It’s not easy to be a Christian magician

A Christian Post columnist riles magicians who keep the faith by telling them they are on a highway to hell.

Christian Magicians Rise to Defend Themselves as Not Involved With the Occult.

Christian magicians are rising to defend themselves against assertions made by a Christian Post columnist that the performance of magic may involve the occult.

They are upset with columnist Dan Delzell’s opinion that the U.K.-based magician Dynamo’s illusion of levitating alongside a red London double decker bus was real. Delzell related the performance to “witchcraft and contact with evil spirits, and the presumption that the art of magic is a gateway to demonic involvement.”

Delzell’s column incited a number of Christian magicians to leave comments criticizing his assumption that magic performances are linked to demonic power.

The piece they are reacting to is here. I’d advise caution reading it (unless you are used to incredibly credulous and naive views about the world) because the author says levitation is real. He cautions magicians against “being duped by beings with superior intelligence to their own. Just as some magicians engage in illusion, so do the spirits which seduce magicians to go deeper and deeper into their craft.”

Talk about living in a fantasy world! He warns that we can be enticed to the dark side through Harry Potter, magic and fame.

Delzell’s fellow Christians who are magicians have assured him that the levitation of a bus was a TRICK. The piece hurts my brain as adults are forced to explain to Delzell the definition of magic and that they are not conjuring demons to help them fool people. I’m astounded by this. I have a hard time grasping that anyone can believe in witchcraft and 6-day Creation and Marion visions but this tops those. This is a person making a living in the modern Western world who must have such a gap in knowledge about entertainment, psychology and illusion that he believes things a 7 year old would doubt. Why would the Christian Post want this opinion on their site? It does nothing but make them look clueless and embarrassingly out of touch with reality.

I’d be interested to see what some ACTUAL magicians think of this. Obviously, you are at the mercy of the Devil and that’s why they are going to hell (with nod to Eve Siebert) so we can’t believe anything you say. But I think they just spelled “magic” wrong.

  7 comments for “It’s not easy to be a Christian magician

  1. One Eyed Jack
    July 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    More than anyone else, I would expect the religious to appreciate the art involved in selling an illusion to an audience.

  2. 1petermcc
    July 19, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Hilarious. Thanks for posting this.

  3. July 20, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    I suggest these magicians contact Randy Cassingham and purchase a supply of his GOOHF cards.

    http://www.getoutofhellfree (dot) com/

  4. Joni
    July 20, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    I have ALWAYS wondered how any of these religious types can claim someone is dabbling in the occult when all along they are claiming authority as bestowed by an invisible (therefore ‘occult’ by definition) super buddy in the sky?

    PS Thanks for the pointer Jim.

  5. July 20, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    I’ve known several Christian magicians – none good enough to do the levitation trick – who used their skills as a part of their ministry. Delzell’s opinion about magic is fortunately a rare one. Tho I know people who wouldn’t let their kids read the Harry Potter books because the magic spells were “real.” Some people just don’t think. :(

  6. July 23, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    What makes this even more hilarious is exactly TEN SECONDS of Googling will tell you how this trick is done. In fact, if you have Google’s auto-suggest on and type “dynamo bus” into the search box, the 3rd and 4th results are “dynamo bus trick revealed” and “dynamo bus levitation revealed”. There are YouTubes explaining it as well as news articles on multiple sites. Even Christian Post itself posted a news article explaining the trick, but has the columnist apologized? No, yesterday he doubled down on his assertion that there are “good magicians” and bad ones that use sorcery.

    • July 23, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      The Google is evil. It leads you to evil, too. You can “google” nasty things like “evil” “Satan” and “porn”. So no using Google.

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