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04:34:58 PM Mar 8th 2012
I'm new to this and so I felt it best to bring it up here instead of simply adding it, but doesn't the Event/Plague/Ect from Y The Last Man fit in here? It's never revealed if the cause of all the men dying out was a plague, the first human clone, or an ancient curse.
07:41:24 PM Jul 1st 2010
"In Mysterious Ways is when magic does it intentionally so that you can't tell whether it was Mundane or not."

The description of that trope talks about God doing things; it doesn't say a word about magic doing things.
12:28:32 PM Apr 5th 2010
I'm not sure that the Discworld example is an example. It's fairly clear that when Magrat causes a door to explode, or Granny Weatherwax sends the kingdom forward in time (or, heck, when they fly on broomsticks), they clearly aren't using headology to trick people into thinking these things are happening; they're using magic to make them happen. In Maskerade Granny repeatedly says that it never occurs to anyone there might be mundane explanations for what she's doing, but the gag is that we know she is using magic ("That's not the point. There might have been something in my hand".)

I don't think the Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane trope really applies to a completely magical world in any event; even the headology is a bit magical...
09:08:04 AM Feb 4th 2012
Since no-one's responded to this, I had a bit of a go at rewriting it.