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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


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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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A minister in Northern Ireland has blamed Voodoo for the earthquake catastrophe that has hit Haiti, saying that Voodoo was a ‘dangerous and destructive religion, involving the worship of evil spirits’.

Witches Cast Spell for Haiti

Witches across the world joined forces to cast a global spell to help the people of Haiti. Rev Terry Power, a High Priest of the Correllian Nativist Tradition of Wicca, issued a call to all witches to join him in performing a ritual for Haiti.

Robertson Blames Quake on Devil Pact

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”.

New Witch for Wookey HoleNew Witch for Wookey Hole

When Wookey Hole Caves advertised for a witch they were inundated with 3,000 applications for the Ł50,000 job. In scenes reminiscent of a Witches’ Sabbat, some 300 finalists with broomsticks and pointed hats queued for hours to take part in what one newspaper called the Hex Factor.

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Real-Life Vampires Exist, and Researchers Are Studying Them
Vampires walk among us. But these people aren’t the stuff of nightmares – far from it actually. Just sit down for a drink with one of them and ask for yourself. That’s if you can find one. They aren’t necessarily looking to be found. I’ve spent five years conducting ethnographic studies of the real vampires living in New Orleans and Buffalo. They are not easy to find, but when you do track them ...
Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry form supergroup Hollywood Vampires
Kate Stanton LOS ANGELES, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Johnny Depp will play alongside rock legend Alice Cooper and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry as the Hollywood Vampires at an upcoming music festival in Rio de Janeiro.
Johnny Depp Forms Supergroup, Hollywood Vampires, With Alice Cooper & Joe...
Johnny Depp will get to play rock star again soon, alongside two past collaborators and rock legends. The 51-year-old actor and musician has formed a supergroup, Hollywood...
Are mummies the new vampires?
Vampires are over. Werewolves are finished. Author Matt Suddain teaches a class on writing the next big supernatural teen romance.
"What We Do in the Shadows" - Meet some bloodsuckers that don't...
Vampires have gotten a bad rap over the last decade or so,but while the recent vampire trend has provided some pretty craterous, sell-out lows, it's also spawned a fair amount of impressive highs for the notorious neck-nibblers. For example: "What We Do in the Shadows," a hilarious New Zealand import that gushes goofy laughs like a comedy hemophiliac.
What We Do in the Shadows is a perfectly understated mockumentary
When we think of vampires, we think of conspicuous wealth. Consider Count Dracula and his castle. But what about vampires of modest means? Might they share a grubby apartment and ride public transportation? That's the conceit of What We Do in the Shadows , an uproariously funny mockumentary from some of the New Zealanders who brought you HBO's Flight of the Conchords . The writers and directors ...
Paul McCartney Joins Alice Cooper, Joe Perry & Johnny Depp on Hollywood Vampi...
Paul McCartney only really does "supergroups". The Beatles, Wings and…Hollywood Vampires?! The leftie-bass player, singer and Hall of Famer is...
Vampires and zombies to keep wreaking havoc on TV
Supernatural creatures have long been a staple of the American TV landscape, and the ever growing popularity of "The Walking Dead" is only accentuating the trend. Like the book by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist, the potential series centers on a shy and solitary 12-year old boy who befriends a female vampire several centuries his senior. Jeff Davis, showrunner of the MTV werewolf drama ...
Mockumentary humanizes vampire daily life
The “mockumentary" finds humor in life’s mundane activities. The audience will laugh at the quotidian events and at the unique struggles of vampires
This new vampire mockumentary is a must-see for 'Flight of the Conchords&...
Imagine "This Is Spinal Tap," but instead of rock musicians, the subjects were vampires.  That's exactly what we get with "What We Do In The Shadows," a faux-documentary from New Zealeand co-written, co-directed and starring Jemaine Clement, better known as one-half of the comedy/folk duo "Flight of the Conchords." The premise is simple — a documentary camera crew follows around a group of ...

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