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The ‘enhanced reality’ of Musha Cay: David Copperfield’s magical private island and the elixir of life

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Copperfield-Bay
Forbes describe it as ‘a magic kingdom where nothing happens by accident’.

So the story goes, Copperfield chose this particular island due to an alignment with ancient sites of wonder…and it is here he claims to have discovered the ‘elixir of life’..

Copperfield zeroed in on four of them: Easter Island, Stonehenge, the Pyramid of the Sun in the Yucatan, and the Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. He drew a line connecting the first two and another connecting the last two and found that Musha Cay lay at the intersection. Presto!

Musha Cay map

Musha Cay map

He described Musha as his most important project to date. He oversees even the tiniest of details, he said, from selecting the board games (“like Clue”) to designing the telephone users’ manual.

Epic orchestral music reverberated through the breeze from some hidden hi-fi system. The music sounded heroic: full of horn swells, harp swoops, flute trills and tribal drums, Braveheart for a moment, Lion King the next. It heightened the dramatic intrigue of being on the island, creating a sense that something monumental could happen at any instant.

“What’s this music?” I asked him.

“Magic music,” he answered, straight-faced. “You’ll find Klipsch speakers scattered among the palm trees.”

His girlfriend, a gorgeous European model (who, given Copperfield’s request that she remain anonymous, I shall refer to as “M”) sat next to him. As Copperfield had intimated earlier, she spoke about how her supermodel friends from Sports Illustrated and Vogue had loved their time on the island. One of them had said how coming here felt like coming home.

He told us how guests who visit the island can spend their entire trip letting it all hang out: “Some people just want to come here and be naked and play bongos. Musha is a place where you can be totally fucking naked because it’s secluded and there’s no paparazzi around.”

Over dinner, David spoke of magic’s illustrious past, mentioning how magicians had been kings’ confidants, and how they’d always held high posts throughout history.

The biggest obstacle the staff encounters, according to Daly, is nudity. The island seems to cast a let’s-get-naked spell over guests, whether two or 22.

“That’s why I do this,” Copperfield said. “To make you feel like you’ve gone back to being a child again. That, and getting this reaction—” his jaw dropped.

Musha Cay

Musha Cay

Musha Cay

Musha Cay

Sources:

http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/the-magicians-retreat-234098-v20n8?Contentpage=3
http://www.forbes.com/sites/garywalther/2012/11/27/muscha-cay-david-copperfields-magic-island-in-the-bahamas/
http://lawyerasad.blogspot.com/2013/09/in-search-of-david-copperfields.html

Pelorus Jack

by 5ocietyx

Pelorus Jack was a Risso’s dolphin who helped guide ships through a perilous stretch of water between the islands of New Zealand. First seen in 1888, and last seen in April 1912, ‘he’ would meet and escort ships through Cook Strait, New Zealand. In 1904 Pelorus Jack was shot at from a ship called The USS Penguin, after which a law was passed protecting Jack from any harm in the future. Interestingly, the experience didnt put him off of his important work, though Jack would never escort The Penguin again, and it was wrecked on the rocks 2 years later.

Pelorus Jack would swim alongside a ship for twenty minutes at a time. If the crew could not see Jack at first, they would often wait for him to appear.

The dance of the Kingfish

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Kingfish circling in the Mtentu river

Kingfish circling in the Mtentu river

In the 4th installment of David Attenborough’s masterful ‘Africa’ series he documented the transformation of the Kingfish from aggressive warrior-hunters to pilgrims as they gracefully enter the fresh-waters of the Mtentu river led by their patriarch – the ‘King of Kingfish’. For all we know they have been doing it for millions of years.

It’s as though the river is an aquatic cursus, a ceremonial pilgrimage route.

Attenborough narrates:

‘In response to an unknown cue they stop and begin to circle’.
‘in truth the purpose of this strange behaviour is still unknown.’
‘they don’t breed or spawn, neither do they hunt. So what are they doing?’

In answer to Sir David’s question – why then, do the kingfish pilgrimage up the Mtentu river and form a whirlpool vortex?    For the simple reason of expressing the joy of life by resonating with the whirlpool vortex whose dimensions are based on phi.  Maybe there is an energy vortex too at this point in the river. Our intrepid explorers are currently scoping this part of the river using sophisticated geographical software and ancient maps of the energy grid from antiquity to ascertain the activity in the area and will report back in due course with their findings.

Later on in the programme he mentions that neither do they know why a springbok jumps in the air. It came to our attention recently that scientists don’t know how cats purr. We know surprisingly a lot yet surprisingly little about nature.

Why do the kingfish form a whirlpool? why does the springbok jump? why does the dolphin ride the waves? why does the song-bird sing in the morning? You may as well ask why do the national ballet perform? why do singers sing? why do artists paint? why do surfers ride waves?

