The Alchemical Dream

55 mins2008
Featuring: Terrence McKenna, Ptolemy Mann, John Claude, Raphael Cohen

In the mid-1990's Terence McKenna and Mystic Fire's Sheldon Rochlin teamed up to make this rich and exciting film. Little did they know that this would be their last film. Terence portrays his usual erudite rendition of the Irish Bard who takes us on a journey into the alchemical renaissance of King Frederick V and his wife Queen Elizabeth of Bohemia.

Playing the role of John Dee, court magician for Queen Elizabeth of England, Terence McKenna shows us how the promise of a return to the tradition of alchemy was almost instituted in Europe. He also shows us that this early attempt at the creation of an alchemical kingdom actually lead to the European Renaissance and the institution of Cartesian science. This was the beginnings of rationalism within the western mindset.

This incredible film is not only beautifully filmed, but is Terence McKenna’s finest performance and a worthy eulogy to his genius.