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TheAmazingStanley

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This is, believe it not, the cover of an Spanish magic book written by a Catholic priest (Jesuit) who was also a magician: Javier Barcón Furundarena. (He was also a diver and during the Spanish Civil War he was a fighter pilot on the Facist air force). The book was published in 1945. But the interesting thing here is that the cover of a magic book written by a priest contains a devil, a witch, a skeleton, a ghost, bats, an "evil" looking wizard and a cauldron with toads and a dragon... The whole repertoire of "demonic" lore!!!

Also: the book publisher was a Catholic editorial house: The Messenger of Jesus' Hearth (El mensajero del corazón de Jesús).

What do we make of this? It might be that in that time, Catholics didn't think much of the Devil? Or it might be that for Spaniards the Devil is/was only a source of merriment? There are several popular celebrations around Spain where they have "devils" that dance and do other types of cavorting creating fun and mirth for all. In my own country (Panama) we have popular folkloric dances with devil's playing the castanets, no doubt part of our Spanish heritage.
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Yes I think it is meant to be lighthearted, even satirical. The first thing I thought when I saw this was, “Mad Magazine.”

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But how times change... in April, 1992 Genii magazine published their issue number 666 with this cover and even though it's a kind of satire, there was controversy at the time, angry letters and some even cancelled their subscritions. Today few magicians would dare to use devils in their advertising whereas in past decades nobody took this devil business too seriously.

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Well, Catholicism does have a history. That's all I will say.
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What I meant to say was that times change. Magicians of decades past freely used images of devils in their advertising and nobody found that offensive. Today it is very different. Here in Panama, for example, a couple of years ago a friend who is a theater producer wanted to stage a comedy titled "The Five Warnings of Satan" (in Spanish: Las cinco advertencias de Satanás) a comedy written and performed originally in 1935 without offending anybody then. Well, in 2018 he had to change the title to "The Five Warnings of a Stranger" because of the backlash he received during pre-production from almost everybody from the theater owners to his director and even some actors.
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Perhaps this will lighten things up a tad. 

Neil Sedaka, something of keyboard wizard among other things, had a hit in 1961 with "Little Devil". 

Where does that fit in with all this I wonder. If at all.

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Maybe it fits in the sense that decades they saw the devil differently than we do today. In Sedaka's song, when he says "little devil" he refers to a girl. He says: "Hey little devil i'm gonna make an angel out of you" but further down the song he says this:

You're an old heart breaker and a mischief maker
But i'm wise to your name

Supposedly, to conjure a devil or demon you have to know his/her? name, so there might be something sulphur-smelling in this song yet!!! [biggrin]
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