The material reductionist Dawkinsian viewpoint will probably never know what the poet has always known.

You can catch the full programme on IPlayer for the time being at least if you are in the UK or using a UK proxy here. (@ approx. 20.30)

Giant trevally

Giant trevally

The giant trevally (Kingfish) has been used by humans since prehistoric times, with the oldest known records of the capture of this species by Hawaiians, whose culture held the fish in high regard. The ulua, as the fish is known to Hawaiians, was likened to a fine man and strongwarrior, which was the cause of a ban on women eating the species in antiquity.[49] The species was often used in Hawaiian religious rites, and took place of a human sacrifice when none was available. Culturally, the fish was seen as a god, and treated as gamefish which commoners could not hunt. There are many mentions of ulua in Hawaiian proverbs, all generally relating to the strength and warrior-like qualities of the fish – Source

London’s forgotten Arcadia

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Richmond hill

Sunset on Richmond Hill. photo 5ocietyx

By the 17th century the region had become a haven for artists, philosophers, mystics and kings. They settled here, inspired by romantic vistas and the promise of a cultured, disease free life. A century later their King erected a Meridian down the centre of the River Thames. Curiously, it appears to have been positioned in such a way as to commemorate the rivers most sacred landmarks, symbolically intersecting them, joining them together in a sacred landscape they called Arcadia.

From the thought provoking andrew gough’s arcadia

Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill. photo 5ocietyx

“Trams and dusty trees.
Highbury bore me. Richmond and Kew
Undid me. By Richmond I raised my knees
Supine on the floor of a narrow canoe.”
The Wasteland, T.S Eliot

Folly, Ham

Folly, Ham. photo 5ocietyx

Ham House, Ham

Ham House, Ham. photo 5ocietyx

Old Isleworth

Old Isleworth. photo 5ocietyx

Richmond Hill @ sunset

Richmond Hill @ sunset. photo 5ocietyx

http://andrewgough.co.uk/richmond1.html

Inside the heart of Sagittarius the Hunter

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BBC Scotland and Glasgow Science Centre

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BBC Scotland, Clyde

BBC Scotland, Clyde

BBC Scotland, Clyde

BBC Scotland, Clyde

Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre – Thunderbird in sky?

Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre

Helios fountain and obelisk, BBC Television Centre

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Helios fountain and obelisk, BBC Television Centre

Helios fountain and obelisk, BBC Television Centre

Helios was the personification of the Sun in Greek mythology. Helios was imagined as a handsome god crowned with the shining aureole of the Sun, who drove the chariot of the sun across the sky each day to earth circling Oceanus and through the world-ocean returned to the East at night.

Helios, BBC Television Centre

Helios, BBC Television Centre

Helios, BBC Television Centre

Helios, BBC Television Centre

Helios, BBC Television Centre

Helios, BBC Television Centre

Spaceship Earth and Magic Wand

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Spaceship Earth and Magic Wand

Spaceship Earth is a geodesic sphere and the symbol of Epcot (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) and is located at Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida.

Ray Bradbury assisted in the design and story-line of the attraction but the term ‘Spaceship Earth’ was coined by Buckminster Fuller, who also developed the structural mathematics of the geodesic dome. [1]

Visitors are taken on a 13 minute time machine themed ride through the advancement in human communication from the assumed origins of prehistoric man to the dawn of the 21st century.

The wand was removed in 2007.

Falling water creates negative ions that are highly conducive to health and well-being increasing the flow of oxygen to the brain thereby raising awareness.

Spaceship Earth and Magic Wand

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaceship_Earth_(Epcot)

Burj Khalifa and SnowDome

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burj dubai

Burj Khalifa is the tallest man-made structure in the world and was completed in 2009. It came to symbolise the bursting of the economic bubble because it seemed to reach up trying to burst the sky.

The credit crunch indefinitely postponed the construction of the SnowDome in Dubai by the 32Group which was planned to be the largest dome in the world.

SnowDome

Venus Rosewater Dish

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Venus Rosewater Dish

The Venus Rosewater Dish isn’t named after Venus Rosewater nor Venus Williams. It got its name because the goddess Venus is featured on it and it is a dish that holds rosewater. It was custom for royalty and the nobility to have rosewater poured over their hands before meals and the dish caught the drops.

As the British Museum Project explains

The trophy is actually named after the goddess of love Venus who is depicted on the dish along with Sophrosyne and the goddess Minerva. Venus represents love and sexual desire, Sophrosyne represents the spirit of moderation and temperance, and Minerva which was the goddess of poetry, wisdom, medicine and crafts.

Around the rim Minerva presides over the seven liberal arts: grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy.

Venus Rosewater Dish

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