Kenneth Anger is pulled out of a hat in an article about the cliché “the magic of the movies” at “Hugo and the magic of film trickery” by J Hoberman at The Guardian. Aleister Crowley is tangentially mentioned in connection with Anger.
“Many film-makers, including Orson Welles and the avant-gardists Maya Deren, Harry Smith, Stan Brakhage, and Kenneth Anger, identified their practice with magic — albeit in varying ways. Welles had extensive experience as a stage magician and made his last feature, the faux documentary F is For Fake precisely about cinematic sleight of hand; Deren was a serious student of Haitian vodoo; Smith considered his cut and paste animations a form of alchemy; Brakhage referred to “trick” as the medium’s fundamental rule; and Anger was a disciple of Aleister Crowley, who considered making a film akin to casting a spell. (Walt Disney would have agreed.)”
“Movies don’t necessarily record reality but they always construct it. That’s what makes them magical.”