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The Magic of Believing

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  4,494 ratings  ·  215 reviews
MILLIONS OF READERS HAVE PROVED THAT THE MAGIC OF BELIEVING WORKS WONDERS! For more than four decades success-oriented Americans have turned to the no-nonsense, time-tested motivational techniques described in The Magic of Believing to achieve all their long- and short-term goals: a better job, an increased income, a happier marriage, or simply a good night's sleep. Now it ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 1st 1991 by Pocket Books (first published 1948)
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Tara its okay, not as good as those i'm sure. very old mentality thinking but it has excellent occult principles.…moreits okay, not as good as those i'm sure. very old mentality thinking but it has excellent occult principles.(less)

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Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Claude Bristol was a hard-headed journalist for several years, including stints as a police reporter and as church editor of a large city newspaper. In this post he met people from every denomination and sect, and later read hundreds of books on psychology, religion, science, metaphysics and ancient magic. Gradually, Bristol began to see the 'golden thread' which runs through all religions and esoteric teachings: that belief itself has amazing powers.

Having spent years thinking about the power o
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Phyllis Diller mentioned that this book gave her inspiration and insight in her book, "Like A Lampshade In a Whorehouse". For a book copyrighted in was ahead of it's time. In comparison to today's books on the subject....this one I think is better. It doesn't have all that feely, lovey, syrupy over the your self stuff. He stays on what I'll call the science side of positive projective thinking.... At least that's I come up with!

It worked for Phyllis!
Žilvinas Navickas
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very good philosophic book. Idea of believing actually made me happier, I can't say about what happens next but now, when I recently read this book I'm far happier :) and I think that happiness is the most important thing, so I shared this book with my family. I don't know about things like psychokinesis and telepathy that he was talking about, but I choose to believe, because if you believe, what worse can happen? If you make a wrong assumption and after some time period you understand that you ...more
Mohammed Morsi
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A book written in simple language a long time ago - about a very timeless and at the same time contemporary topic, belief. I'd say three-and-a-half stars but the rating is rather irrelevant. To write this at the conservative time it was written in - and have it published - would have been an act of courage and also a big accomplishment - a testimony of the power of belief.

The author lists example after example to substantiate his claim and most of them are very interesting but lack any kind of
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Prashant by: Divesh kumar
Shelves: inspirational
The Magic of Believing
- Claude
‘Virtually anything can be yours, and you can be anything, if you are able to develop a 'knowing’’

Do you believe in Magic, do you believe in some mystical power, which runs the world, and make sure that everything runs as per the will of an individual?
If you want be successful by controlling your subconscious than this is the book for you.

Claude Bristol was a hard-headed journalist for several years, including stints as a police reporter and as church editor of a
Sergiy Lichenko
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
The whole book is dedicated to the law of attraction idea. Author gives lots of examples how it works from his own life and lives of people with whom he was working with.
The idea is this, if you are focusing on something for a long period of time, by repeating for yourself some thought, phrase or sentence, you will eventually begin to believe in it. He also mentions that hard work as itself won't bring success, you must to believe in what you are doing and do the hard work in order to succeed.
Sanjay Gautam
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
It is the book from where the book such as 'the secret' has been inspired, in fact all of the book based on 'law of attraction'. Its a book that tells the power of belief.

p.s. Its not a book on positive thinking.
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
“Just believe that there is genuine creative magic in believing—and magic there will be, for belief will supply the power which will enable you to succeed in everything you undertake.”

The Magic of Believing was originally published in 1948 yet its thesis has withstood the test of time and it is as relevant, informative and inspirational as it was 70 years ago! Claude Bristol is clearly the father of The Secret and The Law of Attraction. Mr. Bristol was a newspaper man who came to learn what many
John G.
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
I read this book because of Phyllis Diller actually. She was being interviewed in another book, "Great Comedians Talk About Comedy" and highly endorsed this book. I found parallels between this book and "The Tao of Psychology: Synchronicity and the Self" by Jean Shioda Bolen. They both examine elements outside of conventional thought which I like and treat it with respect. I was highly skeptical of this book to start, kinda felt like some sleazy, snake oil salesman making a pitch, but after read ...more
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-improvement
Some WOW stuff from a former police reporter and businessman :

Thought is the original source of wealth.

A man’s thoughts make him or break him.

One essential to success is that your desire be an all obsessing one, your thoughts and aims be co-ordinated, and your energy be concentrated and applied without letup.

Whatever you consider (success) to be, you can have it provided you are willing to make the objective the burning desire of your life.

