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* In ''VideoGame/{{Shadowverse}}'', the dimension Yuwan and the Portalcraft cards came from seems to be based on advanced technology (or MagiTech) rather than outright magic, with a lot of machines and automatons among his followers. However, they still seem to incorporate magic into their operation, particularly the creepy soul-powered puppets.



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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** There's one arc where thousands of students are given magic to wield. Then they fight off baddies with it. The catch? They [[BlatantLies are told]] it's just highly advanced computerized effect technology and that it's just a game, in order to keep up the {{masquerade}}.
** Electricity can also be used to power magic, as the magic community is quite fine with {{Magitek}}. It even appears to be pretty efficient at it. However, most mages don't seem to have the technical expertise to really take advantage of this, and obviously most people don't know enough about magic to work it from their side either. [[spoiler:[[TeenGenius Chao]] and [[MadScientist Hakase]] (and by extension [[RobotGirl Chachamaru]]) on the other hand...]]
* ''Manga/OutlawStar'' featured as an important plot point the Caster Guns that fire unique shells that are incredibly powerful. The main theories as to their origin is that they are either a piece of lost advanced technology or magical in nature. [[spoiler:It turns out to be a little of both.]]

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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** There's one arc where thousands
Ichika quotes this in episode 8 of students ''LightNovel/CatPlanetCuties'' to explain her "magic" scrolls.
* In ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' there
are given magic to wield. Then they fight off baddies with it. The catch? They [[BlatantLies are told]] it's just highly advanced computerized effect technology and a number of old artifacts in the [[MagicalLand magical world]] that it's just a game, in order to keep up [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent the {{masquerade}}.
** Electricity
protagonist]] was [[TrappedInAnotherWorld dumped in]], including a family's heirloom book that can also be used to power magic, as seduce men, a weapon called the magic community is quite fine with {{Magitek}}. It even appears to be pretty efficient at it. However, most mages don't seem to have the technical expertise to really take advantage [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast “Staff of this, Destruction”]], and obviously most people don't know enough a tale about magic to work it from their side either. [[spoiler:[[TeenGenius Chao]] a dragon, whose blood was collected. [[spoiler:The objects are a porn magazine, a rocket launcher, and [[MadScientist Hakase]] (and by extension [[RobotGirl Chachamaru]]) on the other hand...a plane respectively. The 'blood' was actually gasoline.]]
* ''Manga/OutlawStar'' featured as an important plot point In the ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'' ''First Order'' anime, the heroes team up with Cú Chulainn, who was summoned as a Caster Guns that fire unique shells that are incredibly powerful. Servant[[note]]Though Cú Chulainn is more known for being a warrior in his legend, he also received training as a druid with rune magic[[/note]]. The main theories as heroes use a high tech device with a holographic display to communicate with Dr. Roman. Cú Chulainn is amazed and says their origin magic is that they are either a piece impressive.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the people
of lost advanced technology or magical Lior view alchemy as being a type of miracle, but others [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic treat it as a science]]; they're both right, in nature. [[spoiler:It turns out some respects. Although it [[AlchemyIsMagic behaves like magic]], it does seem to be a little part of both.]]the physical makeup of their universe, and obeys strict laws like EquivalentExchange. Human Transmutation is where things get more mystical, as it's universally treated as [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow forbidden knowledge]], and [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique for good reason]]--anyone who attempts it ends up dead, dismembered, or worse. Surviving it allows you to [[WrongContextMagic perform alchemy without an alchemy circle]] which, in their world, makes about as much sense as surfing the internet without a computer. The protagonists and a handful of others have this ability, and it baffles everyone they meet.



* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' tends to blur the lines between the scientific, esoteric/metaphysical and divine/spiritual.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' In ''Literature/{{Gate}}'', the world beyond the Gate resembles a mix of the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages, with magic. Seeing modern marvels like guns, vehicles, etc. tends to blur make its inhabitants confuse it with magic.
* The "data manipulation" of
the lines between aliens of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is barely distinguishable from {{Reality Warp|er}}ing; the scientific, esoteric/metaphysical time travelers from the future ostensibly do things with technology, but they seem to just happen with no source due to computers having advanced beyond having physical hardware. To make matters more confusing, it's heavily implied that the aliens and divine/spiritual.time travelers were created by Haruhi's inexplicable reality-warping powers, i.e. magic. The super-advanced aliens are studying her because even they don't understand her ability to "create data".



* In ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' there are a number of old artifacts in the [[MagicalLand magical world]] that [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent the protagonist]] was [[TrappedInAnotherWorld dumped in]], including a family's heirloom book that can seduce men, a weapon called the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast “Staff of Destruction”]], and a tale about a dragon, whose blood was collected. [[spoiler:The objects are a porn magazine, a rocket launcher, and a plane respectively. The 'blood' was actually gasoline.]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the people of Lior view alchemy as being a type of miracle, but others [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic treat it as a science]]; they're both right, in some respects. Although it [[AlchemyIsMagic behaves like magic]], it does seem to be part of the physical makeup of their universe, and obeys strict laws like EquivalentExchange. Human Transmutation is where things get more mystical, as it's universally treated as [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow forbidden knowledge]], and [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique for good reason]]--anyone who attempts it ends up dead, dismembered, or worse. Surviving it allows you to [[WrongContextMagic perform alchemy without an alchemy circle]] which, in their world, makes about as much sense as surfing the internet without a computer. The protagonists and a handful of others have this ability, and it baffles everyone they meet.
* Ichika quotes this in episode 8 of ''LightNovel/CatPlanetCuties'' to explain her "magic" scrolls.
* The "data manipulation" of the aliens of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is barely distinguishable from {{Reality Warp|er}}ing; the time travelers from the future ostensibly do things with technology, but they seem to just happen with no source due to computers having advanced beyond having physical hardware. To make matters more confusing, it's heavily implied that the aliens and time travelers were created by Haruhi's inexplicable reality-warping powers, i.e. magic. The super-advanced aliens are studying her because even they don't understand her ability to "create data."
* The techniques that Nami devised during the time-skip in ''Manga/OnePiece'' are called "weather sorcery," and do involve ComicBook/{{Storm}}-like manipulation of the weather for combat purposes. This "sorcery" is actually based upon the science of the meteorologists who live on the sky island of Weatheria, though it only qualifies as science within the weird boundaries of the One Piece universe.
* Implied in ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV''. In previous series, when people with magical powers start flexing their sorcerous muscle, usually the first thing they did was make the damage the Solid Vision holograms dealt real. By Arc-V, that kind of power can be used by anyone, when they upgraded to Real Solid Vision. It can even be miniaturized and put inside a standard duel disk.
* Likewise, in ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', Kite had the power to take the soul of anyone he beats, like a Millennium Item wielder. The catch is, all of his power is attributed to science. Deconstructed, as other characters can achieve the same results using actual magic [[spoiler:without dealing with the detrimental side-effects that destroy Kite's health.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Gate}}'', the world beyond the Gate resembles a mix of the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages, with magic. Seeing modern marvels like guns, vehicles, etc tends to make its inhabitants confuse it with magic.
* In the ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'' ''First Order'' anime, the heroes team up with Cú Chulainn, who was summoned as a Caster Servant[[note]]Though Cú Chulainn is more known for being a warrior in his legend, he also received training as a druid with rune magic[[/note]]. The heroes use a high tech device with a holographic display to communicate with Dr. Roman. Cú Chulainn is amazed and says their magic is impressive.

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* In ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' there are a number of old artifacts in the [[MagicalLand magical world]] that [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent the protagonist]] was [[TrappedInAnotherWorld dumped in]], including a family's heirloom book that can seduce men, a weapon called the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast “Staff of Destruction”]], and a tale about a dragon, whose blood was collected. [[spoiler:The objects are a porn magazine, a rocket launcher, and a plane respectively. The 'blood' was actually gasoline.]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the people of Lior view alchemy as being a type of miracle, but others [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic treat it as a science]]; they're both right, in some respects. Although it [[AlchemyIsMagic behaves like magic]], it does seem to be part of the physical makeup of their universe, and obeys strict laws like EquivalentExchange. Human Transmutation is
''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** There's one arc
where things get more mystical, as thousands of students are given magic to wield. Then they fight off baddies with it. The catch? They [[BlatantLies are told]] it's universally treated as [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow forbidden knowledge]], and [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique for good reason]]--anyone who attempts it ends up dead, dismembered, or worse. Surviving it allows you to [[WrongContextMagic perform alchemy without an alchemy circle]] which, in their world, makes about as much sense as surfing the internet without a computer. The protagonists and a handful of others have this ability, and it baffles everyone they meet.
* Ichika quotes this in episode 8 of ''LightNovel/CatPlanetCuties'' to explain her "magic" scrolls.
* The "data manipulation" of the aliens of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is barely distinguishable from {{Reality Warp|er}}ing; the time travelers from the future ostensibly do things with technology, but they seem to
just happen with no source due to computers having highly advanced beyond having physical hardware. To make matters more confusing, computerized effect technology and that it's heavily implied that just a game, in order to keep up the aliens and time travelers were created by Haruhi's inexplicable reality-warping powers, i.e. magic. The super-advanced aliens are studying her because {{masquerade}}.
** Electricity can also be used to power magic, as the magic community is quite fine with {{Magitek}}. It
even they appears to be pretty efficient at it. However, most mages don't understand her ability seem to "create data."
* The techniques that Nami devised during
have the time-skip in ''Manga/OnePiece'' are called "weather sorcery," technical expertise to really take advantage of this, and do involve ComicBook/{{Storm}}-like manipulation of the weather for combat purposes. This "sorcery" is actually based upon the science of the meteorologists who live obviously most people don't know enough about magic to work it from their side either. [[spoiler:[[TeenGenius Chao]] and [[MadScientist Hakase]] (and by extension [[RobotGirl Chachamaru]]) on the sky island of Weatheria, though it only qualifies as science within the weird boundaries of the One Piece universe.
* Implied in ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV''. In previous series, when people with magical powers start flexing their sorcerous muscle, usually the first thing they did was make the damage the Solid Vision holograms dealt real. By Arc-V, that kind of power can be used by anyone, when they upgraded to Real Solid Vision. It can even be miniaturized and put inside a standard duel disk.
* Likewise, in ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', Kite had the power to take the soul of anyone he beats, like a Millennium Item wielder. The catch is, all of his power is attributed to science. Deconstructed, as
other characters can achieve the same results using actual magic [[spoiler:without dealing with the detrimental side-effects that destroy Kite's health.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Gate}}'', the world beyond the Gate resembles a mix of the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages, with magic. Seeing modern marvels like guns, vehicles, etc tends to make its inhabitants confuse it with magic.
* In the ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'' ''First Order'' anime, the heroes team up with Cú Chulainn, who was summoned as a Caster Servant[[note]]Though Cú Chulainn is more known for being a warrior in his legend, he also received training as a druid with rune magic[[/note]]. The heroes use a high tech device with a holographic display to communicate with Dr. Roman. Cú Chulainn is amazed and says their magic is impressive.
hand...]]



* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' tends to blur the lines between the scientific, esoteric/metaphysical and divine/spiritual.
* The techniques that Nami devised during the time-skip in ''Manga/OnePiece'' are called "weather sorcery", and do involve ComicBook/{{Storm}}-like manipulation of the weather for combat purposes. This "sorcery" is actually based upon the science of the meteorologists who live on the sky island of Weatheria, though it only qualifies as science within the weird boundaries of the One Piece universe.
* ''Manga/OutlawStar'' featured as an important plot point the Caster Guns that fire unique shells that are incredibly powerful. The main theories as to their origin is that they are either a piece of lost advanced technology or magical in nature. [[spoiler:It turns out to be a little of both.]]



* Implied in ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV''. In previous series, when people with magical powers start flexing their sorcerous muscle, usually the first thing they did was make the damage the Solid Vision holograms dealt real. By Arc-V, that kind of power can be used by anyone, when they upgraded to Real Solid Vision. It can even be miniaturized and put inside a standard duel disk.
* Likewise, in ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', Kite had the power to take the soul of anyone he beats, like a Millennium Item wielder. The catch is, all of his power is attributed to science. Deconstructed, as other characters can achieve the same results using actual magic [[spoiler:without dealing with the detrimental side-effects that destroy Kite's health.]]



