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lloydbird's avatar

Do you believe in magic?

Asked by lloydbird (8738points) July 18th, 2009

If yes, then what is your definition?.
Do you have or know of any evidence to back up your belief?
I’m not talking about stage magic or conjuring here.
Do you perhaps practice magic? Care to share how to do it or how it works?
Do you have any tales to tell or interesting sites that you would recommend?

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wenn's avatar

In a young girls heart
How the music can free her
whenever it starts…

ragingloli's avatar

If you mean the art of illusion, as done by illusionists like Houdini, yes.
If you mean of invoking supernatural powers, definitely not.

Grisaille's avatar

That’s a negative.

Jack79's avatar

If I tell you then it won’t be magic anymore ;)
I believe there are inexplicable powers that are beyond our conventional scientific explanations. I think by calling them “magic” or “religion” people automatically attach certain stereotypical attributes to them. Not everything science can’t explain (yet) is made by God, neither is it the work of some magician. It could even be something perfectly natural that will be explained later, as in the amazing exchange of electrons between clouds and church spires (or Frankenstein’s tower).

I have recently witnessed a series of inexplicable phenomena which could be called “magic” or anything else. People here on fluther insist it’s just a coincidence, but I don’t buy it. There is certainly something more, and people are just too scared to admit it because it will mean our world is not as sorted out and tidy as we’d like it to be.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

No magic. Only things people don’t understand.

buster's avatar

I was always more of an alchemy and easter bunny guy.

lloydbird's avatar

Shamanism, Voodoo, Animism perhaps?

MrKnowItAll's avatar

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. ”

Arthur C. Clarke, “Profiles of The Future”, 1961 (Clarke’s third law)
English physicist & science fiction author (1917 – )

asmonet's avatar

Only in a young girl’s heart. ;)


asmonet's avatar

No, but seriously I do, just not in the wands and spells kind of way.

I kinda wish it was though.

lloydbird's avatar

@asmonet Do you have a definition? The most intriguing that I have come across is ” The art of causing change to occur, according to will”. Although this just sounds like the definition of ‘Science’ .

swuesquire's avatar

Gravity is pretty awesome. So is quantum interference and special relativities effects on electricity and magnetism. Basically all the fundamental rules of physics could be reasonably defined as the magic code that runs the universe (which is probably just a cheap restate of the Clarke quote above).

Also, fairies and turtle monsters.

Synchronicity is pretty creepy and exciting, but I’m inclined to think it’s just selection bias.

Jack79's avatar

@lloydbird I like that definition. Though I’d say it has more to do with defying the “normal” rules. Magic is something that cannot be explained not so much because there is no theory to explain it (eg in the way black holes could not be explained before they were discovered) but because it defies existing theories (or assumptions). For me this is “magic” too, even if it can (nowadays) be explained by Science.

filmfann's avatar

I think there are lots of things we don’t understand yet.
I believe in miracles, which I think qualifies as magic, since they cannot be explained by science.
I look around and see miracles everywhere.

Ivan's avatar

Can not vs. Have not

willbrawn's avatar

Quick hands, and slow eyes. Thats what magic is.

Jeruba's avatar

I do not believe in action at a distance performed through a feat of will, whether or not aided by incantations, symbolic gestures, and special props.

Stage magic and parlor magic are performed strictly within the laws of the physical world, and I don’t mind calling those “magic” as long as we know we’re talking about a performance and not anything supernatural.

fireside's avatar

I just saw a documentary on magic yesterday.
It was called “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince”

YARNLADY's avatar

Yes, meaning hidden knowledge for releasing the power of the mind. It is not ‘supernatural’ but simply harnessing mostly unknown natural powers.

@willbrawn You have described successful performance magic, entertainment trickery is not magic.

dannyc's avatar

Best guard of all time.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

Like the magic that wiccans and satanists blather on and on about? Magic spells, curses, love potions and good luck charms? Nope, sorry, not real. Selective bias and coincidence. People often seek and see patterns where none exist. This is a big part of the whole magic delusion. Don’t tak my word for it, though…

Life is about choices, your results may vary.

mattbrowne's avatar

I believe in the magic of choral music.

lloydbird's avatar

@mattbrowne Me too. Absolutely. Joyous and wonderful. In terms of it’s sound, not necessarily it’s content.

mattbrowne's avatar

@lloydbird – Your favorite choral works?

lloydbird's avatar

@mattbrowne My friend, I don’t wish to present myself as an ‘Authority’ on the subject. I just know that when I have encountered this type of music, it has blissfully laid waste to me. I do posses 1 album in that genre, ‘Agnus Dei music of inner harmony’
From that disc, I especially like:Palestrina – Kyrie (Missa Papae Marcelli)
Elgar Lux Aeterna
Gorecki Totus Tuus
Tavener The Lamb
Faure In paradisum (Requiem)
and Allegri Miserere mei, Deus.

mattbrowne's avatar

@lloydbird – Here are a few my favorites

- Elijah by Mendelssohn
– Mass in b minor and St Matthew Passion by Bach
– Requiems by Mozart, Brahms, Faure, Rutter
– Te Deum by Bruckner

JustmeAman's avatar

It does depend on ones definition of Magic and by mine I would say I do not believe in magic or miracles. The entire existence of everything (Universe) is a set of laws, principles and vibrations that have always existed. When people talk of things Jesus did they were not miracles but for lack of a better word that is how they are described. For everything there are a set of laws that govern how, when, what, why and so forth. If we understand those laws and can use them then we can do anything that “God” has done or will do. To give an example – If we in today’s world took our technology back say 2000 years and showed what we can do they would think it was magic, miracles or the hand of God. However we would know exactly what we were doing and how we had done it.

snowberry's avatar

I will submit that things always happen in the spiritual before they happen in the physical. To give a broad illustration, you have to have a thought (spiritual) before you can execute it. I have seen many instances that science and medicine have no answers for, but in those instances I happen to know what was happening in the unseen spiritual world.

Nullo's avatar

I believe that there are supernatural entities that will sometimes do things, and might even take requests. Beyond that, no.

UnholyThirst's avatar

Everyone has magic of some form. Afterall, with a simple stroke of the hand you can turn someone’s life around…

RandyMagic1's avatar

Magic tricks are nothing but some effects! There is nothing to believe! Magic is only for entertainment…

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