Blood Meridian


Cormac McCarthy

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The Family of Magicians Character Analysis

A family consisting of an old man and a woman, as well as their son (called Casimero) and daughter. Each member of the family can do tricks, e.g., Casimero juggles dogs. Glanton’s gang escorts the family safely from the town of Corralitos to Janos. While camping in the night, the old man and woman read some of the gang members’ fortunes using Tarot cards; the woman foresees a calamitous end for Glanton, which does indeed come to pass.
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The Family of Magicians Character Timeline in Blood Meridian

The timeline below shows where the character The Family of Magicians appears in Blood Meridian. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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Racism and Partisanship Theme Icon
As they prepare to ride out in the morning, the gang is approached by a family of magicians —a father, mother, son, and daughter—seeking safe passage up to the town of Janos. A... (full context)
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At night, the gang makes camp. The family of magicians set up their tent, but it blows away on a strong wind into the wrathful... (full context)
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...and makes camp in a nearby grove. From there, Toadvine and the kid watch the family of magicians announce their entertainments to the beat of a drum. Bathcat leans over to them and... (full context)