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Magician Quotes


"God is a scientist, not a magician." - Albert Einstein

"Do not be a magician - be magic!" - Leonard Cohen

"Cameron Rogers writes like a magician." - K. J. Bishop

"There is no magician like love." - Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington

"I'm a magician, not a singer." - David Copperfield

"A magician is an actor playing the part of a magician." - Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin

"A magician is only an actor - an actor pretending to be a magician." - Harry Houdini

"The soul is a magician. Only living flesh hampers it." - Tanith Lee

"Home is a word stronger than a magician ever spoke." - Charles Dickens

"perhaps the only magician we have is the artist." - Anais Nin

"Hearing is believing...a magician with the piano." - Anthony Davis

"Hey, I fool the camera. I'm a liar, a magician." - Janice Dickinson

"People have expectations of me but I'm not a magician." - Ruud Gullit

"All David Blaine is is a good-looking magician." - Penn Jillette

"A Magician is not a Magician because he knows tricks, but because he knows Magic - the principles, the fundamentals." - Harlan Tarbell

"I have no doubt there are magician psychopaths, and magician serial killers. I doubt Brakebills admissions is very good at screening for those." - Lev Grossman

"..The argument he was conducting with his neighbor as to whether the English magician had gone mad because he was a magician, or because he was English." - Susanna Clarke

"any mystery writer is both magician and moralist ... two species of artist in short supply." - Sue Grafton

"I'm a project manager, not a magician. Magicians have way cooler hats." - Merlin Mann

"A magician makes the visible invisible. A mime makes the invisible visible." - Marcel Marceau

"Anyone without a sense of humor is too pretentious to be a good magician." - Anton Szandor LaVey

"The expert magician seeks to deceive the mind, rather than the eye." - Sol Stein

"I was coming to realize that the real magician was light itself..." - Edward Steichen

"Ever helped a Magician before? No? Well, you're not helping one now, either!" - The Amazing Johnathan

"Love is the magician of the universe. It creates everything out of nothing." - Barbara De Angelis

"I've never thought of myself as a great beauty - just a great magician." - Sharon Stone

"Yesterday's fairy tale is today's fact. The magician is only one step ahead of his audience." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"An artist is the magician put among men to gratify - capriciously - their urge for immortality." - Tom Stoppard

"Every true artist must, in his own way, be a magician, a charlatan." - Orson Welles

"The only nickname I've ever had is Merlin, like the magician. I don't know why." - Tim Duncan

"Witches have no wit, said the magician who was weak. Hula, hula, said the witches." - Norman Mailer

"Today summoned painfully to earth by a short fat English magician with a dangerous stammer*." - Jonathan Stroud

"A magician pulls rabbits out of hats. An experimental psychologist pulls habits out of rats." - Anonymous

"The intuitive magician will find a certain relationship between the earth zone and the muladhara center." - Franz Bardon

"A true magician must not undertake anything regarding which he is not thoroughly informed." - Franz Bardon

"The world easily finds an honourable place for the magician who produces new and dazzling things." - Mahatma Gandhi

"When a magician lets you notice something on your own, his lie becomes impenetrable." - Teller

"Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat." - Ben Hecht

"I have a policy of not saying anything negative about anything another magician does." - Doug Henning

"I beg you I no magician. I can't just wave a magic wand." - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

"As a close-up magician, I was using gambling cheating techniques." - Steve Truglia

"Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness." - Ouida

"All magic is about transformation... the performance magician is telling you that you are the magician in your own life. You are the agent of transformation, your own transformation." - Eugene Burger

"Before one can become a magician he must learn to control his own mind; for mind is the substance with which the magician acts, and the power to control it is the beginning of magic." - Franz Hartmann

"Can a magician kill a man by magic?" Lord Wellington asked Strange. Strange frowned. He seemed to dislike the question. "I suppose a magician might," he admitted, "but a gentleman never would." - Susanna Clarke

"Ah, that shows you the power of music, that magician of magician, who lifts his wand and says his mysterious word and all things real pass away and the phantoms of your mind walk before you clothed in flesh." - Mark Twain

"Love, the magician, knows this little trick whereby two people walk in different directions yet always remain side by side...." - Hugh Prather

"There is magic, but you have to be the magician. You have to make the magic happen." - Sidney Sheldon

"The magician to some degree is trying to drive him or herself mad in a controlled setting, within controlled laws." - Alan Moore

"A Twittering man, 2500 years ago, would have been a magician, or a god. Men have become gods." - Herodotus

"Make no mistake about it, magick is an art form, and every true magician is an artist." - Lon Milo DuQuette

"As a magician, you must think about chaos and order. Those are the two forces that control the universe." - Rick Riordan

"We do' have much time. Mel will be out of the restroom soon." "You"ve got a magician named Mel?" - Rick Riordan

