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That's what this website is here to find out. Witchology.com is the website of WICA - the Witchcraft Information Centre and Archive - founded in 1999 by Dr Leo Ruickbie as a research and education provider specialising in the areas of Witchcraft, Wicca, Paganism, Magic (Magick) and the Occult. We have been online continuously since 2000.

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The Supernatural"The Supernatural is the perfect introduction to the world of all things eerie, inexplicable and otherworldly." - Jason Karl, Most Haunted
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Witchcraft out of the Shadows: A Complete History"Witchcraft out of the Shadows: A Complete History is an engaging book which deserves to be the benchmark for all future analyses of the Craft." More

Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician"Dr Ruickbie has re-evaluated the Faust tradition from a position of authority. A work of meticulous scholarship that can be read as a gripping page-turner." More

Open Source WiccaHistories of the Barbarians: Vandals, Goths and FranksBeowulf in Anglo-Saxon and English Translation

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Sympathy from the Devil

Does magic work and if so how? Dr Leo Ruickbie examines the evidence for magic and the theories on how it is supposed to work. Read it in Paranormal magazine, July 2010, pp. 56-59.

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American evangelist Pat Robertson called the earthquake that has devastated Haiti a blessing in disguise. Speaking on the Christian Broadcasting Network on Wednesday 6 January, Robertson told viewers that the Haitians got together and swore a pact to the Devil.

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Don’t bother looking for fangs on FX’s new series, “The Strain.” A whole new breed of vampires is making its way to the network on Sunday, July 13. From the horrifying yet brilliant mind of legendary director, screenwriter, producer and novelist Guillermo del Toro, “The Strain” is set to introduce viewers to a chilling and fresh take on the vampire lore.
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Ernests Gulbis sunk his teeth into a Wimbledon press conference on Monday when he happily answered questions on vampires, not realising that he was being quizzed for his opinions on umpires. The colourful Latvian 12th seed, who is never far from controversy having insisted at the French Open that women should stay at home and raise children rather than play tennis, misunderstood a question ...

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