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Zatanna casting a spell.

Magic and sorcery are the basis of mystical powers.[1] Magic can be considered a substance and sorcery the manipulation of that substance.[2]


Sorcery requires training and practice.[3][4] Genetic and personal affinity for sorcery are also helpful.[5] The use of magic also requires energy, usually provided by the user.[4]

According to Superboy, Zatanna's spells always leave behind a microscopic magical residue that looks slightly different than say Doctor Fate's or Thirteen's. Each magic user's residue is like a signature and Martian magic is basically a signature in different language.[6]

Magic can be channeled in a variety of ways:

  • Spoken words are a common method. A variety of languages are used, though an individual sorcerer will typically use a single language almost exclusively; for example Wotan and Kent Nelson use Latin,[1][7] while Zatara and Zatanna use English spoken backwards.[7][4] This method is referred to as "baby-magic" by a more powerful sorcerer, Klarion. This indicates that it may be the simplest way to channel magic.[8]
  • Magical objects can be used to enhance and/or channel the user's magical powers; examples include Water-Bearers,[9] Kent Nelson's cane[1] and the Sword of Beowulf.[10] Objects can also be used as a vessel to carry spells, such as Zatanna's Glamour Charm.[11]
  • Atlantean students at the Conservatory of Sorcery are given mystic tattoos to enhance their powers.[1] These tattoos glow when magic is used.[9] Users may use spoken words when invoking their powers,[3] but more often do not.[9]
  • Particularly powerful sorcerers, such as Doctor Fate and Klarion, are capable of using magic seemingly at will, without the use of spells or objects.[1]

Known users

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Pugsley, Tom (writer) & Chang, Michael (director) (February 18, 2011). "Denial". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 7. Cartoon Network.
  2. Weisman, Greg (2012-05-03). Question #14772. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hopps, Kevin (writer) & Oliva, Jay (director) (March 4, 2011). "Downtime". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 8. Cartoon Network.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Weisman, Greg (writer) & Youngberg, Matt (director) (October 21, 2011). "Humanity". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 15. Cartoon Network.
  5. Weisman, Greg (2012-04-11). Question #14551. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
  6. Paredes, Francisco (writer) & Berkeley, Christopher (director) (October 28, 2021). "Involuntary". Young Justice. Season 4. Episode 04. HBO Max.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Hopps, Kevin (writer) & Chang, Michael (director) (October 14, 2011). "Revelation". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 14. Cartoon Network.
  8. Weisman, Greg (writer) & Chang, Michael (director) (March 3, 2012). "Misplaced". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 19. Cartoon Network.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Weisman, Greg (writer) & Oliva, Jay (director) (November 26, 2010). "Independence Day". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 1. Cartoon Network.
  10. David, Peter (writer) & Oliva, Jay (director) (November 18, 2011). "Secrets". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 18. Cartoon Network.
  11. Hopps, Kevin, Giacoppo, Paul (writers) & Divar, Tim (director) (June 9, 2012). "Depths". Young Justice. Season 2. Episode 7. Cartoon Network.