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This ebook is an edited and slightly abridged version of material which originally appeared as "Psychic Magic" in six volumes. From the preface by Percy Abbott:
In 1937, Ormond McGill wrote a group of articles for Tops under the title of "the psychic circle." the continued respect which this series has enjoyed through the years speaks volumes for both the vitality of Mr. McGill's writing and for magicians' interest in psychic magic. And yet, such interest is but natural, for the whole art of the conjurer is based on a love of performing the impossible and knowing the unknowable, and who more than magicians can profitably avail themselves of exciting amazements. In this book you will unquestionably find much that is mystery and much that is entertaining.
From the introduction:
When the late Theodore Annemann made the statement that mental and psychic effects were the most grown-up form of magic, he spoke the truth. But while it is true that intellectually such mystery is the most mature magic, emotionally it is the most naive. And as proof, one could hardly conceive of the most innocent spectator giving credence beyond entertaining trickery to any other form of conjuring, while many have been the sophisticated who have expressed belief in psychic magic.
For there is wish-fulfillment here, an underlying hope that somewhere deep within the mind there may be some mysterious powers that will in some measure help in the mastering of the countless problems that constantly perplex in the hazardous art of living. And there's a question mark here, on one side we have the readily demonstrable "tests" of the mindreader, and on the other the laborious tests of the researcher.
1st edition 1983, 1st digital edition 2017, PDF 115 pagesword count: 49061 which is equivalent to 196 standard pages of text
Publisher: Abbott Magic