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Postmodern Magic: The Art of Magic in the Information Age by [Dunn, Patrick]
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About the Author

Patrick Dunn (Chicago, IL) is a poet, linguist, Pagan, and a university English professor with a PhD in modern literature and language. His understanding of semiotics and the study of symbols arise from his training in linguistics and literary theory. He has practiced magic since childhood. Visit him online at https: //pomomagic.wordpress.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1998 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (8 Jun. 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003AQBMOO
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,293 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A future classic 30 April 2009
By Roy - Published on Amazon.com
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I heartily recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject. I actually was in the process of reading the author's later book when I thought to look at this one for some reference material, and just could not put it down.

I'm not going into all the regular jazz (thought-provoking etc.) because I can guess that's all been said since there are several reviews already. This is a handy and enjoyable compilation of modern magical theory. Sometimes the author makes it all sound too easy, and that's a good thing, because the pompous "religion on steroids" drivel that usually passes for magic is so tiresome (and yes, that includes almost the entire corpus of writing on the subject).

Praise being given, there are a couple of philosophical differences between us, but they do not detract from my rating at all. For instance, he has a very entertaining method of "downloading" knowledge of a specific subject that could be done more easily by "downloading" improved memory and comprehension by other means, like NLP or hypnosis. If you are able to quickly memorize important facts of a subject, you can concentrate on the "feel" of applying the information (as in learning a language) while the subconscious has the data that would have been learned by immersion or trial and error if you had the background, and you will have cultivated a few really valuable memory/comprehension skills. But again, this is all about thinking for yourself, and his take may be more easily applied by more people than mine is: that's cool with me.

The other thing I take issue with is his discussion of Remote Viewing - I have no idea where he got his knowledge of the subject, but it certainly did not come from the Ingo Swann/Hal Puthoff group from the Stanford Research Institute that coined the term and discovered the practice of this craft. He describes it to be "difficult", while teachers routinely have people with no prior experience or knowledge do it publicly. There are even videos of Hal doing this with his interviewer on You Tube somewhere. Despite the misnomer that would have the RV teachers' and practitioners' pants in a snit, his version of it is fun to work with.

On the whole though, it's not just a book I'm going to give to my daughter the next time she asks me if magick is real. I am recommending it to several clients and friends as a really enjoyable way to get their feet wet in an alternate way of looking at our relationship to the universe and ourselves. Spending some time with this might just get you thinking that there is more to magick than a bunch of overage hippies dressing in drag, chanting in Latin while waving swords and sticks around, or praying to different re-imagined versions of god for different wishes. This is not old wine in a new bottle, it is a truly refreshing read.
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy his tone 11 May 2016
By Sasha - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting! he has a really refreshing view on the topic of magic. I enjoy his tone, its humorous but still serious about the topic.
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good, easy to follow way for those looking to ... 26 Mar. 2015
By Spectre Beyler - Published on Amazon.com
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A very good, easy to follow way for those looking to get started in the world of magic to both learn and understand how to open your mind without being overwhelming or too demanding
5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to magick 1 July 2014
By Modern Xena - Published on Amazon.com
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No pretenses and pompish mysticism. Patrick makes the essential power of the imagination in the magickal clear and relies on rational guidelines to structure a chaotic practice. Excellent for the novice.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Jun. 2015
By Brian - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the author's style, his voice and the subject matter. A good read.
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