But what happened? There are several possible explanations. You can choose one by reading your favorite fairytale. But what I find interesting are the common traits. Just, what magic does? Most of the magic is summoned through words, though ancient ones, that almost no one seems to understand.
So, there is almost always some sort of mystery to magic. If I explain that by flipping a certain switch there would be a flow of small negative particles that run through hair-small gold conductors that will somehow make yet another hair-small wire to shine, it could either be magic or electricity.
Magic is no magic without the awe we feel whenever we are presented with things we don’t understand. This is probably the essence of what writers call magic. It can be good, beautiful, magic, or dark, scary, spells, but either way, it is never explained. Can you imagine a Physics-explained edition of Harry Potter? How the dementors are able to extract the energy from the people, including the equations academics deduced that would permit us to understand just the extent of energy and the range those dementors would have at any particular moment, ceteris paribus? Would it still be magic? I don’t think so.
As for the other use of the concept of magic. I was recently listening to a particularly heartbreaking song –you can tell by the way it lacks brightness- and I was startled by a few lines in the lyrics, I quote: “Baby it's over now, over now. So give me all the magic. Just give me all the magic that we made”. So there. Magic all around. Magic to make. Magic to give –back, even.
And just like that, magic is linked to one of the most powerful states humans are aware of –if we can say we are aware of it, as it hits. And a very real one. Sometimes I see just how our modern world formally lacks of any thought of the bonds among us. Those we don’t understand, so they have no part in the laws, in the structures, in negotiations. And yet, we know those bonds are what really is behind many of the decisions we make every day. Maybe even more so than we care to believe. Sometimes is the clothing we choose, to impress someone we like, to send a message to that tall girl with such mischievous eyes.
I could go on, but I prefer just to quote a very real example of how we have no idea how to manage this bonds (magic bonds) in this grown-ups world of us. Just, what to do with a French President who would be sneaking out of the Élysée Palace just to see a lover of his. We manage, of course, we have our gossip, but why there is no law in the western world that hints at what to do if such a case presents? We do have laws about a great lot of unimportant things (how a paper should be sealed for it to be valid, for instance) but why we don’t think necessary to have some sort of rule if it has to do with, well, love, or at least a semblance of it? I even believe to find easier the Physics-explained Harry Potter's edition.
Still, I can see the essence of magic is intact: mystery. We can’t write such a law, because we can’t explain what it is. And we can’t plan beforehand for the same reason. It is in truth it seems to be a sort of magic, as Kiesza hinted. Maybe there is a reason why we have a literature’s magic boom.
I remember reading the term “experimental theology” as the way a certain author -whom I fondly dislike - called his magic. He was hinting at something that I don’t think he quite understood. But about it I would only say two thing: the first one is that I probably got my curiosity about the essence of magic through those words, as for the other, isn’t theology sometimes defined as the science of mystery?
To the holder of the magic bonds that I can't quite seem to establish, whom I trust not to be reading this small words, if only to avoid his comments.