What is Magic?
Mythical and Fantasy Creatures
What is Magic?
(Taken from Wikipedia)
A magician, mage, sorcerer, sorceress, wizard, warlock, witch, enchanter, enchantress or a person known under one of many other possible terms in fiction is someone who uses or practices magic that derives from supernatural or occult sources. Magicians are common figures in works of fantasy, such as fantasy literature and role-playing games; they draw on a history of such people in mythology, legends, and folklore (see Magician (paranormal)). Although occasional practitioners of sleight-of-hand appear in modern fantasy, they are usually simulating the magic that others perform—or sometimes concealing their actual magic.
Fantasy magicians have powers arising from their study, possibly based on innate talent, rather than having their magical abilities occur entirely spontaneously, or be granted by another source. (Other fantasy characters can use magic or be magical, but they have generally not acquired their powers by study.) Still, most fantasy wizards are depicted as having a special gift which sets them apart from the vast majority of characters in fantasy worlds who are unable to learn magic.
Magicians, sorcerers, wizards, warlocks and practitioners of magic by other titles have appeared in myths, folktales and literature throughout recorded history, and fantasy draws on this background. They commonly appear in fantasy as mentors and villains, as they did in older works, and more recently as heroes themselves. Although they are often portrayed as wielding great powers, their role in shaping the fantasy world they inhabit varies; much of fantasy literature writes of medieval worlds with wizards in a fairly limited role as guardians or advisers.
(taken from typesofthings.com)
Types of Magic
When you think of magic, the first thing which may come to mind is a man in black tuxedo, inexplicably extricating a rabbit from a top hat. Or a performing with a female assistant, whom it appears, he has sawed in half, Magic is performed for people in order to amaze and thrill them and to make the audience believe that a supernatural act has occurred. A kind of performing art, magic has been around for centuries in various forms. It is believed that magic was being performed as far back as the 16th and 17th centuries. In fact, magic may go back even farther, as the Ancient Egyptians, Greek and Romans believed in the supernatural and its powers upon the human race. Even in the Middle Ages in Europe, alchemists believed that it was possible to turn worthless metal into gold.
Magicians sometimes prefer to be called "illusionists," as they perform acts of illusion and not necessarily magic "tricks" which can have a negative connotation. Famous modern magicians include David Blaine, David Copperfield, Penn and Teller and Harry Houdini. There are different kinds of magic that may be performed, including Close-up Magic, Club Magic and Stage Magic and Mentalism. Each of these kinds of magic include sub-categories or styles, as for example, Club magic may include sleight of hand, mentalism, escape artistry and conjuring. The type of magic performed is selected by the magician or illusionist, according to his or her own style, and may depend on the space or arena in which he or she is working.
Styles of Illusions
There are different types of illusions that magicians may perform. For instance, a magician may use vanishing or making himself or a person or object disappear as if by magic. Another type of illusion is teleportation of causing something to appear as if it has changes places or positions, for no apparent reason or by an unseen force. Another type of illusion is levitation, in which an illusionist appears to make an object or person rise, where no platform or support is beneath.The type or style of illusion often depends upon the venue that the performer selects, as it will either accentuate or inhibit his or her show.
Also known as micro-magic, this type of magic is performed in a small space, and could be done at a party, wedding, or even on the street. Prestidigitation, or "sleight of hand" is an act in which a magician uses his hands to move or manipulate objects. A card or coin trick,or cups and balls might be kinds of prestidigitation that are performed. Generally, the magician uses small props either brought with him, or from a member of the audience and makes them disappear, and then reappear or inexplicably alters them in some way. It is typical for a magician doing a close-up act to involve audience members.
Club or Parlor Magic
This type of magic involves a magician performing in a larger venue than with Close-up Magic, and might have the magician performing with a small tabletop or even small live animals such as rabbits or birds. Also, the magician might employ props such as ropes and balloons or involve an audience member. A night club or comedy club are suitable places for club magic, which is also known as stand-up, parlor or platform magic.
Stage magic involves performing in front of a larger area or audience, perhaps in an auditorium or arena. The magician uses large-scale props and machinery to do his acts. For example, a magician might use a box and saw to give the illusion that he's sawing the body of a woman in half, or a box in which an audience member or assistant is placed inside, seems to disappear, and then is transported. An example of a stage magician is David Copperfield or Harry Blackstone.
