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Letters on Natural Magic

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Letters on Natural Magic
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AuthorDavid Brewster
Publication Date1832

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 after Sir Walter Scott death, at the same year.

Letters on Natural Magic, John Murray, Albemarle street, Londen, MDCCCXXXII (1832)

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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