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The Magic Circle
  • Author : Katherine Neville
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Pages : 553
  • ISBN : 9781504013697
  • Reader Reviews : 8
  • Genre : Fiction
  • A female scientist races to save the world using prophecies from before Christ’s time in this thriller by the New York Times–bestselling author of The Eight. In the last week of Jesus’s life, the Emperor Augustus orders the purge of all prophecies that question his divine power. Thus, in the crater of a dormant volcano, the books of the Sibylline oracle are sealed—lost to the world until the nineteenth century when Clio, a brilliant archaeologist, discovers them. The Sibyl’s words remain as potent as ever, having the ability to change the destiny of mankind. But who will be bold enough to harness their power? More than a century after their discovery, some of the secret prophecies fall into the hands of nuclear scientist Ariel Behn when her beloved cousin is assassinated. If Ariel can discover the mystery behind the prophecies, she will be able to prevent a potentially worldwide catastrophe—but in order to do so she must travel to Russia, Vienna, and Paris where too many people are desperate to protect the secrets of these ancient writings. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Katherine Neville including rare images from her life and travels.

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    The Magic Circle
  • Author : Donna Jo Napoli
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN : 9781101665657
  • Reader Reviews : 5
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • If she keeps far enough away from humans, perhaps she won’t be forced to hurt them. Deep in the woods lives the old witch called Ugly One. All she wants is to forget—the she was once a loving mother and a healer, blessed and powerful within her magic circle, and not a witch, claimed by the devils. Then one day she hears the footsteps she dreads. Then real voices—children’s voices. The Ugly One longs to take care of sturdy, sensible Gretel and her young brother Hansel. They are such good children, such delicious, beautiful children. But demons’ voices scream in her head: “Eat them!” How can she? . . . How can she not? “A brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed novel.”—School Library Journal, starred review “A work of great strength and powerful emotion, written with immediacy and intensity, filled with beauty and terror and pervading sense of compassion that must touch young and old.”—Lloyd Alexander An ALA Best Book for Young Adults A Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

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    The Magic Circle
  • Author : Nora Roberts
  • Publisher : Silhouette
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN : 1335284761
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  • Genre : Books
  • Discover the magical secrets of the Donovan family in these two reader-favorite tales! Captivated When filmmaker Nash Kirkland reaches out to real-life witch Morgana Donovan to use her as a research subject for his next film, Morgana humors the skeptical writer. She allows him to make foolish assumptions about magic, but quickly grows tired of his close-minded ideas on the modern witch. Working in Hollywood, Nash assumes magic is only special effects and smoke and mirrors--and he's written enough horror films to know exactly what goes on behind the scenes. But something about Morgana makes Nash want to change. Nash is ready to start believing in magic, but is Morgana ready to open her heart? Entranced As a rule, Sebastian Donovan never likes making his psychic gifts public. But when he receives a desperate call from a young mother looking for her missing baby, Sebastian agrees to help. Having searched for leads for two months, private investigator Mel Sutherland is only slightly offended that Sebastian has been requested to work on the case. Mel doesn't believe in psychics, even if Sebastian's talents have proved helpful in the past. But if she wants to find the missing child, she'll have to swallow her pride and work with Sebastian--no matter how unorthodox his methods are. Soon, the two are forced undercover and into a fake relationship...but pretending to be in love with each other might be the easiest part of this complex case.

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    Gaze Back
  • Author : Marylyn Tan
  • Publisher : Ethos Books
  • Pages : 90
  • ISBN : 9789811432514
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  • Genre : Poetry
  • Winner of the Singapore Literature Prize (Poetry 2020) What do we expect of an author who is unapologetically female? What do we expect of consuming art in general? Should a work be easy, should a work be safe? Marylyn Tan’s debut volume, GAZE BACK, complicates ideas of femininity, queerness, and the occult. The feminine grotesque subverts the restrictions placed upon the feminine body to be attractive and its subjection to notions of the ideal. The occultic counterpoint to organised religion, then, becomes a way toward techniques of empowering the marginalised. GAZE BACK, ultimately, is an instruction book, a grimoire, a call to insurrection—to wrest power back from the social structures that serve to restrict, control and distribute it amongst those few privileged above the disenfranchised.

