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Practice of Magic: A Introductory Guide to the Art

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Practice of Magic How does magic work? This and many other questions can be answered by reading this book. Mickaharic outlines how to prepare to practice, how the primary instruments of the magician are developed and cared for, and a sample exercise to give you something to practice. Full description
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Red Wheel/Weiser (first published January 15th 1995)
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Krapp
Jul 13, 2010 Krapp rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: magic, god-awful
I was expecting great things from this book. Even Brother Moloch recommends Mickaharic. (You can always trust people named Moloch.) There were no great things in this book that are not available in much superior Magic 101 books of various other writers.

Dogma is rampant. "First you must learn to relax. I won't tell you a method, just force yourself, for maybe a year or two. Then and only then you must learn to concentrate. Do not concentrate until you can relax perfectly!" The concentration exerc
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Onyx
Mar 25, 2013 Onyx rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Beginners
It's an intro to magic that gives the reader first contact to several varieties of magical practice.
The author writes in old-school style, so those who may be interested in reading this book might be put off by Mickaharic's seemingly terse, conceited, and condescending tone. But it's not another book about Wicca, let alone traditional Wicca, nor is it a book on ceremonial magic, although it does mention it as one of the types of magical practice.
If you were to meet someone like Mickaharic who h
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Brother Moloch
Jan 09, 2015 Brother Moloch rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Beginners
*snort* As if you can take anything seriously from someone who goes by the handle of 'Krapp'. ;)



Essentially this book is a 101 beginner's book and like any sort of beginner's book in any field, there are going to be folks who like it and others who don't. So a few of tHeE kAyOsS kids don't care for it? Pfffft. That's their choice. Nor does it matter if someone dislikes Draja's style of writing which I will agree is sometimes terse or condescending. Big deal. Forget who said what, ask yourself "I

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Taylor Ellwood
Mar 19, 2013 Taylor Ellwood rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic
This is an excellent book for both beginners and advanced practitioners. I was impressed by the clarity of thought and focus, as well as the author's definition of magic. I was also impressed by his willingness to critique Crowley's thoughts and ideas, which is always refreshing to see. The author also provides some useful exercises that can help the magician enhance his/her own practice. What is most evident from reading this book is that the author has done the work.
icedeath
Jun 26, 2014 icedeath rated it really liked it
nice book
but it is exaggerating the time of practice
Michael
Jul 14, 2013 Michael rated it did not like it
This book was highly recommended to me by several people and by the authors of books I've read over the years. I'll have to remember that when deciding who to send birthday cards to and who not and what books to pay real money for. It's supposed to be a fantastic book on magic(k)al practice, for beginners but not for beginners. Now I know why that particular description fits. The thing I fail to see is how this book is supposed to be useful to anyone. If the reader is approaching the subject for ...more
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A good introduction to the topic. Very no-nonsense and drily humorous.
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"Draja Mickaharic was born on Wednesday, April 10, 1912 in Bosnia where his father, an Austrian, was a civil servant employed by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He arrived as an immigrant to the U.S. on March 12, 1937, just at the beginning of World War II. He later became a U.S. citizen in 1940. He lived in New York City until 2002, when he moved to Philadelphia to stay with a former student. Since ...more
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