Simon Magus was a typical example of this, and successive centuries have offered many notable imitations.
Simon Magus, or St. Paul under that offensive pseudonym, was said to make the furniture move at will.
The word baptism is taken in the first sense when Simon Magus is said to be baptized, Acts xxviii.
While doing so, he could hear what difficulties his case next door was getting into with Simon Magus.
Simon Magus must first "repent of his wickedness," and then pray that the thoughts of his heart may be forgiven him, Acts viii.
That Simon Magus, notwithstanding he had no lot nor part in the things of God, yet had wrought miracles.
He is commanded to pray such prayers as are not abominable; even as Simon Magus, Acts viii.
In old legends this trick is one of the sorceries ascribed to Simon Magus.
The case of Simon Magus, in Acts viii, may present a difficulty to the reader.
Simon the sorcerer, or "Simon Magus," is an interesting figure.