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    The Magic Circle: Principles of Gaming & Simulation
  • Author : Jan H.G. Klabbers
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Pages : 398
  • ISBN : 9789087903107
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  • Genre : Education
  • The purpose of this unique book is to outline the core of game science by presenting principles underlying the design and use of games and simulations. Game science covers three levels of discourse: the philosophy of science level, the science level, and the application or practical level. The framework presented will help to grasp the interplay between forms of knowledge and knowledge content, interplay that evolves through the action of the players.

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    The Magic Circle
  • Author : Jenny Davidson
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Pages : 209
  • ISBN : 9780544028098
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : FICTION
  • Three female academics devote themselves to the study and design of daring games based on the history of Columbia University's neighborhood, but the games go too far when the mysterious brother of one of the girls gets involved.

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    Outside the Magic Circle
  • Author : Virginia Foster Durr
  • Publisher : University of Alabama Press
  • Pages : 381
  • ISBN : 9780817305178
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  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Winner of the 1986 Alabama Library Author Award, Outside the Magic Circle tells the remarkable story of Virginia Foster Durr, a southern white woman born into privilige who (along with her husband Clifford Durr, a lawyer best known for defending Rosa Parks), nonetheless devoted her life to Civil Rights activism. "Outside the Magic Circle is a valuable document...engaging, warm, and shrewd. [Durr's] odyssey of political commitment belongs in the collective biography of a remarkable generation of Southern liberals and radicals." --Southern Exposure

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    Sandry's Book
  • Author : Tamora Pierce
  • Publisher : Turtleback Books
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 0613179358
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  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Four young misfits find themselves living in a strictly disciplined temple community where they become friends while also learning to do crafts and to use their powers, especially magic.

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    The Magic Circle: the Beatles, Pop Art, Art-Rock and Records
  • Author : Jan Tumlir
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 233
  • ISBN : 9491677438
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  • Genre : Art
  • Charting a pathway of historical analysis and speculative association outward from The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band LP, The Magic Circle is a meditation on the form of the concept album as a point of convergence between the worlds of rock and art, as well as an experiment in conflating the critical methodologies appropriate to either side.

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    Clara and the Magic Circles
  • Author : Cavan Mahony
  • Publisher : Mmh Press
  • Pages : 58
  • ISBN : 0645037109
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  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • When Clara's world is turned upside down, she is shaken to her very core. Her loving parents have lost their sparkle and wit, and her warm and wonderful home has grown dark and cold. Is it something I have done? Clara wonders. Clara seeks refuge and answers in the mystical British West Country forest surrounding her home, Darlington Manor. With best friends Riley and Argus, her beloved Irish wolfhounds, by her side, Clara encounters the enchanting Esmeralda, with her long red hair, green cape and a bag full of magical gemstones. Encouraged by their bewitching guide, they travel through portals of the Magic Circles, where they enter spellbinding worlds with woodland messengers. Their wisdom leads Clara on a journey of self-discovery and transformation, which she holds within her as a newfound strength upon her return home.

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    Games and Rules
  • Author : Beat Suter,Mela Kocher,René Bauer
  • Publisher : transcript Verlag
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN : 9783839443040
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  • Genre : Social Science
  • Why do we play games and why do we play them on computers? The contributors of »Games and Rules« take a closer look at the core of each game and the motivational system that is the game mechanics. Games are control circuits that organize the game world with their (joint) players and establish motivations in a dedicated space, a »Magic Circle«, whereas game mechanics are constructs of rules designed for interactions that provide gameplay. Those rules form the base for all the excitement and frustration we experience in games. This anthology contains individual essays by experts and authors with backgrounds in Game Design and Game Studies, who lead the discourse to get to the bottom of game mechanics in video games and the real world - among them Miguel Sicart and Carlo Fabricatore.

