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"Magicians guard an empty safe." - Jim Steinmeyer

"Most magicians are afraid of magic." - Max Maven

"Dogs are the magicians of the universe." - Clarissa Pinkola Estes

"Hookers do tricks, magicians make magic." - Dick Christian

"Great liars are also great magicians." - Adolf Hitler

"The very earliest people who made film were magicians." - Francis Ford Coppola

"It is the duty of all magicians to give entertainment," - John Henry Anderson

"Then again, what are liars if not great magicians?" - Deb Caletti

"It is curious and we magicians collect curiosities, you know." - Susanna Clarke

"Magicians lose the opportunity to experience a sense of wonder." - David Copperfield

"I know magicians and I know magic and I say this: all magicians lie and this one more than most." - Susanna Clarke

"Haven't you done enough for a lifetime? Think about it-two power-crazed magicians killed, a hundred power-crazed magicians saved..." - Jonathan Stroud

"Minor magicians take pains to fit this traditional wizardly bill. By contrast, the really powerful magicians take pleasure in looking like accountants." - Jonathan Stroud

"Magick comes in many forms, and there are many covert master magicians who are so covert that they don't even know they are magicians." - Christopher Penczak

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

"Magicians can do more by means of faith than physicians by the truth." - Giordano Bruno

"Artists are magicians and I definitely think John Lennon was a Wizard." - Yoko Ono

"Magicians have taken something intrinsically profound and made it look trivial." - Jamy Ian Swiss

"Mimes were invented to give magicians someone to look down on" - Jamy Ian Swiss

"Magicians are the people who began to use film as an illusion on stage." - David Copperfield

"Books are ... companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of mind. Books are humanity in print." - Barbara Tuchman

"I'm fascinated by the similarities and differences between comedians and magicians." - David Copperfield

"I think with The Magicians, the Harry Potter and Narnia influences are obviously there." - Hale Appleman

"The gods are not magicians who transform themselves; neither do they deceive mankind in any way." - Plato

"Most magicians are nothing more than laymen with rabbits on their business cards" - Darwin Ortiz

"In point of fact magicians appear to have often developed into chiefs and kings." - James G Frazer

"Magicians have done controlled testing in human perception for thousands of years." - Teller

"It is the unspoken ethic of all magicians to not reveal the secrets." - David Copperfield

"For centuries, magicians have intuitively taken advantage of the inner workings of our brains." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

"One of the finest magicians you can see is David Oliver." - Barry Nolan

"Titles are like a magicians wand which circumscribe human facility and prevent us from living the lives of man." - Thomas Paine

"Every once in a while, magicians strike gold. David Regal has created and produced the perfect close-up illusion." - Jim Steinmeyer

"Magicians will always tell you the trick is the most important thing, but Im more interested in telling a story." - Marco Tempest

"Newton was not the first of the age of reason, he was the last of the magicians." - John Maynard Keynes

"Frauds master our minds; magicians, like poets and lovers, engage them in a permanent maze of possibilities." - Adam Gopnik

"Some of the best ideas I've gotten for my act have come from comedians and not magicians." - Andrew Mayne

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

"The one thing about Hitler that I admire is that he wouldn't take any shit from magicians." - Larry David

"Estragon: We always find something, eh Didi, to give us the impression we exist? Vladimir: Yes, yes, we're magicians." - Samuel Beckett

"The pain is bad magicians ripping off good ones, doing magic badly, and making a mockery of the art." - Ricky Jay

"Nobody who is a Penn & Teller fan thinks of us first and foremost as magicians, but as a comedy team." - Teller

"Magicians will always tell you the trick is the most important thing, but I'm more interested in telling a story." - Marco Tempest

"I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians." - Francis Ford Coppola

"Actors and magicians are both performers, and they represent things that are not necessarily who they are." - Steve Carell

"To be bewitched is not to be saved, though all the magicians and aesthetes in the world should pronounce it to be so." - George Santayana

