But there was a man named Simon, who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the people of Samaria, saying that he himself was somebody great. They all paid attention to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the power of God that is called Great.” And they paid attention to him because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic. But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles performed, he was amazed. (Acts 8:9-13)
Simon claimed he had the power of God, just as some men do in present-day India. He was a kind of sorcerer ( snags pa ).
But seeing the miraculous signs that followed after Philip’s preaching of Jesus’s name to the Samaritans ( see verses 6 and 7), even he also believed. And his amazement grew.