Cosmic Trigger Play

Cosmic Trigger: The Play. The life and times of Illuminatus! co-author Robert Anton Wilson.
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Liverpool / London / Brighton
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Cosmic Trigger - A Play, A Conference, A Festival

The Play

In 1976 Ken Campbell staged Illuminatus! in Liverpool. This production - and the novel that it was based on - irrevocably changed the lives of all who were involved, both performers and audiences, and wound up opening The Cottesloe at the National Theatre. It is still talked about in Liverpool as one of the city's great happenings.

We are now re-invoking that mythic production but this time telling the story that surrounded the writing and staging of Illuminatus!: the extraordinary life and times of its co-author, Robert Anton Wilson, as the central thrust; the unstoppable force that was Ken Campbell barging into the action from behind the scenes; and some extracts from the original production woven through. As Ken would say, “this is an enthusiasts’ production”.

Daughter of Ken, Daisy Campbell, continued his legacy by directing the epic revival of the 24 hour play The Warp in various theatres, festival spaces and raves around London in the 90’s.

Now it’s time to tackle another one of Wilson’s works: Cosmic Trigger, the philosophical tract which has influenced figures as diverse as X-Files creator Chris Carter, SF author and futurist David Brin, legendary singer-songwriter Sting, and author Tom RobbinsPhilip K Dick said Wilson had “reversed every mental polarity in me, as if I had been pulled through infinity”. Jesse Walker called Wilson “the elephant in our cultural living room”.

Daisy’s adaptation recounts the period of Bob’s life around the inspiration for, writing of and theatrical culmination of Illuminatus!, a period where he also met iconic countercultural figures like Timothy Leary, Alan Watts and William Burroughs, all of whom feature in the play. The narrative slips in and out of Illuminatus! itself and the production employs song, music, projections and stagecraft to evoke the real-life hallucinogenic trip through conspiracy, paranoia and enlightenment that transformed Bob from a simple Playboy editor into the influential countercultural figure he is today.

Robert Anton Wilson sought to induce in his readers agnosticism; not just about God, but about everything; and all his work blurs the lines between truth and fiction. This will be reflected in a staging style that often breaks down theatrical conventions, with actors amidst the audience, tiny stage-sets that can pop up anywhere and cutting-edge projection trickery, allowing the very walls of the theatre to drop away at one climatic moment. Alan Moore (The Watchmen, V For Vendetta) will voice The World's Most Intelligent Computer, and Jamie Reid (Sex Pistols album artist) will lend his occult artworks to the production.

But there's more...

The 'Find The Others' Conferestival

The three hour play will be the centerpiece to a three day festival of Bob, celebrating the author, his work, his influence and his legacy. A range of influential contemporary speakers will attend and give addresses, people like Robin InceJohn Higgs and members of the Maybe Logic Academy.

This will be a forum to listen to contemporary countercultural figures, network with like-minded individuals and pick up rare books and goods in the marketplace.

So you’re not just funding a play, you’re funding a circus that we want to bring to your town.

Bob’s ideas are profound, optimistic and funny. His legacy will one day be remembered alongside such literary philosophers as Aldous Huxley and James Joyce – if those of us whose lives he’s enriched pull together now and make this event a reality

The Goal - 23 (000)

We want to raise £23,000 to finance the full production of the play and run the conferestival.

As you saw in the video, we've already put on a taster of the production for a handful of loose change and a great deal of volunteer enthusiasm. You have to agree, it looks pretty good. A proper budget would allow us to put on the whole production, with even more mind-frazzling staging. We would be able to bring incredible, inspirational speakers to the conference to present their works. We would be able to publicise the project. Oh, and we would be able to pay people for their time.

Once the show and festival are up and running, they are intended to be self-funding.

First Liverpool, then London, then Brighton.

Then, the States...

..and perhaps the world.

Your money will be paying for cutting edge projection hardware, incredibly hard-working cosmic creatives, lighting, staging, costumes, sets, venue hire and festival infrastructure.


