Magic and Divination
by Rupert Gleadow
Excerpt from Chapter 1: Principles of Magic
We shall not here attempt to tell the whole truth about magic; that, nobody can learn without becoming a magician; and those who need to discover dangerous secrets will always find them out for themselves. The interest of magic lies not only in its formulas and rites, but principally in the psychological attitude of the men who practised it, and in the success which they have achieved. In the idea of many modern people magic is commonly - and incorrectly-defined as an attempt to do something contrary to the laws of nature or by the aid of non-existent devils-which is impossible, therefore magic cannot exist. But magic does exist and is still practised; that definition therefore must be scrapped.