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Magic Words: A Dictionary is a oneofakind resource for armchair linguists, popculture enthusiasts, Pagans, Wiccans, magicians, and trivia nuts alike. Brimming with the most intriguing magic words and phrases from around the world and illustrated throughout with magical symbols and icons, Magic Words is a dictionary like no other. More than sevenhundred essay style entries describe the origins of magical words as well as historical and popular variations and fascinating trivia. With sources ranging from ancient Medieval alchemists to modern stage magicians, necromancers, and wizards of legend to miracle workers throughout time, Magic Words is a must have for any scholar of magic, language, history, and culture.
"A vividly written introduction includes contemplations on ritual and pronunciation, and each multiparagraph entry explains meanings, origins, and literary references." Library Journal, October 2008
"I am in awe of the volume and variety of the usages and references discussed: the research seems monumental. . . . Recommended as a very useful resource..." Phil Willmarth, Linking Ring Magazine
"Wonderful." Graham P. Collins, editor of Scientific American
"[A]n impressive work. . . " Brad Henderson, MAGIC, The Magazine for Magicians