"The Magicians Apprentice was about someone from the low end of society manifesting magical power and how that completely messes up the balance of the whole system." - Trudi Canavan

"Every kid loves fairy tales, stories of witches and giants and magicians. Then, when you get a little older you can't read fairy tales anymore." - Stan Lee

"To all my librarian friends, champions of books, true magicians in the House of Life. Without you, this writer would be lost in the Dust." - Rick Riordan

"Actors are insanely competitive and they hold back on each other. They are like magicians and none of them want to show their tricks." - David Ayer

"Magic is something that seems like it goes against how the world works and its us magicians job to be doing that." - Jerry Andrus

"I address you all tonight for who you truly are: wizards, mermaids, travelers, adventurers, and magicians. You are the true dreamers." - Brian Selznick

"I never talk much about my family, but my grandfather was friendly with these guys, with magicians and ventriloquists on the highest levels, and I was just interested." - Ricky Jay

"Once, poets were magicians. Poets were strong, stronger than warriors or kings - stronger than old hapless gods. And they will be strong once again." - Greg Bear

"Children and babies should be held in the most sacred regard. We feel that they're the most natural and true magicians." - Zeena Schreck

"Do you realize how much better the world would be if we all just treated each other the same way black dudes treat magicians?" - Aziz Ansari

"That's the imagination that happens in the theater. That imagination is translated in film by the film magicians and all the technology." - Ian Mckellen

"I started studying filmmakers, and I would say early on the ones that really inspired me the most were like the field magicians of music videos." - Logan Lerman

"I'm sitting in the bus station, minding my own business, reading 'Ta-Da!' magazine; a magazine by and for gay magicians, but that's a different story." - Dave Attell

"Magicians are the most honest people in the world; they tell you they're gonna fool you, and then they do it." - James Randi

"Magicians from the nineteenth century threw cards distances, but I think I'm the first one who made a thing about using them as weapons." - Ricky Jay

"You would be amazed how many magicians have died after being bitten by mad rabbits. It's far more common than you might think. -Angela the Herbalist" - Christopher Paolini

"The more I look at most of the art movements, it's all occultism, when you get down to it. The Surrealists were openly talking about being magicians." - Alan Moore

"Generally, magicians don't know what to say, so they say stupid and redundant crap like,'Here I am holding a red ball.'" - Teller

"I never thought about doing a sequel when I was actually writing 'The Magicians.' I only ever considered it a standalone." - Lev Grossman

"Generally, magicians don't know what to say, so they say stupid and redundant crap like, 'Here I am holding a red ball.'" - Teller

"I was the youngest member of the New York International Brotherhood of Magicians. It was me and a bunch of 60-year-old Jewish men." - Matt Mcgorry

"Since love is a magic, Valentine's Day is the day of magicians! Whoever loves creates a magic; whoever is loved, a magic is created!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"I never talk much about my family, but my grandfather was friendly with these guys, with magicians and ventriloquists on the highest levels, and I was just... interested." - Ricky Jay

"In a way, we are magicians. We are alchemists, sorcerers and wizards. We are a very strange bunch. But there is great fun in being a wizard." - Billy Joel

"Ive said its a little bit like a magician performing for a convention of magicians... all the magicians in the audience watching this illusion-Do they see the illusion, or do they see the device that made the illusion? Probably they see a little of both." - Chuck Close

"Twelve magicians and two carnies have been shot dead doing the bullet catch. That's cool enough, but every night when we close our show with that trick and the loaded gun gets pointed in my face, it goes so far beyond cool. All I can think is 12 magicians, two carnies." - Penn Jillette

"People have all these preconceived notions about magicians, like that they're lonely and bitter or they're socially awkward people. I don't know what magician hurt all these people, but I'm constantly having to overcome all these stereotypes. So, no. I'm sure there are just as many magicians who are lonely and bitter as there are comedians, lawyers, or any profession." - Justin Willman

