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Do you use anything that you call "magic"?

Asked by wundayatta (58663points) July 21st, 2010
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By magic, I mean a number of things. I events that occur without apparent cause. I also mean imagining an event, and then having that even enacted in reality and believing that our imaginations have the power to influence or create reality. I also mean the magic that happens inside our heads—things existing inside that don’t exist outside, but that have the same psychological influence as something real, or that might teach us something about reality or meaning.

Does magic play a role in your life? Do you use magic? In what form? Why? In your life, what is magic about?

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tinyfaery's avatar

All of the things you mentioned are easily explained, hence, they are not magic.

My wife has magic powers. She always knows exactly what I want/need even before I do. And somehow she can always fit way more dishes in the dishwasher than anyone else who tries. She is my magic.

LuckyGuy's avatar

I think we can all agree the GPS system works by magic. You don’t seriously expect me to believe that this little $200 unit in my hand is listening to 5 satellites going 18,000 mph in different orbits and it is able to calculate my location to within a couple of feet based upon the time difference between the received signals, do you? Oh, come on. .
Magic is a much better explanation.

wundayatta's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille You do that!?! Wow. More talent than I ever expected. Hope you don’t use your gun in the place of a knife. p;-)

Cruiser's avatar

My paycheck magically disappears every 2 weeks. I am desperately trying to make it stop doing that…no luck so far!

poofandmook's avatar

we used to have what I called the magic refrigerator. You could literally keep milk a month and it wouldn’t go bad, yet it wasn’t cold enough to freeze things. It froze lettuce if you kept it in the cooler drawer, but that’s about it.

forestGeek's avatar

Alcohol certainly does magical things to my brain. I cannot explain…it just does…and I like it!

CMaz's avatar

No.

“Magic” is an illusion.

laureth's avatar

I used to be Wiccan, if that’s enough of an answer. But I’m not anymore, at least not religiously.

Blackberry's avatar

Logic magically makes me skeptical of nonsense like magic :)

LuckyGuy's avatar

@Blackberry @ChazMaz I’m with you guys. But you will agree that the GPS is freakin’ magic. Right?
I mean those satellites are going 18,000 MPH! They are 700 miles away! And my receiver operates for a week on 2 AA batteries! How can that work? ;-)

Blackberry's avatar

@worriedguy Lol. It’s magic that we can even put those satellites in space…...how do they even stay up there…......

CMaz's avatar

@worriedguy – Nothing amazing there. You would be surprised what you can get a couple of gerbils to do.

wundayatta's avatar

Did no one ever think something and then have it happen? Did you not feel the smallest urge to wonder if there was a causal link between your thought and the happening? Did you never try to see if you could influence events with your thoughts? Not even, say, in trying to get healthy after some illness or injury?

Wow. If that’s the case, then you are truly hard core.

CMaz's avatar

Still not magic.

Blackberry's avatar

@wundayatta I’m just kidding. Once, before I joined the Navy, I had a dream I was in the navy, and I think my dream happened exactly in reality a year or so after I joined. I think I even remembered what some guy was going to say at one point. But I feel it was not magic and just me convincing myself that it was something ‘unexplainable’.

ipso's avatar

Then there is the old chestnut: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”Arthur C. Clarke

Entirely true.

mandybookworm's avatar

I had a dream about that huge Tsunami in 2004, a few days before it happened. Not magic but still creepy.

LuckyGuy's avatar

@ipso That’s a facto! GA.

Rewgreen's avatar

If you use your brain every waking hour, be it in daydreaming or focused on some activity, and none of your millions of thoughts ever came to fruition or were never repeated in real life. That would be magic.

wundayatta's avatar

@ChazMaz You’ve answered the question. Sort of. You weren’t really talking about yourself, though, which is what I’m interested in. I assume that the answer is that you have never, ever used something you call “magic” in your life. That’s cool.

