Best Quotes About Magic

The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players. -Blaine Lee

Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes… just be an illusion. -Javan

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. -Arthur C. Clarke

The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. -Eden Phillpotts

Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business. -Tom Robbins

When is it too late to say it's still early for the Cubs? Try now. Their magic number is 1998, at least until it becomes 1999, but in lieu of a present, they offer you a future. -Bob Verdi

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. -Daniel Burnham

The business of the advertiser is to see that we go about our business with some magic spell or tune or slogan throbbing quietly in the background of our minds. -Marshall McLuhan

When executing advertising, it's best to think of yourself as an uninvited guest in the living room of a prospect who has the magical power to make you disappear instantly. -John O'Toole

There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out. -Lou Reed

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. -Norman Vincent Peale

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. -Dale Carnegie

Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat. -Ben Hecht

Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic. -Thomas Szasz

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. -Bertrand Russell

Watching foreign affairs is sometimes like watching a magician; the eye is drawn to the hand performing the dramatic flourishes, leaving the other hand – the one doing the important job – unnoticed. -David K. Shipler

If you see the magic in a fairy tale, you can face the future. -Danielle Steel

Shah is a kind of magic word with the Persian people. -Mohammed Reza Pahlavi

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

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

A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change. -Earl Nightingale

Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals. -Jim Rohn

All that mankind has done, thought or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books. -Thomas Carlyle

I suppose that writers should, in a way, feel flattered by the censorship laws. They show a primitive fear and dread at the fearful magic of print. -John Mortimer

The first magic of love is our ignorance that it can ever end. -Benjamin Disraeli

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

Now, I think that I should have known that he was magic all along. I did know it – but I should have guessed that it would be too much to ask to grow old with and see our children grow up together. So now, he is a legend when he would have preferred to be a man. -Jackie Kennedy

There's a magical tie to the land of our home, which the heart cannot break, though the footsteps may roam. -Eliza Cook

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

There is not enough magic in a bloodline to forge an instant, irrevocable bond. -James Earl Jones

Better beware of notions like genius and inspiration; they are a sort of magic wand and should be used sparingly by anybody who wants to see things clearly. -Jose Ortega y Gasset

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

Twenty games is the magic figure for pitchers – .300 is the magic figures for batters. It pays off in salary and reputation. And those are the two things that keep a ballplayer in business. -Warren Spahn

If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water. -Loren Eiseley

I knew, of course, that trees and plants had roots, stems, bark, branches and foliage that reached up toward the light. But I was coming to realize that the real magician was light itself. -Edward Steichen

I think photographs should be provocative and not tell you what you already know. It takes no great powers or magic to reproduce somebody's face in a photograph. The magic is in seeing people in new ways. -Duane Michals

The screen is a magic medium. It has such power that it can retain interest as it conveys emotions and moods that no other art form can hope to tackle. -Stanley Kubrick

The race of children possesses magically sagacious powers. -Gail Godwin

We must not let daylight in upon the magic. -Walter Bagehot

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

Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective. -William S. Burroughs

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

Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. -W. Clement Stone

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

The magic formula that successful businesses have discovered is to treat customers like guests and employees like people. -Tom Peters

Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment. -Plato

I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning. -J. B. Priestley

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found? -J. B. Priestley

There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved: It is God's finger on man's shoulder. -Charles Morgan

This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it. -Thomas Carlyle

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it. -Anais Nin

Obsessed by a fairy tale, we spend our lives searching for a magic door and a lost kingdom of peace. -Eugene O'Neill

One man's 'magic' is another man's engineering. 'Supernatural' is a null word. -Robert A. Heinlein

If there was any magic formula, it was getting to pitch every fourth day. -Sandy Koufax

There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment. -Norman Vincent Peale

Any sufficiently badly-written science is indistinguishable from magic. -Aaron Allston

It's easy for Americans to forget that the food they eat doesn't magically appear on a supermarket shelf. -Christopher Dodd

War vies with magic in its efforts to get something for nothing. -Lewis Mumford

Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice. -Nora Roberts

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

Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness. -Ouida

There is no magic wand that can resolve our problems. The solution rests with our work and discipline. -Jose Eduardo dos Santos

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

If ever I feel I might be able to tackle it, I'd love to try holding a spear or something in the theater, or opening a door, or anything, just to try it, you know, because it must be some marvelous magic thing. -Hayley Mills

