Real Magic

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Real Magic

Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe

“A thought-provoking book. The author makes a convincing case for the reality and significance of magic.” ~ Brian Josephson PhD, Nobel Laureate in Physics

“A staggering amount of evidence for a broader view of science that offers hope for the future of humanity.” ~ Jessica Utts PhD, past-President, American Statistical Association


he chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) turns a critical eye toward such practices as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and psychokinesis. Are such powers really possible? Science says yes.
According to noted scientist and bestselling author of The Conscious Universe, Dean Radin, magic is a natural aspect of reality, and each of us can tap into this power with diligent practice.
But wait, aren’t things like ESP and telepathy just wishful thinking and flights of the imagination? Not according to the author, who worked on the US government’s top secret psychic espionage program known as Stargate. Radin has spent the last forty years conducting controlled experiments that demonstrate that thoughts are things, that we can sense others’ emotions and intentions from a distance, that intuition is more powerful than we thought, and that we can tap into the power of intention (think The Secret, only on a more realistic and scientific level). These dormant powers can help us to lead more interesting and fulfilling lives. 
Beginning with a brief history of magic over the centuries (what was called magic two thousand years ago is turning out to be scientific fact today), a review of the scientific evidence for magic, a series of simple but effective magical techniques (the key is mental focus, something elite athletes know a lot about), Radin then offers a vision of a scientifically-informed magic and explains why magic will play a key role in frontiers of science.


"Some scientists are confident that we already know what is and is not possible. But the truth is that science is very much in its infancy. To advance our understanding requires bold excursions into domains some might consider heretical, including esoteric legends about magic that have persisted for thousands of years. This is what Dean Radin sets out to do with Real Magic. In my judgment, it succeeds in blazing new trails. Well worth the read." ~ Kary Mullis PhD, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
​"Dean Radin’s Real Magic is a real treat. It is part history, part academic book, and a completely easy-to-read non-fiction book about a topic that has long been thought to be fiction. Radin works his magic to explain how magic has permeated Western culture while simultaneously being relegated to its margins. Magic has never gone away, and for good reason — because it works. Radin, a research scientist, delivers an accessible book about matters that many scientists are unable, and unwilling to address. His impeccable credentials are laudable, but even more extraordinary is that he makes this knowledge easy to understand and accessible to everyone. I absolutely loved reading Real Magic. ~ Dr. Diana Walsh Pasulka, Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
​"Magic as a scientific discipline? In Real Magic, Dean Radin makes exactly that case. Just as medieval astrology evolved into astronomy, and alchemy into chemistry, today’s parapsychology – seemingly “magic” – stands ripe for acceptance as an emerging scientific discipline. Thousands of experiments published in standard peer-reviewed journals attest to a new openness. It’s becoming acceptable to discuss psi phenomena in polite company. In Radin’s engaging book, tinged with humor and borne of impeccable logic and proper scholarly restraint, a strong case is made for taking psi phenomena seriously, even if mainstream science offers no tangible explanations. The open-minded reader will come away richly rewarded. You will not forget this unique book." ~ Gerald H. Pollack PhD, Professor of Bioengineering, University of Washington; Editor-in- Chief, Water; Director, Institute for Venture Science
​"Real Magic gives a fascinating insight into both the historic and modern perspectives of magical practice. The modern ‘magic’ that Dean Radin refers to embodies a range of ‘psi’ phenomena whose occurrence is stubbornly statistically significant. Their magnitude may be modest, but after hundreds of thousands of high quality experiments, instances of remote viewing and precognition for example, are persistent outcomes that cannot be explained away by chance or poor methodology. From a conventional scientific point of view these are anomalies that do not fit the existing paradigm. For Dean Radin these phenomena are an inevitable consequence of a universal consciousness that underpins the very fabric of space-time itself. For most of us, the myriad distractions of the everyday world dull our senses, but with concerted effort, yoga and meditation, it seems that gifted individuals might be capable of amazing things. But as Radin says 'Magic is real, but no one said it’s going to be fast or easy.' ~ Dr. Steve Boreham, Department of Geography, Cambridge University
Publication Date
Publication Date: 
April 2018
Penguin Random House
272 pages