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A Magician (魔術師 Majutsu-shi?, Yen Press: Sorcerer) is an individual trained in using magic. Inadequate training leaves these individuals prone to the consequences of unsuccessfully using magic. It has been stated by Index that those without mana cannot perform magic, such as herself. However, all forms of life can produce mana, and Index, however, cannot directly harness mana outside of her John's Pen Mode state.
The ceremony and practice of magic was created due to "those without talent" wanting to produce the effects as "those with talent". It is stated that the most important part about magic is its proper preparation; magic that is properly prepared allows even talentless middle schoolers to cast spells; the opposite stands true as improper preparation leads to both malfunction and backlash that inflicts damage on the practitioner's brain.
Magicians tend to operate in secrecy and deny the existence of "magic" when questioned. It is because of this that the vast majority of people, such as most espers concentrated in Academy City, are ignorant to their existence; Shirai Kuroko for example, mistook Sherry Cromwell as an esper after the latter summoned a golem to their aid.
Magicians are distinguished from espers due to the former's use of items with occult properties and their capacity to exploit multiple supernatural powers (such as magicians that can use more than one element, as the case of Oriana Thomson). The latter on the other hand can only access one supernatural power, and there is currently no method for accessing more. Although, despite this, esper abilities are versatile, which, provided that the user is competent enough, allows them to be used for various purposes.
History of Western magic
Carving one's magical name to their soul is an activity that has been practiced by western magicians (though seemingly isolated to English magicians) since the 19th century. Their respective magic names are often related to the reason behind their decision to learn magic or the one dream which they would sacrifice their life for. An exception are Saints, who may carve it onto their chest/heart instead, as shown by William Orwell. Stiyl Magnus once said the real reason for having magic names is long forgotten, now it is only used in battle as a gesture to say 'it will now be a fight to the death'.
Western Magicians since the end of the 19th century, according to Tsuchimikado Motoharu, are beings that "whose wishes are not fulfilled, whose prayers to God went unanswered - people who have lost their way and turned towards this back door called Magic". According to him, most magicians are like children in the aspect they fight honorably and let emotion cloud their judgment - whereas other professionals such as soldiers will shoot without remorse; magicians are like "Children who hold knives. And also as Children who have been betrayed by the world, trembling and crying at the same time". As such, magicians have very little loyalty to organizations - they are willing to betray the group to which they are affiliated to if it somehow clashes with their own dreams/goals.
Other magicians (like the Etzali of the Aztecs) might not follow the Western rule of magic names, or became mages for the same reason.
A common pattern followed by European magicians who practice 'modern western magic' is that when they run into a dead-end in their research which can be overcome with their existing resources and discovered that their objective can't be granted with just their own rules, they come to believe that the answers lie hidden in some as yet unseen paradise and seeking them out. Some of the ideas considered by such magicians are somewhat nonsensical, such as finding some strange grand master in Tibet and gaining to the key to the gates of heaven through his teachings, sunken continents and civilizations such as Atlantis or Mu, or even receiving divine knowledge and wisdom through radio signals from the Sun. With the colonial period, influences from various foreign cultures (from Central and South America, the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, India etc) were introduced, however the biggest influence came from Africa, known as the Dark Continent. Being a large place with a melting pot of tribes, cultures and legends, and conveniently located just across the Mediterranean, many magicians have visited it in order to gather information to make a breakthrough, including Aleister Crowley himself.
Western magicians dabble in a multitude of skills to do with magic, such as Alchemy, astronomy, and summoning. Aureolus Izzard was called an "Alchemist" (錬金術師 Renkinjitsushi?) because that was all he was good at out of the myriad of sub-sets of magic. In Toaru Majutsu no Index, Alchemy in general is useless compared to other magic, and was renowned for being a trick for gullible nobles in the 16th century where they believed turning lead into gold was possible. Ars Magna was an exception in that it held exceptional power.
"Sorcerer" (魔導師 Madoushi?, Yen Press: Wizard) are magicians that have the purpose of spreading magical knowledge with the objective of raising the next generation of mages, according to Stiyl and Tsuchimikado these magicians are normally strong enough to handle the power of a grimoire and use it to teach the magical knowledge to their apprentices, Index also explained them with such characteristics.
"Magic God" (魔神 Majin?) is the highest possible position available to magicians where the magic of the user is almost considered divine and can overwrite the laws set by common sense. Other positions are possibly other than that, such as "Saint" (聖人 Seijin?) or "The Person Superior to God" (神上 Kamijou?), but they cannot be reached by 'normal' magicians and depends almost entirely on factors like talent or birth.
