One Step Beyond : The Sacred Mushroom (1961)

Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Departing from its usual format, One Step Beyond offers a "reality" episode filmed on location in Oxaca, Mexico. Playing "themselves", host John Newland and series producer Collier Young investigate reports of a remarkable mushroom, used in the religious rituals of the Chatino Indians. According to legend, anyone who consumes these mushrooms will be endowed with astonishing psychic powers. In a series of tests supervised by a team of real-life scientists and paranormal experts, Newland samples the "sacred" mushroom, then chronicles the remarkable results. (Needless to say, this particular episode was very popular in the Psychedelic Sixties).