Christian Magicians Rise to Defend Themselves as Not Involved With the Occult

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Alex Murashko writes at the Christian Post:

Christian magicians are rising to defend themselves against assertions made by a Christian Post columnist that the performance of magic may involve the occult.

They are upset with columnist Dan Delzell’s opinion that the U.K.-based magician Dynamo’s illusion of levitating alongside a red London double decker bus was real. Delzell related the performance to “witchcraft and contact with evil spirits, and the presumption that the art of magic is a gateway to demonic involvement.”

Delzell’s column incited a number of Christian magicians to leave comments criticizing his assumption that magic performances are linked to demonic power. These magicians included Jim Munroe, who works with worldwide ministries; Rob Robinson, a Christian magician and mentalist; and Joe Turner, who is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians and served on the board of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

Munroe, who has worked with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, I Am Second, and Cru (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ), told The Christian Post on Monday that he received Delzell’s column through a secular magician friend and felt compelled to respond to it.

He is concerned that statements such as Delzell’s can hurt the Christian witness. He wrote a comment under the opinion piece, “The Illusion That Seduces and Bewitches Magicians.”

“I can tell you, with full authority, that the ‘magic trick’ created by Dynamo is in fact a ‘trick,’” Munroe stated. “Its effect is in no way achieved by supernatural means. It was achieved by natural means, and its purpose was to illicit a reaction similar to Steven Spielberg’s when he created the dinosaur in Jurassic Park: that of wonder … Don’t write about things that you don’t know anything about because you widen a gap with individuals that I am trying to shrink. You counteract the very inclusion that Jesus shared.”

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  • echar

    This is beyond laughable. Is this from the Onion?

  • deosbo1

    Damn, you went and ruined it for all of us! I thought it was real!

  • Cortacespedes

    Reminds me of the “King Of The Hill” episode where Bobby does magic tricks for the congregation and then asks for “a large, wooden cross and a couple of volunteers.”

  • Reasor

    This, right here, is why people who think atheists are part of the problem can go suck it.

  • Hadrian999

    what Christians think is occult is laughable, they think yoga is of the devil.

    • Calypso_1

      Serpents.
      Pitchfork.
      Spouting phallus stone.
      What more do you need?

      • Hadrian999

        hmmmmmm, I’m usually preoccupied with the ladies in the class, never saw that stuff

        • Calypso_1

          Lord Shiva would approve.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Performing slight of hand is occult? The more you know…

  • ManwithnoCountry

    Poor Christianity.

  • THEUNSEENofNOTISH

    What stupidity and garbage, theres a different between spiritually connectivity with magic and ATHOLICERS who just use slight of hand, what the hell do these Christians still need to explain this to people, plus, if people using “Mageick” as some of the non-Christians might say could actually levitate, why would there be any materialists left in the world? or people who DIDNT want to levitate?

  • Frater Isla

    Oh, criminy. At least it looks like a good amount of christians denounced it. And the site itself is addressing the issue.