* The Comicbook/ScarletWitch zigzags this trope. Her power is to affect probability in order to make wildly improbable events happen. This has drifted to become a general ability to [[RealityWarper warp reality]]. Thus, despite her name and the description of her power as including "hex bolts," she is not magical. It was at one point but has since been {{retcon}}ned and later still it became a combination of both: her mutant powers made it possible for her to make contact with Cthon, an Elder god turned demon sealed in Mount Wundagore. Cthon bestowed powerful Chaos Magic to Wanda as part of his plans. The Comicbook/UltimateMarvel universe tried to explain that in order to make said improbable events happen she had to "do the math" of how likely the events would be before she could cause them.

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* The Comicbook/ScarletWitch zigzags this trope. Her power is to affect probability in order to make wildly improbable events happen. This has drifted to become a general ability to [[RealityWarper warp reality]]. Thus, despite her name and the description of her power as including "hex bolts," she is not magical. It was at one point but has since been {{retcon}}ned and later still it became a combination of both: her mutant powers made it possible for her to make contact with Cthon, an Elder god turned demon sealed in Mount Wundagore. Cthon bestowed powerful Chaos Magic to Wanda as part of his plans. The Comicbook/UltimateMarvel universe tried to explain that in order to make said improbable events happen she had to "do the math" of how likely the events would be before she could cause them.[[AC:DC]]



* The Franchise/GreenLantern rings and by extension the other Corps' power rings [[HardLight use light in order to form physical constructs]]. It's supposedly advanced technology, but because light isn't normally physical, for all intents and purposes the power rings are magic to everyone except Superman because he's weak to magic and this is not magic.




[[AC:Marvel]]
* Played with in an issue of ''ComicBook/IronMan'' from Creator/KieronGillen's run. Malekith of TheFairFolk (one of Thor's usual enemies) refers to one of the Mandarin's rings as magic. When the ring protests that it is ''science'', Malekith ignores this.
-->"''Insufficiently'' advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology."
* The Comicbook/ScarletWitch zigzags this trope. Her power is to affect probability in order to make wildly improbable events happen. This has drifted to become a general ability to [[RealityWarper warp reality]]. Thus, despite her name and the description of her power as including "hex bolts," she is not magical. It was at one point but has since been {{retcon}}ned and later still it became a combination of both: her mutant powers made it possible for her to make contact with Cthon, an Elder god turned demon sealed in Mount Wundagore. Cthon bestowed powerful Chaos Magic to Wanda as part of his plans. The Comicbook/UltimateMarvel universe tried to explain that in order to make said improbable events happen she had to "do the math" of how likely the events would be before she could cause them.



* Played with in an issue of ''ComicBook/IronMan'' from Creator/KieronGillen's run. Malekith of TheFairFolk (one of Thor's usual enemies) refers to one of the Mandarin's rings as magic. When the ring protests that it is ''science'', Malekith ignores this.
-->"''Insufficiently'' advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology."
* The Franchise/GreenLantern rings and by extension the other Corps' power rings [[HardLight use light in order to form physical constructs]]. It's supposedly advanced technology, but because light isn't normally physical, for all intents and purposes the power rings are magic to everyone except Superman because he's weak to magic and this is not magic.

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* Played with in an issue of ''ComicBook/IronMan'' from Creator/KieronGillen's run. Malekith of TheFairFolk (one of Thor's usual enemies) refers to one of the Mandarin's rings as magic. When the ring protests that it is ''science'', Malekith ignores this.
-->"''Insufficiently'' advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology."
* The Franchise/GreenLantern rings and by extension the other Corps' power rings [[HardLight use light in order to form physical constructs]]. It's supposedly advanced technology, but because light isn't normally physical, for all intents and purposes the power rings are magic to everyone except Superman because he's weak to magic and this is not magic.

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* ''Fanfic/ConstantsAndVariables'': Elizabeth’s tear-based powers are all scientific in origin, but are so alien and fantastical to those unfamiliar with her origins that they are mistaken as being incredibly powerful magic. When she saves Ron and Hermione from the escaped troll by [[spoiler:opening a tear to a raging storm]], everyone thinks she instead used wordless magic to summon a storm.



* ''Fanfic/ConstantsAndVariables'': Elizabeth’s tear-based powers are all scientific in origin, but are so alien and fantastical to those unfamiliar with her origins that they are mistaken as being incredibly powerful magic. When she saves Ron and Hermione from the escaped troll by [[spoiler:opening a tear to a raging storm]], everyone thinks she instead used wordless magic to summon a storm.



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* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'': the Wizard [[TheManBehindTheCurtain fakes the all-powerful wizard role using a machine]]. He does it again in ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'': Oscar fools the inhabitants of Oz into believing he is the Wizard prophesied to save their land using technology and parlor tricks from his homeland. His plan to [[spoiler:rescue Glinda and retake the Emerald City]] in the climax hinges on the wicked witches not being able to distinguish his technology from genuine magical ability.
* In ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'', [[spoiler:Lord Blackwood's EvilPlan is to fool England into believing that he has FunctionalMagic and take over England through fear]].
* ''Film/{{Outlander}}'': Kainan a soldier from another world is mistaken for a servant of the Gods by [[spoiler:his wife-to-be Freya]] when [[spoiler:he smashed the beacon so he cannot be rescued from Earth]].
* In ''Film/HocusPocus'' this is played with as the witches return to Salem after 300 years. When Max uses his lighter they believe he makes fire with his hands. He trips a sprinkler system and makes them believe it is 'the burning rain of death'.
* The Kalahari bushmen in ''Film/TheGodsMustBeCrazy'' discover a Coke bottle and believe it to be a gift from the Gods. HilarityEnsues. Eventually, they decide it would be best for all concerned if it were returned to the Gods and cast off the edge of the world.

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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'': The aliens in ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'' are never called as such. They're most often called demons and the Wizard [[TheManBehindTheCurtain fakes the all-powerful wizard role using a machine]]. He does it again in ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'': Oscar fools the inhabitants cast never thinks of Oz into believing he is the Wizard prophesied to save their land using technology and parlor tricks from his homeland. His plan to [[spoiler:rescue Glinda and retake the Emerald City]] in the climax hinges on the wicked witches not them as being able to distinguish his technology technologically advanced. [[spoiler:Ella, another alien, says that she came from genuine beyond the stars, giving the impression of an angel.]]
* In ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', many of the characters are from a fairy tale world that resembles the Middle Ages who end up in modern day New York. They adjust fairly quickly. Giselle figures out how a vacuum cleaner and the shower works and Prince Edward figures out how a TV and remote control works. They just think of these devices as
magical ability.
* In ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'', [[spoiler:Lord Blackwood's EvilPlan is to fool England into believing
in nature. Edward sees the TV as a magic mirror that he has FunctionalMagic and take over England through fear]].
* ''Film/{{Outlander}}'': Kainan a soldier from another world is mistaken for a servant of the Gods by [[spoiler:his wife-to-be Freya]] when [[spoiler:he smashed the beacon so he cannot be rescued from Earth]].
* In ''Film/HocusPocus'' this is played with as the witches return to Salem after 300 years. When Max uses his lighter they believe he makes fire with his hands. He trips a sprinkler system and makes them believe it is 'the burning rain of death'.
* The Kalahari bushmen in ''Film/TheGodsMustBeCrazy'' discover a Coke bottle and believe it to be a gift from the Gods. HilarityEnsues. Eventually, they decide it would be best for all concerned if it were returned to the Gods and cast off the edge of the world.
shows different scenes.



* The Kalahari bushmen in ''Film/TheGodsMustBeCrazy'' discover a Coke bottle and believe it to be a gift from the Gods. HilarityEnsues. Eventually, they decide it would be best for all concerned if it were returned to the Gods and cast off the edge of the world.
* In ''Film/HocusPocus'' this is played with as the witches return to Salem after 300 years. When Max uses his lighter they believe he makes fire with his hands. He trips a sprinkler system and makes them believe it is 'the burning rain of death'.



* The aliens in ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'' are never called as such. They're most often called demons and the cast never thinks of them as being technologically advanced. [[spoiler:Ella, another alien, says that she came from beyond the stars, giving the impression of an angel.]]
* It does appear to be the case in ''Film/NowYouSeeMe''. Where that technology came from, however...
* Implied in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'': [=C3PO's=] programming forbids him from [[GodGuise ever impersonating a deity.]]
* In ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', many of the characters are from a fairy tale world that resembles the Middle Ages who end up in modern day New York. They adjust fairly quickly. Giselle figures out how a vacuum cleaner and the shower works and Prince Edward figures out how a TV and remote control works. They just think of these devices as magical in nature. Edward sees the TV as a magic mirror that shows different scenes.

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* The aliens in ''Film/CowboysAndAliens'' are never called as such. They're most often called demons and the cast never thinks of them as being technologically advanced. [[spoiler:Ella, another alien, says that she came from beyond the stars, giving the impression of an angel.]]
*
%%* It does appear to be the case in ''Film/NowYouSeeMe''. Where that technology came from, however...
* Implied in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'': [=C3PO's=] programming forbids him ''Film/{{Outlander}}'': Kainan, a soldier from [[GodGuise ever impersonating another world, is mistaken for a deity.]]
* In ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', many
servant of the characters are Gods by [[spoiler:his wife-to-be Freya]] when [[spoiler:he smashed the beacon so he cannot be rescued from a fairy tale world that resembles the Middle Ages who end up in modern day New York. They adjust fairly quickly. Giselle figures out how a vacuum cleaner and the shower works and Prince Edward figures out how a TV and remote control works. They just think of these devices as magical in nature. Edward sees the TV as a magic mirror that shows different scenes.Earth]].



* In ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'', [[spoiler:Lord Blackwood's EvilPlan is to fool England into believing that he has FunctionalMagic and take over England through fear]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Implied in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'': [=C3PO's=] programming forbids him from [[GodGuise ever impersonating a deity.]]
* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'': the Wizard [[TheManBehindTheCurtain fakes the all-powerful wizard role using a machine]]. He does it again in ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'': Oscar fools the inhabitants of Oz into believing he is the Wizard prophesied to save their land using technology and parlor tricks from his homeland. His plan to [[spoiler:rescue Glinda and retake the Emerald City]] in the climax hinges on the wicked witches not being able to distinguish his technology from genuine magical ability.



* Demonstrated in ''Literature/ChildhoodsEnd'' by Creator/ArthurCClarke himself. The alien Overlords possess technology so far beyond human understanding that they might as well be gods. Humans for the most part accept that it is in fact some form of technology, but characters within the story observe that from the human perspective, Overlord technology might as well be magic.

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* Demonstrated Downplayed and partly averted in ''Literature/ChildhoodsEnd'' ''Literature/SixtyEightRooms'' by Creator/ArthurCClarke himself. The alien Overlords possess Mariannne Malone. Jack showed Thomas (from the seventeenth century) a flashlight, but tried to explain how it worked. Thomas, eight-years-old, doesn't understand, but comments that if it was witchcraft, he wasn't afraid of it. [[spoiler:Thomas later becomes an inventor]].
* ''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground'' has ancient
technology so far beyond human understanding that they might as well be gods. Humans does inexplicable things. Scientists create their own [[VoodooShark maddening explanations]] for the most part accept that it is in fact some form of technology, but characters within the story observe that from the human perspective, Overlord technology might how something can weight three times as well be magic.much when upside-down.



* In the ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series by Creator/IsaacAsimov, during a brief period at the outset of the era, as the Empire begins to crumble and local systems begin to lose the scientific expertise necessary for an interstellar society to function, the Foundation dresses up their technological know how in mystical trappings in order to spread their influence and culture while maintaining tight control over the actual technologies and science. "Monks" from planets all over are sent to learn the ways of the Foundation and bring the technological practices back to their homeworlds as "missionaries" of the Foundation. The brief period immediately after has the Foundationers reputed as magicians in the areas not quite close enough to know the Foundation by name -- as a clever man with a bit more direct knowledge of the 'magicians' than the norm points out when another man protests that a personal shield is impossible, exactly how did he think they ''got'' a reputation as magicians?

