CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, a “monk for the modern age” by George Parker, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is OneLetterWords.com.
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Found 21 posts tagged ‘magic spell’


September 9, 2019 (permalink)

From Spellbound, 1977.  (Courtesy of Archive.org.)  See this remarkable guide to practial magick you can do with a pencil and paper: The Pencil Witch.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #magick #magic spell #witchcraft #occult #magic book
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June 27, 2018 (permalink)

A retroactive lifetime goal: to have one of our magic spells recorded onto a "lurid Jell-O green" flexidisc in the latest edition of Fiddler's Green magazine!
> read more from Go Out in a Blaze of Glory . . .
#magic spell #fiddler's green #independent magazine
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March 2, 2018 (permalink)

"How the spell was broken."  From Stories in Precious Stones by Helen Zimmern, 1873.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #magic spell #fairies #fairy tale #art
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November 27, 2017 (permalink)

Gordon spotted our book on How to Be Your Own Cat and our Young Wizard's Hexopedia at Chicago's Quimby's Bookstore.
> read more from Go Out in a Blaze of Glory . . .
#magic spell #occult #book lover #quimby's #independent bookstore #cat books
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October 16, 2017 (permalink)

"To 'spell' a word, we have to cast a spell or charm over it, to bring the letters into place so as to compel its meaning to appear, or cast a magic spell over the word, or bring together the letters which are potent to dissplve or unravel speech."  From Symbolic Mythology and Translation of a Lost and Forgotten Language by John Martin Woolsey, 1917.   Very much of interest: The Young Wizard's Hexopedia.
> read more from The Right Word . . .
#magick #magic spell #wizardry #magic word
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August 3, 2017 (permalink)

Here's a spell for the back of a scrying mirror, from Crystal Gazing, Its History and Practice, With a Discussion of the Evidence for Telepathic Scrying by Northcote Whitridge Thomas, 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #magic spell #art #scrying #magic mirror
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June 24, 2017 (permalink)

Here's which type of quills to use when writing to lovers, enemies, and fools, as well as for composing one's loftiest thoughts.  From Pearson's, 1901.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #magick #magic spell #art #magic #feather #quill pen #quills
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April 9, 2017 (permalink)

"The spell cast on Merlin."  From English Illustrated, 1888.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #magic spell #merlin #wizardry #art
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January 22, 2017 (permalink)

Everybody's head had been turned into that of a pig."  From English Illustrated, 1907.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #magic spell #wizardry #art #animal head #hybrid #pig headed
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November 17, 2015 (permalink)

"Witches' luck," from Woodmyth & Fable, written and illustrated by Ernest Thompson Seton, 1905.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #divination #magic spell #witchcraft #occult #art #luck spell #witch luck #thirteen moons
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October 14, 2015 (permalink)

"The curse," from Dicks' English Library of Standard Works, 1884.

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #witch #magick #magic spell #art #curse #black magic
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October 9, 2015 (permalink)

"The incantation," from Dicks' English Library of Standard Works, 1884.

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #demon #magick #magic spell #wizard #art #incantation
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October 5, 2015 (permalink)

Em or Spells and Counter-Spells by Mary Bramston, 1878.

[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage book cover #magick #magic spell #witchcraft #occult #grimoire #counterspell
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July 3, 2015 (permalink)

Renowned magic headliner Jeff McBride tweets:

Is Conley's HEXOPEDIA considered the "NEW magic?" or is "HEX-O" the OLD magic renewing itself? Perhaps"HEX_O" is the Phoenix of THIS generation?

Meanwhile, check out how we illustrated the chapter headings for McBride's book The Show Doctor, now in softcover.

> read more from Go Out in a Blaze of Glory . . .
#magick #magic spell #wizardry #jeff mcbride #hexopedia #old magic #new magic #hex
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June 8, 2015 (permalink)


5x5 magic word squares are incredibly rare, with the Pompeiian Sator / Arepo / Tenet / Opera / Rotas being the best known by far.  (Futility Closet featured the Revel / Evere / Veoev / Ereve / Lever grid, which reads as a palindromic sentence though not as a magic square.)  But there are three other 5x5 word squares explained in The Young Wizard's Hexopedia, including this one: Balam / Avada / Labal / Adava / Malab.  Balam is a name for supernatural intuition, derived from the diviner called Balaam in the Torah.  Avada is an Estonian word that means "open."  Labal is the occult name for the revealer of all the mysteries of the Earth (described in The Lesser Key of Solomon).  Adava is a Marathi word for a winding road.  And Malab is a Somali word for honey, which is a code for "alchemical gold," which itself is a code for immortality.  Woven together into a grid, these words form a charm that conjures magic insight so as to reveal the mysterious pathway toward everlasting light.

