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

  Magic \Mag"ic\, n. [OE. magique, L. magice, Gr. ? (sc. ?), fr.
     ?. See Magic, a., and Magi.]
     1. A comprehensive name for all of the pretended arts which
        claim to produce effects by the assistance of supernatural
        beings, or departed spirits, or by a mastery of secret
        forces in nature attained by a study of occult science,
        including enchantment, conjuration, witchcraft, sorcery,
        necromancy, incantation, etc.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              An appearance made by some magic.     --Chaucer.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. The art of creating illusions which appear to the observer
        to be inexplicable except by some supernatural influence;
        it includes simple sleight of hand (legerdemain) as well
        as more elaborate stage magic, using special devices
        constructed to produce mystifying effects; as, the magic
        of David Copperfield. It is practised as an entertainment,
        by magicians who do not pretend to have supernatural
        powers.
        [PJC]
  
     Celestial magic, a supposed supernatural power which gave
        to spirits a kind of dominion over the planets, and to the
        planets an influence over men.
  
     Natural magic, the art of employing the powers of nature to
        produce effects apparently supernatural.
  
     Superstitious magic, or Geotic magic, the invocation of
        devils or demons, involving the supposition of some tacit
        or express agreement between them and human beings.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Syn: Sorcery; witchcraft; necromancy; conjuration;
          enchantment.
          [1913 Webster] Magic

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Magic \Mag"ic\, Magical \Mag"ic*al\, a. [L. magicus, Gr. ?, fr.
     ?: cf. F. magique. See Magi.]
     1. Pertaining to the hidden wisdom supposed to be possessed
        by the Magi; relating to the occult powers of nature, and
        the producing of effects by their agency.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Performed by, or proceeding from, occult and superhuman
        agencies; done by, or seemingly done by, enchantment or
        sorcery; as, a magical spell. Hence: Seemingly requiring
        more than human power; imposing or startling in
        performance; producing effects which seem supernatural or
        very extraordinary; having extraordinary properties; as, a
        magic lantern; a magic square or circle.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              The painter's magic skill.            --Cowper.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: Although with certain words magic is used more than
           magical, -- as, magic circle, magic square, magic wand,
           -- we may in general say magic or magical; as, a magic
           or magical effect; a magic or magical influence, etc.
           But when the adjective is predicative, magical, and not
           magic, is used; as, the effect was magical.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     Magic circle, a series of concentric circles containing the
        numbers 12 to 75 in eight radii, and having somewhat
        similar properties to the magic square.
  
     Magic humming bird (Zool.), a Mexican humming bird ({Iache
        magica), having white downy thing tufts.
  
     Magic lantern. See Lantern.
  
     Magic square, numbers so disposed in parallel and equal
        rows in the form of a square, that each row, taken
        vertically, horizontally, or diagonally, shall give the
        same sum, the same product, or an harmonical series,
        according as the numbers taken are in arithmetical,
        geometrical, or harmonical progression.
  
     Magic wand, a wand used by a magician in performing feats
        of magic.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  magic
      adj 1: possessing or using or characteristic of or appropriate
             to supernatural powers; "charming incantations"; "magic
             signs that protect against adverse influence"; "a magical
             spell"; "'tis now the very witching time of night"-
             Shakespeare; "wizard wands"; "wizardly powers" [syn:
             charming, magic, magical, sorcerous,
             witching(a), wizard(a), wizardly]
      n 1: any art that invokes supernatural powers [syn: magic,
           thaumaturgy]
      2: an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers [syn:
         magic trick, conjuring trick, trick, magic,
         legerdemain, conjuration, thaumaturgy, illusion,
         deception]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  135 Moby Thesaurus words for "magic":
     Prospero, abracadabra, airiness, alchemy, allure, allurement,
     appearance, augury, aura, bewitchery, bewitching, bewitchment,
     black art, black magic, blaze of glory, brilliance, brilliancy,
     charisma, charm, charming, conjuring, delusiveness, demonolatry,
     devilry, deviltry, diablerie, diabolism, divination, divining,
     enchanting, enchantment, ensorcellment, entrancing, envelope,
     exorcism, extraordinary, fallaciousness, false appearance,
     false light, false show, falseness, fascinating, fascination,
     fetishism, glamor, glamour, glory, gramarye, halo, hocus-pocus,
     hoodoo, hypnotic, idealization, illusion, illusionism, illusionist,
     illusiveness, illustriousness, immateriality, incantation, juju,
     jujuism, legerdemain, luster, magian, magic act, magic show,
     magical, magician, magnetic, magnetism, marvelous, mesmerizing,
     miraculous, mumbo-jumbo, mystic, mystique, natural magic,
     necromancy, necromantic, nimbus, numinousness, obeah, occult,
     occultism, prestidigitation, prodigious, radiance, remarkable,
     resplendence, resplendency, rune, satanism, seeming, semblance,
     shamanism, shamanistic, show, simulacrum, sleight of hand,
     soothsaying, sorcerer, sorcerous, sorcery, sortilege,
     specious appearance, spell, spellbinding, spellcasting, splendor,
     stupendous, sympathetic magic, thaumaturgia, thaumaturgics,
     thaumaturgism, thaumaturgy, theurgy, trickery, unactuality,
     unbelievable, unprecedented, unreality, unsubstantiality,
     vampirism, voodoo, voodooism, wanga, white magic, witchcraft,
     witchery, witching, witchwork, witchy, wizardly, wizardry
  
