There hasn’t been much activity here since July 1, and that’s no coincidence. July 4 I started extensive travels that will continue for the next two years or more. I’ve been busy.
But frankly, that’s not the only reason the atelier was quiet.
I knew I wanted to take altmagic in a new direction, but I wasn’t sure what. Making scrolls has been a blast, but it’s difficult to do on the road. I also want to make my work more accessible, so more people can add magic to their lives.
But how to do that? It took a while, but I think I know the answer.
1:/ Spell Cards
Scrolls are large, take a long time to make and carry a high price point. Each time someone bought one I knew it was a big investment and a show of faith in my work. So when I shipped a scroll I made sure to include an extra present. Typically, these presents were small pieces of heavy paper hand-painted with a magic sigil for protection, and then enchanted. In other words, spell cards.
I’ve wanted to produce cards for some time now, but I hesitated. It would be cheap and easy to mass-product them through a printer, but I like doing things handmade. Plus I can’t carry 500 cards with me while I travel, and if they ship direct from the printer I can’t enchant them for you. No fun!
With six weeks of travel under my belt, I have a better sense of what’s practical. I carry a small container of art supplies and have space for just a bit of high quality paper.
This means I can produce hand painted spell cards wherever I go.
I’ll get samples up on the site in the near future. They will carry much lower prices than the scrolls, but will still be enchanted. What do you think?
2:/ How to Learn Magic
I’ve become more and more interested in creating a how-to book that will walk people through the steps of casting their own spells. Magic is one of the most breathtaking and life-changing arts in human history; to practice it is a tremendous privilege. I want more people to experience that.
In the past, I’ve talked about a How to Summon a Familiar product. I think a more general How to Learn Magic book would also be good. I’m wide open to suggestions or requests.
3:/ Advancing the Study of Magic
Earlier this year I wrote an article called Magic in the 22nd Century. It challenged skeptics about how they think about magic, and it makes the case that magic ritual is a technology. The article exploded with comments and discussion. It was an outgrowth of an earlier post of mine, Three Magic Spells That Work, which outlines traditional magical techniques that are accepted by science. That post continues to be the single most popular piece on altmagic.
I’d like to expand my work on the scientific study of magic and make advance it as an art form and a technology, one with proven effects. Magic is very real, and it’s time for educated people to see it as such.
Are you ready for the next incarnation altmagic?