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* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' both embraces and averts the trope. To an outside observer, most (if not all) Fairy technology would seem to be magical. The story, however, is also told from the Fairy point-of-view, where it's shown that technology and magic are distinguishable, and it's someone's job to distinguish them further.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Azazel'' series of short stories run on this trope. The titular character is initially described as a demon who does things by magic, but later stories explained that he's actually an alien and is just advanced enough that he can do things that appear to be magic. The stories still generally get classed as fantasy though, and one of the collections is called ''Magic''.
* ''Literature/TheBookOfTheNewSun'': in the [[TimeAbyss distant future]] it is often unclear whether phenomena are technological, magical or theological in nature (or just mundane trickery). This is part of the obfuscatory nature of the text and forms a puzzle for the reader, since we [[UnreliableNarrator can't trust]] Severian to figure it out correctly.
* Demonstrated in ''Literature/ChildhoodsEnd'' by Creator/ArthurCClarke himself. The alien Overlords possess technology so far beyond human understanding that they might as well be gods. Humans for the most part accept that it is in fact some form of technology, but characters within the story observe that from the human perspective, Overlord technology might as well be magic.
* In Creator/MarkTwain's ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'', the main character's success relies on the 6th Century folks mistaking his 19th century tech as wizardry.
* Inverted in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' where sufficiently advanced ''magic'' is indistinguishable from ''technology''... for example, when Rincewind first sees a picture box, he surmises it must work by use of photosensitive materials capturing the light off the target.. right up until the magical imp inside complains that he's out of paint.
** ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'' quotes Clarke in its frontispiece and later agrees with Florence (see the Freefall entry):
-->"'Advanced' here is usually taken to mean 'shown to us by aliens or people from the future' -- like television shown to Neanderthals. But we should realise that television is magic to nearly everyone who uses it ''now''."
* In the ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series by Creator/IsaacAsimov, during a brief period at the outset ''Series/DoctorWho'' novel [[Recap/NewSeriesAdventuresEnginesofWar "Engines of the era, as the Empire begins to crumble and local systems begin to lose the scientific expertise necessary for an interstellar society to function, the Foundation dresses up their technological know how in mystical trappings in order to spread their influence and culture while maintaining tight control over the actual technologies and science. "Monks" War"]], Cinder can't tell most Time Lord technology apart from planets all over are sent to learn the ways of the Foundation and bring the technological practices back to their homeworlds as "missionaries" of the Foundation. The brief period immediately after has the Foundationers reputed as magicians in the areas not quite close enough to know the Foundation magic.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Disputed
by name -- as a clever man with a bit more direct knowledge of the 'magicians' than the norm points out when another man protests Harry Dresden. He comments that a personal shield the spells he used on his heavy leather duster allow it to be waterproof, bulletproof, and breathe like cotton. He is impossible, exactly how did warm and dry even in a rainstorm as he think they ''got'' a reputation as magicians?awaits battle and no piece of modern clothing could be all of that.
-->"Sufficiently advanced technology, my ass."



* Herbert's [=WorShip=] series, in which the ship's computer becomes self-aware and, with its vast surveillance network and predictive processing, effectively omniscient. Whether it has become a god is a question asked by the characters and left open to the readers.
* In ''Literature/SpaceMarineBattles'', ''Spirit of Integrity'' was built during the Golden Age of Technology and outclasses the Imperium so badly [[TechnologicallyAdvancedFoe they can't do a thing to stop it]]. It can do a variety of things that leave the techmarines with their hands spread out and saying "I don't know".
* Creator/HarryTurtledove strongly disagreed with Clarke and wrote the short story "Death in Vesunna" as a rebuttal, in which a retired Roman soldier working as a police investigator figures out on his own that the perpetrator of an inexplicable murder was not a god or a demon, but a time traveller. He inverts the law in several other stories, where industrialized magic has replaced or mimicked technology. The best examples being his ''Literature/DarknessSeries'', where magic has replaced all the technology of World War II, and ''The Case Of The Toxic Spelldump'', a pun-laden comedy novel filled with Virtuous Reality, Djinnetic Engineering, and similar {{Magitek}}.
* Inverted in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' where sufficiently advanced ''magic'' is indistinguishable from ''technology''... for example, when Rincewind first sees a picture box, he surmises it must work by use of photosensitive materials capturing the light off the target.. right up until the magical imp inside complains that he's out of paint.
** ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'' quotes Clarke in its frontispiece and later agrees with Florence (see the Freefall entry):
-->"'Advanced' here is usually taken to mean 'shown to us by aliens or people from the future' -- like television shown to Neanderthals. But we should realise that television is magic to nearly everyone who uses it ''now''."
* Disputed by Harry Dresden in Literature/TheDresdenFiles. He comments that the spells he used on his heavy leather duster allow it to be water-proof, bullet-proof, and breaths like cotton. He is warm and dry even in a rainstorm as he awaits battle and no piece of modern clothing could be all of that.
--> "Sufficiently advanced technology, my ass."

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* Herbert's [=WorShip=] series, in which the ship's computer becomes self-aware and, ''Literature/EnchantressFromTheStars'': The Andrecians view Imperial technology as magic wands that turn people to stone (stunners), dragons (rock-chewer), monsters with its vast surveillance network no faces (Imperials in suits) and predictive processing, effectively omniscient. Whether it has become a god is a question asked by the characters examples in the summary. Also, telepathy and left open to psychokinesis among the readers.
* In ''Literature/SpaceMarineBattles'', ''Spirit of Integrity'' was built during the Golden Age of Technology and outclasses the Imperium so badly [[TechnologicallyAdvancedFoe they
Federal field agents are stand-ins for advanced technologies humankind can't do a thing think of yet.
* Taken
to stop it]]. It its extreme in ''Literature/TheFlyingSorcerers'' by David Gerrold and Larry Niven. A planetary scout gets stranded on a primitive world, and has to enlist the help of the natives to get to a place he can do a variety of things that leave the techmarines with their hands spread out and saying "I don't know".
* Creator/HarryTurtledove strongly disagreed with Clarke and wrote the short story "Death in Vesunna" as a rebuttal, in which a retired Roman soldier working as a police investigator figures out on his own that the perpetrator of an inexplicable murder was not a god or a demon, but a time traveller. He inverts the law in several other stories, where industrialized magic has replaced or mimicked technology. The best examples being his ''Literature/DarknessSeries'', where magic has replaced all the
summon help. Said natives have to be taught production technology of World War II, and ''The Case Of how to create certain things in order to do this...which makes them regard him as a high-powered magician. The Toxic Spelldump'', story is also told from the perspective of one of the natives, for added humor.
* In the ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series by Creator/IsaacAsimov, during
a pun-laden comedy novel filled brief period at the outset of the era, as the Empire begins to crumble and local systems begin to lose the scientific expertise necessary for an interstellar society to function, the Foundation dresses up their technological know how in mystical trappings in order to spread their influence and culture while maintaining tight control over the actual technologies and science. "Monks" from planets all over are sent to learn the ways of the Foundation and bring the technological practices back to their homeworlds as "missionaries" of the Foundation. The brief period immediately after has the Foundationers reputed as magicians in the areas not quite close enough to know the Foundation by name -- as a clever man with Virtuous Reality, Djinnetic Engineering, a bit more direct knowledge of the 'magicians' than the norm points out when another man protests that a personal shield is impossible, exactly how did he think they ''got'' a reputation as magicians?
* ''Literature/GarrettPI'': In ''Wicked Bronze Ambition'', the Operators kidnap Kip
and similar {{Magitek}}.
* Inverted
Kevans in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' order to steal their "magical talents" in a ritual of sorcery, not realizing that the teens have been using mundane engineering and creativity, ''not'' supernatural insights, to invent ingenious devices.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series,
where sufficiently advanced ''magic'' ''mundane'' technology is indistinguishable from ''technology''... for example, when Rincewind first sees magic. For every technological advance non-magical people have made, wizards have a picture box, he surmises it must work by use of photosensitive materials capturing the light off the target.. right up until the magical imp inside complains that he's out of paint.
** ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld'' quotes Clarke in its frontispiece and later agrees with Florence (see the Freefall entry):
-->"'Advanced' here is usually taken to mean 'shown to us
equivalent. Many wizards are stumped by aliens or people from the future' -- like television shown to Neanderthals. But we should realise that television is magic to nearly everyone who uses it ''now''."
* Disputed by Harry Dresden in Literature/TheDresdenFiles. He comments that the spells he used on his heavy leather duster allow it to be water-proof, bullet-proof, and breaths like cotton. He is warm and dry even in a rainstorm as he awaits battle and no piece of modern clothing could be all of that.
--> "Sufficiently advanced
Muggle technology, my ass."despite being surrounded with it, so they're generally told that [[AWizardDidIt A Scientist Did It]]. It was implied that sheer virtue of growing up in a muggle family was enough to make Hermione more qualified to teach the "Muggle Studies" course than the unnamed professor and that she explicitly said she was taking the course [[ItAmusedMe For The Lulz]].



* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' both embraces and averts the trope. To an outside observer, most (if not all) Fairy technology would seem to be magical. The story, however, is also told from the Fairy point-of-view, where it's shown that technology and magic are distinguishable, and it's someone's job to distinguish them further.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, where sufficiently ''mundane'' technology is indistinguishable from magic. For every technological advance non-magical people have made, wizards have a magical equivalent. Many wizards are stumped by Muggle technology, despite being surrounded with it, so they're generally told that [[AWizardDidIt A Scientist Did It]]. It was implied that sheer virtue of growing up in a muggle family was enough to make Hermione more qualified to teach the "Muggle Studies" course than the unnamed professor and that she explicitly said she was taking the course [[ItAmusedMe For The Lulz]].

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* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' both embraces Referenced after a fashion by Galadriel in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', when she comments on the Hobbits' tendency to talk about "Elf Magic" while taking Frodo and averts Sam to look at her mirror.
* Jenny Ng and stage magician Calvin [=McGuirk=], in Geoph Essex's ''Lovely Assistant'', invoke
the trope. To an outside observer, most (if not all) Fairy technology would seem trope by name, with a nod to Clarke himself, in their first discussion of Calvin's incredible props. It turns out to be magical. a bit of a theme, considering what the {{Big Bad}}s say about the same props shortly before [[SavingTheWorld the climax]]. The story, however, is also told from actual origin of the Fairy point-of-view, where it's shown that technology and magic are distinguishable, and it's someone's job to distinguish them further.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in
items [[spoiler:is never fully explained, but based on the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, where sufficiently ''mundane'' technology is indistinguishable from magic. For every nature of the [[OurMonstersAreDifferent monster]] they [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu face]], probably ''is'' technological advance non-magical people have made, wizards have a rather than magical, proving Clarke's point]] — [[SciFiKitchenSink which]] is [[FantasyKitchenSink ironic]], since [[spoiler:Jenny herself is probably magical equivalent. Many wizards are stumped by Muggle technology, despite being surrounded with it, so they're generally told rather than technological, as a [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaper]]]].
* ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy'': Zig-zagged, in ''Steelheart''. Prof uses technology to imitate an Epic for Steelheart to fight. [[spoiler:Then we learn
that [[AWizardDidIt A Scientist Did It]]. It he was implied that sheer virtue really an Epic all along, and most of growing up in a muggle family the technology he used was enough to make Hermione more qualified to teach the "Muggle Studies" course than the unnamed professor and that she explicitly said she was taking the course [[ItAmusedMe For The Lulz]].fake.]]



