Simon Magus - The battle of magicians
Type of Spiritual Experience
In this account we need to remember that the influence exercised could have been on the stick, or be like the Qigong fighters be bodily influence to give him super human strength against the opposition. Ultimately it would be classified as 'magic', because no one who witnessed it would have been able to work out what had happened.
A 'standing one' is a magician - this is thus the battle of two magicians.
A description of the experience
Clementine - Recognitions
Dositheus, when he perceived that Simon was depreciating him, fearing lest his reputation among men might be obscured (for he himself was supposed to be the Standing One), moved with rage, when they met as usual at the school, seized a rod, and began to beat Simon; but suddenly the rod seemed to pass through his body, as if it had been smoke.
On which Dositheus, being astonished, says to him, ‘Tell me if thou art the Standing One, that I may adore thee.’ And when Simon answered that he was, then Dositheus, perceiving that he himself was not the Standing One, fell down and worshipped him, and gave up his own place as chief to Simon, ordering all the rank of thirty men to obey him; himself taking the inferior place which Simon formerly occupied.