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A ​Magician (魔術師 Majutsu-shi?) is an individual who specialises in the use of magic. Inadequate training of such individuals results in them becoming prone to the servere consequences of unsucessfully performing magic. It has been stated by Index that those without mana cannot perform magic, such as herself. However, this is false, as all forms of life can produce mana. Index however, cannot to directly harness mana outside of her John's Pen Mode state.

The Yen Press translations use the term "Sorcerer" to pertain to magicians.

PrinciplesEdit

The ceremony and practice of magic was created due to "those without talent" wanting to produce the same effects as "those with talent".[1] It is stated that the most important part about magic is its proper preparation; magic that is properly prepared allows even talentless middle schoolers to cast spells;[1] the opposite stands true as improper preparation of magic leads to both failure and backlash that inflicts damage on the caster's brain.

Magicians tend to operate in secrecy and deny the existence of "magic" when questioned.[2] It is because of this that the vast majority of people, such as most espers concentrated in Academy City, are ignorant to their existence; Shirai Kuroko for example, mistook Sherry Cromwell as an esper after the latter summoned a golem to their aid.

Magicians are distinguished from espers due to the former's use of items with occult properties and their capacity to exploit multiple classes of supernatural power (such as magicians that can use more than one element, as the case of Oriana Thomson). Espers on the other hand have access to only a single supernatural power; there is currently no method for accessing more. Although, despite this, esper abilities are versatile, which, provided that the user is clever and creative enough in doing so, allows them to be used for various different purposes. 

History of Western magicEdit

Carving one's magical name to their soul is an activity that has been practiced by western magicians (though seemingly isolated to English magicians) since the 10th century.[3] Their respective magic names are often related to the reason behind their decision to learn magic or the one dream which they would sacrifice their life for.[3] An exception are Saints, who may carve it onto their chest/heart instead, as shown by William Orwell. Stiyl Magnus once said the real reason for having magic names is long forgotten, now it is only used in battle as a gesture to say 'it will now be a fight to the death'.[4]

Western Magicians since the end of the 19th century, according to Tsuchimikado Motoharu, are beings that "whose wishes are not fulfilled, whose prayers to God went unanswered - people who have lost their way and turned towards this back door called Magic".[3] According to him, most magicians are like children in the aspect they fight honorably and let emotion cloud their judgment - whereas other professionals such as soldiers will shoot without remorse; magicians are like "Children who hold knives. And also as Children who have been betrayed by the world, trembling and crying at the same time".[3] As such, magicians have very little loyalty to organizations - they are willing to betray the group to which they are affiliated to if it somehow clashes with their own dreams/goals.

Other magicians (like the Etzali of the Aztecs) might not follow the Western rule of magic names, or became mages for the same reason.

A common pattern followed by European magicians who practice 'modern western magic' is that when they run into a dead-end in their research which can be overcome with their existing resources and discovered that their objective can't be granted with just their own rules, they come to believe that the answers lie hidden in some as yet unseen paradise and seeking them out.[5] Some of the ideas considered by such magicians are somewhat nonsensical, such as finding some strange grand master in Tibet and gaining to the key to the gates of heaven through his teachings, sunken continents and civilizations such as Atlantis or Mu, or even receiving divine knowledge and wisdom through radio signals from the Sun.[5] With the colonial period, influences from various foreign cultures (from Central and South America, the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, India etc) were introduced, however the biggest influence came from Africa, known as the Dark Continent. Being a large place with a melting pot of tribes, cultures and legends, and conveniently located just across the Mediterranean, many magicians have visited it in order to gather information to make a breakthrough, including Aleister Crowley himself.[5][6]

TypesEdit

Western magicians dabble in a multitude of skills to do with magic, such as Alchemy, astronomy, and summoning. Aureolus Izzard was called an "Alchemist" (錬金術師 Renkinjitsushi?) because that was all he was good at out of the myriad of sub-sets of magic. In Toaru Majutsu no Index, Alchemy in general is useless compared to other magic, and was renowned for being a trick for gullible nobles in the 16th century where they believed turning lead into gold was possible.[7] Ars Magna was an exception in that it held exceptional power.

