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The End of Magic

Ariel Glucklich

Published in print May 1997 | ISBN: 9780195108798
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853434 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108798.001.0001
The End of Magic

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This book offers a new approach towards the definition and understanding of magic. Basing the analysis in the Indian city of Banaras, where magic is a familiar part of everyday life, it reviews the major theories that have explained (or explained away) magic over the last century. It argues that all of these theories leave out something critical, namely what it calls “magical consciousness”—a special state of awareness of magicians and their clients which, though extraordinary, is also perfectly natural.

Keywords: magic; Banaras; theories; magical consciousness; magicians; India

Book.  264 pages. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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Magic Explained Away in The End of Magic

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New Science, Old Magic in The End of Magic

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The Magical Experience in The End of Magic

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Philosophical Issues in The End of Magic

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