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by Philip Emmons Isaac Bonewits

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Title:Real Magic: An Introductory Treatise on the Basic Principles of Yellow Magic
Authors:Philip Emmons Isaac Bonewits (Author)
Info:Berkeley, Calif. : Creative Arts Book Co., c1979. trade paperback, 282 pages
Collections:Your library, To be given to UCSB, Author, Illustrator

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Real Magic: An Introductory Treatise on the Basic Principles of Yellow Magic by Isaac Bonewits (1971)



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This book is OK but rather dated and not very deep. It's a genuine puzzle, the division between objectively verifiable scientific results and the routine technology that can be built on that, versus the fuzzy side of experience that is variously subjective, unverifiable, erroneous, fraudulent, illusory, etc. Magic and various sorts of psychic phenomena certainly, hmm, well they don't really straddle the line. More like they huddle on the illusion side of the line and regularly knock on the door, requesting entry into the objective realm. Sometimes they are granted tourist visa or restricted residence visas.

This book is a kind of 1970s request for magic to be granted citizenship in the world of science, or at least a plan for pulling together the necessary documentation for a formal request.

For me, the much more interesting game is to look at various facets of experience and to examine how we try to categorize them and how those categories help or hinder the various projects of happiness, power, etc.

Bonewits provides an excellent annotated bibliography - again, a bit dated, but still very worthwhile. ( )
  kukulaj | Jun 9, 2015 |
The first book to scientifically state the "laws" of magic from a cross-cultural stance. Without this book, most of current magical theory would be very different.
1 vote Bidwell-Glaze | Oct 31, 2010 |
Read this quite a while back, but I found it very entertaining and informative. His way of thinking about magic and energy appeals to me a great deal, as it strokes the scientific side of my nature and makes it easier for me to get into the magical mindset. That said, it was dry sometimes, and people who have a dogmatic view of religion or magic probably won't like it. ( )
2 vote PeterKahle | Sep 17, 2010 |
A wonderful classic that should be part of every pagan's library. ( )
1 vote lilithdorsey | Apr 13, 2007 |
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Over the centuries a collection of basic magical and mystical axioms has surfaced in culture after culture throughout the world, even in cultures that were totally isolated. These we can, and will, call the Laws of Magic.
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Coward, MCann & Geoghegan (1971)

Open Gate Books (1972)

Berkeley Medallion (1972)

Wetenschappelijke Uitegerij B.V. (1972) (Ware Magie)

Sphere (1974) (as part of the Dennis Wheatley Library of the Occult)

Creative Arts (1979)

Samuel Weiser (now Red Wheel/Weiser) (1989)

unknown Russian pirate publisher (1998)
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Klopgeesten en zombies, tantra en tarot, de laatste bevindingen van het parapsychologisch onderzoek, dat en nog veel meer wordt onder de loep genomen door de eerste Amerikaanse magiër met een universitaire bevoegdheid, de 22-jarige Philip Emmons Isaac Bone-
In deze verhelderende en onderhoudende beschrijving van de ware magie wordt aandacht besteed aan elke categorie van occulte verschijnselen, van buitcnzintiiiglijke waarneming tot oosterse rituelen. De acht fundamentele wetten van de magie worden onderzocht en in verband gebracht met de natuurwetten van het heelal. De ware magie wordt voorgesteld als een regenboog van levende kleuren: rood voor het lichaam, geel voor het verstand en het zenuwstelsel, blauw voor de emoties, paars voor de hartstochten.
De boeiende wijze waarop een verklaring wordt gegeven van parapsychologische verschijnselen, de beschrijving van de opzet, methoden en fundamentele patronen van rituelen, de raadgevingen voor het uitspreken van een bezwering, het vermelden van methoden om met een hinderlijke geest om te gaan en de introductie van het revolutionaire begrip Schakelbord - dit alles maakt Ware magie tot een onweerstaanbaar en volstrekt uniek boek.
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This book was brought to my attention by one of the best computer programmers I know, and I have to agree that if you have any interest in the occult, either practical or skeptical, you should get ahold of Real Magic. As the publisher correctly notes, it examines every category of occult phenomena, from ESP to Eastern rituals, and explores the basic laws of magic, relating them to already established laws of nature. With wry humor and delightful irreverence, Bonewits brings magic out of the Dark Ages and into the Computer Age in a unique and spellbinding investigation that will intrigue believers and no-believers alike.

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