Sex Roles

, Volume 19, Issue 11, pp 759–770

The social world of magicians: Gender and conjuring

  • Peter M. Nardi

DOI: 10.1007/BF00288991

Cite this article as:
Nardi, P.M. Sex Roles (1988) 19: 759. doi:10.1007/BF00288991


This paper discusses the relationship of gender to magic. It explores sociological and social-psychological reasons, both historically and in contemporary society, for the dearth of women magicians. Such factors as the social-structural dimensions of the magic profession, the socialization of gender roles in play and communications, the nature of magic, and the role of power and control in a performance are discussed. The uses of magic as a metaphor for an analysis of gender roles in everyday life are proposed in the concluding section.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter M. Nardi
    • 1
  1. 1.Pitzer CollegeClaremont