Author: Hubbard, L. R.
Document date: 1951, 10 October
Document title: Axioms 14-32
Document type: lecture transcript
Event: The October Conference
Location: Wichita, Kansas
Document ID: 5110C10A
Description: Hubbard lectures on an illusion that ancient magicians use to prey on people.
That is language and that is theta extending itself. It says “Move,” without pushing, and it gets motion. Magicians capitalize on this. They stand on the stage and they have a hat and they say, “Hocus pocus, abracadabra.”
By the way, those things are wonderfully old. I talked to a stage magician one day, and I asked him a few basic questions about real magic. This fellow was a good magician, but he was just going “Huh?” He didn’t know what the score was; he didn’t know where he had gotten his wand or why he used a hat, he didn’t know why he had a rabbit, he didn’t know the basic laws of magic or anything of the sort. He was just creating illusions.
The whole field of magic degenerated; it was a secret cult once. It was hiding a lot of axioms about the physical universe. Amongst those axioms was the idea of “cause and effect, but do not become the effect of your own cause.” People become awed by your postulation of a cause and their observation of an effect which apparently is not accomplished by physical means. If you separate physical means out as the intermediate step, everybody becomes overawed and amazed. They are watching what in essence is the operation of God: static without motion causes effect.
So the magicians prey upon this. It is a wonderful bit of business. The symbolism’s contained in magic are all wrapped around this.
This material, by the way, has been coming down the time track now for about two thousand years. It is very, very old.