I remember in the circus learning that the clown was the prince, the high prince. I always thought that the high prince was the lion or the magician, but the clown is the most important. -Roberto Benigni

My mother brought me magicians and witches, because I was very ugly, really revolting. So she thought somebody had put a spell on me – this is the truth – so she made me drink some horrible terrifying potions, for year. -Roberto Benigni

And where does magic come from? I think that magic's in the learning. -Dar Williams

I'm a promoter of the people for the people and by the people and my magic lies in my people ties. I'm a promoter of America. I'm American people. You know what I mean? So therefore, uh, do not send for who the bell tolls 'cause the bell tolls for thee. -Don King

People don't understand computers. Computers are magical boxes that do things. People believe what computers tell them. -Bruce Schneier

Many have changed so much that they have lost the magic of the dream that carried them on their own bootstraps. -Peter Abrahams

When I was five years old, my parents gave me a magic chest. I learned to cast spells, although of a childish kind, before I had learned to read and write. -Wolfgang Hildesheimer

I had given up magic, because it had reached a state of perfection. I felt that I was able to transform men into animals. I did not make use of this capability, because I believed I could not justify an intervention of this kind in the life of another person. -Wolfgang Hildesheimer

When I used to do musical theatre, my dad refused to come backstage. He never wanted to see the props up close or the sets up close. He didn't want to see the magic. -Nia Vardalos

Yesterday I was thinking about the whole idea of genius and creative people, and the notion that if you create some magical art, somehow that exempts you from having to pay attention to the small things. -bell hooks

Our time here is magic! It's the only space you have to realize whatever it is that is beautiful, whatever is true, whatever is great, whatever is potential, whatever is rare, whatever is unique, in. It's the only space. -Ben Okri

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

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

I don't particularly have any magical ambitions, but then, I never did. I just enjoyed the game. -Paul Daniels

I really don't believe in magic. -J. K. Rowling

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

If you have stage fright, it never goes away. But then I wonder: is the key to that magical performance because of the fear? -Stevie Nicks

Somewhere in talking and rehearsing, there is a magical moment where actors catch a current, they're on the right road. If they really catch it, then whatever they do from then on is correct and it all comes out of them from that point on. -David Lynch

Dream no small dream; it lacks magic. Dream large. Then make the dream real. -Donald Wills Douglas

A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way. -Caroline Gordon

That old black magic has me in its spell, That old black magic that you weave so well; Icy fingers up and down my spine, The same old witchcraft when your eyes meet mine. -Johnny Mercer

Every great man, every successful man, no matter what the field of endeavor, has known the magic that lies in these words: every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit. -W. Clement Stone

You can't be pregnant in leotards, and this is the last chance for us to get our bodies into the shape of concert dancers and capture it with the magic of film. -Patrick Swayze

Movie magic is movie magic and acting magic is acting magic. -Ben Kingsley

OK, magic boy, let's see who you really are. -Edgar Bergen

Painting is the most magical of mediums. The transcendence is truly amazing to me every time I go to a museum and I see how somebody figured another way to rub colored dirt on a flat surface and make space where there is no space or make you think of a life experience. -Chuck Close

Acting is a sense of wonder and magic and mystery for me and when life takes me on a new journey, I simply remember the smile my first ballet recital put on my face and I move forward. -Andrea Thompson

In better times the religion of the tribe or state has nothing in common with the private and foreign superstitions or magical rites that savage terror may dictate to the individual. -William Robertson Smith

One can only guess the amount of magic mushrooms a sane person would have to consume to believe that a frisbee constituted a genuine threat to roughly 3,000 police officers. -Mark Thomas

They were two halves that together formed a magical whole. -Dick Button

I close my eyes, then I drift away, into the magic night I softly say. A silent prayer, like dreamers do, then I fall asleep to dream my dreams of you. -Roy Orbison

The first time I sang with David Daniels… I had never performed with a countertenor before. That first time was magic, it was so beautiful. And he's such a great artist. -Cecilia Bartoli

Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic. -Keith Haring

This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it. -Thomas Dekker

Art is a sense of magic. -Stan Brakhage

Good guy' or 'bad guy', hero or anti hero; doesn't matter to me, what role I play, only the character have something magical. -Rutger Hauer

Although technical discussions are interesting to composers, I suspect that the truly magical and spiritual powers of music arise from deeper levels of our psyche. -George Crumb

