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The Discoverie of Witchcraft (Dover Occult) Paperback – 1 May 1990

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  • Paperback: 283 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (1 May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486260305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486260303
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.7 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At over 900 pages long I've not read the entire book as of yet but of what I have read I would say that it is extremely interesting to read.
Although Reginald Scott wrote the book to instruct magistrates and the clergy on the identification of witches to prosecute and torture them he obtained his information from good sources at the time, his knowledge of witchcraft it would appear was very extensive.
Anybody with an interest in witchcraft would do well to read this book.
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The Discoverie of Witchcraft is recognised in the magic world as the first ever magic book ever written. The author, Reginald Scott, was a judge in the witch trials of the 17 th century. In his bid to discover if witchcraft was actually true he discovers that so called " magic " is little more than trickery and subterfuge. As a full time professional magician I was amazed to discover card tricks described in this book which I assumed were new but are at least 400 years old. There is also a description of how a magician in the 1600s convinces his audience he has the power to kill someone. The magician draws a picture of a pigeon and stabs the picture vigorously with a knife. The pigeon on top of a church drops down dead. The magician uses this evidence to convince the onlookers that he truly has the power of life and death over all creatures.Reginald Scott then goes on to describe how this trick is done. Apparently, you need a confederate who balances a dead pigeon on a church spire attached to a long thread.At a given signal, the thread is pulled dislodging the said pigeon!
The book is written in 16 century English which gives it a period feel.The book is text only and does not include any pictures, however, it is a truly fascinating read.
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Although the main topic of the book is Scot's opinion that witches and warlocks of the time were not able to perform the miracles that were perported to them, he does go into explicit detail about how the supposed miracles were performed. With some good examples of lyricry, latin and illustration, Scot attempts to prove that the witch hunts and trials of the era were unwarranted. An excellent reference or source book to refer to when comparing more modern material.
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