Aleister Crowley gets a hat tip for hat design in post about the Genius trope at “Tuesday Trope: The Genius” over at The Committee for the Surrealist Investigation of Claims of the Normal. Yeah, it really doesn’t make any more sense in context either, but it’s curious even if the reference seems a bit gratuitous and non sequitur. In context, “designed by Aleister Crowley” seems to mean something like “designed by an Evil Genius”, and might connote things such as “esoteric” and “mysterious”. I suppose it might also, in part, be a reference to the photo of Crowley with the hood of his A∴A∴ robe on his head that might be mistaken for a hat.
“Our hero, who has come to understand his name is Tex, pulls against the wrist straps that pin him to this chair.
The apparatus latched onto his head is heavy; it feels like his neck might snap under the weight of the lightbulbs and diodes, not to mention the engine that whirrs and hisses away on the floor behind him. The thing on his head looks like a diving helmet as designed by Aleister Crowley. Not quite as stylish as his old ten-gallon hat, that’s for sure.”
Aleister Crowley with the hood of his A∴A∴ robe on his head