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The Mystery and Metaphysics of D.I.Y. Magic with Anthony Alvarado

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It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little about it.

anthony_alvarado2This is a quote from physicist and philosopher Richard Feynmann as he marveled about the mystery of the heavens and embraced the spark of imagination he ignited as he pondered such wonders. Anthony Alvarado has a similar philosophy. In his best-selling book DIY Magic he charms  the reader through both whimsy and wisdom to exercise the power of magic that literally lies within. Through fun and exploratory magical spells, some of which you’d never think were magic in the traditional sense, he feels you can unlock the riches of true reality creation and discover a life that’s filled with surprises all along the way.


In this episode we discuss:

  • How to use magic to tap into your unique creativity.
  • What is hypnogogia and how to access hypnogogic imagery for creativity.
  • The balance between logic and intuition in magic.
  • How magic lives within the powers of your own mind.
  • How to be serious in a playful way.
  • The importance of breaking routine to trigger magical experiences.
  • What is bibliomancy and ornithomancy and how can they be used as tools for divination?
  • Pareidolia – What is it and how does it connect with the mystery of the mind.
  • Is there a holographic connection to magical and divinatory practices?
  • Why it’s okay to embrace the paradox of inner and outer.
  • Why humans desire absolute definition about all things.
  • How personal exploration is key to evolution.
  • How you can “trick yourself” into tapping your own intuition.
  • Using spells to unlock the key to your own consciousness.
  • How “remembering” your own mortality can be a trigger for authentic gratitude for life. (You’ve got to hear this one!)
  • “Reflection/Projection” – How to take a past life/future life walk.
  • Using chance and chaos in creative writing.

Useful links from this episode:

Salvadore Dali’s Creative Thinking Technique

Pareidolia: Seeing Faces in Unusual Places

Specific chapters/spells discussed in this episode:


Dropping the Spoon

The Life Line Walk



The Coin Trick

How to Get Lost

Aleatory Writing

Memory Exercise

More about our guest:

Anthony Alvarado has been a forest fire fighter, a high school science teacher, a library delivery truck driver, a telephone psychic, and a mental health counselor. He lives with a cat, a dog, and a girl in Portland, Oregon. When he is not doing magical experiments he spends his time writing and trying not to drink too much coffee.



Alexis Brooks

Alexis Brooks is the editor-in-chief of Higher Journeys, an award-winning talk show host, #1 best-selling author, and international speaker covering metaphysics, spirituality and personal transformation. Her work explores consciousness, human potential, and the deeper characteristics of reality from a transcendental perspective and her approach to these subjects have been described by many as “clear and easy to understand” in covering an otherwise complex and esoteric subject matter. Alexis' mantra: If you dare explore the mystery, Universe will more than meet you half way!

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