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UNIX Magic

UNIX Magic

The classic UNIX Magic poster by Guy Overacre was distributed at USENIX conferences.

It features a white-bearded wizard with UNIX-related things around him a spool of thread, a black cat, a boot, a fork, pipes, buckets, a number of containers labelled with things like tar, null, awk, uucp. There is even a 'C' container, and a partially obscured and broken 'B' container.

The wizard is pouring mysterious liquids into a giant shell.

UNIX Magic Poster Competition


It is one of the more profound ironies of the history of thought that the growth of mechanical science, through which arose the idea of mechanism as a possible philosophy of nature, was itself an outcome of the Renaissance magical tradition.
— Frances Yates in The Rosicrucian Enlightenment