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Trade of the Tricks: Inside the Magician's Craft

Graham Jones

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520270466
eISBN:
9780520950528
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520270466.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Global

From risqué cabaret performances to engrossing after-hours shop talk, this book offers an unprecedented look inside the secretive subculture of modern magicians. Entering the flourishing Paris magic ... More


The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft

Ronald Hutton

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207443
eISBN:
9780191677670
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207443.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This book studies the only religion England has ever given the world, that of modern pagan witchcraft, which has now spread from English shores across four continents. The book examines the nature of ... More


Magistrates and Witches

Stuart Clark

in Thinking with Demons: The Idea of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208082
eISBN:
9780191677915
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208082.003.0037
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, Social History

Of all the voices adopted by writers on witchcraft none, surely, was more clamorous or more explicit than the one in which the power of the secular magistrate was called down on the heads of ... More


Healing Black Magic: The unwitchers of late Victorian Britain

Thomas Waters

in Cursed Britain: A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic in Modern Times

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780300221404
eISBN:
9780300249453
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300221404.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter explains that, throughout the Victorian era, thousands of magicians made money from the dark arts. The urban fortune-tellers, itinerant Roma women, and powerful characters known as ... More


The End of Magic

Ariel Glucklich

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195108798
eISBN:
9780199853434
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108798.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book offers a new approach towards the definition and understanding of magic. Basing the analysis in the Indian city of Banaras, where magic is a familiar part of everyday life, it reviews the ... More


Introduction: What Is Magic?

Ariel Glucklich

in The End of Magic

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195108798
eISBN:
9780199853434
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108798.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

What is magic? What does magic do? Why do people believe in magic in the face of experience? After living in the Indian city of Banaras and making several trips to tribal areas in Uttar Pradesh, ... More


Concentric Rings of Healing

Ariel Glucklich

in The End of Magic

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195108798
eISBN:
9780199853434
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108798.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

There is nothing “magical” (occult) about magic, the claims of its practitioners to the contrary notwithstanding. Instead of taking the boasts of magicians literally, the sociology and the symbolism ... More


Miraculous Powers and False Advertising

Ariel Glucklich

in The End of Magic

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195108798
eISBN:
9780199853434
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108798.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

For a variety of reasons, the topic of magic has become dominated by speculation about supernatural causality and miraculous achievements and, following closely on the heels of these, mischiefmakers ... More


The Tools of Magic

Ariel Glucklich

in The End of Magic

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195108798
eISBN:
9780199853434
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108798.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The voices of magicians are rich with sacred power that is renowned as mantra. Magicians accept the fact that mantra encompasses manifest and hidden divine forces and holds recoiled magical ... More


“Adding Interest to Wonder”: The First Year in Film

Ian Christie

in Robert Paul and the Origins of British Cinema

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226105628
eISBN:
9780226610115
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226610115.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

Paul was launched on a hectic nightly round of screenings at London’s music halls by the success of his projector, yet urgently needed to make new films to enhance the programmes. The Alhambra ... More


The magic in the brain: how conjuring works to deceive our minds

Massimo Polidoro

in Tall Tales about the Mind and Brain: Separating fact from fiction

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198568773
eISBN:
9780191693779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568773.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

‘Conjuring’ is a word that indicates the ancient art of making sensorial or optical illusions appear as real. It is a form of entertainment in which, by the use of trickery, the conjurer appears to ... More


Potency and Performance

Graham M. Jones

in Trade of the Tricks: Inside the Magician's Craft

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520270466
eISBN:
9780520950528
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520270466.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Global

This chapter examines the kinds of prestige and authority that magical abilities can confer, with particular emphasis on the issues of gender and power relations that are linked to the performative ... More


Business as Un-Usual

Graham M. Jones

in Trade of the Tricks: Inside the Magician's Craft

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520270466
eISBN:
9780520950528
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520270466.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Global

This chapter examines the career trajectories of professional magicians in France, with particular emphasis on how magicians conduct “business as un-usual” as they strive to earn a regular living by ... More


Aleister Crowley—Freemason?!

Martin P. Starr

in Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199863075
eISBN:
9780199979974
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863075.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter considers Crowley's Masonic contacts. It tries to separate the facts from the numerous myths that surround Crowley and Freemasonry. In the next section, it studies Crowley's relationship ... More


Introduction

Anne Lawrence-Mathers

in The True History of Merlin the Magician

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300144895
eISBN:
9780300189292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300144895.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This book discusses the different perspectives that describe Merlin the prophet-magician, whose powers have fascinated audiences from the Middle Ages to the present day, and have emphasized his ... More


The Discovery of Merlin

Anne Lawrence-Mathers

in The True History of Merlin the Magician

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300144895
eISBN:
9780300189292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300144895.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter explores the origins of Merlin the Magician and shows that he was a creation of the twelfth century. The medieval Merlin was not a figure of legend but an apparently documented, ... More


Writing the History of Merlin

Anne Lawrence-Mathers

in The True History of Merlin the Magician

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300144895
eISBN:
9780300189292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300144895.003.0003
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter focuses on the history of Merlin, the great magician and “prophet of Vortigern,” whose reality was established in the 1130s. Among the political class and in the Church, excited ... More


The British Merlin

Anne Lawrence-Mathers

in The True History of Merlin the Magician

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300144895
eISBN:
9780300189292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300144895.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter discusses the most exciting aspect of Merlin's rediscovery: the study of his prophecies. Merlin's powers have been established as unmatched since classical times, but he was much more ... More


The Curious Career of Merlin the Astrologer

Anne Lawrence-Mathers

in The True History of Merlin the Magician

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300144895
eISBN:
9780300189292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300144895.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

This chapter shows why Merlin was considered the greatest political prophet of medieval Britain. As a prophet, he could reveal the secrets of the future, but as a magician, he himself made things ... More


Magic, Astrology, and Alchymy

Edward William Lane and Jason Thompson

in An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9789774165603
eISBN:
9781617975516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774165603.003.0012
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter opens with an explanation of the distinction held by learned Muslims between “spiritual” magic, effected by angels and jinn, and “natural” or “deceptive magic,” induced by drugs or ... More


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