Conjuring Asia by Chris Goto-Jones download in pdf, ePub, iPad
Western magic tends to embrace white magic, the unknown and the mysterious. Professional magicians thought and think a lot about their craft, although obviously not in the same ways that academics do. Goto-Jones relies on one short notice in the American journal Mahatma, a professional journal for magicians.
In the end, this mesmerizing book reveals Orientalism as a kind of magic in itself, casting a spell over Western culture that leaves it transformed, even today. Response to the review from the author, Chris Goto-Jones.
Studies of modern occultism have long focused on how Theosophists and ritual magicians were drawn to what they imagined to be ancient Eastern rites or sources of hidden wisdom. They tended and still tend to be more comfortable with a certain degree of murkiness in what they do and even how they think about what they do. It is a history of how those four themes rose and fell and, to some extent, how they influence us even today.
The point is not to offer anything like a straightforward introduction or encapsulated history of this period, however. The Indian Rope Trick, for example, was probably originally Chinese and done with a chain, and it may never have been performed at all. He acknowledges these areas of academic inquiry, along with performance studies, but his purpose is not to add to them per se.
The impossible really comes from the Orient. White magic is sleight of hand, deceptions, and trickery but not supernatural.
There is not a hint of elementary source analysis. Curiously, the only comparison made in this chapter is with Lawrence of Arabia, at p.
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