on 5 February 2014
Magic Words: A Dictionary that delivers exactly what the description promises. It is a survey of the phenomenon of magic words, around the world and all the way back to the first bonfires. The book traces the evolution of magic words from the ancient rituals of witchcraft to modern stage magic, classic literature to comic books, great films to children's cartoons. This book obviously won't instantly turn anyone into a wizard or a Derren Brown, but it will satisfy anyone who has wondered exactly what powers magical language.