The Folklore Podcast
Episode 42 - A LIVERPOOL CUNNING MAN AND HIS MAGICAL MANUAL
This guest talk was recorded at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic's Ritual Magic conference in May 2018.
William Dawson Bellhouse (1814-1870) was many things - magician, surgeon and galvanist to name but three. His personal magical workbook, the survival of which is uncommon among 19th century cunning folk, is now in the collection of the New York Public Library. The book provides a window into Bellhouse's methods, derived from both popular tradition and printed works including the Heptameron and the works of Agrippa. Its contents provide us with insights into the spiritual toolkit of a practitioner of ritual magic working at the time.