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Lionel Snell is a contemporary English magician, publisher and author on magic and philosophy. Since 1972 he has written and published several books noted for their impact on late 20th-century magic and humour. Under the pen name Ramsey Dukes he has a popular YouTube channel of short videos on magic-related topics. He was brought up in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds and won a series of scholarships, plus government grants, that took him to Clifton College, Bristol, then Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he graduated as a pure mathematician, then took a Diploma in Education before teaching mathematics at Eton College, a Waldorf school and a further education college. While at Cambridge he studied rare works of Aleister Crowley and other occult writers in the University library and worked with a number of Crowley's ex-disciples. His books on magic and virtual reality have won him an enthusiastic and faithful readership among a wide circle of alternative groups, notably fans of avant-guard rock music and graphic novels. His writing is recognised as being significantly different from most radical occult thinking, which tends to either glamourize or demonize magic. In addition to long experience with radical alternative cultures, the author has for many years worked freelance as ghost writer for ICT companies and organizations, churning out press releases, video scripts, booklets and educational articles.

Ramsey Dukes is the most well known pen name of Lionel Snell, the book's author --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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"When academic colleagues ask me to recommend a work ofmagical theory, I've always suggested Ramsey Dukes's S.S.O.T.B.M.E. Butnow Lionel Snell steps out from behind his alter ego with My Years ofMagical Thinking, a masterpiece that builds upon and somehow outdoes theearlier work. MYOMT synthesizes a lifetime of thinking, writing, andliving magic. It is an ideal introduction to Snell's work for those who are newto it and an exciting development for those that aren't. Many books boast thatthey will transform how you look at the world; this one actually does. Ifeveryday life in neoliberal modernity is a prison, MYOMT is a chiselsmuggled inside a package the guards didn't think looked dangerous enough tocheck. It's in your hands now: dig to freedom." Phil Ford (Author: Dig: Sound and Music in Hip Culture, Oxford University Press) 

"My Years of Magical Thinking by Lionel Snell, aka Ramsey Dukes... who must surely rank as the finest metamagical theoretician currently, or perhaps ever, incarnate. In this masterly summary and exposition of a lifetime of magical thought, Lionel muses deeply on the relationships between art, science, magic, and religion. You may not find much of immediate practical use in this tome but it certainly expands and contextualises the magical way of thinking as a distinct and increasingly relevant way of relating to perceived reality. Lionel told me he had tried to write about magic for the general reader in this latest book. He may achieve that, in places he digresses into magical thinking strategies in the dark arts of politics and marketing, yet I will always regard him as 'The Thinking Magician's Magician', the wizard who looks into the ideas behind the ideas, and as such he may well go down in history as the 20th & 21st century's version of Paracelsus." Peter Carroll (Author: Liber Null, Psychonaut, Epoch etc)  --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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