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    Book of Dreams
  • Author : Nora Roberts
  • Publisher : Silhouette
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN : 133528477X
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • The Donovan legacy continues in these two classic tales of love and magic! Charmed Anastasia Donovan has sworn off romance. After a past boyfriend refused to accept Ana's gift of witchcraft, Ana decided she would move on and start fresh. So when Ana befriends her new next-door neighbor--six-year-old Jessie--she doesn't plan on falling for Jessie's protective single father, Boone Sawyer. Boone and Ana have an undeniable connection and their relationship blooms quickly, but Ana decides to keep her magical secret to herself. The only magic Boone is used to is the kind he writes about in his acclamied children's stories. How can Ana convince him that he's living in a real-life fairy tale? Enchanted Tired of her practical life, Rowan Murray escapes to a secluded, peaceful cabin on a whim for a much-needed adventure. Her only companions are her neighbor, the reclusive and mysterious Liam Donovan, and a wolf that lives in the woods around her house. Strange as it seems, Rowan befriends the wild animal, finding his presence comforting in the midst of such uncertainty in her life. Eventually, Liam warms to Rowan, too. But he's hiding a secret about his true identity--one that might scare Rowan away if he reveals it before she's ready...

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    The Magic Circle of Rudolf II
  • Author : Peter Marshall
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN : 9780802718570
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  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • Rudolf II-Habsburg heir, Holy Roman Emperor, king of Hungary, Germany, and the Romans-is one of history's great characters, and yet he remains largely an unknown figure. His reign (1576-1612) roughly mirrored that of Queen Elizabeth I of England, and while her famous court is widely recognized as a sixteenth century Who's Who, Rudolf 's collection of mathematicians, alchemists, artists, philosophers and astronomers-among them the greatest and most subversive minds of the time-was no less prestigious and perhaps even more influential. Driven to understand the deepest secrets of nature and the riddle of existence, Rudolf invited to his court an endless stream of genius-Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, German mathematician Johannes Kepler, English magus John Dee, Francis Bacon, and mannerist painter Giuseppe Archimboldo among many others. Prague became the artistic and scientific center of the known world-an island of intellectual tolerance between Catholicism, Protestantism, and Islam. Combining the wonders and architectural beauty of sixteenth century Prague with the larger than-life characters of Rudolf 's court, Peter Marshall provides an exciting new perspective on the pivotal moment of transition between medieval and modern, when the foundation was laid for the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment.

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    Marking the Magic Circle
  • Author : George Venn
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 218
  • ISBN : UOM:39015012877406
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • An important contribution to the growing body of literature of place and to the increasingly notable literature of the Pacific Northwest.

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    Briar's Book (Circle of Magic #4)
  • Author : Tamora Pierce
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9780545405935
  • Reader Reviews : 15
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • The fourth book in the Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce.

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    The Magic Circle
  • Author : Michael Bailey
  • Publisher : Tempus Pub Limited
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0752442473
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  • Genre : Games
  • But what happens behind the closed doors of this intriguing society that only admits the most gifted magicians? In this fascinating history of the Magic Circle and magical performers, its former president, Michael Bailey, reveals how the society was created and what it stands for in a time when magic has become more and more sophisticated. Using his unique knowledge of the inside of this worldwide phenomenon, he documents the origins of magical performance and the subsequent beginnings of the society, including how it has changed in its hundred years of existence. This mesmerising book also chronicles the lives of some of the Circle's most famous performers, including Paul Daniels, David Copperfield and Channing Pollock. He takes the reader through the history of magical performers, from the age-old myth of the Indian Rope Trick and how the Rabbit from a Hat trick came about. He describes a selection of the world's greatest tricks and illusions, and discusses topics such as entry to the Circle, women in magic (including the 'beautiful assistant') and the motto 'indocilis privata loqui' ('keep mum'). This absorbing volume is a must for all those fascinated by the secret world of magic and magical performers, and will be an invaluable addition to any would-be magician's bookshelf.

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    School of Wizardry
  • Author : Debra Doyle,James D. MacDonald
  • Publisher : Hachette Children's Books Australia
  • Pages : 139
  • ISBN : 0733616895
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Adventure and adventurers
  • Determined to become a wizard, twelve-year-old Randal is delighted to be accepted into the famed School of Wizardry, but his apprenticeship is marred when he realizes that one of the master wizards is using evil spells to destroy the school and gain supreme power.