"Magicians are definitely more arrogant. They're kind of like "Abra Kadabra, you're an idiot," they don't let you in on the joke. Comedians, you're always in on the joke unless it's Andy Kaufman." - Jim Carrey

"Those magicians who object to the use of blood, have endeavored to replace it with incense. But, the bloody sacrifice, though more dangerous, is more efficacious. And for nearly all purposes, human sacrifice is the best." - Aleister Crowley

"Do you believe then that the sciences would ever have arisen and become great if there had not before hand been magicians, alchemists, astrologers and wizards, who thirsted and hungered after abscondite and forbidden powers?" - Friedrich Nietzsche

"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

"Some magicians are rich, some are famous, some are stupidly good-looking.' Jamie gave Nick a rather complicated look. Nick raised an eyebrow. 'Some of us manage to be stupidly good-looking on our own." - Sarah Rees Brennan

"There will be guards," Bast said. "And traps. And alarms. You can bet the house is heavily charmed to keep out gods." "Magicians can do that?" I asked. I imagined a big can of pesticide labeled God-Away." - Rick Riordan

"The idea that I [should] trust my eyes more than the stats, I don't buy that because I've seen magicians pull rabbits out of hats and I know that the rabbit's not in there." - Billy Beane

"[Psychics] use exactly the same gimmicks that we magicians do - the same physical methods, the same psychological methods - and they effectively and profoundly deceive millions of people around the earth, to their detriment." - James Randi

"Most magicians consider the palm an easy move to make. They are inclined to believe that they are 'getting away with it,' when they are in fact fortunate enough to have a polite audience." - Dai Vernon

"If you look up "charming" in the dictionary, you'll see that it not only has references to strong attraction, but to spells and magic. Then again, what are liars if not great magicians?" - Deb Caletti

"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

"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

"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

"Some years ago there was in the city of York a society of magicians. They met upon the third Wednesday of every month and read each other long, dull papers upon the history of English magic." - Susanna Clarke

"Like every art form, there are jealousies and angers and competitiveness in magic. But there's camaraderie among magicians, whether you perform it for a living or you're an enthusiast." - Ricky Jay

"Scientists have calculated that the chances of something so patently absurd actually existing are millions to one. But magicians have calculated that million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten." - Terry Pratchett

"The great trouble with magicians is the fact that they believe when they have bought a certain trick or piece of apparatus, and know the method of procedure, that they are full-fledged mystifiers." - Harry Houdini

"Magicians are typically introverted; they don't tend to work with others, but I work with software programmers, composers, designers, so it's a very diverse group and the result is always more interesting than something I could have done by myself." - Marco Tempest

"My mother brought me magicians and witches, because I was very ugly, really revolting. So she thought somebody had put a spell on me - this is the truth - so she made me drink some horrible terrifying potions, for year." - Roberto Benigni

"Indeed, most magicians catch the bug as kids. My first audience was my family in Long Island. My first 'assistant' was my mother, whom I levitated on a broom in our living room." - Criss Angel

"It was just like a digital fixation with cards and math and science and then I started to look at images of great magicians from Houdini down the line." - David Blaine

"I was considered a comedy magician. And - how do I put this without sounding egotistical? - it didn't take me long to realize that comedy magicians usually couldn't do comedy or magic." - Ricky Jay

"I was always fascinated by fairy stories, fantasy, you know, demons, necromancers, gods and goddesses, everything that is out of our kin and out of our everyday world. I was always interested in enchantment and magicians and still am." - Christopher Lee

"To most magicians, cards themselves are marvels...For one thing, they feel special in your hand. Touching them, holding them, shuffling - the whole process is almost poetic. If you're in a room full of magicians and someone just mentions the word cards, within seconds, everyone is digging into their pockets and pulling out a deck of cards. It's one of the most amazing feelings ever." - David Blaine