  

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

  magic
  
  
      1. adj. As yet unexplained, or too complicated to explain; compare {
      automagically and (Arthur C.) Clarke's Third Law: ?Any sufficiently
      advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.? ?TTY echoing is
      controlled by a large number of magic bits.? ?This routine magically
      computes the parity of an 8-bit byte in three instructions.?
  
      2. adj. Characteristic of something that works although no one really
      understands why (this is especially called black magic).
  
      3. n. [Stanford] A feature not generally publicized that allows something
      otherwise impossible, or a feature formerly in that category but now
      unveiled.
  
      4. n. The ultimate goal of all engineering & development, elegance in the
      extreme; from the first corollary to Clarke's Third Law: ?Any technology
      distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced?.
  
      Parodies playing on these senses of the term abound; some have made their
      way into serious documentation, as when a MAGIC directive was described in
      the Control Card Reference for GCOS c.1978. For more about hackish ?magic?,
      see Appendix A. Compare black magic, wizardly, deep magic, heavy
      wizardry.
  

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

  MAGIC
  
     An early system on the Midac computer.
  
     [Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959)].
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1995-01-25)
  

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

  magic
  
     1. As yet unexplained, or too complicated to explain; compare
     automagically and (Arthur C.) Clarke's Third Law:
  
     	Any sufficiently advanced technology is
     	indistinguishable from magic.
  
     "TTY echoing is controlled by a large number of magic bits."
     "This routine magically computes the parity of an 8-bit byte
     in three instructions."
  
     2. Characteristic of something that works although no one
     really understands why (this is especially called black
     magic).
  
     3. (Stanford) A feature not generally publicised that allows
     something otherwise impossible or a feature formerly in that
     category but now unveiled.
  
     Compare wizardly, deep magic, heavy wizardry.
  
     For more about hackish "magic" see Magic Switch Story.
  
     4. magic number.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2001-03-19)
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Magic
     The Jews seem early to have consulted the teraphim (q.v.) for
     oracular answers (Judg. 18:5, 6; Zech. 10:2). There is a
     remarkable illustration of this divining by teraphim in Ezek.
     21:19-22. We read also of the divining cup of Joseph (Gen.
     44:5). The magicians of Egypt are frequently referred to in the
     history of the Exodus. Magic was an inherent part of the ancient
     Egyptian religion, and entered largely into their daily life.
     
       All magical arts were distinctly prohibited under penalty of
     death in the Mosaic law. The Jews were commanded not to learn
     the "abomination" of the people of the Promised Land (Lev.
     19:31; Deut. 18:9-14). The history of Saul's consulting the
     witch of Endor (1 Sam. 28:3-20) gives no warrant for attributing
     supernatural power to magicians. From the first the witch is
     here only a bystander. The practice of magic lingered among the
     people till after the Captivity, when they gradually abandoned
     it.
     
       It is not much referred to in the New Testament. The Magi
     mentioned in Matt. 2:1-12 were not magicians in the ordinary
     sense of the word. They belonged to a religious caste, the
     followers of Zoroaster, the astrologers of the East. Simon, a
     magician, was found by Philip at Samaria (Acts 8:9-24); and Paul
     and Barnabas encountered Elymas, a Jewish sorcerer, at Paphos
     (13:6-12). At Ephesus there was a great destruction of magical
     books (Acts 19:18, 19).
     

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  MAGIC, n.  An art of converting superstition into coin.  There are
  other arts serving the same high purpose, but the discreet
  lexicographer does not name them.
  

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