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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

    BirthplaceBraine-l'Alleud, Belgium

    Legendary Sorceress
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    Hecate
    Goddess Of Witchcraft
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    Medea

    Medea

    Legendary Sorceress
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    Semiramis

    Semiramis

    Queen And Sorceress
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    Apollonius of Tyana

    Apollonius of Tyana

    Dec. at 85 (15-100)

    BirthplaceCappadocia, Turkey

    Wizard
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    Apuleius

    Apuleius

    Dec. at 55 (125-180)

    BirthplaceM'Daourouch

    Author
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    Abaris the Hyperborean

    Abaris the Hyperborean

    In Greek mythology, Abaris the Hyperborean (Ancient Greek: Ἄβαρις Ὑπερβόρειος Abaris... more on Wikipedia
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    Elymas

    Elymas

    Magus
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    Gyges of Lydia
    King
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    Heraclitus

    Heraclitus

    Dec. at 60 (534 BC-474 BC)

    BirthplaceEphesus, Turkey

    Philosopher
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    Hermes Trismegistus/Thoth

    Hermes Trismegistus/Thoth

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    Iamblichus

    Iamblichus

    Neo-platonist Philosopher, Espoused Theurgy
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    Iannes

    Iannes

    Magician
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    Mambres

    Mambres

    Magician
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    Plato
    Philosopher
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    Plotinus

    Plotinus

    Dec. at 66 (204-270)

    BirthplaceLycopolis, Egypt

    Neo-platonist Philosopher
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    Pythagoras
    Philosopher
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    Ptolemy
    Astrologer
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    Simon Magus
    Magician
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    Solomon
    King
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    Virgil

    Virgil

    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 on Wikipedia
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    The Witch of Endor

    The Witch of Endor

    Biblical Witch And Spirit Medium
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    Zhang Jue

    Dec. at 44 (140-184)
    Rebel
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    Zhuge Liang

    Zhuge Liang

    Dec. at 53 (181-234)

    BirthplaceYinan County

    Advisor
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    Abraham Abulafia

    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 on Wikipedia