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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press; 2nd edition (January 9, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573441309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573441308
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Need help with your riding-crop technique? Wonder how to wrap your husband like a mummy? Or maybe you caught your girlfriend wistfully eyeing a pair of handcuffs in a shop window and simply want to know how to bring up the subject with her. Sensuous Magic has the answers. Writer, therapist, and sex radical Patrick Califia-Rice has updated his classic introduction to S/M and power play to embrace couples of all persuasions and at every stage of experience. Although not a comprehensive technical guide (you will need a book on rope bondage, for instance, if you want to learn appropriate knots and techniques), Califia-Rice's text offers insightful warnings, advice, and commentary, the kind of guidance you might expect from a seasoned mentor. It is especially well-suited to daring beginners, who can learn the basics on safety and communication, while being titillated by more advanced topics like whip selection and master/slave contracts. --Regina Marler

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I found this book to be quite interesting, covered a lot of good information.
Gale Welsh
This second edition of this book takes the material in the previous edition, updating it in certain spots and adds new material.
Todd Hawley
One of the other things that i love about this book is the inclusion of all genders and sexual orientations.
Jacq Jones

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hawley on October 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
This second edition of this book takes the material in the previous edition, updating it in certain spots and adds new material. As another reviewer has pointed out, this book is not a "how to do BDSM manual," instead it covers more of the emotional and mental aspects of doing BDSM. And each of the chapters finishes with an erotic SM story, one that fits the topic just discussed in the chapter. Topics the author covers include myths about SM and demystifying them, communication & negotiation, impact play, developing role preferences, different SM relationships, finding community, and even a chapter on edge play. Although some of this chapter some might feel is not necessarily edge play. Your mileage may vary.
Califia also takes a realistic attitude about doing SM throughout the book, pointing out for example that what may really hot in your mind (like a full on 24/7 D/s relationship) may not be practical when it comes to things like doing shopping or picking up the dry cleaning, or holding down a 9 to 5 job every day. Or that your Top may have a bad day or not be perfect at all times. Reality rears its ugly head.
Califia even includes a glossary of terms in the back, a resource guide, and further reading material. While the book is aimed primarily toward people new to BDSM, there's enough material here that even so-called "veteran" SM players will enjoy reading. Califia is a long time community member and his experience shows in the writing of this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jacq Jones on December 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
Sensuous Magic is my favorite intro to BDSM book. The book covers all of the basic areas of BDSM in a way the both demystifies and normalizes. Patrick Califia approaches the topic in a way that emphasizes the emotional and spiritual aspects of BDSM play first, and the technical aspects second. Our brains are our biggest turn ons and he knows it. And, he manages to tuck erotica into each chapter - hot, hot, hot.

One of the other things that i love about this book is the inclusion of all genders and sexual orientations. Mr Califia knows how important that is on a very personal level. He used to live as a woman, and now identifies as a man. The perspective of someone who has lived in multiple parts of the gender contiuim is valuable, especially when playing with power.

If you don't have this book, and you are thinking about BDSM play, you need it.

Happy playtime!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Roy Smoot on January 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
Whenever someone asks about information about the SM Community, I have two required readings...Sensous Magic and the Leatherman's Handbook by Larry Townsend.
I think Pat does an outstanding service to the community with this
publication. This first edition was very difficulty to obtain, so with this second edition, a new generation will benefit from her knowledge. As she says..if we don't take care of ourselves, who will.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TammyJo Eckhart VINE VOICE on April 24, 2003
Format: Paperback
The original 1993 edition of this book by Pat Califia is now replaced by this new edition by Patrick Califia (same person by the way). The chapters are increased from 6 to 10 and more information is included while everything else is updated. There is a lot of basic information here but this isn't a how-to book -- its focus is more on the mental and emotional and social aspects of starting out in SM (or BDSM if you prefer). So if you are starting out because you or a parnter knows you are interested, this book will help you figure out what next steps to take, how to discuss things, where to find resources and community; it will not teach you to tie knots or flog.
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This was my first book about BDSM. It's a well written book and allowed me to get a good foundation about lots of things. I really enjoy Patrick as an author (I have a number of his books) and I really like how his book is suitable for both straight AND gay/lesbian/queer folk. Regardless of what community you belong to this book is for you.

I've checked out lots of other books on the market, gotta say most of them, and I would recommend this one the most for those people who are starting out. It's not overwhelming with information and presents things in a straightforward manner. Once you have a handle on things you can delve into the other books but I find some one them don't get to the soul of the experience, or throw too much info at you and it's difficult to wrap you head around what's going on.

Once you have an idea of the idea and foundation of BDSM then pick up one of the technique books. This isn't really one of them, though it has lots of good resources in the back. This is a good resource book about the lifestyle and what to expect.
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By Gale Welsh on February 22, 2013
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I found this book to be quite interesting, covered a lot of good information. For the beginner there are explamations of much of S/M and what it is all about.
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By Amazon Customer on January 23, 2013
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I can't believe it took me so long to find this book, although I think I understand why: allegedly, Califia's works have been some of those most seized by customs outside the US as pornographic, and maybe that's the reason why there's no real explicit reference to sex or kink in the title or description of this book. Which is a damned shame, because it's literally the best beginner book on BDSM you could possibly read and yet you probably won't come up with it unless you're looking, like I was, specifically for his work.

I came to know Califia's work through essays in other books - his piece "Jessie," in Coming to Power: Writing and Graphics on Lesbian S/M, 2nd Revised and Updated Edition, was one of my absolute favorites from that book, and his essays on fisting and masochism in The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge were hot, funny, and dead-on accurate.

So, our boy nails it yet again, so to speak. Here's what's awesome about Sensuous Magic: IT'S ACTUALLY WRITTEN FOR BEGINNERS but doesn't treat 'em like they're stupid, either. It contains information about BDSM based on how people actually do it, and how you'll probably actually do it. And the interludes of fantasy/erotica are an absolutely brilliant touch - definitely inspiring.

I have read many, many books on BDSM, and this is absolutely, without a doubt, the first one I would hand to someone who I wanted to educate about that particular lifestyle. It literally could not have been done any better.
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