NATURAL MAGIC: The Magical State of Being by David Carroll

NATURAL MAGIC: The Magical State of Being

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Do you believe in magic. . . ."" John Sebastian is one of the few people Carroll doesn't quote when he lumps the martial arts, Eastern religions, Kirlian photography, Von Daniken's runways, and a score of other so-called magical philosophies, psychic practices, and supernatural phenomena under the heading, you bet, magic. He shows relationships between his interpretation and the bits of historical information that he has lifted from Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and so on. Supporting these connections are quotes from Goethe, Hemingway, Shakespeare, Tennyson, Yeats, Joni Mitchell, and others, but Carroll never really proves anything, and his thoughts become mere speculative ramblings (was Plato's cave an explanation for ""why we as ordinary men do not seem magical""?). ""One must trust in the existence of magic"" says Carroll, and with this as his premise, he can say just about anything. Unfortunately, he does.

Pub Date: Feb. 28th, 1976
Publisher: Arbor House