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A South African magician is a practitioner of magic,
the ability to attain objectives or acquire
knowledge using supernatural or nonrational means.
Some modern magicians, such as Aleister Crowley and
those who follow the traditions of the Hermetic
Order of the Golden Dawn and Ordo Templi Orientis,
describe magic in rational terms, using definitions,
postulates and theorems. Aleister Crowley said "the
magician of the future will use mathematical
The paranormal kind of magician (unlike the stage
illusionist) can also be referred to as an
enchanter, wizard, mage, magus, or thaumaturgist.
These overlapping terms may be distinguished by some
traditions or some writers. When such distinctions
are made, sorcerers are more often practitioners of
evocations or black magic, and there may be
variations on level and type of power associated
with each name.
Some names, distinctions, or aspects may have more
of a negative connotation than others, depending on
the setting and the context.
Many illusionists attempting parlor tricks and
sleight of hand receive the title of magician
whether it be by label or self description through
the many years. A wizard, in this case, is a person
who claims to be aptly skilled in arts considered
hidden or arcane.
Throughout history, there have been many who have
claimed having secret knowledge was result of great
often supernatural powers, insofar as certain
platitudes alluding to an ability and knowledge of
the occult (literally, "hidden") techniques oft felt
could be of great import. Perhaps the oldest example
of this is knowledge of the jealously guarded secret
of the making and tending of fire.
In particular the practice of Alchemy contains many
elements that in the modern are now considered
magical, awhile other sciences unknown by
practitioners of the past have been incorporated
into the study and application of chemistry.
Legends in medieval Europe attributed Virgil with
prophetic powers, and sometimes more magical
abilities, as in the fairy tale "Virgilius the
Sorcerer" collected in The Violet Fairy Book. The
figure of Faust appears to have been based on an
actual alchemist, Johann Georg Faust, who was
accused in his lifetime of practicing magic. Merlin
a magician of Arthurian Legend is among many others
of the multitudes of paganism gods made legend after
the fact or in pure fiction.
Jehoshua Ben-Pandira - An Egyptian wizard suggested
by scholar Gerald Massey to be the original Jesus.
The "Atsinganoi", early Romani people as described
in the time of Constantine IX, Heinrich Cornelius
Agrippa occult writer and alchemist, John Dee, Queen
Elizabeth's court astrologist, Alessandro Cagliostro
and Aleister Crowley are examples.
In contemporary religious beliefs, it is believed by
those adherent to the Ascended Master Teachings that
Ascended masters such as the Master St. Germain have
magical powers, as well as many occult groups and
societies. Written in fiction on occasion the
possibility of magic being a part of evolution is