About this book

To be sure to see magic everywhere, you don’t need to believe in it, since as a species we’re designed to see what others see. If your capacity for empathy is broken or a little sketchy, then work on it, since there’s no shame but considerable pleasure in sharing common illusions. Things don’t fall out when you open your mind.

Love, for example, is a magical bond, a shared deception, that rewards both love and loved one. Stage magic is also a deception, but its charm derives from the fact that we know it’s not real. Religions rely on magical assumptions; their charm derives from the fact that people believe them. Then we have science and technology, which you might not understand but don’t need to believe in. >As Arthur C. Clarke said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

The cover features my drawing of a design from an Egyptian makeup kit.

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The poet

Tom Sharp, self portrait

Tom Sharp is a Native American of Aleut heritage, a member of Seldovia Village Tribe. He is the author of numerous books, including Spectacles: A Sampler of Poems and Prose, Taurean Horn Press (ISBN 0-931552-10-9), a novel, Hans and the Clock (ISBN 979-8580172484), The book of science, SciFi (ISBN 979-8694935210), Things People Do (ISBN 979-8687425568), The book of beliefs (ISBN 979-8683553593), The I Ching (ISBN 979-8573510620), Images (ISBN 979-8577560515), Aleut Artifacts (ISBN 979-8575608998), Aleut Words (ISBN 979-8582103394), and First Nations (ISBN 979-8682924769).

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