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Magic - A Very Short Introduction


Owen Davies


The concept and practice of magic has attracted the attention of theologians, anthropologists, psychologists, sociologists, artists, and historians. It has been defined in terms of the false religions of others, as an evolutionary stage in human thought, a universal state of mind, and a liberating expression of the imagination. Even today, the subject of magic continues to pervade popular imagination.


In this accessible and authoritative Very Short Introduction, Owen Davies provides a wide-ranging overview of how magic has been defined, understood and practised throughout its complex and controversial history.