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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look, this book is sheer genius, 25 Mar 2009
This review is from: SSOTBME Revised - an essay on magic (Paperback)
I appreciate that most folk on this page are either
(a) a pre-existing fan of Ramsey Dukes
or
(b) have been directed to this book by a concerned friend or relative

and therefore need no extra-curricula encouragement to buy this book
HOWEVER
if you the reader do not fall into these categories, then please consider buying this.
This book is quite extraordinary. It requires reading from start to finish, during that period, you, the reader will experience something peculiar. When you try and go back into the book to find out exactly where or when that happened, you will be unsuccessful. This book is the encapsulated version of the magic shop in the cul-de-sac that vanishes before your second visit. It describes something indescribable without ever articulating it. It presents you with a series of concise, philosophical essays that inculcate a powerful impression...in an entirely different sense modality from that utilised in the reading!
The book itself is a well crafted piece of magic.
Buy it, it's about ten pounds (about three pints and a bus fare)...and will get you further than that
Ho Ho Ho
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 7 July 2003
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This review is from: SSOTBME Revised - an essay on magic (Paperback)
A thoughtful and interesting read. Don't buy this looking for methods of magic(k)al working, instead it serves as an excellent discussion of the issues and ideas floating around in this area.
For myself, I'm not quite convinced of the value of the RAMS "compass" presented here, but it's interesting enough. The problem (recognised) in such tools is that they are too approximate. This is a faint quibble. Overall, I'd happily suggest you buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an essay on magic, 21 Oct 2009
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A great book that opens the mind up and gives good insight, very helpful and a positive read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic, 26 Dec 2013
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Still an inspired and deeply useful book, but I did prefer the (shorter) original. Sorry Lemuel - you just can't please some folk.
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