the ways of the magician, the ninja, the artist, and the private
investigator, Tactical Magic is a fusion force derived from
seemingly disparate "art" paradigms and invoked for
the purpose of activating the social imaginary with notions
of responsible citizenship through creative action. Such transformative
inversions of power relationships highlight not only the creative
appropriation of seemingly innocuous elements but a greater
inclination toward the elaborate integration of all things related;
a magical perspective that, far from being limited to the child's
experience, sees nonapparent links and connections amidst an
illusion of order, control, and restriction. In this way "magical
thinking" drops its cloak of transcendental escapism and
materializes as a social, political, and cultural counterperception
- an alternative worldview that summons the creative and prophetic
power of the multitude.
Tactical Magic embraces the element of surprise, drawing on
the power of the unexpected to overwhelm perception with unforeseen
advances that amaze, astonish, and astound. A sneak attack,
a twist of fate, a buried treasure revealed at last, surprise
admonishes the arrogance of stability founded on hegemonic proclivities,
thus forsaking structure for entropy, spontanaeity, and the
unanticipated discovery of underdog victories resulting from
anarchic affinities. When did you last feel the resonant power
of surprise? What surprises can we invoke before the eyes of
power? Be prepared to surprise and be surprised.
The whispers of infiltration are the incantations of transgression,
penetration, furtive exploration that gains access to fertile
information. Whether occurring on physical, psychic, or digital
planes, infiltration is the breaching of security, the exploiting
of hidden vulnerabilities, the surreptitious act of border-crossing
into privileged terrain. Who is granted access and by whose
authority? What is the value of freedom tied to the restrictions
of others? The rhetoric of safety and protection is a see-thru
mirror concealing Authorized Personnel Only.
Subterfuge - to escape with a trick, an inversion of the prevailing
conditions, trickery over power, repression, control, and restriction.
It's beguilement and cunning; bewilderment and craftiness enacted
against an unpleasant predicament, turn of events or happenstance.
Whether a scheme, a ruse, or a stratagem, subterfuge is the
Tactical Magicians multi-tool, a secret move effecting the transposition
of success and fortune.
Disguise is the power to conceal, to hide away in the shadows
of another's misperception. The appropriation of signifiers
reconstructed in the minds of onlookers, keyed in to their signal
decoders along hacked bandwidths. What are the limitations of
sensory perception? Which clues are left behind to guide the
investigation through labyrinths of folly? Freedom often hinges
on the fact that things are not always as they appear.
Older than recorded human history, misdirection is the hypnotic
glow of mental bug-zappers, plotting fast-acting undertakings,
chance gamblings, and covert operations. Banking success on
spell-binding diversions that suspend attention, besieging opportunity,
and dancing in the realm of resource acquisition. In the last
five thousand years, what have the powerful learned from the
quickness of pickpockets? Where is your attention placed and
displaced? No more esoteric than smoke and mirrors, misdirection
is a timeless astral lesson befriending all who seek awareness.
Sabotage enchants us with the creative urge to set things awry,
to perturb production, and ease the machine into creaky incompletion.
A wrench in the gears is a smack to the masters, a paling in
profits, a reprieve from repression. Decrying the neutrality
of technology, highlighting vulnerability and ingenuity in a
manner which converts the currency of meaning and cavorts with
the cohorts of agency and alienation, Sabotage is Transformation.
Above all else, stealth denotes a close affiliation with one's
surroundings. High-altitude and underground, invisible and shadowbound,
stealth moves in like radiation, lunar rays, and cloud formations.
Beguiling the mind and eluding the eyes, stealth realizes the
full force of effect while masking methods with murky lurkings
through darkened halls, creek trickles and bird calls, coffee
breaks and background noise. When did you last upgrade your
instincts? How will you know what is hidden until you begin
to look around? Heightening awareness, stealth is the magic
cloak that evokes the interchange of truth and falsehood.
More than a last-second side-step or a momentary disappearance,
evasion is the ability to engage and disengage at will. A dodge
or deflection, a guided redirection of sinister intentions,
it is the levitation above pitfalls, phantom blips on radar
screens, and vanishes through solid walls. Evasion employs a
raincoat or force-field, a doctor's note or police shield, much
like a lightning ride conjured in the nick of time to magically
transport one safely to the friendly side, or deep behind enemy
lines. Why win once when you can evade and win again? Absent
yet accounted for, present yet unseen, evasion is the only i.d.
card you ever really need.
Surveillance demands a furtive command of a strategic perspective
that deftly corrects the deficiencies of our organic info receptors.
Bugging and tracking, trailing and spying, prying and tailing
rely on a social condition now dominated by digital precognition
and satellite telepathy. Who at the top needs most to be watched?
Military industrial hand-me-downs quite easily channel activist
spirits amplified by radio crystal balls, techno-telekinesis,
and ESP - electrosensory perception.