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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Aeon Books (November 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904658091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904658092
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ramsey Dukes is a long time iconoclastic writer and commentator on the occult and the new age. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Uncle Ramsey's Little Book of Demons and the now classic SSOTBME.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Herman on February 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book opens with an intriguing premise: Our brain is not large and powerful because we are `toolmaking creatures', but because we have such incredibly complex social relationships. So, when we interact with `life's problems' as thinking, feeling characters with a personality, we are using more of our brainpower.
The demons that Ramsey Dukes writes about do not necessarily manifest as green goblins and tentacled ghouls; he writes about personal habits, attitudes, and behaviours that motivate us, such as addiction, self-sabotage, racism, bully/victim relationships, etc.
Dukes presents a very innovative way of thinking about our everyday events, to approach the deeper roots underlying our motives and behaviours. Many practical suggestions are artfully laced throughout the book, and reading between the lines shows that Dukes ideas represent longstanding magical practices of demonic evocation (e.g. goetia) in an immediate and rather ordinary and natural approach. Gives me a new appreciation for medieval magical practices, suggests a possibility that they were a type of psychological therapy for healing the psyche by externalizing internal processes.
Dukes writing style is relaxed and sophisticated. He harnesses complex and obtuse ideas into a straightforward presentation, and is enjoyable to read. I give it 4 stars because the examples became somewhat repetitive near the end, and the fault for me was that Dukes is so successful in presenting `demon work' in an everyday, down to earth way, that the book in turn feels mundane. Overall it was interesting and enjoyable, and recommended.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MP on January 9, 2010
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A fantastic theoretical and practical guide to dealing with life's problems in a creative and magical way. Using the techniques given in this book I managed to correctly diagnose physical ailments that eluded medical professionals (that were later confirmed through invasive testing). I also managed to produce some rather profound shifts in consciousness - as Uncle Ramsey calls them "polarity shifts". Reading this book for the second time I realize that I haven't even scratched the surface of the potential of these techniques - in truth they deserve a complete paradigm shift in the way we approach and think about life. Well worth a read even for the scientific or skeptically-minded as Uncle Ramsey will sober up your thinking!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Roy on August 21, 2009
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As the title says, it's about time that some truly modern magic appeared in print. Much of the work of effective modern psychology (such as NLP) is centered around a paradigm of evoking the problematic self and changing one's relationship to it, using simple narrative and explanation, something that can be done in minutes rather than years (much of the time). Well, URLBOD is not too different from the work of people like Erickson, Bandler and others, and a lot more fun, especially for those who don't need to have NLP demystified, and would enjoy working a little magic.

This wonderful self-help book is written on the premise that humans have always deified or demonized problems. URLBOD sees the old grimoires, the books of the 'servants of god vs. minions of the devil' style ceremonial magic from the standpoint of what we are learning about the way the mind works, and finds real magic, which is what Bandler and company have been calling effective psychology for some time.

I'm not the only one who sees this. In recent correspondence, the author has told me of therapists using these methods with considerable success. URLBOD makes no attempt at specious pseudoscience, and is certainly not an attempt to reframe magic in the language of psychology, as astrologers often do. It's approached as a useful magical technique, plain and simple, that can be used by executive and hedge-witch alike.

Too bad there are only five stars.
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