From our outpost at Blogger,
here's an excerpt from Janet Boyer's review of our Magic Words: A Dictionary
The first 48-pages of Magic Words
are utterly fascinating, with Conley an engaging tour guide through
literary, philosophical, cultural and spiritual landscapes—realms
dotted with landmarks that pay homage to the power of magical
utterances (and, sometimes, even to silence and mysterious glyphs).
only does Conley offer examples of poetic incantations and the
mysterious power of words in his introduction, but he also provides
fascinating insight into the vocabulary of ritual (and why we get the
giggles during solemn occasions!), the four archetypes of the Magician,
and our ability to imbue “ordinary” moments with the magic of both
cadence and connation.
The rest of Magic Words is dedicated to, well, magic words!
word origins, facts, variations, meanings, mystique and appearances in
literature, this A to Z guide offers a mind-boggling array of
information to be mined by would-be magicians, entertainers, writers
and artists. . . .
is, indeed, a meticulously researched, heavily footnoted, and absorbing
read, especially for lovers of trivia and words. Performers seeking to
spruce up their magic routine would do well to consult this book, as
would all manner of artists who seek to infuse their work with meaning,
mystery, flair or sacredness.
See the full review here
is author of The Back in Time Tarot Book.
Those are indeed magic words. Congratulations!