Continues from Part 1.
The second lemma needs to be deduced from reading these pages from chapter two of Christopher Milbourne’s Illustrated History of Magic published in 1975. (Dear publisher: please treat this as free advertising for your wonderful book.). Yes it’s all relevant, and it starts off with a story about Khufu. Click to enlarge for easier reading.
So, the lessons of this lemma are:
- People have been doing magic tricks for thousands of years.
- It was the priests that specialised in the art.
- It was used in their religious cons of the $True $Believers.
- Some of the effects were quite advanced, and clearly had a history behind them to get to that level in the art.
- Effects included mysterious-goings-on in temples, involving false doors, feked altars, and things like that.
Here ends the second lemma.