CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, a “monk for the modern age” by George Parker, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is
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Found 22 posts tagged ‘prof. oddfellow’

June 17, 2020 (permalink)

Today is the anniversary of our journey through a shattered hall of mirrors, which we recorded on video.  
> read more from Go Out in a Blaze of Glory . . .
#mirror #prof. oddfellow #broken mirror #hall of mirrors
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November 7, 2019 (permalink)

As a plutocrat of the supernatural, I awakened my coffin-shaped belt buckle today.
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#cemetery #graveyard #prof. oddfellow #belt buckle #paranormal investigator
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October 4, 2019 (permalink)

On the way to airport, we couldn't resist popping into Universal Studios for a requisite crystal ball shot in our favorite shop of mystery.

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#crystal ball #prof. oddfellow
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February 25, 2019 (permalink)

To best see pirate ghosts haunting the seashore, we first go purblind.
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"The sea is a cruel mistress. Yet again the sea has behaved unconscionably. It's time to address this terrible problem that is the sea." —Captain Neddie, from the hilarious BBC series Broken News
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#prof. oddfellow #fog #seashore #ghost hunting
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February 20, 2019 (permalink)

"You want to go into the desert and learn higher magic, nebbich, when you … cannot distinguish a Hall of Riddles from the real world and do not even suspect that the books of life contain something other than what is written on the spine?" —Gustav Meyrink, The Green Face

> read more from I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought . . .
#portal #magick #occult #prof. oddfellow #gustav meyrink #cowboy hat
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February 11, 2019 (permalink)

Studying by moonlight.  The book, Cemetery Maps, was a gift from our friend Gordon.
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#cemetery #magick #necromancy #occult #prof. oddfellow #moonlight
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July 6, 2018 (permalink)

Having already seen the world through rose-colored glasses, we're now enjoying the view through lurid Jello-green flexi-discs!  The grass is definitely greener on the flip side!  We're celebrating the Retroactive Lifetime Goal of having our voice recorded onto a lurid Jello-O green flexi-disc in the new issue of Fiddler's Green magazine!

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#prof. oddfellow #lens flare #fiddler's green #flexi-disc
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June 6, 2018 (permalink)

At daybreak we ignited prayer flags to make a holy fire for transmogrifying sensitive documents and used a thrice-struck lightning rod as a poker.

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#magick #occult #prof. oddfellow #fire pit #prayer flags #holy fire #sacred fire
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April 17, 2018 (permalink)

It's been said, "Never ask an author how his brain works."  Some of our work has been made available to the general public, here.

"[W]henever I closed my eyes, the letters of the alphabet shifted around like Scrabble pieces and formed words. Those words lined up and soon I imagined entire pages of writing so clearly that I could actually read them, sentence after sentence, as if I were reading straight from a book. A book I had written, with my name on the cover ..." —Jack Gantos

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#magick #occult #esoteric #prof. oddfellow #writing #letter cubes #authors on tumblr #prism glasses #writers on tumblr
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March 25, 2018 (permalink)

We peeked into the haunted mirror and gained a pupil.  (They say that when the teacher is ready, the pupil will appear.)  See our haunted mirror in action in our video about a lucid waking experiment gone wrong.
> read more from This May Surprise You . . .
#haunted mirror #prof. oddfellow #distortion #witch eye
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January 16, 2018 (permalink)

"There at last he was free and forever from those halls hung with enigmas, tapestried with tears, before which the sphinx in fight gallops like a jackal."  The final line in The Ghost Girl by Edgar Saltus, 1922.
Eerily, this passage seems to describe our very own sanctum!
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#magick #wizard #occult #magician #prof. oddfellow #gpoy
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October 27, 2017 (permalink)

Quimby's Bookstore NYC knows that some books are best lit by a cloven-footed lamp.  Owner Steven Svymbersky writes: "Just got in a fine selection of the esoteric and amusing books by Prof. Oddfellow.  Special."

In the second photo, our display table is on the right.

