Garrison Benson: Writer and Podcaster

The Placebo Magick Podcast

Magick is pretend... and pretending is powerful! On the Placebo Magick Podcast we explore imaginative self-care and spiritual practice through casting spells, performing rituals, reading Tarot cards, communing with fictional beings, and delving into ancient or pop culture mythologies... all while remaining grounded in a science-based skeptical atheist worldview.

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Recent Episodes

Making Meaning (S3E3)

Meaning-making for skeptical atheists.

The Magick of Parasocial Relationships (S3E2)

Exploring the magickal uses of parasocial relationships.

Simple Living (S3E1)

How simple living can improve the quality of your consciousness. In Secret Spells & Riddlesome Rituals: a ritual to transfer the essence of one object into another object.

50th Episode Special (S2E30)

Celebrating the 50th episode of the Placebo Magick Podcast with some reflection on making the show, some listener voicemails, and a rapid-fire series of mini-topics.

Featured Poetry


I don't know what I want
I don't know what I need
I don't know right or wrong
I would forget my plans
forsake my home
cast off my clothing
dissolve my name ...


The Beloved herself
is incidental—
neither Heaven nor the Way,
just a white rabbit passing by, living
her life, luring you
into freefall. Maybe she becomes
your lover, maybe your dearest friend,
maybe not, maybe ...


A homeless man wrapped in a greasy coat
and an otherworldly calm approached me
as I rushed home from work
down the sidewalk.
"Greetings," he said. "I am you
from the future. ...


When the poets of old
wrote of star-crossed lovers
they were partly right
and partly wrong ...