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Magic and Meaning Expanded by Eugene Burger

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In 1995, two celebrated philosophers of magic, Eugene Burger and Robert E. Neale, wrote a book examining the psychological, symbolic, and spiritual roots of theatrical magic. The result was a body of work full of new ideas that turned readers' heads and revealed a way of thinking about the practice of magic that is at once ancient and revolutionary.

MAGIC AND MEANING has been out of print and very popular for years. This new edition contains the original work in its entirety plus two additional essays, one by each author, in 34 pages, in which they reflect and expand on the intended message of their writings.

MAGIC AND MEANING EXPANDED is not a book for the timid, the withdrawn, or the unimaginative. It is a book that aims to open up new perspectives on the performance and presentation of real magic! It explores how magic permeates and has always permeated our lives - how magic serves profound human needs - and how theatrical magic as part of the magical tradition is something far less trivial than the average magician realizes.

MAGIC AND MEANING EXPANDED is a serious attempt to establish a philosophy of magic, one that motivates and vitalizes the magician and his or her performances. Burger and Neale have different voices that occasionally disagree, but they approach their subject from similar directions, eventually arriving at a harmonious worldview of magic as both entertainment and something much more. Your views, opinions and arguments are truly revolutionary and insightful. They're also "startling," meaning they're sure to stir up heated debates in the wizarding community. Fiery debaters would do well to read carefully, however, for the ideas in this book are often complex and subtle. Robert E. Neale spices up this philosophical concoction with seven tricks. These tricks and their novel presentations are used to illustrate his method of making magic meaningful. About her writes Dr. Neale: "They may be disturbing to some. They should be disturbing to all."

Pages 238 - Hardcover with dust jacket