This fine indie bookstore welcomes heart-clicks over at Instagram:

> read more from Go Out in a Blaze of Glory . . .
#magick #occult #esoteric #prof. oddfellow #quimby's #independent bookstore
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July 5, 2017 (permalink)

If we told you what we saw in our portable crystal ball, you wouldn't believe us.
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#vintage illustration #divination #art #crystal ball #prof. oddfellow #st. augustine #fortune telling #gpoy #armillary sphere
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March 23, 2017 (permalink)

"It's never too late to be who you might have been." —George Eliot
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#prof. oddfellow #george eliot #what might have been #graffiti #never too late
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January 30, 2017 (permalink)

If there's a skull lock and you forgot your skeleton key, try working a beam of light into the mechanism.  Recall how "She springs a light, / Unlocks the door" (Dryden).  Similarly, "Morning with its key of light / Unlocks the dusky portals of the night" (Albert Laighton, Poems, 1878).  And "My light unlocks the stalls, / two dozen and one windows open— / all, except the window of the moon, / already painted on as shining" (Jane Shore, Eye Level, 1977).
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#skull and crossbones #prof. oddfellow #skulls #st. augustine #pirate #iron lock
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January 2, 2017 (permalink)

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#sunrise #prof. oddfellow #st. augustine #lens flare #photographer #self portrait #photographers on tumblr
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September 19, 2016 (permalink)

We're often asked how and where we find the unusual imagery we post.  This photo reveals all.

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#prof. oddfellow #gpoy
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August 19, 2016 (permalink)

Here are cut-out paper spectacles for seeing more than is readily apparent in any book.  They're from our Machinarium Verbosus: A Curiosity Cabinet of Gadgets To Transform Any Book & Reader, To Be Sure.  But please note that Machinarium Verbosus is a book for the few—the very few.  If it's important to one's psychological well-being that the machinations of the Universe be neat and tidy and wholly comprehensible by the human mind, then absolutely do not proceed with this book's experiments.  Let this constitute a very serious warning: do not take these experiments lightly, as any one of them may induce an existential crisis.

Cut out and don these transformative specs before you read.  (Wear them along with your prescription glasses, if necessary.)  Reading offers "new lenses for seeing [one]self and the world in different ways.  Reading transforms [oneself]" (Jeffrey Wilhelm, Action Strategies For Deepening Comprehension, 2002).

Why symbolic glasses?  Symbols invite us "to see more than is readily apparent, to intuit something other than the obvious" (Krzysztof Kieslowski).

"You can learn to keep the lenses of your symbolic glasses fairly free of the dust of ignorance, the grease spots of prejudice, the grime of hatred and fear.  You can learn to bend and stretch the frames if they don't fit comfortably; but you can never take the glasses off" (Lew Sarett, Basic Principles of Speech, 1958).

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#reading #prof. oddfellow #spectacles #weird glasses
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July 1, 2015 (permalink)

A Retroactive Lifetime Goal*: we were called "the poster fellow for the Center of Advanced Hindsight."  Here we are looking forward to some advanced hindsight.

*Phrase courtsey of literary scalawag Jonathan Caws-Elwitt.

Pictured: Prof. Oddfellow.

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#antiquarian #prof. oddfellow #advanced hindsight #lens flare
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February 19, 2015 (permalink)

We're honored that the renowned philosopher of magic Robert E. Neale (author of The Sense of Wonder) thinks we've stumbled upon the secret to world peace with our Seance Parlor Feng Shui project: 

Prof. Oddfellow has carried the logical approach to nonsense to even greater heights than before. The logic of two absurd systems logically joined into a masterpiece of faith for fools that could stop us from killing each other. My delight lies in making up meaning, but his talent in this is unsurpassed. This treatise will lurk about on our coffee table waiting to preside over a promising guest. In the meantime, I might play with feng shui myself.


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#occult #magic #seance parlor #feng shui #spiritualism #prof. oddfellow #weird book
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