This question is not about the reality anyone seeks to impose on everyone else. The issue of whether people think magic is real or not is off-topic. This question is about people’s perceptions of their own reality. I’m looking for stories about circumstances in which people have employed mechanisms that they call “magic.”

cazzie's avatar

@worriedguy you’d have to discuss GPS with my husband.. perhaps he can demystify it for you… or at least bore you to sleep with his explanations hahaha..

gondwanalon's avatar

The chemical reactions that take place with a living cell. The Krebs Cycle, the hundreds of complex hormone interactions, acid base and electrolyte balance, protein and DNA synthesis, nerves and brain and all the other organs of the body function etc…etc. What controls all of these vast complexes that are required for life to exist? Some people may call it God but it seems like magic to me.

BoBo1946's avatar

With in every person, there is the ability to make majic! Not, the “rabbit it the hat” trick, but a person’s ability to make something good happen in their life. We see it all the time….a person has a vision and they turn it into reality. I’m sure Donald Trump could tell us all a thing or two about majic! Trump had a vision and he produced majic!

Also, two people falling in love is a form of majic. The butterflies a person feel in their stomach when they look at a person in the beginning of a relationship. The secret is to keep that majic happening everyday….not just in the beginning of a relationship, but forever. Came across this quote….thought it was applicable!

“When two people meet and fall in love, there’s a sudden rush of magic. Magic is just naturally present then. We tend to feed on that gratuitous magic without striving to make any more. One day we wake up and find that the magic is gone. We hustle to get it back, but by then it’s usually too late, we’ve used it up. What we have to do is work like hell at making additional magic right from the start. It’s hard work, but if we can remember to do it, we greatly improve our chances of making love stay.”
Tom Robbins

So, get out in the World, and produce some majic! my majic would be to get all my hedges trimmed this week!

Rewgreen's avatar

I wouldn’t necessarily class it as magic, but nearer to miraculous, the fact that I am alive at all today. After all, it was necessary for each of my great grandmothers to meet my great grandfathers, and then for both my sets of grandparents to meet, and then after all that, for my parents to meet. What were the chances of that happening?
The very opportunity of being born at all into this world does seem near impossible, and we all beat these exceptional odds.

Ivan's avatar

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

YARNLADY's avatar

Yes

Aster's avatar

No, I don’t. I have my mother’s crystal ball, though.
Announcement: a black couple just had a white, blonde-haired daughter. Did u guys hear about that? Their other kids are black. Geneticists are baffled. @BoBo1946 It sounds like you have too many hedges.

tifa's avatar

I use magic all the time, it just takes forever to earn the AP to level up the materia but its very helpful.

anartist's avatar

I just wiggle my nose . . . and it is done.

BoBo1946's avatar

@anartist and your name would be Tabitha! It was an American fantasy sitcom that aired during the 1977–1978 season on ABC.

cazzie's avatar

@BoBo1946 Tabitha was the daughter’s name. The wife was Samantha.

BoBo1946's avatar

@cazzie well, i just be a “cotton picking” duzie! you would be correct! well, first mistake for 2010! loll

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@BoBo1946 and @cazzie Give credit where credit is due. Both Samantha and her daughter Tabitha could wiggle their nose in order to create magic. The younger just needed to use her finger.

cazzie's avatar

I was assuming that @anartist was over the age of 12.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

This may be way off base from what you are asking. As a child, I used to have a re-occurring dream about attempting to locate my parents at the opposite end of an outdoor pool. It was no ordinary pool…it consisted of connected squares and rectangles of different shapes, sizes and depths. Then the dreams stopped.

About 8 years ago, a co-worker came into a meeting and handed me a brochure of one of our company’s hotels that we had just taken over. On the front of the brochure was a picture similar to this. (You may need to click on “Leisure Facilities” and go to photo 17.)

Most magical things can be explained. This one still alludes me.

anoop66's avatar

The Internet, it is magical ! The ability to interact with anyone on the globe in a flash, that’s impressive

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