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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578634199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578634194
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Judika Illes is a spell collector, fortuneteller, crisis counselor, and spirit worker who has magicked herself out of many an emergency situation. She is the author of Pure Magic: A Complete Guide to Spellcasting and The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells: The Ultimate Referent Book for the Magical Arts. She lives in New Jersey and workshops across North America. Visit her on the web at www.judikailles.com.

More About the Author

When I was six, my older sister brought home a deck of tarot cards. I took one look at them and fell in love. Around the same time, I heard (and loved) the Rolling Stones' version of Benny Spellman's song "Fortune Teller." Either or both of those experiences may have been what started my career. I have been a student of metaphysics and the magical arts ever since.



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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Breeni Books on November 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
Under the guise of a calming garden, a crisis handbook exists. In the introduction to Magic When You Need It: 150 Spells You Can't Live Without, Judith Illes points out that the perfect time for performing spells is when the outcomes have become our most urgent needs. The same desperation that fuels our frustration can be channeled into spell work for intensified results. According to Illes, "No spell is as effective as an emergency spell; no magic is as likely to work." Magic When You Need It is a collection of 150 spells, targeting the key areas we tend to stress over as a society.

Because Illes assumes the reader has picked up the book in a harried rush, Magic When You Need It is short on introduction and philosophy. It dives almost immediately into the collection of spells, beginning with a most common concern: cash. The first money spell is simple, with little more requirements than paper, a candle and a few oils.

Other sections include spells for love, home, and trouble. These spells are very specific, targeting needs like fitting into a wedding dress or avoiding parking tickets. These are not general health and well-being types of energy focus. Pick any distinct need and there is likely to be a corresponding spell within Magic When You Need It. For most scenarios, two spells are provided, allowing the reader to use complementary magick for extra impact.

Each themed segment opens with a page of general principles. Colors, stones, numbers, and spirits that oversee each plane of need are listed as a starting point. The motions for the spells are very simple, most without mantra. The practitioner personalizes each spell with relevant incantations. Illes lets the reader know when a particular spirit or deity would be a helpful entity to call on.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Angela Taylor on November 28, 2009
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This is a handy little spellbook, absent the sticky sweetness of other writers of witchcraft. But, as other reviewers have said, this is a repeat of other Illes' work. It is virtually the exact same book as Emergency Magic. If you have that, there is no need to buy Magic When You Need it. I wish I hadn't.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By veezhalo on October 14, 2008
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Yes, this is a useful book but if you own some of her previous work you'll find many of the spells are repeated. I always love her work but don't get this is you have any of her other work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Newton on November 4, 2011
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Magic When You Need It by Judika Illes is a quick reference book for emergency spells involving money and your career, love, sex marriage, and children, home, and various other troubles. When you need a little help or a lot of help, these spells will help you!

Magic When You Need It is a spell book for beginners or for people who have been practicing magic for years. The author collects ancient spells and new spells, so there is a good mixture included in the book to help you with just about every situation you'd need to use a spell for. Judika Illes writes in a very easy to read and understand way, so even if you don't use any of the spells, it is still a fun read.

Most of the spells require certain ingredients to have it be effective. If you don't happen to live near a magical shop that carries those ingredients, the author lists places online that you can shop at to ensure that you have access to the ingredients.

Some of my favorite spells included in the book:
* Banish Ghosts (I am a paranormal investigator, so this will come in handy)
* Get Cash Fast
* Home Protection Spells
* Protect Your Computer
* Banish Bad Dreams

If you are interested in magic at all, this is a great book to have to quickly access the spell you need in a hurry. I highly recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of Magic When You Need It, Weiser Books, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Suzie Housley on February 3, 2010
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When life presents you with a challenge and you need a quick solution, then reach for a copy of Judika Illes's Magic When You Need It: 150 Spells You Can't Live Without.

This one book provides 150 spells that are easy to understand and use with effective results. All of the ingredients needed to cast each spell can be found in your local health food store or supermarket.

Some of my favorite spells I found included:

-Up the Ladder: Get a Raise or Promotion

-Heal Your Broken Heart

-Fit into your Wedding Dress

What I found this spell book offered that it completion lacked was that it provided spells that the common individual could use. With its convenient size you can keep it close at hand and use whenever the needed.

Judika Illes has proven that she is a master in the occult. Magic When You Need It: 150 Spells You Can't Live Without is geared towards the novice and the experienced. I would highly recommend her work to anyone who is looking to incorporate magic into their world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Monica Coleman on November 13, 2010
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Eloquent, concise, and informative, not only regarding the spells themselves, but also in regards to stuff like the philosphy behind magic, various magical tools, etc. Written in everyday language with a nice touch of humor. Looking forward to using the "Keep Your Home: Avoid Eviction" and "Turn Around a Bad Investment" spells in particular. Highly recommended!
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