From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"To establish contact with the mysterious forces which rule the world, to come to terms with them, to obtain their co-operation or complicity, such is the objective of all those who devote themselves to magic and to whom, rightly or wrongly, people attribute supernatural powers and a special gift of receptivity to everything marvellous."--A Pictorial History of Magic and the Supernatural (1961) by Maurice Bessy
Magic may refer to:
- Black magic
- Magic (paranormal), a term for various supernatural, mystical, and paranormal practices.
- Magic (illusion), also known as stage magic, street magic, and sleight of hand; the art of entertaining audiences by performing illusions and tricks.
- Magic and religion
- Magic realism
- Magic in fiction
- Magus, a Zoroastrian priest; the origin of the word magic
- Magic mushroom
- History of magic
- Timeline of magic
From Middle French magique (noun and adjective), from Latin magicus (adjective), magica (noun use of feminine form of magicus), from Ancient Greek μαγικός (magikos, “magical”), from μάγος (magos, “magus”). Displaced native Middle English dweomercraft (“magic, magic arts”) (from Old English dwimor (“phantom, illusion”) + cræft (“art”)), Old English galdorcræft (“magic, enchantment”), Old English drȳcræft (“magic, sorcery”).