magic

Definitions

  • THE MAGIC MIRROR—LITTLE SNOW-WHITE
    THE MAGIC MIRROR—LITTLE SNOW-WHITE
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj magic possessing or using or characteristic of or appropriate to supernatural powers "charming incantations","magic signs that protect against adverse influence","a magical spell","'tis now the very witching time of night"- Shakespeare","wizard wands","wizardly powers"
    • n magic an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
    • n magic any art that invokes supernatural powers
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Fish spill out of the magic basket Fish spill out of the magic basket
The prince and princess work the magic charm The prince and princess work the magic charm
The queen looks into her magic mirror The queen looks into her magic mirror
The Magic Purse The Magic Purse

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Superman The Escape rollercoaster, located in California at Six Flags Magic Mountain, goes from 0 to 100 miles per hour in only 7 seconds
    • Magic A comprehensive name for all of the pretended arts which claim to produce effects by the assistance of supernatural beings, or departed spirits, or by a mastery of secret forces in nature attained by a study of occult science, including enchantment, conjuration, witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy, incantation, etc. "An appearance made by some magic ."
    • Magic Performed by, or proceeding from, occult and superhuman agencies; done by, or seemingly done by, enchantment or sorcery; as, a magical spell. "The painter's magic skill."
    • Magic Pertaining to the hidden wisdom supposed to be possessed by the Magi; relating to the occult powers of nature, and the producing of effects by their agency.
    • Magic The art of creating illusions which appear to the observer to be inexplicable except by some supernatural influence; it includes simple sleight of hand (legerdemain) as well as more elaborate stage magic, using special devices constructed to produce mystifying effects; as, the magic of David Copperfield . It is practised as an entertainment, by magicians who do not pretend to have supernatural powers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1964 General Mills began marketing Lucky Charms cereal with pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, and green clovers. The marshmallow bits (technically referred to as marbits) were invented in 1963 by John Holahan. The cereal is marketed using a leprechaun character named Lucky (L.C. Leprechaun is his full name) that touts his cereal as being "Magically Delicious." Over the years the various shapes and colors of the marshmallow bits in the cereal have undergone many changes.
    • n magic Any supposed supernatural art; especially, the pretended art of controlling the actions of spiritual or superhuman beings. Belief in such an art exists among all primitive races, and was prevalent in medieval Europe. The practice of magic has embraced, in a great variety of ways, the cure of disease, the forecasting of events, and the gratification of desires otherwise unattainable. It has been everywhere, with the rise and earlier progress of literature, formulated into more or less elaborate systems. All kinds of divination, judicial astrology, and to a large extent alchemy were outgrowths of it.
    • n magic Power or influence similar to that of enchantment: as, the magic of love.
    • n magic Conjuring; tricks of legerdemain.
    • n magic Control of natural forces through the knowledge of their laws.
    • magic Pertaining to or connected with the exercise of magic; having supposed supernatural qualities or powers; enchanting; bewitching: as, magic arts or spells; a magic wand or circle; a magic touch; magic squares.
    • magic Produced by or resulting from or as if from magic; exhibiting the effects of enchantment: as, magic music; magic transformations.
    • magic Operating as if by magic; causing illusion; producing wonderful results.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In July 1981, a tortoise was sentenced to death for murder. Tribal elders in Kyuasini, a village in Kenya, formally condemned the tortoise because they suspected it of causing the death of six people, apparently through magic. However, because none of the villagers was prepared to risk the tortoise's wrath by carrying out the execution, it was instead chained to a tree. The tortoise was later freed after the government promised an official inquiry into the deaths.
    • n Magic maj′ik the pretended art of producing marvellous results by the aid of spirits, or of the secret forces of nature: enchantment: sorcery
    • adjs Magic pertaining to, used in, or done by magic: causing wonderful or startling results
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Quotations

  • Eden Phillpotts
    Eden Phillpotts
    “The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”
  • Foka Gomez
    Foka Gomez
    “Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.”
  • Jane Seymour
    Jane Seymour
    “Even though I make those movies, I find myself wishing that more of those magic moments could happen in real life.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    Benjamin%20Disraeli
    “The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can never end.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    Wayne%20Dyer
    “If we are to have magical bodies, we must have magical minds.”
  • James B. Conant
    James B. Conant
    “Some of mankind's most terrible misdeeds have been committed under the spell of certain magic words or phrases.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. magique, L. magice, Gr. (sc. ), fr. . See Magic (a.), and Magi
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. magique—L.,—Gr. See Magi.

Usage

In literature:

It is the magic spirit and the magic words that make true poetry.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Antler gave him a magic powder and showed him how to prepare it from herbs.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
That magical sense of the brooding Over-Soul which thrills us so in Goethe's poetry never touches his pages.
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
I myself must pour this magic nectar upon your lips.
"The Magic Soap Bubble" by David Cory
What can they find in them that is thrilling or exciting or large or luminous or magical?
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
All my readers know what a magic square is.
"The Canterbury Puzzles" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
Which is my magic one?
"Once on a Time" by A. A. Milne
There was good magic and bad magic, white magic and black magic, as these came to be called.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Magic, magic, if ever there was magic in this wonderful, mysterious world!
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
He was not in love with Violet Usher, and so, gradually, her magic lost its hold upon his memory.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
Through, good magic you cut the 'Great Archway,' but your evil magic you used upon young Ulka.
"Legends of Vancouver" by E. Pauline Johnson
In organized societies, too, a mere nod from the chief may often lead with magic power to a crime.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
The locket's magic should work only for the person to whom it was given.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
As he worked upon Sophia the magic of the harem, he listened to her breathing as it grew faster and faster.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
It is not at all probable that anything so ridiculous as the "Magic Flute" story was ever before written.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
I work the magic of space, my brother here works the magic of time, and the Great Mouldiestwarp controls us, and many things beside.
"Harding's luck" by E. [Edith] Nesbit
He could make any room mystical with the magic of his bow.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
It contains the magic herb I could not find in the market.
"ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;" by Hezekiah Butterworth
With equal reason, or want of reason, it might be held that magic was science, and science magic.
"An Introduction to the Study of Comparative Religion" by Frank Byron Jevons
I looked for the magic spot under the chesnut trees, where dream and reality were once so magically blended.
"Tales from the German" by Various
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In poetry:

