Scientology's Infinite Pit and Water Wall -- More Crazy Rooms in the Super Power Building!

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We've gone through even more files in the massive leak of plans that describe the soon-to-open "Flag Mecca" in Clearwater, Florida -- otherwise known as Scientology's "Super Power Building" -- and we have more things to show you. In the wild "Perceptics" area on the fifth floor, there's this Heartbeat Wing, for example, which features a treadmill, wall-mounted monitor, and an "anechoic chamber" -- because we all know echoes suck when we're testing the old ticker, so we need a chamber that cancels them out, right? (Click on images to embiggen.) Come inside for even more weirdness.

As we reported last week, the $100 million building -- 13 years in the making -- is scheduled to open soon, and we were leaked hundreds of renderings and schematics that were made in 2007 and 2009. The seven-story, city-block-sized building will house many different Scientology divisions and literally hundreds of small rooms for "auditing" -- the church's word for counseling. But as we saw in renderings, it's the fifth floor that looks like a deck from the Starship Enterprise and promises to deliver the building's real draw -- Super Power! It's there that odd rooms and equipment are planned that will address in some way the 57 senses of perception -- called "perceptics" -- that Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard described. (Go here for our primer, "What is Scientology?")

On drawings we looked at last night, we noticed something that seemed to be missing on other blueprints. Near the Sound Rooms -- a couple of circular chambers -- there was something called "Barriers." Looking around some more, we found this drawing, which was labeled, Solid Barriers, Infinite Pit, and Water Wall.

Wait a minute. Did they say Infinite Pit!

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From other drawings, we could see that the pit will have some kind of moving floor -- no doubt to give you the impression that you're about to sink down the Tone Scale like a Marcabian soul pirate! [Disclaimer: I just made that up. There's no indication that Scientologists would believe something as outlandish as Marcabian soul pirates.]

Here's another view of the mechanics behind the Water Wall....

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And if you're brave enough to punch through a water wall, surely you'll be able to handle the other wonders of the fifth floor, such as, the Low Gravity Harness...

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...or how about squeezing into the bizarrely-shaped Joint Position room (this is an overhead view)...

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We can only wonder at the nanoriffic wonders awaiting us at the Microscope Station...

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And what would Super Power be without checking our Cellular Bacterial and Cellular Saline levels?

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OK, we have to admit this next thing kind of scares the crap out of us. What do you have to do to be sent to the Electric Fields Generator? Yikes!

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We also looked for other views of some of the equipment that has already puzzled and excited us. Here's another schematic of the intriguing Endocrine States room, which is looking more and more like the Tilt-a-Whirl we remember from those sketchy carnivals that would come and set up down at the school parking lot once in a while...

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Here's a closer look at the top of the Friction Table...

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And we couldn't resist another schematic of the Oiliness Table, which seems to be a favorite with readers...

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We're going to take you back down to the first floor before we leave you today. We managed to spot the hi-tech security room that will no doubt keep a close eye on just about everything happening in the building -- and outside it. Which is important, because if federal agents were suddenly to show up with subpoenas, watchful Sea Org members will then only have to run next door to the massive...well, see for yourself...

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I, for one, can't get enough of this place. Come on, Dave, open this thing up already!



Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications.

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DrNoneck
DrNoneck

It certainly IS an "infinite [money] pit".

hickey
hickey

Tony, you know you're dying to go there and get some auditing.  No doubt, just in time.

guest
guest

David Miscavige's mother-in-law, Mary Florence "Flo" Barnett, died fromfour rifle shots, three to the chest and one to the head. Originallyclassified as a "suicide," upon closer inspection it was determined fromthe ballistics and the height of Ms. Barnett that the wounds could nothave been self-inflicted. Evidence was collected that just one week priorto her death, Ms. Barnett had threatened to sue the Church, and was incontact with David Mayo, a former member who was an avowed enemy of DavidMiscavige. Furthermore, one of David Miscavige's sisters had committed suicide aftercompleting OT VII. Another sister left the church and became a prostituteafter starting the OT levels. David Miscavige's own father was oncearrested for rape. Press release by Steven fisherman 1994

Redhead
Redhead

DM and Top Cats fetish chambers lol

Redhead
Redhead

Little boys , do love to play with their toys

Fredric L. Rice
Fredric L. Rice

What utterly insane lunacy. The crime syndicate has done their marketing research and found that their remaining customers really do buy in to the flying saucer lunacy, so much so the crime syndicate is catering to the few remaining human ATM machines that are FUCKING insane enough to continue handing over their money.

