The edge of magic


My kids and I saw a movie last night, Now You See Me.

The story line includes four magicians who each receive a mysterious summons on a Tarot card.

The summons is to appear for a test to become a member of the Eye of Horus Society,  a secret group that allegedly keeps the teachings of “magic” that were learned centuries ago in ancient Egypt alive.

The movie is built around a plot line of “the closer you look, the less you see.”

In today’s world, “magic” has become associated with a performing art that entertains audiences by staging “tricks” or creating “illusions” to preform seemingly impossible acts.

However, in antiquity, in many societies “magic” was a religion or a set of ritual practices.

Magical knowledge was usually passed down from one magician to another in a same family or to others through apprenticeships.

The information transferred consisted of instructions on how to perform a variety of rituals, manipulate objects, such as changing one object in another object, or how to appeal to gods or to other supernatural forces to create new things.

The ancient Egyptians believed that the Eye of Horus symbol had a very powerful and magical effect on restoring harmony, health and justice for anyone who used it.

There is archaeological evidence that there were many different types of “Mystery Schools” in Giza that included the teachings and study of the principles of “magic.”

The well known Egyptian “Book of the Dead” includes many magic spells, used by priests.

So does the Eye of Horus Society, or something like it actually exist?  Who knows.  Its possible.  There are many secret organizations all over the earth.

So what is your edge for magic?

Do you need to belong to a secret society to have a magic in your own life?

Of course not.

Do you consider yourself a “magician?”  You should.

The word “abracadabra” used by many modern magicians say during their performances is thought by many scholars to have originated the Aramaic language spoken during the time of Jesus. One translation of this Aramaic word is “I create as I speak.”

Since we co-create are own existence, we can have magic in our lives anytime we want it.

Since magic has always included a set of rituals, add a declaration something like this to your daily set of rituals (or prayers):

“I declare to invite magic into every single moment of my life today,”

or simply try saying the original “magic” word in its original language:


Then sit back and watch the “miracles” as they are magically co-created for you and by you, the magician.

Out There on the Edge of Everything…

Stephen Lesavich, PhD