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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Does magic exist? Charlie Watson thinks it does and he wants to tell you all about it. Before he was famous, Charlie Watson decided to write a book to share with the world everything he knew about magic. This is that book. You will discover why Charlie always wears a top hat, why his house is full of rabbits, how magic wands are made, how the universe began, and much, much ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published March 5th 2020 by StrangeBooks
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Glenn Russell

Magic is magic!

Having read and posted reviews of Mike Russell's previous strange books, Nothing is Strange, Strange Medicine, Strange Secrets, Strungballs, The Exploding Book, I wondered how Mike would infuse new energy, new life, a new special strange something into his most recent fiction.

Outstanding news, folks! As if written with a pen doubling as magic wand, Magic bursts forth with a newness and strange energy that will keep any reader gladly turning the pages.

The book's narrator, Charlie
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Thank you to StrangeBooks for this book. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

"The world without magic, in which you now believe yourself to live,
is just as much a delusion as the world with magic,
in which you used to believe yourself to live.
It too is a delusion that must be destroyed.
All delusions must be destroyed to reveal the truth."

The message of Magic is a simple but a powerful one: Life is worth living.

This is certainly a strange story, and it took
Karen Hendry
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to StrangeBooks for providing me with a e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Charlie Watson believes that magic is real and he wants everyone to know it too. Charlie decided to write a book to show his thoughts on his journey to becoming famous. This is the book he wrote. Charlie explains why he always wears a top hat, why he has so many rabbits, how magic wands are made and so much more. This story documents the strange series of events that lead Charlie from England
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve read almost all of Mike Russell’s books, and I have to say that this one is my favourite one. The beginning where the inception of magicians was described was one of the best parts, it was very clever and whimsical and set the tone for the rest of the book. Something about this kind of reminded me of something you’d see in a Tim Burton movie – at least, that’s the way I pictured things in my head! Charlie was silly and sweet, and I fell in love with him and his quest for magic. I remember g ...more
Martim Lou
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Life changing book on the magically heart-warming, child-like, metaphysical nature of reality!

Get this book and you'll be able to see Magic ;)
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"We've found all these rules that can't be broken and I'm sorry but magic breaks the rules so it can't exist."

With some fantasy, Mike Russell tries to show us that life is fantastic, that we’re lucky to be alive, that we should value it, taking care of oneself, treating others kindly and respectfully, and trying to cheer them up when they’re feeling down. The point of this book is to show you that live is worth living, that it will be beautiful to be ali
Gordon Long
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m not usually in favour of introductions to fiction. I think the first chapter should speak for itself. However, in the case of this novel, I’m going to make an exception. The introduction doesn’t introduce the book; it introduces the narrator. It sets the tone, the writing style, and the personality perfectly. So, don’t skip the introduction. You’ll be glad you read it.

In fact, I find myself making a lot of exceptions when I talk about this book, because Mr. Russell breaks a lot of the rules.
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"𝑰𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒂 𝒔𝒎𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒑 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒆𝒎𝒑𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒚 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝒃𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈".

Thank you to the publisher for not just providing me this book but introducing me to an amazing author that I was missing out on.

Charlie Watson (our narrator and the author of the book within this book) has been raised by Manzini The Marvellous, a magician. He has been raised to believe in magic with the most adorable stories of our universe. But after Manzini dies and the world starts opening up to Charlie, his fa
Lovelene Pearl
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
The last page made me cry. Full review soon.
Tori (torireads)
Nov 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I'd like to thank StrangeBooks for gifting me a copy for review – all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Magic is littered with metaphors and different ways of perceiving life as we know it, through eyes so much more innocent and accepting than our own. I think we can all learn a thing or two from Charlie about appreciating life and seeing the beauty and magic in ordinary things that we might have never thought to be extraordinary. Making flowers grow is no less magic than making them appear out
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review!

I’ve read Strange Secrets by Mike Russell last year and I enjoyed it a lot. So when I was asked to review a new book from him, I was excited to dive in!

Magic is a strange yet funny and heartwarming story that will make you think about magic and the world, and will make you wonder just how real magic is.

What you need to know, first of all, is that this book is sort of a personal account of Charlie Watson and hi
May 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Firstly I’d like to thank strangebooks for The opportunity to review one of their new publications, ‘Magic’ by Mike Russell.

From the outset, the novel is engagingly bizarre, giving the big bang theory a magical revamp in the shape of the entire universe coming out of a top hat. What’s more, our protagonist and narrator (a 23- year-old, top hat wearing odd-bod) seems completely accepting of this far-fetched explanation to the origins of life, to the point that he fully believes there are invisib
Savannah Worman (Sav’s Review)
Magic is the kind of book you read when you need to feel happy. It will whisk you away to a strange world so much like our own, but also so different.

Does magic exist? Charlie Watson thinks it does and he wants to tell you all about it. Before he was famous, Charlie Watson decided to write a book to share with the world everything he knew about magic. This is that book. You will discover why Charlie always wears a top hat, why his house is full of rabbits, how magic wands are made, how the unive
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was recently contacted by the publisher asking if I would like to read and review this book. It sounded intriguing, so I said yes!

‘Magic’ is written from the point of view of Charlie Watson, a young man who was brought up by a magician. Naturally, he believes in magic! The book comprises a series of events that affect Charlie's belief and relationship with magic.

This book is written in short and simple sentences in a casual and conversational style, from the first-person perspective of Charli
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-digital
Magic is the second book I’ve read by Mike Russell, and it definitely continues to perpetuate what seems to be an overarching theme of his writing: the whimsicality of otherness. His writing continues to come off as consistently surreal, as Russell is one the better surrealist writers. In Magic, he again utilises simplistic writing to vividly illustrate a dadaistic view version of the world, that at times feels a little like a fever dream.

