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magic (màj´îk) noun
1.The art that purports to control or forecast natural events, effects, or forces by invoking the internal linksupernatural.
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 internal linkentertainment.
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.]

Magic (conjuring)

Magic (conjuring), art of entertaining with tricks that are in apparent violation of natural law. The principles of deception that magicians use are psychological; the methods are manipulative and mechanical. The psychological principles are misdirection, suggestion, imitation, and concealment. The spectators do not see everything that happens, and they believe they see things that do not happen. Such faulty internal linkperception leads to false assumptions, fallacious logic, and, in the end, to the conclusion that the performer has achieved an impossible result.

The first magicians of recorded history were those of ancient internal linkEgypt. Jacob Meyer, whose professional name was Philadelphia, was the first American to achieve an international reputation as a conjurer. Italian Giuseppe Pinetti was the most imitated magician of the 18th century. French magician Jean Houdin revolutionized the art of magic with his ingenious stage mechanisms and effective presentations. His textbooks were the first to treat magic scientifically, and he was the first to use internal linkelectricity as an aid in stage mysteries.

One of the outstanding inventions of French magician Joseph Buatier, known as Buatier De Kolta, was the vanishing birdcage trick, in which a live canary and a metal cage disappeared at his fingertips. American magician internal linkHarry Houdini won world renown by effecting sensational escapes from handcuffs, straitjackets, and internal linkprison cells. He frequently jumped from bridges in shackles, releasing himself underwater.

One of the greatest box-office attractions in the history of magic has been the feat of appearing to saw a person in half. In 1921 British magician P. T. Selbit cut through a box that contained an assistant who emerged unharmed. Several months later, Horace Goldin presented an even more internal linkpuzzling variation of the act, in which the head, hands, and feet of his assistant were in full view throughout the performance.

During the 1970s German magician Siegfried Fischbecker and his American assistant Roy Horn began performing in acclaimed productions in Las Vegas, Nevada. Canadian Doug Henning and American David Copperfield performed in films and stage musicals as well as on television, and American Harry Blackstone, Jr., produced lavish touring shows and a Broadway show.

Magic (internal linksorcery)

Magic (sorcery), art of attaining objectives, acquiring knowledge, or performing works of wonder through supernatural or nonrational means. Techniques of magic typically include chants, spells (special gestures and actions), and use of supposedly magical substances.

Types of Magic
Anthropologists distinguish three types of magical practice: homeopathic magic, or the use of small portions of a thing to represent and affect the whole; sympathetic magic, in which a symbolic action affects an object; and contagious magic, the influencing of one thing through internal linkcontact with another that is believed to be magically charged. Magical practices are based on a belief in hidden relationships among entities within the universe.

Magic is widely practiced in primal and traditional societies. In such contexts, it is often associated with religion. However, religion is generally regarded as the public acknowledgment of spirituality, while magic tends to be private and oriented toward power and gain rather than toward worship. Magic, both for good and bad ends, is sometimes referred to as witchcraft. Magic in the supernatural sense is different from stage magic and divination.

Origins and History
Euro-American traditions of magic can be traced back to ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome. During the Middle Ages (5th century to 15th century), science, religion, and magic often were not clearly distinguished in Judaism and Christianity. From the 15th century to the 18th century, during the period of the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Age of Enlightenment, the relationship between science and magic underwent a fundamental readjustment as Western society entered the scientific era. The Roman Catholic church and Protestantism, as well as the new scientific models for understanding the world, undermined belief in magic. By the end of the 18th century, magic had lost many of its believers. Folk magic and so-called underground magic, however, have continued.

magic (adjective)

super: super, superduper, fantastic, way-out, out-of-sight, fabulous, fab, internal linkgroovy, magic

magic (noun)

influence: occult influence, internal linkmana, magic, spell, internal linksorcery
sleight: magic, sorcery
instrumentality: occult power, paranormal power, magic, sorcery
miracle-working: miracle-working, wonder-working, spellbinding, magic, sorcery
prestige: prestige, aura, mystique, magic
sorcery: magic, jugglery, illusionism, sleight
occultism: secret art, esoteric science, occult lore, internal linkalchemy, astrology, psychomancy, spiritualism, magic, sorcery

magic (verb)

bewitch: magic, magic away


Indubitably, Magick is one of the subtlest and most difficult of the sciences and arts. There is more opportunity for errors of comprehension, judgement and practice than in any other branch of physics.
internal linkAleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. _The Confessions of Aleister Crowley_, ch. 20 (1929; rev. 1970).


Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the internal linkmemory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.
Sir Thomas Beecham (1879-1961), British conductor. Quoted in: Sunday Times (London, 16 Sept. 1962).


I think that cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals: I mean the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown artists, and consumed in image if not in usage by a whole population which appropriates them as a purely magical object.
Roland Barthes (1915-80), French semiologist. Mythologies, "The New Citroën" (1957; tr. 1972).

Exploration and Colonization, 1926

The rocket launched March 16 by physicist Robert H. Goddard is the first liquid-fuel rocket; it demonstrates the practicality of rockets and convinces Goddard that rockets will one day land men on the internal linkmoon (1921). Goddard sends his device on a 2.5-second flight from a field on his Aunt Effie's farm near Auburn, Mass., it travels 184 feet at a speed of only 60 miles per hour and reaches a height of only 41 feet, but Goddard writes in his diary, "It looked almost magical as it rose, without any appreciably greater noise or flame." He continues his research, and beginning in 1930 will get financial support from copper heir Harry Guggenheim.

Sigmund Freud

Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.
Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 64 (1929; rev. 1970), referring to Freudian theories.


In man, the shedding of blood is always associated with injury, disease, or death. Only the female half of humanity was seen to have the magical ability to bleed profusely and still rise internal linkphoenix-like each month from the gore.
Estelle R. Ramey (b. 1917), U.S. scientist, educator. "Men's Monthly Cycles (They Have Them Too, You Know)," in The First Ms. Reader (ed. by Francine Klagsbrun, 1972).


Sex pleasure in woman . . . is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken.
Simone De Beauvoir (1908-86), French novelist, essayist. The Second Sex, bk. 2, pt. 4, ch. 3 (1953).


Freud thought he was bringing the plague to the U.S.A., but the U.S.A. has victoriously resisted the psychoanalytical frost by real deep freezing, by mental and sexual refrigeration. They have countered the black magic of the Unconscious with the white magic of "doing your own thing," air conditioning, sterilization, mental frigidity and the cold media of internal linkinformation.
internal linkJean Baudrillard (b. 1929), French semiologist. Cool Memories, ch. 2 (1987; tr. 1990).


A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself- for it is from the soil, both from its depth and from its surface, that a river has its beginning.
Laura Gilpin (1891-1979), U.S. photographer. The Rio Grande, Introduction (1949).


Magic trick: to make people disappear, ask them to fulfill their promises.
Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).

internal linkTime

For tribal man space was the uncontrollable mystery. For technological man it is time that occupies the same role.
internal linkMarshall McLuhan (1911-80), Canadian communications theorist. The Mechanical Bride, "Magic that Changes Mood" (1951).
Marshall McLuhan

Criticism and the Arts

It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.
Marshall McLuhan (1911-80), Canadian communications theorist. The Mechanical Bride, "Magic that Changes Mood" (1951).


Better beware of notions like genius and inspiration; they are a sort of magic wand and should be used sparingly by anybody who wants to see things clearly.
José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. Notes on the Novel, "Decline of the Novel" (1925).

Life and Living

Life is like internal linkSanskrit read to a pony.
Lou Reed (b. 1944), U.S. rock musician. "What's Good," from the album Magic and Loss (1992).


The magic of photography is internal linkmetaphysical. What you see in the photograph isn't what you saw at the internal linktime. The real skill of photography is organised visual lying.
Terence Donovan (b. 1936), British photographer. Guardian (London, 19 Nov. 1983).


Cats exercise . . . a magic influence upon highly developed men of intellect. This is why these long-tailed Graces of the animal kingdom, these adorable, scintillating electric internal linkbatteries have been the favorite animal of a Mohammed, Cardinal Richlieu, Crebillon, Rousseau, Wieland.
Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch (1835-95), Austrian novelist. Severin, in Venus in Furs, "Confessions of a Supersensual Man" (1870; tr. 1928).

Mental Illness

It is thus that the few rare lucid well-disposed people who have had to struggle on the earth find themselves at certain hours of the day or night in the depth of certain authentic and waking nightmare states, surrounded by the formidable suction, the formidable tentacular oppression of a kind of civic magic which will soon be seen appearing openly in social behavior.
internal linkAntonin Artaud (1896-1948), French theater producer, actor, theorist. Van Gogh, the Man Suicided by Society (1947; repr. in Selected Writings, pt. 33, ed. by Susan Sontag, 1976).


