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The End of Magic

Ariel Glucklich


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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780195108798
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108798.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ariel Glucklich, author
St Lawrence University
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