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15th Sep '17 11:05:29 AM Woodrobin
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* UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla is often considered a kind of techno-wizard, at last in the vast legendarium he's managed to accrue about himself of late; most of the stories about him and his inventions are vastly overinflated, however.

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* UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla is often considered a kind of techno-wizard, at last in the vast legendarium he's managed to accrue that has accrued about himself of late; most of the stories about him and his inventions are vastly overinflated, however.him.
30th Aug '17 3:34:09 AM Baeraad555
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* While ''TabletopGame/{{Pugmire}}'' looks like a mix between a [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D session]] and a FurryComic, everything in its setting - from the PettingZooPeople to the "[[WizardClassic Artisans]]" who cast spells by focusing their ancient artifacts - is explained as being either a product or a remnant of the long-gone race of Man's superior technology.
5th Aug '17 7:57:09 PM Prometheus117
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* In the ''Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}'', a variation of this works with Magecraft rules, which is different from Magic [[DeathOfTheOldGods that was common during the Age of Gods]]. One of those rules is that Magecraft cannot replicate what can't be performed otherwise (in other words, since mankind has yet to create a TimeMachine, Magecraft cannot create a TimeMachine). The corollary, of course, is that as technology advances new applications of Magecraft will come into existence. The ''Grand Order'' example (where Chaldea has created a fusion of Magecraft and technology capable of [[TimeMachine traveling into the past]]) is this to the logical conclusion.
27th Jul '17 12:36:33 PM Carliro
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' at first seems very much like a fantasy show, especially due to its MagicalGirl trappings. However, as the show progresses, it becomes more and more apparent that the Gems' "magic" is in fact ''extremely'' advanced technology, including holograms, space-ships and teleporters. The Gems themselves are an alien race that seem to most closely resemble computers in function.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' at first seems very much like a fantasy show, especially due to its MagicalGirl trappings. However, as the show progresses, it becomes more and more apparent that the Gems' "magic" is in fact ''extremely'' advanced technology, including holograms, space-ships and teleporters. The Gems themselves are an alien race that seem to most closely resemble computers in function. That said, there are still many details that make the existence of magic [[http://steven-universe.wikia.com/wiki/Magic ambiguous in-universe]], most notably the presence of life energy and the fact that the Gems ''themselves'' refer to their abilities as "magical".
24th Jul '17 1:12:19 PM Divra
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** Clarke's Third Law is actively discussed in ''Film/{{Thor}}'', where Thor states that magic and science are one and the same. In [[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld the sequel]], Jane is actually able to identify an Asgardian medical device based on observed effects. She calls it a quantum field generator while they call it a soul forge, but it's clearly the same thing.

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** Clarke's Third Law is actively discussed in ''Film/{{Thor}}'', where Thor states that to humans, magic and science are one and different, but the same.Asgardians have mastered both to the such a level that making a distinction is no longer significant. In [[Film/ThorTheDarkWorld the sequel]], Jane is actually able to identify an Asgardian medical device based on observed effects. She calls it a quantum field generator while they call it a soul forge, but it's clearly the same thing.
20th Jul '17 8:10:00 AM merotoker
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TropeNamer for these corollaries: SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic, SufficientlyAdvancedAlien, and SufficientlyAdvancedBambooTechnology, as well as the reverse InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien.

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TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} for these corollaries: SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic, SufficientlyAdvancedAlien, and SufficientlyAdvancedBambooTechnology, as well as the reverse InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien.



* Abra Kadabra, a member of Franchise/TheFlash's rogues gallery, takes advantage of this. His schtick is coming from the 64th century, where the technology is so advanced that he passes as a magician in the 20/21st century. Then he made a DealWithTheDevil to get real magic which [[FantasyKitchenSink also exists in the DC Universe.]]

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* Abra Kadabra, a member of Franchise/TheFlash's rogues gallery, takes advantage of this. His schtick is coming from the 64th century, where the technology is so advanced that he passes as a magician in the 20/21st century. Then [[ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed Then]] he made a DealWithTheDevil to get real magic which [[FantasyKitchenSink also exists in the DC Universe.]]



* ''Film/{{Outlander}}'': Kainan a soldier from another world is mistaken for a servant of the Gods by [[spoiler:his wife-to-be Freya]] when [[spoiler:he smashed the beacon so he cannot be rescued from Earth.]]

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* ''Film/{{Outlander}}'': Kainan a soldier from another world is mistaken for a servant of the Gods by [[spoiler:his wife-to-be Freya]] when [[spoiler:he smashed the beacon so he cannot be rescued from Earth.]]Earth]].



** The Infinity Stones, which empower some of the most destructive artifacts of the universe that have appeared so far were assumed by people like Johann Schmidt to be "the power of the Gods" (and not even Odin is completely sure it's ''not'' magic at work), but ''Age Of Ultron'' and ''Guardians Of The Galaxy'' showcased them to be containers and access ports for unusual energy types... and furthermore, that they had ''artificial intelligence'' that could be copy-pasted and hacked.

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** The Infinity Stones, which empower some of the most destructive artifacts of the universe that have appeared so far were assumed by people like Johann Schmidt to be "the power of the Gods" (and not even Odin is completely sure it's ''not'' magic at work), but ''Age Of of Ultron'' and ''Guardians Of The of the Galaxy'' showcased them to be containers and access ports for unusual energy types... and furthermore, that they had ''artificial intelligence'' that could be copy-pasted and hacked.