The product of the artist has become less important than the fact of the artist. We wish to absorb this person. We wish to devour someone who has experienced the tragic. In our society this person is much more important than anything he might create.
David Mamet (b. 1947), U.S. playwright. Writing in Restaurants, "Exuvial Magic: An Essay Concerning Fashion" (1986).


Why not walk in the aura of magic that gives to the small things of life their uniqueness and importance? Why not befriend a toad today?
Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian internal linkfeminist writer. The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause, ch. 16 (1991).

The Arts

As the unity of the modern world becomes increasingly a technological rather than a social affair, the techniques of the arts provide the most valuable means of insight into the real direction of our own collective purposes.
Marshall McLuhan (1911-80), Canadian communications theorist. The Mechanical Bride, "Magic that Changes Mood" (1951).
imagination manifests realities...


The profession of magician is one of the most perilous and arduous specialisations of the internal linkimagination. 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).


That is your trick, your bit of filthy magic:
Invisibility, and the anaesthetic power
To deaden my internal linkattention in your direction.
D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. The Mosquito.

Medicine, 1080

Medical research progresses at the Benedictine school associated with the monastery established at Monte Cassino in 529. Arabian, Jewish, and Greco-Roman medical works are translated into Latin by Constantine the African, a physician who has studied medicine and internal linkmagic at Babylon and who is now disguised as a monk. His translations of Galen and Avicenna help to emancipate medicine from the religious bonds that have held it.

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Man, became man through work, who stepped out of the animal kingdom as transformer of the natural into the artificial, who became therefore the magician, man the creator of social internal linkreality, will always stay the great magician, will always be internal linkPrometheus bringing fire from heaven to earth, will always be Orpheus enthralling nature with his music. Not until humanity itself dies will art die.
Ernst Fischer (1899-1972), Austrian editor, poet, critic. The Necessity of Art, ch. 5 (1959; tr. 1963).

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_Courtald Talks_ (1989) by internal linkKilling Jokeinternal linkJaz Coleman delivers a monologue and is eventually backed by constant percussion and sporadic guitar. His talk on demonology and numerology suggests that only the present day magician (sometimes masquerading as musician,) can hope to survive the imminent arrival of the "elder internal linkgods."

Killing Joke - Courtald Talks

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In one of the most celebrated feats in magickal history, internal linkJack Parsons and pre-_Dianetics_ internal linkL. Ron Hubbard  performed ‘The internal linkBabalon Working,’ a daring attempt to internal linkshatter the boundaries of internal linktime and space and internal linkintended to bring about, in Parsons own words, "love, understanding, and internal linkDionysian freedom [...] the necessary counterbalance or correspondence to the manifestation of internal linkHorus."

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internal linkAlan Kay's emphasis on magic indicates that the internal linksupernatural metaphors that saturate technoculture may have a more substantive basis than the fondness that many internal linkhackers have for internal link_Sandman_ comic books or internal linkD&D.

Sandman - The Kindly Ones Techgnosis by Erik Davis

These metaphors arise and take power because, as William Irwin Thompson noted in a discussion of computer games, "the conventional worldview of materialism is not subtle enough to deal with the complexities of a multidimensional universe in which domains interpenetrate and are enfolded in one another." The science-fiction author Vernor Vinge came to a similar conclusion in internal link_True Names_, a brilliant novella whose vision of a internal linknetworked virtual world predates _Neuromancer_atomjacked inventory cache by three years.  Unlike the bright neon grid of Gibson's cyberspace, the Other Plane of Vinge's story is a Tolkienesque world of swamps, castles, and magic, a half-internal linkdreamed environment that is generated partly through electronic cues that stimulate the "internal linkimagination and subconscious" of its electrode-wearing users.  The hacker denizens of the Other Plane band together as covens of witches and warlocks, and at one point, a few of them discuss how magical metaphors came to dominate "data space":

The Limey and Erythrina argued that sprites, reincarnation, spells, and castles were the natural tools here, more natural than the atomistic twentieth-century notions of data structures, programs, files, and communication protocols.  It was, they argued, just more convenient for the mind to use the global ideas of magic as the tokens to manipulate this new environment.
 - Erik Davis - _Techgnosis: Myth, Magic & Mysticism In The Age Of internal linkInformation_atomjacked inventory cache

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Land Beyond The Magic Mirror - EX2

