The Evil Eye: The History, Mystery, and Magic of the Quiet Curse (Paperback)

The Evil Eye: The History, Mystery, and Magic of the Quiet Curse By Antonio Pagliarulo, Judika Illes (Foreword by) Cover Image

The Evil Eye: The History, Mystery, and Magic of the Quiet Curse (Paperback)


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A practical, modern-day exploration of one of the oldest, most universal, and storied forms of folk magic.
Antonio Pagliarulo explores the phenomenon of the Evil Eye: what it is, its origins and causes— and, most crucially, how to avoid, repel, and remove it. Rich with cultural anecdotes and traditions, mystical lore, and modern concepts, The Evil Eye offers practical advice for shielding yourself from the destructive and lingering power of this mysterious and persistent force.
The book:
  • Defines the Evil Eye and traces its roots into antiquity and across an extraordinary breadth of cultures and traditions
  • Shows readers how to diagnose the Evil Eye, how to cure it, and how to cast it on others
  • Explores the use of amulets and talismans bearing the “Evil Eye,” including its remarkable prevalence in popular jewelry designs
  • Includes the history and use of various talismans such as the Hamsa; the Italian cornicello and mano figa; the azabache stone; the Kabbalah red string; mirror pendants; and many others
Antonio Pagliarulo has been published by the Washington Post, NBC News, New York Daily News, The Wild Hunt, and Religion News Service. He is the son of southern Italian immigrants and was raised in a home where the magical arts were commonplace. Antonio lives in New York City. Visit his website at
Product Details ISBN: 9781578637973
ISBN-10: 157863797X
Publisher: Weiser Books
Publication Date: May 1st, 2023
Pages: 256
Language: English
“Finally, there is a book written by an actual practitioner, in plain language, with warmth and compassion, that takes the Evil Eye and the misery it causes seriously. If you have been wondering about the Eye; if you fear it or think you have been struck by it; if you feel drawn to Evil Eye jewelry, this book is for you. May it provide you with safety, relief, and happiness.”
from the foreword by Judika Illes, author of Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells and Pure Magic: A Complete Course in Spellcasting

“I highly recommend Antonio Pagliarulo’s contemporary exploration of this ancient and globally recognized, yet persistently enigmatic subject viewed through the lens of his own culture and experience, as well as those of people from other cultures. His writing is approachable and relatable without skimping on the requisite academia. The Evil Eye: The History, Mystery, and Magic of the Quiet Curse is an excellent resource for anyone interested in folklore and folk magic.”
—Mary-Grace Fahrun, author of Italian Folk Magic: Rue’s Kitchen Witchery

“Having had the privilege of working with Antonio, I was given the ability to catch a small glimpse inside his craft as a practitioner of magic and as a writer. His ability to connect with his magic is as passionate and accurate as he is—a person who listens when the universe speaks. In his wonderfully and beautifully written book The Evil Eye, you will find a wealth of information and a thorough knowledge of magical workings. I do hope you enjoy this read as much as I did, and, like myself, will keep it in that special place in the library you visit often for reference.”
—Penny Cabot, reverend and green minister, high priestess of the Cabot Kent Hermetic Temple

The Evil Eye by Antonio Pagliarulo is a remarkable work, being a book on one of the most important aspects of world magic by someone who is not only a good researcher but also a believer. The result is both a compendium of useful information for scholars and a manual of practical magic—and all the better for both aspects.”
—Professor Ronald Hutton, author of The Triumph of the Moon

“A detailed, lively account of il malocchio from the point of view of a cultural insider thoroughly familiar with the tradition. Antonio Pagliarulo combines ethnographic observations and factual knowledge with magical expertise in a way that will appeal to practitioners from a variety of religious and esoteric traditions.”
—Sabina Magliocco, professor of anthropology, University of British Columbia

“Our eyes are among mankind’s most powerful and ancient weapons. This belief is so widespread that cultures all around the world have words to name this weapon, such as Evil Eye, mal de ojo, malocchio, matiasma, and xematiasma. In The Evil Eye, Antonio Pagliarulo presents an informative, insightful, fascinating, and very important instructional book for understanding, handling, using, fighting, and defeating this powerful weapon. The Evil Eye is a gem in the field of folklore, culture, and magic, and how they are intertwined. An exceptional contribution to treasure for future generations.”
—Laura Davila, author of Mexican Sorcery, @daphne_la_hechicera

The Evil Eye by Antonio Pagliarulo displays diligent research into the subject, as well as how to protect yourself from the Evil Eye’s malignant effects. Read this book and you will become a warrior and not a worrier. Envy is the Evil Eye: l’invidia il malocchio. The evil of envy is worldwide, the underside of vision! No need to write more. You who read my words, obtain this very valuable book.”
—Reverend Lori Bruno-Sforza, HPS, Our Lord and Lady of the Trinacrian Rose Church and Chapel of the Archangel Michael

“Antonio Pagliarulo clearly, honestly, and lovingly guides us through the origins and exercises of harnessing the energy of practical folk magic in our daily lives with his book The Evil Eye. Whether you are simply curious about what seems to be this rapidly rising pop-culture trend in jewelry and home decor or want to understand more about some traditions your friends and family observe and why, or whether you were raised knowing all about malocchio, mal de ojo, or ‘bad juju,’ this book is an indispensable addition to your library. It will quickly become your go-to reference guide in times of need.”
—Jessica Pimentel, actor in Orange Is the New Black, and musician in Brujeria and Alekhine’s Gun

“Combining the metaphysical understanding of an occultist, the research of a historian, and the first-hand wisdom of a true teacher, Antonio Pagliarulo dives deeply into the maladies, mysteries, and cures associated with the Evil Eye, including information ranging from the ancient world to modern popular trends. Even if you think you know all about the Evil Eye, I’m certain you will learn something new. I certainly did.”
—Christopher Penczak, cofounder of the Temple of Witchcraft and author of the Temple of Witchcraft series

“Antonio Pagliarulo demystifies and brings new life to an age-old topic, the Evil Eye. A deep dive into the Eye’s history and lore, his book explores why, how, and in what ways this energy has permeated multiple cultures. With an approachable understanding of magical workings, this book helps one recognize, protect, and cast spells and rituals that ward and work the Eye for the practitioners’ own purposes. A must-have for spiritual and magical workers alike!”
—Dawn Aurora Hunt, author of Kitchen Witchcraft for Beginners and A Kitchen Witch’s Guide to Love and Romance