"I always say that I love magic but I hate magicians. I like being fooled. If you wave your hands in front of my face and I think you're doing a trick, I'm easily impressed. If you pull a quarter out of my ear, I'm quite certain you're a wizard. But I don't like the way most magicians don't act like they're magical; they act like show business dicks." - Greg Behrendt

"Moses tried to separate his people from Pharaoh, and when he tried, the magicians tried to fool the people into staying with the Pharaoh, and we look upon these other organizations that are trying to get Negroes to integrate with this doomed white man as nothing but modern-day magicians, and The Honorable Elijah Muhammad is a modern-day Moses trying to separate us from the modern-day Pharaoh." - Malcolm X

"What magicians we are, turning darkness into light, transforming invisible atoms into dazzling theater of the world, pulling objects, (people as well as rabbits) out of secret microscopic closets, turning winter into summer, making a palmful of moments disappear through time's trap door. We learned the methods so long ago that they're unconscious, and we've hypnotized ourselves into believing that we're the audience, so I wonder where we served our apprenticeship. Under what master magicians did we learn to form reality so smoothly that we forgot to tell ourselves the secret?" - Jane Roberts

"Science and technology were often used by [the magician of old], even before they came into the marketplace on a mass basis. For example, prior to the moving picture going into theatre, magicians were using the technique of images in motion as illusions in their shows. At that time the process was so new, an audience perceived it as magic. Also in the early stages of holograms magicians would use these images to baffle and mystify their fans. Hence, you always need to stay one step ahead of the technology game to "WOW" the audience." - David Copperfield

"Okay, can you pass yourself off as a magician and gain Gerald's trust and pass us information about Celeste's plans and save all the magicians who want to be saved? Jaime asked. "Because if so awesome. I shall stay here and eat pie." - Sarah Rees Brennan

"I see murky visions of other gods and rival magic." That REALLY didn't sound good. "What do you mean?" I asked. "what OTHER GODS?" "I don't know, Sadie. But Egypt has always faced challenges from outside - magicians from elsewhere, even gods from elsewhere. Just be vigilant." ~Ruby & Sadie Kane about...? Possibly Greeks?" - Rick Riordan

"Indeed, to spur your Baal to action, I will taunt and challenge you ... to create as much as a single frog in the name and by the power of free choice, though the heathen and ungodly magicians in Egypt were able to create many.... I will not set you the heavy task of creating lice, which they could not produce either" - Martin Luther

"That's the beauty of it. Have you seen the contraptions these magicians build to accomplish the most mundane feats? They are a bunch of fish covered in feathers trying to convince the public they can fly, I am simply a bird in their midst." - Erin Morgenstern

"As I look out at all of you gathered here, I want to say that I don't see a room full of Parisians in top hats and diamonds and silk dresses. I don't see bankers and housewives and store clerks. No. I address you all tonight as you truly are: wizards, mermaids, travelers, adventurers, and magicians. You are the true dreamers." - Brian Selznick

"The impediment to scientific thinking is not, I think, the difficulty of the subject. Complex intellectual feats have been mainstays even of oppressed cultures. Shamans, magicians and theologians are highly skilled in their intricate and arcane arts. No, the impediment is political and hierarchical." - Carl Sagan

"Everybody drinks," she said calmly. The Only Rational One. "Your sister doesn't." When rolled her eyes. "Forgive me, but I'm not going to spend my college years sitting soberly in my dorm room, writing about gay magicians." "Objection," Cath said, reaching for a burrito." - Rainbow Rowell

"Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, Lighthouses as the poet said erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind, Books are humanity in print." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"Egypt is the First Nome. New York is the twenty-first. What's the last one, the Three-hundred-and-sixtieth?" "That would be Antarctica," Zia said. "A punishment assignment. Nothing there but a couple of cold magicians and some magic penguins." "Magic penguins?" "Do' ask." - Rick Riordan

