My Years of Magical Thinking

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Product Details

Price
$24.90
Publisher
Mouse That Spins
Publish Date
Pages
330
Dimensions
6.0 X 0.74 X 9.0 inches | 1.07 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780904311242
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About the Author

Lionel Snell is a contemporary English magician, publisher and author on magic and philosophy. Since 1972 he has written and published several books noted for their impact on late 20th-century magic and humour. Under the pen name Ramsey Dukes he has a popular YouTube channel of short videos on magic-related topics. He was brought up in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds and won a series of scholarships, plus government grants, that took him to Clifton College, Bristol, then Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he graduated as a pure mathematician, then took a Diploma in Education before teaching mathematics at Eton College, a Waldorf school and a further education college. While at Cambridge he studied rare works of Aleister Crowley and other occult writers in the University library and worked with a number of Crowley's ex-disciples. His books on magic and virtual reality have won him an enthusiastic and faithful readership among a wide circle of alternative groups, notably fans of avant-guard rock music and graphic novels. His writing is recognised as being significantly different from most radical occult thinking, which tends to either glamourize or demonize magic. In addition to long experience with radical alternative cultures, the author has for many years worked freelance as ghost writer for ICT companies and organizations, churning out press releases, video scripts, booklets and educational articles.
Ramsey Dukes is the current and most well-known pen name of Lionel Snell, a contemporary English magician, publisher and author on magic and philosophy. Since 1972 he has written and published several books noted for their impact on late 20th-century magic and humour. Dukes has worked on the subject of magic with diverse associates including the Ordo Templi Orientis and Illuminates of Thanateros. He has a lively online presence including a YouTube channel.

Reviews

Lionel Snell is, in my opinion, the most lucid, coherent and insightful intellect to emerge from British occultism for some several decades, and in My Years of Magical Thinking he presents his most considered and powerfully reasoned work to date. With an amiable and amusing clarity, aimed at the mainstream rather than at an audience already persuaded to esoteric notions, Snell presents his fascinating models of human cultural development and provides his own convincing answer to that disenchanted modern query, "whatever happened to the Enlightenment?" Crackling with fresh ideas and perspectives, heavy with the sense that a reconsideration of occult concepts might offer solutions to some contemporary dilemmas, My Years of Magical Thinking is a sane and sensible meditation upon a subject that is often dismissed as anything but, as well as a pinnacle of current magical theory. Highly recommended. Alan Moore, Author of Jerusalem, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell etc