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El retorno de Los Brujos

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,069 ratings  ·  92 reviews
En El Retorno de los Brujos, hay una mezcla entre Alquimia, parapsicología, esoterismo y su relación con el nazismo y las civilizaciones perdidas, destacando las pirámides de Egipto, la Isla de Pascua y los mapas de Piri Reis.
Paperback, 640 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Plaza & Janes Editores, S.A. (first published January 10th 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
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
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
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
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
Erik Graff
Apr 13, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Erik by: Martin Steinfels
Shelves: religion
God knows how to classify this popular melange of rumor, history and invention about the weird, the sinister and the occult. I read it as a teenager and was immensely entertained by its tales of Nazi pseudoscience, secret societies and age-old conspiracies. Now, having read so much of this stuff, I'd be more likely to recognize the sources and, so, be less impressed.
Michael Adams
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bit of a scatter-shot delivery of concepts, but overall pretty interesting. The sections detailing the occult beliefs of the third Reich were downright chilling. The overall thrust of the book seemed to be that quite a few different Fortean phenomenon could be explained by the evolution of man into mutant; new creatures with inexplicable abilities living amongst the human race.
Jeff Johnston
This was just not my cup of tea. Perhaps it is that I am not destined to become an 'Awakened man'. Or is it that this poor review is really camouflage to ensure that I am not identified as a superior 'mutant'

There was some nice illustrations, anecdotes providing a form of validation of men having super consciousness (Ramanujan, Cayce, Boscovitch). I will probably look into these guys further, so this was a positive.

The book also touched on a few of the ancient civilisations. 'Tiahuanaco' in Bol
Kit Bradley
I had mostly just thought to give The Morning of the Magicians a one-star rating and move on. Most of the book is profoundly stupid, and often in factual error. (Piri Reis was NOT a 19th-century admiral, but a 16th-century one thus could have presented the US with anything. And radio waves and gamma rays are both forms of light, so, yeah, you can compare them. Plus, computers are binary - the nigh definition of binary, even - and human-style intelligence is analog. Stuff like that.)

However, ins
Katelis Viglas
Feb 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is about the historical, enthusiastic study by Louis Powels and Jacques Bergier, which created an avalanche of similar studies and researches. It was written in 60’, an era of important and revolutionary changes in the institutions and the way of life. One can feel in the book the bitter taste of postwar nihilism and at the same time an unparallel necessity and tendency for renewal and progress. The writers combined knowledge and information from various fields as of science as of other rel ...more
Roberto Audiffred
One of my all-time favorites. One of the deepest, most intelligent books ever written on ancient mysteries and paranormal phenomena. I've read it some three times I guess and I'm sure I'll read it again in the future
Thierry Sagnier
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was a kid, this was THE book to read. So many unexplained mysteries and Pauwels seemed to touch on them all. I recently reread the book, and even after all this time it's still fascinating. Nice to see the book spanning generations.
Andrew Hennessey
this is the big illuminati picture behind the nazis - and I think if we read this in the context of 21st century e.g. david icke or matt delooze we would stop watching phoney war films.
Bill Wallace
Years ago, in a conversation with someone heavily into New Age thought, the conversation ranged over crystals, enlightenment, Bigfoot, aliens . . . She brought the chat to a close by saying "I believe in everything." I feel pretty sure this book was on her shelf.

Pauwels and Bergier don't actually believe in everything. They detest astrology, for instance, but pretty much the rest of the field of esoteric thought is their playground, along with the exciting world of sub-atomic physics and an impr
Marty Monahan
Apr 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was recommended if you wanted to know where the various cable channels get many of their more sensational ideas from such as Ancient Aliens, secret societies and a whole lot of you know who.

This is a work of pseudo intellectualism and cowardice.

No bibliography or footnotes was given on purpose as a conscious decision.

Also disturbing is the rampant black and white thinking. All scientists believe “this idea”. Which scientists? Where did they say this, what was the context? Oh that's right,
Found in my parents' library (none of them ever read it) it intrigued me for being the book that started all that (mostly wannabe) scientific hunt for "ancient aliens" (Däniken) and similar stuff back in the 60's. Authors suggest a mix of ways that according to them should be targeted by scientific research. It's really catchy, quite an interesting reading. I must agree with some of the points made in this book like the lack of reviewing of old scientific discoveries and literature, others seem ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty decent look into occultist history with the Nazi's and their alternative take on science, however reading this book 60 years after it is published, there are a lot of French references that flew right over my head and historical events from the 19th century that needed subtext/footnotes for a common reader to jump right into. Lot's of references to the scientific elite and old studies that seemed out of place, as if the book were a bunch of little essays with little cohesion. Picked it ...more
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While it really offers no answers or conclusions to the questions it poses, this is a great book. Born of the horrible tragedies of World War II, it attempts to look at where humanity has been and where it is headed, using the undercurrents of forbidden thought and secret societies as guideposts. Just as intriguing on my second reading.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This felt like the book version of that meme where there's a guy saying "I'm not saying it was aliens... But it definitely was aliens".
Robert Beveridge
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 absolute 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--the
Svetlana Meritt
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a seminal book, published half a century ago, that is still pertinent for this moment in history. It covers much ground: from the "scientific" theories that shaped the Nazi philosophy and Hitler's role as a medium for Dark Powers, to explorations of higher states of conciseness that is the next step in the evolution of the human mind. What I particularly appreciate about this book is that one of the authors, a nuclear physicist and chemical engineer, Jacques Bergier, was not afraid to th ...more
Pinko Palest
Mar 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was going to be fun, some light reading with lots of fantasy. Well, it was not. In fact it is a reactionary interpretation of everything, with the author showing at every stage how ill at ease he is with mass democracy
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE MORNING OF THE MAGICIANS is something of a classic when it comes to books on the paranormal, occult, and secret societies. Written around 1960, it foreshadows many themes which would become commonplace in later decades, such as the idea of "mutants", created by radiation, which live secretly among us and have amazing, superhuman gifts. This idea, of an awakened human, dominates the third section of the book. Part one is a meditation on medieval alchemy, making the argument that alchemy and n ...more
Jean de Galzain
Aug 24, 2011 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any mystery seeker
Recommended to Jean by: Xavier Levraut
Louis Pauwels - The Morning of the Magicians -
I originally read it in French and I was really inspired by the thinking behind it. The way it was opening gates to new spheres of thought and innovative way of looking at the unexplained. It gave a sense that there are answers hidden all around us for which we had to dig a little deeper, if we cared to "connect all the dots" that were left unconnected behind life's mystery veil and that one could actually lift the veil by one's own creativity and e
Aaron Meyer
Nov 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: occult
An interesting book. The section on alchemy was questionable but who knows. The section though which held my interest the most concerned the nazis. I have always felt that there was an extremely mystical side to the 3rd Reich and the second section of this book went through a great deal of the ideas which permeated it. The rest of the book concerning lost civilizations and mutations is something for me to think about later and didn't leave a strong impression on me at the time of reading. The on ...more
Kevin M.P. Johnson
I read this about thirty years ago as a serendipitous curiosity. I'd like to give it another go in view of the fringe claims surrounding the start-up of the Large Hadron Collider. I recall some interesting comments on the history of physics as related to alchemy along with the so-called black arts. Not sure if some of the extreme claims have reliable sources. I seem to recall it had much the same flavor as a lot of the current fascination with alternate reality and paranoid conspiracy theories. ...more
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