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Magical realism already denotes a strain of Latin American  fiction exemplified by internal linkJorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Isabel Allendein which a fantastic dreamlike logic melds seamlessly and delightfully with the rhythms of the everyday. Lovecraft's Magick Realism is  far more dark and convulsive, as ancient and amoral forces violently puncture the realistic surface of his tales. internal linkH.P. Lovecraft constructs and then  collapses a number of internal linkintense polarities between realism and fantasy,
book and dream, reason and its internal linkchaoticHail Eris! Other. By playing out these tensions in his writing, Lovecraft also reflects the transformations that darkside occultism has undergone as it confronts modernity in such forms as psychology, internal linkquantum physics, and the existential groundlessness of being. And by embedding all this in an intertextual Mythos of profound depth, he draws the reader into the chaos that lies "between the worlds" of  magick and internal linkreality.

     - Erik Davis - _Calling Cthulu_

Jorge Luis Borges H.P. Lovecraft

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When Data Became internal linkDada

If internal linkinformation was no longer the known statistics of dead data but fresh experience -- spontaneous, unknown and alive -- then twentieth century culture began with its creative assimilation. What the scientist finds out through thinking, the artist discovers through new ways of perceiving, hearing and feeling. While internal linkEinstein made scientific history with his theory of relativity and Heisenberg with his internal linkuncertainty principle, the internal linkSurrealist "dada" revolution (Dali, Cocteau, Satie, etc.), internal linkJames Joyce's omnicultural _Finnegans Wake_, and the music of Jazz brought the living experience to the people. Both scientists and artists recognized this dynamic shift from a "internal linkreality" that was once "predictable, solid and set" to one that seemed wilder, more plural, malleable and unfathomable. To those minds awakening from the slumber of nineteenth century "certainty" internal linktrance, our so-called "reality" entered the realm of immeasurable possibilities with countless interpretations. Any culture failing to assimilate this transformation in internal linkperception, never enters the twentieth century let alone, the twenty-first.

internal linkAntero Alli - _Occulture: The Secret Marriage of Art and Magick_

Albert Einstein collage James Joyce x3

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internal link604 release _The Technical Use of Sound in Magick_ compilation CDatomjacked inventory cache (1996)

boundary dissolution...
archaic nanotech...

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604 track _Black internal linkMagic_ off of _Black Rhino_ 12"x3atomjacked inventory cache on Flying Rhino (1997)

Black Rhino
samples - from the film _Strange Days_ (vhs/ntsc)atomjacked inventory cache

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Dance, Trance, and Magic Plants

604 release internal link_Danceinternal linkTrance & Magic Plants: Otherworld_ compilation 12"x2atomjacked inventory cache on internal linkTransient (1997)

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Led Zeppelin’s album, _Presence_ 12"atomjacked inventory cache (1976), featured a strange object of the cover— an obelisk that many wondered what it was, and what it was supposed to symbolize. In the ‘of the Furnishings of the Temple’ section in _Magick and Theory and Practice_, an obelisk is mentioned. When speaking about what should be on the altar, Aleister Crowley states, "on each side of it should be a pillar or obelisk, with countercharges in black and white." [p.345]

Presence of mind

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The baby boom generation has grown up in an electronic world of TV and personal computing screens.The cyberpunks offer metaphors, rituals, life styles for dealing with the universe of internal linkinformation. More and more of us are becoming electro-internal linkshamans, modern internal linkalchemists.
information in formation... digital trance formation...

Alchemists of the Middle Ages described the construction of magical appliances for viewing future events, or speaking to friends distant or dead. Writings of Paracelsus describe a mirror of ELECTRUM MAGICUM with telegenic properties, and crystal scrying was in its heyday.

Today, internal linkdigital alchemists have at their command tools of a precision and power unimagined by their predecessors. Computer screens ARE magical mirrors, presenting alternate internal linkrealities at varying degrees of abstraction on command (invocation). internal linkAleister Crowley defined magick as 'the art and science of causing change to occur in conformity with our will,' and to this end the computer is the universal level of Archimedes.

The parallels between the culture of the alchemists and that of internal linkcyberpunk computer adepts are inescapable. Both employ knowledge of an occult arcanum unknown to the population at large, with secret symbols and words of power. The 'secret symbols' comprise the internal linklanguages of computers and mathematics, and the 'words of power' instruct computer operating systems to complete Herculean tasks. Knowing the precise code name of a digital program permits it to be conjured into existence, transcending the labor of muscular or mechanical search or manufacture.

Rites of initiation or apprenticeship are common to both. 'internal linkPsychic feats' of telepathy and action-at-a-distance are achieved by selection of the menu option.

