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Magic is the ability to influence natural objects and events through the mastery of supernatural or occult forces. In general, magic tends to fall in the realm of witchcraft, wizardry, and sorcery, where the forces in play, although not necessarily bad or evil in and of themselves, are put to coercive or greedy ends. Magic is more often understood to be about deception and dissembling rather than curing, healing, or helping.

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"Vintage poster adverstisement for Laurant the Magician, printed by the W. M. King Service circa 1913" uploaded by Snapshots of the Past is licensed under CC BY-NC.

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