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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!
  • Circé Lethem1

    BirthplaceBraine-l'Alleud, Belgium

    Legendary Sorceress
    Circé Lethem is an actress....  more
  • Hecate2
    Goddess Of Witchcraft
    Rachael Lynn Gabriela Kozak-Salmi (born May 26, 1976), better known by her stage name Hecate,...  more
  • Medea3


    Legendary Sorceress
  • Semiramis4


    Queen And Sorceress
  • Apollonius of Tyana5

    Apollonius of Tyana

    Dec. at 85 (15-100)

    BirthplaceCappadocia, Turkey

    Apollonius of Tyana (Ancient Greek: Ἀπολλώνιος ὁ Τυανεύς; c. 15 – c. 100 AD), sometimes also...  more
  • Apuleius6


    Dec. at 55 (125-180)


    Apuleius (; also called Lucius Apuleius Madaurensis; c. 124 – c. 170 AD) was a Latin-language...  more
  • Abaris the Hyperborean7

    Abaris the Hyperborean

    In Greek mythology, Abaris the Hyperborean (Ancient Greek: Ἄβαρις Ὑπερβόρειος Abaris...  more
  • Elymas8


  • Gyges of Lydia9
    Gyges (; Greek: Γύγης; Lydian: ...  more
  • Heraclitus10


    Dec. at 60 (534 BC-474 BC)

    BirthplaceEphesus, Turkey

    Heraclitus of Ephesus (; Greek: Ἡράκλειτος ὁ Ἐφέσιος, translit. Hērákleitos ho Ephésios;...  more
  • Hermes Trismegistus/Thoth11

    Hermes Trismegistus/Thoth

  • Iamblichus12


    Neo-platonist Philosopher, Espoused Theurgy
    Iamblichus (Greek: Ἰάμβλιχος; fl. c. 165–180 AD) was an Ancient Syrian Greek...  more
  • Iannes13


  • Mambres14


  • Plato15
    Plato (; PLAY-toe Greek: Πλάτων Plátōn, pronounced [plá.tɔːn] in Classical Attic; 428/427 or...  more
  • Plotinus16


    Dec. at 66 (204-270)

    BirthplaceLycopolis, Egypt

    Neo-platonist Philosopher
    Plotinus (; Greek: Πλωτῖνος, Plōtinos; c. 204/5 – 270) was a major Hellenistic philosopher who...  more
  • Pythagoras17
    Pythagoras of Samos (c. 570 – c. 495 BC) was an ancient Ionian Greek philosopher and the...  more
  • Ptolemy18
    Claudius Ptolemy (; Koinē Greek: Κλαύδιος Πτολεμαῖος, Klaúdios Ptolemaîos [kláwdios...  more
  • Simon Magus19
    Simon the Knowledgeable or Simon the Sorcerer, or Simon the Magician (Latin: Simon Magus,...  more
  • Solomon20
    Solomon (; Hebrew: שְׁלֹמֹה, Shlomoh), also called Jedidiah (Hebrew יְדִידְיָהּ Yedidyah),...  more
  • Virgil21


    Dec. at 51 (69 BC-18 BC)

    BirthplaceVirgilio, Lombardy, Italy

    Publius Vergilius Maro (Classical Latin: [ˈpuː.blɪ.ʊs wɛrˈɡɪ.lɪ.ʊs ˈma.roː]; traditional dates...  more
  • The Witch of Endor22

    The Witch of Endor

    Biblical Witch And Spirit Medium
  • 23

    Zhang Jue

    Dec. at 44 (140-184)
    Zhang Jue (; died 184) was the leader of the Yellow Turban Rebellion during the late Eastern...  more
  • Zhuge Liang24

    Zhuge Liang

    Dec. at 53 (181-234)

    BirthplaceYinan County

    Zhuge Liang (pronunciation in Standard Mandarin: [ʈʂú.kɤ̀ ljâŋ] (listen) Chinese: 諸葛亮;...  more
  • Abraham Abulafia25

    Abraham Abulafia

    Dec. at 51 (1240-1291)

    BirthplaceZaragoza, Spain

    Abraham ben Samuel Abulafia (Hebrew: אברהם בן שמואל אבולעפיה) was the founder of the school of...  more