odditiesoflife:

The History of Magic

The Beginnings of Magic - The art of magic, that of producing extraordinary phenomena in opposition to the laws of science, since the dawn of time has had the power to both frighten and fascinate. During prehistoric times, it is likely that many individuals scattered around the world realized that they possessed the talent to mystify their peers. It is in this manner that they became the first witches or wizards. Several prehistoric utensils and illustrations found in caves around 50,000 BC seem to attest to this. It is believed that magical rites were practiced in religious ceremonies. Sorcerers or healers at this time had both the knowledge of basic principles of life and nature (as the beneficial effects of certain plants or potions on the body) and probably also had the ability to deceive their fellow companions both orally and visually.

The above illustrations by Emile Bayard (1837 - 1891) are from the book Histoire de la Magie. Bayard was successful by a young age and had published cartoons in newspapers by the time he was 15. When completing illustrations for books, he never used photographs, preferring an interview with the author. The overall success of his illustrations was that, according to him, the reader could comprehend the book by only seeing his prints.

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Hekate


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Altar in Lucifer worshipers’ chapel, from from Past, Present and Future by James E White, 1909.

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Altar in Lucifer worshipers’ chapel, from from Past, Present and Future by James E White, 1909.

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Worth a Second Look 

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Worth a Second Look 


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Fortune for a quarter? I love quarters!

distortedmirage:

Fortune for a quarter? I love quarters!


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The parts of a Gypsy vardo, or wagon from the Silent Owl

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The parts of a Gypsy vardo, or wagon from the Silent Owl


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James Hamilton - Last Days of Pompeii (1864)

1910-again:

James Hamilton - Last Days of Pompeii (1864)

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Zarpado Post!

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magictransistor:

Asa Smith. Celestial Illustrations from Smith’s Illustrated Astronomy. 1851. 

Wood engravings with hand highlighting, written by the principal of Public School No. 12 in New York City with the goal “to present all the distinguishing principles in physical Astronomy with as few words as possible”.

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He has won the battle.

Ruth Manning-Sanders, The Red King and the Witch, illustration Victor G. Ambrus (London: OUP, 1964).


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fuckinmiki:

Roma woman (1800s)

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Roma woman (1800s)


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