- Hardcover: 436 pages
- Publisher: Castle Books (March 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1555217664
- ISBN-13: 978-1555217662
- Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 7 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Magick in Theory and Practice Hardcover – March, 1992
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Instead of paying a very high price for an unknown publisher's highly priced edition, I'd highly recommend that any potential buyer seek out the Dover Paperback edition (very cheap) or the Castle Press hardback edition (relatively cheap)Magick: in Theory and Practice, or better yet-- get the lovely and durable hardback of Magick: Book 4, Liber Aba (Magick Bk. 4), as it has the complete text of "Magick In Theory And Practice" as well as the other three parts of "Book 4", and actually costs less (here on Amazon) than the paperback edition that Martino Fine Books is trying to shill here.
If any of you have purchased this edition, and can tell me what it has (if anything) that would command these prices, I would greatly appreciate your making mention of it in the comments section.
But despite this, anyone interested in the subject absolutely MUST struggle through it. Crowley's knowledge of magic was unparalleled for his time and remains rarely challenged. This book was written earlier in his life, before years of drug-abuse and syphilis had a chance to ravage his obviously powerful mind. Though the discussion, as it were, ranges from typical magical ritual to the dark "drug-and-sex" magic he's famous for, this wide variety of explanation, theoretical musing and practical advice can't be beat.
That being said, it needs to be approached with a strong will. Crowley's path is tempting, especially for people who are interested in magic for its more Faustian aspects. People who want wealth, fame, sex and power will see the perfect opportunity in this book. After all, Uncle Al died famous and rich, right? Wrong. He died poor, desparate and alone, barely eeking a living by mooching off of his sycophantic followers. The path he chose has its price, and readers should remember that when they peruse these pages.
Okay, editorializing aside, this book has some gems of wisdom in it that really can't be found elsewhere if you have the patience to look. If you want to be a Magus, you need to read this book and take what you can from it. For followers of any path and on any level of study, this book will most likely provide some interesting ideas. Its not 5 stars, because its not 100% accessible by everyone, nor is it easy to read, but its definitely 4 stars with high marks. Hope you enjoy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Inexpensive basic version of the $65 Magick "book 4 Liber Aba", Not as in depth but covers the basics...Published 10 months ago by Jason H
The book is great, but the text does strange wraparounds, which can be confusing at times. Also the footnotes are printed right where they're cited, which is very confusing until... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Perry Mcdonnell
This version is a ripoff. Of course, it is very cheap, but it is like a pdf file printed as a book. It has no table of contents. It has no publishing information. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Bruto Bardowalker
I can see where Sly & the Family Stone got their song 'Every Body is a Star." The man had original thought and was half a poet.Published 19 months ago by Tony Bottom