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Letters on Natural Magic

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Letters on Natural Magic
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AuthorDavid Brewster
Publication Date1835

Letters on Natural Magic were a series of thirteen letters written by Sir David Brewster in correspondence with Sir Walter Scott throughout 1832. They examined magic created of natural and mechanical occurrences.


The Letters covered a wide variety of topics, including :

  • Authority of ancient magicians
  • The blind spot
  • Spectral illusions
  • Deceptions with mirrors
  • Optical illusions
  • Illusions regarding the ear
  • Musical and harmonic sounds
  • Echoes
  • Ancient inventions
  • Automata
  • Chemistry/Alchemy
  • Spontaneous combustion
  • Fire breathing

The Letters also contained a rather extensive examination of The Turk.


The Letters were published three years after their original writing in a compiled book format.

Letters on Natural Magic, Harper & Bros. , New York, 1835

They are now in Public Domain.


  • Arment Biological Press Electronic Edition [1]
  • Letters, as they regard the Turk [2]
  • Conjuring Arts Research Center [3]
  • Internet Archive, multiple format readable e-book [4]
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