Selected Notes and Ideas from a Class on Sorcery and Magic

Potlach: the giving of gifts where, by overwhelming the other participant (rival) with gifts, you gain prestige.


Paradox of belief AND knowledge of “fraud”/trickery. “At once dupe and cheat”


The body as the basic, fundamental canvas for magic.


Giordano Bruno – three gates through which to bind someone: the eyes, the ears, and the imagination

“this is very threatening to their sense of reality”


“The uncanny is the revelation of that which should not have been revealed.” Sigmund Freud


What is a story?


“My body, your body, and the body of the world”


Four Suits