- Erik Davis

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One of the most compelling snares is the use of the term metaphor to describe a correspondence between what the users see on the screen and how they should think about what they are manipulating ... There are clear connotations to the stage, theatrics, magic; all of which give much stronger hints as to the direction to be  followed. For example, the screen as 'paper to be marked on' is a metaphor that suggests pencils, brushes,  and typewriting....Should we transfer the paper metaphor so perfectly that the screen is as hard as paper to erase and change? Clearly not. If it is to be like magical paper, then it is the magical part that is all important...

internal linkAlan Kay, "User internal linkInterface: A Personal View"

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"Magic, in internal linklight of  modern physics, internal linkquantum 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."  - internal linkWilliam S. Burroughs

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In the 1960s the CIA became interested in the internal linkVoynich Manuscript because the CIA is in the business of code making and breaking, a huge amount of energy goes into this. If you know anything about the enigma project in WWII you know that vast energies go into the making of unbreakable codes and so they very systematically sought out all examples of encrypted material throughout history and just lickety-split deciphered it, one after another. All occult and magical codes known to exist in Europe can be traced back to one person, virtually to one person, to Trithemius, Bishop of Spawnheim who was the great teacher of Henry Cornelius internal linkAgrippa.

Terence McKenna - the force will be with you...always Giordano Bruno - heretic


As far as the relationship between internal linkJohn Dee and internal linkGiordano Bruno, the relationship is that they were both derivative of the school of magic that can be traced back to Henry Cornelius Agrippa Von Nettleshine who was another model for Faust. Agrippa wrote De Libro Quatro De Occulta Philosophia, four books of occult philosophy, and that was the core work for European magic. All European magic can be traced back to the Agrippan system and Agrippa was the direct student of the Abbot Trithemius of Spawnheim that we mentioned yesterday as the source of all the magical codes of the middle ages. If you're interested in a brilliant but fictional treatment of John Dee and Giordano Bruno, I'd like to recommend a novel to you. It's called _Aegypt_, it's by John Crowley, the same gentleman who wrote Little Big which is a wonderful novel about the magical internal linkinterface between two worlds. But his book _Aegypt_, fully half of the book is given over to a wonderfully rich retelling of the relationship between Bruno and Dee. Some people have wanted to say that Dee and Bruno actually crossed physical paths in London but I've looked into it and they missed each other by about two weeks. Bruno was setting sail for England as Dee was setting sail for France and the Rosicrucian enlightenment episode that I talked about.

internal linkTerence McKenna lecture on internal linkAlchemy

The real secret of magic is that the world is made of words, and that if you know the words that the world is made of you can make of it whatever you wish.

 - Terence McKenna
Archaic Revival by Terence McKenna

The emphasis in house music and rave culture on physiologically compatible rhythms and this sort of thing is really the rediscovery of the art of natural magic with sound, that sound, properly understood, especially percussive sound, can actually change neurological states, and large groups of people getting together in the presence of this kind of music are creating a telepathic community of bonding that hopefully will be strong enough that it can carry the vision out into the mainstream of society. I think that the internal linkyouth culture that is emerging in the nineties is an end of the millenium culture that is actually summing up Western civilization and pointing us in an entirely different direction, that we're going to arrive in the third millenium, in the middle of an internal linkarchaic revival, which will mean a revival of these physiologically empowering rhythm signatures, a new art, a new social vision, a new relationship to nature, to internal linkfeminism, to ego. All of these things are taking hold, and not a moment too soon.

- Terence McKenna - liner notes from ollaboration: The internal linkShamen and Terence McKenna on the track _Re:internal linkEvolution_ off of _Re:Evolution_ 12"atomjacked inventory cache (as well as _Boss internal linkDrum_)

"In some sense Magic is merely a way to know the future and know where to stand next." - Space internal linkTime Continuum w/Terence McKenna

Master Musicians Of Jajouka live Master Musicians Of Jajouka - Apocalypse Across The Sky

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internal linkTrance music in Morocco is magical in origin and purpose, concerned with the evocation and control of spiritual forces. In Morocco musicians are magicians. Gnauoa music is used to drive out evil spirits. The music of Jajouka evokes the God internal linkPan, God of Panic, representing the internal linkreal magical forces that sweep away the spurious. It is to be remembered that the origin of all arts -- music, painting, and writing -- is magical and evocative, and that magic is always used to obtain some definite result.

