Description[edit | edit source]
An edition of the Ars Goetia Revised Edition existed in the Duckburg Library's occult section by 2017, when it was picked up by Magica De Spell (with the help of a reluctant Gladstone Gander) in an effort to dismiss the stork demon Shax, whom Magica had accidentally angered after summoning him.
Contents[edit | edit source]
The book explains, among other things, that “the only thing a demon respects is power. If your summon evades the confines of your magic triangle, employ all available energies into a show of force using one of the following incantations”, then listing a series of incantations some of which Magica considered to be easy.
The book also contains a glossary of witchcraft vocabulary; it defines “Wand” as "a passive conductor for supernatural forces — a catalyst for specific magical energies and spells" which "may be used to channel or amplify powers by those trained or otherwise gifted in the arts of sorcery"; it is "most commonly a wooden stick or rod, but it may take any number of forms". The entry advises the reader cross-reference it with other entries in the glossary, Staff, Umbrastaff, Sonic Screwdriver.)
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
The Ars Goetia Revised Edition is a nod to the real-life Ars Goetia, one of the books of The Lesser Key of Solomon (a 17th-century grimoire) and one of the most notorious historical sources about the practice of occultism and demonology in Europe. Shax and Andras, the two demons whom Magica summons in 2017's A Kind of Magic (the story which mentions the Ars Goetia Revised Edition), are parodies of the demons of the same name who appear in the real-life Ars Goetia.