List of Magicians
|Acqua of the Back (William Orwell)||Flere210, "The one who changes the reason of tears"||God's Right Seat (Formerly)||Ex-Saint|
|Aleister Crowley||Beast666||Academy City||He was considered the greatest magician of the Magic Side.|
|Alice Anotherbible||Unknown||Alice's Group||Center of a group of Magicians. Named after protagonist of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.|
|Anna Kingsford||Unknown||Unknown||Mentor of Mathers and Westcott.|
|Anna Sprengel||Unknown||Rosicrucian Order/R&C Occultics
|Point of contact/priestess for the Secret Chiefs and CEO of R&C Occultics.|
|Aradia||Unknown||Alice's Group||Goddess of Witches|
|Arlands Darkstreet||Unknown||Dusk Waiting to Awaken||Leader of Dusk Waiting to Awaken|
|Arthur Edward Waite||Unknown||Golden Dawn||Member of the Golden Dawn|
|Aureolus Izzard||Honos628, "My honor is for the world"||Roman Catholic Church (Formerly)||Alchemist|
|Balbina||Unknown||Roman Catholic Church|
|Bayloupe||Unknown||New Light||Leader of New Light|
|Brassa P. Marhaisk||Unknown||Russian Orthodox Church|
|Biagio Busoni||Unknown||Roman Catholic Church||Bishop of the Roman Church|
|Brunhild Eiktobel||Unknown||None||Valkyrie & Saint|
|Carissa||Unknown||England||Second Princess of the British Royal Family|
|Chimera||Unknown||Gremlin (True)||Magic God|
|Citrinitas||Unknown||United States of America
|Vice President of the United States.|
|Cynthia Exment||Unknown||Royal Astronomical Research Organization/Amakusa Church Overseas Branch||Leader of the Royal Astronomical Research Organization|
|Dion Fortune||Unknown||Golden Dawn||Member of the Golden Dawn|
|Elizard||Unknown||England||Queen of England|
|Elizalina||Unknown||Elizalina Alliance of Independent Nations||Leader of the Elizalina Alliance of Independent Nations, Sorcerer|
|Etzali||Unknown||GROUP||Formerly from Return of the Winged One, the Aztec grimoires recognize him as a Sorcerer|
|Fiamma of the Right||Unknown||God's Right Seat||Leader of God's Right Seat|
|Flack Anchors||Unknown||Dusk Waiting to Awaken|
|Fleiss||Unknown||Dawn that Wipes Away Darkness|
|Forgotten God||Unknown||Gremlin (True)||Magic God|
|H.T. Trismegistus||Unknown||Alice's Group|
|High Priest||Unknown||Gremlin (True)||Magic God|
|Index Librorum Prohibitorum||Dedicatus545, "The dedicated lamb protects the knowledge of the strong"||Necessarius||Holder of the 103,000 grimoires banned by the Roman Catholic Church.|
|Jeans Shop Owner||Unknown||Necessarius (temporary)|
|Kanzaki Kaori||Salvare000, "Be the salvation of those who cannot be saved"||Necessarius||Saint|
|Karasuma Fran||Unknown||Anglican Church
|Knight Leader||Unknown||Knights of England||Leader of the Knights of England|
|Laura Stuart||Unknown||Necessarius||Archbishop of the Anglican Church, and leader of its magic sub-organization, Necessarius.|
|Leep||Unknown||None||Priestess of Bastet|
|Leivinia Birdway||Regnum771||Dawn-colored Sunlight||Leader of Dawn-colored Sunlight|
|Lidvia Lorenzetti||Unknown||Roman Catholic Church|
|Madame Horos||Unknown||Unknown||Impersonated Anna Sprengel and hijacked her body.|
|Maiden of Versailles||Unknown||France|
|Mark Space||Armare091||Dawn-colored Sunlight|
|Mina Mathers||Unknown||Golden Dawn||Member of the Golden Dawn|
|Nephthys||Unknown||Gremlin (True)||Magic God|
|Niang-Niang||Unknown||Gremlin (True)||Magic God|
|Nics Everblind||Unknown||Necessarius||Specializes in signs and prosthetics|
|Nikolai Tolstoy||Unknown||Russian Orthodox Church||Bishop|
|Nuada||Unknown||Gremlin (True)||Magic God|
|Ollerus||Unknown||None||Closest Magician to become a Magic God|
|Oriana Thomson||Basis104, "The one who carries the basis"||None||Mercenary, temporarily affiliates with anyone who can pay her. Presumed to be a Sorcerer|
|Orlentz Trice||Unknown||None||Was performing research in the field of immortality, but an investigation by a separate unit made it clear that his theory has already failed.|
|Othinus||Unknown||GREMLIN||Magic God, Leader of GREMLIN|
|Paul Foster Case||Unknown||Golden Dawn||Member of the Golden Dawn|
|Priestess of Sekhmet||Unknown||None|
|Proserpina||Unknown||Gremlin (True)||Magic God|
|Robert William Felkin||Unknown||Golden Dawn||Member of the Golden Dawn|
|Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers||Unknown||Golden Dawn||Co-founder of the Golden Dawn|
|Saronia A. Irivika||Unknown||GREMLIN (Formerly)|
|Sherry Cromwell||Intimus115, "I offer everything to my lost friend"||Necessarius|
|Sozty Exica||Unknown||Gate of the Gods Come from the Heavens (Formerly)|
|St. Germain||Unknown||None||Collective identity|
|Stiyl Magnus||Fortis931, "I prove why my name is the strongest here"||Necessarius|
|Tatemiya Saiji||Unknown||Amakusa Catholics|
|Tecpatl||Unknown||Return of the Winged One||Leader|
|Tezcatlipoca||Unknown||Gremlin (True)||Magic God|
|Terra of the Left||Unknown||God's Right Seat|
|Tochtli||Unknown||Return of the Winged One|
|Toyama Luca||Unknown||Kamisato Faction|
|Tsuchimikado Motoharu||Fallere825, "The backstabbing blade"||GROUP/Necessarius||
Sole successful Magician-Esper hybrid.
Operative of multiple other organizations.
|Ureapaddy Exica||Unknown||Gate of the Gods Come from the Heavens (Formerly)|
|Vase||Unknown||Dusk Waiting to Awaken|
|Vasilisa||Unknown||Annihilatus||Leader of Annihilatus|
|Vento of the Front||Unknown||God's Right Seat (Formerly)|
|Víðarr Shoes Woman||Unknown||Necessarius|
|William Wynn Westcott||Unknown||Golden Dawn||Co-founder of the Golden Dawn|
|Xochitl||Unknown||MEMBER||Actually an agent of Return of the Winged One|
|Ymir's Ocean Girl||Unknown||None|
|Zombie||Unknown||Gremlin (True)||Magic God|
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