"Only a magician can fix a head on a body, but any fool can lop it off." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life." - Pope Francis

"The first task of the Magician in every ceremony is therefore to render his Circle absolutely impregnable." - Aleister Crowley

"We don't have much time. Mel will be out of the restroom soon." "You've got a magician named Mel?" - Rick Riordan

"Who has more pockets than a magician? A boy. Whose pockets contain *more* than a magicians? A boy's." - Ray Bradbury

"You run a grave risk, my boy," said the magician, "of being turned into a piece of bread, and toasted." - T. H. White

"One magician demanded I show him an image of the love of his life. I rustled up a mirror." - Jonathan Stroud

"When the audience enjoys your performance, you feel like a magician who is doing magic. It's a great feeling!" - Kailash Kher

"I'm a magician. I've learned to do some really cool tricks like levitating myself and melting forks." - Blake Michael

"I never wanted to be a magician. I never wanted to be a comedian. I never wanted to be onstage." - Penn Jillette

"There is not a physicist in the world who can perceive when a parlor magician palms off playing-cards." - Charles Fort

"Being a cab river is not unlike being a magician-minus the top hat, the cape, the rabbit, an the gorgeous assistant. But you do have an audience." - Gary Reilly

"A magician is strong because he feels the pain between what the world is and what he would make of it." - Lev Grossman

"The art of a magician is not found in the simple deception, but in what surrounds it, the construction of a reality which supports the illusion." - Jim Steinmeyer

"I'm not a magician. I'am an alchemyst, a man of science, though perhaps not the science you would be familiar with." - Michael Scott

"We need a little more compassion, and if we cannot have it, then no politician or even a magician can save the planet." - Dalai Lama

"The magician depends for the success of his art upon the credulity of the people. Whatever mystifies, excites curiosity; whatever in turn baffles this curiosity, works the marvelous." - Alexander Herrmann

"Well, I suppose one ought not to employ a magician and then complain that he does not behave like other people." - Susanna Clarke

"What's the point of being a magician if you can't wave your wand and make the people you care about feel better?" - Rick Riordan

"A man of genius may sometimes suffer a miserable sterility; but at other times he will feel himself the magician of thought." - John Foster (essayist)

"If you would be a magician, honor the Earth. Honor life. Love. Know that magic is the birthright of every human being, and wisely use it." - Scott Cunningham

"A mathematician is a magician who converts adjectives into nouns: continuous into continuum, infinite into infinity, infinitesimal into location, 0D into point, 1D into line, curved into geodesic..." - Bill Gaede

"You know, any sane magician would never reveal his method of deception. And I don't think that a sensible musician would either." - Van Dyke Parks

"As a magician, I think everything is possible. And I think if something is done by one person it can be done by others." - David Blaine

"The art of a magician is to create wonder. If we live with a sense of wonder, our lives become filled with joy." - Doug Henning

"If I don't fool you, I'm not doing my job as a magician. If I make you feel foolish, I'm not doing my job as a human being." - Jerry Andrus

"She said, "I will go no farther." "There is no choice. We can only go on." The magician said again. "We can only go on." - Peter S Beagle

"I discovered at the age of six that everything was a phony, worked with mirrors. Since then, I've always wanted to be a magician." - Orson Welles

"A spoiled saint, a Pharisee, an inquisitor, or a magician, makes better sport to Hell than a mere common tyrant or debauchee." - C S Lewis

"I discovered that magic tricks got me more attention from the girls in my class when I was nine - so a magician was born!" - David Copperfield

"An audience is perhaps unnecessary to the soul-searching mystic, but it is vital to the magician, the maker of prodigies." - Domenico Gnoli

"To make [parents] happy, I went to Fordham University for three weeks, while at the same time running ads in Variety, "magician-actor David Copperfield."" - David Copperfield

"Speculation is the romance of trade, and casts contempt upon all its sober realities. It renders the stock-jobber a magician, and the exchange a region of enchantment." - Washington Irving

"According to the universal laws, the magician will form his own point of view about the universe which henceforth will be his true religion." - Franz Bardon

"One must first become a magician before one he can become a Kabbalist. As a Kabbalist, one works differently and more advantageously." - Franz Bardon

"A Nursery Magician took All little children by the hand: And led them laughing through the book Where Alice walks in Wonderland." - Henry Savile Clarke

"We need a little more compassion, and if we cannot have it then no politician or even a magician can save the planet." - Dalai Lama

"There's a card in the Tarot pack called The Magus. The magician, conjuror. Two of his traditional symbols are the lily and the rose." - John Fowles

"What's the point of being a magician if you ca' wave your wand and make the people you care about feel better?" - Rick Riordan

"The magician stood erect, menacing the attackers with demons, metamorphoses, paralyzing ailments, and secret judo holds. Molly picked up a rock." - Peter S Beagle

