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5th Apr '16 9:10:59 PM jerodast
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* Jack Harkness demonstrates and then discusses this trope in ''TorchwoodMiracleDay''. In a flashback to depression-era New York City, Jack shows off his Future Tech and reassures his friend:
-->"It’s not magic. It’s technology. Sometimes they’re indistinguishable."
31st Mar '16 10:54:09 AM WillKeaton
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* Parodied in WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail143.html #143 technology]]:

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* Parodied in WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail143.html #143 technology]]:technology:]]
28th Mar '16 9:50:39 PM Dirtyblue929
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->'''Strong Bad:''' The word ''technology''... means... ''magic''. It's basically anything that's really cool that you don't know how it works. And if it breaks, you have to buy a new one.

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->'''Strong -->'''Strong Bad:''' The word ''technology''... means... ''magic''. It's basically anything that's really cool that you don't know how it works. And if it breaks, you have to buy a new one.
14th Mar '16 10:31:47 AM thatother1dude
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[[caption-width-right:320:Behold my propane-powered [[KillItWithFire pyro]][[WhateverMancy mancy!]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:320:Behold my propane-powered [[KillItWithFire [[PlayingWithFire pyro]][[WhateverMancy mancy!]]]]
5th Feb '16 9:23:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Kalahari bushmen in ''TheGodsMustBeCrazy'' discover a Coke bottle and believe it to be a gift from the Gods. HilarityEnsues. Eventually, they decide it would be best for all concerned if it were returned to the Gods and cast off the edge of the world.

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* The Kalahari bushmen in ''TheGodsMustBeCrazy'' ''Film/TheGodsMustBeCrazy'' discover a Coke bottle and believe it to be a gift from the Gods. HilarityEnsues. Eventually, they decide it would be best for all concerned if it were returned to the Gods and cast off the edge of the world.
15th Jan '16 3:55:34 AM ShadowFighter88
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* The technology behind the Tenno and Orokin of ''{{VideoGame/Warframe}}'' certainly fall into this.
31st Dec '15 6:00:16 PM Fireblood
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* In the 1850s, French [[StageMagician magician]] Robert-Houdin was able to help the French government avoid an uprising in [[UsefulNotes/TheFrenchColonialEmpire recently-colonized]] UsefulNotes/{{Algeria}} by using a magic trick that convinced the Algerian people he could take away a man's strength. The trick was performed by asking the strongest man in the audience to pick up a small box that was light enough for a child to lift. The man lifted the box easily on the first attempt but on the second attempt Houdin "commanded the man to lose his strength" and he suddenly could not lift the box. The real magic behind the trick was an electromagnet hidden in the box. Look [[http://www.forteantimes.com/features/articles/151/magic_goes_to_war.html here]] for the full story.

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* In the 1850s, French [[StageMagician magician]] Robert-Houdin was able to help the French government avoid an uprising in [[UsefulNotes/TheFrenchColonialEmpire recently-colonized]] UsefulNotes/{{Algeria}} by using a magic trick that convinced the Algerian people he could take away a man's strength. The trick was performed by asking the strongest man in the audience to pick up a small box that was light enough for a child to lift. The man lifted the box easily on the first attempt but on the second attempt Houdin "commanded the man to lose his strength" and he suddenly could not lift the box. The real magic behind the trick was an electromagnet hidden in the box. Look [[http://www.forteantimes.com/features/articles/151/magic_goes_to_war.html here]] for the full story.
29th Dec '15 8:37:24 AM Anddrix
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* Clarke's Third Law is explicitly mentioned and quoted in the ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'' episode "The Might of Doom", where SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom's powers are [[DoingInTheWizard rationalized as incredibly advanced technology rather than sorcery]]. Doom himself takes this further by saying that Dormammu, a hellish DimensionLord in the comics, is simply a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien that primitive humans mistook for a demonic entity. It later turns out that Doom's armor [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum is based on alien technology]].

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* Clarke's Third Law is explicitly mentioned and quoted in the ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'' episode "The Might of Doom", where SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom's Doctor Doom's powers are [[DoingInTheWizard rationalized as incredibly advanced technology rather than sorcery]]. Doom himself takes this further by saying that Dormammu, a hellish DimensionLord in the comics, is simply a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien that primitive humans mistook for a demonic entity. It later turns out that Doom's armor [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum is based on alien technology]].
22nd Dec '15 3:58:11 AM Waddle
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* It is a debatable subject InUniverse in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' between science nerd Princess Bubblegum and the magicians in the Kingdom of Ooo. She has been proven right numerous times, but there are still a lot of unexplained and occult things in the show.
15th Dec '15 7:53:44 PM ultimomant
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* In ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' there are a number of old artifacts in the [[MagicalLand magical world]] that [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent the protagonist]] was [[TrappedInAnotherWorld dumped in]], including a family's heirloom book that can seduce men, a weapon called the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast “Staff of Destruction”]], and a tale about a dragon, whose blood was collected. [[spoiler:The objects are a porn magazine, a rocket launcher, and a plane respectively. The 'blood' was actually gasoline]].

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* In ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' there are a number of old artifacts in the [[MagicalLand magical world]] that [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent the protagonist]] was [[TrappedInAnotherWorld dumped in]], including a family's heirloom book that can seduce men, a weapon called the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast “Staff of Destruction”]], and a tale about a dragon, whose blood was collected. [[spoiler:The objects are a porn magazine, a rocket launcher, and a plane respectively. The 'blood' was actually gasoline]].gasoline.]]



* Ichika quotes this in episode 8 of LightNovel/AsobiNiIkuYo to explain her "magic" scrolls.

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* Ichika quotes this in episode 8 of LightNovel/AsobiNiIkuYo ''LightNovel/CatPlanetCuties'' to explain her "magic" scrolls.



* The techniques that Nami devised during the time-skip in ''OnePiece'' are called "weather sorcery," and do involve ComicBook/{{Storm}}-like manipulation of the weather for combat purposes. This "sorcery" is actually based upon the science of the meteorologists who live on the sky island of Weatheria, though it only qualifies as science within the weird boundaries of the One Piece universe.

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* The techniques that Nami devised during the time-skip in ''OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'' are called "weather sorcery," and do involve ComicBook/{{Storm}}-like manipulation of the weather for combat purposes. This "sorcery" is actually based upon the science of the meteorologists who live on the sky island of Weatheria, though it only qualifies as science within the weird boundaries of the One Piece universe.



* Likewise, in ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'', Kite had the power to take the soul of anyone he beats, like a Millennium Item wielder. The catch is, all of his power is attributed to science.

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* Likewise, in ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'', ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', Kite had the power to take the soul of anyone he beats, like a Millennium Item wielder. The catch is, all of his power is attributed to science.
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