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By Chris Goto-Jones

The promise of magic has continuously commanded the human mind's eye, however the tale of business modernity is generally visible as a strategy of disenchantment. Drawing at the writings and performances of the so-called 'Golden Age Magicians' from the flip of the 20 th century, Chris Goto-Jones unveils the ways that eu and North American encounters with (and representations of) Asia - the fabled Mystic East - labored to re-enchant reports of the trendy global. starting with a reconceptualization of the which means of 'modern magic' itself - relocating past traditional different types of 'real' and 'fake' magic - Goto-Jones' acclaimed ebook publications us on a mystical secret journey round India, China and Japan, exhibiting us levitations and decapitations, magic duels and bullet catches, goldfish bowls and paper butterflies. finally, this captivating ebook finds Orientalism as one of those magic in itself, casting a spell over Western tradition that leaves it remodeled even this present day.

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Jasper also wrote a creative biography of the dynasty, Jasper Maskelyne, White Magic: The Story of the Maskelynes. London: Stanley Paul, 1936. Nevil Maskelyne & David Devant, Our Magic: The Art, Theory and Practice of Magic. 1911. Reprinted by Wexford Press, 2008, p. 179. These invaluable terms are used by Subbotsky, Magic and the Mind, p. 5. Karl Bell, The Magical Imagination: Magic and Modernity in Urban England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012; Stuart McWilliams, Magical Thinking: History, Possibility and the Idea of the Occult.

See, for instance, James Frazer, The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion, 1890 (2 vols), reprinted London: Macmillan, 1911–1915 (12 vols); Bronislaw Malinowski, ‘Magic, Science, and Religion’, 1925, reprinted in Magic, Science, and Religion, and Other Essays. Illinois: Waveland Press, 1992; Marcel Mauss, A General Theory of Magic, 1902, reprinted London & New York: Routledge, 2001. Provocative work on the status of ostensibly ‘primitive magic’ in modern societies was done later by the philosopher Walter Benjamin, who was fascinated by the ways in which the processes of modernity and modernization generated opportunities and sites for the surfacing of the socalled primitive within modernity itself.

Particularly important is Stuart Vyse, Believing in Magic. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. 67 Magical imagination and even magical thinking are alive and well. On the other hand, no matter how popular or apparently pervasive become the worlds of Harry Potter, Frodo, or Ged, it remains deeply controversial to believe in dragons, cloaks of invisibility, or raising people from the dead. Indeed, our ability to differentiate between the real role of magical imagination and the alleged reality of magical beliefs is an important cultural marker in Western modernity.

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