The Eye, sometimes referred to as Beholding, Ceaseless Watcher, It Knows You, and (taking into account the auditory medium) The I, is one of The Entities. It is the manifestation of the fear of being watched, exposed, followed, of having secrets known, but also the drive to know and understand, even if your discoveries might destroy you. It is also the fear that you’re suffering for the sake of something watching.

The Eye is among the chief "characters" of the series. It is the power behind the Magnus Institute, influencing the members and granting them certain powers. It seems to have been responsible for giving Elias the ability to see and know all things, although he does not do this without effort. Its associated ritual is called "The Watcher's Crown."

It is the entity that grants the Head Archivists, currently Jonathan Sims, the ability to ask a question and compel the listener to answer. This power also affects avatars of the other entities as Jude Perry became upset when Sims compelled her. 

Other characters and avatars in the world, such as Jude Perry, have criticized Beholding, as an entity of great power that does very little and seems content only with feeding its thirst for knowledge. Perry even states it cannot stop the Desolation from winning and will leave it a burned out blind eye by the end.


Technically every episode deals with the Eye as its influence is felt throughout the Institute and its employees, so this list should be limited to when the contents of the statement itself concern the Eye.

Other Appearances Edit

This article contains information from later episodes of The Magnus Archives, and may contain major spoilers for the setting and plot. Continue at your own risk.


The Eye's ritual is called "The Watcher's Crown." Using the Panopticon in Millbank Prison, Jonah Magnus attempted the ritual at some point during the 19th century. The ritual ultimately failed but granted him semi-omniscience in the process.



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