First Thoughts on The Perception Deception

One downside to being a specialist in David Icke’s work is that his books get longer as the titles get more defiant, more iconoclastic and frankly funnier. 2010’s Human Race, Get Off Your Knees: The Lion Sleeps No More at 690 pages was the previous record holder, but his latest, The Perception Deception: Or… It’s ALL bollocks – yes, ALL of it (913 pages) is the clear winner. And it’s taken me a while to get through it.

This book was written between Icke’s Wembley Arena show in October 2012 and the launch of The People’s Voice in February. Icke was heavily involved in the People’s Voice, a subscriber-funded Internet tv channel, when it launched, fronting several funding campaigns, making frequent appearances and bringing in many of his collaborators and family, including his son, Gareth and Neil Hague, whose images are heavily featured in The Perception Deception. The People’s Voice is floundering at present, and Icke has all but dropped out of the project – I intend to write a piece detailing the development of the People’s Voice for this blog soon. Icke is at work on a second Wembley Arena gig on October 25th this year.

In many respects, The Perception Deception follows a similar structure to Icke’s work from around the time of 2003’s Tales from  the Time Loop. Prior to this he had generally started with one or other conspiracy theory, and extrapolated from it out into the more rarified levels of the “Global Control Pyramid”, infamously situating Reptilian extraterrestrials at the apex. But from 2003, his concern moves to the idea that all of our apparent reality is illusory, a kind of “dreamworld”. His books and presentations over the last decade have flipped the previous structure, beginning with the illusory Dreamworld and descending from there into the specific conspiracies of the everyday world.

The parallels to the “anticosmic” theologies of various Gnostic theologies and philosophies is clear, and it is telling that Icke often uses the term “the Matrix” to describe the illusory world of the 5 senses, given that the hugely popular movie repackaged Gnostic ideas into a science-fiction narrative. However, as I picked up on at Wembley in 2012, Icke has taken more overt influence from Gnosticism – or at least, from the somewhat simplified popular construction of it. There are numerous references here to “the Gnostic texts” (82, 168, ff), which Icke suggests provide evidence that the physical world is a trap and that the moon is hollow. Most interestingly, however, is that Icke is moving away from talking of reptilians towards talking of Archons particularly, with reptilians becoming one expression or manifestation among others of energetic archonic beings. One could argue that Icke is doing this to minimise the often-ridiculed reptilian thesis without being seen as abandoning it altogether, but I think that rather, he has found a way to reconcile the apparent contradiction between having evil extraterrestrial agents and a world which is illusory. Wouldn’t that make the reptilians illusory too, and the threat they pose? Not if they are projections of malevolent archontic energies from outside the Matrix…

Other than that, there is little that is new in The Perception Deception. Rather, it is a comprehensive exposition of his previous work: the illusory dreamworld of Tales from the Time Loop; the global conspiracies of …And the Truth Shall Set You Free and Alice in Wonderland and the World Trade Center Disaster; Human Race, Get off your Knees‘ “moon matrix” and it’s connection with Saturn from Remember Who You Are; even the more Theosophically-inspired material from his earliest books like the seldom-acknowledged Love Changes Everything, particularly the narrative of the corruption of a Luciferian being and the subsequent “fall” and separation of mankind from the rest of the universe. That narrative also recalls the work of G. I. Gurdjieff, who himself drew liberally from Gnostic traditions. I’ll explore the influence of Gurdjieff on Icke’s work in a future post.

First Thoughts on David Icke at Wembley Arena

Where the Dreamland Festival had been semi-academic and familial, my fieldwork at Icke’s London Wembley Arena presentation on Saturday, 27th of October 2012, could hardly have been more different in terms of atmosphere and setting. Rather than 120 attendees, there were close to 6000, and instead of a leafy Gothic retreat in southern USA, we were in London’s cavernous Wembley Arena. What’s more, it was bitterly cold, and it turned out that the queue I was in was not getting into the venue, due to a broken ticket scanner. It did give me a chance to listen in to some of the conversations going on around me.