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    Street Magic
  • Author : Tamora Pierce
  • Publisher : Perfection Learning
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN : 0756945682
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Former "street rat" Briar Moss must face his past when he discovers a young mage in need of a mentor.

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    Box, Fox, Ox, and the Peacock
  • Author : Eve Bunting
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 28
  • ISBN : 0663254701
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  • Genre : Readers
  • A fox, an ox, and a peacock fight over the possession of a box.

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    The Magic Circle
  • Author : Ethel M. Dell
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Pages : 28
  • ISBN : 1986810550
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  • Genre : Books
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    The Magic Fix
  • Author : Mark Montanaro
  • Publisher : Elsewhen Press
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9781911409731
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • The Known World needs a fix or things could get very ugly (even uglier than an Ogre!) “Did we win the battle?” asked King Wyndham. “Well it depends how you define winning,” answered Longfield, one of the King’s royal commanders. In fact, the Humans are fighting a losing battle with the Trolls. Meanwhile the Ogres are up to something, which probably isn’t good. Could one flying unicorn bring about peace in the Known World? No, obviously not. But maybe a group of rebels have the answer. Or maybe the answer lies with a young Pixie with one remarkable gift. Does the Elvish Oracle have the answer? Who knows? And even if she did would anyone understand her cryptic answers (we all know what Oracles are like!) The Known World is in danger of being rent in twain, and twain-rending is never good! Did I mention the dragon? No? Ah… well… there’s also a dragon. Visit bit.ly/TheMagicFix Cover design: A and S Buck

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    Fifty years in the magic circle
  • Author : Signor Blitz
  • Publisher : BoD – Books on Demand
  • Pages : 470
  • ISBN : 9783368119874
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • Reprint of the original, first published in 1871.

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    Witchlings
  • Author : Claribel A. Ortega
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 9781338815498
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • An instant New York Times bestseller! Disney's The Owl House meets Nevermoor, in a brilliant new adventure from Claribel A. Ortega! Every year, in the magical town of Ravenskill, Witchlings who participate in the Black Moon Ceremony are placed into covens and come into their powers as full-fledged witches. And twelve-year-old Seven Salazar can't wait to be placed in the most powerful coven with her best friend! But on the night of the ceremony, in front of the entire town, Seven isn't placed in one of the five covens. She's a Spare! Spare covens have fewer witches, are less powerful, and are looked down on by everyone. Even worse, when Seven and the other two Spares perform the magic circle to seal their coven and cement themselves as sisters, it doesn't work! They're stuck as Witchlings—and will lose their magic. Seven invokes her only option: the impossible task. The three Spares will be assigned an impossible task: If they work together and succeed at it, their coven will be sealed and they'll gain their full powers. If they fail... Well, the last coven to make the attempt ended up being turned into toads. Forever. But maybe friendship can be the most powerful magic of all... With action-packed adventure, a coven of quirky witchlings, Claribel A. Ortega's signature humor, and girl-power vibes, you won't be able to put down this middle grade Latine witch story, perfect for fans of Amari and the Night Brothers or Harry Potter.

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    The Marvellous Granny Jinks and Me
  • Author : Serena Holly
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 9781398503045
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  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Join Jada and Granny Jinks in this charming new series for readers aged 6+! Gorgeously illustrated throughout by Selom Sunu, and brimming with warmth, tricks and magic, this is the perfect read for fans of The Naughtiest Unicorn, Bad Nana and Wigglesbottom Primary! When Jada Jinks finds a box of magic tricks in her granny’s flat, she uncovers her granny’s SECRET dream of becoming a magician. Jada soon decides that she’s going to help Granny Jinks fulfil her dreams, but one thing stands in her way – her dad, Jonny Jinks, who hates magic! Will Jada be able to help Granny Jinks pass the auditions for Dalton Green Magic Society, and will she learn some tricks of her own along the way? Inspired by the true story of Jenny Mayers – the first Black woman to be accepted into the Magic Circle. *Includes how-to magic tricks for you to try at home!* With themes of finding courage, making friends, managing relationships at home, school and in the community, this is a wonderful new series for readers aged 6 and up!

