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About the Author

Arik Roper is a visionary artist known for his CD covers, posters, and animation. He lives in New York City. Erik Davis is the author, most recently, of The Visionary State. He posts regularly at www.techgnosis.com. Daniel Pinchbeck is the bestselling author of Breaking Open the Head and 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl. He posts at www. realitysandwich.com. Gary Lincoff is the author of the Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810996316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810996311
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By John W. Allen on July 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My Review of a Visionary Guide to Mushroom Magick by Arik Moonhawk Roper with essays by Daniel Pinchback and Erik Davis and notes from mycologist Gary Lincoff.

As an expert in the field of ethnomycology, author of nine books and more than 30 published papers on hallucinogenic mushrooms, I personally like the idea of the book but could not endorse it as a reliable guide for amateur foragers to use in identifying species in the wild as the context of the book suggests that it is a 'comprehensive guide' to the species rendered inside the book.

It contains 94 full-paged watercolor renditions of hallucinogenic species. However, it is wrought with bad representations of the hallucinogenic psilocybian species featured in the guide. The author also painted 9 species that are not active species, but are often listed in edible and other mushroom field guides as possibly hallucinogenic, most whose original analysis was based on false positives of such species and obtained by chemical analysis in the early history of these mushroom species. The book also presents 9 species which do not contain the tryptamine alkaloids, psilocine/psilocybine and which are not active at all. Also included are 6 images not identified by name, but appear as to fill space in the book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Mushrooms fascinate some, and freak others out. "Mushroom Magick: A Visionary Field Guide" is an art book introducing viewers to the wonderful world of these fleshy fungi, which are as widely varied as they are interesting and beautiful. With particular emphasis on the psychedelic varieties, each mushroom species has its own listing as well as a watercolor painting to give viewers an idea of how to identify these mysterious mushroom types. "Mushroom Magick" is a fine read for the curious, the mushroom lover, or for the experimental.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth E. Hoover on December 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The art work in this book is great. If the book is used for the purpose of art appreciation with a primary natural subject, mushrooms, then the book is wonderful. However, I cannot suggest it as anything closely resembling a guide for identification due to a large numbers of discrepancies in book.

J. Allen gives a better synopsis of the book and a thorough review covering some of the discrepancies. Please read his review if you are planning to purchase this book for any purpose other than enjoyment of the art inside.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Mowrey on May 2, 2010
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I found out about this book through Jan Irvin's interview with the author. As a fellow artist and student of the mushroom I am truly suprised by the tone of the reviews posted so far. The work should be appreciated within the proper context, which I think was assumed would be easily understood. Thank you AR for sharing your visions with the world.
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By Amazon Customer on November 5, 2013
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This book is very beautiful, the art is absolutely amazing. I would not recommend this book be used while foraging wild mushrooms, as some mushrooms depicted in the art do not appear the same in life. A very good book for mushroom lovers.
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