Magic to the People

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Time is running out. Tomorrow—Friday, at the end of the night—the funding campaign for Magic to the People closes. Whatever we’ve raised by that time is all we have to launch it and start helping people.

And we’re precipitously close to our $2,000 stretch goal. Can you help us meet it?

Magic to the People has now been featured on Huffington Post and a dozen other websites. It has people excited, even people who have never had a spell cast. And it has sparked discussions about ethics both inside and outside of the magical community.

In short, it’s already doing the work we want it to do: change the way we think about magic, and use magic as a tool to change lives, with no barrier to entry.

This is your chance to help make it a lasting phenomenon. Please head over to the Magic to the People campaign and throw in your contribution. Please share our campaign with the world so more people see it. Let’s start changing lives.

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Doing More with Magic to the People

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Magic to the People reached its funding goal goal! And we’re still going so that we can do even more. Like this:

  • The book. The style of magic I use is very compact, very quick, and very effective. Many of you have requested that I write a how-to book on magic. If we raise a total of $2,000, I will! Not only that, but every backer will get a free digital copy of the book in addition to the other perks you select. 
  • The start kit. If we can reach a grand total of $3,100 we will create Magic to the People: the People’s Template, a complete starter kit for other communities to launch a Magic to the people of their own. This will include not just advice on the ritual side, but on the business side a well—and detailed support for how to work with the people who stroll through your door. All backers will get a free digital copy, and the kit will be publicly available on a pay-what-you-choose basis to make it accessible.

This is just the beginning of all the great work we can do if we maximize our funding. But the campaign ends April 5 so please make your contribution today! Backers at all levels are hugely appreciated, and so are those fine people who help spread the word on blogs, Facebook and any other medium.


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Discovering Magic to the People

At this moment Magic to the People is only $95 away from its funding goal. That means that if you contribute today there’s a very good chance you’ll be the one to put us over. And we want to blow that benchmark out of the water—the more we raise, the more we’ll be able to do for our community and for our backers.

Help launch Magic to the People.

We’ve also gotten quite a bit of coverage. Humanistic Paganism ran an article of mine Sunday talking about Magic to the People, and how it directly addresses the objection that many skeptics have to magical practice. See Taking Money Out of the Equation and join the discussion we’re having.

Other recent coverage:

  • Greg Berg hosted me on Radio Enso to discuss the next stage of my journey, Magic to the People, and what it’s like to use travel as a spiritual practice.
  • Pagan blogger Niki Whiting featured Magic to the People on My Own Ashram
  • Kemetic artist Ty Barbary featured us on Unorthodox Creativity

It’s possible to make changes in our lives and our world. Magic to the People uses magic to do that, and makes it accessible to everyone. If you want to see Magic to the People succeed, the two best ways are:

  1. Make a contribution yourself, or
  2. Share Magic to the People on Facebook and any other network you use

Thank you!

Magic to the People, New Orleans

What if Everyone Had a Magician?

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What if everyone had a magician in their neighborhood?

What if they could walk down the street, slip through the gate and chat in his courtyard?

Maybe he has some coffee ready and he listens to your problem as he pulls out the ingredients for your ceremony. A minute ago you were full of anxiety. But by the time you leave you have a clear sense of what you need to do. You can feel the energy coming from your charm. You feel at peace again.

Most importantly—what if you could stop by no matter who you are, no matter what your problem might be, and even if you can’t pay?

That’s Magic to the People.

I’m working to make this a reality in New Orleans, Louisiana and I need your help. If Magic to the People succeeds, it could be the first of many spaces like this.

We’re raising funds for the project on Indiegogo. Please take a look and show your support with a contribution or by getting the word out.

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Please tell everyone you know.

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A hand painted veve.

A hand painted veve.

Soon we begin the funding drive for Magic to the People.

(Formerly I called this the Salon of Magic. I believe the new name better reflects exactly what the project is all about: making spells accessible.)

Magic is about changing what’s possible. Magic ceremony is an art form with powerful effects on human lives. It allows us to change what we dream, and to make those dreams reality.

Our shrine is dedicated to offering that experience to all people, regardless of their circumstance or finances. It is Magic to the People.

(If you have questions, check out the Magic to the People Q+A).

We want to properly reward everyone who helps get Magic to the People off the ground. In a crowdfunding campaign it’s customary to offer perks for different levels of contributions, and that’s something I’m excited to do. The only trouble: deciding the perks.

Here are ideas for the kinds of gifts we can offer people who back us. I’d love your feedback on all of them—do they excite you? Which ones don’t? What are the right dollar amounts? And do you have other ideas?

A Handful of Fate: the $10 Level

Next to the shrine is a candy dish full of pennies and nickels. They answer questions.

Geomancy is my weapon of choice. When you donate $10 you get to ask a question. Once the funding campaign succeeds, I will do a reading for each question. I make offerings and drop four handfuls of coins on the ground, forming one of the 16 traditional geomancy figures and answering questions with a high degree of precision.

