that's a major no-brainer."
That was the thought that immediately went through my mind when Larry
Baukin asked me, "Do you think there would be any interest in a hard
cover collector's edition of 'The Larry Baukin Anthology'?"
had published "The Larry Baukin Anthology" as an e-book in 2010 and, at
the time, it was well-received by the community of magicians,
mentalists and bizarrists. Containing three
of Larry's books plus various articles he had contributed to The
New Invocation, MAGICK, Seance and
The Altar Flame, the anthology was
an incredible source book for bizarrists (and, in retrospect,
ridiculously under-priced). Time
marches on, however, and there are undoubtedly new members of that
community who haven't seen the wealth of material contained in the
original digital version of Larry's book -- hence, my reaction to his
While there is the possibility that some people might not be familiar
with Larry Baukin or the ground-breaking nature of the publications his
work appeared in during the 80s and 90s, I suspect that anyone
interested in the field of Bizarre Magick has at least heard the name,
and possibly read some of his highly intriguing contributions to the
IS Larry Baukin?
may know Larry Baukin as the author of "The Unholy Grail" and the
co-author (along with Ron Martin) of the essential Martin
Baukin book, "Cold Reading -- The Classic Book of Techniques". I first encountered Larry many
years ago through his numerous contributions to The New
Invocation and MAGICK, and at the time I
marveled at the way he was able to craft compelling presentations from
a wide array of themes, ranging from voodoo and old-time medicine shows
to witchcraft, seances, carnivals and the Bermuda Triangle.
It was obvious to me that Larry was greatly respected by the publishers
New Invocation and MAGICK (and The
Altar Flame and Seance, as well), if only
by the sheer number of times he appeared in those pages. In
particular, The New Invocation, originally
published by Tony Andruzzi (and later by Docc Hilford), exhibited its
high regard for Larry by publishing four
special One-Man issues devoted to Larry's work alone.
In recent years, Larry has concentrated on creating innovative reading
systems based on traditional oracles such as tea leaves, playing cards
and wax drippings (!), all of which he uses in his professional
practice. It is rare to find someone who is equally comfortable with
both the Tarot and the thumbtip, but then it's equally challenging to
find someone quite like Larry who can write about them in clear,
concise and easy-to-understand language.
in Bizarre Magick: The Collector's Edition
264 pages, this book is one of the largest publications
released by The Pro Shop, making it an incredible value for bizarrists
and mentalists alike. It contains Dr. Fathom's
Souls and Other Bizarre Visitations, and The Book of
Aleister Crowley (all three of which are now out of
all of Larry's contributions to The New Invocation, MAGICK,
Seance and The Altar
Flame... a total of 71 original presentations, all within a
Here's a closer look at the
hard for me to pick which of Larry's books is my favorite, but
considering my love of the detective noir genre and my avid interest in
the gritty and sometimes surreal world of the carnival, this one is a
real contender. Written in a style that brings to mind Dashiell Hammett
and Raymond Chandler, Dr. Fathom's Amusements
follows the investigation of a psychic detective as he tries to uncover
the truth behind a woman's disappearance, with all clues pointing to a
carnival run by the elusive Dr. Fathom.
Each of the chapters in the book is actually a self-contained Bizarre
routine with a carnival theme, complete with presentation dialogue and
full explanations. During the course of the investigation, the reader
encounters pickled punks, a magical stripper, the Spider Lady, the
Freak Mentalist, a Three-Shell Operator, Abdul the Card-Playing Turk,
and other shifty characters. Although you probably wouldn't want to do
all ten routines in one performance (unless you were doing a full
evening show), you could easily modify the stories and present three or
four of the routines as a suite.
Souls and Other Bizarre Visitations
Like the majority of Larry's
material, the presentations in Laughing Souls and
Other Bizarre Visitations are easy, practical and
versatile. Themes covered in the thirteen routines in this book include
Brazilian spirit mediumship, medieval mountebanks, a Salem witch
seance, Civil War psychokinesis, a trio of Mexican mysteries, a 19th
century medicine show, and three seances from Hitler's Germany. Be
forewarned that most (if not all) of the stories in this collection are
potentially quite disturbing and should only be presented to mature
audiences -- and you should probably exercise discretion even then.