"Sorcerer" (魔導師 Madoushi?) are magicians that have the purpose of spreading magical knowledge with the objective of raising the next generation of mages,[8] according to Stiyl and Tsuchimikado these magicians are normally strong enough to handle the power of a grimoire and use it to teach the magical knowledge to their apprentices,[9] Index also explained them with such characteristics.[10]

"Magic God" (魔神 Majin?) the highest possible position available to magicians where the magic of the user is almost considered divine and can overwrite the laws set by common sense.[11] Other positions are possibly above that, such as "Saint" (聖人 Seijin?) or "The Person Superior to God" (神上 Kamijou?), but they cannot be reached by 'normal' magicians and depends almost entirely on factors like talent or birth.

List of MagiciansEdit

NameMagic NameOrganizationNotes
Acqua of the Back (William Orwell)Flere210, "The one who changes the reason of tears"God's Right Seat (Formerly)Ex-Saint
AgataUnknownAgnese Forces
Aleister CrowleyBeast666Academy CityHe was considered the greatest magician of the Magic Side.
AngeleneUnknownAgnese Forces
Agnese SanctisUnknownAgnese ForcesLeader of Agnese Forces
Arlands DarkstreetUnknownDusk Waiting to AwakenLeader of Dusk Waiting to Awaken
Arthur Edward WaiteUnknownGolden DawnMember of the Golden Dawn
Aureolus IzzardHonos628, "My honor is for the world"Roman Catholic Church (Formerly)Alchemist
BalbinaUnknownRoman Catholic Church
BayloupeUnknownNew LightLeader of New Light
BersiUnknownGREMLIN
Brassa P. MarhaiskUnknownRussian Orthodox Church
Biagio BusoniUnknownRoman Catholic ChurchBishop of the Roman Church
Brunhild EiktobelUnknownNoneValkyrie & Saint
CarissaUnknownEnglandSecond Princess of the British Royal Family
CaterinaUnknownAgnese Forces
CendrillonUnknownGREMLIN (Formerly)
ChimeraUnknownGremlin (True)Majin
Cynthia ExmentUnknownRoyal Astronomical Research Organization/Amakusa Church Overseas BranchLeader of the Royal Astronomical Research Organization
Dion FortuneUnknownGolden DawnMember of the Golden Dawn
ElizardUnknownEnglandQueen of England
ElizalinaUnknownElizalina Alliance of Independent NationsLeader of the Elizalina Alliance of Independent Nations, Sorcerer
EllasoneUnknownNecessarius
ElzaUnknownKamisato Faction
Emilie FordiaUnknown
EtzaliUnknownGROUPFormerly from Return of the Winged One, the Aztec grimoires recognize him as a Sorcerer
FenrirUnknownGREMLIN
Fiamma of the RightUnknownGod's Right SeatLeader of God's Right Seat
Flack AnchorsUnknownDusk Waiting to Awaken
FlorisUnknownNew Light
Freadia StrikersUnknownNecessarius
HelUnknownGREMLIN
High PriestUnknownGremlin (True)Majin
IðunnUnknownGREMLIN
Index Librorum ProhibitorumDedicatus545, "The dedicated lamb protects the knowledge of the strong"NecessariusHolder of the 103,000 grimoires banned by the Roman Catholic Church.
IsahayaUnknownAmakusa Catholics
ItsuwaUnknownAmakusa Catholics
Jeans SlasherUnknownNoneValkyrie
Jeans Shop OwnerUnknownNecessarius (temporary)
JormungandrUnknownGREMLIN
Kanzaki KaoriSalvare000, "Be the salvation of those who cannot be saved"NecessariusSaint
Karasuma FranUnknownAnglican Church
Kamisato Faction
KouyagiUnknownAmakusa Catholics