By using the dynamic force
♥ Ibrahim ♥
Indeed, I love this kind of books I can eat it up with a spoon. I got my copy for less than ten dollars and it is always on the table. This kind of books you read over and over again. We are inundated and bombarded with doubt and skepticism on every side. It takes courage to "hold onto" the faith. A Latin proverb says "crede quod habes, et habes", that is, Believe that you have it, and you have it. The Bible says that faith calls calls into being that which does not exist (Romans 4: 17). ...more
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A bit antiquated (and perhaps even alienating) for modern readers, however the underlining core message is still vibrant and impactful. If you can get past these objections, as I was able to, you might find the principles in this book meaningful and useful.
May 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: businessmen
Recommended to Ania by: it was a random purchase
In a BBC radio series called "Desert Island Discs" (1951-1960) Liberace, when asked what he'd bring on a desert Island with him, named this book and a piano. "The Magic of Believing" certainly had big shoes to fill after such a promise. :)

Written in the vain of The Secret and other such books about attracting metaphysical powers to get what you want out of life, this book is definitely different because it is written based on the direct experience of the author and those around him. Although a s
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of the first books of it's kind, it's all about believing, visualization, affirmations. It's very similar to the book The Secret. Everything comes from creative thought, and whether you believe in that thought will determine if you are successful or not. The law of suggestion starts in the subconscious mind, and to make it work the way you want you must assert believable affirmations. People think that a rabbit tail, or a 4 leaf clover will bring you good luck - it will if you believe it to. ...more
Dec 21, 2009 rated it liked it
This book I chose because i was leaving the country and wanted some inspirational words to read. Its extremely outdated (the author was in world war one, and in the book the US hasn't landed on the moon yet...haha) which makes most of his refrences un-relatable to us today. the message is good though and I think he does make many valid points that I plan to use in my everyday life now. I'll admit thought that I skipped through it a lot because he writes example after example after example, its l ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
If anything, this book encourages keeping your mind focused on the things that you want to achieve and deliberately overcoming the thrill that negative emotions (and people) present. I definitely found something to apply to my life. I revisit this book about roughly once a month.
Keith Flint
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent book on the power of the mind. Has two workable techniques that will absolutely produce results. Just remember, it is possible !
Ivi Oltovska
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i loved it very inspirational
Gitanshi Tuteja
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion everyone should read this book or books which talk about this idea. Usually I finish books in one sitting but I took my time with this one, not because it's long or difficult but it makes you think, contemplate. And because I'm experimenting with the ideas this book gave and the similar texts that I've read the reading experience was all the more amazing.

I know for a fact that I'm gonna re read this time and again until the ideas in this becomes second nature to me.
Briana Brown
Apr 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
I didn't finish it. Didn't hold my interest. ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Short read and okay. Well written but like so many offers more info about LOA rather than being full of practical tips.
William Hill
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was written in the late 1940s and so it pre-dates a lot of the new age self-help books that have become quite common. It's a fascinating look at the power of positive thinking and how it can help you create the life you want for yourself. Interestingly, the author Claude Bristol gets a lot of things right, especially with how you can re-program your thinking. With our modern 21st Century understanding of neuroplasticity, a lot of the things that are mentioned in the book can actually b ...more
Jim Brown
FOR THE RECORD. I'M READING IT FOR THE SECOND TIME! IT IS THAT GOOD. I am convinced that if you were to put this book into the hands of a teenager, the younger the better, and IF they were to read it at least once but preferably 2 or 3 times, there is no limit to what they could accomplish. If you and I have a choice about what we want our lives to become, doesn't it make sense to give it the best chance of success we could. Just thinking about something will not make it so. But REALLY BELIEVING ...more
Elizabeth J.
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book way before the New Age Started back in early 80's. This is one of the first books I read and it saved my life. I put into practice all that Bristol said. It all works.

Yes all the new age books these days are copies off the greats like Bristol, Louise Hayes "You can heal your life." Anthony Robbins "Unlimited Power" and on..

Anyone who reads this and our open to teaching their intuition about the word "now" and about keeping ones mind blank by singing a specific song you will heal
Muffin Pam
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Millions of readers have proved the magic of believing!! Okay? I'm working on my own proof as I write this. As far as the book goes - it's kind of a rambling text that seems to have been forced onto paper in a wave of excitement at this discovery. By believing something strongly and with enough emotion and faith, it will come true. Yes, there is magic to that. I struggled with the turn of the century language and some phrases that may be considered a bit old-fashioned: "yes, women too can make t ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yes, this book may sound irrational, and yes it may look old, but in a good way, and pushes to read for more.
The author is given credit by is scientific approach, he read thousands of books, made a fortune in business, met lots of people during his lifetime, and had an obsession about this mere idea that mind power can trigger unexpected results that man's eyes can't see, and man's rational can't understand, yet it feels real. And in the end, it becomes real.

Reading more, it even gets better. I
Jesse Annoh
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It came before the Secret. It's emphasis in that one must constantly repeat a thought over and over again to make it stick. Much like other books in this category of literature it talks of sustained thoughts and visualizations. It connects religious practices, occult and extraordinary feats of success under the banner of belief. In a notable quote, * "... most of us are victims of mass thinking and feed upon suggestions from others," stress the importance of belief. It has many stories of succes ...more
Christopher Lewis Kozoriz
Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and all acheivement.
― Claude M. Bristol, "The Magic of Believing"

This program helps us tap into how our beliefs shape our destiny. This book is recommended by billionaire John Templeton.

Lisa Shultz
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who like The Secret
Shelves: self-help
A foundational book on the power of our thoughts and beliefs. It is a book that I will likely re-read or review my highlights. Some of the content referenced dated ideas and events, but this did not take away from the timeless principles.
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
The message is wonderful, but it's so outdated! It's a classic, and the message is still true yet we now live in a radically different world than in 1948. I found the author to be long-winded and needed to skim through some parts. Interesting read. ...more
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