Book of Aleister Crowley:
time of its original publication, this book marked the first time
Aleister Crowley appeared in the literature of Bizarre Magick, which is
in itself another proof of the ground-breaking nature of Larry's work.
Having spent a fair amount of time myself researching the life of
Aleister Crowley, I was very interested (and very pleased) to see how
effectively Larry had incorporated Bizarre Magick into the Crowleyan
mythos. While not a full biography of The Beast, The Book of Aleister
Crowley succeeds in conveying a good
understanding of the surreal life of one of the most notorious
necromancers in history. Each of the nine routines contained in this
book is based on actual events in Crowley's life, and can be staged as
a separate presentation or, as Larry suggests, "combined to form an
evening with the roguish mage."
Nine Dreams in the Life
The Wickedest Man in the World
In addition to all of the
routines contained in Larry's three books, there are an additional 38
presentations that ran in the now-legendary New Invocation, MAGICK, Seance and Altar Flame. Many
of these routines are structured as seances, calling forth from the
Other Side such luminaries as Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, ocean
liner gamblers, 17th century witches, Mary Todd Lincoln, Roaring 20s
gangsters, New Orleans psychics, 14th century magicians, Inquisition
heretics, and (as you have already guessed) many more.
It's interesting to note how
easily Larry was able to tailor his writing from one publication to
another, perhaps most notably in the case of Bascom Jones' MAGICK, which
tended to have a more contemporary focus. Within this context,
presentations are more streamlined (but no less compelling), and
explore topics such as crop circles, hypnosis, pendulums, ESP research
and Einstein's universe.
Perfect For All
Levels of Performers...
who are into Bizarre Magick, of course. Even if you
anthology still makes for fascinating reading, and could very well be a
textbook for a college-level course on how to craft a compelling
If you are into
the spooky stuff, however, you'll surely appreciate these creations
from the mind of one of the original pioneers of Bizarre Magick,
regardless of your own performance level. Amateurs (and remember the
literal Latin translation of that word is "lover") will not only learn
new methods and techniques, but will invariably gain understanding of
the dramatic and effective elements that go into successful story-based
Professionals, on the other
hand, will find many of Larry's presentations to have a catalytic
effect on their own creative efforts, making this collection the basis
for a motherlode of new material with a bizarre theme. Both amateur and
professional alike will certainly enjoy reading this anthology for the
sheer entertainment value of it, since the majority of the entries read
like a self-contained short story, and all of them deal with themes and
topics that never fail to be thought-provoking.
I haven't checked eBay lately,
but I imagine that to get all of the three out-of-print and
hard-to-find books -- plus all of Larry's contributions to The
New Invocation, MAGICK, Seance
and The Altar Flame -- would prove to be difficult
and run quite a bit more than the cost of this updated collector's
What's New in The
Because Bizarre Magic: The Collector's
is essentially a hard cover version of "The Larry Baukin Anthology",
you may be wondering what's so special about it. Here are some
important points to keep in mind:
It is a beautifully printed
8-1/2" x 11" cloth-covered hardcover book
with high-quality cream-colored pages and a glossy dust
many new illustrations by a professional graphic artist that
were specifically created for this collector's edition.
Needless to say, it will look
great on your
bookshelf, right next to your other collectible books.
gives you the increasingly-unique experience of actually holding and
reading a real book.
digital version of this book has not been available for a couple years
now, so this is the only way you can access this treasure trove of
classic bizarre magick material.
Bonus For Bizarre Magick: The Collector's Edition
if all of that weren't enough, we've put together a special bonus -- an
audio interview with Larry, in which he discusses, among other things,
how he got his start in bizarre magick, his working relationship with
the legendary Tony Andruzzi, how to present bizarre magick
commercially, and the most important thing to consider when crafting
and performing bizarre magick presentations. In addition, Larry talks
about his critically-acclaimed book, "The Unholy Grail", and how he
created the reading system that he's been using for years.
has been a respected voice in the readings and bizarre magick worlds
for over 30 years, and this one-hour phone conversation is a
fascinating glimpse into his creative mind. The ideas and insights
offered by Larry will be of interest to amateurs and professionals
alike, and is only available with Bizarre
Magick: The Collector's Edition.
Read: A Note About Shipping
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