5.16 – MAGIC OF THE GODS (10.21.13)


New York City. 2012. Magician David Blaine begins a 72-hour stint standing in the middle of a million volts of electrical current, protected by only a suit of armor. But is it a mere trick? An illusion? Or is it evidence that what we call magic actually exists?

“We’re interested in people like David Blaine because we find those things amazing. It just pushes the boundaries of what human beings are capable of. And I think that we ask ourselves, could we be capable of such a thing?”

– Sabina Magliocco, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Anthropology & Folklore, CSU Northridge)

“We will embrace the endurance effects. We will embrace them because we think this might be real. Maybe there’s something to this. Maybe there isn’t a trick. Maybe I can evolve into a person able to do this kind of magic. We are quite literally searching for the supernatural in ourself.”

Jonathan Pendragon (Magician)

Izu Oshima. 60 miles south of Tokyo. It was here, in the 7th-century BC, that a legendary Japanese mystic known as En no Gyoja was banished for his so-called magical powers.

“En no Gyoja was the founder of an ascetic teaching. Shugendo means the practice of training and testing. This tradition from the 7th-century, done up in the mountains with great physical, arduous exercises and discipline is said to lead to an access to supernatural powers beyond our understanding.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

“En no Gyoja’s magic differs from our European concepts of magic in many ways. This is something that you bring out of yourself.  He would go high into the mountains less oxygen, isolated, less food. Just one lapse of concentration and you die. And then also meditating in the middle of a waterfall. That’s where he finds silence. That’s where he finds control.”

Jonathan Pendragon (Magician)

“Even historical records depict En no Gyoja as someone who was endowed with magical capacities, and the ability to also summon and control demons and spirits. En no Gyoja was also known for his ability to ride the five-colored clouds. He was also set to be executed a number of times, and every time the executioners’ axe landed on the back of his neck, the axe actually shattered to pieces.”

– Dominic Steavu, Ph.D.
(Asst. Prof. of Chinese Religious Studies, UCSB)

“Still, today, we’re making ongoing discoveries about the capabilities and potential of the human brain and body. So, it’s possible that in the stories and legends of En no Gyoja, we’re seeing someone who was able to somehow access knowledge that was already hardwired into our own DNA by extraterrestrials.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Is it possible that ancient magicians like En no Gyoja were able to tap into incredible extraterrestrial abilities embedded within the human body? And might this explain similar feats performed by more modern magicians like Harry Houdini and David Blaine?

“Magic appears to be a derivation of extraterrestrial technology. It’s the accessing of the human potential, using the technology of the human form. Magic derived from extraterrestrial beings seems to be the linkage that they gave us to enable us to become more like them.”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

Do ancient accounts of magic really suggest evidence of advanced, otherworldly knowledge? A knowledge given to early humans as a means of helping them unlock their own some might say “divine” potential?

“We are drawn to magic. We need something extraordinary that allows us to transcend everyday life, and what we sense as profound limits and frustrations to what we would like to be and like to do. It is both a fantasy release and to a degree, a bit of a map that we might be able to reach further than we think. That we might be able to do more than humans have done before. That we might be more than this.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

“Magic enables latent potentials that we’re not supposed to have. But throughout history, many people have demonstrated those capabilities. They’ve been witnessed. It’s been written down and passed along with great excitement and enthusiasm.”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

“And then, of course, the question is where did they get this from? Did they develop this on their own? Or was it somehow given to them by the gods? In each occasion, we find that our ancestors specifically state that magic is given to mankind by the gods, by non-human intelligences, by extraterrestrial beings.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

Did ancient magic really have otherworldly origins? And was it based not on mere trickery, but on advanced knowledge of science and the powers of the human brain? Perhaps we will discover the answer when we open our eyes to the possibility that what we think we know is an illusion, and what we think is illusion may very well be real.


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