I have to make sure the $10 level is tantalizing, because it’s the most accessible. I’d love your thoughts on it.

Level 2: Blessing Jar

When we open the doors at Magic to the People, offerings will be placed in a consecrated jar. Your name will be written on a card and lovingly placed into the jar. Optionally, a specific purpose or wish can be written on the card.

The jar will then be sealed and installed on the shrine. Every time offerings are made there for any reason, the jar will receive some of the blessings. It will continuously bathe in the good energy of the work done there.

People who give at this level also get the Handful of Fate. What’s the right dollar amount for this reward? $25? Lower?

A spell card.

Level 3: Your Own Spell Card

I hand paint sigils using a mixture of magic potions and paint. Sometimes I draw the sigils with oil pastels and powders instead. Then I enchant the card. The result is a small, pocket or purse sized spell card made just for you.

If you give at this level you can choose one of three spells (success, love or peace) and I will enchant your card. You can carry it on you or give it to someone you love.

These cards normally sell for $38, so I wonder what the right dollar level is for giving one as a reward?

Higher Levels

I’m having the most trouble choosing what to offer high level supporters. It would be nice to have rewards in the $50 and $100 range and maybe something really special for big spenders ($500+?). Here are some of the ideas.

  • Veves. Vodou has become a major part of my practice, and a hand-painted veve (shown at the top of the post) would make a great thank-you gift. Activated with offerings, of course.
  • Invitation to opening ceremony. This would only appeal to locals, but it would be nice to have an opening ceremony to consecrate the shrine. We could all make offerings together and then sit around for wine and snacks by the light of the altar. 
  • Private Session. It would make sense to offer some kind of private one-on-one session, but how would that work? What would be a valuable focus for the session?
  • Calling a Familiar. For very high level donors, I was thinking of offering a multi-session package to find a familiar spirit for them and help them bond to it.

All of this is still flexible. Every idea I listed is something I’m comfortable with (and I’m still open to others)—the trick is to choose ones that people will really like, and price them accordingly. That’s why I’m asking all of you to help me out.

Please, take a moment to hit “Leave a Reply” below. Tell me your thoughts and suggestions. It will help make Magic to the People successful.

It’s almost time to kick off our one-month fundraiser on Indiegogo!

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Magic to the People: Q&A

Shrine at Rogue Chateau

Shrine at Rogue Chateau

Last week I announced the Salon of Magic at Rogue Chateau: a street ministry offering low-cost magic rituals to the people who need them most. In the coming month I’ll be running an Indiegogo campaign to fund the Salon. So far, response was overwhelmingly positive.

The questions also poured in. I wasn’t able to reply to every comment individually last week, so here are a few of your great questions about the Salon, with answers:

Is it safe to invite strangers into your home?

Honestly? No.

While I’d love to trust everyone who comes to me for help, the truth is New Orleans is a very dangerous city. However, in most cases the Salon won’t be inside the house.

This wasn’t clear in the original post, but Rogue Chateau has a private, walled yard I call the Courtyard. Most of the time, all of my spells and ceremonies will be held there. The gate will be open during the appointed times, with a sign out front, and no one has to enter my home.

In rainy weather, however, the Salon will be inside. This is Creole culture. The front door opens directly into the bedroom and that’s where business is conducted. During those times, I’ll use my best judgement; if anyone seems dodgy I will, of course, put safety first.

The Courtyard of magic.

The Courtyard where spells are cast

What about other magicians?

In theory I’m competing with other local practitioners. But I’ve reached out to a number of them and they’re excited about it. Hiring a magician is usually pricey, and the people I’ll serve are unlikely to be poached from the existing customer base. It’s a different audience.

What do your clients put into it?

Successful magic requires the recipient to put in some effort of their own. Since my “clients” won’t be putting in much money, this is a good question.

First, I think that even putting a dollar in the hat represents great dedication for some people.

Second, I will often instruct my clients to activate the spell by making offerings of some sort: burning a candle over the sigil they receive, or doing something in particular. They will be actively involved, and personally accountable for helping shape their future.

Why do a funding campaign?

While I expect not to see much revenue from the Salon—that’s not the point—it does come with up front costs. They include:

  • Publicity. New Orleans is a very word-of-mouth town, and printing fliers and signs will be key to advertising the service.
  • Business line. I will get a dedicated business line so that clients aren’t calling my personal cell phone.
  • Ingredients and offerings. Spells call for all kinds of things. Normally I’d add the cost to what the client pays, and hunt them down on an as-needed basis. With the Salon, I’ll need to have lots of basics on hand and I can’t expect my clients to underwrite the cost.
  • Shrine. The Salon will need a small but functional outdoor shrine. This is where I’ll make offerings and cast spells: a lot of blessings will pass over this altar. I really want to have a sealed envelope with the name of the Salon’s donors in it, on the altar, so they get blessings every time we do a ceremony.

If you have other questions please leave a comment and speak up. Suggestions are welcome too! I expect to launch the funding campaign by the end of the month, running through much of January, and if it succeeds I can start services before Valentine’s Day.

What do you think?