Knight LeaderUnknownKnights of EnglandLeader of the Knights of England
LancisUnknownNew Light
Laura StuartUnknownNecessariusArchbishop of the Anglican Church, and leader of its magic sub-organization, Necessarius.
LeasicUnknownNone
LeepUnknownNonePriestess of Bastet
Leivinia BirdwayRegnum771Dawn-colored SunlightLeader of Dawn-colored Sunlight
LessarUnknownNew Light
Lidvia LorenzettiUnknownRoman Catholic Church
LokiUnknownGREMLIN
LuciaUnknownAgnese Forces
Maiden of VersaillesUnknownFrance
Marian SlingeneyerUnknownGREMLIN
Mark SpaceArmare091Dawn-colored Sunlight
Mina MathersUnknownGolden DawnMember of the Golden Dawn
MjölnirUnknownGREMLIN
NephthysUnknownGremlin (True)Majin
Niang-NiangUnknownGremlin (True)Majin
Nics EverblindUnknownNecessariusSpecializes in signs and prosthetics
Nikolai TolstoyUnknownRussian Orthodox ChurchBishop
NomozakiUnknownAmakusa Catholics
NuadaUnknownGremlin (True)Majin
OllerusUnknownNoneClosest Magician to become a Majin
Orlentz TriceUnknownNoneWas performing research in the field of immortality, but an investigation by a separate unit made it clear that his theory has already failed.
OthinusUnknownGREMLINMajin, Leader of GREMLIN
Oriana ThomsonBasis104, "The one who carries the basis"NoneMercenary, temporarily affiliates with anyone who can pay her. Presumed to be a Sorcerer
Paul Foster CaseUnknownGolden DawnMember of the Golden Dawn
Priestess of SekhmetUnknownNone
ProserpinaUnknownGremlin (True)Majin
Richard BraveUnknownNecessarius
Robert William FelkinUnknownGolden DawnMember of the Golden Dawn
Salome Unknown Kamisato Faction
Samuel Liddell MacGregor MathersUnknownGolden DawnCo-founder of the Golden Dawn
Saronia A. IrivikaUnknownGREMLIN (Formerly)
Sasha KreutzevUnknownAnnihilatus
Sherry CromwellIntimus115, "I offer everything to my lost friend"Necessarius
SkogsfruUnknownAnnihilatus
SifUnknownGREMLIN
SilviaUnknownEnglandSaint
SigynUnknownGREMLIN
Sozty ExicaUnknownGate of the Gods Come from the Heavens (Formerly)
St. GermainUnknownNoneCollective identity
Stiyl MagnusFortis931, "I prove why my name is the strongest here"Necessarius
Tatemiya SaijiUnknownAmakusa Catholics
TecpatlUnknownReturn of the Winged OneLeader
TezcatlipocaUnknownGremlin (True)Majin
Terra of the LeftUnknownGod's Right Seat
Theodosia ElectraUnknownNecessarius
ThorUnknownGREMLIN (Formerly)
TochtliUnknownReturn of the Winged One
Torquay ShadowmintUnknownNecessarius
Toyama LucaUnknownKamisato Faction
Tsuchimikado MotoharuFallere825, "The backstabbing blade"GROUP/Necessarius

Sole successful Magician-Esper hybrid.

Operative of multiple other organizations.

TsushimaUnknownAmakusa Catholics
UragamiUnknownAmakusa Catholics
Ureapaddy ExicaUnknownGate of the Gods Come from the Heavens (Formerly)
UshibukaUnknownAmakusa Catholics
Útgarða-LokiUnknownGREMLIN
VaseUnknownDusk Waiting to Awaken
VasilisaUnknownAnnihilatusLeader of Annihilatus
Vento of the FrontUnknownGod's Right Seat (Formerly)
Víðarr Shoes WomanUnknownNecessarius
William Wynn WestcottUnknownGolden DawnCo-founder of the Golden Dawn
XochitlUnknownMEMBERActually an agent of Return of the Winged One
Yamisaka OumaUnknownNone
Ymir's Ocean GirlUnknownNone
ZombieUnknownGremlin (True)Majin

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