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Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  546 ratings  ·  90 reviews
The chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) turns a critical eye toward such practices as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and psychokinesis. Are such powers really possible? Science says yes.

According to noted scientist and bestselling author of The Conscious Universe, Dean Radin, magic is a natural aspect of reality, and each of us can tap into th
Paperback, 222 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Harmony
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Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: occult
This is one of the best book I have read on specific areas of the paranormal. Radin's historical knowledge as well as his scientific knowledge makes this a terrific read. I highly recommend for both the new to real magic as well as those who have long been initiated.
Rachel DuBois
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
The most scientific approach to "magic" or psychic ability that I've read. This is a great book for making a clear-headed argument that magic is real, backed up by numerous scientific studies, and that the reason that there's any doubt about it is because we've been steeped in centuries of Christian fear and pain when it comes to anything magical. To this day, my scientist friends get very uncomfortable when I discuss the subject because they're so trained to believe it's all complete nonsense. ...more
Audrey Adamson
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Real Magic contends that a variety of psychic phenomenons are real magic. The book shows there is truth in this statement and in the phenomenons themselves.
The book details a variety of studies that show quantifiable evidences of esp, clairvoyance, etc. Coming from a background of scientific method, most are sound as a beginning experiment and the experiments continue to grow to removing some of the complaints from the earlier experiments. These experiments show the merit of these phenomeons and
Robert Hieronimus
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best book on magic I've read in a really long time! There's even a little bit of "how to", which I think should be turned into the sequel. John Dee would be proud. I really enjoyed reading about the "disturbance in the Force" that was picked up by the Random Number Generators project at the shocking result of the Presidential election of 2016, and how "blessed" chocolate can really make you feel better. Time for a Department of Psychic Research! Thank you Dr. Radin for furthering humanity's unde ...more
Angela H.
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is about parapsychology (study of psi). This is a field of study that is not supported by the science community. This field of study is hard to prove with tangible proof.

I did not fully understand parapsychology. I felt like it was a broad study of understanding the "things that are unseen," such as spirits, conscience, clairvoyance, telepathy, forces of this universe, etc. I apologize if I did not explain psi accurately. ^^

I found it interesting how the author explained about
S. Thomas
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was really fun to read and the concepts really stuck. I’ve often felt that certain people seemed to have a magical air about themselves. Radin also lays out practical experiments the armchair enthusiast, like myself, can try. In fact, I have! I tried the remote viewing experiment with my brother and shared the results on our paranormal blog, Letters About Real Conspiracies, which is a part of the Science Fantasy Hub. He and I both got very promising intuitive notions about what the oth ...more
S.L. Saboviec
This book takes Dean Radin's Entangled Minds one step further to its logical conclusion: magick is real. He walks the reader through the history of magic and science -- which I found upsetting because of all the information held back from me in school -- and goes on to discuss experiments supporting his hypothesis and conclusions drawn from it. This has less repetitious discussion of experiments, which, to be fair, are necessary when attempting to persuade people. The author seems to have found ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book, for free, in exchange for an honest review.

A well written overview and history of magic. There were times were the author felt less than objective, but all in all he seemed to approach his study in a scientific way.

Radin is a PSI scientist. He runs experiments testing whether different aspects of PSI are legit.
This book mostly answers the question of "How Much of Magic is Real", both using his research and that of his peers. Although the title promises otherwise, their is
Peter A. Lio
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Deep, thoughtful, and provocative, I really enjoyed Radin’s style and approach. One of my favorite passages: “Many scientific and scholarly disciplines are slowly coming around to the idea that consciousness is far more important than previously imagined. This shift of opinion, combined with the idea that reality is a form of information, provides a renewed appreciation of ancient esoteric legends about magic.”
Highest recommendation to read for anyone interested in psi and/or magic.
Sharon Blake
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've always wondered about Radin's take on magick, and how it relates to his fascinating psi research. He shows a good knowledge of the subject from a historical standpoint, and includes loads of interesting lab data. In the end he seems to favor the information model of magical action, which has always been my own view.

Great book. I couldn't put it down.
Kirby Coe
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrific book

Dean Radin, PhD, weaves in the science of Magic, spirituality, psi as we learn more and more, overcoming old restrictive paradigms of “science” that turn out to be a form of dogma. Some in science are now opening up more to continuing to learn vs being stuck in a worn out paradigm.
Bob Rich
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Given my scientific training, I don’t believe anything, but go with the evidence. This has led me to a tentative model of reality, which I modify as I am forced to accept new findings.
The worldview I have developed over the years has been supported and strengthened by reading Real Magic by Dean Radin. However, I have also needed to modify it. In clear and often humorous language, Dean presents the case for the reality of “paranormal” abilities. The experiments, observations and examination of hi
Magic is real.

Except without the wands and cool spell words you would find in Harry Potter which I knew wasn't going to happen.

Real Magic was a fascinating and the first scientific based book about the paranormal that I have ever read.

Author Mr. Radin is a scientist and his prose is easy to read and not quite objective, since he is a believer in psi. But I don't need any more convincing arguments that psi abilities and most of the episodes I saw in The X-Files is real.

