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Alan Chapman is a Western magician and writer, a Magus of the A.’.A.’. and a member of numerous secret societies. He has appeared in the Fortean Times and Chaos International, and regularly contributes to the award-winning website www.thebaptistshead.co.uk.
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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Aeon Books (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904658415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904658412
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In my extensive reading and research into all matters arcane, I am always delighted when I come across a book that manages to brilliantly balance simplicity and depth. Advanced Magick for Beginners by Alan Chapman, published in 2008 by Aeon Books, is one such book. Following along in the Chaos Magic current ("post-modern magic," as the author refers to it), Chapman strips away all of the cultural and personal pretenses placed upon magic, and pares down to the bare bones of the underlying theories of magic.

The author describes his approach to magic as an art, a science, and a culture of experiencing truth. As an art, a magical act is an experience that we ascribe meaning to. As a science, a magical act is a technique which we refine through an experimental practice and observation of results. As a culture, a magical act is a means of working with a cultural framework, a set of ethics both personal and cultural, to achieve results which are relevant to the life and world in which the mage lives.

That is it, as far as Chapman believes the complexity of magic should be taken. The techniques he outlines are more guidelines than anything else. They are a methodology of how to approach magic. This is no book that will tell you what to say or do; Rather, this book will help the reader discover for him or herself the style of magic that flows best with his or her own personality. The author cares not which gods you work with, worship, or pray to (if any at all), nor does the author care which tradition, style, or culture you borrow your elements from (or whether you have invented them all on your own). Rather, the author cares that the reader develops an understanding of magic which will be able to answer the questions of why things work.
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I consider this kind of book on magic long overdue, and I love it that a friend and colleague of mine has written it.

In the 1970's, the author relates, the formation of Chaos Magic revitalised the practice of magic with its practitioners' enthusiasm for verifiable results instead of transcendentalist flim-flam. Since then Chaos Magic has reached something of a dead end, where even supreme magical competence leaves one wondering `is this it?' The extreme postmodernism embraced by many modern practitioners leaves one with nothing worth having and Alan Chapman proposes a corrective approach to the practice of magic.

He defines magick as "the art, science and culture of experiencing Truth." An art because arbitrary aesthetics alone dictate method. A science because it has a methodology that produces results which peers can corroborate. A culture because it has implicit ethical and social considerations. And he uses that unpopular word `Truth,' considered here as that which one experiences, rather than merely a set of privileged propositions. This truth, he argues, has only two limits: one's imagination and the available means of manifestation.

At which point he takes us from entry-level exercises through the gamut of magical skills all the way to the Great Work of Magick. But he wants most of all to restore the initiatory dimension all but lost in Chaos Magic after the seminal work Liber Null & Psychonaut: An Introduction to Chaos Magic, which mentioned but did not explore adequately this aspect of magic.
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This book was 'n breath of fresh air.

I see some other comments saying that this book is more theory than it is practice. I would refer those commentators to the exercises after every chapter? Much more detailed than you usually get in some other cases too.

This book is an excellent source for the beginner and adept. They also have free essays and articles on their website. (the baptist head)

Thank you Alan Chapman for adding to my understanding.

To all potential buyers, you will not be disappointed.
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This little book is a JEWEL!
Read it through once before you start any of the work. There are actually some very grandiose ideas in these pages, couched in the lingo of modern society so as not to startle the would-be dabbler, BUT, if one knows what they're reading.... Just get the damned book already.
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I liked this because because of the following reasons: (1) It is a good summary of advanced topics for beginners in Magick. (2) It is well written, and very clear in the explanations. (3) The information tables are useful. (4) The philosophical discussions on some of the topics are coherent especially the differences between the traditionalist and the postmodernism followers of Magick. (5) Some of the exercises are interesting.
What I didn't like was: (1) The heavy funny sense. (2) I don't share the opinions of the author regarding Christianity and the monotheistic system on pages 91 and 92. I think there are many options to debate the author's comments but this is not the space for that.
Finally, in general terms I think this is a very good book because it gives you hints on several important topics in the Chaos Magic trend.The recommended reading at the end of the book provides options to deep in some of these interesting topics.
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