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Magic is the supernatural energy that exist in the world which allows individuals known as Magicians to alter reality through Spells. However most people cannot do magic for several reasons. For one, casting spells is very difficult and most people are not intelligent, obsessive, or unfortunate enough to dedicate themselves entirely to magic. Those not admitted to Brakebills usually lack the the proper guidance offered by the college, which leads to them becoming Hedge Witches. It is also implied that those with a high moral firmness cannot access the tools necessary to manipulate magical energies. However, some people can have all the necessary requirements, say the right words, move their hands the right way, and still nothing will happen.



Quentin demonstrates an act of magic during the admission tests

Practitioners of magic are known as magicians, regardless of gender. They are ordinary individuals with special abilities that, with the right training, can accomplish extraordinary feats. Potential magicians are chosen after careful analysis and are given the opportunity to enroll in a school of magic such as Brakebills University

Every magician is an individual in their own right, but each will be drawn to particular strains of magic, known as disciplines. Depending on the discipline of the magician, they will be grouped under categories such as: Natural Magic, Illusion, Knowledge, Physical, Psychic, Travelers, and Healers.

The magical community has its own rules, which are taught to the Magicians at the time of enrollment. In most cases, the rules of the mundane world are equally respected.

It is up to the faculty to teach the young magicians how to best use their skills. When they fail in this, generally the magicians are deprived of their memories of the magical world, and returned to their ordinary life. However, some manage to find magic in other ways, such as books or websites, which leads them to practice magic in unorthodox ways. These type of practitioners are called hedge witches, and are considered second-class magicians to those who receive more refined education, such as the students of Brakebills.

Quotes on Magic

March - "If you feel curious about the nature and origins of the magical powers that are growing slowly and very, very cost, remember the famous story of the English philosopher, Bertrand Russell. Once Russell made a public lecture on the structure of the universe. Soon after, he was approached by a woman who praised him for being a young man so intelligent, but he was very much mistaken, since everyone knew that the earth was flat and stood on the shell of a turtle. when Russell asked her about which, in turn, to support this turtle, she just said 'You're very clever, young man, very clever but are only several turtles, one on top of another.' The woman was wrong about the Earth, of course, but she would have much reason you're referring to magic. Great mages have wasted their entire lives trying to get to the root of magic. This is a useless search, nothing entertaining and often quite dangerous. because the deeper you descend, the largest and most squamous are the turtles, and increasingly sharp beaks. Until they finally begin to look less like turtles and more with dragons."

Dean Fogg - "Not much can be said about what magic is and what magic is not. It is real and it is not for everyone. It is not the answer to all of your problems, although it could very well transform them into opportunities. It is one thing to know of magic, it is another thing to be a Magician. Magic is born of the notion that our world is governed by laws of physics which keep us trapped on this isolated rock, is limited, incomplete. At Brakebills we take students who have that notion, and teach them to transform it into something tangible, hopefully without blowing themselves up in the process. Because magic is not something to be dicked around with!"

Dean Fogg - "Being a magician has always been, in part, about accruing power. Power over yourself, the elements. Power over the future. The very world that exists around you. But power, as you all know, does not come cheaply. There are reasons we teach this curriculum precisely the way that we do. Skipping around, focusing on all the wrong things, lack of guidance... These are all extremely dangerous. There are certain energies, certain spells, which are far too powerful for one magician alone. If you lose control, it will turn against you. It will kill you. It will consume you. Change you into something else."

Known Magicians


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