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24th Nov '16 9:28:56 AM Generality
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* In the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films, any scene in the wizarding world will feature utility magic in the background for such tasks as sweeping or cooking. This is taken to eleven in ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'', in which Queenie cooks an entire meal using only magic.
9th Sep '16 12:00:57 PM valkorus
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* The ''{{Ultima}}'' series, and ''{{Ultima VII}}'' in particular, is the undisputed video game king of this trope. You can find a complete list of spells, along with some very colourful descriptions, [[http://lparchive.org/Ultima-VII-The-Black-Gate/Update%2014/ here (part I)]] and [[http://lparchive.org/Ultima-VII-Part-2-Serpent-Isle/Update%2055/ here (part II)]]. Some highlights include Ignite, which lights any flammable object, Awaken, which does ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, False Coin, which allows you to be a huge JerkAss to merchants, and Fireworks, which is [[UselessSuperpowers bloody useless (pretty, though)]].
4th Sep '16 6:04:23 PM StarSword
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* In ''Literature/TheAscendantKingdomsSaga'', part of what causes TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt when magic disappears because of a FantasticNuke is that most people have a little bit of magic and became reliant on it in their work. They used magic to keep food from spoiling or drive away farm pests, and buildings and seawalls reinforced with magic to cover construction errors and corner-cutting often collapsed when the magic was lost. Some people are less handicapped than others: Blaine's magic just made him a slightly better swordsman and Verran's better at picking locks, which they compensate for by practicing more.
21st Aug '16 10:58:24 PM AnotherGuy
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* ''The Wizard on 4th Street''. When Merlin returns, magic does as well, but electricity vanishes. With everything run by magic, this trope is in full force. For example, to drive a taxi, the driver must repeatedly chant a mantra to keep the vehicle moving. Experienced cabbies are able to ''banter with passengers and chant the mantra at the same time''.

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* ''The Wizard on of 4th Street''. When Merlin returns, magic does as well, but electricity vanishes. With everything run by magic, this trope is in full force. For example, to drive a taxi, the driver must repeatedly chant a mantra to keep the vehicle moving. Experienced cabbies are able to ''banter with passengers and chant the mantra at the same time''.
21st Aug '16 10:57:41 PM AnotherGuy
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* ''The Wizard on 4th Street''. When Merlin returns, magic does as well, but electricity vanishes. With everything run by magic, this trope is in full force. For example, to drive a taxi, the driver must repeatedly chant a mantra to keep the vehicle moving. Experienced cabbies are able to ''banter with passengers and chant the mantra at the same time''.
20th Aug '16 9:36:54 AM nombretomado
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* A lot of the trappings of "TheDragonDoctors" resembles modern-day Earth, and magic is often used as a more-advanced equivalent of modern technology. VoluntaryShapeshifting is a faster, more-complete form of plastic surgery, InstantSedation is due to magic sedatives, the AkashicRecords are like a shamanism-internet, and so on.

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* A lot of the trappings of "TheDragonDoctors" ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'' resembles modern-day Earth, and magic is often used as a more-advanced equivalent of modern technology. VoluntaryShapeshifting is a faster, more-complete form of plastic surgery, InstantSedation is due to magic sedatives, the AkashicRecords are like a shamanism-internet, and so on.



* 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.

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* Kirkwall in Webcomic/{{Blindsprings}} ''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.
19th Aug '16 10:53:17 AM DaibhidC
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* Averted in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' with the witches: they use magic as little as possible, even for chores, preferring to use trickery and/or other people to do it. It shows how far Granny's gone when she magics the wheels of a cart, requiring a BrightSlap from Nanny. Played straight with the wizards, who indulge in MundaneUtility with it as well.

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* Averted in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' with the witches: they use magic as little as possible, even for chores, preferring to use trickery and/or other people to do it. It shows how far Granny's gone when she magics the wheels of a cart, requiring a BrightSlap from Nanny. Played straight with the wizards, who indulge in MundaneUtility with it as well. Some younger wizards are also fond of {{Magitek}}, summoning miniature demons which are sold to the populace to act as cameras and personal organisers.



* This is how magic is used in the ''Literature/LordDarcy'' books. It many cases, magical devices will take the place of some sort of mundane technology in our world, e.g. the magical preservation chest that acts like a refrigerator. That's a "cold chest", and it's implied to be technical, like the telesons. On the other hand, the magical "tracers", the forensic tests, and at least one equivalent of a super-powered smoke bomb are ''definitely'' magical. As are their ways of sensing sociopathic and other tendencies and restraining them, kindly but firmly.

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* This is how magic is used in the ''Literature/LordDarcy'' books. It many cases, magical devices will take the place of some sort of mundane technology in our world, e.g. the magical preservation "preservator" chest that acts like a refrigerator. That's a "cold chest", and it's implied to be technical, like the telesons. On the other hand, refrigerator, the magical "tracers", the forensic tests, and at least one equivalent of a super-powered smoke bomb bomb. There are ''definitely'' magical. As are their also magical ways of sensing sociopathic and other tendencies and restraining them, kindly but firmly.firmly. Darcy's top-secret light source, on the other hand, is clearly just a battery-powered flashlight, although magic is used to make the bulb, and ensure only he can use it; the teleson (telephone equivalent) is likewise a technological device that everyone thinks of as an unusual kind of magic.
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.
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