* The main character of Creator/DeanKoontz's ''The Taking'' recalls this law at the end and inverts it, noting that to a cynical society magic would appear to be highly advanced technology.
* Taken to its extreme in ''Literature/TheFlyingSorcerers'' by David Gerrold and Larry Niven. A planetary scout gets stranded on a primitive world, and has to enlist the help of the natives to get to a place he can summon help. Said natives have to be taught production technology and how to create certain things in order to do this...which makes them regard him as a high-powered magician. The story is also told from the perspective of one of the natives, for added humor.
* ''Literature/EnchantressFromTheStars'': The Andrecians view Imperial technology as magic wands that turn people to stone (stunners), dragons (rock-chewer), monsters with no faces (Imperials in suits) and the examples in the summary. Also, telepathy and psychokinesis among the Federal field agents are stand-ins for advanced technologies humankind can't think of yet.



* In Angie Sage's ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' series, several spells have suspicious names, such as one called "flashlight".
** At the end of Fyre, the quote takes up the final page of the series.



* In Creator/MarkTwain's ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'', the main character's success relies on the 6th Century folks mistaking his 19th century tech as wizardry.
* In Christopher Stasheff's ''Literature/WarlockOfGramarye'' series, the inhabitants of the planet Gramarye interpreted abilities like telekinesis as "magic" due to their ancestors' decision to adopt a low-tech pseudo-medieval culture and the passage of centuries without contact from any other planets. Beings such as fairies, trolls and whatnot, according to the main character, were the result of a combination of psychic powers, a psi-sensitive local plant called "witchmoss" and a lot of fairy tales.

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* In Creator/MarkTwain's ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'', ''Literature/SpaceMarineBattles'', ''Spirit of Integrity'' was built during the main character's success relies on Golden Age of Technology and outclasses the 6th Century folks mistaking his 19th century tech as wizardry.
* In Christopher Stasheff's ''Literature/WarlockOfGramarye'' series,
Imperium so badly [[TechnologicallyAdvancedFoe they can't do a thing to stop it]]. It can do a variety of things that leave the inhabitants of the planet Gramarye interpreted abilities like telekinesis as "magic" due to techmarines with their ancestors' decision to adopt a low-tech pseudo-medieval culture hands spread out and the passage of centuries without contact from any other planets. Beings such as fairies, trolls and whatnot, according to the main character, were the result of a combination of psychic powers, a psi-sensitive local plant called "witchmoss" and a lot of fairy tales.saying "I don't know".



* Referenced after a fashion by Galadriel in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', when she comments on the Hobbits' tendency to talk about "Elf Magic" while taking Frodo and Sam to look at her mirror.
* ''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground'' has ancient technology that does inexplicable things. Scientists create their own [[VoodooShark maddening explanations]] for how something can weight three times as much when upside-down.
* Jenny Ng and stage magician Calvin [=McGuirk=], in Geoph Essex's ''Lovely Assistant'', invoke the trope by name, with a nod to Clarke himself, in their first discussion of Calvin's incredible props. It turns out to be a bit of a theme, considering what the {{Big Bad}}s say about the same props shortly before [[SavingTheWorld the climax]]. The actual origin of the items [[spoiler:is never fully explained, but based on the nature of the [[OurMonstersAreDifferent monster]] they [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu face]], probably ''is'' technological rather than magical, proving Clarke's point]] -- [[SciFiKitchenSink which]] is [[FantasyKitchenSink ironic]], since [[spoiler:Jenny herself is probably magical rather than technological, as a [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaper]]]].
* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Azazel'' series of short stories run on this trope. The titular character is initially described as a demon who does things by magic, but later stories explained that he's actually an alien and is just advanced enough that he can do things that appear to be magic. The stories still generally get classed as fantasy though, and one of the collections is called ''Magic''.
* In ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Wicked Bronze Ambition]]'', the Operators kidnap Kip and Kevans in order to steal their "magical talents" in a ritual of sorcery, not realizing that the teens have been using mundane engineering and creativity, ''not'' supernatural insights, to invent ingenious devices.
* Downplayed and partly averted in ''Literature/SixtyEightRooms'' by Mariannne Malone. Jack showed Thomas (from the seventeenth century) a flashlight, but tried to explain how it worked. Thomas, eight-years-old, doesn't understand, but comments that if it was witchcraft, he wasn't afraid of it. [[spoiler:Thomas later becomes an inventor]].
* ''Literature/TheBookOfTheNewSun'': in the [[TimeAbyss distant future]] it is often unclear whether phenomena are technological, magical or theological in nature (or just mundane trickery). This is part of the obfuscatory nature of the text and forms a puzzle for the reader, since we [[UnreliableNarrator can't trust]] Severian to figure it out correctly.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' novel [[Recap/NewSeriesAdventuresEnginesofWar "Engines of War"]], Cinder can't tell most Time Lord technology apart from magic.
* Zig-zagged, in ''[[Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy Steelheart]]''. Prof uses technology to imitate an Epic for Steelheart to fight. [[spoiler:Then we learn that he was really an Epic all along, and the most of the technology he used was fake.]]
* In Angie Sage's Septimus Heap series, several spells have suspicious names, such as one called "flashlight".
** At the end of Fyre, the quote takes up the final page of the series.

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* Referenced after a fashion by Galadriel in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', when she comments on The main character of Creator/DeanKoontz's ''The Taking'' recalls this law at the Hobbits' tendency to talk about "Elf Magic" while taking Frodo end and Sam to look at her mirror.
* ''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground'' has ancient technology
inverts it, noting that does to a cynical society magic would appear to be highly advanced technology.
* Creator/HarryTurtledove strongly disagreed with Clarke and wrote the short story "Death in Vesunna" as a rebuttal, in which a retired Roman soldier working as a police investigator figures out on his own that the perpetrator of an
inexplicable things. Scientists create their own [[VoodooShark maddening explanations]] for how something can weight three times as much when upside-down.
* Jenny Ng and stage magician Calvin [=McGuirk=], in Geoph Essex's ''Lovely Assistant'', invoke
murder was not a god or a demon, but a time traveller. He inverts the trope by name, with a nod to Clarke himself, law in their first discussion of Calvin's incredible props. It turns out to be a bit of a theme, considering what the {{Big Bad}}s say about the same props shortly before [[SavingTheWorld the climax]]. several other stories, where industrialized magic has replaced or mimicked technology. The actual origin of the items [[spoiler:is never fully explained, but based on the nature of the [[OurMonstersAreDifferent monster]] they [[DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu face]], probably ''is'' technological rather than magical, proving Clarke's point]] -- [[SciFiKitchenSink which]] is [[FantasyKitchenSink ironic]], since [[spoiler:Jenny herself is probably magical rather than technological, as a [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaper]]]].
* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Azazel'' series of short stories run on this trope. The titular character is initially described as a demon who does things by magic, but later stories explained that he's actually an alien and is just advanced enough that he can do things that appear to be magic. The stories still generally get classed as fantasy though, and one of the collections is called ''Magic''.
* In ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Wicked Bronze Ambition]]'', the Operators kidnap Kip and Kevans in order to steal their "magical talents" in a ritual of sorcery, not realizing that the teens have been using mundane engineering and creativity, ''not'' supernatural insights, to invent ingenious devices.
* Downplayed and partly averted in ''Literature/SixtyEightRooms'' by Mariannne Malone. Jack showed Thomas (from the seventeenth century) a flashlight, but tried to explain how it worked. Thomas, eight-years-old, doesn't understand, but comments that if it was witchcraft, he wasn't afraid of it. [[spoiler:Thomas later becomes an inventor]].
* ''Literature/TheBookOfTheNewSun'': in the [[TimeAbyss distant future]] it is often unclear whether phenomena are technological, magical or theological in nature (or just mundane trickery). This is part of the obfuscatory nature of the text and forms a puzzle for the reader, since we [[UnreliableNarrator can't trust]] Severian to figure it out correctly.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' novel [[Recap/NewSeriesAdventuresEnginesofWar "Engines of War"]], Cinder can't tell most Time Lord technology apart from magic.
* Zig-zagged, in ''[[Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy Steelheart]]''. Prof uses technology to imitate an Epic for Steelheart to fight. [[spoiler:Then we learn that he was really an Epic
best examples being his ''Literature/DarknessSeries'', where magic has replaced all along, and the most of the technology he used was fake.]]
* In Angie Sage's Septimus Heap series, several spells have suspicious names, such as one called "flashlight".
** At the end
of Fyre, the quote takes up the final page of the series.World War II, and ''The Case Of The Toxic Spelldump'', a pun-laden comedy novel filled with Virtuous Reality, Djinnetic Engineering, and similar {{Magitek}}.



* In Christopher Stasheff's ''Literature/WarlockOfGramarye'' series, the inhabitants of the planet Gramarye interpreted abilities like telekinesis as "magic" due to their ancestors' decision to adopt a low-tech pseudo-medieval culture and the passage of centuries without contact from any other planets. Beings such as fairies, trolls and whatnot, according to the main character, were the result of a combination of psychic powers, a psi-sensitive local plant called "witchmoss" and a lot of fairy tales.
* Herbert's ''[=WorShip=]'' series, in which the ship's computer becomes self-aware and, with its vast surveillance network and predictive processing, effectively omniscient. Whether it has become a god is a question asked by the characters and left open to the readers.



* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Most of the technology of the {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s is taken as magic by the majority of the less advanced civilizations in the galaxy.
** In later seasons, Daniel tries to tell a village that there is no such thing as magic; it is ineffective because no sooner has he finished saying this than he and the rest of his team are beamed away in a flash of light, leaving the villagers baffled. Daniel hangs his head and complains at the timing.
* This law is directly quoted, word for word, in Season 2 Episode 9 of ''Series/StargateUniverse'', by Eli.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** While this is a recurring theme, there are two instances in which he plays with it. In one, he gives a primitive companion a yo-yo, and gives her the impression that she needs to play with it to keep the TARDIS working. Later on he comments "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a yo-yo".
** A much later episode has him dealing with an alternate universe loosely based on Arthurian myth. After wandering through what looks like a futuristic tomb, Ace is surprised that this is supposed to be magic. The Doctor asks Ace if she knows Clarke's third law, when she quotes it he tells her that it also applies in reverse, and she exclaims "Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology?"

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Most of the
''Series/BabylonFive'' has fun with this one. The Vorlons have used their technology for millennia to manipulate younger races into reacting favorably to them, passing off as "magical" beings of light. It is only at the "Dawn of the {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s is taken as Third Age" that we finally see who they are, and "They are not Gods." Then there are the Technomages, who use technology to give the appearance of magic, and this famous discussion:
-->'''Elric''': Do you believe in Magic, Captain?\\
'''Sheridan''': ... If we went back a thousand years, they could only understand this place in terms of magic.\\
'''Elric''': Then perhaps it ''is'' magic. The
magic by the majority of the less advanced civilizations in human heart, focused and made manifest by technology.
** Then a trilogy of novels (based on [[Creator/JMichaelStraczynski JMS]]'s own notes) reveals that their tech [[spoiler:originated with
the galaxy.
**
Shadows and is not being used to its full potential]].
* ''Series/BlakesSeven''.
In "Power", an AfterTheEnd society decided to [[EvilLuddite destroy all their technology]] and [[YearZero start again from the beginning]]. Years later seasons, Daniel tries to tell the HypercompetentSidekick of local chieftain Gunn Sar has found a village MasterComputer room they missed, that there he uses to secretly keep things running for their barbarian descendants.
-->"It's self-maintained. Powered by our sun, [[RagnarokProofing it will last forever]]. This generation, even Gunn Sar, believes it to be some kind of magic that keeps the chambers light and warm. A computer
is no like some ancient god to them!"'
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Willow states that "Magic works off physics" and is often seen messing with the 'mechanics' of spells. Conversely, material outside of the series itself classified superscience (for example, Warren building completely humanoid androids) as a form of magic in and of itself. That is, people like Warren were only able to create
such thing as magic; it is ineffective high tech devices because no sooner has he finished saying of a latent magical ability that functioned in this than he and way, which may inadvertently explain why Willow was the rest of his team are beamed away in a flash of light, leaving only one able to repair the villagers baffled. Daniel hangs his head and complains at the timing.
Buffybot.
* This law is directly quoted, word for word, in Season 2 Episode 9 of ''Series/StargateUniverse'', by Eli.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''.
''Series/DoctorWho'':
** While this is a recurring theme, there are two instances in which he plays with it. In one, he the Doctor gives a primitive companion a yo-yo, and gives her the impression that she needs to play with it to keep the TARDIS working. Later on he comments "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a yo-yo".
** A much later episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E1Battlefield "Battlefield"]] has him dealing with an alternate universe loosely based on Arthurian myth. After wandering through what looks like a futuristic tomb, Ace is surprised that this is supposed to be magic. The Doctor asks Ace if she knows Clarke's third law, when she quotes it he tells her that it also applies in reverse, and she exclaims "Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology?"



