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(1) Posted by Siegfried Hornecker [Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 13:18]

Norman Macleod and the GCHQ

During the next year [1953, SH] others joined me at 72, Lime Grove: Wilf Westlake, a Southampton maths graduate, Alan Blenkin (Oxford) and Norman Macleod. Norman was both a chess player and a magician, a Member of the Magic Circle.

Can anyone prove that "our" Norman Macleod was in the GCHQ? This eyewitness account can only mean the chess composer, unless there was another chess player in The Magic Circle with the same name.
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(2) Posted by Jacques Rotenberg [Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 13:53]

I think it is "our" Norman.
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(3) Posted by Darko Šaljić [Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 15:15]

Yes it is our Norman, Marjan (or Rice in his wonderful book) wrote about it.
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(4) Posted by Eugene Rosner [Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 15:15]

his best magic was on the chessboard!!
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(5) Posted by seetharaman kalyan [Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 18:17]

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(6) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 12:53]; edited by Hauke Reddmann [14-03-19]

Ah! THAT'S why I'm anticipated all the time - the GCHQ stole my work :-)


EDIT: And given they predate me sometimes by decades, THOSE %&$§ MUST
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(7) Posted by Siegfried Hornecker [Saturday, May 9, 2015 22:02]

Does anyone know if Macleod had any books on actual magic, i.e. not trickery?
I consulted my available sources like Marjan about this, but no information so far.
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(8) Posted by seetharaman kalyan [Sunday, May 10, 2015 06:39]

hm... Is there any magic which is not trickery?
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(9) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Sunday, May 10, 2015 18:19]

If the train on track 7 3/4 wouldn't have departed right
before my nose I could tell you now :-)
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(10) Posted by Siegfried Hornecker [Monday, May 11, 2015 00:02]

Oh, gentlemen, of course there is. As a widely understandable example, just think about shamans and druids.

But - of course - NAM was a member of the Magic Circle, so it is to my utter curiosity if he was not wondering about real magick, the arts barely told. Back in those days there were not the excellent books of a - now late - D. M. Kraig around.

As for me, I attribute a few of my studies to ideas that just were there. Maybe in some kind that is mediumism, maybe just a vivid imagination, who will say for sure? What when you just set up a position and it makes a study? Or it shows an idea for one? When you rather set it up randomly? Is there no magick in that?
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