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25th Sep '16 7:56:25 AM ZaklogtheGreat
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* ''Literature/HallowMass'' No one uses "magic" or casts "spells". Instead, the cultists and the antiquities staff enact various "formulas".
17th Sep '16 8:58:18 AM lavendermintrose
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* The Clans in ''Anime/{{K}}'' never refer to their powers as magic. The Slate is an "energy source". Their powers aren't from any standard, they don't all operate the same way, and they're quite easy to lose control of, but "magic" is never used. It's possible that they're trying to avoid the dreamy, inspiring connotations of "magic", since their powers are something frightening, with intense [[SuperpowerMeltdown potential for disaster]]. The Green Clan's more versatile powers (incl. walking through walls) are frequently called a "manipulation ability", a particularly standout example of this.
15th Sep '16 7:17:42 PM psionycx
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* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', humans are absolutely militant about this. No matter how scientifically-inexplicable something is, or if that something can outright change the laws of physics at will, it is ''still'' not "magic". Referring to it as such will provoke an immediate negative response and denial. {{Technobabble}}, even if it is completely unsupported by evidence, will invariably be accepted as an explanation before "magic" will.

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* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', humans are absolutely militant about this. No matter how scientifically-inexplicable something is, or if that something can outright change the laws of physics at will, it is ''still'' not "magic". Referring to it as such will provoke an immediate negative response and denial. {{Technobabble}}, even if it is completely unsupported by evidence, will invariably be accepted as an explanation before "magic" will. Things which would be considered "supernatural" in real life such as PsychicPowers or RealityWarper[=s=] are still regarded as scientific in nature, even though Federation science cannot explain them. Which is why talking about the limitless power of "thought" is acceptable, but using the m-word will get you an earful of [[FlatEarthAtheist Flat Earth Atheism]].
13th Aug '16 11:18:58 PM movie007
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This is when a work has an intangible element that is obviously supposed to be magic, but is explicitly not called that. Maybe the word "magic" doesn't exist in their universe, maybe AgentScully is using InsistentTerminology (as maybe their religion explicitly prohibits "magic") -- yet whatever power they're using lets them [[PowerFloats levitate]], throw {{fireballs}} and [[MagicAndPowers anything else]] that standard-issue {{Fantasy}} magic can do. This trope also applies to works where a practiced mystical art such as [[AlchemyIsMagic alchemy]], [[TarotMotifs tarot cards]] or [[{{Ninja}} ninjutsu]] has been broadened to the point where it functions as all-purpose magic.

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This is when a work has an intangible element that is obviously supposed to be magic, but is explicitly not called that. Maybe the word "magic" doesn't exist in their universe, maybe AgentScully is using InsistentTerminology (as maybe [[MagicIsEvil their religion explicitly prohibits "magic") "magic"]]) -- yet whatever power they're using lets them [[PowerFloats levitate]], throw {{fireballs}} and [[MagicAndPowers anything else]] that standard-issue {{Fantasy}} magic can do. This trope also applies to works where a practiced mystical art such as [[AlchemyIsMagic alchemy]], [[TarotMotifs tarot cards]] or [[{{Ninja}} ninjutsu]] has been broadened to the point where it functions as all-purpose magic.
13th Aug '16 11:17:15 PM movie007
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This is when a work has an intangible element that is obviously supposed to be magic, but is explicitly not called that. Maybe the word "magic" doesn't exist in their universe, maybe AgentScully is using InsistentTerminology -- yet whatever power they're using lets them [[PowerFloats levitate]], throw {{fireballs}} and [[MagicAndPowers anything else]] that standard-issue {{Fantasy}} magic can do. This trope also applies to works where a practiced mystical art such as [[AlchemyIsMagic alchemy]], [[TarotMotifs tarot cards]] or [[{{Ninja}} ninjutsu]] has been broadened to the point where it functions as all-purpose magic.

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This is when a work has an intangible element that is obviously supposed to be magic, but is explicitly not called that. Maybe the word "magic" doesn't exist in their universe, maybe AgentScully is using InsistentTerminology (as maybe their religion explicitly prohibits "magic") -- yet whatever power they're using lets them [[PowerFloats levitate]], throw {{fireballs}} and [[MagicAndPowers anything else]] that standard-issue {{Fantasy}} magic can do. This trope also applies to works where a practiced mystical art such as [[AlchemyIsMagic alchemy]], [[TarotMotifs tarot cards]] or [[{{Ninja}} ninjutsu]] has been broadened to the point where it functions as all-purpose magic.
2nd Aug '16 4:20:16 AM Getta
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See Also SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic when Magic is treated as like a science. See also: NotUsingTheZWord, AMechByAnyOtherName, InsistentTerminology, MagicVersusScience, DoingInTheWizard, FlatEarthAtheist.

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See Also SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic when Magic is treated as like a science.science, and DifferentlyPoweredIndividuals for "Supers by Any Other Name". See also: NotUsingTheZWord, AMechByAnyOtherName, InsistentTerminology, MagicVersusScience, DoingInTheWizard, FlatEarthAtheist.
29th Jul '16 7:53:20 PM psionycx
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* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', humans are absolutely militant about this. No matter how scientifically-inexplicable something is, or if that something can outright change the laws of physics at will, it is ''still'' not "magic". Referring to it as such will provoke an immediate negative response and denial. {{Technobabble}}, even if it is completely unsupported by evidence, will invariably be accepted as an explanation before "magic" will.
1st Jul '16 6:06:16 PM Discar
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->'''Liraz''': [..] let's just say "polarity torsion does it", translate that to "it's very expensive magic", and leave it at that.
-->--''Webcomic/AfterlifeBlues''

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->'''Liraz''': [..] let's ->''"Let's just say "polarity 'polarity torsion does it", it,' translate that to "it's 'it's very expensive magic", magic,' and leave it at that.
-->--''Webcomic/AfterlifeBlues''
that."''
-->-- '''Liraz''', ''Webcomic/AfterlifeBlues''
26th Jun '16 1:44:45 AM HelloLamppost
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See Also SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic when Magic is treated as like a science. See also: NotUsingTheZWord, AMechByAnyOtherName, InsistentTerminology, MagicVersusScience, DoingInTheWizard, FlatEarthAtheist, SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic.

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See Also SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic when Magic is treated as like a science. See also: NotUsingTheZWord, AMechByAnyOtherName, InsistentTerminology, MagicVersusScience, DoingInTheWizard, FlatEarthAtheist, SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic.FlatEarthAtheist.
26th Jun '16 1:44:07 AM HelloLamppost
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See Also SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic when Magic is treated as like a science. See also: NotUsingTheZWord, AMechByAnyOtherName, InsistentTerminology, MagicVersusScience, DoingInTheWizard, FlatEarthAtheist.

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See Also SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic when Magic is treated as like a science. See also: NotUsingTheZWord, AMechByAnyOtherName, InsistentTerminology, MagicVersusScience, DoingInTheWizard, FlatEarthAtheist.FlatEarthAtheist, SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic.
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