Heather Grace
Heather Grace

I suppose these doodads only need to make the "parishioners" (do they even know what a parish is?) feel SOMEthing and their imaginations will do the rest.

kirstieFATalley
kirstieFATalley

I bet many of these gizmos could be used as torture devices in cruel hands. Say like the hands of a 5 foot 3 inch tiny tyrant named David Miscavige.

kirstieFATalley
kirstieFATalley

An "infinite pit"? Sounds kinda satanic. Where do I sign my soul over to David Miscavige, to be his slave for a billion years (or what some would call eternity). To bad my elderly parents will never be able to use this junk that they paid for. The poor fools think they will come back and remember their Scientology account number to cash in on any money they had left in this lifetime.

betazors
betazors

This is so awesome. Betch'a a lot of "public" Scientologists won't be admitting their trips to Clearwater after these leaks -- that is if they don't want to deal with chuckles and smirks from the watercooler peanut gallery.

(Cue the deflection or ad absurdum argument in 3...2....)

scilonschools
scilonschools

"Here's another view of the mechanics behind the Water Wall..."

Water Wall? Is that anything like 'waterboarding'  , the information extraction system used on suspected terrorists?.

Nexi Bello
Nexi Bello

another Technifex feature... meet 3D-Ron at tinyurl dot com/72s9muz

Radio Paul
Radio Paul

Where is the space age toilet? I mean after all even an OT has to take a dump. I bet there lasers to vaporize the turd and all.

scnethics
scnethics

That mother-of-all-shredders is for delivering OT IX: Truth Concealed. 

MissCabbage
MissCabbage

These renderings of the Scientology Super Powers Building look like the set of "Barbarella."

Chocolate Velvet
Chocolate Velvet

That "low-gravity harness", or whatever it is, looks like part of a stedi-cam rig.

How odd, the plans are so vague about everything technical, and so detailed about things like tabletops and lighting. And Technifex? This whole thing looks more and more like plans for a movie set. Or maybe something like that Star Trek Experience they used to have in Vegas. That was only $45, though, and it had a cool bar. A lot more fun than thus stuff...

SleepsWithThePods
SleepsWithThePods

This just cracks me up.  Saw a C. Casey article on Vice dot com.  He gets scientology spam snail mail, because of former tenants.  Article is about latest mail, the 2012 International Scientology News, New Year's commemorative edition.  (he even has pictures). A Miscavige quote:

“…And if by chance I still haven’t piqued your interest, you will further see the unveiling of our Mecca as a twenty-first century Scientology Cathedral. After which, you’ll be afforded vistas not seen since the first tick of time.”

Chuck Beatty
Chuck Beatty

Tony,

Someone should send your Superpower series to Woody Allen!

If I worked in Scientology marketing, I'd pay Woody a couple million bucks, and give him total access to the building for however long he wants, and let him do whatever filming he wanted, and accept whatever he filmed and wished to release!

I'd love to hear Woody's take on this building!

hgc
hgc

The more I see these drawings, the more like it seems that this building, or at least the 5th floor, will never open for business. It can't. The mask would fall away. 

Sandy4077
Sandy4077

This is simply asinine.  Seriously.  One great big hundred million dollar pile of asinine.   All paid for by poor deluded cultists, one over-extended credit card; one additional mortgage; one lost inheritance; one stolen future at a time.  For what?  A cringe-worthy monument to insanity?  A high school dropout-cum-dictator’s alcohol fueled vision of the culmination of all that was hubbard?   Five floors of “You can’t make this stuff up”?  Fact is, they would have gotten more scientific value – and more spiritual enlightenment  if they had invested the  $100 million in mood rings and pet rocks. 

Ron
Ron

You know, what *really* needs to be leaked are the digital models used to generate the images of the building and rooms. I bet some game level designers could come up with really kicking games!

Duke Nukem: Super Power!

Ivy Mapother
Ivy Mapother

I deciced to contact Technifex and see if some of those contraptions are available to the general public. Here's a copy of my inquirery: "I'm interested in one of those Electric Fields Generators from the Super Powers Building. Do they work pretty well, how much in US dollars and can I get one? Do you know who makes the chair in the Endocrine States room? I would be interested in one of those too."Google and contact them if you would like a oiliness table or low gravity headset. Super Power to the people.

sizzle8
sizzle8

One thing about Super Power has always bothered me. When it was announced in 1978 it was emphasized that this would make planetary clearing a possibility.  34 years later it still isn't being delivered. 

I guess no one was serious about it.

Scientology has a principle called "having to have before can do" meaning that you shouldn't wait for everything you would like to have before you start providing a service.  This Super Power project underscores how Scientology management is so off the rails.

not true
not true

Not true about his 2 sisters

Strelnikov
Strelnikov

Up at Twin Peaks they have an Aerotrim, the ring-within-a-ring gyroscope astronauts and pilots sit in for balance training. The Angry Gay Pope claimed that Church of Spiritual Technology people used it as a nauseator, spinning it around somehow. He never got footage of that happening.

