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The Men on Magic Carpets Reviews

The Men on Magic Carpets by Ed Hawkins

The Men on Magic Carpets

Searching for the superhuman sports star

Ed Hawkins

Score pending

2 reviews

Category: Non-fiction, Humour
Imprint: Bloomsbury Sport
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 4 Apr 2019
ISBN: 9781472942593
2 stars out of 5
Simon Kuper
18 May 2019

"He starts from an interesting premise"

The psychological parts of the book are credible but unremarkable. The psychic parts are remarkable but incredible. Self-consciously wacky, structured without the benefit of chronology, The Men on Magic Carpets ate six hours of my life.


4 stars out of 5
Martin Chilton
4 May 2019

"A smell of intrigue infuses The Men on Magic Carpets"

A smell of intrigue infuses The Men on Magic Carpets: Searching for the Superhuman Sports Star... The book is full of amusing vignettes [and] The “experts” Hawkins seeks out are a bizarre, carnival-like bunch... Hawkins says 58 per cent of Americans claim to have experienced paranormal power. In the epilogue, there is a test: “Are you a Superhuman?” I failed. I have not shape-shifted, levitated, passed through solid objects, time-travelled, used telepathy, transmitted energy or moved an object through psychokinesis. Maybe I watched too many episodes of Scooby-Doo as a kid. It’s never the paranormal; it’s almost always the disgruntled janitor.