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What is Magic?

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Definition: While "magic" has lots of meanings to different people, for our purposes here at Magic.about.com, "magic" refers to the art of illusion or the process of making something appear to be happening that actually isn't.

"Magic" can used as a descriptor, for example, when referring to a "magic show" or "magic trick." A person who performs magic is a magician.

"Magic” is often used in advertising, for example, as in the overused "works like magic," which has been applied to cleaning products and just about anything that's pitched through late night infomercials. "Magic" is also often used in themes, for example, "The Magic of Volunteerism" or "The Magic of Higher Math."

All branches of magic, which include mentalism, escapology, manipulation, sleight of hand, illusions, self-workers, extreme card manipulation and more, all fall under the umbrella of "magic."

For those that believe in paranormal phenomena, there are branches such as "dark magic."

Also Known As: illusion
Alternate Spellings: Magik
Examples:
He studies the art of magic.

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