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The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales
The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales
by Bruno Bettelheim
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars What about the Story Teller?, Oct. 31 2003
Certainly the use of enchantment and magic (I am an amatuer magician, a member of the order of Merlin) has a deep meaning for all of us. Stories have been used to teach humanity from childhood since prehistory. The popularity of Harry Potter, Hobbits, Jesus, Oz, Snow White, Red Riding Hood (You don't talk to strangers when you are small) Moses, Sherlock Holmes and a multitude of heroes and heroines, in all branches of literature is endurable. (Some mythologists used to say science fiction is the mythology of today. We are still only scratching the surface.) The problem with this book is the story teller, himself. "The Creation of Dr. B" by Richard Pollack, and the reviews of Pollack's exposure of Bruno Bettelheim, here on Amazon.com, should be accompanying required reading for those who praise this "work?" My personal experiences, and the out- right bizarre interpretations of the mundane with Freudians have been baffling and "extremely humorous". "A cigar is always a cigar," only for those in control of a bewildered and vulnerable patient. Quackery, psycho-babble, and "pop" psychology pass for good psychiatry and psychotherapy too easily and too often, to a trusting public. (Some in control of the media will do anything to make a buck; good and bad.) To be a "real medical doctor" one should start by going to medical school. Not write questionable books and make up your past. Those who use deception for the art of entertainment and the production of wonder, learn a lot about suspicion and deception. It is part of the (witch?) craft.
Charlie Turek, Magician

Towing Jehovah
Towing Jehovah
by James Morrow
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars a BIG surprise!, Oct. 28 2003
This review is from: Towing Jehovah (Paperback)
God, a 2 mile giant, croaks and floats in the ocean. What now?
I laughed and thought a lot. You won't forget this one! James Morrow is a gem. A World Fantasy Award Winner. (You never know where these books will take you.)

Superhuman Life of Gesar of Ling
Superhuman Life of Gesar of Ling
by Alexandra David-Neel
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Saviors around the World, Oct. 21 2003
I first came across the name of Gesar of Ling while tracking Jesus, the Divine Hero. The study of mythology had grown up. There were Divine role models around the world. Oddily enough they fit into Lord Raglan's Hero Pattern. In this book you will find Gesar's story still in oral tradition. Traveling bards are telling this Sacred story. This is (I think) the first written account. This book is remarkable. My favorite parts are the wise questioning of a bard and Gesar's disappearance on the mountain. Wow! Sorry boys, this is no Satanic counterfit. These are the Heroes of humanity, the Divine Children, we admire. Their stories are reinterpreted for each generation. Listen. Who knows more about magic than a magician? Wondrous effects are produced by natural means; the courage, love, charity, wisdom and faith of the human heart. Beware of disgarding critical reason for blind faith and obedience, and a closed mind. Ignorance is the root of all evil. Only honest objectivity keeps one from becoming a real monster.
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Christianizing the Roman Empire: (A. D. 100-400)
Christianizing the Roman Empire: (A. D. 100-400)
by Ramsay MacMullen
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best History for History's Sake! No Games., Oct. 10 2003
Ramsay MacMullen's history of Christianity is brilliant. This is not the hokey stuff that is passed off as Critical Ancient History by the busybodies of various movements. You are in the right place. Marilyn Vos Savant says, "An expert is a person who not only knows everything that can be learned about a subject, but also knows which of that stuff is wrong". MacMullen is not easy to read. There will be some struggling. It is worth it! He is a master historian of the Roman Empire. I absolutely love his work. Read everything you can get your hands on. You will be astonished! MacMullen is highly respected by the members of the Association of Ancient Historians.(his fellow Pro's) You will learn why this is so. And maybe, how you were earlier conned, but you were too naive to know. I loathe those who abuse history to further their cause and make themselves look good! It makes me want to vomit.
Charlie Turek, Magician, Order of Merlin

Jesus the Magician: Charlatan or Son of God?
Jesus the Magician: Charlatan or Son of God?
by Morton Smith
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Objectivity and New Discoveries. Be Cautious, Oct. 8 2003
Rudolf Bultmann, the greatest theologian of the 20th century, and critical Ancient Historians, recognized the problems, and told us long ago the Divine Hero, Jesus (See Lord Ragland's Hero Pattern) will be forever lost in personal conjecture. My friend, Morton Smith (I was the only magician who cared enough to correspond with him) may have stepped outside the goal of a critical historian, objectivity. New discoveries have a way of doing that to a person. Even you and I! We demand a solution to reduce the anxiety of dissonance. The ancient past is remote and ill-documented, not only have many things been lost, we are forced to be selective to only those documents that have survived. Ancient writers copy each other. (It still happens today). Rarely, if at all, do they investigate. It only takes a minute for a story to grow... and they do!
Christian art from the late 3rd and early 4th century portrays Jesus with a magic wand. The wand ONLY appears when Jesus is working wonders such as multiplying loaves, changing water to wine, or raising the dead. It does NOT appear when Jesus heals (he does this in the art by laying on of hands).In pictures at this time Jesus is a bare faced youth and bearded with a robe. There seems to be no Christian art before the late 3rd or 4th century. All this art has never been hidden or kept in secret.(Remember this art is hundreds of years after Jesus' time).This information is not clarified in "Jesus the Magician". In the "Catholic Encyclopedia" : Portaits of the Apostles, can be found more about magic wands. Again no secret; the entry is from 1911. There is a good article " The Two Faces of Jesus" by Robin M. Jensen in Bible Review Oct 2002 p.42. Also see her wonderful book "Understanding Early Christian Art" New York and London 2000.
Charlie Turek, Magician, Order of Merlin and proud member of the Association of Ancient Historians.(I am only an amateur).

The Transcendental Temptation
The Transcendental Temptation
by Paul Kurtz
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Looking in a Mirror, Oct. 7 2003
Since critical ancient history is missing, one suspects the
author is basing his assumptions on his own feelings and beliefs.

The Skeptic's Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions
The Skeptic's Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions
by Robert Carroll
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Shared Psychotic Disorder or Folie a Deux is missing, Oct. 7 2003
Folie a Deux or Shared Psychotic disorder does not appear in
this dictionary. Thus the information on delusions and hallucinations is outdated.

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