Unlike those legendary magi—Faustus, Simon Magus, etc.—who claimed contact with the spirit world, modern magicians merely prove that their hands are quicker than our eyes. Yet, as they snatch coins from thin air and produce the very cards we thought about but never named out loud, don’t they make us doubt, for a few seconds at least, the daylight solidity of the world and our ability to perceive simple physical realities?
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