Hearken, So-and-so, and assist me . . . .Back at Hollywood's Magic Castle, when we were celebrating the premiere of a documentary about magicians’ assistants, “Women in Boxes,” we were reminded that the verb assist is a magic word. Indeed, it figures into the incantations of the Gnostic medics, who used the verb in their secret rites for traveling through the “Airs of Mystery.” After reciting a magic prayer in Latin, these mystic doctors beseeched by saying “Assist me, Genii, assist me” (Samael Aun Weor, Occult Medicine and Practical Magic, 2004, p. 102).
I desire to ask for a little magic.
—a Malay shaman’s spell, Folklore,
Vol. XV (1904), p. 156