Created By: homunq on March 18, 2012
Wizards are Magicians
Magic is known to be real, but someone fakes highly powerful magic by using stage magic
This is of course the opposite of Magicians are Wizards. For instance, in Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality chapter 79, Quirrel "resists" being depolyjuiced by sneezing. Of course, since he wasn't actually polyjuiced in the first place, it's just misdirection. (He then follows it up with a Sarcastic Confession.) This is frequent in the climactic scene where the heroes scare off the big bad through elaborately-prepared stunts that make it look as if they have some insanely powerful form of magic (which they don't even though it exists.)
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