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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904424252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904424253
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 15.4 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.. a book worthy of a place on the bookshelf where it can be regularly dipped into. -- David Slater, The Hypnotherapist, April 1005

.. a reference book I highly recommend for developing better
resources in one's self and in others. -- The Milton H Erickson Foundation Newsletter, Winter 2006

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L. Michael Hall, PhD has authored many ground-breaking works on neuro-linguistics, communication, emotions and motivation. One of the foremost authors on the NLP scene, he is dedicated to taking its techniques into new and exciting realms of therapy and personal development. He currently works as a psychotherapist and trainer in Grand Junction, Colorado, and is an internationally renowned trainer.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "ajempower" on 1 Feb. 2006
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The Source Book of Magic co-authored by Michael Hall PhD and Barbara Belnap M.S.W., is in my opinion, the best book Michael Hall has written. It contains all the NLP protocols and processes, known at the time of printing; though that is a generalisation and I'm sure there were, and certainly are others now.
This book is essentially the trail of techniques that stem from the attitude and methodology espoused by Richard Bandler, one of the developers of NLP. Although some of the processes originate from the early days of NLP, they are still very valid and worth adding to anyone's toolbox of change and influence.
As an NLP Trainer, and having taught full 120 hours contact time Practitioner courses, I know, that even after that length of time, there are still powerful, effective skills and processes that we cannot cover. This book provides the practitioner and above, with a ready source of tools and techniques to add to their already extensive repertoire.
For this reason, "The Source Book of Magic" is, and will remain, a recommended reference book on our courses.
I have an older edition of the book, and the one thing I would have liked included, is an index by process and originator of the various patterns; having said that, it is still clear, concise and accessible and possibly the best value for money NLP reference book available.
Alan Jones
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Feb. 2007
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I actually proof-edited the second edition of the book and really enjoyed reading again the numerous patterns collected together in one place. However, these are outlines of patterns that work in 'perfect scenerios' in my opinion and NLP is far too powerful to be messed around with using step by step guidance when you don't know what to do if something goes wrong. For example, I know of someone who, after using the timeline material (from another book) became sucidally depressed after loosing his future time line! I also know that given the working of meta-states you can understand why someone starts crying when you ask them to access happy experiences but not necessarily when you know just NLP. Don't get me wrong - I shall be reading this excellent refresher in preparation for my trainers training BUT I do not reccomend it for learning NLP per se. Go on a course or read Introducing NLP by John Seymour and O'Connor. Then get together in a practice group with a more experienced practitioner.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Rizo Gibonious on 17 Jan. 2005
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Those of you who missed the 1st edition of this excellent book, there is now a second chance to pick up this modern classic.

The premise of the work is that many NLP books are available that contain, within extensive "padding", only a few patterns, some books just one or two. Hall achieves his goal of separating the wheat from the chaff admirably with all the objectivity of a Haynes car manual leaving this pragmatic work refreshingly academic yet accessible. Like a cookbook it is reference driven allowing the practitioner access to these powerful patterns without the contingency of having to wade into battle against the author's literary aspirations.

What are these patterns?
Most of these patterns are primarily action orientated, simple exercises to be run through step by step with regard to specific ends. The other few are, more fundamentally, explanations of NLP assumptions, such as the principle of well formed outcomes.

Hall begins by introducing the reader to an overview of NLP and levels-of-processing that is indispensable, as within the instructions to the patterns he falls back on a few technical concepts with out further explanation, such as "test and future pace".

Then we come the patterns themselves, organised roughly according to their level of processing, the book allows you to easily select a pattern for your goal. Included patterns are; collapsing anchors, resolving internal conflict, chaining states, becoming intentionally compelled, responding to criticism, healthy eating, spinning icons.....

The second edition adds to the first; some simplification of the procedures and a little more detail as to the cognitive / behavioural mechanisms used in the patterns, and a deserved revision of the introduction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Inkhorn TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Jun. 2009
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I bought this book recently, and even working on the first pattern, I noticed a significant mental shift, when I ran the pattern through my own neurology. I have used that pattern many times, and just feel very calm. It could also be called the Law of Attraction pattern.

A complaint of many NLP books is that they are difficult to read or the concepts are difficult to grasp. I can assure that this book is not difficult to follow, if you have a basic grasp of NLP. I highly recommend it.

I hope you find this review helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graham Mccarthy VINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2008
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The Sourcebook of Magic is more of a reference book that is best suited to augmenting other NLP works. At 380 pages it is comprehensive and if you're serious about NLP should definitely be on your book shelf, but I wouldn't recommend it as a starting point. It would be very difficult to apply the techniques in this book without reading the more accessible works on NLP. If you know what an NLP change pattern is, you should probably buy this book, if not, I'd go for NLP - The Technology of Achievement.
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