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The Morning of the Magicians

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The Morning of the Magicians
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Author(s)Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier
Original titleLe Matin des magiciens
Publication date1960
The Morning of the Magicians was first published as Le Matin des magiciens. Written by Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier in 1960, it became a best seller, first in French, then translated into English in 1963 as The Dawn of Magic, and later released in the United States as The Morning of the Magicians. A German edition was published with the title Aufbruch ins dritte Jahrtausend (Departure into the third Millennium).
In a generalized and wide ranging overview of the occult, the book speculates on a variety of Forteana, mysticism and conspiracy theories such as secret societies, ancient prophecies, alchemical transmutation, a giant race that once ruled the Earth, and the Nazca Lines.[1] It also includes speculations such as Nazi occultism and supernatural phenomena conspiracy theory that the Vril Society and the Thule Society were the philosophical precursors to the Nazi party.[2]
The book has been credited with playing a significant role in bringing these kinds of ideas into the popular culture, spurring a revival of interest in the occult during the 1960s and 70s, and being a forerunner to the popularization of New Age ideas.[3] In a 2004 article for Skeptic Magazine, Jason Colavito wrote that the book's tales of ancient astronauts predated Erich von Däniken's works on the topic, and that the ideas are so close to the works of H. P. Lovecraft such as The Call of Cthulhu or At the Mountains of Madness (published in the 1920s and 1930s) that Colavito claims it is probable that Lovecrafts fiction directly inspired the book.[4] Notably short on references or sources, the book has also come under criticism.[1]

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