Useless Magic

Lyrics and Poetry

Author: Florence Welch

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN:

Category: Music

Page: 288

View: 583

Lyrics and never-before-seen poetry and sketches from Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine Songs can be incredibly prophetic, like subconscious warnings or messages to myself, but I often don't know what I'm trying to say till years later. Or a prediction comes true and I couldn't do anything to stop it, so it seems like a kind of useless magic. 'An elegant collaged scrapbook' Observer 'A treasure . . . beautiful. Generous in its honesty, by the end you feel as though you have climbed into the colourful, and sometimes tortured, world of a passionate artist' iNews

Magic and Magicians in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Time

The Occult in Pre-Modern Sciences, Medicine, Literature, Religion, and Astrology

Author: Albrecht Classen

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 767

View: 304

There are no clear demarcation lines between magic, astrology, necromancy, medicine, and even sciences in the pre-modern world. Under the umbrella term 'magic,' the contributors to this volume examine a wide range of texts, both literary and religious, both medical and philosophical, in which the topic is discussed from many different perspectives. The fundamental concerns address issue such as how people perceived magic, whether they accepted it and utilized it for their own purposes, and what impact magic might have had on the mental structures of that time. While some papers examine the specific appearance of magicians in literary texts, others analyze the practical application of magic in medical contexts. In addition, this volume includes studies that deal with the rise of the witch craze in the late fifteenth century and then also investigate whether the Weberian notion of disenchantment pertaining to the modern world can be maintained. Magic is, oddly but significantly, still around us and exerts its influence. Focusing on magic in the medieval world thus helps us to shed light on human culture at large.

The End of Magic

Author: Ariel Glucklich

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 253

View: 628

Basing himself in the Indian city of Banaras, where magic is a familiar part of everyday life, the author reviews the major theories that have explained magic over the last century. He argues that all of these theories leave out something critical, namely what he calls "magical consciouness."

Stardust: Lucy's Magic Journal

Author: Linda Chapman

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN:

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 160

View: 860

A very special Stardust book, Lucy's Magic Journal lets you read all Lucy's most secret thoughts, dreams and wishes, as well as letting you discover all the exciting things that you never knew about the magical Stardust world! A must-have book for all Stardust fans and a delightful introduction to the world of Stardust for new readers to the series.

The Isis Collar

Author: Cat Adams

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 370

Celia Graves was once an ordinary human, but those days are long gone. Now she strives to maintain her sanity and her soul while juggling both vampire abilities and the powers of a Siren. Warned of a magical "bomb" at a local elementary school, Celia forces an evacuation. Oddly, the explosion seems to have no effect, puzzling both Celia and the FBI. Two weeks later, a strangely persistent bruise on Celia's leg turns out to be the first sign of a magical zombie plague. Finding the source of the plague isn't Celia's only concern. Her alcoholic mother has broken out of prison on the Sirens' island; her little sister's ghost has possessed a young girl; and one of Celia's boyfriends, a powerful mage, has disappeared. Cat Adams delivers another page-turner Blood Singer novel with The Isis Collar. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Very Nearly Honourable League of Pirates: Magic Marks The Spot

Author: Caroline Carlson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN:

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 368

View: 949

Hilary Westfield has always dreamed of being a pirate. But the Very Nearly Honourable League of Pirates rejects Hilary's application because she's a girl, and her father ships her off to Miss Pimm's Finishing School for Delicate Ladies instead. Expected to wear woollen dresses (petticoats not provided) and enthusiastically throw herself into activities such as Viennese Waltzing for the Eager Novice, Miss Pimm's is every bit as horrid as Hilary feared. However, a true pirate never lets dire circumstances stand in her way, and after a mostly dreadful first week, Hilary escapes and applies for a job with a freelance pirate known as the Terror of the Southlands. He offers her a place on his misfit crew, on one condition: she must find the famous treasure that's rumoured to contain most of the kingdom's lost magic. Hilary soon finds herself caught up in a dangerous quest, and on the run from her school governess and the most villainous pirate on the high seas!

Magic and Showmanship

A Handbook for Conjurers

Author: Henning Nelms

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN:

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 322

View: 650

Highly instructive book by a noted authority on the subject analyzes every phase of conjuring, from sleights, devices, misdirection, and controlling audience attention to incorporating patter and the effective use of assistants.

Resistance is Useless

The Art of Business Persuasion

Author: Geoff Burch

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 278

View: 667

This book will show you how anyone can be persuaded to do anything. Geoff Burch has written a book that will change almost everything you ever believed about business and selling. Combining the quick wit of a stand up comedian with the serious thoughtfulness of a psychoanalyst, he explains the value and power of persuasion - a verbal martial art that, if used correctly will always give you the outcome you desire in your business dealings. Resistance is Useless will show you how to: * Change anyone's opinion on any subject. * Transform a lynch mob into your most devout supporters. * Avoid wasting thousands of pounds on customer care while your accounts department is threatening to pulp your customer's fingers with a hammer. * Understand how a perfect product demonstration can get you hurled into the street by security. * Sell tanks to Genghis khan. Readership: General Business, customer service and sales.

Magic and ritual in the ancient world

Author: Paul Allan Mirecki

Publisher: Brill Academic Pub

ISBN:

Category: Architecture

Page: 468

View: 877

This volume contains a series of provocative essays that explore expressions of magic and ritual power in the ancient world. The strength of the present volume lies in the breadth of scholarly approaches represented. The book begins with several papyrological studies presenting important new texts in Greek and Coptic, continuing with essays focussing on taxonomy and definition. The concluding essays apply contemporary theories to analyses of specific test cases in a broad variety of ancient Mediterranean cultures. Paul Mirecki, Th.D. (1986) in Religious Studies, Harvard Divinity School, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas. Marvin Meyer, Ph.D. (1979) in Religion, Claremont Graduate School, is Professor of Religion at Chapman University, Orange, California, and Director of the Coptic Magical Texts Project of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity.