The idea of magic is very old. The ancient Egyptians had a term ‘pagan’. It was a term used from the 7th Century B.C.E. that meant ‘heir of the gods’ which is part of the Egyptian religion, as is their belief that everything in the world is the work of the gods. This is the concept of the Golden Mean. For the Egyptians, it is a concept of infinity. There are other meanings for magic for example the Hebrew meaning; it means the wisdom of God, through which the wisdom of man will grow. But that term is a bit of an oxymoron I think. There is no word in Hebrew that is used literally to mean ‘the wisdom of God’. So for the Jews the idea that there was an idea that there is something behind human beings and the reason why they are so complicated, is a bit of an oxymoron. For the Egyptians it was a term used for the sun-god. They did not know how to translate their language, but their concept of the sun was that it was the god above which everything emanated.
Where did you first see magic?
I am a big Magic player. For the last few years, I have been taking Magic very seriously as my primary sport. The reason that it has taken so long for this to happen is that I have been able to live a very simple life with my wife. But I am still very superstitious when it comes to it.
How much of it is due to your own upbringing?
No. I just have this intense desire to be very strong. I like to take things seriously, and a bit of an attitude, a very strong attitude. I just think that it is more interesting to be able to take something very serious and have my mind move on from it than it is to sit around and not be able to move on from anything. I have very good friends that are also really serious about Magic. They are going to be the ones who will move on from anything if I do the right thing by them.
How did you get into Magic?
I was lucky enough to get into Magic when the game was really booming. This was when Magic had about 80 cards per pack and I remember that the packs were very cheap. I was buying a lot of new cards when Magic came out. When that happened and the price went up a bit I bought some booster packs. I really wanted to be a serious player – a true
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