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 for Black art
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Black art \Black" art`\
     The art practiced by conjurers and witches; necromancy;
     conjuration; magic.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: This name was given in the Middle Ages to necromancy,
           under the idea that the latter term was derived from
           niger black, instead of nekro`s, a dead person, and
           mantei`a, divination. --Wright.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  black art
      n 1: the belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or
           evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world
           [syn: sorcery, black magic, black art, necromancy]

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  black art
   n.
  
      [common] A collection of arcane, unpublished, and (by implication) mostly
      ad-hoc techniques developed for a particular application or systems area
      (compare black magic). VLSI design and compiler code optimization were
      (in their beginnings) considered classic examples of black art; as theory
      developed they became deep magic, and once standard textbooks had been
      written, became merely heavy wizardry. The huge proliferation of formal
      and informal channels for spreading around new computer-related
      technologies during the last twenty years has made both the term black art
      and what it describes less common than formerly. See also voodoo
      programming.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  black art
  
     A collection of arcane, unpublished, and (by implication)
     mostly ad-hoc techniques developed for a particular
     application or systems area (compare black magic).  VLSI
     design and compiler code optimisation were (in their
     beginnings) considered classic examples of black art; as
     theory developed they became deep magic, and once standard
     textbooks had been written, became merely heavy wizardry.
     The huge proliferation of formal and informal channels for
     spreading around new computer-related technologies during the
     last twenty years has made both the term "black art" and what
     it describes less common than formerly.  See also voodoo
     programming.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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