Does Magic Really Exist?

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Some people have a strong belief in magic and say that it is all around us. Others scoff at the idea of something being deemed magical and say that there is a rational explanation for anything and everything. Magic, and whether or not it does exists, is in the eye of the beholder. Every person is going to have a different view on magic, if asked, because it means something different to each being. Magic is something that cannot be described with one explanation; the word has too much meaning for a single definition to do it justice.
Magic is a word with many definitions. According to Merriam-Webster, magic is “a power that allows people (such as witches and wizards) to do impossible things by saying special words or performing special actions” (“Magic”). Magic is also defined as seemingly impossible tricks performed for the entertainment of others, or a “special power, influence, or skill” (“Magic”). Encyclopædia Britannica states that magic is “a concept used to describe a mode of rationality or way of thinking that looks to invisible forces to influence events, affect change in material conditions, or present the illusion of change” (“magic”, 2014).
Magic covers a few different practices, including, but not limited to, divination, alchemy, sorcery, astrology, and necromancy. The term is also used in reference to conjuring acts and sleight of hand tricks used for entertainment. Magic has many different elements. There are different spells, rites, and materials involved. Many people tend to associate or confuse magic with different phenomena, such as forms of medicine, paganism, witchcraft, voodoo, shamanism, and superstition (“magic, 2014).
Magic is not all sparkles, silly incantations, and whatever else Disney m...

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...oes Among the Nephite series, also describes magic in a different way in his novels. The beauty of it, though, is that magic can be so different from book to book, but there can be underlying similarities, as well.
Many people have different views and stands on magic and the question of its existence and all it entails, giving the word multiple definitions and seemingly innumerable ways to be used. Whether it be casting spells, playing tricks on the mind, that one special moment, or escaping from this life through the pages of a book, magic means something different to everyone.

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Brynie, Faith Hickman. "Magic: It Happens In Your Mind." Odyssey 19.8 (2010): 10-13. EBSCO MegaFILE. Web. 3 Feb. 2014.
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