For still her magic power prevails,
And still my thoughts take wing
To her, the city of the tales,
Without its roving king.
"A Walk To Pamphy Linns" by Alexander Anderson
Believe me better than my best,
And stronger than my strength can hold,
Until your magic faith transmute
My pebbles into gold.
"Three Friends" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Melt all the splendid blue above
And let these magic wonders die,
If Thou wilt only leave me, Love,
And Love's heart-brother, Memory.
"The Last Prayer" by William Wilfred Campbell
"Now, at Moonlight's fairy hour,"
Shall Music breathe her dulcet voice,
And o'er the waves, with magic pow'r,
Call on Echo to rejoice.
"Air" by Ann Radcliffe
Speak of her with a miser's praise;
She craves no golden speech; her ways
Wind through charmed nights and magic days,
She being young.
"She Being Young" by John Charles McNeill
My tears are like the quiet drift
Of petals from some magic rose;
And all my grief flows from the rift
Of unremembered skies and snows.
"Clown In The Moon" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

Magic Wands — " Black Magic " Video Lesson.
Turin, Italy is reputed world center of white and black magic .
Sex, Lies and Black Magic .
Reporter Jenny Kleeman and director James Jones travel from Italy to Africa to reveal how human traffickers are using black magic to coerce and trap Nigerian women into a life of prostitution in Europe.
Kill the Noise's ' Black Magic ': More Choir, Less Dubstep.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul on disasters and black magic .
Allen Mitchell, Gamecock quarterback from ' Black Magic ' team, dies.
Black Magic Woman,' Peter Green.
"Yes I got a black magic woman, "Got me so blind I can't see That she's a black magic .
Comedy and magic blend in Idaho Shakespeare Festival's 'Winter's Tale'.
The Blue Jean Buyer is a magical place.
Top Release Team Inlet Magic.
It is universally acknowledged that getting an elementary school kid to sit still for 35 minutes is nearly impossible—unless you have a special kind of magical comedy.
A sample online boarding pass for Las Vegas listed suggestions including the Angel Park Golf Club, a David Copperfield magic performance and 10 restaurants, as well as display ads for Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas.
The play, written by Lisa Loomer and directed by Ángeles Romero, follows the magical adventures of a little boy with a big mouth — a bocón .
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In science:

SLE limit when q ≤ 4 Many exact calculations are ‘known’ for critical processes in two dimensions, but the physical arguments involved have sometimes appeared in varying degrees magical or revelationary to mathematicians.
The Random-Cluster Model
The convergence and stability of the procedure described were tested in the calculations of ground-state properties of all doubly magic atomic nuclei using most of the present Skyrme-force parametrizations.
A generalized Numerov method for linear second-order differential equations involving a first derivative term
We believe this could explain similar deviations found in the exact calculations of Ref. as well as the appearance of the so-called magic angular momenta . A more detailed analysis of this effect is planned for a future work. C.
Symmetry breaking and the random-phase approximation in small quantum dots
Nice applications to the enumeration of magic squares can be found in .
Large deviations and stochastic calculus for large random matrices
Townsend, “Exceptional supergravity theories and the magic square,” Phys.
Generalized dimensional reduction of supergravity with eight supercharges
In a future work, some of the new simple Lie superalgebras in characteristic 3 that will be constructed here, will be shown to appear in a natural extension of Freudenthal’s Magic Square, obtained by means of composition superalgebras [EO02].
New simple Lie superalgebras in characteristic 3
Our argument is Erd˝os Magic, using the study of the random graph G(k , p) to find the asymptotics of the strictly enumerative C (k , l).
Counting Connected Graphs Asymptotically
Such matrices are natural ob jects in RSK theory, so one might expect a relationship between magic squares and random matrices.
Counting formulas associated with some random matrix averages
This will be left to a forthcoming paper [CEpr], where an Extended Freudenthal Magic Square in characteristic 3 will be considered.
Some new simple modular Lie superalgebras
Diaconis, P., Gamburd, A.: Random matrices, magic squares and matching polynomials.: Electron. J.
On absolute moments of characteristic polynomials of a certain class of complex random matrices
Ohtsuki and Yamada generalized Jones-Wenzl idempotents (these were called magic weaving elements ) for the quantum sl(3) web spaces by taking the expansions in Proposition 3.1 and 3.4 as a definition of clasps .
Jones-Wenzl idempotents For Rank 2 Simple Lie algebras
Marsden calls this Cartan’s “magic formula”.
Generalized forms and vector fields
Therefore, the expected effects due to both the geometric and electronic magic numbers are likely to be seen prominently in {55, 58} range.
Effect of geometric and electronic structures on the finite temperature behavior of Na$_{58}$, Na$_{57}$, and Na$_{55}$ clusters
As Miller (Miller, 1956) observed, there is a capacity limit to the number of information items that can be operated on at a given time; this ‘magic’ number (5 ± 2) refers to the number of information ‘chunks’ that can be processed at a given time.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
The magic number seven, plus or minus two: Some limits on our capacity to process information.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
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