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Book by Korem, Danny, Meier, Paul D.


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: F. H. Revell Co (1980)
  • ISBN-10: 0800711300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800711306
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,786,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darby M'Graw on November 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This books is an odd mixture of skepticism and apologetics. Korem, a magician, covers much of the usual skeptical material: dowsing, Ouija boards, table-tipping, fire-walking, fortune-telling; what Korem refers to as "pseudo-occult" phenomena. This is fine as far as it goes, although some of the material is not first-hand. At the end of each chapter is a Christian flourish, as Korem admonishes that dabbling in such fake phenomena will distract Christians from the real magic of Jesus. As an example, here is the end of Korem's chapter on fire-walking:

"For centuries, fire walking has been practiced as a purification rite and as a spring fertility ritual. Both are pagan practices. That is why this ancient practice is disdained by Scripture. It was not declared taboo because a demon gave a participant some supernatural power, but rather because it aided Satan's cause in driving the Lord's chosen people from Him."

After Korem's treatment of each "pseudo-occult" practice, Meier tips in with his view as a psychiatrist. Here's an interesting quote from p. 160:

"I have had hundreds of patients who came to see me because they thought they were demon possessed. Scores of them heard "demon voices" telling them evil things to do. It was at first surprising to me that all of these had dopamine deficiencies in their brains, which were readily correctable with Thorazine or any other major tranquilizer. I discovered that all of the "demons" I was seeing were allergic to Thorazine and that, in nearly every case, a week or two on Thorazine made the "demons" go away and brought the patient closer to his real conflicts.
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Format: Hardcover
At the time this 1980 book was written, Danny Korem was "a professional magician who has innovated over 100 magical effects." Paul Meier is a Christian psychiatrist and author of Finding Purpose Beyond Our Pain: Uncover the Hidden Potential in Life's Most Common Struggles, Happiness Is a Choice: The Symptoms, Causes, and Cures of Depression, The Third Millenium: A Novel, etc. Famous Christian apologist Josh McDowell contributed a Foreword.

The authors wrote in the Introduction, "This text endeavors to give balance to the consideration of supernatural phenomena. It was felt that the selection of a magician, a psychiatrist, and a leading researcher in the area, Mark Lundeen, would give this text the proper balance for approaching this subject." (Pg. 11)

Here are some quotations from the book:

"Dr. Kurt Koch will be the third individual whose writings I will use for illustrative purposes. Despite over twenty thousand case studies which Dr. Koch has personally researched and reported, many of his findings are questionable, even though his intentions are sincere." (Pg. 33)
"The reporter, with an air of authority, stated that dowsing had been used in Vietnam to find land mines although she did not state how successful it had been." (Pg. 53)
"Let me state clearly why I have chosen to quote cases from the research of Dr. Koch. Many Christian bookstores have sprung up across the country in recent years...
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