Disturbing Themes in Magic. A Rough Guide
There are a number of themes in ‘Magic. A Rough Guide.’ some of which run contrary to conventional belief and which some people might find controversial or even offensive. On the surface the story follows the adventures of two young adult magicians wrongly accused of murder and terrorism, but you don’t need to dig very deep to uncover some challenging ideas.
The premise of the story is that magic has returned to the modern world and after a war, magicians were defeated and are now incarcerated, experimented on until they die. Magicians have an innate power to cast spells. In ‘Magic. A Rough Guide‘, all magicians follow the teachings of a particular faith – with one significant difference, they adhere only to the words spoken by the Primary Religious Leader. So, for example, Jesus, Buddha, Bhagawan Nityananda, Krishna, Mohammed, Ad Da. Magicians totally disregard any and all other literature and institutions established around the core words and teachings.
This particular element of the story might not seem to be a big deal at first, but when you look at it alongside other themes, things start to look a bit more interesting. Because of magic, reality is no longer a given; it can be transformed, matter can be created out of nothing, things can happen with no causality. Ordinary people are freaked out and rely even more heavily on brands and conventional, institutional religion to give them a sense of identity – to help them justify the importance of the things that make them who they are, the ‘real’ things that give meaning to their lives.
So in some sense, ‘Magic. A Rough Guide’ has turned reality on its head. Magicians are not fooled by material stuff, do not worship false idols. What’s more, magicians cannot lie and do not take life. Meanwhile they are persecuted by the state as Christians were in the past.
‘Magic. A Rough Guide’ may, on the surface be an urban fantasy adventure, but there’s a lot more in there to get people thinking.