Quotations on Magic

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Michael Jordan and Magic and myself all learned how to play the game in college programs that emphasized the team.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
(Keywords: College, Magic, Play)

First of all, writing at best - certainly fiction writing - more and more I think is magic.
- Kathy Acker
(Keywords: Fiction, First, Magic, Writing)

She had a womanly instinct that clothes possess an influence more powerful over many than the worth of character or the magic of manners.
- Louisa May Alcott
(Keywords: Character, Clothes, Influence, Instinct, Magic, Manners, Worth)

I'm aware of the mystery around us, so I write about coincidences, premonitions, emotions, dreams, the power of nature, magic.
- Isabel Allende
(Keywords: Power, Dreams, Nature, Emotions, Magic, Mystery)

The Polar Express is about faith, and the power of imagination to sustain faith. It's also about the desire to reside in a world where magic can happen, the kind of world we all believed in as children, but one that disappears as we grow older.
- Chris Van Allsburg
(Keywords: Imagination, Power, Faith, Children, Desire, Magic, World)

Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, and then the work will be completed.
- Jean Anouilh
(Keywords: Work, Power, Genius, Boldness, Magic, Mind, Will)

To put down an ideogram of a table so that people will recognize it as a table is not the work of a painter, but to sense it for a moment as a magic carpet with a leg hanging down at each corner is the beginning of a painter's imagination.
- Frank Auerbach
(Keywords: Imagination, Work, People, Beginning, Magic, Sense, Will)

But obviously as television began, it so undercut movies that he was trying to think of a way to combine seeing these special things, and the fact that people were just captivated by the magic box.
- Bob Balaban
(Keywords: Movies, People, Fact, Magic, Television, Trying)

But the whole idea of the transformation... mystery, transformation, and manipulations - those were the things that Marcel was a magician at. That's his magic.
- Robert Barnes
(Keywords: Idea, Magic, Mystery)

I wish I had Wonder Woman's magic lasso like her to make people tell the truth.
- Kylie Bax
(Keywords: Truth, People, Magic, Woman, Wonder)

Sex pleasure in woman is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken.
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Keywords: Sex, Magic, Pleasure, Woman, Words)

There is no magic. There is no secret. You need your sleep. A lot of our society tries to get by, but the truth is it is up to each individual to get their optimal sleep amount. If you get less than that you can get by temporarily, but it's only temporary.
- Richard Berry
(Keywords: Society, Truth, Magic, Sleep)

There is no real teacher who in practice does not believe in the existence of the soul, or in a magic that acts on it through speech.
- Allan Bloom
(Keywords: Soul, Existence, Magic, Practice, Speech)

Art is a sense of magic.
- Stan Brakhage
(Keywords: Art, Magic, Sense)

Making films is sort of like you're pulling off a magic trick. It's sort of like an illusion. It's not real but you want it to appear real, and all kinds of things go into that, from the clothes you're wearing to the make-up, to the light.
- Jeff Bridges
(Keywords: Clothes, Illusion, Light, Magic, Want)

Man masters nature not by force but by understanding. This is why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast over nature.
- Jacob Bronowski
(Keywords: Nature, Science, Force, Magic, Man, Understanding)

Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.
- William Jennings Bryan
(Keywords: Cities, Country, Magic, Spring, Will)

The way to kill a man or a nation is to cut off his dreams, the way the whites are taking care of the Indians: killing their dreams, their magic, their familiar spirits.
- William S. Burroughs
(Keywords: Dreams, Care, Killing, Magic, Man, Nation, Spirits)

We didn't have a whole lot of money when I was growing up either. I would always ask for magic books or magic tricks for my birthday or for Christmas and the rest of the year I either had to mow lawns or find part time jobs to help supplement the cost of doing magic.
- Lance Burton
(Keywords: Birthday, Money, Time, Books, Christmas, Growing up, Help, Jobs, Magic, Rest)

I always wanted to go to the Chavez school but I could never afford it when I was growing up so a lot of my learning came from magic books and watching other magicians. I was also very lucky that I had a couple of really good magic teachers.
- Lance Burton
(Keywords: Books, Growing up, Learning, Magic, School, Teachers)

Harry Collins was the first magician I ever saw back in 1965 when I was five years old. He was doing a magic show and I was the volunteer from the audience.
- Lance Burton
(Keywords: First, Magic, Old, Years)

I like the evening in India, the one magic moment when the sun balances on the rim of the world, and the hush descends, and ten thousand civil servants drift homeward on a river of bicycles, brooding on the Lord Krishna and the cost of living.
- James Cameron
(Keywords: Bicycles, Evening, Living, Magic, Sun, World)

The magic doesn't come from within the director's mind, it comes from within the hearts of the actors.
- James Cameron
(Keywords: Actors, Magic, Mind)

All that mankind has done, thought or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: Thought, Books, Lying, Magic, Mankind)

The nice thing about being a writer is that you can make magic happen without learning tricks.
- Humphrey Carpenter
(Keywords: Being, Learning, Magic, Writer)

