HyperMagic

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Those acquainted with Neuromancer, The Matrix Series, Aeon Flux, Fight Club, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Holographic Universe Theory, Zhuangzi, Jorge Luis Borges, Jean Baudrillard, Umberto Eco, Garry Crystal, John Tiffin, Nobuyoshi Terashima and George Ritzer will grasp more easily the meaning which the term “Hyperreal” is intended to express.

In short, a common term in Semiotics and Postmodern Philosophy, “Hyperreal” is the quality of something that is real without having an origin or reality, or an authentic fake. It is also what appears to be “more real than reality itself”. Tiffin and Terashima inform us that Hyperreality is the condition in which what is “real” and what is fiction are seamlessly blended together in a way there is no clear distinction between where one ends and the other begins. As it was pointed by Ashin Ottama in a video shared by @hippi in Kenosophy, we live 96% of our lives in concepts (representations or interpretations of reality). Hyperreality is, thus, the representation of reality mistaken for reality itself; and we mostly live within it. People often mistake the character for the actor; Disneyland is the Hyperchildhood; Gatorade is the Hyperwater; The Media is Hypercommunication that deals with Hypertruth; Porn is the Hypersex; Fitness, the Hyperbeauty; Coke is the Hyperhappiness. Celebrities, the Hypergods. Nespresso, the Hypercofee… and the list of artificial realities can grow frighteningly longer. Money. Plastic Surgery. Safety. Las Vegas. Anastasiya Shpagina. Snowboard in Jamaica. Numbers. Dubai. Banana flavored taffies that taste more like bananas than the actual bananas. Ego. The American Dream. Cosplay. Mind. Science. Sex dolls. Electronic cigarettes. Internet. Facebook. Democracy. Stock Exchange. History. Kabbalah. Solar System. Nagual. Politics. Consumerism. GPS. Air Conditioning. FREEDOM – yeah, baby, freedom is indeed a lie; if you think you’re free, think twice; you’re probably wrong.

In a Hyperworld, Magic alone is maybe not enough. A Hyperworld calls for Hypermagic. But isn’t any magical practice already Hyperreal per se? It seems that human experience of Hyperreality isn’t all that new.

Reading Marcel Mauss’ “General Theory of Magic” and, before him, James Frazer’s “The Golden Bough”, we are led to the conclusion that Hyperreality is the essential basis of Magic. Frazer calls Hyperreal “Homoeopathic Magic”. He says: “Homoeopathic magic commits the mistake of assuming that things which resemble each other are the same”. If Magic is about shaping reality, then it is first necessary to understand the principles that rule ‘reality’. And of course this raises other one-thousand deeper questions; questions that were already pondered by Zhuangzi, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes and others, and that became known in Western Philosophy as “The Dream Argument”. It postulates that any state depending on our senses should be cautiously examined to determine whether it is in fact ‘reality’. In the Dream state (except for Lucid Dreams), we are usually unaware that we are in fact dreaming. So what would be, then, safe grounds for us to determine, while in the Waking state, that we are living in the ‘real’ World? Eastern mages had realized this long ago and developed a system of consciousness exploration called Dream Yoga, also called Milan or Svapnadarśana, which is basically what we know as Lucid Dreaming. Apart from our senses, there is another body of rules that are usually employed for ‘reality checking’; and it refers to what we learn, not by experience, but by being told. Of course I have to agree thus, with Marcel Mauss, when he asserts that Magic is a social phenomenon (usually an unnoticed or overlooked fact). Memetics. No wonder Chaos Magic and Thelema work better than Shamanism or Traditional Witchcraft in big cities. People willing to perform Shamanism, Pagan Rites or Witchcraft will inevitably feel the need for wilderness.

To summarize, Nothing is Real (can you perceive the truth in the sentence? Only NOTHING is Real); everything else is meaning. Reality and Fiction are identical if the proper stimuli can be provoked in consciousness. Everything consists of interpretation, conceptualization, representation. Model and Paradigm. That’s why Perception plays a stupendous role in Magic. To manipulate ‘reality’ (or better saying, Hyperreality), we have to manipulate consciousness.

So I feel more than compelled to formulate the questions: is there something like Hypermagic? The practice of Magic through representation of Magic? If Astral Travel (model), Sigilization (representation) and Ceremonial Magic (simulation) are already Hyperreal and Magical in essence, what forms would Hypermagic take? Is it possible that we are in fact practicing Hypermagic instead and that there could never be something like ‘real’ Magic? Can this puzzle be solved?

