An Evening of Wonders

On the evening of Saturday 3rd September 2016, the staff of Shoprite supermarket, Ramsey, Isle of Man, met for their summer staff party in the Buffs Club.  I also attended; I used to work with them before transferring to another location.  I hope everyone who attended had a great, entertaining night.  For me, it was particularly special, as I was the entertainment.

This was my first show as a semi-professional magician / mystery entertainer.  And it was a real baptism of fire.  Anyone who stands up to perform in front of others will testify that it is considerably more difficult when those people are well known to you than when they are complete strangers.  It’s very difficult to slip into your stage persona when they know you as someone completely different.

The evening went very well.  Not perfectly, but very well.  I’d been afraid there might be a failure or two, but there were no outright flops and most things worked perfectly.

My presentation is a story telling routine enhanced by props and effects, rather than a stream of banal ‘tricks’, and these stories tend to revolve around matters macabre and sinister.

For the first half of the show, I had gathered together a few of my simpler routines, all themed around witches and occultists of the past and the fates they had met.  The tales started in the Fourteenth Century, moving gradually forward to more modern times, as the shade of Aleister Crowley was called upon to deliver us a message from the spirit world.

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All items packed, ready to depart for the venue…

All of these early stories and effects went smoothly and without a hitch, eliciting a pleasing number of exclamations.  The routine I was most uncertain about, a mild waking trance induction to make someone ‘see’ a spirit on cue, worked perfectly well, in spite of the ever increasing alcohol that was flowing.  I did have a ‘get out’ story in place in case this less predictable routine failed, but it wasn’t necessary.

In the second half, I moved on to talk about curses, presenting a couple of yarns around those themes.  It was here that my inexperience showed.  For these kinds of routines to work, I need to choose the ‘volunteer’ very carefully, someone who will really respond and ‘go with the flow’ of the story, getting into it.  By now, the drink was freely flowing, so the choice was even more critical.  This led to a couple of routines not failing, but falling a little flatter than I would have hoped.  They worked and the reaction was one of “Ah, okay then” instead of awe.  This is my own fault, I should have chosen more critically instead of according to my pre-selected plan.  A lesson to learn for those occasions when the alcohol is strongly in evidence:  choose the ‘assistant’ who is transfixed by the show, not the ‘good sport’ or ‘the one from the table that hasn’t had a turn yet’.

Not that this minor lull in momentum was disastrous, people were still interested and watching, and I’d saved my favourites for last.  I love haunted books, and I used an old diary in a demonstration of psychic ability, telling a reader the images that went through her mind as she read randomly chosen entries in the diary.

The closing effect was my favourite among those I currently have in my arsenal, as two volunteers placed playing cards between random pages in a cursed copy of Dennis Wheatley’s The Satanist.  As the lights were turned out and a black candle was lit, the cards eerily rose up from between the pages of the book, displaying Infernal scorch marks upon their surfaces.

It was a good night, and I was heartened that everyone seemed to really enjoy it.  It certainly gave me the taste to do more, and soon.  I’ll be hosting another show in November, though I’ll be available too if anyone wishes to book me before then.

The next show will be quite different, of course.  Less than half of my routines were used in this first show, and I’ll be mixing them about from one show to the next, depending upon which themes I want to play with.  There are a couple of favourites that will appear regularly, but many effects will come and go, swapping in and out of the setlist as the stories I wish to tell dictate.  There are also no less than three further new routines on their way to me at the moment.

What’s more, as any real magician should, my own creative juices have been stimulated and I am starting to develop my own stories, props and effects based upon the Norse and Celtic lore of the Isle of Man.  I’m currently gathering together the props to create a runic necromancy effect I’ve devised.  Watch out for ‘DRAUGR’ at a future date!

Anyone wishing to book for a function or private event, please contact via email at manxbull@yahoo.com or message me on Facebook.

 

Finding New Ways toTeach

I’m known as a writer of occult books.  APOPHIS was published in 2009 and has since been followed by a steady stream of volumes detailing the Draconian Initiatory Path.  This core series has more recently been joined by a set of small instructional ‘How To’ booklets, written under the pen name of Orry Whitehand, teaching beginners to the Art the basics of practical methods such as conjuration, talisman making, astral travel and Tarot reading, subjects which there isn’t room to explain from the ground up in the more philosophically soaring volumes of the main series.  And now a new Whitehand series has been launched to focus upon the techniques of Lesser Magic.

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These books will continue to be the core method of transmitting my ideas and Teaching to the world, and there are many more volumes to come.  I always have at least the next three in development at any one time.  But books can only do so much and I have long been trying to establish methods of providing avenues for more direct, rapid and personal Teaching.

