London: Aeon Books, 2008. Paperback, 169 pages. New.
Alan Chapman’s Advanced Magic for Beginners is aimed at the beginning practitioner. Written in a humorous and enthusiastic style, he draws on a wide range of traditions; from the magic of Aleister Crowley, Chaos Magic, Discordianism and Eastern Metaphysics, resulting in a unique approach to hands-on magical practice, delivered in short, punchy chapters together with exercises which are simple yet effective. He explores key topics of magical practice such as crafting sigils, working with gods, demons and spirits, how to create familiars, banishing rituals, possession and evocation. Advanced Magic for Beginners assumes that the reader has no previous knowledge, only a willingness to explore what magic can offer. An excellent introduction to the practice of modern magick for anyone interested in a novel approach that avoids the pitfalls and pomposity that often accompanies magical tomes.