Magic: History, Theory and Practice

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Magic: History, Theory and Practice
Author Dr. Ernst Schertel
Original title Magie: Geschichte, Theorie, Praxis
Country Germany
Language German
Subject Magic
Publisher Anthropos-Verlag
Publication date
Published in English
Pages 154

Magic: History, Theory and Practice is a mysticism book by Ernst Schertel. Originally published in Germany in 1923, Magic: History / Theory / Practice (in its original German edition), was a hardcover book consisting of 154 pages.

Schertel identifies heavily with the "demonic" in Magic, espousing the belief that "communion with the demon" is the most important aspect of magical/religious practice.

In 2003 it was revealed that Schertel had sent a dedicated copy of the book to Adolf Hitler. Hitler read the book and marked several passages.[1] A total of sixty-six annotations were made by Hitler in his copy. Eventually the Hitler copy was obtained from the John Hay Library at Brown University and the book was translated into English with his annotations added.

Some of the passages marked by Hitler include:

  • “False images are necessary for the recognition of truth.”
  • “He who does not have the demonic seed within himself will never give birth to a magical world.”
  • “Satan is the beginning…”[2]


  1. ^ Ryback, Timothy. Hitler's Forgotten Library. The Atlantic, May 2003.
  2. ^ Kelley, JH. "New Translation of German Book Links Hitler to Satanism" (press release). PRLog, May 17, 2009. Accessed 28 June 2009.

Further reading[edit]

  • Magic: History / Theory / Practice. Boise, Idaho: COTUM (Catalog of the Universal Mind), 2009. ISBN 978-0-578-02457-8. New translation.

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