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Craig Conley
"Some kind of quirky genius of unlikely scholarship" -Geof Huth
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From our Abecedarian blog: There's a weird magick hack you can use to discover more favorite music. You've heard the Faustian stories of musicians like folk legend Robert Johnson who stood at a crossroads and sold his soul to the devil for guitar-playing prowess. Well ... He's not the only... Continue reading
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Here's a bookplate that turns the owner of a book into a wizard. From The Art of Modern Conjuring, For Wizards of All Ages by Henri Garenne, 1886. See Machinarium Verbosus: A Curiosity Cabinet of Gadgets to Transform Any Book & Reader, To Be Sure. Continue reading
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Here's our proof that we are all ghosts: https://youtu.be/sRXFL6a8bdo In the video, we illustrate our proof through Papa Emeritus, leader of the Swedish doom metal band Ghost, who presents as a zombie anti-pope but is in fact something else. In the 1930s, the same era that Ghost's Meliora album evokes,... Continue reading
A vintage fortune-telling weight scale -- its penny vault unlocked for the first time in years or even decades. Can you guess how many pennies will cascade out? Or how many rare coins will be among the loot? All the surprising details are revealed, along with some mind-bending esoteric secrets... Continue reading
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There’s one parlor that’s more exclusive than the Houdini Seance Chamber in Hollywood's Magic Castle. And through our network of masked contacts in arcane circles, we came into possession of previously uncirculated blueprints and photos of this parlor. As this room is filled with age-old secrets, we thought to analyze... Continue reading
This old Moorish house in the tropics was destroyed by two hurricanes, but what remains is beyond bizarre. Like some sort of wizard's museum, every wall features strange niches protected by antique iron grates, containing things like bottled ghosts, imprisoned gargoyles, hoodoo shrines, haunted radios, and crystal balls. Plus, one... Continue reading
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From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1909. Continue reading
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From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1909. Continue reading
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From L'Assiette au Beurre, 1902. Continue reading
Here's how to use a spooky old mirror to test whether you're dreaming or awake. We didn't know how this video would end ... until we posed a question to the mirror and then had to face the uncanny answer. Continue reading
We had been wondering whether 2018 will be any easier than 2017 was. Because we'd found ourselves in some sort of subterranean dimension these past two years, we used a deck of cards from the U.K. with sections of dungeon maps (inkedadventures.com) to find out how one can navigate the... Continue reading
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Here's a Three of Coins from Kladderadatsch, 1920. Continue reading
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From Kladderadatsch, 1922. Continue reading
Here's a young Hermit wandering through a forest of swords: http://www.oneletterwords.com/weblog/?id=29793 Here's a Fool going over the edge: http://www.oneletterwords.com/weblog/?id=29228 Here's a Magician who loves birds: http://www.oneletterwords.com/weblog/?id=29108 Here's a Page of Coins going to the top: http://www.oneletterwords.com/weblog/?id=26480 Continue reading
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From Kladderadatsch, 1929. Continue reading
Love this! Perfect choice for the Magician! Something interesting in terms of Tarot: if we rearrange the letters of his name, NICOLA TESLA was INTO ALL ACES. Poetically, he's also A CASTLE LION. For the Water element, he is A STILL OCEAN and a COASTAL LINE. For the Earth element, he ENTAILS COAL. For the Air element of swords, he OILS A LANCET. As for the Fire element, ask his devilish dog, the COLLIE SATAN. ;-)
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2017 on Nicola Tesla as The Magician at Janet Boyer's Blog
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The ancient and occulted forces speak, softly and in cipher, of a world or worlds teeming with conscious entities, but entities whose nature, customs, and behaviours lay beyond the ken of human conceptualization. —Richard Gavin, The Benighted Path St. Lucy is truly a mystery. We know that her name comes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at Naked Tarot Mystical Messengers
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Say this three times and you will see what you will see. From Celtic Fairy Tales, selected by Joseph Jacobs and illustrated by John D. Batten, 1892. Continue reading
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This Snowland Chariot appears in the magazine Fliegende Blätter, 1934. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at Janet Boyer's Blog
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From our Abecedarian blog, here's an internet exclusive on the meaning of "lupacchi magic" in the TV Asahi series Kamen Rider Wizard. Recall that the titular wizard is a combination of two archetypes, the stage magician and the occult magus. Hence, "lupacchi" alludes to something that serves both as a... Continue reading