*** In the first Christmas special, the Sycorax's blood control technology is explicitly described by one character as 'like casting a spell'.
*** An episode with Shakespeare has the MonsterOfTheWeek be three crones who appear to be witches that cast spells through incantations. When they use a spell to kill a man, the Doctor warns Martha to keep quiet, otherwise the townsfolk will think it's witchcraft. It turns out that the witches were aliens called Carrionites, who use science based on the power of words.
*** Another episode had girls seemingly being turned into vampires, with sharp teeth, burns from sunlight, and no reflections. It was revealed that the girls were turned into fish-aliens with sharp teeth and a sensitivity to sunlight. Their holographic illusions (which let them appear human) couldn't provide reflections.

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*** In the first [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion "The Christmas special, Invasion"]], the Sycorax's blood control technology is explicitly described by one character as 'like "like casting a spell'.spell".
*** An episode with [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E2TheShakespeareCode "The Shakespeare Code"]] has the MonsterOfTheWeek be three crones who appear to be witches that cast spells through incantations. When they use a spell to kill a man, the Doctor warns Martha to keep quiet, otherwise the townsfolk will think it's witchcraft. It turns out that the witches were aliens called Carrionites, who use science based on the power of words.
*** Another episode had [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E6TheVampiresOfVenice "The Vampires of Venice"]] has girls seemingly being turned into vampires, with sharp teeth, burns from sunlight, and no reflections. It was It's revealed that the girls were turned into fish-aliens with sharp teeth and a sensitivity to sunlight. Their holographic illusions (which let them appear human) couldn't provide reflections.



* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** The season 4 episode [[http://www.startrek.com/startrek/view/series/TNG/episode/68480.html "Devil's Due"]] has the crew trying to discredit a technological con artist who claims to be [[{{Satan}} the devil]] of not only the planet of the week, but every planet.
** In "Who Watches The Watchers", Picard deliberately invokes this trope in an attempt to convince the natives that he is ''not'' a god.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Willow states that "Magic works off physics" and is often seen messing with the 'mechanics' of spells. Conversely, material outside of the series itself classified superscience (for example, Warren building completely humanoid androids) as a form of magic in and of itself. That is, people like Warren were only able to create such high tech devices because of a latent magical ability that functioned in this way, which may inadvertently explain why Willow was the only one able to repair the Buffybot.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** The season 4 episode [[http://www.startrek.com/startrek/view/series/TNG/episode/68480.html "Devil's Due"]] has
In ''Series/EmeraldCity'', while some characters explicitly refer to what the crew trying Wizard does as science and technology, some keep referring to discredit a technological con artist who claims it as magic, different from the magic of witches.
* Directly referenced in ''Series/TheFlash2014'', when the villain Abra Kadabra appears, using 64th century technology disguised with stage magic tricks to make himself appear
to be [[{{Satan}} doing actual magic.
* Quoted outright by MadScientist Walter Bishop on ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', attributing it to [[ShoutOut "an old friend"]] of his.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse: Unlike
the devil]] of not only MCU's film entry, the planet of the week, but every planet.
** In "Who Watches The Watchers", Picard deliberately invokes
television side ''usually'' averts this trope in an attempt to convince the natives that he is ''not'' a god.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Willow states that "Magic works off physics"
and is often seen messing with the 'mechanics' of spells. Conversely, material outside of the series itself classified superscience (for example, Warren building completely humanoid androids) as a form of content to let magic in be magic. ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'', ''Series/IronFist'', and ''Series/TheDefenders'' regularly feature SupernaturalMartialArts and other Eastern-flavored sorcery, and even ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' spent a whole season on ComicBook/GhostRider and a demonic spellbook. However, this trope is played straight in ''Series/{{Runaways 2017}}''. In [[ComicBook/{{Runaways}} the comic]], the Staff of itself. That is, people like Warren were only able to One is a magic artifact conjured by Nico Minoru spilling her own blood, and it can create such high tech devices because any affect but only once. In the show however, it's an intricate device composed of a latent magical ability nanotechnology that functioned in interfaces with — oh hell, it's a magic staff. Nico, a Wiccan, has this way, which may inadvertently exact attitude as her mother tries to explain why Willow was it to her.
* Played for laughs by
the Observers from ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', who are an omnipotent race of morons. Show writer Kevin Murphy wrote that, "The only one able to repair the Buffybot.thing Mr. Clarke doesn't take into account is how incredibly stupid any creature might be, no matter how advanced."



* Played for laughs by the Observers from ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', who are an omnipotent race of morons. Show writer Kevin Murphy wrote that, "The only thing Mr. Clarke doesn't take into account is how incredibly stupid any creature might be, no matter how advanced."
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' has fun with this one. The Vorlons have used their technology for millennia to manipulate younger races into reacting favorably to them, passing off as "magical" beings of light. It is only at the "Dawn of the Third Age" that we finally see who they are, and "They are not Gods." Then there are the Technomages, who use technology to give the appearance of magic, and this famous discussion:
-->'''Elric''': Do you believe in Magic, Captain?\\
'''Sheridan''': ... If we went back a thousand years, they could only understand this place in terms of magic.\\
'''Elric''': Then perhaps it ''is'' magic. The magic of the human heart, focused and made manifest by technology.
** Then a trilogy of novels (based on [[Creator/JMichaelStraczynski JMS]]'s own notes) reveals that their tech [[spoiler:originated with the Shadows and is not being used to its full potential]].
* Quoted outright by MadScientist Walter Bishop on ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', attributing it to [[ShoutOut "an old friend"]] of his.

to:

* Played for laughs by ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Most of
the Observers from ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', who are an omnipotent race of morons. Show writer Kevin Murphy wrote that, "The only thing Mr. Clarke doesn't take into account is how incredibly stupid any creature might be, no matter how advanced."
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' has fun with this one. The Vorlons have used their
technology for millennia of the {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s is taken as magic by the majority of the less advanced civilizations in the galaxy.
** In later seasons, Daniel tries
to manipulate younger races into reacting favorably to them, passing off tell a village that there is no such thing as "magical" beings magic; it is ineffective because no sooner has he finished saying this than he and the rest of light. It is only his team are beamed away in a flash of light, leaving the villagers baffled. Daniel hangs his head and complains at the "Dawn timing.
* This law is directly quoted, word for word, in Season 2 Episode 9 of ''Series/StargateUniverse'', by Eli.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** The season 4 episode [[http://www.startrek.com/startrek/view/series/TNG/episode/68480.html "Devil's Due"]] has the crew trying to discredit a technological con artist who claims to be [[{{Satan}} the devil]] of not only the planet
of the Third Age" week, but every planet.
** In "Who Watches The Watchers", Picard deliberately invokes this trope in an attempt to convince the natives
that we finally see who they are, and "They are not Gods." Then there are the Technomages, who use technology to give the appearance of magic, and this famous discussion:
-->'''Elric''': Do you believe in Magic, Captain?\\
'''Sheridan''': ... If we went back a thousand years, they could only understand this place in terms of magic.\\
'''Elric''': Then perhaps it ''is'' magic. The magic of the human heart, focused and made manifest by technology.
** Then a trilogy of novels (based on [[Creator/JMichaelStraczynski JMS]]'s own notes) reveals that their tech [[spoiler:originated with the Shadows and
he is not being used to its full potential]].
* Quoted outright by MadScientist Walter Bishop on ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', attributing it to [[ShoutOut "an old friend"]] of his.
''not'' a god.



-->"We live in the 20th century. We don't believe in magic."
-->"The 20th century, the very heyday of magic! And you don't believe!"
* Mentioned by [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist Siroc]] on ''Series/YoungBlades'': when a child questions him about science and magic in the episode "Enchanted," Siroc suggests that "maybe magic's just another word for what we don't understand."

to:

-->"We live in the 20th century. We don't believe in magic."
-->"The
"\\
"The
20th century, the very heyday of magic! And you don't believe!"
* Mentioned by [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist Siroc]] on ''Series/YoungBlades'': when a child questions him about science Jack Harkness demonstrates and magic then discusses this trope in the episode "Enchanted," Siroc suggests that "maybe magic's just another word for what we don't understand.''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay''. In a flashback to depression-era New York City, Jack shows off his Future Tech and reassures his friend:
-->"It’s not magic. It’s technology. Sometimes they’re indistinguishable.
"



--> ""If a radio landed in the hands of Thomas Jefferson, do you know what Jefferson would do? He would just lock it up, until he figured out it wasn't going to kill him. That's exactly what we do here. We take the unexplained... and we safely tuck it away."
* Jack Harkness demonstrates and then discusses this trope in ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay''. In a flashback to depression-era New York City, Jack shows off his Future Tech and reassures his friend:
-->"It’s not magic. It’s technology. Sometimes they’re indistinguishable."
* In ''Series/EmeraldCity'', while some characters explicitly refer to what the Wizard does as science and technology, some keep referring to it as magic, different from the magic of witches.
* Directly referenced in ''Series/TheFlash2014'', when the villain Abra Kadabra appears, using 64th century technology disguised with stage magic tricks to make himself appear to be doing actual magic.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. In "Power", an AfterTheEnd society decided to [[EvilLuddite destroy all their technology]] and [[YearZero start again from the beginning]]. Years later the HypercompetentSidekick of local chieftain Gunn Sar has found a MasterComputer room they missed, that he uses to secretly keep things running for their barbarian descendants.
-->"It's self-maintained. Powered by our sun, [[RagnarokProofing it will last forever]]. This generation, even Gunn Sar, believes it to be some kind of magic that keeps the chambers light and warm. A computer is like some ancient god to them!"'
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse: unlike the MCU's film entry, the television side ''usually'' averts this trope and is content to let magic be magic. ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'', ''Series/IronFist'', and ''Series/TheDefenders'' regularly feature SupernaturalMartialArts and other Eastern-flavored sorcery, and even ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' spent a whole season on ComicBook/GhostRider and a demonic spellbook. However, this trope is played straight in ''Series/{{Runaways 2017}}''. In [[ComicBook/{{Runaways}} the comic]], the Staff of One is a magic artifact conjured by Nico Minoru spilling her own blood, and it can create any affect but only once. In the show however, it's an intricate device composed of nanotechnology that interfaces with--oh hell, it's a magic staff. Nico, a Wiccan, has this exact attitude as her mother tries to explain it to her.

to:

--> ""If -->"If a radio landed in the hands of Thomas Jefferson, do you know what Jefferson would do? He would just lock it up, until he figured out it wasn't going to kill him. That's exactly what we do here. We take the unexplained... and we safely tuck it away."
* Jack Harkness demonstrates and then discusses this trope in ''Series/TorchwoodMiracleDay''. In Mentioned by [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist Siroc]] on ''Series/YoungBlades'': when a flashback to depression-era New York City, Jack shows off his Future Tech and reassures his friend:
-->"It’s not magic. It’s technology. Sometimes they’re indistinguishable."
* In ''Series/EmeraldCity'', while some characters explicitly refer to what the Wizard does as
child questions him about science and technology, some keep referring to it as magic, different from the magic of witches.
* Directly referenced
in ''Series/TheFlash2014'', when the villain Abra Kadabra appears, using 64th century technology disguised with stage magic tricks to make himself appear to be doing actual magic.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. In "Power", an AfterTheEnd society decided to [[EvilLuddite destroy all their technology]] and [[YearZero start again from the beginning]]. Years later the HypercompetentSidekick of local chieftain Gunn Sar has found a MasterComputer room they missed,
episode "Enchanted", Siroc suggests that he uses to secretly keep things running "maybe magic's just another word for their barbarian descendants.
-->"It's self-maintained. Powered by our sun, [[RagnarokProofing it will last forever]]. This generation, even Gunn Sar, believes it to be some kind of magic that keeps the chambers light and warm. A computer is like some ancient god to them!"'
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse: unlike the MCU's film entry, the television side ''usually'' averts this trope and is content to let magic be magic. ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'', ''Series/IronFist'', and ''Series/TheDefenders'' regularly feature SupernaturalMartialArts and other Eastern-flavored sorcery, and even ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' spent a whole season on ComicBook/GhostRider and a demonic spellbook. However, this trope is played straight in ''Series/{{Runaways 2017}}''. In [[ComicBook/{{Runaways}} the comic]], the Staff of One is a magic artifact conjured by Nico Minoru spilling her own blood, and it can create any affect but only once. In the show however, it's an intricate device composed of nanotechnology that interfaces with--oh hell, it's a magic staff. Nico, a Wiccan, has this exact attitude as her mother tries to explain it to her.
what we don't understand."



