Do you believe in magic? People including myself often get amazed by the tricks made by the magicians and left mesmerized and wondering how that happens even after the end of the show. Is there really magic or are they just merely illusions of the mind? What is magic? This question has many answers and that magic is not easy to define. Magic is defined by yahoo as the art to control natural events by invoking the supernatural and a power that is used to cause evil things. Magic is an art that can be learned but never taught, another explanation given by encyclopedia about magic is, it has something to do with superstition. In the book entitled Medicine, Magic and Religion by W H R Rivers, magic is defined as a process that man uses rites which depend for their value on his own power. Many tried to give their own interpretation or say many things about magic but only mean the same thing, which is “the use of symbolic actions, words or objects to produce results in the real world, either mechanically through their intrinsic nature or by the personal will power of the user, or because he or she has authority over supernatural beings. (Britannica Concise Encyclopedia, 2007)
Words are used by people in different ways resulting sometimes to different meaning and most of them are acceptable. Such different manner of using words is acceptable and considered correct by readers as well as in school or in the academe. Here are some of the etymologies of magic: magic came from the Latin word “magice” meaning sorcery, magic; from the Greek word “magike” female version of “magikos” meaning magical, from “magos” meaning one of the members of the learned and priestly class, and from the Persian word “magush” meaning to be able to have power. The word magic may mean differently depending on the word it is connected to like believers of magic, its synonyms are sorcery, witchcraft, wizardry, necromancy, occultism, voodoo and thaumaturgy while applauded her skills of magic has its synonyms as sleight of hand, legerdemain, illusion and hocus-pocus and lastly the synonyms of the phrase magic of the stage are allure, enticement and fascination. (Definition of magic. Retrieved March 2009 at World Wide Web: http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/magic) On the other hand the word magic has an opposite meaning such as boring and dull according to the thesaurus.
The practice of magic by people can be categorized into several kinds depending on the real purpose of the person who is practicing it. Magic was widely practiced to deal with problematic events or situations from childbirth and childcare to animal husbandry, sickness, misfortune, lost or stolen objects, divination, business affairs, traveling, falling in or out of love, counteracting witchcraft and even ordinary activities such as shutting windows at night. One way of categorizing it, is by the intended results: healing, protection, divination, obtaining a desired object/ person, the acquisition of occult knowledge or simply entertainment. (Definition of magic. Retrieved March 2009 at World Wide Web: http://www.answers.com/topic/magic)
Ritual magic is the attempt to run prevailing supernatural forces through the use of remarkable ceremonial, distinct form comparatively minor and unceremonious acts of magic like concocting love potion or the wearing of a lucky charm. This kind of magic is focused on the spirit worlds and the usual ceremony of ritual magic is the calling up of a mystical power of some kind- a god, spirit, a demon, a cosmic force or whatever they want to call it. White magic is concerned with issues of healing, protection and divination but there was a greater stress on the gaining of occult knowledge as a qualification to successful magical practices. Without hesitation one can say that white magic is deeply concerned with religion and having to attract beneficial divine and spiritual forces...