If you’ve ever wanted to experience real hallucinations without the really risky drug-taking, finally there’s a totally safe way to trip balls in the comfort of your own home.
The team behind Scam School used the Ganzfeld Effect which confuses the brain’s desire to find visual patterns in the world around us by drowning it in white noise and a unstructured stimuli.
The Ganzfeld Effect was discovered in the 1930s and confuses the brain so much it starts to hallucinate, much like users of sensory deprivation tanks and even Arctic explorers caught in white-out conditions.
The Scam Schoolers start by creating white-out specs from regular printer paper, string and tape, making sure they can only see white when wearing them.
They then play television static into their ears, staring at the paper of their masks and waiting for hallucinations.
The hallucinations can take between 10 and 30 minutes to take effect as your brain struggles to find patterns in the plain white paper and eventually starts making stuff up.
Coming out of their hallucinations, the guys described the experience as “intense”. “The first thing you get are blooms of color. At first you notice the imperfections of the paper, at some point a switch flipped,” they said.
“I saw silhouettes of dinosaurs, a puppet show… It was like the room in the Matrix!”
“You have to really give yourself up to it,” they said.