I've always been a belie
Mike Luoma
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Noted Psi researcher Dr. Dean Radin makes a big leap in this book, as the parapsychologist declares our studies of psi phenomena are actually studying humankind's magical abilities - psi is simply the descriptive term we use now for those human abilities once labeled "magic". He makes a convincing case! Radin charts the correspondences between what we now call psi and what we used to call magic. He examines the potential of the human will, and how psi is the modern expression of the working of t ...more
Johanna Hilla
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting introduction to the parallels of psi-phenomena and the history of magic. Packed with intriguing stories and scientific experiments, Radin gives a convincing account of his argument. Four stars because by the time I was at the end of the audio I was little daunted by the sheer conviction and the amount of convincing that comes with it. Personally, I find the argument convincing with the historical facts and scientific findings presented side by side, and therefore I did not see the de ...more
Edric Unsane
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: occult, science
Wondering if magic is real? Then Real Magic by Dean Radin may be for you. If you are interested in the meat of the book, I highly suggest reading the lengthy chapter 6, which details many of the studies conducted on the subject. The writing is good, the science isn't bad, and the ideas may open the door to a new worldview in which science and magic come together. I highly recommend Real Magic to both Layman and Academic alike.
Peter Stockinger
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating book as the author manages to seamlessly connect concepts of traditional magic with the results of cutting edge science. Anybody interested in modern scientific experiments that statistically prove the reality of magic will get a lot out of this enlightening but also highly entertaining book.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good summary

Does a solid job thing together multiple fields of thought and begins to make the case for idealism instead of scientific materialism.
Andras Fuchs
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physics, spirituality
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Morgan Bradham
Radin analyzes magical practice and magical belief through the lens of scientific method and by means of the "holes" in our modern, societal level of scientific literacy. But Radin's argument is not a statement about what science has not yet proven to be nonsensical; his argument is, in fact, in favor of what he calls "real magic", a catch-all term for multidimensional realities and laws whose existence has already been shown to be scientifically legitimate, such as can be seen in our confirmati ...more
D.G. Underwood
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Radin is the senior scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences which was founded by astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell as a non-profit to study consciousness. Radin does an excellent job of tracing the history of magic, citing evidence from repeated studies which confirm that there is truly more to our world than a simple mechanistic explanation. The evidence was not created in an isolated laboratory run by individuals who are of questionable mental capacity but by renowned physicists, philosop ...more
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is not often that I come across mainstream books dedicated to the scientific exploration of magical concepts. In general, most books dealing with magic tend to offer up magical events and experiences, and then try to prove their reality by referring to a few studies and quotes from people in the scientific community. While I appreciate those efforts, Dean Radin's book is a lot more direct in his approach. Having studied magic for decades (without realizing it for much of that time), he provid ...more
Nic Brisbourne
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and at times couldn't put it down. Rare for a non-fiction.

To my mind Radin makes a compelling case that there are things we might commonly call magic that a) happen regularly and b) can't be explained by science. He describes how these things have been observed repeatedly in lab experiments, albeit at low levels.

These things are
- ability to communicate across space and time (virtually certain)
- ability of the mind to manipulate the physical world
- gain informati
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I found myself highlighting so many portions and sharing what I'd learned with friends who share an interest in this stuff. The author explains the history of magic and people who have claimed to practice it, people who were just doing what they felt right and were accused of practicing it, and everything in between. The author discusses the scientific findings to support what we call magic, while also debunking the MANY who claim to practice it. It was just a really balanced ...more
Chris Fisher
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a thought-provoking book about a controversial subject the orthodox scientific community largely ignores. However, as the author documents, a growing number of scientists and philosophers are beginning to question the ability of mainstream science to solve the hard problem of consciousness. As a result, theories like panpsychism are entering the mainstream dialog. Whether panpsychism is or can be demonstrated to be true or not is of lesser importance. The real significance of this theory ...more
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book by Dr Dean Radin from NOETIC institute who has a wealth of information to share, and an elaborate writing style that makes gives the book a fantastic read. Ironically, it's often the complex lab experiments with all the factors taken into account that often feel long to read. But that's a testament to how scientific the exploration into PSI has become (and to an extent, for decades).
As one who has experienced altered-states of awareness thru various means, I fully believe in this para
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review.
Dean Radin wants to take the "woo woo" away from discussions of magic. He does this very handily in Real Magic. Using the language of science and mathematics, he shows how the principles of magic are being legitimately studied.
His overview of esoteric ideas and famous practitioners was very helpful for putting his ideas into context. The wide variety of sources he drew from, particularly in the sections reg
Not my cup of tea. Wasn't expecting (from blurb and cover) the academic jargon. By refusing to use magic with a k without giving enough context. A man telling me to go through all my trauma from the start and re-live it bit by bit (painfully) was incredibly terrifying. Didn't even acknowledge that there are OTHER ways to energy clear where you don't have to re-live your trauma. Just bad all around!
Dimitris Hall
We only see what we want to see; we only hear what we want to hear. Our belief system is like a mirror that only shows us what we believe.
-Don Miguel Ruiz

I first heard about Real Magic on a couple of podcasts the writer Dean Radin gave interviews on last year, one after the other: Rune Soup & Skeptiko (I warmly recommend checking them if you're even mildly interested in this book).

Dean Radin has been a leading figure in the parapsychology research field, publishing study after study that pr
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read. This reminded me a lot of Stealing Fire (which I read recently), though it comes at the state of ekstasis (here gnosis, or the state of oneness) from a different perspective - one that the underlying principle is that magick (sic) is real, the universe is built on the fundamental basis of a single oneness, and that this oneness pervades all things. magick is thus the principles and practice of accessing this state (and meditation counts).

The book discusses many experiments that h
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Dean Radin, PhD, is Senior Scientist at the INSTITUTE OF NOETIC SCIENCES (IONS) and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology at SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY. His original career track as a concert violinist shifted into science after earning a BSEE degree in electrical engineering, magna cum laude and with honors in physics, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and then an MS in electr ...more
“But magic doesn’t mean “no cause.” It just means that we haven’t yet developed scientifically acceptable theories to explain these effects.” 1 likes
“Within the magical worldview everything is deeply interconnected, so if you intend to harm others, you are likely to end up harming yourself.” 1 likes
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