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The Morning of the Magicians

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  910 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
The groundbreaking and classic study that first popularized occultism, alchemy, and paranormal phenomena in the 1960s- Provides profound insights into our perceptions of reality, telepathy, mutants, and parallel universes- Reveals the occult influences on the Nazis and introduces the alchemist Fulcanelli and the work of Charles Fort and Gurdjieff- Over Half a Million Copie ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published January 1st 1964 by Stein and Day (first published 1960)
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Jul 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with a lot of intellectual felxibility
An all time favorite. Great reading for those interested in the connections between filosofie, religion, spirituality and the past and future of humankind.
Well researched, documented and written by men who know their field. This book got me interested in mysticism and thought me to think outside the box and to feel free to switch from science to pseudo-science and that that was ok. These writers thought me that real intelligence lies in being able to think further than is allowed. Not to be afr
Robert Beveridge
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: conspiracy theorists, hollow-earth believers, etc.
Recommended to Robert by: Nazi zombies
Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier, The Morning of the Magicians (Stein and Day, 1960)

The Morning of the Magicians, Pauwels and Bergier's Charles Fort-inspired catalogue of absoulte nutterdom circa mid-twentieth-century, has long been forgotten by pretty much everyone. (Given some of the predictions made in this book, many of which had been conclusively disproved within the decade, this is not a surprise.) I read it for the same reason pretty much anyone else who seeks it out these days does—ther
May 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reality is not only stranger than we suppose but stranger than we can suppose. -J. B. S. Haldane
Quit thy childhood, my friend, and wake up! -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Absolutely mind-expanding! In this book, the authors expound a thesis of "fantastic realism" and explore the mind, not in the subconscious or conscious states but in what they believe to be ultraconsciousness. The book is able to cover virtually every topic from atomic energy, to secret societies of alchemists, to the influence of the
Matthew W
The Morning of the Magicians (as well as the piece of fantastic pseudo-history garbage The Spear of Destiny) played a major role in promoting the myths in regards to National Socialism being drive by dark Occult forces. The difference between The Morning of the Magicians and The Spear of Destiny is the first book is actually believably readable. Many of the facts regarding science, history, the Occult, and related topics are true but the book is also full of half-truths and absurd mythical claim ...more
Peter Mcloughlin
First warning the author entertains pseudoscience and extravagant claims. Don't be fooled my relatively high rating is not for that aspect of the book. The book also has a strong strain of mysticism and spiritual impulse that I can say I often share with the author as well. The author writing only a decade and a half from the Cratering ruins of the second world war like many Europeans was attempting to make sense of a world after the camps and the bomb and human destiny and our place in the cosm ...more
Anna Prejanò
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spero che in futuro qualcuno riesca a scrivere di nuovo un libro come questo, ovvero un libro che candidamente - barbaramente, direbbero gli autori - propugni un nuovo modo di pensare e quindi di agire, perché un'idea che non diventa parola non è una buona idea e una parola che non diventa azione non è una buona parola. E perché nonostante siano passati più di cinquant'anni, la tenaglia di una logica binaria e tutti i pregiudizi figli di visioni dualistiche fossilizzate (razionalismo vs. spiritu ...more
Friedrich Mencken
Jan 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disinformation
Aliens ruled the world in antiquity, alchemy pre-dated the discoveries of nuclear physics, extrasensory perception and pre-cognition explains how writers or other people could make, for the time, fantastic statements that at some later time in the future “came true”, National Socialism was based on occult mysticism and black magic etc. etc. So what is the supporting evidence for all this? Religious mythologies and artwork that are interpreted, it can be argued to fit the bill, old texts making u ...more
Aug 31, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weird book. Completely bogus, vaguely or maybe pre-New Age story-telling about supposedly true events in the paranormal/mystical world we live in. Incas encountering UFOs bearing nuclear weapons... basically a reflection on marginal science that was surely influenced by the psychedelic era. All the same, it's kind of an interesting, "creative" read even if you you have to take it with a heaping pile of salt.

I found this book in my mom's library. For her, I'm told, books like this were more than
Apr 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic of conspiracist lunacy. Influencing everything from Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus! to The X-Files, this book has left its distinctive mark on just about everything that followed it. Bizarre occult Nazi activities, Blavatsky's Ascended Masters and the secret masonic symbolism of Gothic cathedrals are just a few of the threads tied together in this book's attempt at a unified field theory of hidden trends in Western history. Take it with a grain of salt-- but as an exercise in creati ...more
Dean Andersson
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book in its first American paperback English translation. It introduced me to many things that have since become "mainstream," the connections of Nazi Germany to occultism, the writings of the American collector of unexplained events, Charles Fort, the deeper concepts behind Alchemy, and the precepts of Fantastic Realism in general..."Only the Fantastic is real." It was an eye-opener of a book, and rereading it now, it still is. If you have any interest in the fantastic or the ...more
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