This summer, something wicked this way comes—the latest 2012 issue of Lapham's Quarterly, Magic Shows, appears (out of thin air!) on newsstands June 15th.
Exploring mystical happenings from 540 BC to 2012, Babylon to Las Vegas, we've got Cotton Mather on the punishment of Massachusetts witches, Mozi on human-to-animal changelings, Emily Brontë on beautiful ghosts that drive men crazy, P.T Barnum on psychic fakery, Lucian on the perils of being a sorcerer's apprentice, and Thomas Paine on the alchemy of money.
Charts, lists, and graphs have been conjured to help you identify some of history's greatest magicians, figure out whether or not you're in danger of being burned at the stake, and make virtually anyone fall head over heels in love. Essays include Daniel Mason on medical mesmerism, John Crowley on the popularity of spiritualism with Western poets and novelists, Jamie James on W.B. Yeats and occultism, and Colin Dickey on sympathetic magic.
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