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"You cannot understand the power of SCIENCE!"
Baron Aloha, Jumping Flash!

"There are still isolated tribes in the Amazon, the great heartland of Mother Earth, Stone Age peoples who have been sheltered by millions of square acres of impassible jungle. There have been flyovers of film crews, which surely has caused a great deal of confusion among the tribes. What context do they possibly have for a helicopter or airplane in their conception of the world? These surreptitious flybys must be utterly magical and mysterious. Or more likely, demonic... We breathe the same air these tribes do but we live for all intents and purposes in two entirely separate worlds. But would we- do we- behave any differently when confronted with a bewildering superior technology?"

Mei Ling: Come on, Snake! Don't get all grumpy and start talking about how unscientific it is. Science is basically just another form of magic that makes our lives easier.
Snake: I never thought I'd hear that coming from you, Mei Ling.
Mei Ling: Don't you think talking to someone halfway around the world is a kind of magic? Or flying across entire continents?
Snake: No. I think this is completely different.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl, on Princess Zelda's transfiguration powers (Codec dialogue on Sheik)

Professor Farnsworth: Now we just reintroduce Calculon's programming to his body using science!
Amy: It's like magic, but with electricity.

"The word 'technology'... means... 'magic'. It's basically anything that's really cool that you don't know how it works. And if it breaks, you have to buy a new one."
Strong Bad, Homestar Runner, technology

"You know, Merlin, up until this moment, despite Saint Zherneau's journal and the other documents, I haven't really been able to wrap my head around what you mean when you talk about 'advanced technology.' Maybe that's because I haven't really tried to. I've been too concerned, too focused, on just surviving to really try to imagine what the future—or maybe I should say the past—could have been like. I guess the fact that you're alive, and the incredible things I've seen you do, should have given me a clue, but to be honest, I've still thinking of you like Seijin Kohdy. You're not 'technology,' not something one of Howsmyn's mechanics might've designed or built if they'd only had the right collection of nuts and bolts and the right wrench. You're magic—any ninny could tell that! But now—"

"The essence of magic is to determine the root cause of all things. There's no distinction between science and magic. The power of magic is like those of science. Meaning, it's at the forefront of the times!"

"If it is distinguishable from magic, it's not advanced enough."

"For values of 'turning you into a Magical Girl' equal to 'you having a costume that protects you and operates on principles most people won't understand, and wielding equipment that few on Earth have ever seen, let alone held,' yes, this will turn you into a magical girl!"
Ryouko Asakura on Kyon's sister request to become a Magical Girl, Kyon: Big Damn Hero

Cell phone. You talk in here and someone far away hears you. No wires. Impossible. Even thirty years ago, this would have belonged in The Library. Three hundred years ago, you would've been burned at the stake for it. Some of the items in The Library violate the known laws of science. But that is only because our brains are so small... we haven't come up with laws... to explain them.
Mr. Carsen, The Librarian

Nazi Officer: And I suppose you still aim to win this war through magic?
Red Skull: Science, but I understand your confusion. Great power has always baffled primitive men.

When will Hollywood learn that sometimes keeping a mystery is a good thing? Inevitably when we talk about a reason for immortality is alien technology or a god (or magic which leads to a god). Whether you choose aliens (Highlander 2) or a god/magic (Highlander: The Source) your story is still crap.

Lari: (on seeing a cell phone) "Is that another magical item?"
Molly: "Only in the Clarkean sense. Not in the Gygaxian sense."

Mara: Man, technology is incredible... Are you sure you're not magically powered somehow?
Yamato: Well, all sufficiently advanced science is indistinguishable from magic. But no, technically I'm a science chick.
Mara: By that definition everything in you is magic to me. And I can't even comprehend the fact that I'm, technically speaking, in you right now even as I speak to what appears to be all of you... Been a rough few days for my rationale, for sure."

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.

Constantine: Gods and Demons are about to wage war in Starling City. You'll need magic to overcome the dark days ahead mate.
Green Arrow: You expect me to believe magic is real?
Constantine: The Lazarus Pit brought your sister back to life. How do you think it did that?
Green Arrow: ...really cool water that heals people in a way science can't explain?
Constantine: I want you to go look up the meaning of 'magic' and then get back to me on your current belief structure.

So much for your magic — or should I say super-science... technological marvels that only appear magical to someone not familiar with them!

Roland: Hey neat, it's a polymorphic molecular phase storage system.
Miller: Which means...
Roland: Mmmagic!
Halo 4 Spartan Ops

Magic is just the science for which we don't know the rules quite yet!
Henry Flyte, Supergirl (2005), "This Is Not My Life"

The Doctor told me once if you showed a caveman our technology he would think it was magic. And if you showed a modern man magic, he would think it was technology.
Variant, Outlast