A group of young men immediately behind me got talking to an older couple about Icke. This was their first time seeing him live, they said, although they had all watched his previous presentations online. Their friend had got them into it, they said, “he’s the real nutter”. The chap from the older couple laughed; “well, we’re all nutters here.”

“I’m surprised to see so many couples here,” he then opined. “Women don’t tend to be so awake.”

Eventually we were told to go to one of the other entrances, so we marched round to the front, and arrived at our seats just in time to catch the closing seconds of Gareth Icke’s opening set. Although I had a clear view of the stage, the steep and already almost full arena made getting to my seat awkward. I tried to get a bit of chat going with the others around me, but unlike Dreamland, people were keeping themselves to themselves.

The choice to have his son’s band play at the gig was criticised later by a few people; they thought it was “selling out”. The situation is certainly more complex than this, however; as already noted, Gareth is a director of Icke’s estate, and it cannot be coincidental that he released the single “Remember Who You Are” at the same time as his father’s book of the same title. Whatever his other faults (open to debate), Icke has always been a proud and attentive parent, promoting his children’s activities through his website, and his Ryde flat is adorned with soft toys for his grandchildren’s amusement. What is perhaps more surprising is that Gareth is prepared to throw his lot in with his father’s ideas quite so much.

Other than that, however, the show was typical of his later presentations; three sections, beginning with the “spiritworld – holographic universe” material, through the Illuminati, into Reptilians and then back to the real world, with practical applications. The first section moved extremely slowly. As has been the case since his earliest books, we got a potted history of Icke’s personal history, and a lot of speculative physics about how the universe is a hologram. One of the two women on my right dozed off, and latecomers trickled in throughout the first hour. The room was vast. Someone had brought a baby, which cried throughout.

In the second section, Icke started talking about the Illuminati. I was very interested in how the reptilian material was received; was this, as several reporters have suggested, something which put people off Icke’s other idea? Well, my experience suggests otherwise. The room fell quieter than would be possible through random means. The two ladies who had slept through the first section suddenly woke up; I saw several of the couples around me cuddling up. Two solutions suggested themselves; 1) the couples had bonded over the reptilian thesis, and the fact that they shared something dangerous was part of their shared identity, or 2) the reptilian thesis provided a meeting point between the conspiracist and New Age people. Nor can this really be explained by the suggestion that people are drawn to the more outlandish material for entertainment; given that you could watch any of his previous presentations on the internet for free, it would be an expensive night out, even if you lived in London to start with.

I was surprised, however, that he didn’t milk the Jimmy Savile aspect more. Given that it was the main story in the popular press at that time, including the more conservative (small c) outlets like the BBC and the Daily Mail, it would have seemed an obvious opportunity for Icke to argue that the mainstream media had caught up with him; yet he showed unusual restraint.

Towards the end of this section, he added some new material. Human Race, Get Off Your Knees had introduced the idea of the hollow Moon, and Remember Who You Are had added Saturn into the mix; Icke claims that Saturn is not only the origins of the term “Satan” and “Satanism”, but also of the idea of the Black Sun. The Reptilian frequencies are broadcast from Saturn and amplified by the Moon, and this Saturn-Moon matrix is an important aspect of the control mechanism through which we are controlled. I could not but think of Gurdjieff during this section; he wrote that most humans were unconscious, and that their emotions were “food for the moon”.

Perhaps as interesting, although less obvious, was his increasing use of terms taken from gnosticism. In particular, he several times referred to the highest powers of the Illuminati as “Archons”, rather than reptilians. Was this a way of distancing himself from the reptilian thesis without abandoning it altogether?

After a second break, (I retired to the bar), the third section proceeded as it has since 2003 or so; how these ideas might be taken into the real world. This particular performance added a new coda, however. A number of musicians were brought out, and Icke led a sing-along. Not only that, but he performed his “non-complidance”, and invited anyone in the audience to join him if they wanted to. I was frankly surprised at his energy, given that he’s in his fifties, suffering from arthritis and in no way slender. Moreover, it was a brave move given that this was his highest profile performance to date.

So; still talking about reptilians; still surprisingly New Age; moving noticeably towards gnostic terminology; still very energetic and a skilled orator. And, need I point it out; ETs, conspiracies and New Age…