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"Dee discovered that he was unable to perceive spirits on his own, and so was forced to employ skryers or crystal gazers. The most prolific of Dee's skryers was Edward Kelly, a man of mediocre education whose main interest was alchemy. Kelly originally asked to work with Dee because Kelly believed that with divine aide they might discover the philosopher's stone that would transmute lead into gold. Dee was hesitant at fi rst, but when they performed a simple ceremony, it was far more successful than anything Dee had ever experienced. . . Kelly's skrying was destined to produce what is perhaps the most unusual magical literature of the Renaissance."