"There's always going to be comparisons, and that's unavoidable. There are people out there who feel I hit my peak with Magician and have gone downhill since." - Raymond E Feist

"For me, the most exciting thing is to create good magic that's entertaining for an audience, and it would be lovely if a magician was fooled as well." - Ricky Jay

"The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing." - Ben Okri

"Through the darkness of future past, the magician longs to see, one chance out between two worlds, fire walk with me!" - David Lynch

"In the middle of my third Hollywood picture The Magician, the earthquake hit Hollywood. Not the real earthquake. Just the talkies." - Conrad Veidt

"But the whole idea of the transformation... mystery, transformation, and manipulations - those were the things that Marcel was a magician at. That's his magic." - Robert Barnes

"When you work with David Lynch, you never know where he's going next and that's exciting. He's like a magician pulling out new tricks." - Richard Beymer

"When I was in college, being a magician was not the classiest thing to be. It was like being a folk singer before Bob Dylan." - Doug Henning

"My interest was magic, believe it or not. I became an amateur magician and did something like 400 magic shows through my teen years." - David Pogue

"Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration." - Charles Dickens

"I think people know Steve Jobs the showman. I think people know the guy who stood up and gave the keynotes. The magician. The salesman." - Ashton Kutcher

"Like an audience entertained by a magician, we allow ourselves to be deceived by those with a stake in persuading us to ignore reality." - Al Gore

"But magic, like everything else, follows certain natural laws. Magic needs energy wherever it can find it. If no other source of energy is available, it will take the life force of the magician who created it. That is why every use of magic weakens the magician." - Michael Scott

"A magician is strong because he feels pain. He feels the difference between what the world is and what he would make of it. Or what did you think that stuff in your chest was? A magician is strong because he hurts more than others. His wound is his strength." - Lev Grossman

"The greatness and efficacy of a magician is measured by his refusal to use magic. The true magician, the greatest, is the poorest and most unfortunate of all mortals. Because between his magic and his person forgetfulness takes shape, in the form of the world." - Cesar Aira

"Drummond is many things, and one of those things is a magician. (...) Art is magic, and so is pop. Bill Drummond is a cultural magician, and 45 is his logbook. Shelve alongside Brian Eno's A Year With Swollen Appendices. Hail Discordia !" - Charles Shaar Murray

"Every magic trick consists of three parts, or acts. The first part is called the Pledge. The magician shows you something ordinary. The second act is called the Turn. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it into something extraordinary. But you wouldn't clap yet, because making something disappear isn't enough. You have to bring it back." - Michael Caine

"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 reality, will always stay the great magician, will always be Prometheus 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

"To obfuscate the reconstruction of the effect - when a magician is fooled by another magician doing magic. In my career that's not been the major passion, but it's been the passion of a number of my mentors. The crowning achievement for them would be to create magic good enough to fool other magicians." - Ricky Jay

"Speculation is the romance of trade, and casts contempt upon on all its sober realities. It renders the stock-jobber a magician, and the exchange a region of enchantment." - Washington Irving

"In the war of magic and religion, is magic ultimately the victor? Perhaps priest and magician were once one, but the priest, learning humility in the face of God, discarded the spell for prayer." - Patti Smith

"How is a magician to exist without books? Let someone explain that to me. It is like asking a politician to achieve high office without the benefit of bribes or patronage." - Susanna Clarke

"No matter what system the magician chooses, in order to make it work most effectively he or she must first become attuned to that system's particular way of viewing of the universe." - Lon Milo DuQuette

"I have not drawn a very rosy picture of the magician. I did not intend to do so. To the novice entering the life and promising himself ease, indolence, and wealth, I should say, Don't!" - Alexander Herrmann

"My acts are irrevocable Because they have no essence... Where are the doers of deeds Absent among their conditions? Imagine a magician Who creates a creature Who creates other creatures. Acts I perform are creatures Who create others." - Akkineni Nagarjuna

"Back in Khufu's day I knew a magician who parted the Nile just so he could climb to the bottom and retrieve a girl's necklace. Then there was that Israelite fellow, Mickey." "Moses?" "Yeah, him." - Rick Riordan

"In the opening a master should play like a book, in the mid-game he should play like a magician, in the ending he should play like a machine." - Rudolf Spielmann

"...sleep is a skilled magician, it changes the proportions of things, the distances between them, it separates people and they're lying next to each other, brings them together and they can barely see one another..." - Jose Saramago

"The study of nature with a view to works is engaged in by the mechanic, the mathematician, the physician, the alchemist, and the magician; but by all as things now are with slight endeavour and scanty success." - Francis Bacon

"Singers always have an advantage. You know, everyone can connect to a song in a way that they cannot do to a basketball act or a magician act or whatever." - Piers Morgan

