A NOTE ON WILLIAM GANN’S THE MAGIC WORD
In 1950, Mr Gann published a paperback entitled The Magic Word. The parallels with Tunnel are unmistakeable: The Magic Word includes the instruction that it is to be read “at least three times over a period of three weeks”; and is embellished with biblical quotations, aphorisms and blank pages. The similarities suggest that we can apply the same analytic techniques to The Magic Word as were applied to Tunnel. Even so, given the subject matter of the book, any conclusions can only be regarded as conjecture.
At a straightforward level, the book is an instruction manual for meditation. It advocates a mantra using the seven-letter/three-syllable word “Jehovah”; it recommends visualisation techniques; ...