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Dale Salwak and Jamy Ian Swiss are two well-know gentlemen in the magic world. Both are currently associated with interesting books that I wanted to bring to your attention.

Dale Salwak is the editor of The Wonders of Solitude, a charming little book which contains short writings from a wide range of disciplines concerning the benefits of spending a little time alone. As Dale writes in his introduction, "In school and at home, among friends and at play, there seems to be ever-lessening opportunities for quiet time apart. And as people grow older and their lives become steadily more hectic and fragmented, they find themselves caught up in a race against time with no time for themselves." Dale began to collect writings on the nature of solitude, why it is important, and how we can reconcile the need to be alone with the spirit of community which pervades our daily lives.

Dale gave me a copy of this book at the Blackpool Convention, and, after a 17 hour day of rubbing shoulders with 2000 magicians, I took it back to my hotel room and read it from cover to cover. It was like being taken to a quiet place. I enjoyed it very much. I think you will, too.

Edward Tufte teaches statistical evidence and information design at Yale Universtity. Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative is the third book in his series on the display of information. His first book, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (1983) is about pictures of numbers. His second book, Envisioning Information (1990), is about pictures of nouns. Visual Explanations is about pictures of verbs, the representation of mechanism and motion, process and dynamics, cause and effect, explanation and narrative. Of interest to magicians is one chapter devoted to magic trick illustrations, and this chapter was co-written with Jamy Ian Swiss. Tufte discusses magic illustrations for two reasons: they are the two dimensional representation of actions which occur in space and time; and the field of conjuring is related to disinformation design, in which the viewer is intentionally given information which leads to incorrect conclusions.

I won't pretend that I understand much of what Tufte has to say, but the book is fascinating and is absolutely beautifully produced. If you have an interest in design or in information theory you will enjoy all of Tufte's books.

Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.

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