Category Archives: Outside Broadcast

Advanced Magick for Beginners – Book Launch Coverage


Alan’s book Advanced Magick for Beginners was given a thorough launching last Thursday night at The Atlantis Bookshop in Museum Street, London, the city’s oldest occult bookseller.

Geraldine Beskin, the charming and dauntingly erudite proprietrix of Atlantis, played host to a diverse audience of occultists in the function room below the shop where Crowley and Spare themselves, in all likelihood, once enjoyed wine and nibbles.

Among the attendees were arch chaos magician Peter Mastin; the mysterious managing director of Aeon Books (the book’s publisher; referred to henceforth as ‘The Publisher’); and there was also a live telephone link-up with The Kite, who rang to deliver congratulations from his distant western abode.

Alan holds forth.

Despite the wide variety of magical traditions represented among the audience, all were agreed that Advanced Magick for Beginners offers a fresh approach and an intriguing challenge to the practice of magick in the twenty-first century.

Listen to Alan’s introductory talk.

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Alan describes the development of the book and its solution to the dead-end of postmodern magick. The recording also includes contributions from Geraldine Beskin, Peter Mastin, and The Publisher.

Interview With The Witch

'Raven Woman', by Raven.

Duncan talks with Raven, an eclectic witch, about the influence on her life of paranormal experiences and Spiritualism.

childhood experiences • Raven’s astral-projecting mother • curse of the Toby jugs • head of a white horse • Roman remains • visits from spirits • a room shunned by pets • choked by a ghost • yoga and a first out-of-body experience • a grounding in the Spiritualist Church • Raven the weirdo magnet • trance mediums and channelling • ‘the nine who are one’ • dead people and psychic links • astounding mediums (and wannabes) • Raven’s first reading from a Spiritualist • why Christians can’t do death • why the Spiritualists have death sorted • rescue work and the cold zone • ‘I am a sceptic!’ • alien abduction is 95% bollocks • Betty and Barney Hill • Roswell • Spiritualist healing: cheaper than Reiki • the joy of hauntings • an astral rottweiler • the containing function of ritual • a haunted attic • invasion of the paranormal • a bodily reflex • ‘I’m not clairvoyant’ • fight or flight • is spirit ‘objectively real’? • this pathetic shell • magicians as ‘crime-scene witnesses’ • putting a handle on ‘the other’

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Outside Broadcast No. 1: Ghosts and Wiccans

Look! Orbs! (What do you mean: 'Where?')Duncan takes his microphone on a tour of some haunted vaults in Edinburgh, then dances with Pagans and Wiccans in Central London.

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The photograph opposite shows the ‘orbs’ we captured on film. Yes, those pixellated specks (highlighted inside the red circles) prove definitively that you will not die, but shall enjoy life eternal!

If you’re interested in the Edinburgh vaults and the City of the Dead, then tours run regularly throughout the year. The London Beltane Bash is an annual event.