Before television and radio, people would gather on porches or on the steps outside their homes and tell stories. Their bewitched listeners would sit and listen long into the night as moths flitted around overhead. Storytelling phenomenon The Moth recaptures this lost art each week in cities across America, Britain, Australia, and beyond, playing to packed crowds at sold-out live events. ‘Occasional Magic’ is a selection of 50 of the finest Moth stories from recent shows, from storytellers who found the courage to face their deepest fears. The stories feature voices familiar and new. Alongside Adam Gopnik, Krista Tippett, Andrew Solomon, Rosanne Cash, and Ophira Eisenberg, there are stories from around the world describing moments of strength, passion, courage, and humour – and when a little magic happened. In finest Moth tradition, this book encourages us all to be more open, vulnerable and alive.