We have some amazing and utterly unique perks we have been offered in support of the project.

SWAG: Good old fashioned swag; badges, t-shirts, posters and the like; emblazoned with Cosmic Trigger team graphic designer Polly Wilkinson’s incredible visual design that permeates the production.


ARCHIVAL MEDIA: We’ve reached into the Campbell archives and pulled enormous favours to be able to re-release some very rare material for the crowdfunder. Some of Ken Campbell’s One Man Shows, a never-before-heard interview with Bob Wilson and Robert Shea backstage at the National Theatre during a production of Illuminatus!, a limited re-release of the Illuminatus! recording (all eight hours of it!).

DONATIONS: Author John Higgs has donated some of his books, cult punk-era artist Jamie Reid has offered signed prints, Alan Moore agreed to a video interview in which he expounds his Wilson connections, Discordian Historian Adam Gorightly has offered his amazing history of the discordian movement which is published on the very day our crowdfund launches. And more offers are coming in as we move forward. Check back regularly for updates.

EXPERIENCES: From tickets to the final show to an illuminati abduction headed by Aleister Crowley that spirits you off on a magickal tour of Liverpool, we’ve concocted some unique and memorable experiences for committed funders. Check them out.

So Much!

We have so much good stuff it doesn’t fit into the little perk descriptions on IndieGoGo! So we had to put together a website to show them to you. Check it out for in-depth explanations (and some photos) of all the Deluxe Fnords we have on offer.

Undo the hex that money has cast on your mind. Its loss will not threaten your survival on this planet.

Now give it to us.

Flexible Funding

Flexibility keeps you young. We have decided to practise the yoga of crowdfunding.

The adaptation is written and has been approved by Wilson’s estate, we've staged promotional events up and down the country, enticed extraordinary talent on-board and worked round the clock to gather all these fabulous perks. This baby is on a roll… but should we for any reason fall short of the full production target – fear not! We will use what we raise to put on the festival with a scratch version of the play, thus manifesting such an up-swelling of enthusiasm that we can do it full justice next year.

However those of you outside the UK can really help us to keep transaction costs down. If you can use the IndieGoGo Credit Card payment system, more of the donation goes to us!

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can donate, then we thank you! Any donation, no matter how small, will help. But even if you can't you can still help us out!


Link people to the campaign, the website or the Facebook page. Tweet your support; use the hashtag #CosmicTrigger. Follow @2CosmicTrigger3. Stop strangers in the street and explain the shining brilliance of this project with wild, staring eyes.


There is also a large section of the public who love Bob, love Cosmic Trigger, but aren’t up to speed on crowdfunding or the net. Do you know someone like that? Tell them about the project! Get 23 biosurvival tickets off them and donate on their behalf. Or donate in the name of a complete stranger and get them a perk. Give the gift of Bob.


Finally, we want you to pull your own Cosmic Trigger.

We define this as undertaking an act of Art-Magick that will release a tsunami of personal meaning, sending you on a journey through Chapel Perilous in order to piece yourself back together.

And what does that mean? Well, that's up to you... anything from writing a poem and reading it out, drawing something, documenting performance art, designing a magickal sigil, holding a ritual, creating a flashmob to even stranger and utterly indescribable undertakings!

Whatever you do, share the the evidence of your art-magick online, be it the act itself or the physical result, by documenting it with a video or photos, and upload it to YouTube/Vimeo/Instagram/Pinterest with the hashtag #PullMyTrigger.

The best art-magick as judged by Eris will win a perk worth £230.

Now Get Out There And Evolve!


Perk Showcase!

Check out in detail our perks and their glossy photos, a beautiful catalogue of desire you cannot resist. Click below to head offsite and covet...

