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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.
26th Jun '16 1:42:01 AM HelloLamppost
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See Also SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic when Magic is treated as like a science. See also: NotUsingTheZWord, AMechByAnyOtherName.

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See Also SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic when Magic is treated as like a science. See also: NotUsingTheZWord, AMechByAnyOtherName.AMechByAnyOtherName, InsistentTerminology, MagicVersusScience, DoingInTheWizard, FlatEarthAtheist.
12th May '16 5:18:30 AM Slothgirl
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* ''Literature/{{Runemarks}}'' uses 'glam'. TheGospelOfLoki makes it clear that this is exactly the same as the thing we call magic.
11th May '16 10:52:45 PM Shadeblade11
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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': The Ripple and later, Stands

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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': The Ripple and later, StandsStands. And then there's the Bow and Arrow, Spin, and the Wall Eyes.
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