Traditionally, magic is a term used to describe any situation or performance that can be considered to be impossible or supernatural. Fortunately, in the present times, the definition and use of the word ‘magic’ has diversified and modified according to different situations, conditions, acts and performances.
Even today, different people have different definitions and understandings of magic. Some still associate it with numerous supernatural and unnatural activities and powers. While there are many people who merely consider ‘magic’ to be nothing more than well-practised, elusive and effective tricks and illusions.
But all of this begs the question, what exactly is magic? Is it truly some sort of superpower, or are they just tricks?
In ancient times, there were people who believed that magic was indeed a form of superpower that only some selected individuals were born with. It is also a mind-reading magic technique that magicians would use to engage with the audience. While there are still some people who believe the same, the majority of the population does not, as such activities would not have a scientific and rational basis.
The magic that most of us are familiar with, the one that we see magicians performing in magic shows and any ‘magic’ that our friends would show us, is not in any way or form associated with the supernatural. They are well-practised tricks and techniques that have been rigorously and dedicatedly by the magicians until they have become experts of their tricks. These magicians work and practice tirelessly and effectively to reach the level of expertise required by any individual to effortlessly and efficiently trick people and make them believe in the illusions and tricks that are being performed in front of them.
As for how the magicians perform these acts and the art of magic, the answer is quite simple. They practice their tricks to the point of perfection. And magicians do not only perform their magic tricks. These individuals are also experts in controlling and manipulating the attention of their viewers as well as their perception of the stimuli being presented in front of their eyes.
Each trick has its secrets. There is always a meaning and purpose to every move and act of the magician. All of it is done so that the magic trick can be performed without the audience and viewers getting the gist of its secrets and only the illusion created by the magician is visible and perceived by any and every person who is watching the magic show.