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The Way of the Magical Hand

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The Hand is the most important tool in magic. It can be used to trace symbols, focus attention and concentration, and allow for easier manipulation of mystical flows by tying certain actions to similar hand gestures. It is the ultimate tool of civilization.

The Way of the Magical Hand by ArchMage Cragius Archerous
Pg 188, 330 illustrations.

This is his master tract on the use of gestures in spell casting.  This three hundred page volume shows every hand gesture that could be used in spell casting. Each gestures has instructions on to properly perform them as well as their their meta-magical meaning, their meanings in ancient and modern cultures, and some of the ways they can be used to enhance spell casting. Studying of this tract will allow a spell caster to learn how to cast silently, with just perfect gestures, or give them bonuses when casting normally and using the perfect gestures.  The list of motions includes "showman" motions: used to disguise the purpose of the spell and make the casting of the spell seem more dramatic/ important/ difficult. It also includes some slight of hand tricks to do "magic" without expending energy. 

There are hundreds of these tracts in existance, as many guild hall instructors make their apprentices hand copy each page so they will learn the components of magic properly.

As a historical note: He was said to be a master level harpist, a human capable of playing for the Imperial Court as a player, rather than a polite novelty. He supposedly wrote several great works and a tract of harping under the name Curtus HarpCrafter. There is much debate about his being the identity of Curtus HarpCrafter and if he should be stripped from the guild of magic for being in more than one guild.

It is a pity that an experiment with alchemical solvents cost this master mage his hands.



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Voted Iain
November 18, 2005, 14:16
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A good idea - I like the way that a magician might find the profession of musician a natural alternative. Perhaps musical and magical talent are linked, the way mathematical and musical talent seem to be in the real world.
MoonHunter
February 22, 2008, 0:45
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Updated: Updated syntax in two places.
Voted manfred
February 22, 2008, 15:16
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A simple and solid post. If magic has somewhat taken root, and became a tradition by itself, a book like this will be written.
Voted valadaar
December 4, 2012, 9:31
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A book that boosts this skill would be a nice item indeed, especially as some systems are very strict about how spells are cast.

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