June 06, 2005

Something to do at your next bong party

There is supposedly a strange synchronicity between the movie Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon CD.

One crucial aspect of the WOO/DSM experience is timing. It is important to begin the CD at the end of the third, final roar of the MGM lion.

Get the timing right, and then get ready for an eerie ride.

The opening credits of the film began to roll to the heartbeats and ticking of Speak to Me. The familiar black-and-white farm scenes begin with the song Breathe. Dorothy is talking with the farm hands, then begins to walk the fence rail. The lyric "And balanced on the biggest wave You race towards an early grave" plays as Dorothy loses her balance and falls from the fence.

Of course, the movie goes on long after the CD ends.

The CD ends with the beating of a heart as Dorothy listens to the Tin Man's chest.

Give it a try sometime (altered personal reality optional). Make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the page for links to other Wizard & Dark Side sites.

And your little dog too!

Posted by Ted at June 6, 2005 05:59 AM
Category: Cult Flicks

I have heard that, but never tried. Any clue if it really works?

Posted by: owlish at June 6, 2005 07:13 PM

I have no idea. It's been years since I've seen the Wizard of Oz (burnt out on it as a kid) and I'm not a big Floyd fan, so I don't even own a copy of Dark Side.

Posted by: Ted at June 6, 2005 07:34 PM

I found a site a couple of years ago that listed a whole mess of coincidences. One that I remember is during Us And Them, Dorothy is in Munchkinland. The Wicked Witch shows up and is talking to Dorothy. When the line "black black black black..." plays the camera in on the Witch (dressed in black). Then switches to Dorothy (in her blue dress) for "and blue blue blue blue...".

I also read that it's best to have an older VHS copy since MGM added a few seconds somewhere around 1989 and some of the later coincidences are slightly out of sync.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at June 6, 2005 10:21 PM
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