internal linkW. S. Burroughs


"Magic, practiced more assiduously than hygiene in Morocco, through internal linkecstatic  dancing to the music of the secret brotherhoods, is, there, a form of psychic hygiene. You know your music when you hear it, one day. You fall into line and internal linkdance until you pay the piper." - internal linkBrion Gysin


"The Master Musicians are a special caste exempt from farm work.  The sons and grandsons of Master Musicians, they have done nothing else since birth and perhaps before.  While they differ widely in age and appearance, they all have the mark of the professional, of someone who does what he does superlatively well.  Musicians are magicians in Morocco, and they bear the mark of the conjurer, the magic man.  They are evokers of the djenoun internal linkforces, spirits of the hills and the flocks and above all the spirits of music."
 - liner notes from _Apocalypse Across The Sky_ CDatomjacked inventory cache  by internal linkMaster Musicians Of Jajouka on Axiom (1992)

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True Names by Vernor Vinge

Besides providing ideal fantastic maps, internal linkSF and fantasy work in MUDspace because the magic and future science of these genres bend the same rules ofinternal linkreality that internal linkMUD code does. In MUDs, you can communicate telepathically, internal linkshape-shiftinternal linkteleport, create little machine selves, and conjure birds and pleasure domes out of thin air. As Vernor Vinge recognized in the novella internal link_True Names_, which placed his (pre-internal link_Neuromancer_atomjacked inventory cache) vision of cyberspace in a world of internal linkD&D medievalism, magical imagery functions as paradoxically pragmatic metaphors for the odd laws that rule the digital astral planes of VR.

Even the binding spells wielded by 13-year-old necromancers in combat MUDs express of that virtual fact that changing internal linklanguage changes the world, for the world itself is made of language. And both poets and programmers have the power.

- Erik Davis - _It's A Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World_

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"...the word internal linkmaya, by which this peculiar uninternal linkreality is described, is not necessarily a term of contempt, as if the world were merely an illusion to be dismissed. Maya also means art and magic, and thus a seeming solidity evoked by divine power. But under the spell of this power, one does not feel oneself entirely a victim. However obscurely, one knows or feels that the source of this enchantment is in some roundabout way oneself - as if being alive and human were to have got oneself deliberately lost in a labyrinth."

internal linkAlan Watts, _The Two Hands of God_, 1963 

Alan Watts

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Peter Carroll points out that his conception of internal linkether is merely a model to explain existing phenomena, and should not be thought of as necessarily having an independent existence outside of this conception, just as physicists make models to explain events in physical interactions. According to the magical model, ether 'acts as though it were a form of internal linkinformation emitted by matter that is instantaneously available everywhere and has some power to shape the behaviour of other matter' (Carroll, p21). This vision of a fundamentally interconnected, dynamic universe is in a sense a return to an ancient, Aristotelian vision of an organic,  interconnected cosmos; it is also a concept of internal linkreality which is particularly apt in terms of internal linkchaosHail Eris! theory, with its internal linkfractal maps of internal linkinfinite space.

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Edward Witten calls this deeper understanding of internal linksuperstrings "internal linkMtheory," with M standing, he says wryly, for "mystery, magic or internal linkmatrix, my three favorite words." Before, string theorists envisioned strings and internal linkloops.  Now, those strings and loops are anchored to sheets and internal linkbubbles.  Hence the term matrix: Mystery and magic are self-explanatory.

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The animating purpose of internal linkDada and internal linkSurrealism was to smash all accepted values and expectations; to internal linkjolt    perception awake from robotic sleep and into seeing the world in a new, fresh way that is nonlinear and multidimensional. Picasso's _Man with a Violin_ depicts an ordinary scene, but from all sides and angles at once. In internal linkMarcel Duchamp's _Nude Descending A Staircase, No.2_, we see what the title descibes, but from a perspective of nonlinear internal linktime. The Surrealists investigated dreams and the unconscious, automatic art and writing, the art of "primitive" peoples and the art of children and internal linkschizophrenics. They were on a quest for magickal internal linkperception, a internal linkshaman's view of the world.

Marcel Duchamp - _Nude Descending A Staircase_

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Return To The Source - Deep Trance And Ritual Beats

internal linkDance was performed in the original labyrinth in Crete as the magical act that would enable the spell of the Minotaur to be broken.


The Greeks even had two words for these two types ofinternal linktime:  khronos, meaning clock-time, and kairon for this other, suspended, magical, party time.


