MAGIC IN AN AGE OF PRETENCE

Truths and lies
Concealment and revelation
Chaos and oder
Why not?

These are challenging times. How we communicate, how we look at one another, and how we perceive our everyday surroundings are radically shifting from day to day. Join in with Professor Brian Rappert in using magic as a method for reflecting on our altered experiences. In this highly interactive, on-line event, some of the magic will take place in your very hands! And who doesn’t need a bit more magic in their lives these days…

Magic in an Age of Pretence isn’t an ordinary magic show! Instead of a magician set apart from the audience, this show consists of using the play of secrecy, disclosure and deception in magic to generate discuss the role of secrecy, disclosure and deception in art, science, war, and daily life. Find out more about Brian Rappert here:  hhttps://brianrappert.net/

Instructions for taking part found here:

https://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/magic-in-an-age-of-pretence/

A (somewhat belated) look at the 2nd Issue of Hellebore.

Hellebore is a folk horror and occult zine, whose editor Maria J. Pérez Cuervo and art wizard Nathaniel Winter-Hébert compile tantalising morsels for a wide but discerning audience. Contributions include short academic discussions, personal curios and art pieces. The zine is stunning and, with just two issues out so far, establishes a strong visual identity.

This second issue, aptly released on Beltane, May 1st, is devoted to Wild Gods. Maria writes in the editorial: ‘I wanted it to focus on rites of fertility, divine ecstasy, and ritual madness. But The Wild Gods Issue took on a life of its own. You’ll find themes of rebellion, opposition, and self-discovery, for these are the things that The Wild Gods embody.’ And these are, perhaps, the things that we as readers need in these uncertain times. Contributors include: Joe Gough, Occult Part and Richard Wells for art, and Melissa Edmundson, Ruth Heholt, K. A. Laity, Alan Moore, John Reppion, Katy Soar and yours truly for words.

The pieces in the Issue range from the epicurean worship of Pan in the Buckinghamshire countryside to the ride of the Wild Hunt in Norfolk, but what struck me most acutely was the sheer presence of all the pieces, their rootedness in the physical and emotional landscape of folklore and faith. All contributors offer accessible, but rigorously informed accounts of Wild Gods in their various forms, that are, to a one, a pleasure to read. On a personal note, Hellebore ticks a crucial box – consistent footnotes – which shows it is not a casual publication.

Behind the scenes, the process of submission is clear and straightforward. Working with Maria on edits to my piece was a true collaborative effort, with the final product being delightfully augmented by the sensitively-chosen visual material. The piece on the Sorcerer of Trois-Frères, that had me yowling at French archaeological field reports in the writing, was transformed into a coherent and engaging narrative.

You can support Hellebore and its contributors by buying the zine: helleborezine.bigcartel.com
or following it on social media: @heleborezine

First Hermetic International Film Festival

Venice, Italy

” A truly unique film festival overtly dedicated to the domain of Hermetica: The Unorthodoxy underlying the mainstream intellectual history, the neglected Heterodoxy rooted in our cultural legacy, the eternal search for understanding the Inexplicable, the everlasting fascination for the Supramundane, the timeless allure of the Supernatural.”

https://hermeticfilmfestival.com/

 

Vixen Tor: a one-day symposium celebrating the fierce women of folklore

 Saturday 20 June, Exeter Phoenix (Studio 74) 10.00 am – late.

Talks and workshops from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, followed by a live performance of Circle of Spears production ‘Witch’ at 7.30 and then a film screening.

