The Secret of Magic

Magick, Memetics
The secret of magic is the same, whether one is talking about the magic of metaphysics, cooking, or art. That is: to combine existing ideas, ingredients or elements into a new concoction that appeals powerfully to people of a particular time and place. Magic is not the creation of new ideas or ingredients, because there is nothing new under the sun. Nor is magic a quest for "truth", for it is the will and the imagination, not the intellect, that the magician plays upon. Magic lies in combining old elements in a novel way that takes advantage of the knowledge, opportunities and spirit that exist in the magician's particular milieu. Magic is the art and science of fooling yourself and others, and the magician is a clever thief, trickster, con-artist…
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