We've seen how they have turned the e-meter into a weapon through Sec-Checking; who knows what you could do with the Oil table?

Nexi Bello
Nexi Bello

I suppose the water wall is what Technifex offers on its website as "Water Web", first page of technifex dot com

Ivy Mapother
Ivy Mapother

I think the laser wouldn't know where the OT ended and the turd began.

Sandy4077
Sandy4077

What are you suggesting?  One of these devices might actually be an "Excessive Machine"?

Ghost of Charlie
Ghost of Charlie

Techniflex is the name of the company that is building these carnival rides... they build stuff for Theme Parks,Casinos,Water parks,and mechanical sales displays

peel back the curtain...its just a overblown movie set.the gadgets have all the earmarks of a Mechanical Bull ride...

protip google Techniflex

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

I just read the article and noticed a picture of David Miscavige's face. ZOMG, he's a botox whore! His face looks like a wax figure pumped full of collagen and juvederm.

LestWF
LestWF

The Mecca of Oiliness!!

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

I think the 145 million should have been spent on their own space program. They need to find/discover their own planet, inhabit it, clear it, and leave the rest of us alone.

Instead, they buy SUPER enormous paper shedders just incase the FBI, IRS, and CIA come knocking.

Lliira
Lliira

I want this game: Lara Croft must infiltrate a 7-story cult building in order to rescue her 16-year old niece from its so-called "religious order" that is about to force the niece into marriage...

Jil1l1
Jil1l1

Awesome!!!  Let us know what the response it.  I was wondering about the consulting companies.... they must think this stuff is hysterical, laughing all the way to the bank. 

dennis l erlich
dennis l erlich

Fishman was a federally convicted scammer and serial liar.  He was the source of the fake OT Ate.  Using him is a source is self defeating.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Oooh, good heads up. It's all an illusion. What's next? David Copperfield appearing at the SP grand opening.

Redhead
Redhead

I read the article too,DM looks like a right muppet. I wonder whats pulling his strings, mmm lets think - EGO

grundoon
grundoon

It's just that his TRs are way, way, way in.

SleepsWithThePods
SleepsWithThePods

And smelly oil.    Maybe he's the "test trial" pigeon for this Super Power Mecca.  That picture Does look it could be an "After" photo shot.

NOTseriously
NOTseriously

My kids play on Disney's Toon Town. There is a type of bad guy (a "cog") called a Double Talker who looks just like DM. Cracks me up every time my kids make its head explode.

John P.
John P.

The Mecca of Oiliness needs to get its oil from somewhere. This commercial, from the classic Kentucky Fried Movie shows several great alternative oiliness sources. 

youtube (dot) com (slash) watch?v=l6ZAktYiumc.    

John P.
John P.

The Mecca of Oiliness needs to get its oil from somewhere. This commercial, from the classic Kentucky Fried Movie shows several great alternative oiliness sources.  youtube.com (slash) watch?v=l6ZAktYiumc.    

John P.
John P.

The Mecca of Oiliness needs to get its oil from somewhere. This commercial, from the classic Kentucky Fried Movie shows several great alternative oiliness sources.  youtube.com (slash) watch?v=l6ZAktYiumc.    

John P.
John P.

Good idea.  If they spent $145 million on their own space program, they could get a lot more bang for their buck than NASA could.  After all, the Scientologists already know what interplanetary spacecraft are supposed to look like -- L. Ron Hubbard said that Xenu flew a fleet of DC-8s. And if noted aerospace engineer L. Ron Hubbard said it, you know it's true.  

mymagnificentoctopus
mymagnificentoctopus

@Lliira Not sure I want to see what Tomb Raider fanboys do with the water wall, low gravity harness and joint position room. Not to mention the oiliness table...

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Ha ha ha! I am laughing because there really is a game on the internet called, "Escape From Scientology," have you played it yet?

Description: You have defied Scientologists and now they have locked you up in their dungeon. See if you can escape this place alive!

guest
guest

Your right Dennis, I shall be more careful in future, and opologise for even mentioning his name

bobx
bobx

And for my next trick, I'll make all your money disappear!

Xenu
Xenu

 We could use some other models, though.  We are, after all, the reincarnated rebel force of OT III fame, and OT VIIIs should be able to remember how to build any number of faster than light, interstellar craft.  Come on, OT VIIIs, cough up some blueprints!

I also want them to recover the old battery tech.  I'm always having to buy batteries, they never seem to last 75 million years, like Hubbard's were supposed to.

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