* Jenny Ng and stage magician Calvin [=McGuirk=], in Geoph Essex's ''Lovely Assistant'', invoke the trope by name, with a nod to Clarke himself, in their first discussion of Calvin's incredible props. It turns out to be a bit of a theme, considering what the [[BigBad Big Bads]] say about the same props shortly before [[SavingTheWorld the climax]]. The actual origin of the items [[spoiler: is never fully explained, but based on the nature of the [[OurMonstersAreDifferent monster]] they [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu face]], probably ''is'' technological rather than magical, proving Clarke's point]] -- [[SciFiKitchenSink which]] is [[FantasyKitchenSink ironic]], since [[spoiler: Jenny herself is probably magical rather than technological, as a [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaper]]]].

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* Jenny Ng and stage magician Calvin [=McGuirk=], in Geoph Essex's ''Lovely Assistant'', invoke the trope by name, with a nod to Clarke himself, in their first discussion of Calvin's incredible props. It turns out to be a bit of a theme, considering what the [[BigBad Big Bads]] {{Big Bad}}s say about the same props shortly before [[SavingTheWorld the climax]]. The actual origin of the items [[spoiler: is never fully explained, but based on the nature of the [[OurMonstersAreDifferent monster]] they [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu face]], probably ''is'' technological rather than magical, proving Clarke's point]] -- [[SciFiKitchenSink which]] is [[FantasyKitchenSink ironic]], since [[spoiler: Jenny herself is probably magical rather than technological, as a [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaper]]]].



* Invoked but defied with the Technocracy in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension''; the Technocrats truly believe with all their hearts and souls that this is the root to their "hyper-technology", but the reality is that what they're doing is actually MagicPoweredPseudoScience and they've been indoctrinated to think otherwise.

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* Invoked but defied with the Technocracy in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension''; the Technocrats truly believe with all their hearts and souls that this is the root to their "hyper-technology", but the reality is that what they're doing is actually MagicPoweredPseudoScience MagicPoweredPseudoscience and they've been indoctrinated to think otherwise.



* Quoted by Virgilia in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''.

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* %%* Quoted by Virgilia in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''.
9th Jul '17 4:16:28 AM KakuradyDrakenar
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has lots of this. In a Steampunk version of Victorian-era Europe, most of the technology seems to depend upon gears, rotors and basic electricity. This does not stop clockwork robots having extremely advanced artificial intelligence, or genetic engineering being so far advanced that full revival of a dead, and often otherwise obliterated human being is very much possible with an intact brain. This is thanks to "The Spark", a powerful natural talent for all fields of science that some people are born with. Naturally, to non-Sparks, the amazing technologies that Sparks produce look nothing short of magical. An example explicitly naming "magic" is [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081205 this little gem]], where Agatha [[TimTaylorTechnology pimps up]] a magic wand.

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has lots of this. In a Steampunk version of Victorian-era Europe, most of the technology seems to depend upon gears, rotors and basic electricity. This does not stop clockwork robots having extremely advanced artificial intelligence, or genetic engineering being so far advanced that full revival of a dead, and often otherwise obliterated human being is very much possible with an intact brain. This is thanks to "The Spark", a powerful natural talent for all fields of science that some people are born with. Naturally, to non-Sparks, the amazing technologies that Sparks produce look nothing short of magical. An example explicitly naming "magic" is [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081205 this (non-canon) little gem]], where Agatha [[TimTaylorTechnology pimps up]] a magic wand.wand (with SCIENCE!).
7th Jul '17 4:16:05 PM MarcusSLazarus
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* Invoked back and forth in ''Series/PowerRangers''; the original series explicitly identified the Rangers' mentor, Zordon, as an alien wizard, with their powers, weapons and vehicles the creation of his magic, but later shows have made the Rangers' powers more explicitly technological in nature, such as ''Lightspeed Rescue'' being an elite contemporary rescue team and ''Time Force'' an elite police force that originated from the year 3000 but operate in the year 2001, while ''Dino Thunder'' draw their power from the meteor that destroyed the dinosaurs and ''Mystic Force'' are the guardians foretold in an ancient prophecy.
1st Jul '17 6:17:40 PM RyanW
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* One chapter opening vignette in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Thaumatology'' features a lecturer at a magic seminar demonstrating an amazing magical device that conjures fire, yet neither it nor the concoction within it triggers any of the normal methods used to detect magic. It's pretty clear from the description that it's a cigarette lighter.
30th Jun '17 12:54:19 PM ultimomant
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** The Reality Stones, which empower some of the most destructive artifacts of the universe that have appeared so far were assumed by people like Johann Schmidt to be "the power of the Gods" (and not even Odin is completely sure it's ''not'' magic at work), but ''Age Of Ultron'' and ''Guardians Of The Galaxy'' showcased them to be containers and access ports for unusual energy types... and furthermore, that they had ''artificial intelligence'' that could be copy-pasted and hacked.

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** The Reality Infinity Stones, which empower some of the most destructive artifacts of the universe that have appeared so far were assumed by people like Johann Schmidt to be "the power of the Gods" (and not even Odin is completely sure it's ''not'' magic at work), but ''Age Of Ultron'' and ''Guardians Of The Galaxy'' showcased them to be containers and access ports for unusual energy types... and furthermore, that they had ''artificial intelligence'' that could be copy-pasted and hacked.
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