11 Responses to “HyperMagic”

  1. Eon Satura says:

    The question we might want to ask ourselves is, is illusionism (as in stage magic) Magic(k)?? The viewer perceives it as real even though he or she knows it isn’t, while the Wizard of Oz who’s working his trick behind the curtains understands the mechanics of the illusion. While practicing Magick we’re both the Wizard behind the curtain or veil as well as the viewer in front of it. If you look at it this way there’s not really that much of a difference between magic and Magick is there? We are fooling ourselves, but the funny thing is, it works!

    Great article btw..

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  2. I think this line of thinking can quickly lead to mysticism. It seems to me that mysticism aims at the reconnection with the real through the rejection of the hyperreal. Mysticism takes on both ascetic and hedonistic forms, but both have in common a focusing of awareness on the here and now.

    Magic on the other hand, tends to accept the illusion of the hyperreal as itself part of reality, and aims to learn to manipulate it for whatever purpose the magician(s) decide(s) to put their will to. So you might be right that magic is to some extent already hyperreal. However, this does not mean magic with an increased awareness of hyperreality doesn’t have advantages.

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  3. Dana Varahi says:

    In terms of Hyperreality as the representation of reality mistaken for reality itself, religion could be seen as hyperreality of magic. If we look at a lot of religious practices their meaning became purely symbolic. Each religious symbol relates to magic in one or anther form. Most people practising the religion know very little about the magical significance of the processes, actions and rituals they partake in and indeed about the symbolism.

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  4. Leo Holmes says:

    Really nice thoughts here! So I think we can preliminarly conclude that:

    1. Yes, there is something like Hypermagic; and

    2. It is the type of Magic usually worked by Stage Magicians and Religion (and also Media and Marketing, if you allow me the add); and

    3. It is mainly characterized by being a type of Magic performed with a massive aid of non-magicians (?), unwittingly or unobtrusively, for purposes that are secretively planned and ruled by true Mages; in this case, by Hyperarchitects, the Architects of the Hyperreal.

    Can we perhaps develop this even further and assamble everything together (methods and techniques) into a newly identified Magical System? I mean, we could consider it a subset of Chaos Magic, but more specific in terms of A) Purpose; Conduct and C) Precisely the employment of sleepers (non-magicians). And collective Symbol Systems are distinctly relevant for item B.

    The aim of Hypermagic is to stimulate sleepers to behave in a certain way (usually robotic) in order to accomplish the will of the Hyperarchitect; It mainly produces Hyperneeds and Hyperthoughts (as in Hypnosis or Suggestion) in their victims; and it is generally related with material gain (money and political power), increasingly strong in the Postmodern World. But it can be also employed for more altruistic purposes (despite extremely rare).

    I wait in anticipation and acutely curious to see where can we go with this.

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  5. Leo Holmes says:

    Ah, means Item B )

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  6. Eon Satura says:

    @leoholmes I don’t know if you did this on purpose (you probably did, and I’m just a fool for pointing it out) but I literally laughed my ass off.

    “The aim of Hypermagic is to stimulate sleepers to behave in a certain way (usually robotic) in order to accomplish the will of the Hyperarchitect”

    Not much work there, since, from Google: “Ro’bot – from Czech, from robota ‘forced labor.’” I’m not so smart myself. I just watch a lot of TED.

    As for the rest of it such a “Magickal system” already exists. It’s called the government.

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  7. @leoholmes You could define HyperMagick in such a way. I suggest the first task for such a ‘Hyper Magician’ would be to identify as many times in their past that they have been the ‘sleeper robot’ for another hyperarchitect as possible. Think if you can WHY you acted as one. Also think about when you kinda acted as one, but sabotaged the result so the would-be hyperarchitect didn’t actually get what they wanted from the interaction. In these cases think why you acted as the robot and why you none-the-less sabotaged the result.

    @satura For me, the term ‘sleeper robot’ conjured up this image:

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  8. Saw this tweet by Mogg Morgan on Anton’s twitter feed “Religion is magic for the masses, and magic is religion for the individual” Robert Conner “Magic in Christianity: from Jesus to Gnosticism”

    That said, is HyperMagick simply religion?

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  9. Eon Satura says:

    @anton .. Yeah.. Woody Allen in Sleeper.

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  10. Dana Varahi says:

    Being dyslexic has its joyful moments:

    “The aim of Hypermagic is to stimulate slippers to behave in a certain way (usually robotic) in order to accomplish the will of the Hyperarchitect”

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