* ''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen'' Agents calls magic ''Hypergeometry'', due it's frequent association with lines, shapes, numbers, position and mathematics. The game gives example on how a tribal shaman drawing a mandala in sand or a scientist pointing lasers in the sky to call something begin similar things with a similar "math", the rituals are referred to be "tapping" in an infinite energy grid existing beyond the four dimensions. ''Hypergeometry'' is stated to be the "technology" used by advanced alien and unearthly species such as the Elder Things, Mi-Go, Deep Ones and the Great Race of Yith, and implied they were passed down to humanity by the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]].
* Inverted in the ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' setting where mundane technology is all but discarded because [[{{Magitek}} magic has reached the point where it could be called a technology in and of itself.]]
* ''TabletopGame/EmpireOfThePetalThrone'': In the world of Tékumel most magic artifacts (called "eyes") actually are objects of highly advanced technology, of which all memories have been lost [[AfterTheEnd in a cataclysm]]. And the "magic" of wizards and priests actually are just PsychicPowers activated in certain individuals by the SufficientlyAdvancedAliens / EnergyBeings that the people of Tékumel see as gods.
* In ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns'', there's usually a possible scientific explanation for anything magical, and contrariwise there's usually magical trappings to anything scientific. But when it comes to the technology of the [[{{Precursors}} Anunnaki]], this trope is invoked outright; Ur-tech such as the Jumpgates and Philosopher's Stones is effectively incomprehensible magic, plain and simple.
* One chapter opening vignette in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Thaumatology'' features a lecturer at a magic seminar demonstrating an amazing magical device that conjures fire, yet neither it nor the concoction within it triggers any of the normal methods used to detect magic. It's pretty clear from the description that it's a cigarette lighter.
* Inverted in the ''Hollow World'' [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]] setting, where the Blacklore elves' "advanced technology" is secretly powered by magic. This allows the Immortals who oversee the Hollow World to preserve the high-tech culture of the Blacklore elves (who've forgotten how their own machines work and can't tell the difference), while ensuring that actual technology won't spread to other parts of the HW setting and disrupt other preserved cultures.
* Invoked but defied with the Technocracy in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension''; the Technocrats truly believe with all their hearts and souls that this is the root to their "hyper-technology", but the reality is that what they're doing is actually MagicPoweredPseudoscience and they've been indoctrinated to think otherwise.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Numenera}}'' setting opens with Dr. Clarke's quote and then puts it front and center with the titular devices. After ''multiple'' examples of AfterTheEnd and millions of years' worth of technological advancement, if there was ever a split between what could actually be considered "magic" and "technology" within the setting, it's long since been gone and forgotten.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}} Technology Guide'' opens with a quote of the trope-naming law. Much of the tech presented therein has similar effects to magic items from other rulebooks, and pricing is also similar.
* While ''TabletopGame/{{Pugmire}}'' looks like a mix between a [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D session]] and a FurryComic, everything in its setting - from the PettingZooPeople to the "[[WizardClassic Artisans]]" who cast spells by focusing their ancient artifacts - is explained as being either a product or a remnant of the long-gone race of Man's superior technology.
* In the ''TabletopGame/SavageWorlds'' system, magic users/spellcasters and gadgeteers/inventors use the same rules to determine the in-game effects of their spells/inventions. If a mage uses a fly spell or a mad scientist builds a jetpack, both work exactly the same way.



* Inverted in the ''Hollow World'' [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]] setting, where the Blacklore elves' "advanced technology" is secretly powered by magic. This allows the Immortals who oversee the Hollow World to preserve the high-tech culture of the Blacklore elves (who've forgotten how their own machines work and can't tell the difference), while ensuring that actual technology won't spread to other parts of the HW setting and disrupt other preserved cultures.
* Inverted in the ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' setting where mundane technology is all but discarded because [[{{Magitek}} magic has reached the point where it could be called a technology in and of itself.]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/SavageWorlds'' system, magic users/spellcasters and gadgeteers/inventors use the same rules to determine the in-game effects of their spells/inventions. If a mage uses a fly spell or a mad scientist builds a jetpack, both work exactly the same way.
* In the world of [[TabletopGame/EmpireOfThePetalThrone Tékumel]] most magic artifacts (called "eyes") actually are objects of highly advanced technology, of which all memories have been lost [[AfterTheEnd in a cataclysm]]. And the "magic" of wizards and priests actually are just PsychicPowers activated in certain individuals by the SufficientlyAdvancedAliens / EnergyBeings that the people of Tékumel see as gods.
* In ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns'', there's usually a possible scientific explanation for anything magical, and contrariwise there's usually magical trappings to anything scientific. But when it comes to the technology of the [[{{Precursors}} Anunnaki]], this trope is invoked outright; Ur-tech such as the Jumpgates and Philosopher's Stones is effectively incomprehensible magic, plain and simple.
* ''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen'' Agents calls magic ''Hypergeometry'', due it's frequent association with lines, shapes, numbers, position and mathematics. The game gives example on how a tribal shaman drawing a mandala in sand or a scientist pointing lasers in the sky to call something begin similar things with a similar "math", the rituals are referred to be "tapping" in an infinite energy grid existing beyond the four dimensions. ''Hypergeometry'' is stated to be the "technology" used by advanced alien and unearthly species such as the Elder Things, Mi-Go, Deep Ones and the Great Race of Yith, and implied they were passed down to humanity by the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]].
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}} Technology Guide'' opens with a quote of the trope-naming law. Much of the tech presented therein has similar effects to magic items from other rulebooks, and pricing is also similar.
* Invoked but defied with the Technocracy in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension''; the Technocrats truly believe with all their hearts and souls that this is the root to their "hyper-technology", but the reality is that what they're doing is actually MagicPoweredPseudoscience and they've been indoctrinated to think otherwise.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Numenera}}'' setting opens with Dr. Clarke's quote and then puts it front and center with the titular devices. After ''multiple'' examples of AfterTheEnd and millions of years' worth of technological advancement, if there was ever a split between what could actually be considered "magic" and "technology" within the setting, it's long since been gone and forgotten.
* One chapter opening vignette in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Thaumatology'' features a lecturer at a magic seminar demonstrating an amazing magical device that conjures fire, yet neither it nor the concoction within it triggers any of the normal methods used to detect magic. It's pretty clear from the description that it's a cigarette lighter.
* While ''TabletopGame/{{Pugmire}}'' looks like a mix between a [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D session]] and a FurryComic, everything in its setting - from the PettingZooPeople to the "[[WizardClassic Artisans]]" who cast spells by focusing their ancient artifacts - is explained as being either a product or a remnant of the long-gone race of Man's superior technology.



* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' features [[spoiler:Those Who Came Before, {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s that created humanity then posed as gods. The technology that they left behind is the driving force behind the plot]].
* The main source of the advanced tech from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' comes from this law, though with a more Hindu and Buddhist Twist.
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', there is a [[MagicVersusScience clear distinction between science and magic]], however the "magic" used by most characters is called ''Ars Magus'', which is in actuality [[{{Magitek}} a middle ground between the two.]] Pure magic is defined as much more powerful, and currently the only known characters to wield it are Rachel, Phantom [[spoiler:and her daughter, Kokonoe.]]
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'': Robo is one of the few characters who can't use magic, but the weapons he has built into him have enough similar properties to be functionally identical. He can even tech with other magic users to amplify the effects of their spells.
* Hinted at in ''{{VideoGame/Dishonored}}'', where the Outsider mentions that his existence and the abilities he sometimes bestows upon Corvo and others ''appear'' to be magic to them.



* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' seems to run on this trope, particularly ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse'' in which the spells are equipped as programs for weapons.
** In ''Phantasy Star IV'', for example, the main character can shoot lasers/holy light out of his hands, his partner can summon fire out of nowhere, and a companion that joins early on can freeze his enemies, etc. Your basic fantasy game magic, right? Well, not too far into the story, the characters are joined by a robed character, who (during a cutscene) blasts away some rocks with some sort of fire. The rest of the characters go, "Whoa, was that * MAGIC* ? I thought that the art of magic was lost centuries ago!" Cue the confused player thinking, "wait, you mean the * other* fire spell that the other player can cast ISN'T magic?" It's not really explained what the difference is, but the game has androids ("An droid, the droid, WHATEVER" -Raja, ''Phantasy Star IV'') and spaceships, and such. The trope is varied, though, because the characters seem to be able to distinguish easily between magic and tech, it's just the player that's confused.
*** "Techniques" from ''Phantasy Star II'' tend to be described as science (or at least TechnoBabble). [[AllThereInTheManual The manual]] explains how some techniques do what they do; for instance, [[PlayingWithFire Foi]] "compresses the oxygen in the air until it ignites." The likely explanation is that they're a form of PsychicPowers developed by [[MasterComputer Mother Brain]], and that magic has more or less died off in the age of modern science. Still, Phantasy Star II in general has a lot of Sufficiently Advanced vibes anyway, so you never know.
%%* Quoted by Virgilia in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''.

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* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' seems to Biotics in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' run on this trope, particularly ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse'' in which the spells are equipped as programs for weapons.
** In ''Phantasy Star IV'', for example, the main character can shoot lasers/holy light out of his hands, his partner can summon fire out of nowhere, and a companion that joins early on can freeze his enemies, etc. Your basic fantasy game magic, right? Well, not too far into the story, the characters are joined by a robed character, who (during a cutscene) blasts away some rocks with some sort of fire. The rest of the characters go, "Whoa, was that * MAGIC* ? I thought that the art of magic was lost centuries ago!" Cue the confused player thinking, "wait, you mean the * other* fire spell that the other player can cast ISN'T magic?" It's not really explained what the difference is, but the game has androids ("An droid, the droid, WHATEVER" -Raja, ''Phantasy Star IV'') and spaceships, and such. The trope is varied, though, because the characters seem to be able to distinguish easily between magic and tech, it's just the player that's confused.
*** "Techniques" from ''Phantasy Star II'' tend to be described as science (or at least TechnoBabble). [[AllThereInTheManual The manual]] explains how some techniques do what they do; for instance, [[PlayingWithFire Foi]] "compresses the oxygen in the air until it ignites." The likely explanation is that they're a form
whole gamut of PsychicPowers developed by [[MasterComputer Mother Brain]], and that magic has more or less died off could easily be mistaken for magic. In fact, biotic characters fill the "mage" role of the game's FighterMageThief dynamic. However, given the game's extreme levels of ShownTheirWork and [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness hard sci-fi]], it's plausibly explained as the result of [[{{Unobtainium}} Element Zero]] in the age body stimulated by electrical currents generated in the person's nervous system. In-universe, there is a radio story in one of modern science. Still, Phantasy Star II in general has the games about how a lot of Sufficiently Advanced vibes anyway, so you never know.
%%* Quoted by Virgilia in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''.
following on Earth now believes that the God-myths from ancient civilizations were encounters with alien races (likely the Protheans) and these encounters fell under this trope. In ''3'', Javik outright ''tells'' Liara that the Protheans guided their development, and the Goddess Athame and her followers were Prothean.



