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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".[1] 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;[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[3] 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'.[4]

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".[3] 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".[3] 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.[5] 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.[5] 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.[5][6]


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.[7] 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,[8] 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,[9] Index also explained them with such characteristics.[10]

"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.[11] 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

Name Magic Name Organization Notes
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 Bridge Builders Cabal Center of a group of Magicians. Named after protagonist of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Ange Catacombs Unknown Necessarius
Anna Kingsford Unknown Unknown Mentor of Mathers and Westcott.
Anna Sprengel Unknown Rosicrucian Order/R&C Occultics
Bridge Builders Cabal
Point of contact/priestess for the Secret Chiefs and CEO of R&C Occultics.
Aradia Unknown Bridge Builders Cabal 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
Bersi Unknown GREMLIN
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
Cendrillon Unknown GREMLIN (Formerly)
Chimera Unknown Gremlin (True) Magic God
Citrinitas Unknown United States of America
R&C Occultics
Vice President of the United States.
Cutia Virginroad Unknown Necessarius
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
Ellasone Unknown Necessarius
Elza Unknown Kamisato Faction
Emilie Fordia Unknown
Etzali Unknown GROUP Formerly from Return of the Winged One, the Aztec grimoires recognize him as a Sorcerer
Fenrir Unknown GREMLIN
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
Floris Unknown New Light
Forgotten God Unknown Gremlin (True) Magic God
Freadia Strikers Unknown Necessarius
H. T. Trismegistus Unknown Bridge Builders Cabal
Hel Unknown GREMLIN
High Priest Unknown Gremlin (True) Magic God
Iðunn Unknown GREMLIN
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.
Isabella Theism Unknown Necessarius
Isahaya Unknown Amakusa Catholics
Itsuwa Unknown Amakusa Catholics
Jane Elves Unknown Necessarius
Jeans Slasher Unknown None Valkyrie
Jeans Shop Owner Unknown Necessarius (temporary)
Jörmungandr Unknown GREMLIN
Kanzaki Kaori Salvare000, "Be the salvation of those who cannot be saved" Necessarius Saint
Karasuma Fran Unknown Anglican Church
Kamisato Faction
Kouyagi Unknown Amakusa Catholics
Knight Leader Unknown Knights of England Leader of the Knights of England
Lancis Unknown New Light
Laura Stuart Unknown Necessarius Archbishop of the Anglican Church, and leader of its magic sub-organization, Necessarius.
Leasic Unknown None
Leep Unknown None Priestess of Bastet
Leivinia Birdway Regnum771 Dawn-colored Sunlight Leader of Dawn-colored Sunlight
Lessar Unknown New Light
Lidvia Lorenzetti Unknown Roman Catholic Church
Loki Unknown GREMLIN
Madame Horos Unknown Unknown Impersonated Anna Sprengel and hijacked her body.
Maiden of Versailles Unknown France
Mallybath Blackball Unknown Necessarius
Marian Slingeneyer Unknown GREMLIN
Marie Spearhead Unknown Necessarius
Mark Space Armare091 Dawn-colored Sunlight
Mary Unknown Bridge Builders Cabal
Mina Mathers Unknown Golden Dawn Member of the Golden Dawn
Mjölnir Unknown GREMLIN
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
Nomozaki Unknown Amakusa Catholics
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
Richard Brave Unknown Necessarius
Robert William Felkin Unknown Golden Dawn Member of the Golden Dawn
Salome Unknown Kamisato Faction
Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers Unknown Golden Dawn Co-founder of the Golden Dawn
Saronia A. Irivika Unknown GREMLIN (Formerly)
Sasha Kreutzev Unknown Annihilatus
Sherry Cromwell Intimus115, "I offer everything to my lost friend" Necessarius
Sif Unknown GREMLIN
Sigyn Unknown GREMLIN
Silvia Unknown England Saint
Skogsfru Unknown Annihilatus
Smartvery Unknown Necessarius Witch
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
Theodosia Electra Unknown Necessarius
Thor Unknown GREMLIN (Formerly)
Tochtli Unknown Return of the Winged One
Torquay Shadowmint Unknown Necessarius
Toyama Luca Unknown Kamisato Faction
Tsuchimikado Motoharu Fallere825, "The backstabbing blade" GROUP/Necessarius

Sole successful Magician-Esper hybrid.

Operative of multiple other organizations.

Tsushima Unknown Amakusa Catholics
Uragami Unknown Amakusa Catholics
Ureapaddy Exica Unknown Gate of the Gods Come from the Heavens (Formerly)
Ushibuka Unknown Amakusa Catholics
Útgarða-Loki Unknown GREMLIN
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
Yamisaka Ouma Unknown None
Ymir's Ocean Girl Unknown None
Zombie Unknown Gremlin (True) Magic God