That was when I realised that music is the most profound, magical form of communication there is. -Lesley Garrett

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

Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth. -Theodor W. Adorno

When Maurice touched a keyboard, it was like something from a movie, magical. He would always give you something from a movie, and you'd go, what did you just play… immediately inspirational writings, amazing. That's what we're going to miss. -Robin Gibb

I just love writing. It's magical, it's somewhere else to go, it's somewhere much more dreadful, somewhere much more exciting. Somewhere I feel I belong, possibly more than in the so-called real world. -Tanith Lee

How or by what magic is it, that we convey our thoughts to one another with such case and accuracy? -Henry Martyn

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

After being in Harry Potter, I believe a bit more in magic than I did before. -Rupert Grint

I'm shorter, I don't have as many freckles as Ron, and I can't do magic. -Rupert Grint

There is something else at work here that is beyond me – and that is Laura. She has a life of her own. There is a magic in her. The muse is in her. And I'm lucky to have her in my life. -Genie Francis

There is no way I could have ever dared to make a documentary, much less have the money to make a documentary, if it was on 16mm. But, with the magic of digital. -Lloyd Kaufman

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

There's something magical about putting yourself into life. You've got to stand up and take responsibility for your own life and you cannot abandon that. -Bill Kurtis

I began to believe the fairy tales: You know, how we're all out there looking for our magical missing half. -Michael Bergin

One of my rules is never explain. A writer is a lot like a magician, if you explain how the trick works then a lot of the magic turns mundane. -Laurell K. Hamilton

It was as if all of the happiness, all of the magic of this blissful hour had flowed together into these stirring, bittersweet tones and flowed away, becoming temporal and transitory once more. -Hermann Hesse

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. -W. H. Murray

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

When I started out back in Louisville, there was Harry Collins. He was my first teacher. He saw that I was so obsessed with magic that he taught me the love of magic. -Lance Burton

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

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

The magic of creation has always fascinated me. -Ralph Allen

Oh man. If I had magic powers… I would hope that I would use them for good. I think I would. But I would do something pretty trivial like making traffic disappear. -Nick Stahl

Second, there are so many magical places in books that you can't go to, like Hogwarts and Middle Earth, so I wanted to set a story in a place where children can actually go. -Cornelia Funke

It seems inevitable that the magic of the written word will fade. -Hugh Mackay

Junk bonds prove there's nothing magical in a Aaa bond rating. -Merton Miller

'What's My Line' 1971 was a magical experience as I was still in my teens, and it was my first appearance. You know how they say you never forget 'your first'! -Randy West

Ensure that your script is watertight. If it's not on the page, it will never magically appear on the screen. -Richard E. Grant

Music is about listening, the more you play, the more the magic spreads. -Maynard James Keenan

I believe that my whole creative life stemmed from this magic hour under the stars on that hilltop. -Ruth St. Denis

Doing the right thing for someone else was like a tonic for me; it was like some magic ointment that made a wound disappear. -Susie Bright

It's not magic! It's physics. The speed of the turn is what keeps you upright. It's like a spinning top. -Deborah Bull

He was a psychotic. He was a borderline psychotic. He was a terrific, sensational actor, with a magical screen presence, you couldn't keep your eyes off him, but he was paranoid. He was sure everybody was out to get him. -Mark Rydell

There is no short and easy road, no magic cure for those ills which have afflicted mankind from the dawn of history. -Frank B. Kellogg

The second principle of magic: things which have once been in contact with each other continue to act on each other at a distance after the physical contact has been severed. -James G. Frazer

During the many centuries that magic, here on this planet, was presumed to have worked, there were at least as many theories as to how magic worked as there were cultures and religions. -Lynn Abbey

Ideas aren't magical; the only tricky part is holding on to one long enough to get it written down. -Lynn Abbey

Neophyte writers tend to believe that there is something magical about ideas and that if they can just get a hold of a good one, then their futures are ensured. -Lynn Abbey

There is no one magic move or secret that creates victory, but lots of little items that when added together can make you victorious. -Bill Toomey

If I wrote a musical it wouldn't be about me. Although I do some magic, so it would probably be about a magician who appeared and re-appeared all over the place. -Neil Patrick Harris

Perfect Night has that magic and it has the raw energy that grabs you by the throat. -Lou Reed

The genre of fantasy is about magic and occult characters. -Shawn Ashmore

The world that she lives in is just magical, one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. -Camilla Belle

