Magicians vs. Witches in Potter Publicity Wake

fever is spreading through our land once again.  Like all contagions, it preys on the weak, infirm, young, and vulnerable.  Unlike other plagues, though, its coming gives victims substantial advance notice.

Some take heed and prepare for the inevitable comparisons between magicians in real-life versus punk kid wizards in movies.

The Wiccan and Witch side of the Magic spectrum seem bugged by it all.  Professional Magicians — the opposite flank — are filled with energy and ready to give reporters an interesting story at the drop of a fez.
The New York Daily News met its trite quota with a fluff piece on how witches and magicians differ in general and specifically when it comes to Harry Potter and his every growing infection of our population.

The reporter introduces us to Wiccan high priestess Adele Basil, 67.  Priestess Basil teaches at her Staten Island store, Mystical Wonders.  Like judo, her students need to study for about a year before they get their first significant rank.  If all goes well, the witches in training are bestowed the title “white witches.”

Priestess Basil likened “magic” to he power of positive thinking — but with herbs, roots and potions.

“Magic is a belief that we can do whatever we set our mind to.”  They use wooden wands to “focus” their energy.

One too cool for school witch went on the record as unimpressed with Harry Potter and the kids.

Kathy Latham, 26,  is described as a “blond hipster witch.”  She told the reporter she’s unimpressed with the Potter phenomenon.  “Harry Potter borrows a few things from magic,” Latham said. “It’s just entertainment.

Contrast the way too serious practitioners of witchcraft with semi-pro and professional magicians just looking for a hook and some buzz.

(That was actually the first song we wrote with Jimi Hendrix, Hook and Buzz made it to 24 on The Billboard Chart but the modern culture refused to adopt the words as their own and give them slang meaning.  Jimi said one night, “It’s not cool to force words into places they’re not wanted.”  Of course, his term “cool” became a big hit.  Today all we have is our memories, a very slight residual payment for the song and a garage full of  “Hook n Buzz”  t-shirts, albums, black-light posters, and lava lamps).

“The city’s magicians were less hostile to Harry and his posse, saying they’re the closest thing to wizards in town.At midtown shop Fantasma, staffers bragged they had a resident Potter – magic buff Francis Karagodins, 11, who was slightly insulted by the comparison.

“He is corny,” Francis said as he learned to make silver coins disappear. “I don’t have to say corny words to make things happen. I just make things happen.”

Check out the article over at The New York Daily News here:  New York is more than ready for ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ with its own slew of witches.

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