“An history of magic, witchcraft, and animal magnetism. This book, “An history of magic, witchcraft and animal magnetism,” by J.C. Colquhoun, is a replication of a book originally published before 1851. It has been restored by human beings, page by page, so that you may enjoy it in a form as close to the original as possible.”
In process of time, after the degeneration and corruption of Magic, and the misapplication and perversion of the very name—the Devil, of course, the reputed author of all mischief, evil, and heresy, came to be considered as the great patron and high-priest of the Magical or Black Art—of witchcraft, sorcery, and every species of imaginary enchantment; and to these supposititious practices, in particular, the term Magic was universally and exclusively applied. But this Devil appears to have been, in reality, the mere fanciful creation of ignorance and superstition, or of a depraved imagination— the rude impersonification, as we have already observed, of the evil principle.