The nature of magic

Gili Bar-Hillel abhillel at
Sun Jan 7 08:57:43 EST 2001

>I bet you could whip up some really fiendish magical jigsaw puzzles.
>Perhaps they would come in the usual box but the user would soon find that
>they were being led into some serious mental sweat as well as strange
>journeys, unusual smells, holographic whimsies and fiendish problem solving
>based on inquiry into and application of known principles.  Who knows 
>the finished puzzle would be like, or what it might be capable of doing 

I want one of these!

>Gili's proposed magic sounds like she could probably persuade me into just
>about anything through a sort of step by step finesse where everything 
>seem extremely reasonable at every stage but I would be delirious with
>amazement at the end when I look back all the way to the beginning.   What
>am I doing here in Hong Kong wearing a tuxedo when I meant to go to the
>corner store?

I didn't realise I was that talented!

>Hallie's sounds like a sort of perception magic - a discovery of hidden
>wonder magic?  I see what you mean about it being a sort of bringing along,
>bringing out magic like Sophie's, but maybe more of a teaching magic than
>Sophie's?  What do you think?

Sounds lovely, and loving...

>as far as
>ambient, I was thinking the magic would be like a mist or dew or in the
>quality of light...

You should read Rogin McKinley's "Spindle's End". Here's the opening 

"The magic in that country was so thick and tenacious that it settled over 
the land like chalk-dust and over floors and shelves like slightly sticky 
plaster-dust. (Housecleaners in that country earned unusually good wages.) 
If you lived int hat country, you had to de-scale your kettle of its 
encrustation of magic at least once a week, because if you didn't, you might 
find yourself pouring hissing snakes or pond slime into your teapot instead 
of water."

If I had a random quote generator, I'd stick in:
"my magic would be verisimilitudinous" - Elise McMullin

>"And one of those bookcases, like in Chrestomanci Castle, with
>infinite numbers of books on it."

Yes, I want one of these too...
And that origami-magic idea has a lot of potential...
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