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Another personal favorite is a very serious book, namely the Ejercicios espirituales - Exercitia spiritualia, the Spiritual exercises of Ignatius of Loyola.
My interpretation of this book is a sociological, not a religious one (I am an agnostic). It is a multi-faceted text, and a very interested book.
The young Ińigo (Saint Ignatius was still to come) was a young Basque army commander who found himself severely wounded in battle, and surely no more able for the field. Reconsidering his life, he wrote this well-known book which has served as a foundation for the spiritual development of members of the Societas Iesu, as well as other catholics.
In reality, Ignatius utilizes the severe and very harsh techniques for disciplining the bodies and minds of soldiers of his time, who were men who really could confront death at any moment. (In this regard, the mentality we can find therein is very similar to that of Yamamoto Tsunetomo, the XVII century samurai who wrote the Hagakure).
The keyword for this text is: 'visualization'. The second is the verb: 'to consider'. By figuring in mind life, death and the otherworld, and by considering all its implications, the religious soldier could -in Ignatius' vision- strenghten his soul and detach self from the secular worries that common people's life is made of (this, of course, 'ad majorem Gloriam Dei').
This text has a lot to teach about things like mentality, point of view, stance, belief -and about how to build one. Surely this is not something written in clear, one must work out his considerations, which will be very personal, of course. But this text -and the Hagakure, too- taught and still teach me a lot.
(Now that I think about it, let's Borges again: in terms of 'mentality', the spine-chilling Deutches Requiem -in The Aleph- is another cornerstone for the sociologist I am. And the mentalist agrees).
'People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition
end by starving the best part of the mind' -William Butler Yeats
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Any good, comprehensive and objectively written book on psychical research (parapsychology). Unfortunately they're rare; most authors have an agenda - either they're believers or sceptics. I'm currently writing blogs on the subject and I've failed to find any recent books worth reading. Have a look at my blog at for a few older recommendations.

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Real vision is the ability to see the invisible. (Jonathan Swift).

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I am currently reading "The ESP Enigma: The Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena" (D. H. Powell, 2009) and find it very interesting. Basically summarising the research available on classic ESP areas like Telepathy, precognition, PK etc. Loads of information, much more research than I ever knew existed, and plenty of angles/quotes/examples I can use in my show.

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The Sense of Being Stared At, by Rupert Sheldrake, who wrote a bunch of other (unintentionally) hilarious books. John Rachenbaumer (am I spelling that right?) writes about non-magic books to read, in his Genii column, that's where I was turned on to this.

This book is a cornucopia of pseudoexplanations for psychic phenomena - all you have to do is keep a straight face. By all means, mention the name of Rupert Sheldrake in your patter - what a wonderful name. Smile

Also, take a look at Wikipedia's entry on Rupert - particularly the wonderful description of the "morphic resonance" experiment involving how to teach chicks not to peck Smile
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My two all-time favorite (very disparate) authors are Borges and C. P. Snow, both of whom I first was exposed to over 40 years ago. I wrote an article called "Memories" which I sometimes give as a workshop. It featured Borges' "Funes the Memorious", plus cryptomnesia, Luria's "Mind of a Mnemonist," mnemonic aids, psychological tests of memory, and one very unusual patient. Anyone who would like to read it can either pm me with their e-mail address, or read it on-line at my web site (
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I first read Borges in college and he has been one of my favorites ever since. His writings should be of interest to anyone involved in the mystery arts.

Good thoughts,

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This is a phenomenal read and has been hugely inspirational

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Second the recommendation for psychomagic.


and if you can find a copy:
Some people hear voices.. Some see invisible people.. Others have no imagination whatsoever.
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