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    Circle Without End
  • Author : Edwin Alfred Dawes,Michael Bailey
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 0954648498
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  • Genre : Magicians
  • Read and download full book Circle Without End

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    Tris's Book
  • Author : Tamora Pierce
  • Publisher : Point
  • Pages : 251
  • ISBN : 0590554093
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  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • While still in their early stages of magic training, Daja, Briar, Tris, and Sandry find themselves in an unexpected battle to defend their school against the attacks of Priate Queen Pahua. Reprint.

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    The Magical Circle School: A Year of Ritual Vol 1
  • Author : Colleen Criswell
  • Publisher : Lulu.com
  • Pages : 86
  • ISBN : 9780557042746
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  • Genre : Books
  • Rituals from 2006 that were hosted at The Magical Circle SchoolCelebrate the Esbats and Sabbats with us.In these pages you can find 16 original rituals:Advice From Our AncestorsBe Happy and Come Out Of Your Shell RitualGiving ThanksGratitude RitualHandfasting of the Green Man and the May QueenHarvesting and Letting GoHealing and Love of Mother EarthPeace and JusticePersonal GrowthPersonal Re-GrowthReleasing the Past and HealingScrying for the Coming YearSowing the Seeds of FriendshipTriple Goddess RitualUnconditional LoveYuletide CelebrationBright Blessings to all!www.mistresskalpanasrealm.com

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    p-i-l-a-t-e-s Magic Circle Instructor Manual Levels 1 - 5
  • Author : Catherine Wilks
  • Publisher : Lulu.com
  • Pages : 110
  • ISBN : 9781471065668
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  • Genre : Books
  • p-i-l-a-t-e-s Magic Circle Instructor Manual - 49 Exercises over 5 Levels this manual offers a complete guide to performing exercises with the Magic Circle. A fantastic versatile piece of equipment necessary for any Pilates Studio or Fitness Professional. This manual offers a step by step guide to progressing clients with this apparatus. It is an excellent resource for Pilates Instructors and Personal Trainers.

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    Play Anything
  • Author : Ian Bogost
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9780465096503
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Science
  • How filling life with play-whether soccer or lawn mowing, counting sheep or tossing Angry Birds -- forges a new path for creativity and joy in our impatient age Life is boring: filled with meetings and traffic, errands and emails. Nothing we'd ever call fun. But what if we've gotten fun wrong? In Play Anything, visionary game designer and philosopher Ian Bogost shows how we can overcome our daily anxiety; transforming the boring, ordinary world around us into one of endless, playful possibilities. The key to this playful mindset lies in discovering the secret truth of fun and games. Play Anything, reveals that games appeal to us not because they are fun, but because they set limitations. Soccer wouldn't be soccer if it wasn't composed of two teams of eleven players using only their feet, heads, and torsos to get a ball into a goal; Tetris wouldn't be Tetris without falling pieces in characteristic shapes. Such rules seem needless, arbitrary, and difficult. Yet it is the limitations that make games enjoyable, just like it's the hard things in life that give it meaning. Play is what happens when we accept these limitations, narrow our focus, and, consequently, have fun. Which is also how to live a good life. Manipulating a soccer ball into a goal is no different than treating ordinary circumstances- like grocery shopping, lawn mowing, and making PowerPoints-as sources for meaning and joy. We can "play anything" by filling our days with attention and discipline, devotion and love for the world as it really is, beyond our desires and fears. Ranging from Internet culture to moral philosophy, ancient poetry to modern consumerism, Bogost shows us how today's chaotic world can only be tamed-and enjoyed-when we first impose boundaries on ourselves.

