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A Magician (魔術師 Majutsu-shi?) is a person who is trained to use magic and is capable of transferring that knowledge. A 'normal' person can also use magic, as Tsukuyomi Komoe has demonstrated, though since they are ignorant of how magic works are incapable of teaching or transferring that knowledge, they are called Spellcasters. A normal person will suffer more severe consequences than a magician if they fail. At one point, Index states that people without mana cannot use magic, such as herself. However, this is a lie, as mana exists in all forms of life, and it is revealed that Index can use magic, but is sealed off from directly using it outside of John's Pen Mode.

PrinciplesEdit

Magic by itself roots from the simple fact that 'those without talent' wanted to be able to do the same things as 'those with talent', they gave birth to a ceremony and practice called magic [1] , as stated previously the most important thing about magic is to prepare it properly, if the preparation itself is done correctly even a middle schooler with no magical talent might perform a spell [2] ; the opposite stands true as if the preparations are not proper the magic not only will fail, but the backlash from it will fry the brain of the caster.

Magicians per definition prefer to operate in secrecy, even going to publicly deny the existence of "magic" if they are questioned about the subject [3] and as such most people, such as espers concentrated in Academy City are blissfully unaware of the existence of magic users, like Shirai Kuroko who mistook Sherry Cromwell as an esper when the latter summoned a golem. Magicians are typically distinguished from espers due to the former's use of items with occult properties and being able to yield more than one type of power (such as magicians that can use more than one element, as the case of Oriana Thomson), whereas an esper can only have one ability and cannot gain more (though they have been known to be able to use several applictions of their sole power if clever enough in using it).

History of Western magicEdit

Western magicians, though seemingly isolated to English magicians, carve their magic name onto their souls. Their magic name is normally the reason they took up magic, or the one dream which they would sacrifice their life for [4]. 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' [5].

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" [6]. 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" [7]. 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.

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 [8]. 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 [9] , 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 [10], Index also explained them with such characteristics[11].

"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 [12]. 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 SeatEx-Saint
AgataUnknownAgnese Forces
Aleister CrowleyBeast666Academy CityHe was considered the greatest magician of the Magic Side.
AngeleneUnknownAgnese Forces
Agnese SanctisUnknownAgnese ForcesLeader of Agnese Forces
Aureolus IzzardHonos628, "My honor is for the world"Former Roman Catholic Church Alchemist
BalbinaUnknownRoman Catholic Church
BayloupeUnknownNew LightLeader of New Light
BersiUnknownGREMLIN
Biagio BusoniUnknownRoman Catholic ChurchBishop of the Roman Church
Brunhild EiktobelUnknownNoneValkyrie & Saint
CarissaUnknownEnglandSecond Princess of the British Royal Family
CaterinaUnknownAgnese Forces
CendrillonUnknownGREMLIN (formerly)
ElizardUnknownEnglandQueen of England
ElizalinaUnknownElizalina (nation)Leader of the Elizalina (nation), Sorcerer
EtzaliUnknownGROUPFormerly from Return of the Winged One, the Aztec grimoires recognize him as a Sorcerer
Fiamma of the RightUnknownGod's Right SeatLeader of God's Right Seat
FlorisUnknownNew Light
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)
Kanzaki KaoriSalvare000, "Be the salvation of those who cannot be saved"NecessariusSaint
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.
Leivinia BirdwayRegnum771Dawn-colored SunlightLeader of Dawn-colored Sunlight
LessarUnknownNew Light
LuciaUnknownAgnese Forces
Maiden of VersaillesUnknownFrance
Marian SlingeneyerUnknownGREMLIN
Mark SpaceArmare091Dawn-colored Sunlight
MjölnirUnknownGREMLIN
Nikolai TolstoyUnknownRussian Orthodox ChurchBishop
NomozakiUnknownAmakusa Catholics
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
Lidvia LorenzettiUnknownRoman Catholic Church
Richard BraveUnknownNecessarius
Saronia A. IrivikaUnknownGREMLIN (formerly)
Sasha KreutzevUnknownAnnihilatus
Sherry CromwellIntimus115, "I offer everything to my lost friend"Necessarius
SkogsfruUnknownAnnihilatus
SilviaUnknownEnglandSaint
SigynUnknownGREMLIN
Sozty ExicaUnknownGate of the Gods Come from the Heavens (formerly)
Stiyl MagnusFortis931, "I prove why my name is the strongest here"Necessarius
Tatemiya SaijiUnknownAmakusa Catholics
TecpatlUnknownReturn of the Winged OneLeader
Theodosia ElectraUnknownNecessarius
ThorUnknownGREMLIN (formerly)
Terra of the LeftUnknownGod's Right Seat
TochtliUnknownReturn of the Winged One
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
VasilisaUnknownAnnihilatusLeader of Annihilatus
Vento of the FrontUnknownGod's Right Seat
XochitlUnknownMEMBERActually an agent of Return of the Winged One
Yamisaka OumaUnknownNone

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