Tom Stone wrote:mrgoat wrote:Magic: When you make someone feel, even for a split second, like a 6 year old on Christmas Eve.
Max Maven wrote:Pete McCabe wrote:I think we might need the word illusion in there, or something to the effect of "presenting something seemingly impossible."
I do not agree. There can be magic without illusion, and even without impossibility.
If I put a playing card on the table, you name a card, then turn over the tabled card and it is the one you named, that will be experienced as magic. But, it's not necessarily an illusion. And, it is not at all impossible -- just improbable.
Max Maven wrote:Over the years, the best definition of magic that I have managed to build is:
The aesthetic exploration of mystery.
Tom Stone wrote:An interesting experiment would be to take something that *isn't* magic, and then modify it iota by iota until it becomes magic, just to find out where the boundaries are.
Richard Kaufman wrote:... a concrete example that is simple enough to defy argument.