I instantly fall in love with ancient material that reference magic or sleight of hand or anything at all related to magic in any way. Here are some examples to show you what I mean:- I love this particular painting! I also find the story of Dedi pretty fascinating. It was written on old papyrus and is the oldest written account of the magic we recognise as an art form today. I've read plenty of interesting anecdotes about magic and magicians from the medieval period, and we are living in the modern period right now. That's why I was looking for more references to magic in the ancient world. Maybe specific stories (even folk) about a particular crystal-ball reader? A skeptic getting punished? If any of you know things of that nature, please do post them here! I'd love going through them.