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“Tricking Power into Performing Acts of Love weaves together delightful stories of mischief from famous tricksters.”

– MIKE BONANNO of The Yes Men

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…to grownups who play as they did when children, play in order to keep on playing, not to win or defeat. Such folks will encounter and engage with the Trickster, humanity’s oldest known archetype. The Child plays for fun, and the Warrior plays to win, but the Trickster’s play disrupts the Warrior’s contest, and opens a portal to a wider range of societal possibilities. Click around to learn more.

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This book teases the imagination and feeds the eyes.… Presentations about the trickster’s role…opened my eyes to the real possibility of advancing to a more perfect and playful society.

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Shepherd Siegel would love to meet you, engage with and play with you and yers. Within the conventions of a featured speaker, but of course! With more than a nod to the magic of vaudeville, standup, and the fruits of diligent research. Dr. Siegel brings the Trickster archetype to life right before your very eyes. And explains how giving tricksters their due is going to make the world a better place.

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