I wish I had Wonder Woman's magic lasso like her to make people tell the truth. -Kylie Bax

Anyway, it fell through because they ran out of money. That was when I learned not to waste your time getting your hopes up or to believe something until it actually happens. We broke up for various reasons, but it was a good band. Jim and Don produced some magical music. -Jamie Muir

I didn't want readers to have to make allowances for what they couldn't see, but to be able to say to themselves that the fabric of the magic detailed was perfectly believable. -Terry Brooks

A world in which elves exist and magic works offers greater opportunities to digress and explore. -Terry Brooks

But we were really locked in to that kind of format, and as the '90s wore on, it became for me more solidified, in that sense that there weren't as many of those magical shows that were just magic all the way through as there had been in earlier years. -Phil Lesh

The magic can happen in a studio. Special things can happen in a recording studio, even though it may seem like a clinical environment from the outside looking in. -Benny Green

Acting is magical. Change your look and your attitude, and you can be anyone. -Alicia Witt

If you look closely, there is no book more visual than Three Trapped Tigers, in that it is filled with blank pages, dark pages, it has stars made of words, the famous magical cube made of numbers, and there is even a page which is a mirror. -Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I know the difference between black magic and white magic. -Tina Turner

Words to me were magic. You could say a word and it could conjure up all kinds of images or feelings or a chilly sensation or whatever. It was amazing to me that words had this power. -Amy Tan

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

Compromise and tolerance are magic words. It took me 40 years to become philosophical. -Hedy Lamarr

There was a moth in there, and it still had its wings crumpled up, and it was just starting to pump its wings up. Life continues in lots of places, and life is a magical thing. -Laurel Clark

It's not sometimes realistic to think that something magical can happen, but I think I look for the magic. -Sherilyn Fenn

It's just like magic. When you live by yourself, all of your annoying habits are gone. -Merrill Markoe

That creates the magic, and that's the wonderment of the musical process and how precious that is. -Mick Fleetwood

The magic's back and we're in a time tunnel, feeling like when we were in our 20s back in the 1970s. -Peter Criss

They were written on cheap blue notebooks bought by poor women. I'm interested in folk tales in the way that medicine and magic in women's stories are all kind of combined. -Alice Hoffman

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

Ever since I was a little kid, whenever my parents would have company over, I would put on shows, whether they would be magic shows, singing shows, dancing shows, little skits. -Ellen Muth

For me the printing process is part of the magic of photography. It's that magic that can be exciting, disappointing, rewarding and frustrating all in the same few moments in the darkroom. -John Sexton

One of the workshop participants had shown me a single 8 X 10 photograph of a power plant where he actually was the general manager of this power cooperative. It was quite magical to me. -John Sexton

We all start in this medium because of the magic and the challenge is to keep it going. -John Sexton

The nice thing about being a writer is that you can make magic happen without learning tricks. -Humphrey Carpenter

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

People are always looking for the single magic bullet that will totally change everything. There is no single magic bullet. -Temple Grandin

It was 100 feet of 16 mm black-and-white film of a car coming to a stop sign, and driving off. I had to decide how to frame and light it. It was magic. There was a sense of mystery. -Conrad Hall

I always liked the magic of poetry but now I'm just starting to see behind the curtain of even the best poets, how they've used, tried and tested craft to create the illusion. Wonderful feeling of exhilaration to finally be there. -David Knopfler

I feel like I'm stepping into a place of spiritual contemplation every time I enter a studio; it's always had a certain magic to me that has never worn off with familiarity. -David Knopfler

There is no magic person out there, no perfect human being out there waiting for you. -Helen Reddy

I spent an entire evening seated between Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, being charmed from either side. It was pure Hollywood magic. -Lorna Luft

I just thought that it was magical having to glide across the ice. -Debi Thomas

I suddenly realized how much I loved her when we attended Alfred Hitchcock's 75th birthday party last August. There was something magical about that night, and it made me see how much she really meant to me. -Rod Taylor

I had a toy theater and a magic lantern, and when I was eight I built a stage for theatricals in the attic. -James Broughton

For me a poem has to sing out of itself and the lilt of it carries the magic. -James Broughton

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

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

There is no way that you can ever really repeat something. I have this great belief that the magic of the moment can never be recaptured. -Brian May

What I do is not some magical, mystical thing. I simply get up in the morning, get to work on time, say my lines, and do the best I can. -Parker Stevenson