Current line-up includes a presentation on the Dartmoor legends of Vixiana and Vixen Tor, a workshop by doula Jemma Nicholls on Childbirth and Charms, wise women/botanical lore storytelling with Lisa Scheidenau, a talk from folklorist Icy Sedgwick  and music from Inkubus Sukkubus. More participants to be announced shortly. Anyone wishing to submit a proposal for a presentation should contact thefolklorepodcast@gmail.com as soon as possible

Magical Deceptions

An event by Magic and Esotericism research group member Professor Brian Rappert:

https://brianrappert.net/magic/public-shows/magical-deceptions

Dates: 2 & 9 February 2020
Time: 18:30-20:30
Location: Ashburton Arts Centre
15 West Street
TQ13 7DT Ashburton

Join Brian Rappert in his latest interactive performance of trickery:

We will use the play of secrecy, disclosure and deception in magic to discuss the role of secrecy, disclosure and deception in art, science, war, and daily life. I hope to promote a spirit of curiosity and wonder about how we manage to live together in the world today…

Max 12 in the audience: this is an intimate affair!
This isn’t a children’s show – suggested minimum age 15.

Event Calendar 2020

A list of conferences and talks that may be of interest.
Feel free to email the magic@exeter.ac.uk list if you have an event that is not on the list.


December 2019

17th-18th- London Institute of Ismaili Studies, “Esoteric Cultures of Scripture: https://iis.ac.uk/sites/default/files/esoteric_cultures_of_scripture_0.pdf

21st-31st – Boscastle – Museum of Witchcraft and Magic winter opening dates – 10.30 – 16.30


January 2020

2nd-3rd -Boscastle – Museum of Witchcraft and Magic winter opening dates – 10.30 – 16.30


February 2020

2nd and 9th– Ashburton Arts Centre- Magical Deceptions- 6:30-8:30

https://brianrappert.net/magic/public-shows/magical-deceptions

3rd and 17th: “Magic in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim East: ongoing research and case studies,” Institut d’études de l’Islam et des sociétés du monde musulman: https://djinns.hypotheses.org/1314?fbclid=IwAR1CiRS1p_5TEz9Nualprs_OxQST7IGG2XwAl9rZrft0_Eo8b3Df4S5Qv-4


March 2020

1-3- l’Université Hébraïque de Jérusalem – Magic in Late Antiquity : Objects, Texts and Contexts (colloque)CFP and details

6th – University of Worcester, Worcester – Enchanted Environments SymposiumCFP and details

12th-13th – University of York, York – Threshold, Boundary, and Crossover in FantasyCFP and details

27th – Open University, Milton Keynes – Mind, Body, Magic: Sensory And Emotional Approaches To Magic In The Roman World program: https://www.openmaterialreligion.org/events-1/2020/magic –

27th-29th– University of South Carolina– “Islamic Occult Studies on the Rise”


April 2020

20th: “Magic in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim East: ongoing research and case studies,” Institut d’études de l’Islam et des sociétés du monde musulman: https://djinns.hypotheses.org/1314?fbclid=IwAR1CiRS1p_5TEz9Nualprs_OxQST7IGG2XwAl9rZrft0_Eo8b3Df4S5Qv-4


May 2020

4th: “Magic in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim East: ongoing research and case studies,” Institut d’études de l’Islam et des sociétés du monde musulman: https://djinns.hypotheses.org/1314?fbclid=IwAR1CiRS1p_5TEz9Nualprs_OxQST7IGG2XwAl9rZrft0_Eo8b3Df4S5Qv-4


June 2020

6th-7th – London – Magickal Women Conferencedetails

20th- Women and Witchcraft: part of the Vixen Torre Festival. Contact the following address for further information: thefolklorepodcast@gmail.com

26th- Art of Deception: Performance Magic, Literature and Culture. Portsmouth University. CFP and details: https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2020/01/16/art-of-deception-performance-magic-literature-and-culture


July 2020

30th-31st – Leeds Beckett University, Leeds – Folk horror, folklore and fantasy, enchanted environments, literature and scienceCFP and details


August 2020

23rd-29th – University of Otago (NZ) – Esotericism in a global context – CFP and details


September 2020

6th – Exeter Corn Exchange, Exeter – Magic, Witchcraft and the Mysteriesdetails


October 2020

29-31- Sofia, Bulgaria IEFSEM- “Between the Worlds: Magic, Miracles and Mysticism” details