The rules of magic circle state that a being of the target type cannot enter/exit except by use of teleport/planar travel, succeeding on a Cha Saving throw.

If I go by the description, I read it as: to keep them out they cannot enter; to keep them in, they cannot exit. However, it does not seem to prevent movement/teleport in the opposite direction.

Can a wish spell be used to summon/teleport a creature into a Magic Circle that was cast to keep them in?

  • \$\begingroup\$ In the current state of the question, a reversed Magic Circle is the complete red herring. The true question is can you use Wish to teleport an unwilling creature to a specified point. \$\endgroup\$
    – enkryptor
    Aug 13 '18 at 0:15
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    \$\begingroup\$ Any reason you don't want to just use gate, which does exactly this thing? \$\endgroup\$ Aug 13 '18 at 3:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ Gate only works if they are on another plane. In this instance, they are not. \$\endgroup\$
    – Phajze
    Aug 13 '18 at 10:23

Yes, you can.

Or at least you can try.

Using wish to duplicate a lower level spell

Wish explicitly allows you to "duplicate any other spell of 8th level or lower", that might be one way to go.

You mentioned teleporting and summoning. The teleport spell itself is probably not what you want, since it actually transports someone or something from the location of the caster to some other location, and you want to fetch someone (or something). There are other summoning spells that you could use wish to emulate. There's not necessarily a lot of advantage to that, except that you don't have to supply the emulated spell's material components. That can be a real bonus, some of them are a bit icky.

Freestyling it

But you don't need no stinking lower level spell! You have a wish! You can do anything you want!

Wish also says:

You might be able to achieve something beyond the scope of the above examples. State your wish to the GM as precisely as possible. The GM has great latitude in ruling what occurs in such an instance; the greater the wish, the greater the likelihood that something goes wrong. This spell might simply fail, the effect you desire might only be partly achieved, or you might suffer some unforeseen consequence as a result of how you worded the wish.

So, you can just wish that a demon (or whatever) would appear in your magic circle.

The easy way:

You can go the easy route and say it just like that. "I cast wish. I wish {fill-in-the-blank} to be transported to my magic circle." Easy-peasy, assuming you have wish on your spell list that day, or have it available through some other means. Take what, 30 seconds? Besides, how bad could it be? You can always use wish again to undo anything that doesn't go quite right.

The hard way:

Or, you could spend years at it. You could try summoning weaker creatures of whatever type you you're interested in and work your way up. You could attempt to gather specific information on the particular entity you want to entrap and bind to your will. You could conduct careful research in obscure libraries, research new spells, engage in field expeditions to gather useful materials, enlist allies to assist you in your quest, build elaborate containment facilities, acquire strange and potent arcane skills and artifacts, suborn governments, subjugate peoples, consume the guilty and innocent alike to use their essences to fuel your quest for power, and then finally after a lifetime of preparation, you can use that final wish to have that celestial, elemental, fey, fiend, or undead dragged by your unstoppable arcane might into your magic circle, there to be compelled to do your bidding for all eternity! What could possibly go wrong?

So, yes, you can use wish to summon anything you want into your magic circle, and it could be the work of but a few moments, or the work of a lifetime.

Read the fine print and don't try this at home

Wish potentially has some repercussions, nothing serious, just the usual legalese about operating heavy machinery, necrotic damage, weakness, permanent disability, but nothing to worry about.

And of course, wishings and summonings sometimes go awry, so it's entirely possible things won't go the way you envision.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Teleport requires the being to be willing, so using Wish to duplicate that effect would not work (assuming the creature was unwilling). \$\endgroup\$
    – Destruktor
    Aug 12 '18 at 18:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ True. Although the summoned being might just be willing, you never know. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jack
    Aug 12 '18 at 18:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Jack it is probably worth editing into your answer though. A vast majority of creatures are not going to be willing to be teleported to a magical prison they cannot escape. \$\endgroup\$
    – Rubiksmoose
    Aug 13 '18 at 4:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Rubiksmoose Nothing in spell description says that target is aware of teleport destination. It is leap of faith of some sort. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 13 '18 at 9:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ @AntiDrondert I'm aware of that however the default assumption is that enemy creatures are unwilling. Regardless I just think it is worth mentioning for completeness. \$\endgroup\$
    – Rubiksmoose
    Aug 13 '18 at 9:52

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