Magic is the mystical art of manipulating primordial energies to create a variety of effects that violate the laws of nature.
Magical effects are known as "spells", which is often accompanied by an incantation, although advanced magic users do not require incantations. However, according to John Constantine, spells are a "verbal game" and thus depriving most magic users of their voice will prevent them from using their powers.
A well cast spell will achieve a predetermined supernatural effect, as well a particular manifestation such as light, sparks or glowing eyes.
Spells can also allow the user to mimic/grant themselves special abilities similar to those of metahumans- such as levitation, teleportation and others. These mimicked powers can be accessed at any moment by the user without spell-casting or use of tokens
Certain objects can be imbued with mystical properties, such as tokens, which can be used to store magic or enhance the powers of the magic user. Likewise, beings such as demons, angels and eldritch fiends can provide mystical power to magic users increase their magic greatly.
The exact origins of magic are unknown, but magic is a multiversal force which can be found across the many dimensions and alternate Earths of the multiverse.
Satan, possibly the first archangel, rebelled against God but lost and God cast the first rebel angel in history out of Heaven. This infuriated the First of the Fallen and while unable to fight God himself, Satan masterminded dark magic and used it to make deals with humans to corrupt their souls and send them to hell or bind them to demons and use them to wreak havoc on Earth as revenge.
Human attitudes towards magic seems to vary between seeing it as useful, as in the case of Earth-1 Camelot, or great hostility. In fact usage of magic became heavily demonized, as people came to believe witchcraft had demonic origins. These beliefs lead to innocent people accused of witchcraft of being murdered by angry mobs
In the present day, use of magic has fallen to such degree that most people are skeptical of its existence until in late 2018 when the Legends unleashed a vast amount of mystical creatures throughout the timeline when they released the demon Mallus.
Magic, especially dark magic, also exists on Earth-38. In Krypton, the Children of Juru used dark magic to help fulfill a doomsday prophecy by creating the Worldkillers and bring about a reign of darkness. Dark magic was also the source of the powers that female members of the Smythe Clan possessed, through the Curse of the Banshee.
The forces of magic were severely damaged by the Anti-Monitor Crisis causing magic users to start losing their powers. According to John Constantine this was a consequence of the Pillars of Magic crumbling as the wave of antimatter destroyed the various alternates earths of the multiverse. Following the rebirth of the Multiverse, the Pillars were restored and magic returned.
Known spells and effects
- For a more extensive listing of powers, see List of magical powers.
- These are specific spells that are not directly stated to be part of either dark magic or light magic schools.
- Cloaking spell
- Duplicity spell
- Egyptian dream temple technique
- Protection spell
- Revealing spells
- Sleep spell
- Spell of permanence (presumed)
- Zero gravity trap
- Reflection spell
- Artifact application: Magic is often channeled through artifacts.
- Book of Destiny: Channels dimensional energies used by Mar Novu.
- Staff of H'ronmeer: Channels divine magic of H'ronmeer, the god of Green Martians.
- Staff of Horus: Channels divine magic of Horus, the god of Egypt.
- Chalice of Dionysus: Grants temporary immortal to those chosen by Dionysus, a god of Greece.
- Spellcasting: The basic power of magic, which allows the user to achieve anything as long as the spell is properly cast. It's unknown though possible that there are limits to what a single spell can achieve and the greater the goal the more primordial energies must be harnessed.
- Ley lines: Ley lines are a worldwide source of magic woven around Earth-1. Wherever all ley lines intersect, they provide magical power to empower Lazarus Pits, sources of resurrection.
- Power mimicry: Advanced magic users can mimicry the powers of meta-humans, allowing them to use such abilities instantaneously without the need to use incantations. So far, only magic users empowered by a token or a supernatural being were shown to be able to use this power.
- Reality warping: While many spellcasters are able to affect reality in one way or another, usually only divine beings such as God, or artifacts blessed by them, such as the Spear of Destiny and the blood of Jesus Christ, can do so on a grand scale, substituting the effects of time travel and many other powers and reshaping the world according to the wishes of the wielders of such power.
- Resurrection: Magic is the only way to directly bring a person back to life without time manipulation or rewriting reality, through the use of Lazarus Pits. However, magical resurrections come with consequences such as an unnatural bloodlust or, if the body has decomposed long enough, the person being brought back soulless.
- Ensoulment: Properly used, magic can remove, restore or contain souls.
- Time travel: Magic users can travel through time without using a spell or the Speed Force.
- Satan (practitioner of dark magic)
- Lucifer Morningstar (practitioner of dark magic)
- God (primordial creator of all magic; source of divine magic)
- Durgia (practitioner of dark magic)
- Furcifer (practitioner of dark magic)
- H'ronmeer (source of divine magic)
- Imogen (practitioner of dark magic; deceased)
- Lamashtu (practitioner of dark magic)
- Lilith (practitioner of dark magic)
- Mallus (practitioner of dark magic; source of divine magic)
- Mnemoth (practitioner of dark magic)
- Naamah (practitioner of dark magic)
- Nahash (practitioner of dark magic)
- Nergal (practitioner of dark magic)
- Neron (practitioner of dark magic)
- Pazuzu (practitioner of dark magic; source of divine magic)
- Manchester Black (deceased)
- John Constantine (practitioner of light magic and dark magic)
- Lannis Cadogan's wife (practitioner of dark magic; deceased)
- Damien Darhk (practitioner of dark magic; deceased)
- Nora Darhk (practitioner of dark magic)
- Felix Faust (practitioner of dark magic; deceased)
- Esrin Fortuna (practitioner of light magic and dark magic)
- J'onn J'onzz
- Marie Laveau
- Oliver Queen (practitioner of light magic; deceased)
- Baron Reiter (practitioner of dark magic; deceased)
- Vandal Savage (practitioner of dark magic; deceased)
- Selena (practitioner of dark magic)
- Sinead (practitioner of dark magic)
- Siobhan Smythe (practitioner of dark magic)
- Anne Marie Flynn (practitioner of light magic)
- Taiana Venediktov (practitioner of dark magic; deceased)
- Wells the Grey
- Magical fugitives