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Escape Velocity: Jack Parsons and the New Magick


Escape Velocity: Jack Parsons and the New Magick  Micha Pyka/EyeEm/Getty
Escape Velocity: Jack Parsons and the New Magick Micha Pyka/EyeEm/Getty

Jack Parsons wanted to break free, from both the limits of Earth and the boundaries of traditional early 20th century American thought. He devoted his short life to the scientific pursuit of rocket engineering and the occult exploration of magick. As such, Parsons is a contradiction -- a counterculture figure that continues to fascinate us with his mystery. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian explore the work and wonder that moved his life.

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Jack Parsons, left, and Edward S. Forman at the Guggenheim Caltech Rocket Research Project in 1938.
Jack Parsons, left, and Edward S. Forman at the Guggenheim Caltech Rocket Research Project in 1938.
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Topics in this Podcast: religion, magic, space exploration