A vacation spot out of season always has a very special magic. -Max von Sydow

If you have some magical chemistry that actually find the music you make compelling, that is a big bonus. -Geddy Lee

First of all, writing at best – certainly fiction writing – more and more I think is magic. -Kathy Acker

A good designer must rely on experience, on precise, logic thinking; and on pedantic exactness. No magic will do. -Niklaus Wirth

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

I wrote for nearly six hours. When I stopped, the dark mood, as if by magic, had folded its cloak and gone away. -Zane Grey

Sometimes string figures were used to illustrate stories, as in the case of an Eskimo example that depicts a man catching a salmon. Sometimes they had magic or religious significance. -Louis Leakey

People often called us perfectionists, but we were not looking for perfection. We were looking for some kind of magic in the music. -Paul Simon

I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians. -Francis Ford Coppola

Movies are like magic tricks. -Jeff Bridges

Digital media has destroyed much of the magic and mystery of the medium. -John Dyer

Reviewers said Ghost Country was rich, astonishing and affecting in the way it blended comedy, magic, and a gritty urban realism in a breathtaking ride along Chicago's mean streets. -Sara Paretsky

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

There is something magical in seeing what you can do, what texture and tone and colour you can produce merely with a pen point and a bottle of ink. -Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

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

Any effects created before 1975 were done with either tape or echo chambers or some kind of acoustic treatment. No magic black boxes! -Alan Parsons

There's no subtext in 'Harry Potter,' really; it's all magic – anything can happen. Why do I say this? Because it's a magic spell. It's quite nice in a way. There is a real freedom to it. Doesn't say much for acting, does it? -Michael Gambon

I love Gibsons, and Nationals, too. There's something magical about them. -Mark Knopfler

I mean, the whole idea of movies was it was special to go to see – you went to a movie theater to see something that was magical and amazing, in a very special location. -Bob Balaban

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

If you just keep your head down and just try and do your thing, sometimes magic happens. -Gavin Rossdale

In this kind of situation, we tend to cling to his convictions, we believe that, by magic, we are going to recover. Then we agree to drive less good cars and we are fatally more exposed. It is what finally happened to me with Ensign. -Jacky Ickx

Part of show business is magic. You don't know how it happens. -Sammy Davis, Jr.

Art is magic… But how is it magic? In its metaphysical development? Or does some final transformation culminate in a magic reality? In truth, the latter is impossible without the former. If creation is not magic, the outcome cannot be magic. -Hans Hofmann

So it's really hard for a horn player to comp. But I'm totally into trying to switch those paradigms around and find a little magic space where that works, and try to mine that. -Charlie Hunter

I tour with a piano, actually. Luckily I am able to hire people that deal with it completely and magically a piano appears on stage and then magically disappears when I leave. -Vanessa Carlton

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

People don't understand that that's really what it is. They're looking for a magic phone number or something. And to a certain extent, I understand that, because comedy is treated so much as a stepping stone by a lot of people. -Todd Barry

In a way, we are magicians. We are alchemists, sorcerers and wizards. We are a very strange bunch. But there is great fun in being a wizard. -Billy Joel

So many plays with magic in them that would be a terrific invitation to an imaginative animation team. -Kenneth Branagh

We went to a small lake, Bass Lake. It was beautiful. It was perfectly still when we got there in the morning. The fog was lifting off the water. It was just magical. And we did catch some fish, 13 fish. -Jennifer Granholm

Once a film is made and it exists, someone somewhere is going to watch it and that is kind of the magic of it all. -Donal Logue

So, when the special effects are at the service of the story and draw you into it, that is really the magic. -Bill Sienkiewicz

The skills that we have are the actual magic skills – not the performing skills. We have to separate those. But the actual skills that make the tricks work, we don't get to use again. -Penn Jillette

One of the things that Teller and I are obsessed with, one of the reasons that we're in magic, is the difference between fantasy and reality. -Penn Jillette

Superstitions and belief in magic are perennial in just the same way as religion, and something near to being universal among mankind; and why this is so may be interesting, but in most cases the beliefs themselves are devoid of interesting content, at least to me. -Bryan Magee

The process I go through in the art and the architecture, I actually want it to be almost childlike. Sometimes I think it's magical. -Maya Lin

I ain't got no magical powers and mystical trips and all that kind of crap. It's kind of silly. -Charles Manson

