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It’s Magic

Bookstores routinely have sections with labels like “Metaphysics” or “Paranormal.” Walking through Borders a few hours ago, though, I saw they not only had that section, but another, good sized section next to it: “Magical Studies.”

There’s something telling about seeing it phrased this way, leaving the euphemisms for the other section and pitching the appeal directly at people who want to practice the occult. Apparently Borders figures aspiring occultists are a significant chunk of the marketplace. They may well be right.

How widespread is this in your experience? Have you known anyone who’s gotten into the occult? Tell us your stories.

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Matt Kaufman

Matt Kaufman has been a columnist for Boundless since the site’s founding in 1998, and did a stint as editor in 2002-2003. He’s also a former staffer and current contributing editor for Focus on the Family Citizen magazine. Matt is a freelance writer/editor who spent some years in Colorado, but gave up the mountains for the cornfields: He now lives in his hometown of Urbana, home of the University of Illinois. His house is a five minute drive from the one where he grew up, and he enjoys daily walks around the park where he used to play baseball.

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