Turn on. Tune in. Drop out.
‘The Magic Theatre’–named after Hermann Hesse's Steppenwolf–is the most complete collection of the experiences one may have in the unfathomable realms of expanded consciousness. Born out of the collaboration of the psychedelic community on PsychonautWiki, ‘The Magic Theatre’ splits the Psychedelic Experience into an intricate mosaic of the so-called “subjective effects“ of mind-manifesting substances such as LSD-25, Psilocybin, or DMT. This book was originally initiated for my graduation project at ECAL (Bachelor Graphic Design).
Disclaimer: this book doesn’t advocate the use of illegal substances. Its purpose is purely intellectual.
0. Introduction by Hermann Hesse
1. Visual Effects
2. Hallucinatory States
3. Auditory Effects
4. Tactile Effects
5. Disconnective Effects
6. Multisensory Effects
7. Cognitive Effects
8. Transpersonal Effects
9. Physical Effects
10. Uncomfortable Physical Effects
‘The Magic Theatre’ is rich in fascinating content. The main part consists in detailed descriptions of more than 150 subjective effects, accompanied with lists of the substances known to potentially trigger each effect (no indications of the dose). In addition to this, and to provoke reflexion, several articles, excerpts, and testimonies are inserted and linked with some subjective effects. At the end of the book, you will find a 14-pages glossary of expressions, substances and historical figures from the psychedelic community. Of course, an index in alphabetical order is available at the very end. Throughout the book, between chapters and empty spaces, a visual universe unfolds before your eyes. It is a crystallized experience of internal visions induced by psychoactive chemicals.
- Authors: PsychonautWiki, Aldous Huxley, Terence McKenna, Hermann Hesse, Matthieu Visentin, and sporadic references to psychedelic legends such as Timothy Leary.
- Editor/Designer: Matthieu Visentin (website • instagram)
- Language: English
- Pages: 320
- Illustrations: 88 full-page
- Format: 145×202 mm (closed) — 5.7×7.9 in
- Printing: B/W + color offset (by SYL, Spain)
- Binding: Smyth sewn soft-cover + black edges
- Publisher: Museum of Consciousness
A very limited edition
If it were actually possible to crystallize a visionary experience, each copy would have its own visual universe. Indeed, it is known that not a single Psychedelic Experience was/is/will ever be the same. Therefore, only 500 explorers around the world will have the experience of this edition. It will be published in a very limited number of 500 copies, mirroring the reality of the Psychedelic Experience.
Your role in this
The Magic Theatre is already edited and designed. It only needs your contributions to become a physical artifact. Your help will allow me to print, bind, and ship the first 500-copies edition.
Those who will help the project with a higher contribution will be rewarded with unique object made especially for the occasion.
- Altered States This small booklet is a 20-page initiation to the most renowned entheogens. Chapters: 1. Cannabis; 2. Psilocybin Mushrooms; 3. LSD; 4. Morning Glory; 5. DMT; 6. Ayahuasca; 7. Mescaline; 8. Salvia Divinorum; 9. MDMA; 10. Preparation to the psychedelic ceremony.
- Hallucinogenic Totebag It consists of a small collection of tote-bags screen-printed with hallucinogenic plants designed by myself.
- Mindscape Beasts This book is the work of illustrator Dren Pothai. Experimenting with inks and pencils, he kind of downloaded the invisible landscape that reveals itself in symmetrical detachable posters folded together in the form of a book.
- Architectonics of Chaos These small fractal sculptures were designed with the idea of bringing back Terence McKenna's machine elves' impossible toys to the newtonian physical universe. Each piece will be unique and 3D-printed (I planned to erase each 3D digital file after each successful printing).
- The Psychedelic Experience This book was written in 1964 by psychedelic legends Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner and Richard Alpert. It was the first guide to the psychedelic experience that came out from years of scientific research and self-experimentation with psilocybin and LSD-25 by the same team. Its characteristic is that it was entirely inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead, claiming that the psychedelic experience is a prelude to the last journey: death.
The Museum of Consciousness
The Museum of Consciousness is an editorial project initiated in 2017 by Swiss graphic designer Matthieu Visentin (myself actually). Its aim is to produce consistent, intelligent, counter-cultural publications and artistic interventions with the same motto: pushing the boundaries of the human mind.
Risks and challenges
I am doing most of the job on my own, so this is a great challenge for me. It takes a considerable amount of time to edit, design, print, and sell books of quality. Certainly the main challenge in this project will be the distribution of the books. I want to stay independent. So I will do all my best to meet your expectations and send your copy and reward as fast as humanly possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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