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04:06:28 PM Jul 6th 2014
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I'm not sure about the Discworld example; there's no evidence in the books that conjuring tricks can achieve anything like what wizards do; people find them more interesting simply because they do it without magic.

The analogy Sir Terry uses somewhere is an am-dram stage play versus a Hollywood blockbuster; it's not that the play is better, it's that it's achieving it with less. Creating a dragon with a bit of lighting and sound effects might be less convincing than doing it with the resources of ILM, but anyone could do it if they had the resources of ILM.
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