A year ago, I began recording a series of podcast lectures, in which I tried to articulate ideas in a more focused and immediate medium.  There are now twenty-six of these lectures, with two more being added every month, each about half an hour long, adding up to a tremendous amount of material.  Their titles are as follows:

#1 – The Word of the Void
#2 – Divination
#3 – What is a Spirit?
#4 – The Spirit of Humanity
#5 – Rune Postures (video)
#6 – How is Magic Dangerous?
#7 – Lesser Magic and Psychic Self Defence
#8 – The Enochian Calls
#9 – The Price to be Paid
#10 – Ritual on a Shoestring (video)
#11 – Walking the Worlds
#12 – The Black Pilgrimage
#13 – Order and Chaos
#14 – Life Work
#15 – A Persona That Suits You
#16 – The Foundation
#17 – LAShTAL
#18 – Opening the Eye in the Void
#19 – By Force of Will Alone
#20 – The World Tree (video)
#21 – Crises
#22 – Familiars
#23 – So What?
#24 – The Banshee
#25 – Lucid Dreaming
#26 – The Left-Hand Path

More recently still, I have begun recording a series of tutorial videos, one every week.  The first series of videos is a demonstration of how to read and interpret Tarot.  This series will be followed by others on such subjects as evocation and Lesser Magic.

And finally, and perhaps most importantly, I have begun offering Skype sessions to people, which can be tailored to address their own particular questions and needs, discussion of the matters which are most important to them personally, or with which they experience the most difficulty.

The books will always be there, the bedrock Teaching that can be referenced whenever needed.  But these more personal and immediate methods offer a real difference in making magic personal and relevant to your needs.  These are the things that can never be captured in print.

So how do you access this stuff?  Quite simply, I have set up a Patreon, through which you can select the level of subscription and interaction which best suits your own needs.  Even the most frugal investment will give you access to the podcasts, with each progressive tier bringing access to the videos, to Skype sessions, to signed copies of books and printed acknowledgement of your patronage within future books, and so forth.

So please take a look and consider what this could mean for you.  There is a tremendous amount of material already available, with more added weekly.  There is a whole world of new, immediate, direct Draconian Teaching here ready for you.

https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3389166

Would You Trust This Man With Your Soul?

Another of the recent major changes and innovations I’ve been working upon is that after years of being an armchair collector of weird artifacts and bizarre tales, I have decided to take the plunge and merge my storytelling skills, my collection of weird oddities and my knowledge of the occult into an unholy union.  I will henceforth be offering my services as an entertainer, albeit a very sinister and macabre one.

I will be hosting evenings in which I will spellbind attendees with tales from the dark corners of history, eerie and frightening accounts accompanied by dramatic magical demonstrations.

If you have a taste for the macabre and love a ghoulish story, permit me to enthrall you with feats of magic, with psychic phenomena, with demonstrations of the paranormal, communications from spirits, Tarot and Rune readings.  We all love to be frightened, and I offer an evening of entertainment with enough shivers to delight the most jaded soul.  And who knows?  Perhaps I may even open a window to reveal a nightside world of wonder and mystery whose existence you had not previously suspected?

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Needless to say, the macabre nature of my shows means that they are most definitely not suitable for young children.  This is not kiddies’ party style magic, with bunnies in hats and lots of silk scarves!

I plan to begin hosting shows from November 2016, initially on a monthly basis.  Details will follow nearer the time.  The first show will be by invitation only, for family and friends who have been supportive of my writing.  Thereafter, tickets will be on sale.  I hope you’ll come along, though your knees be knocking and your teeth chattering.  You have nothing to lose but your soul, though I do promise to take good care of that … I want you to survive to come back for more and bring your friends, after all!

In addition to the shows and special themed evenings I plan to host myself, I will be available for private functions at a rate of £50 for one hour, or £80 for two.

So come along, you know you want to … Be a Devil!

Speak Up!

It’s well past time I started blogging again!  You know how it goes:  I’ve got so much going on that I don’t find time to blog, then I find that I need to write so many blogs to bring the thing up to date that I’ll never get it done!  So there may be a few in quick succession over the next couple of weeks, hopefully returning to a more regular pattern thereafter.

One of the most noteworthy pieces of news is that I am going to be one of the speakers at the Occult Conference 2017 in Glastonbury in February.  You can find their website, with ticket and schedule details, etc., by clicking on the link here.  And the conference Facebook page can be found here.

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The Conference has a great line-up of speakers and presenters, plus some great entertainment laid on.  It promises to be tremendous.  Just take a little time now to go to the site and look over the schedule, then tell me how excited you are!

For me personally, this will mark a return to live presentation of ideas after far too many years away.  I used to be a regular speaker and presenter at the Conclaves of the Temple of Set and I have missed it.  The dynamic exchange which occurs at these live events far exceeds what can be accomplished in even the best book.  Nothing beats direct connection and speech.

And it’s exhilarating.  I think everybody who speaks in public always experiences some degree of nervousness just prior to the event.  But when the initial nerves pass and the passion ignites and that dynamic rapport is established with the other people present, it is truly transformative.

And I don’t just mean as a speaker.  I’ll be attending the other talks and workshops with rapt attention and enthusiasm, enjoying the sparks of holy flame being struck there.

My own theme, of course, will be Draconian Magic in Theory and Practice, concluding with a practical experience of Opening the Eye in the Void, the core initiatory experience of The Apophis Club.

My thanks to Sef, Matthew and Kevin for extending the invitation and smoothing the path.

So if you’re in the UK, here’s one for your diaries.  See you there!