Magic is everywhere

Joel - Western Springs, Illinois
Entered on March 2, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
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Beliefs can be perceived in many ways. Believing in something can be influenced by others, but is mostly your own point of view. I believe in magic. My life has been full of magic. Some of these “magic” happenings have helped me see what magic means to me.

According to Princeton’s definition of magic it is, “any art that invokes supernatural powers.” My kind of magic is different. Not the kind of magic most people think of, such as Ben Stiller, playing the character Larry, in Night at the Museum stating the quote “A little birdie told me you guys like magic. You know, magic… sorcery… illusions.” whilst trying to deuce Attila the Hun into liking him. Ben is basically saying that these are the boundaries of magic. Magic in the old days was a lot easier to pull off then rather than now. Now it is a challenge that only few can do it, and can do it well. Fun posers on television like Chris Angel and David Blaine portray magic in a way that, although extremely cool, does not deserve to be called magic, rather than optical illusions. Influence about magic from real life situations can affect your view as well. For example, my health teacher who says “There are no such thing as magic diet pills”, my mother when she instills the “magic word”, please, into my puerile head or when sitcom girlfriends try to rekindle their love by asking their partner “Where has the magic gone?”

All of these can really stir up your look on magic. I, on the other hand, believe magic is a large part imagination. My belief has been challenged my whole life. My kind of magic is Santa Clause magic; the type of magic where seeing is not necessary to get the warm feeling on Christmas morning as a tot. This warm feeling is my definition of magic. You do not have to be religious to experience it either. Something like finding a piece of pizza in the refrigerator when you are extremely hungry can be magic too.

I believe that magic is everywhere. Ben Stiller, health teachers, and the catchy tune from Lovin’ Spoonful “Do you believe in magic?” use it to send messages. No matter the context or the feeling it gives, everyone that uses the word magic uses it in an extraordinary way which is truly magic.