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Charles Fort

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Against all the opposition in the world, I make this statement — that once I knew a magician. I was a witness of a performance that may some day be considered understandable, but that, in these primitive times, so transcends what is said to be the known that it is what I mean by magic.
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Speaking of a dog's homing skills, in Ch. 27

 
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