Magic takes a magical view of the world in the most l
Emily Hirst
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Charlie Watson believes in magic. He is writing in this book to document everything he knew about magic and he wants to share it with everyone. In this book the readers gets to go on this journey with Charlie as he becomes a famous magician. Charlie is a child-like adult, he very kind and empathetic towards everyone. He was raised by Manzini The Marvellous, a magician, who sadly passed away before the book begins. The book intends to tell us why C
Cathleen (Woven From Words)
**I received a copy of ‘Magic’ through the publisher, in exchange for an honest review**

‘Magic’ by Mike Russell is a fun story about a person’s ability to discover the power of magic in his life, no matter how dire the consequences. The story follows the journey of Charlie Watson, a young man adopted by a magician due to a difficult upbringing. After his adoptive parent passes away, Charlie is drawn to a magicical performance in his area. Having a close connection to magic himself, Charlie belie
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book is told through the perspective of Charlie, who believes magic is real. And then doesn’t. And then does again. With the help of his neighbour, his new job and various invisible magicians, Charlie wants to prove to the world that magic is real. Because it is, right? Maybe not anymore. Or maybe magic is everywhere and not just in some places.

Although I personally would not have picked this book on my own, I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. The beginning of the book
Priya Bhasin
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received the kindle version of this book.

‘Magic’ is written from the point of view of Charlie Watson, a young man who was brought up by a magician.
Charlie Watson believes in magic, and he wants everyone to know it too.

The story starts as, “Before the universe existed, there was a giant, black, upside-down top hat surrounded by empty, black nothingness.”

The book is purely based on magic, and the story revolves around Charlie and his life events. Through Charlie, the reader learns about how magi
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This novel is told from the point of view of Charlie Watson, a boy in his late teens who is fascinated with magic and magicians. He is not merely fascinated by magic tricks; he believes that magic itself is real. Charlie had been an abused child and adopted by a magician called Manzini the Marvellous, who told him how the universe, and magicians, came into being. After Manzini dies, Charlie, though a series of encounters, finds himself question whether magic is, in fact, real or just a lot of tr ...more
Lauren Webster
Thank you to the publisher for this incredibly unique book! I have genuinely never read anything like this before and for quite a while I wasn’t sure whether I liked it or not but I came to the decision that I’m absolutely in love with this strange, magical book. Charlie is maybe the most endearing protagonist I’ve ever read about. He seems to be LD and was adopted by a magician but after their death, his stalwart belief in magic is shaken by something. Through his diary entries incredible thing ...more
Bri Hotchksis
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A world where everyone sees and believes in the magic of everything is a world that I want to live in...

Magic is a quirky, fun, and honest book… one that makes you sit back and just think about things a little differently. One that leaves you feeling like you understand the way things work just a little bit more than you did before. This book is a transcendental ride disguised as a child-like, lighthearted read.

I loved that this book fooled me into believing it was silly and too lighthearted to
Liliyana Shadowlyn
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
Magic is bursting with magical, wonderful things. I think the only way this book could be any more magical is if there were fantastical illustrations to accompany the wonderful story.  Definitely something anyone whose attention can be held by a story that only shows pictures in your mind instead of on the page can enjoy, I can't recommend this enough as an escape from the dreary reality of our times. Russell reawakened the love I had for magic as a kid, and I hope it will spark that love in any ...more
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading this book it was too weird and strange and I knew I probably wouldn't finish it. After each chapter I thought, "why am I reading this book"? It's so strange and so different from what I like to read. After about the 4th chapter I told myself this book is weird and strange but it's also interesting, too interesting to stop reading. After about the 10th chapter I realized I liked this book! After I finished this book I realized MAGIC IS REAL. Thank you Charlie Watson. ...more
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review coming soon.
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The narrative follows Charlie and his strong belief in the existence of magic. Charlie was adopted by Manzini the Marvellous after the death of his parents. His parents were horrible to him, they didn’t send him to school, told him not to cry and beat him. Manzini the Marvellous taught him to read, write and how magicians turned visible to show magic to everyone. After Manzini the Marvellous dies Charlie is left alone, apart from Mrs. Murphy who does his food shopping for him. After visiting a m ...more
Lindsay Lacher
***Disclaimer: I was provided with a digital copy of this book from StrangeBooks in exchange for an honest review***

Magic is real! Magic is real? Magic is real, isn't it?

Magic by Mike Russell is a mind boggling novel that takes readers on an interesting adventure as one Charlie Watson tries to verify the existence of magic....or not.

Honestly, this book is difficult to explain because the concept is quite bizarre...but in a good way. It is different. It feels both familiar and new at the same tim
Ani - Ani Reads
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Before the universe existed, there was a giant, black, upside-down top hat surrounded by empty, black nothingness.

Magic follows 23-years old Charlie Watson as he writes about how magic exists. And then how it doesn't exist. And then how it exists again. The story is narrated by Charlie himself and starts with a description of how the world was created.

Magic is... different. I went into this book without any expectations and I was incredibly surprised. Usually, the books I count as good aren
Oct 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to StrangeBooks for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 😊 **all opinions expressed are entirely my own personal views** ...

A hard book for me to get into. I struggled to get into the author's writing style, and found it difficult to engage with the story because of it. It was simplistic and chidlike; and while I understand this was refection of the narrator's ability/mental development/personality, it stunted the flow of the narrative somewhat. I also stru
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Mike Russell is a British author best known for the short story collection 'Nothing Is Strange'. He is also the author of the short story collections 'Strange Medicine', 'Strange Secrets' and 'Strange Wonders', the novella 'Strungballs' and the novels 'The Exploding Book' and 'Magic.'

Mike Russell was born in 1973. He grew up in the small village of Pulborough in the south of England. As a child, h

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