"He nodded nervously. 'He looks like a magician. I hate magicians. They usually have rabbits.' I stared at him. 'You're scared of bunnies?' 'Blah-hah-hah! They're big bullies. Always stealing celery from defenceless satyrs." - Rick Riordan

"Unlike a mere deception or a simple secret, which gives the impression that something's been taken away, a great magician makes you feel like something's been given to you." - Jim Steinmeyer

"The memory of my father is wrapped up in white paper, like sandwiches taken for a day of work. Just as a magician takes towers and rabbits out of his hat, he drew love from his small body." - Yehuda Amichai

"Magic is the only profession where it's easy to lie about your talent. If you do a trick and you can learn it very quickly, you can fool somebody into thinking you're a great magician." - David Copperfield

"Not our logical faculty, but our imaginative one is king over us. I might say, priest and prophet to lead us to heaven-ward, or magician and wizard to lead us hellward." - Thomas Carlyle

"At the moment we've only got 16 first-team players and my initials stand for Mick McCarthy, not Merlin the Magician (the new Wolves manager gets the excuses in early!)" - Mick McCarthy

"The primitive magician, the medicine man or shaman is not only a sick man, he is above all, a sick man who has been cured, who has succeeded in curing himself." - Mircea Eliade

"I was told once by some country people that a magician should never tell his dreams because the telling will make them come true. But I say that is great nonsense." - Susanna Clarke

"Why do we think love is a magician? Because the whole power of magic consists in love. The work of magic is the attraction of one thing by another because of a certain affinity of nature." - Marsilio Ficino

"Whoever is afraid must needs be dependent; a weak thing needs support. That is why the primitive mind, from deep psychological necessity, begot religious instruction and embodied it in a magician or a priest." - Carl Jung

"The choreographer and the dancer must rememberthat they reach the audience through the eye.It's the illusion created which convinces the audience,much as it is with the work of a magician" - George Balanchine

"The Great Work of Magic is the collapsing of the future into the immediate present; the magician seizes reality and lives now, free from the bonds of his past, and knowing that the future is the Manifestation of his Will." - Phil Hine

"I'm trying to think if there was ever the Lenny Bruce-y, observational, George Carlin kind of magician: "You know what I hate is ..." I don't think that ever existed." - Judd Apatow

"To label Jason Randal a magician does a disservice. You'll think the laws of physics, nature, the universe itself have been suspended. He's as good as Houdini was at his best!" - David Letterman

"It may be that there are magicians who are not also priests, but it would be hard to find a priest who is not, in some sense, a magician." - H L Mencken

"O young Mariner, You from the haven Under the sea-cliff, You that are watching The gray Magician With eyes of wonder, I am Merlin, And I am dying, I am Merlin Who follow The Gleam." - Alfred Tennyson

"The less a writer discusses his work-and himself-the better. The master chef slaughters no chickens in the dining room; the doctor writes prescriptions in Latin; the magician hides his hinges, mirrors, and trapdoors with the utmost care." - Jack Vance

"The physical world is the point of departure from whence the magician works and upon which every human being, initiated or not, live and moves through his senses, his spirit, his soul and his physical body." - Franz Bardon

"Magicians disappear all the time, but as soon as a regular person does it, everyone is all scared. "Tom's gone!" "Is he a magician?" "No." "Then let's print up some flyers!"" - Mitch Hedberg

"I still go through stages of wanting to try other trades. When I was young I thought I'd be a magician. And then a cartoonist. Or a professional roller-skater. But there wasn't much support for those on career day." - Jason Mraz

"It was reported that the New York Knicks have won all 12 of the home games attended by magician David Blaine. A spokesman for the Knicks said, 'if this is what it takes to win, it's not worth it.'" - Tina Fey

"Magic has always been of a great interest of mine. I was an amateur magician when I was young. I used to practice and read up on it a lot. I'm well-aware of the history of magic." - Woody Allen

"He nodded nervously. "He looks like a magician. I hate magicians. They usually have rabbits." I stared at him. "You're scared of bunnies?" "Blah-hah-hah! They"re big bullies. Always stealing celery from defenceless satyrs." - Rick Riordan

"Well, Henry, you can cease frowning at me. If I am a magician, I am a very indifferent one. Other adepts summon up fairy-spirits and long-dead kings. I appear to have conjured the spirit of a banker." - Susanna Clarke

"Liberty is so great a magician, endowed with so marvelous a power of productivity, that under the inspiration of this spirit alone, North America was able within less than a century to equal, and even surpass, the civilization of Europe." - Mikhail Bakunin

"'The Black Magician Trilogy' was about a conflict between countries and was very limited and almost claustrophobic in its range of settings, while 'The Age of the Five' was about a conflict between continents." - Trudi Canavan

"Also, it's risky to try to duplicate earlier success. Magician had a certain charm to it, mostly due to my choice of lead characters, that I would be hard put to duplicate." - Raymond E Feist