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The Master of Illusion




A Master of Illusion is a skilled magician. The moment we enter this life, we are in the flow of it. Measure it, mark it, but we can hardly defy it. We cannot even speed it up or slow it down. Or can we? Life and death. Space and time. Fate and chance. These are the forces of the Universe.


The difference between illusion and magick is that illusion is anything that seems to be something that it is not while magick is supernatural charm, spell, or any other method to dominate natural forces.


Most of us are convinced that we're coherent individuals who are continuous in time. There's just one problem with this sense of self – it can’t exist. Illusion is a magical discipline regarding the creation of powerful and very vivid illusions, able to stimulate and fool the five natural senses.


Not much is given about this discipline though it is presumed that, similar to psychics, it mainly involves distorting the senses through forced mental manipulations. It is suggested that Illusionists are able to conjure Illusions powerful enough to become corporeal.


Magick allows you to experience the impossible. It creates a conflict between the things you think can happen and the things that you experience. The true secret behind illusion magick lies in clever psychological techniques that exploit limitations in the way our brains work. Many of these limitations are very counter-intuitive which is why we can experience the magical wonder of the impossible.


The vanishing ball illusion for example. In this trick, a magician throws a ball in the air a couple of times and then makes it seem to disappear by pretending to throw it again when in fact it remains secretly concealed inside his hand.


What is surprising about this illusion is that most people – almost two-thirds – experience an illusory ball being tossed up in the air at the third throw, even though it never leaves the magician’s hand. We experience this “ghost ball” because we see what we believe is going to happen, rather than what has actually taken place. The illusion shows that people perceive things that they believe will happen in the future, even when this belief is completely unfounded.


I’ve long thought about these two words, reality, and illusion, Two, very powerful words. Two words, that are limited by your imagination. Two words, that are defined by your beliefs. It is best to explain what I mean by looking at the way children react to Magick vs the way adults react to Magick.


A child lives a life filled with illusions. Thoughts and ideas that are made up by their imagination. Something which they all have in abundance. An adult lives a life bound by the shackles of reality.


We all have rent to pay. We all have to pay bills and other costly expenses just to get by. Our lives are being played out casually while we forget to imagine and think up a life we truly feel we can be free in. Reality is fucking boring. But it’s a necessity.


Yet, I truly believe we can design a life we feel absolutely alive in. There is a problem. It is incredibly difficult, as an adult, to drop everything and pursue a passion that one would die for. Personal interests sometimes have to be sacrificed and once you start, you must continue. Not finish, but continue.


Let’s be honest, it is after all that we think about the most: ourselves. What we want to eat or do, how we feel, and whom we love. It is the essence of being. This self-hood generally feels like a continuous “me” sitting somewhere in our heads: a me that is the same today as yesterday.


Most people feel that they are coherent, integrated individuals with free will, making their choices and looking out through their eyes at the world around them. And that is just what self-hood seems to be – an illusion, a collection of conflicting messages and signals and thought processes.


Neuroscience tells us that our subjective sense of self must be a distributed experience, involving various bits of the brain. Although experiments have taught us much about the brain areas involved in creating it, how exactly it is conjured up still eludes us.


We do know that a sophisticated sense of self and others only comes to us gradually. Understanding that your thoughts are different from someone else and being able to reflect on your own thinking, that in itself is a higher-order skill.


Ain Soph Aur - Patrick Gaffiero

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Lolan ah Sine
Lolan ah Sine
Sep 17, 2022

Another masterfully conceived article by Patrick Gaffiero, AKA "Ain Soph Aur" [Ain Soph Aur is a term used in Jewish Kabbalah to summarize the manifested universe as it emanates from Consciousness]. He states: “The difference between illusion and magick is that illusion is anything that seems to be something that it is not. While magick is supernatural - charm, spell, or any other method to dominate natural forces. “ And this seemingly binary concept actually supports my conviction that Magick is in everything by intention. There is no fake stage magic illusionism vs real magick spiritualism hard boundary. Our perception of the world is moreso through the narrative of others than our own narrative. “These two words, reality, and illusion…

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Hi Patrick, I have sent you an email on the following email address: info@patrickgaffiero.com. The email came back to me and by the look of it is not going through.

Any chances I can grab an other email address from you please. Alternatively, I sent you a message on Instagram.

Have a good day

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Tommaso Raucci
Tommaso Raucci
Sep 15, 2022

thank You Your Majesty, Patrick+.'.

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