Rave culture allows the internal linkhologram of another internal linkdimension to shoot out of the two-dimensional poster of everyday existence.  When the lone dancer connects with the collective experience by moving to the music, the latent magic of life becomes blatant.  It is an experience accessible to anyone prepared to let their 'self' internal linkgo.

internal linkRoger Griffin - from the liner notes of _Deep internal linkTrance and Ritual Beats_ CDx2atomjacked inventory cache on internal linkReturn To The Source

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"The belief in the magical power of internal linklanguage is not unusual,  both in mystical and academic literature. The internal linkKabbalists - Jewish mystics of Spain and  Palestine - believed that supernormal insight and power could be derived from properly combining the letters of the Divine Name.  For example, Abu Aharon, and early Kabbalist who emigrated from Baghdad to Italy, was said to perform miracles through the power of the Sacred Names."

internal link_Snow Crash_ byinternal linkNeal Stephenson

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"The second definition of a melody is *expressionistic*. In its primordial aspect it is magical or sacromagical. In its modern individualistic aspect it is meant to communicate transformative states of consciousness -- the struggles and passions of individuals... In their transpersonal aspect beyond individual passions, expressionistic melodies assume a deliberately transformative function, reviving at a higher level of human internal linkevolution the magic of ancient chants associated with evocative tones.

- Dane Rudhyar, _Dissonant Harmony, Pleromas of Sound, Music Physician for internal linkTimes to Come_  an anthology by Don Campbell, p. 281.

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internal linkUFOs

Kenneth Grant, a British magician, has made some -- to say the least --  astounding inferences about internal linkJack Parsonsinternal linkBabalon Working. He writes that: "The Working began in 1945-46, a few months before internal linkAleister Crowley's death in internal link1947, and just prior to the internal linkwave of unexplained aerial phenomena now recalled as the "Great Flying Saucer Flap." Parsons opened a door and something flew in...."

UFOs over China in 1974

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...in the internal linkVedic classic, _The Mahabharata_, we read that internal linkMaya was the name of a noted astrologer-astronomer, magician, and architect, as well as the name of a great wandering tribe of navigators. - Jose Arguelles - _The Mayan Factor_

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internal linkBaraka

internal linkSufi term for spiritual power.

(Sufi.) Blessed Be.. A baraka is a blessing or power used by the Sufis. Baraka is another name for the X-Factor, conceived as a magickal fluid that pours forth from the saints.

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All occult and magical codes known to exist in Europe can be traced back to one person, virtually to one person, to Trithemius, Bishop of Spawnheim who was the great teacher of Henry Cornelius internal linkAgrippa. - internal linkTerence McKenna lecture on internal linkAlchemy

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"The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper." - internal linkBertrand Russell

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[Emotion] is a transformation of the world... We try to change the world, that is, to live as if the connection between things and their potentialities were not ruled by
deterministic internal linkprocesses, but by magic. - Jean Paul Sartre

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The internal linknam-shubs suggest a magical theory of internal linklanguage, in which the only kind of utterance that can cause the breakdown of language is one which also happens to talk about the breakdown of language. In other words, the surface meaning of the incantation is crucial to its deep effect.

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Words do make the world.  This is the basic teaching of all the magical traditions I've encountered; each takes a different approach to broadening the lexicon of the postulant. - Mark Pesce

Mark Pesce is 23

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Historians have been wrong in concluding that magic disappeared with the advent of "quantitative science."  The latter has simply substituted itself  for a part of magic while extending its dreams and its goals by means of technology. internal linkElectricity, rapid transport, radio and television, the airplane, and the computer have merely carried into effect the promises first formulated by magic, resulting from the internal linksupernatural internal linkprocesses of the magician: to produce internal linklight, to move instantaneously from one point in space to another, to communicate with faraway regions of space, to internal linkfly through the air, and to have an infallible internal linkmemory at one's disposal.

 - Ioan Couliano

electrical generators...

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"What you can do, or internal linkdream you can do, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it." - internal linkJohann von Goethe

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internal linkQuantum mechanics has given rise to the modern semiconductor technologies behind the new computing and internal linkinformation infrastructure. When considered magickally, a workable internal linkinterface between internal linkpsi phenomena, consciousness, bioenergetics and internal linksynchronicity is established. We're getting quite near to where we've been trying to hasten us: the frontiers of science, where mathematics and mysticism almost visibly blur. Mathematics is the universal internal linklanguage of physicists, and as such perhaps the most powerful magickal language in daily use on this planet. A language in which 'work' 'internal linkforce' 'power' 'acceleration' 'field strength' 'energy' 'mass' and 'current' all refer to well defined concepts, and observable quantities. Mathematics has provided the most effective magickal framework yet for enquiry into the nature and structure of matter (which we now know to be a form of energy, and vice versa.)