> read more from The Right Word . . .
#magick #magic spell #occult #magic words #word square #word grid
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May 4, 2015 (permalink)

Here's a random page from The Young Wizard's Hexopedia, our painstaking reconstruction of a tome that wasn't in the window display of a spooky old bookshop.  (See the very strange history of this book here.)

> read more from The Right Word . . .
#demon #imp #magick #magic spell #occult #wizardry #demon catcher #dangerous magic #demon trap #imp trap
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April 20, 2015 (permalink)

The lionized poet William Keckler scooped this page from The Young Wizard's Hexopedia on Flickr, where the spell has found a very appreciative following.

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#magick #magic spell #black cat #wizardry #grimoire #witch's familiar #magic cat #william keckler
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March 19, 2015 (permalink)

"The witch Thurid cuts a charm on the log."  From The Book of Romance by Andrew Lang, 1902.
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #witch #magick #magic spell #witchcraft #spell carving #art
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March 1, 2014 (permalink)

Given our substantial research into esoteric tomes, we're sometimes consulted for strange and unusual magical spells. An award-winning quarterly magazine of art and culture based in New York [name withheld for reasons of discretion] once asked us for a spell to cast over their printing press. Most recently, a winner of two Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative American Poetry [name withheld in a nod to our lost age of privacy] asked us for no fewer than thirteen different spells:
  1. A spell which finds and locates the source of (malicious) gossip and renders the "first tongue" of this gossip chain either serpent-like (i.e. forks the tongue) or like that of some other loathsome beast.
  2. A spell which will allow a refrigerator to enchant the food in it, so that when you eat the food you see the food's history (such as the worker picking the grapes. This would be quite grisly when it came to lunch meat and we realized it had a "family life.")
  3. A spell which will render water capable of transmitting its memories. When an enemy steps into a tub of "blissful" water, suddenly he or she is overcome with a thousand television stations of water memory, all the way back to the time of the dinosaurs.
  4. A spell that turns pussy willows back into the cats they once were.
  5. A spell which allows you to enter into a painting or use a painting, drawing, etc. as an avenue of escape.
  6. A spell to send snow back upwards into the sky—a reverse snowstorm spell.
  7. A spell whereby you can have birds carry a message to other birds to so on to other birds in order to reach someone far away.
  8. A spell which makes someone the reverse of a money magnet, so money is always figuratively (and literally) flying away from him or her.
  9. A spell to make someone fall in love with his or her own reflection. For example, a teenager cannot concentrate in class but must constantly seek a reflective surface to the point of madness. Good for a stuck up kid in school, beauty queen hex, etc.
  10. A spell whereby planes flying overhead will drop valuable things into your yard or on your roof, like a form of tribute from airplane.
  11. A spell to turn pancake batter into quicksand, so when the person eats the finished product, the pancake inside the person slowly causes the person to implode into himself/herself, vanishing throughout the day in a very geometrically weird way.
  12. A spell on cookies to make them like online cookies; they drop without the eater's consent and glow, leading you to the person you are trailing and to whom you have given the bewitched cookie.
  13. A spell to make tornados play music. Needles appears within and the tornado is turned into an old school record player even as it grinds away at a landscape.
Anyone wondering about the content of these spells will want to keep an eye out for our Young Wizard's Hexopedia.
> read more from The Right Word . . .
#vintage illustration #divination #magick #magic spell #occult #wizardry #art #ancient greece #oracle #hokus pokus #delphic
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September 2, 2012 (permalink)

"Wood Magic or Two Wishes and the Way to Get Them":  an illustration from a 1913 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.

"Now here is the kind of wish to wish
   On the great, gray, silent Stone.
One hand on his face, one on your heart,
   Just say in an undertone—

Brother Stone, O Brother Stone,
Living all day long alone,
Make me patient just like you;
Make me steadfast, calm, and true;
Be there sunshine, be there rain
Teach me never to complain.
Brother Stone, O Brother Stone,
Living all day long alone,
That's the wish I wish on you.

"And here's the kind of wish to wish
   Of the tall and gentle Tree.
One hand on his trunk and one held high
   Say these words earnestly—

Brother Tree so tall and strong,
Waiting, watching all day long,
Make my body grow to be
Strong and stalwart like a Tree.
Make my thoughts and actions pure;
Make me good and honor sure.
Brother Tree so tall and strong,
Watching, waiting all day long,
Give my earnest wish to me."
[Inexplicable images from generations ago invite us to restore the lost sense of immediacy.  We follow the founder of the Theater of Spontaneity, Jacob Moreno, who proposed stringing together "now and then flashes" to unfetter illusion and let imagination run free.  The images we have collected for this series came at a tremendous price, which we explained previously.]
> read more from Restoring the Lost Sense . . .
#vintage illustration #magic spell #art #paganism #wishing spell #tree wish #stone wish
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