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.