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Any out there basing routines on this subject?

I've been studying it for my degree and its a pretty interesting time.

I'm sure someones done it well before - suggestions?
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The invocation is full of these things, although, research is everything. Discoverie of Witchcraft by Reginald Scott is a great beginning.
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I am doing a weak version of this. I have been performing at Renaissance Faires for a few years now, as part of the court of Mary, Queen of Scots. The year is 1562. So I can make references to Reginald Scott's Discoverie of Witchcraft, etc. I am...

"...Merloch Silvermaine -- Seer, Sage, Sorcerer, Raconteur, and secret counsellor to Her Royal Majesty. Given the religious sensitivities of the age, I allow people to believe that what I do is merely tricks and illusions. But at night the ladies come to me for advice!".

I don't have any video of me exactly in that character, but this shows my appearance and the style of my magic (though at Faire I don't use modern-looking playing cards):

Posted: Jul 18, 2012 10:37pm
I forgot to say: I am a visitor to the court of Mary, representing an ancient order of wizards based in northeast Romania. There were, historically, such orders. My order is small, and to maintain its existence it sends representatives to the major Eastern and Western European courts. These representatives offer their services to the court on general, and to the reigning monarch in particular. This helps us to have "friends in high places" and thus maintain the ongoing existence of our order. And it also gives us some opportunities to exert a small amount of influence on world affairs. For example, we have been training the Van Helsing family! We aren;t yet sure that we've seen the end of this local upstart known as Vlad Dracul.

In my case, my order chose to send me to Mary's court because
(1) My order was sympathetic to her cause (a sympathy that did not prevent her untimely end at her cousin Elizabeth's hand!)
(2) I know the local language because my mother was a Scot. About a century earlier a Viking ship had invaded northern Scotland and the captain had taken a 14-year-old Scottish lass back to Sweden with him. ON the way back they struck up a relationship and I was the result! By 10 years old it was clear to my parents that I had certain talents and abilities that made me different form other boys. So to protect me from local discrimination, and to nurture my abilities, I was sent into the hands of this order, and there I stayed.
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I enjoyed watching the video and reading your posts, Kim. Thanks for posting.
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Thanks for the video Smile
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There is an interesting article in this months National Geographic about a group of Roma who live on the outskirts of Bucharest. They are metal traders, very rich, enough so to build mansions, which is what the NG article is about.

(He mentioed Romania, that is why I posted this)
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Kim, I have frequently enjoyed your performances at ren faires. Having read your bio, I am convinced you are indeed a magician a la Merlin or Dumbledore.
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Great video, Kim ! Beautiful speech....
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Please don't overlook the impact of the fear of witchcraft in Medieval times and how it influenced/effected what could be publicly performed in some countries/areas. The real and fictitious "press" about witchcraft had an impact on what was performed == also linked to the power of the Catholic church over what people thought. Further East along the Varangian Route the influence was different and all thypes of magic preformed -- leading to in input of ideas/effect from China, etc.

CAlims of witchcraft led to the destruction of the Skamorochi (Sp) in Russia
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After watching the Tudors I'm wondering how much of witchcraft folklore from back then arose from Catholic ceremonies performed in secret. Transubstantian is a pretty neat magic trick itself right?
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My nephew did a school project on this time period and chose to incorporate some magic tricks into it. He used this site ( for ideas. I have no idea how authentic they are but he had a good time trying them out.
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Many years ago, a group out of Las Vegas made a limited edition magic set based on tricks in Discoverie of Witchcraft. A bit pricey, but well made.
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The only problem I see with your chosen persona is the fact that Mary loved to burn witches, heretics and protestants. Her sister Elizabeth was much more sympathetic in regards to the magical arts. In fact, she hired John Dee to work up the best time and date for her coronation.

Did you know that Mary and Elizabeth are buried in the same tomb? Elizabeth was buried above Mary and one side of the tomb reads something to the effect of: "Here lay two sisters seeking one resurrection."
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Here are the titles to two books that are good references, yet I have not seen them listed anywhere in the Café - of course I haven't yet gone through the entirety of the site, but I have found these handy on the subject at hand.

Magic in the Middle Ages, by Richard Kieckhefer, Cambridge Medieval Textbooks, 1989, 1990.
Covers from 500 - 1500 CE. "...A full discussion of the social history of magic and of the ways in which magical beliefs borrowed from a diversity of cultures."
...Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, Professor Kieckhefer has taken magic from its cultural isolation and placed it firmly at the crossroads of medieval culture,
as a focal point for our understanding of many other aspects of medieval history." ISBN 0-521-31202-7

The Queen's Conjurer by Benjamin Woolley, Henry Holt and Company, LLC. 2001.
"The primary source material for this book is a collection of diaries by (John) Dee."
Well written with plenty of references.

I used the passages within The Queen's Conjuror to build my routine around my bending mirror illusion. More than once, John Dee came back from his travels to discover his house had been ransacked by either the populace or by the guards of Queen Mary's court. In fact, Dee was imprisoned by Mary, awaiting a death sentence. Only Mary's death and Elizabeth's rise to the throne saved his life. He was put into service by Elizabeth, starting with setting the date for her coronation.
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