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Is Magic Real?

wiz.gifwiz.gifMagic, the stuff of wizards, fairy godmothers, and witches – or is it? In today’s world, much of what we take for granted can easily be defined as magic.

During the dark ages and the middle ages, every king, lord, and major leader had some sort of wizard or sorcerer. This person was responsible for performing all sorts of “magic” – much of it was the fantasy sort of magic – trying to change lead into gold and such, but much of it was also what we would think of today as early science – astronomy, agricultural sciences, weather and such. Pretty much anything that required education was the realm of “magic”. So, how does “magic” exist in today’s world?

“Magic” surrounds us. Almost any technology or highly specialized field is treated by most people as magic. If I want to go somewhere, I get into my “magic carpet”, use the magic wand (key), and magically I can suddenly travel at 70 MPH to wherever I want to go. If I want to communicate with people, I wave my hands in the proper way, say the appropriate incantations, and I can send email or blog. If I’m hungry, I open the magic “cold box”, take out what I want to eat, perform a few Magic Moves, and by magic, the food is hot. If I can’t find what I want to eat at home, I go to the magic food creation building that somehow always has all kinds of foods from all over the world. The examples are endless. Heat, air conditioning, phones, the lock on the front door, medicine, Cable TV, the ‘net, planes, cars, microwave ovens – all of it is magic.

Don’t be silly! None of that stuff is magic! It’s all technology! Yes, it is true that it is technology, but from my perspective, what is the difference? Most people have no idea how most of the things that they use work. They know how to perform whatever motions, actions, or incantations are needed to make them work, but they have no idea what is really happening.

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Is this any different from “Magic”? To perform “magic”, someone drinks a potion, chants a spell, or waves a wand. Drinking a potion is the same as taking a pill, chanting a spell is the same as talking to your computer or car (or if you have it, using voice recognition software), and waving a wand is the same as pushing buttons, turning dials or flipping switches. We take it on faith that whatever the “magic” is will work, and when it doesn’t, we take our car, computer, or other gadget to a “wizard” that specializes in making the magic work again.

Even our language reflects our view that things we don’t understand are magic. A computer “wizard” can make the computer work. A mechanical “wiz” can fix any car. When a something is broken beyond repair, you have “let out the magic smoke”, and it’s time to get a new one. In today’s world, we all use magic in one way or another. The question is simply how we view the magic things we use. If we call them ‘magic’, we’re superstitious, uneducated, or boors. By using more modern and socially acceptable words -like “technology”, “medicine”, or “science”, we really mean the same thing, we’re just using a different word so people won’t think we’re stupid.

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