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84,430. What was the purpose of this ancient magic? And who were the wizards who dealt in it? To find out I need to probe deep into our pagan past, to a time when magic was everywhere, and the people who controlled that magic were all-powerful. (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids) Professor Richard Rudgley, Pagans: Magic Moments
84,431. At six hundred years older than Stonehenge, Newgrange in Ireland is a monument that sheds a remarkable shaft of light into a dark and magical past. It give us perhaps the first clue to magic in the pagan world. (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids) ibid.
84,432. We associate the full moon with everything supernatural ... The moonlight was considered a special source of energy. Our ancestors had a close relationship with the night sky. (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids) ibid.
84,433. Could it be that the legend of King Arthur’s sword in the stone is inspired by the magical smiths of the Bronze Age? (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids & Arthur) ibid.
65,700. In 1999 treasure hunters were scouring the site of a Bronze Age hill fort near the German town of Nebra when they dug down and revealed a three and a half thousand year old bronze disc – the Nebra Star Disk, 1,600 B.C. The Disc was buried with a pair of fine swords and fine tools. This was the first evidence of a new and powerful cast of wizard priests. (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids) ibid.
84,434. There was no distinction between magic and medicine in the pagan world. (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids) ibid.
84,435. The Shaman figure has existed for tens of thousands of years. He is as old as magic itself ... He did this with the magic chemistry of the forest. (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids) ibid.
65,701. The Star Disc is embossed with gold leaf images of the sun, moon and thirty-two stars. (Pagan & Magic & Wizard & Druids) ibid.
2,684. The split in America, rather than simply economic, is between those who embrace reason, who function in the real world of cause and effect, and those who, numbed by isolation and despair, now seek meaning in a mythical world of intuition, a world that is no longer reality-based, a world of magic. (Science & Religion & United States of America & Magic) Chris Hedges, American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America
4,178. And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it. (World & Watch & Secret & Believe & Magic) Roald Dahl
7,274. I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book. (Book & Magic) J K Rowling
81,520. I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning. (Morning & Day & Start & Magic) J B Priestley
12,237. Throughout the Hebrew Bible it is by miracles that God makes Himself known to his chosen people. (Bible & Old Testament & Miracles & Magic) Mysteries of the Bible: Magic & Miracles s5e6
12,238. Why is Moses, perhaps the greatest worker of miracles in the Hebrew Bible, punished by God for miraculously drawing water from a rock? (Bible & Old Testament & Miracles & Magic & Moses) ibid.
12,239. Why is Magic forbidden? And what is the distinction between Magic and Miracle? Why did the time of miracles draw to an end? (Bible & Old Testament & Miracles & Magic) ibid.
12,240. All scholars agree about the Sea of Reeds. (Bible & Old Testament & Miracles & Magic & Moses) ibid.
12,241. For what seems a minor transgression Moses will suffer a terrible punishment. (Bible & Old Testament & Miracles & Magic & Moses) ibid.
12,242. King Saul bows down before the apparition. (Bible & Old Testament & Miracles & Magic & Saul & Ghost) ibid.
12,243. Why didn’t Saul withdraw to fight another day? (Bible & Old Testament & Miracles & Magic & Saul) ibid.
12,244. The Witch of Endor has intrigued readers of the Bible. (Bible & Old Testament & Miracles & Magic & Witch) ibid.
12,245. The people of Israel persist in the practise of forbidden magic. (Bible & Old Testament & Miracles & Magic) ibid.
12,246. A spectacular contest between Magic and Miracle: Baal v Elijah. (Bible & Old Testament & Miracles & Magic & Baal & Elijah) ibid.
12,247. Nowhere in this miraculous book of miracles – Hebrew Bible – does the word miracle occur. (Bible & Old Testament & Miracles & Magic) ibid.
40,865. When the lorry goes over that fellow, I knew he couldn’t be crushed: and I was spending my time trying to work out how they did it. They make me angry. I think it’s all wrong. You know, they should be crucified by the Magic Circle. They will do a wonderful trick and then say, This is how it’s done. They’re mad. Well stuff you, mate. (Insult & Magic) Nicholas Parsons, panel show host and amateur magician, of Penn & Teller
43,159. Anyone can do magic badly. But you have to be a genius like Tommy Cooper to get away with how he done it. (Comedy & Magic) Joe Pasquale
80,103. There is magic within
There is magic without
Follow me and you’ll learn
Just what life’s all about. Kate Bush, The Magician
80,104. Houdini, the great transitional figure between ‘magical’ acts and ingenious tricks, was at pains to explain that everything he did was a trick; he offered rewards, never collected, for any ‘supernatural’ act he could not explain. The Amazing Randi carries on in the same tradition, bending spoons as easily as Uri Geller. And yet in Houdini’s time, there were those who insisted he was doing real magic; how else could his effects be achieved?
