted that what Blake created was *a new kind of fresco*
    “…which would be applied, not directly to the plaster on the wall, but to the canvas stretched over the plaster, so that they could be taken off and changed at pleasure…”

  17. star35 says:

    How can you have an Equinox festival the week before the Solstice?

  18. ambientmind says:

    the only obvious omission i can think of is anterro alli who does a lot of work with ritual, magick and theatre.

    this looks so good i think a jump across the pond is in order…

  19. Gareth Branwyn says:

    If other BBers come, we should definitely arrange a meet up. Email me at my full name

    And yes, I thought it would be clear, but aethyrflux made it explicit — Blake’s technique was an attempt at bringing fresco to the canvas. And his ill-fated 1809 show was his attempt at introducing this “portable fresco” technique to the world.

  20. JIMWICh says:

    I’m going to start doing magikal rituals right now to insure that Gareth’s new book cover is awesome. I know the book itself will be.


  21. Gareth Branwyn says:

    I’m here in London for the Festival. Woot. If other happy mutants (or mutations of ant kind) are here and want to hook up, email my full name (no space) at

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