James Randi, a MacArthur award-winning magician who turned his formidable savvy to investigating claims of spoon bending, mind reading, fortunetelling, ghost whispering, water dowsing, faith healing, U.F.O. spotting and sundry varieties of bamboozlement, bunco, chicanery, flimflam, flummery, humbuggery, mountebankery, pettifoggery and out-and-out quacksalvery, as he quite often saw fit toContinue Reading

Thanks to the new Google Arts & Culture tool Fabricius, anyone can interactively discover this fascinating language by means of three dedicated gateways: First, you can “Learn” about the language of ancient Egypt by following a short educational introduction in six easy steps. Secondly, Fabricius invites you to “Play” and translate your own words and messages into hieroglyphics ready to be shared with your friends and family.Continue Reading

This illustrated lecture traces the appearance of  the infamous magus Aleister Crowley in cinema, as both a character and an influence. Gary Parsons follows him from earliest flickering images portraying him, through the Hammer horror era, and right up to the avant-garde. Along the way we meet Kenneth Anger, The Devil Rides Out, and a smattering of European art house films.  We promise an enlivening evening with the Great Beast, celluloid-style. Gary Parsons is a film maker and a graduate in film from Goldsmiths College London. He has been interviewed for both Dazed and Hero magazines. He has previously spoken on ‘Witchcraft Documentaries of the 1970s’ and we are delighted to welcome him back to Treadwell’s.Continue Reading

Jack Reynor has been tapped to star in CBS All Access’ drama series Strange Angel from Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions. Created by Mark Heyman (Black Swan, The Skeleton Twins) and based on George Pendle’s book of the same name, Strange Angel is inspired by the real-life story of Jack Parsons and explores the dramatic intersection between genius and madness, science and science fiction.Reynor will play Jack Parsons, a brilliant and ambitious blue-collar worker of 1930s Los Angeles who started as a janitor at a chemical factory but had fantastical dreams that led him to birth the unknown discipline of American rocketry. Continue Reading

The Oxford Union has published its video of Jimmy Page’s lecture and Q&A session. Of course there’s much on the music of Led Zeppelin but also passing – and intriguing – comments on magick, mysticism, the guitar as a portal, backwards masking, and so on… And it makes for fascinatingContinue Reading

During the course of an interview on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’ programme this evening, comedian Andrew O’Neill spoke about his fondness for heavy metal music and the occult practices of Aleister Crowley, even going so far as to subtly correct the interviewer’s mispronunciation of ‘Crowley’. Well worth a listenContinue Reading

Very pleased to see that BBC Radio 4 Extra will be broadcasting the rather wonderful 1986 documentary on Aleister Crowley, ‘The Mischief Makers’, as part of its day of programmes relating to The Beatles’ ‘Sgt Pepper…’ album. Frances Donnelly presents a documentary on poet, mountaineer and black magician Aleister Crowley.Continue Reading

Exciting advance notice of a new work by Henrik Bogdan. The essay by Christian Giudice on Gerald Massey should be especially interesting… Servants of the Star & the Snake compiled and edited by Henrik Bogdan Servants of the Star & the Snake is a scintillant and substantial collection of writingsContinue Reading

A performance artist and member of the band Throbbing Gristle, Tutti has spent decades breaking down barriers. This is a fascinating, unfussy memoir… Source: Art Sex Music by Cosey Fanni Tutti review – elder stateswoman of the avant gardeContinue Reading

Load up the Jimmy Page soundtrack and enjoy this slice of perfection. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWYr72xlQIQ&feature=share  Continue Reading

Jack Parsons featured in tonight’s episode of Helen Keen’s It Is Rocket Science (Series 1, Episode 2) on BBC Radio 4 Extra. Helen Keen presents her off-beat but true account of the history of space flight, aided by Peter Serafinowicz and Susy Kane. This week how Wernher Von Braun wentContinue Reading

From James Delingpole’s review of the documentary: Apart from the fact that he wasn’t at the same school as me, my other main Crowley claim to fame is that I once held his wand. It belongs to this splendid fellow with three nipples whom I shan’t name in case hisContinue Reading

His voice is unique, as always, but he has never been so melodic as here, he dares to push his vocal skills one step further and the results are surprising. Just listen to the hypnotic vocal line of the stunning opener “Your Eyes in the Skittle Hills” or the subsequentContinue Reading