Daniel Mark Epstein wrote about the Houdini believers in a 1986 issue of the New Criterion, which I read as I read everything I can get my hands on about Houdini. The thing was, Houdini really did free himself from those fetters and chains and sealed trunks dropped into the river, and survived the Chinese Water Torture (an effect used prominently in The Prestige night after night). But there were those who argued his tricks were physically impossible, and thus must be supernatural. Robert Ebert, review of The Prestige 7th September 2007
80,105. I have been in love with magic all my life. I’m no good at it, even though I bored my friends for years with cheesy illusions, and even today can make a dime disappear from your forehead. These days I am most impressed with the skills required for close-up magic. Teddy Nava, the son of writer-directors Gregory Nava and Anna Thomas, can make cards change while I am holding them in my hands. Now how does he do that? Not through divine intervention, I am fairly sure. But I was holding them! The trick is told when the trick is sold. ibid.
80,106. If you choose magic you will never be able to return to the life you once lived. Your world may be more ... exciting ... but it will also be more dangerous. Less reliable. And once you begin to walk the path of magic, you can never step off of it. Or you can choose the path of science, of rationality. Live in a normal world. Die a normal death. Less exciting, undoubtedly. But safer ... It is your choice Timothy. Always and forever your choice. Neil Gaiman
127,603. You’re about to see one of the world’s top magicians break his code of silence and reveal some of magic’s most closely guarded secrets. Breaking the Magician’s Code: Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed s1e1, AXN 1997-2002
127,604. The magician selects an assistant and put her into a cage. The cage is then covered by a yellow curtain … When the curtain is removed, the assistant has been turned into a 500-lb tiger … The tiger is actually inside the cage during the entire illusion; to keep him from view the tiger must be positioned behind a fake wall … We can see the assistant drop into a secret compartment at the base of the cage; while inside she pulls on a cord that releases the tiger into the cage. This must be done with perfect timing. The compartment is extremely shallow. ibid.
127,605. The magic lantern trick: Amazingly as shadow appears from the side of the lantern … the shadow magically takes on the form of a woman … he transforms the shadow into a real human being … One of the assistants is already hidden inside … behind a back panel … ibid.
127,606. Levitating a woman: he chooses the assistant that happens to be wearing a long-flowing gown …. It appears she’s floating in mid-air … She is actually lying on top of a three-foot-wide platform; the platform is black so you won’t be able to see it against our curtain. ibid.
127,607. The magician is put in a straightjacket … The magician is loaded in a large box … That little slack is really coming in handy … Our magician puts on a black jumpsuit that’s hidden inside. It’s exactly the same as those worn by his assistants … He’s disguised as one of his assistants … ibid.
127,608. The secret of sawing a woman in half … The blades appear to be passing right through it [box] … The middle section of the box is slid apart … It appears that her middle has gone … When the magician moves the middle section across we can see that our assistant’s body never moves: instead, the boxes moves around her. ibid.
127,609. The linking rings … He puts them together, then takes them apart … It’s really just sleight of hand … There’s a tiny gap in one the rings which he conceals in the palm of his hand. ibid.
127,610. The metamorphis trick … Now the bag is place into the crate. The lid is put on … The curtain is raised and he gets inside … The magician is turned into one of his assistants … The bottom of the bag has a zipper … When the curtain goes up for the first time, the assistant climbs out and hides between the curtain and the crate … ibid.
127,611. Saw a woman in half … The assistant is split in half … The assistant must appeared to be completely immobilised … She quickly gets out of her shackles and folds her body into the top half of the box … ibid.
127,612. Pulling a rabbit from the hat … Rabbits naturally sit still … The hat goes up and in goes the rabbit … ibid.
127,613. The sword and the basket trick … One by one the magician removes the swords from the basket … It’s our lovely assistant … This is one of the easiest tricks … The assistant has to protect herself from the swords … ibid.
127,614. How to make an elephant disappear … The elephant never moves: he’s still in the cage … The mirrors slide into place blocking your view into the cage. ibid.
127,615. Smoke and mirrors are also used to make other big things disappear. ibid.