I love the magic of the studio. -Graham Coxon

I was so young, and making movies, going to the studio every morning at dawn was magic. -Natalie Wood

I love anything to do with ventriloquism and magic. -Illeana Douglas

You can keep yourself alive. That's the magic of being an actor. -Sonia Braga

One thing changes every evening: It's the audience, and I'm working my magic. I'm always learning from it. -Eli Wallach

But who cares? I can honestly look back and realize that everything happened for a reason. Everything that fell apart has fallen back into place beautifully and magically. -Edie Brickell

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

You do it for the highs, when you're totally engrossed and everything's flowing and whatever you want, you get. It's like magic. That's why you play the game. That's what it's for. That's why you work. -Greg Rusedski

When you're young, you don't know what you don't know, so it's easier to get into that magical thing. -Greg Rusedski

The loss of Eden is personally experienced by every one of us as we leave the wonder and magic and also the pains and terrors of childhood. -Dennis Potter

Parents can plant magic in a child's mind through certain words spoken with some thrilling quality of voice, some uplift of the heart and spirit. -Robert MacNeil

The magic is in the man, not the 100 miles. -Bill Bowerman

The magic doesn't come from within the director's mind, it comes from within the hearts of the actors. -James Cameron

Well, Rhoda was, I think, the last actress that we saw. There had been so many wonderful actresses who were close, really close. But there was no magical epiphany. -Mary Tyler Moore

The magic was in the Marshall Plan itself. It provided an opportunity for appealing and constructive work. In a sense, the mission chiefs were given the opportunity to help act as architects for the new Europe that was envisioned. -Paul Hoffman

After the magical act accomplished by Joyce with Ulysses, perhaps we are getting away from it. -Raymond Queneau

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

Every time I go to a movie, it's magic, no matter what the movie's about. -Steven Spielberg

The site I landed on feels much more isolated than it really is; it's almost magical. Within its limited radius, there was a whole range of the local ecology. -Martin Puryear

Cinema Paradiso, because it reminds me of why I make movies, the magic of movies, the romance of movies. -Antoine Fuqua

Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic, so what you see is not what you see. -Philip Guston

The painting is not on a surface, but on a plane which is imagined. It moves in a mind. It is not there physically at all. It is an illusion, a piece of magic, so that what you see is not what you see. -Philip Guston

I don't know that I believe in the supernatural, but I do believe in miracles, and our time together was filled with the events of magical unlikelihood. -John Perry Barlow

The real secret of magic lies in the performance. -David Copperfield

Great liars are also great magicians. -Adolf Hitler

Music is the strongest form of magic. -Marilyn Manson

Imagination is the true magic carpet. -Norman Vincent Peale

Nature is a petrified magic city. -Novalis

The world is its own magic. -Shunryu Suzuki

Big dreams create the magic that stir men's souls to greatness. -Bill McCartney

A child's kiss is magic. Why else would they be so stingy with them? -Harvey Fierstein

Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgment of others. -Wayne Dyer

Speeches are not magic and there is no great speech without great policy. -Peggy Noonan

A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. -Colin Powell

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. -John Quincy Adams

Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness. -Aleister Crowley

The theater is magical and addictive. -Angela Lansbury

An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it. -William Bernbach

To play safe, I prefer to accept only one type of power: the power of art over trash, the triumph of magic over the brute. -Vladimir Nabokov

My impression, is that prayer is one of the most basic forms of magic. That it's harnessing the powers of your mind. -Boyd Rice

Genius is another word for magic, and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable. -Margot Fonteyn

The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing. -Ben Okri

Labor is the fabled magician's wand, the philosophers stone, and the cap of good fortune. -James Weldon Johnson

Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration. -Charles Dickens

A few can touch the magic string, and noisy fame is proud to win them: Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them! -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

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

Believe in love. Believe in magic. Hell, believe in Santa Clause. Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don't, who will? -Jon Bon Jovi

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

Before I was known, I would go on stage and pretend I was other people. Once I pretended I was mentally handicapped. It was really wrong. One time I was a bad magician. And one time I pretended I was a Christian comic. -Andy Dick

Being a parent is too complicated and emotional a task for magical techniques and miracle cures. -Ron Taffel

Has the world ever been changed by anything save the thought and its magic vehicle the Word? -Thomas Mann

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

Art resides in the quality of doing, process is not magic. -Charles Eames

Desire is creation, is the magical element in that process. If there were an instrument by which to measure desire, one could foretell achievement. -Willa Cather