Mentalism is a form of magic or illusionism in which the performer appears to defy nature with special powers of the mind. Any sort of venue will suffice for this type of magic, as it need not involve props. The magician may give the impression that he or she can predict the future or may try and read the mind of a member of his audience. The different kinds of metalism acts include hot or cold readings, mind control, psychokinesis (bending or moving an object), extra-sensory perception and clairvoyance, to name a few. One example of a famous mentalist is George Joseph Kresge, Jr. The Amazing Kreskin, an American magician who was popular during the 1970s.
Styles of Magic:
There are different styles of magic which illusionists may choose to perform. Shock magic is quite simply meant to shock or disturb audiences, this type of magic is grotesque and is meant to stir up the audience with shock or horror. For example, the illusionist may appear to be piercing his own body with a blade or sword.
An escapologist, or escape artist is performs acts in which he quite simply escapes from what appears to be impossible circumstances. For instance, the magician may be submerged underwater, or enclosed in a sealed box or in chains. For example, Harry Houdini was an escapologist or escape artist.
As its name states, children's magic is performed for children, and may be done at a setting where children are to be present, such as a school or birthday party.
Seances are magic performances that mimic spiritual effects. It is not to be used as though the magician were speaking with the dead or non-present parties is "conjuring" spirits.
As its name suggests, street magic is done on a public street and requires small props such as cards, cups and balls or coin tricks. David Blaine sometimes uses street magic. Oftentimes, magicians who perform this style of magic confront unsuspecting people or audience members in order to prompt interaction. That is, the tricks may be more impromptu in nature than with a planned or stage performance.
Mythical and Fantasy Creatures
The Adaro is half human half fish much like that of a mermaid. They are said to live in the Sun and travel to earth by rainbows. Adaro's are said to travel around the oceans on waterspouts. Unlike mermaids, Adaro are not friendly they attack humans by shooting them with flying fish.
Brownies are invisible brown elves or household goblins who live in farmhouses and other country buildings within Scotland. While the members of the household are asleep they go about doing labours for the house owners. Brownies are protective creatures and become attached to the families if the family move the Brownie will move with them. If a brownie is treated badly by the family or is offered payment the brownie vanishes without trace. Children because of their innocent nature can only see Brownies, though this does not prevent the brownies from helping adults.
The Calygreyhound is a creature from medieval heraldry, it has the body of a deer, the claws of an eagle on its forelegs and hooves of an ox on its hind legs. The Calygreyhound is meant to symbolise swiftness.
The Chinese Fox looks like a typical fox but has a life span between 800 and 1000 years. The Chinese fox has special powers, when it strikes it tail on the ground it can ignite fires, the Chinese fox can also see the future and it is a polymorph (can change its shape) The Chinese fox often appears as an old man, young girl or a academic. The Chinese fox is a trickster and a sly animal it's thought to be a bad omen to see such an animal. Chinese foxes can be found around graveyards because the souls of the dead can relocate into the body of the fox.
The Crocotta is offspring of a wolf and a dog that can be found in Ethiopia. The Crocotta was said to be able to break anything with its teeth and can eat anything. It is now thought that this creature is in fact a Hyena as they are scavenging canine creatures that live in this part of the world.
A Dire wolf is a large wolf, which are usually portrayed as been much more vicious than a normal wolf and also more intelligent. Dire Wolves are usually black though dark greys are popular as well. There is a second description of a dire wolf that says that a dire wolf is a giant wolf that has been brought back from beyond the grave to hunt down. Dire wolves tend to hunt in packs like there wolf relatives; a dire wolf can often be found leading packs of normal wolves.
Doppelganger means double walker which in normal terms is a duplicate of another person or creature. A doppelganger does not necessary have a blood relationship with its double. A doppelganger may therefore be either an astral projection or a ghost. Examples of doppelganger can be found in Robert Louis Stevenson's "Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde".
A Gorgon is a terrifying creature, it looked similar to a human apart from its legs are replaced by a snakes tail, and that the hair of these creatures is made up of snakes. The gaze of a gorgon can turn its victim to stone if only it you look the gorgon in their eyes. The Gorgon comes from Greek mythology, there were three the first was Medusa who was a mortal gorgon, who was killed by Perseus who killed her by using the reflection that she cast onto his shield. Medusa had two sisters Sthens and Euryule who where immortal.
