Bizarre Lecture3 Dardik.
point of confusion for many is the term Bizarre Magic. Bizarre magic in
general as been around as long as magic. Geek magic and strange and
weird magic and performances can all be considered bizarre magic. This
is not what is meant by Bizarre Magick. Bizarre Magick was a movement
that grew and promoted a change in the direction magic had been
heading. It promoted that strong storytelling combined with magic made
for greater entertainment and impact. It also promoted a return to
concepts and stories of old. This might include a medieval sorcerer,
demons, witches and more. It is not limited to these old world magic stereotypes but only promotes them. This was all an effort to get away from Vegas style box magic and watch this trick type of magic.
movement realized itself as a movement in the 1970s led by such figures
as Charles Cameron , Tony Sheils, Tony Raven and finally Tony Andruzzi.
The bibles of the movement eventually became the publications 'The
Invocation' followed by 'The New Invocation' and to a lessor degree
Bascom Jone's 'Magick' which was more mentalism based. These
publications sometimes paid homage to bizarre people and publications of
the deaths of both Andruzzi and Jones the movement seemed to drift more
into the background as far as being in the magic news. The movement
never disappeared and is still going strong and has been getting strong
play again in some of the magic magazines. MUM the magazine of the SAM
organization in particular has been a supporter of the movement also
somewhat regular articles appear in Magic and Genii magazine. A reprint
book of Andruzzi's rare books is planned which keeps getting delayed but
will probably go to press in 2002 or 2003. Invocation was just reprinted
about a year or so ago but is already difficult to find again.
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