It's a Kind of Magic!
What is?
Everything, really.
Or, well, lots of things.
That So?

>General Magic<
Magic Words

Piano Sonata for four-armed monster.
1st Movement.

magic (màj´îk) noun
1.The art that purports to control or forecast natural events, effects, or forces by invoking the supernatural.
2.a. The practice of using charms, spells, or rituals to attempt to produce supernatural effects or control events in nature. b. The charms, spells, and rituals so used.
3.The exercise of sleight of hand or conjuring for entertainment.
4.A mysterious quality of enchantment: "For me the names of those men breathed the magic of the past" (Max Beerbohm).

1.Of, relating to, or invoking the supernatural: "stubborn unlaid ghost/That breaks his magic chains at curfew time" (John Milton).
2.Possessing distinctive qualities that produce unaccountable or baffling effects.

verb, transitive
magicked, magicking, magics
To produce or make by or as if by magic.

[Middle English magik, from Old French magique, from Late Latin magica, from Latin magicê, from Greek magikê, from feminine of magikos, of the Magi, magical, from magos, magician, magus.]



Rosarium Philosophorum, 1550

But here, Sol is enclosed / And poured over with "Mercurio philosophorum".
Hye wird Sol aber verschlossen / Und mit "Mercurio philosophorum" übergossen.
Mais ici Sol est fermé / Et arrosé par le "Mercure des Philosophes".


A human without a magic wand is as castrated as a man without a penis.

Roel van Duyn
whoever he is

Ein Mensch ohne Zauberstab ist so kastriert wie ein Mann ohne Penis.

Roel van Duyn
werauchimmer das ist

Magic is the Highest, most Absolute, and most Divine Knowledge of Natural Philosophy, advanced in its works and wonderful operations by a right understanding of the inward and occult virtue of things; so that true Agents being applied to proper Patients, strange and admirable effects will thereby be produced. Whence magicians are profound and diligent searchers into Nature; they, because of their skill, know how to anticipate an effect, the which to the vulgar shall seem to be a miracle.

The Goetia of the Lemegeton of King Solomon

Magick is the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.

 (Illustration: It is my Will to inform the World of certain facts within my knowledge. I therefore take "magickal weapons", pen, ink, and paper; I write "incantations"---these sentences---in the "magickal language" ie, that which is understood by the people I wish to instruct; I call forth "spirits", such as printers, publishers, booksellers and so forth and constrain them to convey my message to those people. The composition and distribution of this book is thus an act of Magick by which I cause Changes to take place in conformity with my Will.)

Alistair Crowley
British occultist

Our purpose is to conciously, deliberately evolve toward a wiser, more liberated and luminous state of being; to return to Eden, make friends with the snake and set up our computers among the wild apple trees. Deep down, all of us are probably aware that some kind of mystical evolution is our true task. Yet we supress the notion with considerable force because to admit it is to admit that most of our political gyrations, religious dogmas, social ambitions and financial ploys are not merely counterproductive but trivial. Our mission is to jettison those pointless preoccupations and take on once again the primordial cargo of inexhaustible ecstasy.

Or, barring that, to turn out a good juicy cheeseburger and a strong glass of beer.

Tom Robbins


Magic, in light of modern physics, quantum theory and probability theory is now approaching science. We hope that a result of this will be a synthesis so that science will become more magical and magic more scientific.

William S. Burroughs

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

Bertrand Russell

Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.

The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 64 (1929; rev. 1970), referring to Freudian theories.


Arthur C. Clarke's Third Law:
Technology sufficiently advanced enough is indistinguishable from magick.

Thus the analogy between the magical and the scientific conceptions of the world is close. In both of them the succession of events is perfectly regular and certain, being determined by immutable laws, the operation of which can be foreseen and calculated precisely; the elements of caprice, of chance, and of accident are banished from the course of nature. Both of them open up a seemingly boundless vista of possibilities to him who knows the causes of things and can touch the secret springs that set in motion the vast and intricate mechanism of the world. Hence the strong attraction which magic and science alike have exercised on the human mind; hence the powerful stimulus that both have given to the pursuit of knowledge. They lure the weary enquirer, the footsore seeker, on through the wilderness of disappointment in the present by their endless promises of the future: they take him up to he top of an exceeding high mountain and shew him, beyond the dark clouds and rolling mists at his feet, a vision of the celestial city, far off, it may be, but radiant with unearthly splendour, bathed in the light of dreams.

J. G. Frazer, The Golden Bough


The profession of magician is one of the most perilous and arduous specialisations of the imagination. On the one hand there is the hostility of god and the police to be guarded against; on the other it is as difficult as music, as deep as poetry, as ingenious as stage-craft, as nervous as the manufacture of high explosives, and as delicate as the trade in narcotics.

William Bolitho (1890-1930), British author. Twelve Against the Gods, "Cagliostro (and Seraphina)" (1930)