The absolute dependence of a newborn infant inspired many things in me, but it did not activate any magical knowledge about what to do for the next twenty years. -Mary Kay Blakely

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

I think that the ideal space must contain elements of magic, serenity, sorcery and mystery. -Luis Barragan

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

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

It's all magic to me. Country to punk rock, all of it. Chopin to Kurt Cobain. But it always all comes back to punk for me, because that was the last time, punk rock or grunge rock, was the last time that passion ruled the airwaves. -James Marsters

What the president announced yesterday, is that somehow magically, if we just continue to prime the pump of taxpayer dollars, we're going to see magically an economic recovery. -Eric Cantor

I'd like to bring magic back to the place it used to be 100 years ago. -David Blaine

I'm aware of the mystery around us, so I write about coincidences, premonitions, emotions, dreams, the power of nature, magic. -Isabel Allende

Somebody said they threw their copy of Dungeons and Dragons into the fire, and it screamed. It's a game! The magic spells in it are as real as the gold. Try retiring on that stuff. -Gary Gygax

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

I like the idea of movies having a magic element. How many times have you seen an actor in a movie who you know only as the character? It's wonderful, isn't it? -Christian Bale

I've spent, I think, close to the last decade effortlessly and magically converting your tin cans into pure gold. -Charlie Sheen

I'm sorry, man, but I've got magic. I've got poetry in my fingertips. Most of the time – and this includes naps – I'm an F-18, bro. And I will destroy you in the air. I will deploy my ordinance to the ground. -Charlie Sheen

We're going to shoot one Polaroid per show. I'm going to sign this before it even develops because I know that once it develops with my signature on it, it's worth a fortune. I'll make this a work of magic warlock art. -Charlie Sheen

Making people laugh is magic. I feel like if you have humility, then you can do anything in comedy. -Amanda Seyfried

Rekindle the joy yachtsman that lies deep inside of you; share magic crystals and watch it grow! -Isabel Yosito

Something magical happened when I turned 25 – I looked in the mirror and was like, 'You might not get carded for an R-rated movie anymore.' Like I didn't have a little stick figure anymore. -Kristen Bell

I would really hate it if I could call up Kafka or Hemingway or Salinger and any question I could throw at them they would have an answer. That's the magic when you read or hear something wonderful – there's no one that has all the answers. -Regina Spektor

I believe that misconceptions about oneself that one does not correct where possible act as a bad magic. -Laura Riding

My career is like an artichoke. People might think that the leaves are tasty and buttered up and delicious, and they don't even know that there's something magical hidden at the base of it. There's a whole other side of me that people didn't know existed. -Katy Perry

It was really a magical moment, to see this idea that's in your head. -Michael Arad

There's a store in my neighborhood called Futon World. I like that name, 'Futon World.' Makes me think of a magical place that gets less and less comfortable over time. -Demetri Martin

It takes these very simple-minded instructions – 'Go fetch a number, add it to this number, put the result there, perceive if it's greater than this other number' – but executes them at a rate of, let's say, 1,000,000 per second. At 1,000,000 per second, the results appear to be magic. -Steve Jobs

There is something magical about that green coat. I mean that sincerely. It's a very special week, and being able to wear that green jacket. It's made my whole career. It's special. -Fuzzy Zoeller

What I take from writers I like is their economy – the ability to use language to very effective ends. The ability to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual imagery with just sheets of words – that's magical. -Mos Def

The more you can create that magic bubble, that suspension of disbelief, for a while, the better. -Edward Norton

Family, work, familiarity. Listen, if I had a magic wand and I could make myself really be happy, I'd zap me onto a farm. And I know nothing about farming. -Scott Baio

The Internet has always been, and always will be, a magic box. -Marc Andreessen

My daughter is in love with Adele. She listens to her every day. To see someone with that much passion and soul move a 9-year-old is amazing and it's magical. -Brandy Norwood

My kids are fanatical about 'Scooby-Doo', and I think that the creators of 'Scooby-Doo' somehow tripped across some kind of magical hypnotic formula that lures children. It's far more fascinating to them than anything else on the air. -Dave Willis

The fun little proofs that you can do with algebra – they are sort of like crowd pleasers in a way. Like, the .9 repeating equaling one. It doesn't take a lot of algebra to prove that, and it's really fun. It kind of wows people. It's like they're watching magic happen right before their eyes. -Danica McKellar

