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April 9, 2010

Brion Gysin's Dreamachine — Episode 2: Still legal, five years after I thought it'd be suppressed


Just goes to show sometimes a blind, anosmic pig doesn't find an acorn.

Never mind.

From Johnny in Canada comes word that his company still sells real Dreamachines.

Have a look at Episode 1, which appeared on January 28, 2005, and tell me you're not as surprised as I am that the machine is still legal.

Sure hope this post doesn't put paid to that.

So many great things exist and thrive only because they're not widely known.

For example... no, I better not say.

A new, authentic Dreamachine like that pictured up top costs $365.

Some people would say that's cheap at 10 times the price.

Only one way to find out.

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i made one using black construction paper, a turntable and an incandescent bulb. it worked fairly well but had the bulb been a point light source, like the sun, the optical effect would have been greater. an easy way to experience this process without spending a dime or constructing anything is to go outside and lay under a clear, cloudless noon sun. position your face so the sun is fully shining on it. close your eyes and position your fingers over your eyes with your fingers outstretched and spread. next, move your hands quickly back and forth at the wrist so that you get a stroboscopic flashing of the sun on your eyelids. relax your closed eyes so that your eyes are focusing beyond your eyelids. in a matter of moments you will see 3 dimensional patterns and colors. the effect can be so strong that it seems your eyes are open. the only downside is your wrists will get tired after a couple minutes of this.

Posted by: rob | Apr 9, 2010 11:59:43 PM

the pill popping braless hippy inside me would love love love to have a go on one of these, sounds like a trip!! however, the mother in me tuts and remind me that I have a cavernoma and it would probably kill me. It's estimated that up to one in 600 people have undiagnosed neurological anomilies, so this thing could mess up a lot of people if it took off.....

Posted by: jo | Apr 9, 2010 5:17:21 PM

It's legal, I imagine, because no one actually believes it works. Please, Joe, or anyone, buy one and report back. I really wanna know......

Posted by: tamra | Apr 9, 2010 5:04:46 PM

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