Raymond Buckland

Raymond Buckland came to the United States from England in 1962. He had written television comedy scripts for ITV’s The Army Game series and a pilot, Sly Digs, for BBC-TV. He was also personal scriptwriter for the popular British comedian Ted Lune. In the past 40 years he has had over fifty books published (fiction and non-fiction) by such publishers as Ace Books, Warner Books, Prentice Hall, Red Wheel/​Weiser, Inner Traditions International, Galde Press, Citadel, Visible Ink Press, and Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd., with more than two million copies in print and translated into seventeen foreign languages. He has also written newspaper and magazine articles and five screenplays. Two of his books have each sold over 450,000 copies. His Gypsy Witchcraft and Magic received the 1999 Visionary Award for non-fiction; his Buckland Romany Tarot the same award for 2001, and his Gypsy Dream Dictionary was a Book of the Month Club Alternate choice. Other titles have been book club selections. Considered an authority on the occult and the supernatural, Raymond Buckland served as Technical Advisor for the Orson Welles movie Necromancy (later retitled The Witching) and has also worked as an advisor for a stage production of Macbeth with William Friedkin, director of The Exorcist, etc. He is of Romany (Gypsy) descent and, as such, is an authority on the Gypsies, four of his books dealing with that subject. He has lectured at colleges and universities across the country, including Penn. State, University of Western Illinois, Univ. of North Dakota, New York State University, Kent State, and San Diego City College. He has been the subject of articles in such newspapers and magazines as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily (and Sunday) News, Cleveland Plain Dealer, National Observer, Look Magazine, Cosmopolitan, True and many others. Raymond Buckland has appeared on numerous radio and television talk programs, including The Dick Cavett Show, Tom Snyder’s Tomorrow Show, Not For Women Only (with Barbara Walters), The Virginia Graham Show, The Dennis Wholley Show and the Sally Jessy Raphaël Show. He has been seen on BBC-TV England, RAI-TV Italy, and CBC-TV Canada. He has appeared extensively on stage in England and played small character parts in movies in America. He has taught courses at New York State University, Hofstra University, New Hampshire Technical College and for the Hampton (Virgina) City Council and been a featured speaker at the Tidewater Writers Conference and other writers’ workshops and is a regular instructor at Lily Dale Spiritualist Community, New York. He is listed in a number of reference works including Contemporary Authors, Who’s Who In America, Men of Achievement, and International Authors and Writers Who’s Who. Today he lives on a small farm in north-central Ohio.

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