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The Discovery of Magic

“Take a closer look.” Theresa leaned her head across the slim space between the austere oak tables in the library that separated her from her long-suffering boyfriend, Emerson. She knew from years of practice just how close she could come to the boys’ table without

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Watch Me Summon A Demon

The Super Punch blog on Tumblr provides a number of sigils – glyphs of summoning – that are supposed to command the presence of specific demons. What for? I don’t know why anyone would want to summon a demon, but I admit I’m curious, so,

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Ram Bomjon Shows How Religious Myths Are Made

Supporters of Ram Bomjon are now claiming that the so-called Buddha Boy has been meditating for six years straight without eating, drinking, or moving, even though photographs and video document his frequent movements and vigorous activities.

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The Magicians by Lev Grossman: Recommended

What if Harry Potter was in his late teens when he went to a magical school where the older boys hooked up with the younger boys in the bell tower? What if some kid in Narnia finally worked up the gumption to interrupt the speech

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Catholic League Incites More Witch Hunts

Magic spells don’t kill people, although people like Bill Donohue and Sarah Palin apparently believe that they do. Thomas Muthee may have claimed that a woman used satanic magic to cause automobile accidents in Kiambu, Kenya, and Sarah Palin’s church may regard that claim as credible, but rational people regard such allegations as absurd.

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Moonheart: Sucking the Magic out of Magic

I’ve just finished reading Charles de Lint’s novel Moonheart, which I picked up at the local Bark & Nodule as part of a search for an enjoyable new fantasy writer. I’ve read some Terry Pratchett novels lately, but I’ve identified his underlying formula, which make

Psst... what kind of person doesn't support pacifism?