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1‘do you believe in magic?’
sorcery, witchcraft, wizardry, necromancy, enchantment, spellworking, incantation, the supernatural, occultism, the occult, black magic, the black arts, devilry, divination, malediction, voodoo, hoodoo, sympathetic magic, white magic, witching, witchery
charm, hex, spell, jinx
North American mojo, orenda
South African informal muti
rare sortilege, thaumaturgy, theurgy
2‘he does magic at children's parties’
conjuring tricks, sleight of hand, legerdemain, illusion, prestidigitation, deception, trickery, juggling
3‘the magic of the stage’
allure, allurement, attraction, excitement, enchantment, entrancement, fascination, charm, glamour, magnetism, enticement
4‘a taste of soccer magic’
skill, skilfulness, brilliance, ability, accomplishment, adeptness, competence, adroitness, deftness, dexterity, aptitude, expertise, expertness, art, finesse, experience, professionalism, talent, cleverness, smartness
1‘a magic spell’
supernatural, enchanted, occult, Druidical
rare necromantic, thaumaturgic, thaumaturgical, sorcerous
2‘a magic place’
fascinating, captivating, charming, glamorous, magical, enchanting, entrancing, spellbinding, magnetic, irresistible, hypnotic
3‘we had a magic time’
‘there is no magic bullet for successful innovation’
solution, answer, resolution, way out
remedy, antidote, cure, nostrum, panacea
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