baba-prague said:Russian magic (this is something that I need to be research far more - Alex and I have some vague theories on this which we'd love to work on at some point - again, they are based on the linguistics of Roma and of Russian verbal magic) but one thing you do NOT see in Russian magic is the early use of cards - the first recorded instance of divination by cards in Russia is 1764.
going a bit OT here, I just wanted your opinion on this book:
The Bathhouse at Midnight: Magic in Russia, by W.F. Ryan. University Park, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999. viii, 504 pp. $65.00 U.S. (cloth), $22.50 U.S. (paper).