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Real Magic: Unlocking Your Natural Psychic Abilities to Create Everyday Miracles

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,099 ratings  ·  146 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
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Harmony
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I was lent this book by our friend Fabrice, who is very interested in paranormal phenomena. He said I would be surprised. Well, for the first few chapters I was sure he was wrong. It seemed to be more of what I had seen before in various places: unverifiable anecdotes, implausible claims, quotes diligently mined from the usual suspects (I was interested to see that Max Tegmark has joined the gang), and really unconvincing interpretations of quantum mechanics. It's not like I know anything much a ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Rachel DuBois
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
May Ling
Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
Summary: As a statistician, this was so hard to read. The mis-inference of statistics made me want to scream. It completely eclipsed anything he was saying that was good. I wanted to cry.

There is so much that Radin is saying that is unique and interesting. But if you are a stats major who actually does know how to do inference, a part of you dies every single time he infers any study. It's just not correct, which is sad, b/c what the study does say is actually kind of interesting. For that reas
Audrey  Adamson Stars in Her Eye
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
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 Han
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Samantha Strong
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  ·  review of another edition
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

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  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Paul Bard
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chapters five and six contain the meat of the book in the form of scientific studies. Remarkable stuff.

Chapters 8 and 9 features the authors speculations which are worthwhile.

The anecdotes whilst stimulating are less interesting for the actual intellectual findings.

Great book.
Bob Rich
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 bel
Mike Luoma
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Peter Stockinger
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.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my favourite non-fiction i've ever read. i'm sad to have finished it and i'll probably re-listen to some chapters despite already being behind on my 2019 challenge. i've learned so much, and to have such an interesting and elaborate book exist about something i've been fascinated by all my life, something i never imagined there would be a real science around, is so exciting! ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Shelves: spirituality, physics
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Magic Practice
Real magic falls into three categories: mental influence of the physical world, perception of events distant in space or time, and interactions with nonphysical entities.

Within the magical worldview everything is deeply interconnected, so if you intend to harm others, you are likely to end up harming yourself. This is not just because of a guilty conscience but more like Newton’s third law: for every action there’s an equal and opposite reaction.

The power itself, like any fundame
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Real Magic is one of several similar books written by researcher Dean Radin. The title is somewhat sensational, but author Radin immediately defines real magic as falling into three categories: mental influence of the physical world, perception of events distant in time and space (“ESP”), and interactions with nonphysical entities. Much of the book describes psi (parapsychology) research by Radin and his colleagues throughout the world.

Oddly enough, though magic is a popular topic in fiction an
D.G. Underwood
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: phi-psy, non-fiction
This book was very informative. I liked it and I listened to the audiobook with much curiosity and enthusiasm. I do recommend the audio format! It contains an introduction into what is considered magic nowadays and where it all comes from.

The bulk of the book consists of describing various scientific experiments that confirm the existence of various paranormal phenomena. The author does go into some statistics and probability which I found to fit well in this context.

The author also describes
Nic Brisbourne
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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

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