-->'''Snake:''' So it wasn't that he had some freak, supernatural powers.
-->'''Otacon:''' Hey, when technology starts to test the limits of our imagination, what's the difference?

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-->'''Snake:''' So it wasn't that he had some freak, supernatural powers.
-->'''Otacon:'''
powers.\\
'''Otacon:'''
Hey, when technology starts to test the limits of our imagination, what's the difference?



* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' features [[spoiler:Those Who Came Before, {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s that created humanity then posed as gods. The technology that they left behind is the driving force behind the plot]].
* ''VideoGame/SepterraCore'' does this big time. Both technological equipment and magical abilities are powered by radiation from the Core, a gigantic friggin' biocomputer! Essentially, anything done by a living thing is magic, and anything done by a machine is technology. Then again, the line between lifeforms and machines is blurred too, with the game having both sentient robots and biotechnology (see LivingShip).
* Biotics in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' run the whole gamut of PsychicPowers and could easily be mistaken for magic. In fact, biotic characters fill the "mage" role of the game's FighterMageThief dynamic. However, given the game's extreme levels of ShownTheirWork and [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness hard sci-fi]], it's plausibly explained as the result of [[{{Unobtainium}} Element Zero]] in the body stimulated by electrical currents generated in the person's nervous system. In-universe, there is a radio story in one of the games about how a following on Earth now believes that the God-myths from ancient civilizations were encounters with alien races (likely the Protheans) and these encounters fell under this trope. In ''3'', Javik outright ''tells'' Liara that the Protheans guided their development, and the Goddess Athame and her followers were Prothean.
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', there is a [[MagicVersusScience clear distinction between science and magic]], however the "magic" used by most characters is called ''Ars Magus'', which is in actuality [[{{Magitek}} a middle ground between the two.]] Pure magic is defined as much more powerful, and currently the only known characters to wield it are Rachel, Phantom [[spoiler:and her daughter, Kokonoe.]]
* The main source of the advanced tech from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' comes from this law, though with a more Hindu and Buddhist Twist.
* Ether from ''VideoGame/XenoSaga'' is advanced nanotechnology but looks and works similar to magic in most other video games.



* Hinted at in ''{{VideoGame/Dishonored}}'', where the Outsider mentions that his existence and the abilities he sometimes bestows upon Corvo and others ''appear'' to be magic to them.
* The technology behind the Tenno and Orokin of ''{{VideoGame/Warframe}}'' certainly fall into this.

to:

* Hinted at ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' seems to run on this trope, particularly ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarUniverse'' in ''{{VideoGame/Dishonored}}'', where which the Outsider mentions spells are equipped as programs for weapons.
** In ''Phantasy Star IV'', for example, the main character can shoot lasers/holy light out of his hands, his partner can summon fire out of nowhere, and a companion
that joins early on can freeze his existence enemies, etc. Your basic fantasy game magic, right? Well, not too far into the story, the characters are joined by a robed character, who (during a cutscene) blasts away some rocks with some sort of fire. The rest of the characters go, "Whoa, was that * MAGIC* ? I thought that the art of magic was lost centuries ago!" Cue the confused player thinking, "wait, you mean the * other* fire spell that the other player can cast ISN'T magic?" It's not really explained what the difference is, but the game has androids ("An droid, the droid, WHATEVER" -Raja, ''Phantasy Star IV'') and spaceships, and such. The trope is varied, though, because the abilities he sometimes bestows upon Corvo and others ''appear'' characters seem to be able to distinguish easily between magic and tech, it's just the player that's confused.
*** "Techniques" from ''Phantasy Star II'' tend
to them.
*
be described as science (or at least TechnoBabble). [[AllThereInTheManual The technology behind manual]] explains how some techniques do what they do; for instance, [[PlayingWithFire Foi]] "compresses the Tenno oxygen in the air until it ignites." The likely explanation is that they're a form of PsychicPowers developed by [[MasterComputer Mother Brain]], and Orokin that magic has more or less died off in the age of ''{{VideoGame/Warframe}}'' certainly fall into this.modern science. Still, Phantasy Star II in general has a lot of Sufficiently Advanced vibes anyway, so you never know.



* In ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'', the main character's laser blaster, used on a primitive world, gets him branded as a prophesied hero with a "Sword of Light."
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'': Robo is one of the few characters who can't use magic, but the weapons he has built into him have enough similar properties to be functionally identical. He can even tech with other magic users to amplify the effects of their spells.

to:

* ''VideoGame/SepterraCore'' does this big time. Both technological equipment and magical abilities are powered by radiation from the Core, a gigantic friggin' biocomputer! Essentially, anything done by a living thing is magic, and anything done by a machine is technology. Then again, the line between lifeforms and machines is blurred too, with the game having both sentient robots and biotechnology (see LivingShip).
* In ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'', the main character's laser blaster, used on a primitive world, gets him branded as a prophesied hero with a "Sword of Light."
Light".
%%* Quoted by Virgilia in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'': Robo is one of The technology behind the few characters who can't use magic, but the weapons he has built Tenno and Orokin of ''{{VideoGame/Warframe}}'' certainly fall into him have enough this.
* Ether from ''VideoGame/XenoSaga'' is advanced nanotechnology but looks and works
similar properties to be functionally identical. He can even tech with magic in most other magic users to amplify the effects of their spells.video games.



* Parodied in WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail143.html #143 technology:]]

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* Parodied in WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail143.html #143 technology:]]technology]]:



* [[UpliftedAnimal Florence]] from ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' manages to expand on this, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00255.htm here]].



* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' had a gag that any sufficiently advanced ''and reliable'' magic is indistinguishable from technology.



** it is also a major reason for Tedd to make magic available to everyone
[-assassin vampire about to shoot someone defending himself against magic:"Fancy magic, fire and noise, all outdone, by humanities toys-]
* [[UpliftedAnimal Florence]] from ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' manages to expand on this, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00255.htm here]].

to:

** it is also a major reason for Tedd to make magic available to everyone
everyone:
[-assassin vampire about to shoot someone defending himself against magic:"Fancy magic: "Fancy magic, fire and noise, all outdone, by humanities toys-]
* [[UpliftedAnimal Florence]] from ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' manages to expand on this, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff300/fv00255.htm here]].
humanity's toys"-]



* ''Webcomic/{{Westward}}'' [[http://westwardcomic.com/strips/0013/ evokes the Law in an early strip]]. One of the characters notes that the ([[BlackBox essentially incomprehensible]]) form of FasterThanLightTravel used by the titular CoolStarship is easier to accept if one thinks of it as magic, rather than technology.
* In ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'', Dr Virginia Lee, a sane scientist in a Mad Science universe, believes that any sufficiently ''stupid'' technology is indistinguishable from magic.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Westward}}'' [[http://westwardcomic.com/strips/0013/ evokes the Law in an early strip]]. One of the characters notes that the ([[BlackBox essentially incomprehensible]]) form of FasterThanLightTravel used by the titular CoolStarship is easier to accept if one thinks of it as magic, rather than technology.
* In ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'', Dr Virginia Lee,
''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' had a sane scientist in a Mad Science universe, believes gag that any sufficiently ''stupid'' technology advanced ''and reliable'' magic is indistinguishable from magic.technology.



* In ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'', Dr. Virginia Lee, a sane scientist in a Mad Science universe, believes that any sufficiently ''stupid'' technology is indistinguishable from magic.



* ''Webcomic/{{Westward}}'' [[http://westwardcomic.com/strips/0013/ evokes the Law in an early strip]]. One of the characters notes that the ([[BlackBox essentially incomprehensible]]) form of FasterThanLightTravel used by the titular CoolStarship is easier to accept if one thinks of it as magic, rather than technology.



* [[https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Literature/Prolecto Prolecto]] has this as a minor theme, contributing to the Science Fantasy feel. The demons and the angels all use technology that is explained in scientific terms.



* ''Literature/{{Prolecto}}'' has this as a minor theme, contributing to the Science Fantasy feel. The demons and the angels all use technology that is explained in scientific terms.



* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture in the future]] Marge points out how much easier things are since scientists invented magic.

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* Parodied ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' loved this one, and often blurred the lined between the two. A great example was the Heart of Tarkon, which the natives assumed was magic, but the Rangers saw as a massive and advanced planetary computer. The truth was that they were ''both'' right. The Heart was a vast computer, but required LifeEnergy to run it. Niko also dismissed another character's explanation of her PsychicPowers as magic, saying they were just "powers of the mind...asleep in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture most people, but awake in me."
* It is a debatable subject InUniverse in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' between science nerd Princess Bubblegum and the magicians
in the future]] Marge points out how much easier Kingdom of Ooo. She has been proven right numerous times, but there are still a lot of unexplained and occult things are since scientists invented magic.in the show.



* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}}'', after seeing one of the guns wielded by his enemies for the first time, Hudson says "We must be battling sorcerers!" When explaining the floppy disks used by computers at the time to Goliath, Xanatos describes them as "magic talismans, each containing hundreds of spells" and breaking encryption codes as "translating the spells." Tom and Katharine also describe Macbeth's and Demona's guns as "magic weapons".
* Clarke's Third Law is explicitly mentioned and quoted in the ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'' episode "The Might of Doom", where Doctor Doom's powers are [[DoingInTheWizard rationalized as incredibly advanced technology rather than sorcery]]. Doom himself takes this further by saying that Dormammu, a hellish DimensionLord in the comics, is simply a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien that primitive humans mistook for a demonic entity. It later turns out that Doom's armor [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum is based on alien technology]].



* ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' loved this one, and often blurred the lined between the two. A great example was the Heart of Tarkon, which the natives assumed was magic, but the Rangers saw as a massive and advanced planetary computer. The truth was that they were ''both'' right. The Heart was a vast computer, but required LifeEnergy to run it. Niko also dismissed another character's explanation of her PsychicPowers as magic, saying they were just "powers of the mind...asleep in most people, but awake in me."

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' loved this one, Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' when [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture in the future]] Marge points out how much easier things are since scientists invented magic.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' at first seems very much like a fantasy show, especially due to its MagicalGirl trappings. However, as the show progresses, it becomes more
and often blurred more apparent that the lined between the two. A great example was the Heart of Tarkon, which the natives assumed was magic, but the Rangers saw as a massive and Gems' "magic" is in fact ''extremely'' advanced planetary computer. technology, including holograms, space-ships and teleporters. The truth was Gems themselves are an alien race that they were ''both'' right. The Heart was a vast computer, but required LifeEnergy seem to run it. Niko also dismissed another character's explanation of her PsychicPowers as magic, saying they were just "powers of the mind...asleep in most people, but awake closely resemble computers in me."function. That said, there are still many details that make the existence of magic [[http://steven-universe.wikia.com/wiki/Magic ambiguous in-universe]], most notably the presence of life energy and the fact that the Gems ''themselves'' refer to their abilities as "magical".



* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}}'', after seeing one of the guns wielded by his enemies for the first time, Hudson says "We must be battling sorcerers!" When explaining the floppy disks used by computers at the time to Goliath, Xanatos describes them as "magic talismans, each containing hundreds of spells" and breaking encryption codes as "translating the spells." Tom and Katharine also describe Macbeth's and Demona's guns as "magic weapons."
* Clarke's Third Law is explicitly mentioned and quoted in the ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'' episode "The Might of Doom", where Doctor Doom's powers are [[DoingInTheWizard rationalized as incredibly advanced technology rather than sorcery]]. Doom himself takes this further by saying that Dormammu, a hellish DimensionLord in the comics, is simply a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien that primitive humans mistook for a demonic entity. It later turns out that Doom's armor [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum is based on alien technology]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' at first seems very much like a fantasy show, especially due to its MagicalGirl trappings. However, as the show progresses, it becomes more and more apparent that the Gems' "magic" is in fact ''extremely'' advanced technology, including holograms, space-ships and teleporters. The Gems themselves are an alien race that seem to most closely resemble computers in function. That said, there are still many details that make the existence of magic [[http://steven-universe.wikia.com/wiki/Magic ambiguous in-universe]], most notably the presence of life energy and the fact that the Gems ''themselves'' refer to their abilities as "magical".
* It is a debatable subject InUniverse in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' between science nerd Princess Bubblegum and the magicians in the Kingdom of Ooo. She has been proven right numerous times, but there are still a lot of unexplained and occult things in the show.


