Magic

Magic may refer to:

  • Magic (illusion), the art of appearing to perform supernatural feats using sleight of hand, escapology, or other methods
  • Magic (paranormal), the use of paranormal methods to manipulate natural forces, such as witchcraft
    • Ceremonial magic, a ritual system of esoteric spiritual development using occult techniques
    • Magick, a specific system of ritual magic deriving from the religious philosophy of Thelema
    • Magic and religion, which may involve the intercession of deities or other spirits, such as prayer
  • Magic (fantasy), fictional characters or objects with magical powers.
    • Magic in fiction, the treatment of magic in fictional works
    • Magic (Middle-earth), the mystical, paranormal, or supernatural activity, appear in various forms in J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional realm of Middle-earth.
  • Magic (gaming), the portrayal of magic in roleplaying games
    • Magic of Dungeons & Dragons, widely used in the role-playing community, across many different fictional worlds, and across books, board games, video games, and movies.

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Famous quotes containing the word magic:

    Both magic and religion are based strictly on mythological tradition, and they also both exist in the atmosphere of the miraculous, in a constant revelation of their wonder-working power. They both are surrounded by taboos and observances which mark off their acts from those of the profane world.
    Bronislaw Malinowski (1884–1942)

    A full bosom is actually a millstone around a woman’s neck: it endears her to the men who want to make their mammet of her, but she is never allowed to think that their popping eyes actually see her. Her breasts ... are not parts of a person but lures slung around her neck, to be kneaded and twisted like magic putty, or mumbled and mouthed like lolly ices.
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939)

    Magic is akin to science in that it always has a definite aim intimately associated with human instincts, needs, and pursuits. The magic art is directed towards the attainment of practical aims. Like other arts and crafts, it is also governed by a theory, by a system of principles which dictate the manner in which the act has to be performed in order to be effective.
    Bronislaw Malinowski (1984–1942)