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19th Jan '17 5:28:14 AM Steinman76
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* Very common in the ''Literature/OneRoseTrilogy''. Roughly 25% of the population of the nation of Adara have magical powers of some kind (usually one power apiece), and those powers are an everyday part of life. Yes, there are people who can throw fire and lightning around, but they actually get ''less'' respect than those who can perform truly "useful" magics, like healing, farspeaking, controlling winds (a true boon for sailors), and baking bread that will never go bad. Adara's ruler in the first two books got the job at least partly because she can magically detect lies.
10th Jan '17 12:30:23 PM 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). 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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** ''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 a combination of ''every'' Netherese having some minor non-combat magic (called 'cantras') along with 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).
15th Dec '16 1:30:48 AM AgProv
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** In one of the Tiffany Aching series, there is an advisory warning of a witch who tries to use household spells to enchant brooms and mops and buckets to do the dogsbody stuff for her, so she doesn't have to. As with the Disney film this is parodying, the tale does not end well: she loses not only the soles of her shoes but also several toes to over-enthusiastic cleaning from rogue magic that doesn't know when to stop.
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.
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