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What’s Magic Anyway?


What is magic anyway? Is it only the unseen? My eldest son is of the age that the unseen is almost always a magical event. The older I get the more inclined I am to agree with him. Magic. Yes, it can be more soothing and yet more scary. Science as an attempt to explain the invisible. And we know that doesn’t always work. So, magic it is. What is the etymology of magic??

This is what the Online Etymology Dictionary says: magic (n.) Look up magic at Dictionary.com
late 14c., “art of influencing events and producing marvels,” from O.Fr. magique, from L. magice “sorcery, magic,” from Gk. magike (presumably with tekhne “art”), fem. of magikos “magical,” from magos “one of the members of the learned and priestly class,” from O.Pers. magush, possibly from PIE *magh- “to be able, to have power” (see machine). Displaced O.E. wiccecræft (see witch); also drycræft, from dry “magician,” from Ir. drui “priest, magician” (see druid).

The idea of having control over something is definitely there.  But so is art or the making of something.  Machines then come from magic…and I wonder then, what of “imagination”?