Fictional Magic and Real Magic

The latest episode of Preternatural Investigations is now posted – “Fictional Magic and Real Magic. ”

The posted description says:

“In which the enchanting music of The Pied Piper, the natural magic of The Secret Garden, and other fictional portrayals of magic are examined and some are shown to convey aspects of the preternatural magic we can find in the world.”

Music by Sharron Kraus, with Harriet Earis, Tara Burke, Helena Espvall, Norman Fetter and Howard Wuelfing

“Preternatural Investigations is a podcast about things that are strange but not too strange; the marvelous things that lie ‘between the mundane and the miraculous’1.

“As a rationalist who believes there is magic, mystery and meaning to be found in the world around us, my investigations are influenced by William James’ enquiries into religious experience and Mark Fisher’s explorations of the weird and the eerie.

“My subjects will include the magic we experience in certain places, as a result of participating in certain kinds of activity, in response to art, music and literature, and in nature; the relationship between fictional representations of magic and the preternatural magic we can experience in the world, at wonder, imagination and the ability to find new ways of seeing familiar things, the way fictional and other constructed worlds intersect with and are grafted onto the natural world, enabling us to experience the world as a many-layered palimpsest that draws us in, leads us on, and reveals itself to us at the same time as giving us insights into aspects of ourselves.

“Preternatural Investigations will run for 12 weeks, starting Sunday 23rd August, and is hosted by musician and writer Sharron Kraus.”

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