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Update #12

Alchemeyez Visionary Arts Festival; New Podcast; New Videos; etc.

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Hello my friends, backers, and all,  

Time to post another update! I see from the little crawling graph that we have crossed the 50 K marker a few days ago and are now at $54,000! This is rather astonishing and really encouraging! Please keep spreading the word, we are going to do this thing. 

I will have an important update in a few days. Coming down the pike will be some major changes in the incentive structure, to give backers even more reasons to back the project. Also, to be announced shortly, will be a mechanism for 'substantial backers' to make their pledges tax-deductible, by donating through a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization.  Of course, you are all 'substantial' backers; no disrespect meant to those pledging $35, $70, $100 and in that range; in fact this is where the bulk of the funds are coming from. But in this context substantial backers are those who may wish to pledge $1000 or more, but also want to take a tax deduction if such is possible. It is possible, and I'll be posting details by the weekend. 

In the meantime I have some more entertaining tidbits to share with you. I was in New York City in December to give a talk to the National Arts Club. Stayed with my friend Alex Tannous (a wonderful man of great learning and erudition, not to mention kindness and generosity) and while there, he arranged for me to interview with a friend of his, David Ellenbogen who hosts an evening radio show, Studio A, on WKCR (89.9 FM - NY and on the web at For those who may not know it, WKCR is Columbia University's student run, non-commercial radio station. We had a free-wheeling conversation and you can now download the podcast or listen online at the Psychedelic Salon:

If you don't find it on the homepage, search for Podcast #266.  My thanks to Lorenzo Haggerty for making this available and to David for the interview and the good publicity. 

I've been in Hawaii for the last few days, attending and presenting at the 2nd annual Alchemeyez Visionary Arts Congress, held at the Hilton Waikaloa on the Big Island. It was a great event, very sweet, and sadly not as well attended as it deserved However, organizer and chief visionary Rio Gordon did a great job, and deserves our recognition and gratitude. Everyone who did make it seemed to have a great time! I know I did; and thanks Rio to you and all your team for pulling this off. You may not have made a profit but you created a lot of goodwill and made many folks happy.  May the next one be even more awesome and beautiful, and hopefully, profitable.  Thanks for inviting me, I was treated well and am a happy camper (if that word can be applied to such an opulent venue as the Hilton Waikaloa! Which, by the way, is worth visiting if only to view the amazing art collection on display there). 

Among the highlights of that event for me was the chance to reconnect and hang out for a little while with my friend George Douvris, his wife Stephanie, and their son John and daughter Nicolet.  George is known to many in our community as he is an inveterate (some would say obsessional) networker, blogger, and connector, and he keeps us appraised of what's going on in the global tribe, and what's going on in the world in general (sometimes whether we want to be or not! but we love you anyway, George). His semi-nomadic lifestyle, his migrations, immigrations, and peregrinations in countries that most of us only wish we could see, and the travel and adventures of his amazing family that he has shared openly with the community, have kept a lot of us entertained.  George got to know my brother Terence in the mid-90's and occasionally spent time with him in various venues. We had a few minutes to share a beer and memories at the conference, and he was kind enough to let me video part of our conversation.  I've posted some segments below for your enjoyment. Subsequent segments are posted in updates #13 & 14 respectively. 

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    Everything above, plus 2 autographed copies of the book with a personal message; OR -- 1 autographed copy, plus an autographed DVD of selected audio/video talks by Terence and Dennis McKenna.

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    This is a new incentive at the $90 level, thanks to friends Richard Meech, creator of the incredible documentary Vine of the Souls, and Mitch Schultz,creator of another incredible documentary DMT: The Spirit Molecule, already known to many in our community. Thanks to their support, I can now offer up to 50 backers a dual set of both DVDs, autographed by the creators, and me (I am a talking head in both films). These are one of a kind documentaries on the topics of ayahuasca and DMT, respectively. And, an added benefit of opting for this incentive: immediate gratification! You won't have to wait for the book to be finishes to collect your reward; these DVDs can go out within a week (or so) of the end of the pledge period.

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    All incentives offered at the $35 and lower levels, including one autographed hard copy of the book. In addition, backers at this level will receive an autographed copy of Journey Through the Spheres, a CD of Terence's talks interspersed with musical pieces. This CD was lovingly put together to honor Terence's passing by the Novelty Group. There are only 25 copies in existence. One of them can be yours in return for a $90 pledge.

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    Backers at this level will receive everything included in the $100 level, plus a free pass to the webinar series, coming up in June and July. There are only 10 passes available at this incentive level.

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    Backers at this level will receive everything promised at the $500 level, plus a copy of a limited edition poster of the iconic photograph that has been posted as the 'theme' for this Kickstarter project, namely Terry and Denny gazing into the abyss. I intend to make a number of high-resolution copies of this image; 30 of them will be offered as incentives at this new level.

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    At some point soon after the book is complete I intend to create an audiobook version of the book, that will be read in my voice. Backers who choose this level will receive everything promised at the lower levels (except for those that are limited), an iconic poster, a PDF of the chapter, and a copy of the audio book at least six months in advance of its release to the open market. This incentive is limited to the first 10 backers who choose it.

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    There's a new incentive at the $2500 level that is kind of unique. For one thing, it's an auction, available to only one backer. Please consult update #15 for details about this incentive

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    After the book is complete, I will travel to your city and present a one-day workshop to the patron and a selected group of friends (I will request an additional contribution to cover 50% of airfare and accommodation expenses). This reward level will also include 2 autographed hard cover copies of the book, or one autographed copy + one autographed DVD collection as you prefer.

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    This is another unique item that I'm auctioning to the highest bidder, starting at the incentive level of $5000. When Terence & I first wrote the Invisible Landscape, several years before it was published, we gave it another name: Shamanic Investigations. There are only four copies of this book in existence. I own two of them. I will give an autographed copy of one of them to the highest bidder, starting at a minimum bid of $5000. This incentive is available to only one backer. Please consult update #15 for details about this incentive

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