"From the very beginning, I studied acting, directing, lighting, dance and movement. I didn't rely on just the magic to take place. It's a shame that a lot of magicians just rely on the trick itself and they have no other abilities. They get away with the wonder factor, and I don't think that's enough. It's great, but it's not enough." - David Copperfield

"Newton was not the first of the age of reason. He was the last of the magicians, the last of the Babylonians and Sumerians, the last great mind that looked out on the visible and intellectual world with the same eyes as those who began to build our intellectual inheritance rather less than 10,000 years ago." - John Maynard Keynes

"Nobody believes in magicians any more, nobody believes that anyone can come along and wave a wand and turn you into a frog. But if you read in the paper that by injecting certain glands scientists can alter your vital tissues and you'll develop froglike characteristics, well, everybody would believe that." - Agatha Christie

"Egypt is the First Nome. New York is the twenty-first. What's the last one, the Three-hundred-and-sixtieth?" "That would be Antarctica," Zia said. "A punishment assignment. Nothing there but a couple of cold magicians and some magic penguins." "Magic penguins?" "Don't ask." - Rick Riordan

"Well, speaking as a feminist, I'm glad that women can lead-uh, groups of unspeakable magical evil." "Yes," Alan said gravely. "It'd be shoking if the evil magicians were sexist. For one thing, that would mean they were stupid, and having stupid enemies would be a terrible blow to my manly pride." - Sarah Rees Brennan

"This speaker reminds me of my childhood in Budapest. There were gypsy magicians who came to town to entertain us children. But as I recollect, there was one important difference: the gypsy only seemed to violate the laws of nature, he never really violated them!" - Theodore von Karman

"There are only two kinds of people in the world, suckers and people that can be had. Everyone can be had, but a sucker will always bet you $50 that he can't be had. Maybe magicians are around to remind us we can all be had, so we don't become suckers." - Eric Sevareid

"I was glamorous because of magicians like George Folsey, James Wong Howe, Oliver Marsh, Ray June, and all those other great cinematographers. I trusted those men and the other experts who made us beautiful. The rest of it I didn't give a damn about. I didn't fuss about my clothes, my lighting, or anything else, but, believe me, some of them did." - Myrna Loy

"The Magicians brilliantly explores the hidden underbelly of fantasy and easy magic, taking what's simple on the surface and turning it over to show us the complicated writhing mess beneath. It's like seeing the worlds of Narnia and Harry Potter through a 3-D magnifying glass." - Naomi Novik

"The iron rail proved a magicians' road. It virtually reduced England to a sixth of its size. It brought the country nearer to the town and the town to the country.... It energized punctuality, discipline, and attention; and proved a moral teacher by the influence of example." - Samuel Smiles

"Being the executive producer of a film is not that difficult. It just means that you have some power. There's not a huge amount of skill involved, I don't know how much I'm giving away here. I feel like that guy on Fox, giving away the magicians' tricks. It's not rocket science, being an executive producer of a film." - Craig Ferguson

"The Magicians brilliantly explores the hidden underbelly of fantasy and easy magic, taking what's simple on the surface and turning it over to show us the complicated writhing mess beneath. It's like seeing the worlds of Narnia and Harry Potter through a 3-D magnifying glass." - Naomi Novik

"The old idea that words possess magical powers is false; but its falsity is the distortion of a very important truth. Words do have a magical effect - but not in the way that the magicians supposed, and not on the objects they were trying to influence. Words are magical in the way they affect the minds of those who use them." - Aldous Huxley

"Writing can be a bit like unfolding something...Slowly, the writer reveals what's happening. But that's only half of what's going on. Writers are very cunning people who are not only unfolding and revealing. Just like conjurors and magicians, they are hiding stuff too." - Michael Rosen