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Magick is an internal linkarchaic spelling of magic, revived by internal linkAleister Crowley to differentiate internal link"true" magic from illusion or stage magic. His definition treats magic in the context of the paranormal and magic in the context of religion as special cases.

Crowley defined magick as "the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with the will." By this, he included "mundane" acts of will as well as ritual magick. In Magick in Theory and Practice, Chapter XIV, Crowley says:

What is a Magical Operation? It may be defined as any event in nature which is brought to pass by Will. We must not exclude internal linkpotato-growing or banking from our definition. Let us take a very simple example of a Magical Act: that of a man blowing his nose.

Some in the Neopagan and occult communities have amended this definition, using the word "magick" in an exclusively paranormal sense. However, "Uncle Al" still appears to wield significant influence in these circles.

Concentration or meditation plays an important role in Crowley's system. A certain amount of restricting the mind to some internal linkimagined object (or will), according to this theory, produces mystical attainment or "an occurrence in the internal linkbrain characterized essentially by the uniting of internal linksubject and object." (Book Four, Part 1: Mysticism) Magick, as defined previously, seeks to aid concentration by constantly recalling the internal linkattention to the chosen object (or Will), thereby producing said attainment. For example, if one wishes to concentrate on a god, one might internal linkmemorize a system of correspondances (perhaps chosen arbitrarily, as this would not affect its usefulness for mystical purposes) and then make every object that one sees "correspond" to said god.

Aleister Crowley wrote:

Now what is all this but to do in a partial (and if I may say so, romantic) way what the Yogi does in his more scientifically complete yet more austerely difficult methods? And here the advantage of Magick is that the internal linkprocess of initiation is spontaneous and, so to speak, automatic. You may begin in the most modest way with the evocation of some simple elemental spirit; but in the course of the operation you are compelled, in order to attain success, to deal with higher entities. Your ambition grows, like every other organism, by what it feeds on. You are very soon led to the Great Work itself; you are led to aspire to the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel, and this ambition in turn arouses automatically further difficulties the conquest of which confers new powers. In the Book of the Thirty Aethyrs, commonly called 'The Vision and the Voice', it becomes progressively difficult to penetrate each Aethyr. In fact, the penetration was only attained by the initiations which were conferred by the Angel of each Aethyr in its turn. There was this further identification with Yoga practices recorded in this book. At times the concentration necessary to dwell in the Aethyr became so internal linkintense that definitely Samadhic results were obtained. We see then that the exaltation of the mind by means of magical practices leads (as one may say, in spite of itself) to the same results as occur in straightforward Yoga.

(Crowley, Yoga for Yellowbellies)

Crowley also made claims for the paranormal effects of magick. However, he defined any attempt to use this power for a purpose other than aiding attainment as "black magic".

Systems of Magick

Modern practitioners of magick often rely on one or more systems of magick to produce their effects. These include internal linkChaos magick, Enochian magick, Grimoire magick, Goetic magick, Astrology, Tarot, internal linkI Ching and internal linkQabalah. These magickal systems often intersect, and modern magicians are fond of drawing from, and creating correspondences between, different systems.

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Gong - You Ambient Temple Of Imagination - Mystery School Electric Light Orchestra - Face The Music
The Sounds Of The Earth 12 TIP - Beyond Colour Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
Esquivel & His Orchestra - Other Worlds, Other Sounds Psychic TV - Magick Defends Itself 12inch on Temple (1986) Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold As Love 12 (1967)
The Who - Magic Bus 12inch (1968) John Zorn - I.A.O. on Tzadik (2002)
Q-Burns Abstract Message - Oeuvre on Astralwerks (1998) Melt Banana - Charlie on A-Zap (1998)
Lackluster - Container 12inch on deFocus (2000) Police - Ghost In The Machine 12inch (1981)
Wendy Carlos - Tron Soundtrack 12inch on Disney (1982) Mountain Goat s- Chile De Arbol 7inch on Ajax (1993)
Polvo - Celebrate The New Dark Age ep on Merge (1994)
De La Soul - 3 Feet High & Rising on Tommy Boy (1989) Piano Magic - Seasonally Affective CDx2 on Rocket Girl (2001)
S.U.N. Project - Macrophage Trance: From Magic To Technology Logic Bomb - Headware

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