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16th Apr '16 10:11:10 AM PaulA
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* In the world of ''Literature/PhoenixRising'' magic is used for many things that we use technology for: air conditioning, burglar alarms, surveillance, locks, printing...

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* In the world of ''Literature/PhoenixRising'' ''Literature/TheBalancedSword'' magic is used for many things that we use technology for: air conditioning, burglar alarms, surveillance, locks, printing...
3rd Apr '16 1:00:40 PM Korodzik
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* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's short story "Magic Inc." has magic being used on a regular basis for mundane purposes, such as construction work.

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* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's short story "Magic Inc." novella ''Literature/MagicInc'' has magic being used on a regular basis for mundane purposes, such as construction work.
22nd Mar '16 8:56:42 AM Mike
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* Magic in the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series is based on asking the universe (or smaller things) to do things for you. It works well for combat, but it's at least as useful for mundane things. The protagonists have used magic for everything from fighting [[{{Satan}} the Lone Power]] directly to finding a lost pen, teleporting to a friend's house, or fixing a stuck damper that's blocking the air conditioning.
11th Mar '16 11:25:27 AM WranDm
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* The lead of ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', Issei, creates his first two personalized spells to fit under this: Dress Break, which destroys the clothing of and female he can touch, and Bilingual, which allows him to [[RefugeInAudacity communicate with a girl's breasts]] (did we mention he's a LovableSexManiac?). Hilariously, he manages to invert MundaneUtility and find combat applications for these skills.

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* The lead of ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', Issei, creates his first two personalized spells to fit under this: Dress Break, which destroys the clothing of and any female he can touch, and Bilingual, which allows him to [[RefugeInAudacity communicate with a girl's breasts]] (did we mention he's a LovableSexManiac?). Hilariously, he manages to invert MundaneUtility and find combat applications for these skills.
24th Jan '16 9:27:59 PM Kazmahu
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* The lead of ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', Issei, creates his first two personalized spells to fit under this: Dress Break, which destroys the clothing of and female he can touch, and Bilingual, which allows him to [[RefugeInAudacity communicate with a girl's breasts]] (did we mention he's a LovableSexManiac?). Hilariously, he manages to invert MundaneUtility and find combat applications for these skills.
2nd Oct '15 5:21:11 PM zarpaulus
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has several Charms and Sorcery spells of mundane use, but Thaumaturgy is notable in having no combat use whatsoever. It's mostly only good for fortune telling, enchanting artifacts, and summoning First Circle demons.
* In the 2nd edition of ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}'' magic is largely oriented around combat but there are some utility spells. Thaumaturgy is half {{Counterspell}}s and the other half are utility. Ranging from simply making light to AstralProjection (upgraded to teleportation) and tracking and locking doors. Elementalists in general can perform minor stunts with matter and master Air or Water Elementalists can control the weather. Green and Purple mages communicate telepathically and read minds. Necromancers can speak with the dead.
26th Jun '15 6:46:54 PM randomtroper89
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* ''Fanfic/GameTheory'' has an entire magic style designed around constructing buildings and assembly line production.

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* ''Fanfic/GameTheory'' ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'' has an entire magic style designed around constructing buildings and assembly line production.
15th May '15 7:48:05 AM Leid
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* Kirkwall in Webcomic/{{Blindsprings}} has an early 1900s approach when it comes to technology because Academy Magic is everywhere, and used for things like protection or to even display the lights.
8th Mar '15 1:09:13 AM jormis29
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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Technomancer''. Magic is used for mass market consumer products, such as electronics.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Technomancer''.''TabletopGame/GURPSTechnomancer''. Magic is used for mass market consumer products, such as electronics.
18th Jan '15 4:13:45 AM LordInsane
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** ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' added more spells like Quimby's Enchanting Gourmet (Unseen Servant improved so that it cooks on its own) and Nchaser's Glowing Globe (controlled permanent glow-lamp).

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** ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' added more spells like Quimby's Enchanting Gourmet (Unseen Servant improved so that it cooks on its own) and Nchaser's Glowing Globe (controlled permanent glow-lamp). It also has historic examples in Netheril and Imaskar -- Netheril relied on the mythallar, a kind of orb which allowed the use of quasimagical items (quasimagical items being items who acted as magical within a mythallar's mile-radius field, but not outside, the upside being that they were ''much'' less draining to make for an arcanist) to make it practical within its famous flying cities, while Imaskar's focus on dimensional magic resulted in the elite mages of that society using portals and space-time trickery for some relatively mundane applications (like fresh water and recycling air by means of inverted {{No Flow Portal}}s to the Elemental Planes of Water and Air).
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