"Like other magicians, Obama has chosen his distractions well. The insurance industry is currently his favorite distraction as scapegoats, after he has tried to demonize doctors without much success . . . . Obama even gets away with saying things like having a system to 'keep insurance companies honest' - and many people may not see the painful irony in politicians trying to keep other people honest." - Thomas Sowell

"Basically the job of a magician is to do impossible things that challenge the nature of the universe. And I think some magicians buy into that perception a little too much. These days that turns people off a little bit. I'm not a wizard. I don't have special powers. If I did, I would not be doing magic for a living!" - Justin Willman

"You'd go in the magic shop [as an 8-year-old ], and you'd walk up to the magicians doing stuff, and they'd turn their back on you. "Oh my gosh, I wish they would accept me." It really lit a fire. I really wanted to succeed." - David Copperfield

"I think for Lev [Grossman], C. S. Lewis was a huge inspiration from his childhood. I know that Brideshead Revisited is a book that he's incredibly found of and he took certain structural influences from that book that he brought into The Magicians." - Hale Appleman

"Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, "Lighthouses" as the poet said "erected in the sea of time." They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind, Books are humanity in print." - Arthur Schopenhauer

"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

"Dai Vernon, the greatest sleight of hand figure in the history of the art, rarely performed. But he invented magic and had an enormous influence on the whole range of sleight of hand. And so often, the magic he was doing was to fool other magicians." - Ricky Jay

"Physical processes alone will never completely explain the existence of the universe , life , and consciousness . Religious answers are just wishful thinking and wanton fabrication cast over a bottomless pit of ignorance . To explain their occult and mystical experiences , magicians are forced to develop models beyond the scope of materialistic or religious systems ." - Peter J. Carroll

"You can just go to a magic shop or magic builder and buy what most magicians do, but that's not what I'm about. With 'Mindfreak' on television and 'Believe' live, I want to bring things that people have never seen before. That process is very difficult. It's very challenging, and you never know how long it's going to take - months or years." - Criss Angel

"Even the best SEOs are not magicians. They can't simply place a site at the top of the engines when there are hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of others that offer basically the same thing, and provide basically the same information. If they could, you'd see a whole lot more millionaire SEOs." - Jill Whalen

"I kind of thought that stand-up comedy would suffer from the Internet because people seem to know more about the craft of stand-up than ever before. I thought it would seem trite. Kind of like if you know more about magicians, you wouldn't love them." - Jerry Seinfeld

"I always wanted to go to the Chavez school but I could never afford it when I was growing up so a lot of my learning came from magic books and watching other magicians. I was also very lucky that I had a couple of really good magic teachers." - Lance Burton

"All art that is not mere storytelling, or mere portraiture, is symbolic, and has the purpose of those symbolic talismans which medieval magicians made with complex colours and forms, and bade their patients ponder over daily, and guard with holy secrecy; for it entangles, in complex colours and forms, a part of the Divine Essence." - William Butler Yeats

"Science and mathematics [are] much more compelling and exciting than the doctrines of pseudoscience, whose practitioners were condemned as early as the fifth century B.C. by the Ionian philosopher Heraclitus as 'night walkers, magicians, priests of Bacchus, priestesses of the wine-vat, mystery-mongers.' But science is more intricate and subtle, reveals a much richer universe, and powerfully evokes our sense of wonder. And it has the additional and important virtue-to whatever extent the word has any meaning-of being true." - Carl Sagan

"Did chemistry theorems exist? No: therefore you had to go further, not be satisfied with the quia, go back to the origins, to mathematics and physics. The origins of chemistry were ignoble, or at least equivocal: the dens of the alchemists, their abominable hodgepodge of ideas and language, their confessed interest in gold, their Levantine swindles typical of charlatans and magicians; instead, at the origin of physics lay the strenuous clarity of the West-Archimedes and Euclid." - Primo Levi

