In episode two of the Idea & Ideas for Magicians podcast I ask; “Do You Imagine in Magic?” Particularly, does your performing character imagine in magic? It’s vital to know the reply! If you current a magical impact, what is definitely inflicting the magic to occur? What magic powers do you may have? What's the supply of those powers?
I encourage you to hear and ponder on these questions.
On this publish I’d like to focus on one concept from the episode. Partly as a result of it's my very own authentic mind-set about this, and partly as a result of it advantages from a visible assist, unavailable in audio type.
The Spectrum of Magicality
It is a measurement of your (character’s) perception in magic. I determine 5 specific spots alongside the way in which, however your individual character could also be a mixture of two.
WIZARD – Resolute of their perception of magic, has full management over the supernatural. Words Used: Command, summon, conjure.
MYSTIC – Related with a supernatural drive, however not accountable for it. They possess some particular potential to faucet into this drive and have it work via them. Phrases Used: Energy, affect, instinct, phenomena.
AGNOSTIC – Sitting on the fence, expressing no opinion both manner. That is dramatically uninteresting. Phrases Used: [shrug]
SCIENTIST – Observes the wonders of the universe and tries to make sense of it. Could not have a proof for all mysteries, however believes there's a rational reply. Phrases Used: Experiment, atoms, psychology.
JUGGLER – Superb feats are the results of guide dexterity. In full management of their talent. Phrases Used: Talent, follow, demonstration, stunt.
(I am going into just a little extra element on these sorts within the podcast.)
Two huge takeaways (for me)
The vast majority of magicians are Agnostics solely as a result of they haven't made a alternative. They simply haven’t thought-about it. In efficiency they in all probability bounce all over, being a wizard for one trick, and a juggler for the subsequent, or specific no viewpoint in any respect. It’s both complicated or boring! I encourage you get off the fence and choose a spot.
Very like actual life, your beliefs stay comparatively constant. Perhaps not static, however inside a restricted vary. Your performing character’s beliefs must be constant. It will not make sense for a Wizard (pure magic) to current a playing demonstration (pure talent.) That mentioned, with just a little creativity, any magic trick may be tailored to fit your beliefs. When a coin vanishes, a mystic calls it magic, and a scientist calls it a quantum dislocation.