Conversation with Hunter Muse on her experience with Carlos Castaneda, the sorcery path, & on the edges of Hollywood insider weirdness.
Part One: The Gospel of Carlos (0 – 28 mins)
First encounter with the Castaneda group in Tempe, Arizona, witches party, talks at the Phoenix bookstore, the lure of the second attention, magical passes, tensegrity on YouTube, becoming an insect, first impressions, recruitment meetings, moneyed people, Kylie Lundahl, doing what it takes, secret Sunday classes, Carlos’ decree on bored fucks.
Part Two: Layers of the Onion (28 – 55 mins)
First meeting with Carlos, the look of a Mexican valet, expectations for a sorcerer, the spell of the books, referencing don Juan, an added secret layer, a mystical package, charging for knowledge, the power of intent, seeing through the cult, government programs, the seed of don Juan, Carlos’ compound, working at Cleargreen, the layers of the onion, Merilyn Tunneshende, Margaret Runyan, Amy Wallace, doing sound at seminars, Carol Tiggs’ notes, throw the books away, wanting to believe.
Part Three: The Trigger Effect (55 mins – end)
Writing Sorcerer’s Apprentice, editorial assistance, Irving Wallace’s amphetamine addiction, an incoherent narrative, Amy’s drug use, dumping secrets on Amy, the bridge between Carlos and the cult, Castaneda’s death, the cover-up, a magical veneer, the disillusionment process, enmeshed sorcerers & sex games, the trigger effect, the Castaneda legacy, the film rights, Haley Van Houston, where the witches went, the final edit of Amy’s book, Amy’s sacrifices, Amy’s bugging devices, assignments from Amy, sorcery soap opera.
Part Four: The Teeth that Fit the Wound (0 – 22 mins)
Amy Wallace’s drug addiction, Castaneda’s power circle, sorcerers hierarchy, a cult of masturbators, the androgynous look, exploiting narcissism, friends with Carrie Fisher, losing don Juan, Amy’s childhood trauma, the teeth that fit the wound, dissociative disorders & brain bifurcation, a sorcerer’s rationale, ego destruction.
Part Five: A Manufactured Mythos (22 mins – 45 mins)
A tragic trajectory, the capstone of the Castaneda opus, UCLA cover-up, an industry of sorcery, Margaret Runyan’s book, a manufactured mythos, Bruce Wagner & Map to the Stars, a Hollywood party, one of the elements, synchronized scripts, working as a hostess at a taxi dancer club, Tracy Kramer, Suzanne Lanza, Wagner & Carol Tiggs, John Cusack’s body work in Map to the Stars, the egotism of the healer, sorcerers’ placebo.
Part Six: Hollywood blood party (45 mins – end)
More parallels between Map to the Stars & Castaneda, sorcerer-incest, the blue scout, evil Hollywood, Wagner as the usher, Julianne Moore & Carrie Fisher, child sacrifice, the Hollywood rat race, a celebration of depravity, procuring women in Hollywood, normalizing perversity, Hollywood blood party, sexual objectification of children, dark Disney, amorality for sorcerers & superstars, Family Guy.
1: “Pirates” & “Relapse” by Entertainment for the Braindead; “Dobro 1″ by The Deadly Nightshades”