Wordjoy: magical

Words having to do with magic and sorcery are so numerous that I could never gather them all (not that I ever exhaust a category), but here are the few that come to mind.

First: let’s distinguish real sorcery from prestidigitation, or sleight of hand. The French word for it, also used, is legerdemain. One specific kind of prestidigitation involves manipulating playing cards; magicians who do this are cardicians.

A thaumaturge is a magician.

If you put a spell on someone, you have ensorcelled him.

If that spell is one that makes him see something as it isn’t, the spell is a glamor.

Telegnosis is knowledge of the occult.

Last but not least, an oldie but goodie, a grimoire is a book of spells.

Thanks for reading!


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