KIRAN ATMA: Mountebank
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Paganism & Wicca - Who Is A Mountebank?

Originally a synonym for "magician," mountebank's negative connotations stem from unfavorable views about magicians, not the other way around. 


  • The term "mountebank" comes from Italian and meant "someone who mounts a platform," typically to sell potions and elixirs. 
  • Mountebanks were formerly wandering occultists, sometimes alone, sometimes in the accompaniment of a traveling medical show. 
  • Some were real practitioners, while others were charlatans, and yet others fit every description of “conjurer” at the same time. 
  • In other words, just because someone is a charlatan and illusionist doesn't rule out the possibility of them also being a real practitioner, and vice versa.


Mountebank is now often associated with the term "scoundrel," particularly those who come in town, create havoc, and then go. 


  • The Mountebank is a nickname for an older version of the Tarot card "The Magician." 
  • The mountebank's table is typically present even when the character is referred to as "The Magician." 


MAGICAL ARTS: Tarot; Conjurer, Goes.


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