Weiser used to be the big name in occult books so i bought this believing that it would be a useful compendium of magic words used in the occult and magic which I could use as reference. In fact most of the words in this book are those used by stage magicians and not at all useful to Weiser's target market. In short it was a complete waste of money for someone like me. Normally I would not be nasty about this because it was not the author's fault however it is clear that the author has put in some occult phrases such as Konx Om Pax (which is given a superficial definition) More detail is given to the name Klptzyxm which apparently was used by an imp in the first series of Superman. Made up magical words from stage magicians sit next to rare and superficially understood real magic words. To give you an example of how bad this gets it actually includes "Make it So" from Star Trek as a magical phrase. Weiser should have known a lot better in letting this one through as it is useless to anyone who is really interested in magic words.
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.
A fascinating exploration and into all of those mystical magical words that ever caught your imagination - and those you didn't even know about! Mr Conley is described on the back cover as a language fanatic. I'd say he's a genius for coming up with such an intriguingly original idea. Voila! indeed.