I can write, He floated up to the ceiling, and a baby rabbit came out of his pocket, grew wings, and flew away. And you will believe that it really happened. That's magic, isn't it?
- Humphrey Carpenter
(Keywords: Baby, Magic, Will)

My mother learned that she was carrying me at about the same time the Second World War was declared; with the family talent for magic realism, she once told me she had been to the doctor's on the very day.
- Angela Carter
(Keywords: Family, Time, War, Mother, Talent, Day, Magic, Realism, World, World war)

Roosevelt's magic lay in one facet of his personality: He knew how to take the risk. No other man in public life I knew could so readily take the challenge of the new.
- Emanuel Celler
(Keywords: Life, Challenge, Magic, Man, Public, Risk)

Alcohol is like love. The first kiss is magic, the second is intimate, the third is routine. After that you take the girl's clothes off.
- Raymond Chandler
(Keywords: Love, Kiss, Alcohol, Clothes, First, Magic, Routine)

I've often wondered about people that come to the profession late in life. I've wanted to be an actor since the first grade. I watched a play being performed by the third grade class, and it was... magic.
- William Christopher
(Keywords: Life, People, Actor, Being, Class, First, Magic, Play, Profession)

Magic trick: to make people disappear, ask them to fulfill their promises.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: People, Magic, Promises)

Magic came very easy for me when I was a kid. When I was 8 years old I started doing it, and by the time I was 12, I was already published in magic books.
- David Copperfield
(Keywords: Time, Books, Magic, Old, Years)

The show is a satire, which gives us freedom to do anything we want. Satire is the magic word that wipes away any culpability. The media is jealous of this freedom.
- Rob Corddry
(Keywords: Freedom, Magic, Media, Satire, Want, Word)

He doesn't make it so complicated but just really allows the lyric to come through even though there's a lot of production going on. I think that's the key and that's the magic, it's making sure that people could still connect with the lyrics while they're on the dance floor.
- Deborah Cox
(Keywords: People, Dance, Key, Magic, Production)

Indubitably, magic is one of the subtlest and most difficult of the sciences and arts. There is more opportunity for errors of comprehension, judgment and practice than in any other branch of physics.
- Aleister Crowley
(Keywords: Opportunity, Errors, Judgment, Magic, Physics, Practice)

I believe that my whole creative life stemmed from this magic hour under the stars on that hilltop.
- Ruth St. Denis
(Keywords: Life, Magic, Stars)

In this movie, you have all the things you love from Tim. All the magic and the whimsy and the surreal, but he also has a fantastic story of a father and son that really gets under your skin.
- Danny DeVito
(Keywords: Love, Father, Son, Magic, Skin)

The magic of playing has to do with how much everyone wants it to succeed. If you have five players in a situation where the music is being improvised and one is determined it is not going to succeed, it won't succeed even if one of the musicians takes control.
- Bill Dixon
(Keywords: Music, Control, Being, Magic, Musicians, Succeed)

Never ever doubt in magic. The purest honest thoughts come from children, ask any child if they believe in magic and they will tell you the truth.
- Scott Dixon
(Keywords: Truth, Thoughts, Children, Doubt, Magic, Will)

That's the danger of having too much success. You lose that magic, that feeling of not being in control, which I feel now, it's too controlled.
- Stephen Dorff
(Keywords: Success, Control, Being, Danger, Feeling, Magic, Now)

I have been a believer in the magic of language since, at a very early age, I discovered that some words got me into trouble and others got me out.
- Katherine Dunn
(Keywords: Age, Language, Magic, Trouble, Words)

Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others.
- Wayne Dyer
(Keywords: Absence, Judgment, Magic, Relationships)

They developed a platform for me to put up another 12 years, and that was my ticket to Cooperstown. Those were the best years of my life. It was like magic.
- Dennis Eckersley
(Keywords: Life, Magic, Years)

There must be possible a fiction which, leaving sociology and case histories to the scientists, can arrive at the truth about the human condition, here and now, with all the bright magic of the fairy tale.
- Ralph Ellison
(Keywords: Truth, Fiction, Magic, Now, Scientists)

I had wanted a tape recorder since I was tiny. I thought it was a magic thing. I never got one until just before I went to art school.
- Brian Eno
(Keywords: Art, Thought, Magic, School)

I thought it was magic to be able to catch something identically on tape and then be able to play around with it, run it backwards; I thought that was great for years.
- Brian Eno
(Keywords: Thought, Magic, Play, Years)

Jane Austen is at the end of the line that begins with Samuel Richardson, which takes wonder and magic out of the novel, treats not the past but the present.
- Leslie Fiedler
(Keywords: End, Magic, Past, Present, Wonder)

Genius is another word for magic, and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable.
- Margot Fonteyn
(Keywords: Genius, Inexplicable, Magic, Word)

The metaphor is perhaps one of man's most fruitful potentialities. Its efficacy verges on magic, and it seems a tool for creation which God forgot inside one of His creatures when He made him.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset
(Keywords: God, Creation, Magic, Man, Metaphor)

Think of the magic of that foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests. It's a miracle, and the dance is a celebration of that miracle.
- Martha Graham
(Keywords: Dance, Magic, Weight)



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