Friedrich Nietzsche – October 15, 1844 – August 25, 1900

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (October 15, 1844 – August 25, 1900) was a nineteenth-century German philosopher and classical philologist. He wrote critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy, and science, using a distinctive German language style and displaying a fondness for metaphor and aphorism.

Nietzsche’s influence remains substantial within and beyond philosophy, notably in existentialism and postmodernism. His style and radical questioning of the value and objectivity of truth raise considerable problems of interpretation, generating an extensive secondary literature in both continental and analytic philosophy.

Nevertheless, some of his key ideas include interpreting tragedy as an affirmation of life, an eternal recurrence (which numerous commentators have re-interpreted), a rejection of Platonism, and a repudiation of both Christianity (especially 19th-century) and Egalitarianism (especially in the form of Democracy and Socialism).

Nietzsche began his career as a classical philologist before turning to philosophy. At the age of 24 he was appointed to the Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel (the youngest individual ever to have held this position), but resigned in 1879 because of health problems, which would plague him for most of his life. In 1889 he exhibited symptoms of serious mental illness, living out his remaining years in the care of his mother and sister until his death in 1900.

The above painting done by Derren in 2000 is available as a print in the art shop.


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Enigma 2009 Limited Edition Tour Poster – On Sale Now!


After many requests for these and only being able to find a few packs of mass printed venue versions – we asked the creator of the Enigma Tour poster to let us have a tweaked version for the fans. So we decided to put out a special limited edition tour poster. It contains a little surprise for some of the early buyers and is made specifically to size for easy framing purposes.

We’ll try to stop ebay abusers going mental and if you’ve attended a show and want to purchase MORE THAN ONE print – send proof with a phone pic or scan of your tickets – but hurry as once these are gone we will not reproduce.


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Prank at Bristol Zoo

Those of you who have read Tricks of The Mind may remember the spider prank I played with a flatmate. He’s just rather brilliantly amused himself at Bristol Zoo and sent me this little film of the result. It’s priceless. Go and see it if you’re nearby. It’s a lovely zoo – I used to take myself there every year on my birthday – and tell the staff you think this is a fine and witty feature. It’s still there apparently.