When these two parties had agreed with one another

When these two parties had agreed with one another, Dr. Faustus took a sharp-pointed knife, pricked open a vein in his left hand, and it is truly said, that in this hand was seen a graven and bloody writing, 0 Homo fuge, Id esl, 0 man flee from him and do what is right.

CHAPTER VI. Dr. Faustus lets his blood drop in a chafer, sets it on warm coals, and writes as followeth: I Johannes Faustus Dr. do openly acknowledge with my own hand, for the confirmation, and by virtue of this letter, that after I resolved to study the Elementa, but from the gifts which have been bestowed upon me from above and mercifully granted unto me, do not find such cunning in my head, and may not learn such from men, So I have subjected myself to the Spirit sent [to me and] now present, who calls himself Mephostophiles, a servant of the hellish prince of the East, and have also chosen the same unto myself, to report and teach such things unto me, who hath also bound himself to me, to be subject and obedient in all things. In return I on the other hand bind and promise myself to him, that when twenty-four years from the date of this bill have gone round and past, he shall have full power to deal with me, govern, (0 LORD forbid) rule and conduct me after his manner and fashion, as he may choose, with all, even with body, soul, flesh, blood and estate, and that into eternity. On this I renounce all those who are living, all the Hosts of Heaven, and all men, and it shall be so. As a sure document and for further confirmation, I have written this bill’ with my own hand, subscribed it, and with my own blood pressed out for this purpose, being in [command of] my senses, head, thoughts and will, have tied, sealed and attested it.
John Faustus, the expert
in the Elements, and
Doctor of the Spirituals


The history of Dr….

The history of Dr. John Faustus:
Shewing how he sold himself to the devil, … Also, strange things done by him, and his servant Mephistopholes. With an account how the devil came for him, and tore him to pieces (Google eBook – Available for Download) (1787)

printed in the year, 1787 – 23 pages

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A Human Devil’s (Con Man’s) Pact (….

A Human Devil’s (Con Man’s) Pact (…and if the Devil don’t appear, then the Devil take me).

The Antiquarian repertory: a miscellaneous assemblage of topography, history, biography, customs, and manners ; intended to illustrate and preserve several valuable remains of old times
Edward Jeffery, 1808


Copy of a pact with the Devil by

Copy of a pact with the Devil by Christoph Haizmann (1669).

Pasted from <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deal_with_the_Devil>

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Haitzmann_pakt.jpg
See Johann Christoph Haizmann (1651/1652 – 14 March 1700) at <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christoph_Haizmann>

Can You Sell Your Soul to the Devil?

Can You Sell Your Soul to the Devil?

By Baruch S. Davidson
Question: Do Jews believe that a person can sell his/her soul to the devil? Response: The idea of “selling one’s soul to the devil”—meaning, becoming a slave of the devil in exchange for favors provided—does not exist in Torah. Jewish ethical works do

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What’s a Pact?

What’s a Pact? What’s a Wager?


An agreement or compact between two or more parties, nations, etc, for mutual advantage

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Something risked or staked on an uncertain event

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The Grand Grimoire

The Grand Grimoire

The first part of the Grand Grimoire, like the Grimorium Verum, is simply a process for the evocation of evil spirits to obtain the enforced surrender of hidden treasure. In the second part the magician is certainly expected to give himself, body and soul, to the demon who serves him meanwhile, and there can be no hesitation in admitting that this creates a sharp distinction, not only between the Grand Grimoire and all the Composite Rituals, but also between the Grand Grimoire and the other Liturgies of Black Magic. It is only a palliation to say that the compact is worded as a subterfuge, and in reality gives nothing to the demon, who here, as so frequently in folklore, is bamboozled, receiving the shadow in place of the substance.

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If ever I recline

Kaufmann Goethe, P. 183: http://books.google.ca/books?id=JXFv3T-2JzIC&lpg=PA183&dq=If%20ever%20I%20recline&pg=PA183#v=onepage&q=If%20ever%20I%20recline&f=false

If ever I recline, calmed, on a bed of sloth,
You may destroy me then and there.
If ever flattering you should wile me
That in myself I find delight,
If with enjoyment you beguile me,
Then break on me, eternal night!
This bet I offer.

I accept it.

The historical Faust was not (known to be) accused of

The historical Faust was not (known to be) accused of signing a pact with the devil.

See p 96 of Leo Ruickbie’s:

Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician

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Implied Pact Impact

Implied Pact Impact

In 1398, the University of Paris declared that the demonic pact could be implicit; no document need be signed, as the mere act of summoning a demon constituted an implied pact.

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