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130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics 

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A list of famous wizards, both legendary and real wizards, mystics, and occultists. Pictures included where possible. This is a broad list including mystical wizards and sorcerers alongside more mundane, real-life alchemists. Famous occultists such as these could certainly be considered "real-life wizards". While some may equate the occult with Satanism, this is a misnomer. Occultists and mystics are not the same as cultists.

Who are the most famous wizards in the world? Occultists simply study the unknown, bordering on the supernatural; some may even say magic or sorcery. For mystics, white magic vs. black magic is hardly the point, as knowledge is the ultimate goal. Even modern practitioners of witchcraft, wiccans, are benevolent. So, beyond the spells and potions this list of famous wizards is a list of those who sought knowledge of the unknown, you might even call them . . . scientists. The famous wizard names below feature a quick blurb about each historical figure - if you have a favorite, leave a note in the comments!
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Circé Lethem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics
Age: 43

Birthplace: Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium

Legendary Sorceress Circé Lethem is an actress.
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Hecate is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics
Goddess Of Witchcraft Rachael Lynn Gabriela Kozak-Salmi (born May 26, 1976), better known by her stage name Hecate, is an American-Austrian experimental industrial and breakcore musician currently based in Kuopio, ...more
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Medea is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics
Medea
Legendary Sorceress
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Semiramis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics
Semiramis
Queen And Sorceress
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Apollonius of Tyana is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics
Dec. at 85 (15-100)

Birthplace: Cappadocia, Turkey

Wizard Apollonius of Tyana (Ancient Greek: Ἀπολλώνιος ὁ Τυανεύς; c. 15 – c. 100 AD), sometimes also called Apollonios of Tyana, was a Greek Neopythagorean philosopher from the town of Tyana in the ...more
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Apuleius is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics
Dec. at 55 (125-180)

Birthplace: M'Daourouch

Author Apuleius (; also called Lucius Apuleius Madaurensis; c. 124 – c. 170 AD) was a Latin-language prose writer, Platonist philosopher and rhetorician. He was a Numidian who lived under the Roman ...more
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Abaris the Hyperborean ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics
Abaris the Hyperborean
In Greek mythology, Abaris the Hyperborean (Ancient Greek: Ἄβαρις Ὑπερβόρειος Abaris Hyperboreios), son of Seuthes, was a legendary sage, healer, and priest of Apollo known to the Ancient ...more
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Elymas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics
Elymas
Magus
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Gyges of Lydia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics
King Gyges (; Greek: Γύγης; Lydian:
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Heraclitus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics
Heraclitus Dec. at 60 (534 BC-474 BC)

Birthplace: Ephesus, Turkey

Philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus (; Greek: Ἡράκλειτος ὁ Ἐφέσιος, translit. Hērákleitos ho Ephésios; c. 535 – c. 475 BCE) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, and a native of the city of ...more
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Hermes Trismegistus/Thot... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics
Hermes Trismegistus/Thoth
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Iamblichus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics
Iamblichus
Neo-platonist Philosopher, Espoused Theurgy Iamblichus (Greek: Ἰάμβλιχος; fl. c. 165–180 AD) was an Ancient Syrian Greek novelist. Iamblichus was an Emesene who achieved wide prominence in the 2nd century. He describes himself on being ...more
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Iannes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics
Iannes
Magician
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Mambres is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics
Mambres
Magician
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Plato is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics

Birthplace: Classical Athens

Philosopher Plato (; PLAY-toe Greek: Πλάτων Plátōn, pronounced [plá.tɔːn] in Classical Attic; 428/427 or 424/423 – 348/347 BC) was an Athenian philosopher during the Classical period in ...more
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Plotinus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics
Dec. at 66 (204-270)

Birthplace: Lycopolis, Egypt

Neo-platonist Philosopher Plotinus (; Greek: Πλωτῖνος, Plōtinos; c. 204/5 – 270) was a major Hellenistic philosopher who lived in Roman Egypt. In his philosophy, described in the Enneads, there are three principles: the ...more
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Pythagoras is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics

Birthplace: Samos, Greece

Philosopher Pythagoras of Samos (c. 570 – c. 495 BC) was an ancient Ionian Greek philosopher and the eponymous founder of Pythagoreanism. His political and religious teachings were well known in Magna ...more
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Ptolemy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics

Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt

Astrologer Claudius Ptolemy (; Koinē Greek: Κλαύδιος Πτολεμαῖος, Klaúdios Ptolemaîos [kláwdios ptolɛmɛ́os]; Latin: Claudius Ptolemaeus; c. AD 100 – c. 170) was a mathematician, ...more
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Simon Magus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics
Magician Simon the Knowledgeable or Simon the Sorcerer, or Simon the Magician (Latin: Simon Magus, Greek Σίμων ὁ μάγος), is a religious figure whose confrontation with Peter is recorded in Acts 8:9–24. ...more
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Solomon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

King Solomon (; Hebrew: שְׁלֹמֹה, Shlomoh), also called Jedidiah (Hebrew יְדִידְיָהּ Yedidyah), was, according to the Hebrew Bible, Old Testament, Quran, and Hadiths, a fabulously wealthy and wise ...more
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Virgil is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics
Dec. at 51 (69 BC-18 BC)

Birthplace: Virgilio, Lombardy, Italy

Publius Vergilius Maro (Classical Latin: [ˈpuː.blɪ.ʊs wɛrˈɡɪ.lɪ.ʊs ˈma.roː]; traditional dates October 15, 70 BC – September 21, 19 BC), usually called Virgil or Vergil () in English, was an ...more
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The Witch of Endor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics
The Witch of Endor
Biblical Witch And Spirit Medium
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Zhang Jue is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics
Dec. at 44 (140-184)
Rebel Zhang Jue (; died 184) was the leader of the Yellow Turban Rebellion during the late Eastern Han dynasty of China. He was said to be a follower of Taoism and a sorcerer. His name is sometimes ...more
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Zhuge Liang is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics
Zhuge Liang Dec. at 53 (181-234)

Birthplace: Yinan County

Advisor Zhuge Liang (pronunciation in Standard Mandarin: [ʈʂú.kɤ̀ ljâŋ] (listen) Chinese: 諸葛亮; 181–234), courtesy name Kongming, was a Chinese politician, military strategist, writer, ...more
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Abraham Abulafia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 130+ Famous Wizards, Occultists, and Mystics
Dec. at 51 (1240-1291)

Birthplace: Zaragoza, Spain

Abraham ben Samuel Abulafia (Hebrew: אברהם בן שמואל אבולעפיה) was the founder of the school of "Prophetic Kabbalah". He was born in Zaragoza, Spain in 1240 and is assumed to have died ...more