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    The Young Magicians and The Thieves’ Almanac
  • Author : Nick Mohammed
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9780141377001
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  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • Meet four unlikely friends, desperate to become real-life magicians . . . Alex is amazing with a deck of cards; Zack's a pickpocketer like no other; Sophie convinced her Brown Owl that all the other Brownies were jelly fish thanks to her hypnosis skills; and Jonny mixes science and magic with spectacular consequences. They are thrown together for their induction week at the mysterious, secretive Magic Circle. But behind its doors, things are not quite what they expect. Then the Bank of England is broken into and its gold stolen. Or is it? Could this actually be the greatest magic trick the world has seen? And can the four Young Magicians figure out how it was done?

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    Daja's Book
  • Author : Tamora Pierce
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : N.a
  • ISBN : 1439527024
  • Reader Reviews : 10
  • Genre : Juvenile Fiction
  • While at Gold Ridge castle to the north of Winding Circle, Daja and the three other mages-in-training who have become her friends develop their unique magical talents as they try to prevent a devastating forest fire from consuming everything in its path

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    Cassie Draws the Universe
  • Author : P.S. Baber
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Pages : 445
  • ISBN : 9781450243803
  • Reader Reviews : 12
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Cassie Harper is a disillusioned high school senior who is daily losing ground in a battle against her own nihilistic inclinations. When a beautiful new girl from California comes to town and attempts to befriend a reluctant Cassie, the two unlikely companions find common ground in a shared sorrow. Cassie lives with her mother and grandmother in a dilapidated house in a nameless Kansas town, where she is haunted nightly by dreams of a father who died before she was born. Amy Cole has just moved from California, where she recently lost her mother and brother in a car accident. When Amy finally breaks down the walls of Cassies self imposed solitude, the girls band together to avoid the common end of all high school students: inexorable assimilation into an increasingly empty and incomprehensible world. But as Amy and Cassie attempt to outrun fate, their pursuit will be cut short by an unexpected adversary, leading Cassie to devise a chilling and unimaginable revenge. Cassie Draws the Universe is a complex and tragic tale of friendship and betrayal, living and dying, human cruelty, and the terrible price of vengeance.

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    Experiencing the Impossible
  • Author : Gustav Kuhn
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN : 9780262351522
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  • Genre : Psychology
  • How the scientific study of magic reveals intriguing—and often unsettling—insights into the mysteries of the human mind. What do we see when we watch a magician pull a rabbit out of a hat or read a person's mind? We are captivated by an illusion; we applaud the fact that we have been fooled. Why do we enjoy experiencing what seems clearly impossible, or at least beyond our powers of explanation? In Experiencing the Impossible, Gustav Kuhn examines the psychological processes that underpin our experience of magic. Kuhn, a psychologist and a magician, reveals the intriguing—and often unsettling—insights into the human mind that the scientific study of magic provides. Magic, Kuhn explains, creates a cognitive conflict between what we believe to be true (for example, a rabbit could not be in that hat) and what we experience (a rabbit has just come out of that hat!). Drawing on the latest psychological, neurological, and philosophical research, he suggests that misdirection is at the heart of all magic tricks, and he offers a scientific theory of misdirection. He explores, among other topics, our propensity for magical thinking, the malleability of our perceptual experiences, forgetting and misremembering, free will and mind control, and how magic is applied outside entertaiment—the use of illusion in human-computer interaction, politics, warfare, and elsewhere. We may be surprised to learn how little of the world we actually perceive, how little we can trust what we see and remember, and how little we are in charge of our thoughts and actions. Exploring magic, Kuhn illuminates the complex—and almost magical—mechanisms underlying our daily activities.

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    Magic in Theory
  • Author : Peter Lamont,Richard Wiseman
  • Publisher : Univ of Hertfordshire Press
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN : 9781902806501
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  • Genre : Games & Activities
  • A useful manual for any magician or curious spectator who wonders why the tricks seem so real, this guide examines the psychological aspects of a magician’s work. Exploring the ways in which human psychology plays into the methods of conjuring rather than focusing on the individual tricks alone, this explanation of the general principles of magic includes chapters on the use of misdirection, sleight of hand, and reconstruction, provides a better understanding of this ancient art, and offers a section on psychics that warns of their deceptive magic skills.