Review – The Magiculum

The Magiculum

Editor: Todd Landman, PhD, AIMC, FRSA
EyeCorner Press
2014
ISBN #978-87-92633-27-9

The Magicuum cover
“The Magiculum” is a collection of essays written by magicians, edited by Dr. Todd Landman. It addresses performance magic versus the world of magic. It is a series of stories, told from the perspective of lifelong magicians … who also happen to be academics, teachers, martial artists, actors, readers, pastors, and thinkers. It addresses magic in its diverse forms … as power, as escape, as protection, as a language … and more.

Magic/Magick has been a part of my life for a very long time now. From the first I heard of this book, I knew that I wanted to read it. I was not disappointed. Here we really see where the lines cross between performance magic (entertainment) and magick (real magic).

“Magiculum” essays were based on the following questions:

1. What in your upbringing and formation led you to magic?
2. What does magic mean for you?
3. In what ways does magic affect your day-to-day living?
4. In what ways do you elicit magic in your work, performance, and social relationships?
5. Why does magic matter to you?

Essay themes include magic as power, as escape, as protection, as play, as a medium, as the unknowable, as a symbol, as a language, and as incomplete. Essayists include Todd Landman, Andy Fisher, Stuart Nolan, Daniele  Nigris, Lynne Kelly, Ashton Carter, Nik Taylor, Dr. Christopher Faria, Camelia Elias, Professor BC, Enrique Enriquez, Christopher J Gould, and Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold.

Each essay is a lovely story unto itself … speaking from childhood memories on through present day reality. We are allowed to enter into the minds of some fabulous thinkers … to see how they create their reality, and how they deal with other people’s reality. They are all true magicians … yet for each of them there is a “9-5” that allows them to follow their magical dreams, and to work with magic in a very real way.

A Tarotist myself, I was happy to see the Tarot addressed in context with magic by both Enrique Enriquez and Camelia Elias. From their own separate viewpoints they show how the language of Tarot is the language of magic. Enriquez talks about the Tarot trumps, imaginary folklore, the Marseille Tarot, and “the language of the birds”. Elias addresses the Tarot as a story telling device, and a means for finding magical solutions. (I am admittedly taking some liberty here, as she also references other oracles.)

This is one of those books that I will return to from time to time, to ground and center myself. To understand the part magic/magick plays in my personal and professional life, and how I can be “okay” with that.

 © 2000 – 2014 Bonnie Cehovet
Reproduction prohibited without written consent of the author.

 

 

 

 

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