Bunless Hot Dogs

Time To Pull The Cosmic Trigger

Badges Of Cosmocity

Cosmic Poster

Cosmic T-Shirt

The Cosmic Video Store

Alan Moore Interview DVD

Beyond Our Ken DVD

Mystery Bruises DVD

Jamais Vu DVD

Furtive Nudist DVD

Exclusive Delights

John Higgs Signed Books

Adam Gorightly Signed Books

Hail Eris Plus Gemstone File

Wilson / Shea Illuminatus! Interview

Limited Edition Artworks

Limited Edition Selves Cards

Jamie Reid Signed Print

Jamie Reid Signed GLOW IN THE DARK Print

Preposterously Perky Packs

The Kallisti Swag Pack

Thelema Pack Of Power

Become Part Of The Conspiracy

Join The Crew

Captain Hagbard's Delight

Illuminati Abduction

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raised by 411 people in 1 month
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£23,000 GBP goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on July 4, 2014
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    Liverpool Talks

    Twice The Law Of Fives! For your ten hard-earned biosurvival tickets, we invite you to watch an exclusive, sneak-preview of the video of Daisy Campbell and John Higgs' talks from the amazing 'Time To Pull The Cosmic Trigger' event, recorded in Liverpool, Feb 2014. You'll receive a link and password to the video immediately upon donating!

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    Badges Of Cosmocity

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    Selves Cards

    The First 23! You get everything at £15 (Thanks! Talks! Badges!) PLUS Five randomly selected, beautifully illustrated, limited edition Selves Trading Cards, based on the 24 Selves Bob talked about in Cosmic Trigger. We have only a limited set of these cards. Once they're gone, they're gone.

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    Cosmic DVD's

    All at £15. Plus ANY ONE CHOICE OF... ALAN MOORE Daisy Campbell and John Higgs' interview with the comics legend. BEYOND OUR KEN Tribute show featuring Nina Conti, Toby Jones, Sylvester McCoy, John Sessions and more. MYSTERY BRUISES Ken's previously unavailable one-man-show recorded live on tour. JAMAIS VU Ken's smash two-hour tour-de-force, recorded live on tour. FURTIVE NUDIST Ken's very first one-man-show. Specify Choice In Name. International add £5 shipping.

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    John Higgs Signed Books

    ...AKA 'The Higgs Boson'. Everything at £15 (Thanks! Talks! Badges!) Plus... Author, speaker and all round chao-vore John Higgs has donated and SIGNED a limited number of copies of two of his books: his Timothy Leary Biography 'I Have America Surrounded' and his KLF book 'The Band That Burned A Million Pounds'. You get ONE OF EACH signed book. ADD £10 TO THIS ORDER TO GET A SET OF LIMITED EDITION SELVES CARDS... International add £5 shipping.

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    Wilson/Shea CD

    Everything at £15 (Thanks! Talks! Badges!) Plus... Oh my Goddess, this is special. During Ken Campbell's original production of Illuminatus!, he interviewed Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea backstage at the Roundhouse, London. This is a never-before-heard piece of Wilson history! ADD £10 TO THIS ORDER TO GET A SET OF LIMITED EDITION SELVES CARDS... International add £5 shipping.

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    Adam Gorightly Signed Books

    Everything at £15 (Thanks! Talks! Badges!) Plus... Author and Discordian Historian Adam Gorightly has gifted us some signed books, his previously published The Prankster And The Conspiracy, and his new tome Historia Discordia, the history of the Discordian society. Get Historia Discordia and either Prankster or Happy Trails To High Weirdness. But you don't know which. ADD £10 TO THIS ORDER TO GET A SET OF LIMITED EDITION SELVES CARDS...

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    Hail Eris

    Everything at £15 (Thanks! Talks! Badges!) Plus... A CD of Hail Eris, Ken Campbell's hilarious and candid tale of how he came to create the original production of Illuminatus! Together with artist and original Illuminatus! cast member Mitch Davies' comic The Gemstone File, a worrying document of high conspiracy that fell into Ken's hands whilst working on the show. ADD £10 TO THIS ORDER TO GET A SET OF LIMITED EDITION SELVES CARDS... International add £5 shipping.