* Biotics in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' run the whole gamut of PsychicPowers and could easily be mistaken for magic. In fact, biotic characters fill the "mage" role of the game's FighterMageThief dynamic. However, given the game's extreme levels of ShownTheirWork and [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness hard sci-fi]], it's plausibly explained as the result of [[{{Unobtainium}} Element Zero]] in the body stimulated by electrical currents generated in the person's nervous system. In-universe, there is a radio story in one of the games about how a following on Earth now believes that the God-myths from ancient civilizations were encounters with alien races (likely the protheans) and these encounters fell under this trope.

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* Biotics in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' run the whole gamut of PsychicPowers and could easily be mistaken for magic. In fact, biotic characters fill the "mage" role of the game's FighterMageThief dynamic. However, given the game's extreme levels of ShownTheirWork and [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness hard sci-fi]], it's plausibly explained as the result of [[{{Unobtainium}} Element Zero]] in the body stimulated by electrical currents generated in the person's nervous system. In-universe, there is a radio story in one of the games about how a following on Earth now believes that the God-myths from ancient civilizations were encounters with alien races (likely the protheans) Protheans) and these encounters fell under this trope.trope. In ''3'', Javik outright ''tells'' Liara that the Protheans guided their development, and the Goddess Athame and her followers were Prothean.

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* Inverted in ''Fanfic/StevenUniverseAndTheHuntersOfArcadia''. Being able to mentally interface with [[spoiler:Jasper's gem]] using [[IngestingKnowledge elixlore]], [[spoiler:Jamie]] comes to the conclusion that it is some form of advance computer, [[spoiler:being able to properly communicate with an uncorrupted part of Jasper's mind.]]


* ''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen'' Agents calls magic ''Hypergeometry'', due it's frequent association with lines, shapes, numbers, position and mathematics. The game gives example on how a tribal shaman drawing a mandala in sand or a scientist pointing lasers in the sky begin similar things with a similar "math", the rituals are referred to be "tapping" in an infinite energy grid existing beyond the four dimensions. ''Hypergeometry'' are stated to be the "technology" used by advanced alien and unearthly species such as the Elder Things, Mi-Go, Deep Ones and the Great Race of Yith, and implied they were passed down to humanity by the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]].

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* ''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen'' Agents calls magic ''Hypergeometry'', due it's frequent association with lines, shapes, numbers, position and mathematics. The game gives example on how a tribal shaman drawing a mandala in sand or a scientist pointing lasers in the sky to call something begin similar things with a similar "math", the rituals are referred to be "tapping" in an infinite energy grid existing beyond the four dimensions. ''Hypergeometry'' are is stated to be the "technology" used by advanced alien and unearthly species such as the Elder Things, Mi-Go, Deep Ones and the Great Race of Yith, and implied they were passed down to humanity by the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]].

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* ''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen'' Agents calls magic ''Hypergeometry'', due it's frequent association with lines, shapes, numbers, position and mathematics. The game gives example on how a tribal shaman drawing a mandala in sand or a scientist pointing lasers in the sky begin similar things with a similar "math", the rituals are referred to be "tapping" in an infinite energy grid existing beyond the four dimensions. ''Hypergeometry'' are stated to be the "technology" used by advanced alien and unearthly species such as the Elder Things, Mi-Go, Deep Ones and the Great Race of Yith, and implied they were passed down to humanity by the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]].


* In the 2009 film ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' [[spoiler:Lord Blackwood's EvilPlan is to fool England into believing that he has FunctionalMagic and take over England through fear]].

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* In the 2009 film ''Film/SherlockHolmes'' ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'', [[spoiler:Lord Blackwood's EvilPlan is to fool England into believing that he has FunctionalMagic and take over England through fear]].


* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse: unlike the MCU's film entry, the television side ''usually'' averts this trope and is content to let magic be magic. ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'' and ''Series/IronFist'' regularly feature SupernaturalMartialArts, and even ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' spent a whole season on ComicBook/GhostRider and a demonic spellbook. However, this trope is played straight in ''Series/{{Runaways 2017}}''. In [[ComicBook/{{Runaways}} the comic]], the Staff of One is a magic artifact conjured by Nico Minoru spilling her own blood, and it can create any affect but only once. In the show however, it's an intricate device composed of nanotechnology that interfaces with--oh hell, it's a magic staff. Nico, a Wiccan, has this exact attitude as her mother tries to explain it to her.

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* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse: unlike the MCU's film entry, the television side ''usually'' averts this trope and is content to let magic be magic. ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'' 2015}}'', ''Series/IronFist'', and ''Series/IronFist'' ''Series/TheDefenders'' regularly feature SupernaturalMartialArts, SupernaturalMartialArts and other Eastern-flavored sorcery, and even ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' spent a whole season on ComicBook/GhostRider and a demonic spellbook. However, this trope is played straight in ''Series/{{Runaways 2017}}''. In [[ComicBook/{{Runaways}} the comic]], the Staff of One is a magic artifact conjured by Nico Minoru spilling her own blood, and it can create any affect but only once. In the show however, it's an intricate device composed of nanotechnology that interfaces with--oh hell, it's a magic staff. Nico, a Wiccan, has this exact attitude as her mother tries to explain it to her.


* ''Webcomic/UnicornJelly'': While the majority of the Plate inhabitants believe that the [[UnequalRites two inviolably separate disciplines]] of [[WitchesAndWizards Witchcraft and Alchemy]] are magical. they are in fact science - but science which seems unintelligible to humans, because it is rooted in the [[AnotherDimension other-dimensional]] physics of the Sierpinski Triangle Worldplates. [[spoiler: While the earliest humans to be transported to - or. rather (we later learn), ''duplicated'' into - the dimension of the Worldplates were able to learn the pre-Cataclysm Jellese science to some degree, that knowledge got disrupted when they were forced to flee the Plate they originally appeared on.]] However, the possibility that there is 'real' magic, such as the Holy Unicorn which supposedly empowered Uni, remained ambiguous throughout. This theme also appears in the related ''WebComic/PastelDefenderHeliotrope'', set in the sub-sub-dimension of Pastel.


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* ''Webcomic/UnicornJelly'': While the majority of the Plate inhabitants believe that the [[UnequalRites two inviolably separate disciplines]] of [[WitchesAndWizards Witchcraft and Alchemy]] are magical. they are in fact science - but science which seems unintelligible to humans, because it is rooted in the [[AnotherDimension other-dimensional]] physics of the Sierpinski Triangle Worldplates. [[spoiler: While the earliest humans to be transported to - or. rather (we later learn), ''duplicated'' into - the dimension of the Worldplates were able to learn the pre-Cataclysm Jellese science to some degree, that knowledge got disrupted when they were forced to flee the Plate they originally appeared on.]] However, the possibility that there is 'real' magic, such as the Holy Unicorn which supposedly empowered Uni, remained ambiguous throughout. This theme also appears in the related ''WebComic/PastelDefenderHeliotrope'', set in the sub-sub-dimension of Pastel.

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* ''Webcomic/UnicornJelly'': While the majority of the Plate inhabitants believe that the [[UnequalRites two inviolably separate disciplines]] of [[WitchesAndWizards Witchcraft and Alchemy]] are magical. they are in fact science - but science which seems unintelligible to humans, because it is rooted in the [[AnotherDimension other-dimensional]] physics of the Sierpinski Triangle Worldplates. [[spoiler: While the earliest humans to be transported to - or. rather (we later learn), ''duplicated'' into - the dimension of the Worldplates were able to learn the pre-Cataclysm Jellese science to some degree, that knowledge got disrupted when they were forced to flee the Plate they originally appeared on.]] However, the possibility that there is 'real' magic, such as the Holy Unicorn which supposedly empowered Uni, remained ambiguous throughout. This theme also appears in the related ''WebComic/PastelDefenderHeliotrope'', set in the sub-sub-dimension of Pastel.


* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. In "Power", an AfterTheEnd society decided to [[EvilLuddite destroy all their technology]] and start again from the beginning. Years later the HypercompetentSidekick of local chieftain Gunn Sar has found a MasterComputer room they missed, that he uses to secretly keep things running for their barbarian descendants.

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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''. In "Power", an AfterTheEnd society decided to [[EvilLuddite destroy all their technology]] and [[YearZero start again from the beginning.beginning]]. Years later the HypercompetentSidekick of local chieftain Gunn Sar has found a MasterComputer room they missed, that he uses to secretly keep things running for their barbarian descendants.

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* ''LightNovel/UndefeatedBahamutChronicle'' is a superficially medieval fantasy setting, in which the fantastic elements come from the advanced technology of a lost civilisation. Knights use dragon-themed MiniMecha called Drag-Knights (and hence are called Drag-Knights), Ruins (analogous to dungeons in fantasy games) are the literal ruins of said civilisation, and monsters (here called Abyss) are living weapons also produced by said civilisation. The Drag-Rides in particular have a technological flavour, with HardLight computer interfaces, radar and implied radio communications. People in the setting are aware that the advanced technology is just that and not magic, even if they don't fully understand it.

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* In ''Film/ThePrestige'', the audience is shown the behind-the-scenes gadgets without which the various magic tricks seen would be impossible. Most are clearly mechincal in nature, but [[spoiler:Tesla's machine]] is practically witchcraft even by modern day standards.


* The "data manipulation" of the aliens of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is barely distinguishable from {{Reality Warp|er}}ing; the time travelers from the future ostensibly do things with technology, but they seem to just happen with no source due to computers having advanced beyond having physical hardware.

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* The "data manipulation" of the aliens of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is barely distinguishable from {{Reality Warp|er}}ing; the time travelers from the future ostensibly do things with technology, but they seem to just happen with no source due to computers having advanced beyond having physical hardware. To make matters more confusing, it's heavily implied that the aliens and time travelers were created by Haruhi's inexplicable reality-warping powers, i.e. magic. The super-advanced aliens are studying her because even they don't understand her ability to "create data."


* Invoked back and forth in ''Franchise/PowerRangers''; the original series explicitly identified the Rangers' mentor, Zordon, as an alien wizard, with their powers, weapons and vehicles the creation of his magic, but later shows have made the Rangers' powers more explicitly technological in nature, such as ''Lightspeed Rescue'' being an elite contemporary rescue team and ''Time Force'' an elite police force that originated from the year 3000 but operate in the year 2001, while ''Dino Thunder'' draw their power from the meteor that destroyed the dinosaurs. ''Mystic Force'', naturally, is full-on magic, while ''Ninja Storm'' and ''Jungle Fury'' involve SupernaturalMartialArts that could just as well be magic but are never called such.

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* Invoked back and forth in ''Franchise/PowerRangers''; the ''Franchise/PowerRangers''.
** The
original series explicitly identified the Rangers' mentor, Zordon, as [[WizardsFromOuterSpace an alien wizard, wizard]], with their powers, weapons and vehicles the creation of his magic, but later shows have made the Rangers' powers more explicitly technological in nature, such as ''Lightspeed Rescue'' being an elite contemporary rescue team and ''Time Force'' an elite police force that originated from the year 3000 but operate in the year 2001, while ''Dino Thunder'' draw their power from the meteor that destroyed the dinosaurs. ''Mystic Force'', naturally, is full-on magic, while ''Ninja Storm'' and ''Jungle Fury'' involve SupernaturalMartialArts that could just as well be magic but are never called such.such.
** Moreover, while some teams have powers outside their suits, becoming an actual ''Ranger'' apparently involves tapping into [[MetaOrigin the Morphing Grid]], whether you use magic or science to do so.

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