Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Magick and Power in the Age of Trump

7.15pm Tuesday 26 June 2018
£5 plus booking fee (Advance tickets)
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn
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Did positive thinking and mental science help put Donald Trump in the White House? And are there any other hidden powers of the mind and thought at work in today's world politics?

In Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump, historian and cultural critic Gary Lachman takes a close look at the various magical and esoteric ideas that are impacting political events across the globe.

From New Thought and Chaos Magick to the far-right esotericism of Julius Evola and the Traditionalists, Lachman follows a trail of mystic clues that involve, among others, Norman Vincent Peale, domineering gurus and demagogues, Ayn Rand, Pepe the Frog, Rene Schwaller de Lubicz, synarchy, the Alt-Right, meme magic, and Vladimir Putin and his postmodern Rasputin.

Come take a drop down the rabbit hole of occult politics in the twenty-first century and find out the post-truths and alternative facts surrounding the 45th President of the United States with one of the leading writers on esotericism and its influence on modern culture.

7.15pm Tuesday 26 June 2018
£5 plus booking fee (Advance tickets)
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn
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Monday, 5 March 2018

Fooling the World: The Alien Autopsy Film

7.45pm Thursday 31 May 2018
£4 / £2 concessions (
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The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street.
Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East

 
In 1995, filmmaker and magician Spyros Melaris created an illusion of global significance. His mission was to create something so unusual, so disturbing that it would rock the world. “The Alien Autopsy” was not just a hoax. It challenged belief systems. It asked, “Do aliens exist, and are they visiting our planet?”
 
The film fooled NASA, Kodak and many experts, including leading pathologists in the US, here in the UK and all over the world. It maintained its integrity for 15 years until Melaris and his crew revealed the truth.
 
Spyros Melaris has prepared slides, film and inside secrets and tonight will answer all questions, shining a light on just how he and his team created the greatest hoax of all time.

7.45pm Thursday 31 May 2018
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The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street.
Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East

 
 
 

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Forgetting ourselves: Reflections on memory and identity

7.45pm Thursday 26 April 2018
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The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
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Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East


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Professor Chris French, head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, explores the myriad ways in which are our memories can fail us. Together we’ll consider the unreliability of eyewitness testimony and its consequences, as well as our tendency to create entirely false memories, either spontaneously or as a result of dubious forms of psychotherapy or manipulations by devious experimental psychologists. We’ll also explore the phenomenon of “non-believed memories”; that is, that strange phenomenon whereby we have a clear recollection of an event that we know for a fact never actually happened at all.

Given the importance of our autobiographical memories for our sense of identity, this ultimately raises the question: do any of us really know who we really are?
 
7.45pm Thursday 26 April 2018
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The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street.
Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East


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Saturday, 3 March 2018

The Myth and Mystery of the Brentford Griffin



We have about 20 seats left for our Brentford Griffin talk tonight. Tickets have been taken off sale - please pay on the door!

7.45pm Thursday 29 March 2018
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The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street.
Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East

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In the spring of 1985 reports began to circulate of sightings of a mysterious beast in West London. Centred on the Thames-side town of Brentford, this creature seems to be a thing from escaped from myth and legend – a Griffin.

Initially derided by sceptics, reports continued to arrive at the local newspaper office and circulate in local pubs. Named witnesses came forward to report their sightings.

Sir Sir Sir John Rimmer
Longtime fortean researcher and Magonia editor John Rimmer finds a hidden trail of links ranging from Samuel Pepys to the local football team, as well as the unsettling influence of a notorious fantasy writer.

7.45pm Thursday 29 March 2018
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The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street.
Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East

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Friday, 2 March 2018

Matthew Sweet: Operation Chaos: The Vietnam Deserters Who Fought the CIA, the Brainwashers, and Each Other

7.15pm Wednesday 14 March 2018
£6 plus booking fee (Advance tickets)
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn

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From a political cult to the heart of the Washington establishment - the bizarre and untold story of how the CIA tried to infiltrate a radical group of U.S. military deserters during the Cold War.

Stockholm, 1968. A thousand American deserters and draft-resisters are arriving to escape the war in Vietnam. They’re young, they’re radical, and they want to start a revolution. The Swedes treat them like pop stars but the CIA is determined to stop all that.

It’s a job for the deep-cover men of Operation Chaos and their allies; agents who know how to infiltrate organizations and destroy them from inside. Within months, the GIs have turned their fire on one another, and the group dissolves into interrogations and recriminations.

When broadcaster and author Matthew Sweet began investigating this story, he thought the madness was over. He was wrong. Instead, he became the confidant of an eccentric and traumatized group of survivors each with his own intricate theory about the traitors in their midst.

All Sweet has to do is discover the truth...and stay sane. 

7.15pm Wednesday 14 March 2018
£6 plus booking fee (Advance tickets)
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn

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Thursday, 1 March 2018

Herne the Hunter – From Ghoul to Godhead

7.15pm Monday 12 March 2018
This event has now sold out, we are sorry. We shall attempt to book it again.
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn

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Image by Chesca Potter from
Embracing the Darkness.
In 1984 Mrs Mary Whitehouse attacked the Robin of Sherwood TV series for its Pagan elements. Writer Kip Carpenter had deliberately introduced the transgressive power of myth into his groundbreaking series with Herne the Hunter. From Shakespeare onwards Herne has been re-imagined as a vengeful spirit, the leader of "the wild hunt", a shaman and the horned god of the greenwoods.

Historian Dr John Callow, author of Embracing the Darkness: a cultural history of witchcraft, explores the roots of Herne's tale and how his legend has inspired generations of writers and artists to create a powerful figure for both the modern Pagan pantheon and the wider environmental movement.


7.15pm Monday 12 March 2018
This event has now sold out, we are sorry. We shall attempt to book it again.
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Tube: Holborn

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Cryptozoology – On the track of Unknown Animals

7.45pm Thursday 22 February 2018
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The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
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Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East

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This event has now sold out, we are sorry. We are currently arranging a new date for this fascinating talk for March/April.

Richard Freeman, Zoological Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, is one of the few professional cryptozoologists in the world, studying unknown or anomalous animals. A former zookeeper, he has worked with over 400 species of animal. He has taken expeditions across the globe in search of beasts like the orang-pedek, the Tasmanian wolf, the yeti, the giant anaconda, the Mongolian deathworm and the almasty.

Tonight he introduces the science of cryptozoology and looks at some of the unknown animals or “cryptids” with which it is concerned, focusing on his three trips to Tasmania in search of the flesh-eating marsupial known as the thylacine or Tasmanian wolf.

7.45pm Thursday 22 February 2018
£4 / £2 concessions (
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The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train and Tube: Liverpool Street.
Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East

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