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    Jamie Reid SIGNED Print

    ...AKA Reid All About It. Everything at £15 (Thanks! Talks! Badges!) Plus... Cult punk era artist Jamie Reid (who designed the Sex Pistols' iconic record covers) has gifted us with 25 limited edition SIGNED prints. These will go fast.... Add £10 to this order to secure a set of 5 limited edition Selves cards...

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    A "Kallisti" Cosmic Perk Pack

    23 x 3 = 69 You want ALL THE THINGS! Get everything at £15 (Thanks! Talks! Badges!) PLUS One £25 Poster! One £26 T-Shirt! A choice of any one £28 DVD! Specify CD / DVD choice and T-Shirt size in your order. International add £5 shipping.

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    Thelemic Perk Pack

    Everything at £15 (Thanks! Talks! Badges!) Plus... Every £26 DVD we have on offer! Impossible value! No fnord human has ever seen such value. VALUE. SEE VALUE. ALAN MOORE, BEYOND OUR KEN, MYSTERY BRUISES, JAMAIS VU, FURTIVE NUDIST. All five are included. But there's more! Also includes the Wilson/Shea CD absolutely free! Add ONLY £7.23 to secure a set of 5 Selves cards! International add £5 shipping.

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    Cosmic Silk Print Poster

    Everything at £15 (Thanks! Talks! Badges!) Plus... An extremely limited edition A2 high quality silk screen print, hand-printed by our Cosmic designer onto a stash of luscious paper she's been saving for a special occasion, this is the same same image as the Cosmic Poster. This limited edition of five is signed and numbered both by the artist herself and also signed by Daisy and the Cast. Add ONLY £7.23 to secure a set of 5 Selves cards! International add £5 shipping.

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    Illuminatus! Audio Box Set

    Everything at £15 (Thanks! Talks! Badges!) Plus... Extremely Limited Edition 5 CD recording of the entire Illuminatus! production, presented at the National Theatre, directed by Ken Campbell, featuring Jim Broadbent, David Rappaport, Bill Nighy and more; and with sets designed by the KLF's Bill Drummond. ONLY available for the duration of the crowdfunding period. Get the greatest show on Planet World while you can. Comes with a set of FREE Selves cards. International add £5 shipping.

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    Jamie Reid GLOW Print

    Everything at £15 (Thanks! Talks! Badges!) Plus... With the same image as the limited edition Time For Magic, Jamie has signed only FIVE of these Limited Edition, specially reproduced GLOW IN THE DARK prints. They have been blessed by an official Pope from the Cosmic Crew. Own a piece of art history in the making. International add £5 shipping.

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    Join The Crew

    You shall be gifted with a Kallisti Perk Pack. But we shall not send it to you... FOR are invited as VIP to Liverpool, November 2014 to receive it in person! In addition you get a ticket to the entire event, which includes access to the conference, a ticket to the play itself and an invitation to the Papal Ball at the end of the conference where you will be heralded as a VIP guest of honour and an official Cosmic Crew member!

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    Hagbard's Delight

    Oh My Pretty One, you shall be gifted with TWO Kallisti Perk Packs and a pair of napkins because... AND a cosmic friend are invited to dine with Daisy Campbell and the Cosmic Cast and Cosmic Crew of the Cosmic Trigger! You will also receive TWO tickets to the play itself, TWO tickets to entire festival and TWO tickets to the Papal ball on the 23rd. Add to that TWO FREE Selves Cards packs, and a FREE copy of Illuminatus!

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    Estimated delivery: November 2014
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    Illuminati Abduction

    Have ye strayed too far 'cross the threshold of Chapel Perilous? Beware, this perk heralds adventure... You'll be collected from Liverpool Station/Airport by Aleister Crowley and other characters from the play for a Magickal tour of The Pool Of Life. Later, dine with Daisy, mingle with cast and crew, meet The Janitor PLUS 2 tickets to Play, Festival and Ball, a signed copy of the script, 2 Kallisti Packs (including Limited Editions).

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    You have pulled The Cosmic Trigger Already an enlightened Cosmic Pope You've converted money into energy You need nothing. You receive nothing.

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