Gremlins are spirits of tools and machinery. They are thought to be responsible for mishaps and breakdowns with tools and equipment. Each house has an Gremlin which entered the house as an occupant of an household appliance. Originally Gremlins were friendly towards mankind and helped engineers and inventors build things but when these people took all the credit the Gremlins were insulted and from that point on they work against us.
The Gulon is mythical creature from Scandinavia, it has the front half of a lion the rear half of a hyena and the bushy tail of a fox. The creature is said to be vicious and has the sharp claws of the lion to attack with. It has been used as a symbol of gluttony.
The Haunt are dog like creatures, they are usually black. Males have two deep set red eyes and females two dark blue eyes. They live in caves deep in mountains and can live with little food and water. Every full moon the males come down into near by city's and towns to hunt. They have Poisonous saliva and claws that can drip with poison.
Hellhounds look like a well-built canine with rusty red fur. Hellhounds have glowing red eyes which a used to terrify prey there eyes also enable them to see in the dark. Hellhounds stand about four and a half foot in height. Hellhounds have the ability to breathe fire. They are very aggressive beasts and are expert hunters. They have a pack structure like wolves.
Howlers are four legged sort of dog like creature. They are furless but have tough skin. They are equipped with long claws, and are covered in hard spikes along its back. They live in dark places and are often associated with evil. They are intelligent creatures that haunt in packs like wolves. There tactic for taking down prey is to charge it as a pack then back away then charge it again, they do this until the prey has succumbed.
Jack Frost is an elfish creature who personifies crisp, cold weather. Jack is said to leave patterns in the autumn leaves and the patterns in the frost that are left on windows. It is thought that Jack frost comes from Norse mythology as Jokul who was the cause of icicles.
Lamia's are a cross between an attractive human and a lion. The body part is lion, with a human torso rising from where the lions head would be, they look not unlike centaurs but lion instead of horse. Lamias are evil and cruel creatures that get pleasure in causing pain and suffering. Lamias have the magical ability to drain knowledge from those that they attack.
A Leprechaun is a small sprite that lives in farmhouses or wine cellars. Like Brownies they aid humans and accomplish small labours for them, they ask humans for supplies and furniture in return they give objects that bring luck and fortune. Leprechauns are described as merry little fellows that dress in old-fashioned green clothes with buckled shoes and they wear a red cap. They are known as fairy cobblers, as they make shoes for other elves. They never make a pair of shoes they only make one. Popular belief is that a leprechaun possesses a treasure, which a human can obtain if they succeed in capturing one, which is very difficult. Leprechauns are mainly found in Irish folklore but do appear in other countries.
Pixies or Piskies are small people who live on the dons and moors of Cornwall and Devon in the South of England. According to the myths Pixies were originally druids who resisted Christianity that they resisted the influences and the Pixies grew smaller. Another myth tells us they were a race of people who were not good enough to go to heaven but nor were they bad enough to go to Hell and were doomed to walk the earth forever. Pixies are known to steal horses and make nocturnal trips on them over the moors. Pixies like to trick humans such as throwing objects around the house. Pixies are hardworking, they work in the fields the entire night to earn some food.
Snotlings are the smallest of the greened skinned races. Orcs & Goblins use them as slaves for simple tasks as they are not intelligent creatures at about the same size of a Gnome. They are not a threat on their own to other creatures. They realise this so they form gangs that again can attack a target with numbers.
The Vegetable lamb or otherwise known as Tartary, Barbary Lamb or Barmotez comes from Hebrew legends. The Vegetable lamb is a lamb like creature that is grown from a tree, it remains attached to the tree and they eat the foliage in the area around the tree once there is no food left they die of starvation. The Vegetable lamb is a delicacy the meat from it is meant to taste of fish, its blood that is like honey. Its bones were used in rituals to give humans the power of farseering (predicting the future).
All heck as broken loose in the magical world. Overheard by one of the magicians, An evil sorcerer(or sorceress) is coming to take over the magical world. The magical beings in the world decide to go to the other magical beings in the world, despite their differences.
Is it now up to them to work together and defeat the evil being.
Species (look above in the types of mythical and fantasy creatures for info):
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