"The Door Without a Key is the Door of Dreams; it is the door by which the sensitive escape into insanity when life is too hard for them, and artists use it as a window in a watch-tower. Psychologists call it a psychological mechanism; magicians call it magic, and the man in the street calls it illusion or charlatanry according to taste. It does not matter to me what it is called, for it is effectual." - Dion Fortune

"The compelling thing about making art-or making anything, I suppose-is the moment when the vaporous, insubstantial idea becomes a solid there, a thing, a substance in a world of substances. Circe, Nimbue, Artemis, Athena, all the old sorceresses: they must have known the feeling as they transformed mere men into fabulous creatures, stole the secrets of the magicians, disposed armies: ah, look, there it is, the new thing. Call it a swine, a war, a laurel tree. Call it art." - Audrey Niffenegger

"That did it. I'd gone through a lot in the past few days. Everyone I met seemed to want a piece of me: djinn, magicians, humans...it made no difference.I'd been summoned, manhandled, shot at, captured, constricted, bossed about and generally taken for granted. And now, to cap it all, this bloke is joining in too, when all I'd been doing was quietly trying to kill him." - Jonathan Stroud

"Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change (as the poet said), windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print." - Barbara Tuchman

"Ideas about a person's place in society, his role, lifestyle, and ego qualities will lose their hold as the cohesive forces in society disintegrate. Subculture values will proliferate to such a bewildering extent that a whole new class of professionals will arise to control them. Such a Transmutation Technology will deal in fashions, in ways of being. Lifestyle consultants will become the new priests of our civilizations. They will be the new magicians." - Peter J. Carroll

"When I sit down to write, which is the essential moment in my life, I am completely alone. Whenever I write a book, I accumulate a lot of documentation. That background material is the most intimate part of my private life. It's a little embarrassing - like being seen in your underwear It's like the way magicians never tell others how they make a dove come out of a hat." - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"Magicians are manipulating your consciousness. They are showing you something impossible. They're getting you to construct a narrative, which simply isn't true. So that means they know how to make you aware of certain things and blind to other things. What I'm hoping is that magic, this entertainment vehicle that has been around for a long time, will give us a real insight into the deep mysteries of consciousness" - Richard Wiseman

"There was a guy named Ed Mishell. He was this grandfatherly guy who did all the illustrations for the catalogs and reviewed magic effects for the magic magazines, so all of the magic dealers would send him magic effects for free-it was a great deal. His basement was full of this stuff. He took me under his wing, and he would sneak me into the Society of American Magicians meetings in New York. It's the world's oldest magic organization." - David Copperfield

"I think The Magicians takes these conventional ideas from this Christian literature of good vs. evil and it sort of shakes it up and asks a deeper, darker question about the nature of not just humanity in the face of good vs. evil, but the challenges of everyday life. And I think there's something incredibly timely about that and incredibly relatable to anyone who's growing up. Because we're all growing up. We're all constantly evolving." - Hale Appleman

"Magicians and scientists are, on the face of it, poles apart. Certainly, a group of people who often dress strangely, live in a world of their own, speak a specialized language and frequently make statements that appear to be in flagrant breach of common sense have nothing in common with a group of people who often dress strangely, speak a specialized language, live in ... er ..." - Terry Pratchett

"Las Vegas has become a child's picture-book dream of a city - here a storybook castle, there a sphinx-flanked black pyramid beaming white light into the darkness as a landing beam for UFOs, and everywhere neon oracles and twisting screens predict happiness and good fortune, announce singers and comedians and magicians in residence or on their way, and the lights always flash and beckon and call." - Neil Gaiman

"The compelling thing about making art-or making anything, I suppose-is the moment when the vaporous, insubstantial idea becomes a solid there, a thing, a substance in a world of substances. Circe, Nimbue, Artemis, Athena, all the old sorceresses: they must have known the feeling as they transformed mere men into fabulous creatures, stole the secrets of the magicians, disposed armies: ah, look, there it is, the new thing. Call it a swine, a war, a laurel tree. Call it art." - Audrey Niffenegger



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