That's one of the magical things about the Olympics, Team GB will have someone challenging in a sport that we've never watched and all of a sudden it'll be the biggest thing ever. -Gary Lineker

The magic's back, folks. -Jordan Knight

I believe in magic, psychics and all that. -Molly Sims

Like when you go to a magic show and you know how they do the illusions. That's how I am when I watch any movies where they have people flying through the air. -Renee O'Connor

There is something magical about three you know – a trio is tight and nicely economical. -Ian Williams

When I was 15, I had a crush on this guy who was really good at magic, and so I learned to juggle, thinking it would impress him. I spent hours and hours practicing, planning to show him. And then I never even saw him again. But at least I learned how to juggle. -Danica McKellar

I don't want to lose my fitness. I'm 45. I have two babies. I've got a long way to go and I want to keep in tiptop shape. There's no magic bullet. -Marcia Cross

Rome is magic, it's like being in Hollywood. But the difference between Hollywood and Rome is that here you don't have just the movie business. The movie business is so little, so you also have the choice to hang out with people who do different kinds of business. -Maria Grazia Cucinotta

You can't magic yourself back 10 years. -Paula Radcliffe

For a comedy to work, magic has to happen. -Bradley Cooper

I've always loved Christmas and that's not really gone away from me from being a child to now. It's always a magical time and I'm unashamed in my love for Christmas. -Martin Freeman

I've been on enough sports teams in my life to have experienced the magic of what can happen when a group of people care for and love each other. -Tim Ryan

New fathers, political prisoners, traumatised presidential aides, resolute schoolboys, MEPs addressing unfriendly chambers – we all find that Shakespeare has magically anticipated our precise circumstances. How he was possible, I still don't understand; but there isn't a day I'm not grateful that he speaks to me in my own language. -Daniel Hannan

What I'm doing is art – it's low-brow art but there's a magic in that. -Kesha

People have expectations of me but I'm not a magician. -Ruud Gullit

Weapons of mass destruction aren't pulled out of a black hat like a white rabbit at a magic show. They're produced in factories. There's science and technology involved. They're not produced in a hole in the ground or in a basement. -Scott Ritter

You can make a good show, but you still need some magical alchemy to get people to watch. -Shawn Ryan

In my opinion, it's more interesting to see magic happening in a world that feels grounded. If the world is already crazy, then anything can happen. So it's better to start with something real. -Michel Gondry

I have a lot of secret uses for sour cream, which is the magic ingredient in my mac and cheese. It's an old-timey, Southern version, and the sour cream makes it that much creamier. Oh, it's so good! -Paula Deen

I am utterly in love with my son and my boyfriend and live in the most magical place on Earth. I've been in Norway for ten months now and I have loved every minute of it. -Rebecca Loos

I'd always wanted to do these types of things – pieces of magic I could put out not as illusions, but really doing it. -David Blaine

I'd go to Coney Island to hang out, and I saw a magician doing a rope trick on the boardwalk. I was fascinated. I guess that's how it started. -David Blaine

It was just like a digital fixation with cards and math and science and then I started to look at images of great magicians from Houdini down the line. -David Blaine

I just always loved stand-up. It's like magic. You say something, and a whole room full of people laughs together. Say something else, they laugh again. The fact that people come to see that and participate in that… I don't know, it's just like magic. -Dave Chappelle

The magic of America is that we're a free and open society with a mixed population. Part of our security is our freedom. -Madeleine Albright

You know, magic markets don't appear all the time, so you take advantage of them. -Marc Andreessen

Actors have a magic gene within them – I think they're the finest descendants of rogues and vagabonds – and it's all too easily forgotten what the acting legacy is. -Julian Sands

You don't have to have magic unicorn powers. You work at it, and you get better. It's like anything: You sit there and do it every day, and eventually you get good at it. -Kathleen Hanna

I now find magic in the mundane. I'm also more creative – better able to look beyond the obvious and come up with new story angles. -Deborah Norville

There's a sort of magic and music to comedy. Some words, some numbers even, are funnier than others. A Caramac bar, for instance, is funnier than a Milky Way. -David Walliams

I definitely believe that you are drawn to certain things for inexplicable reasons, but in a very powerful way. I don't know what it is exactly, but I know that things happen kind of miraculously sometimes, and so I'm willing to believe that there's something pretty magical out there. -Rachel McAdams

My fat cells have a memory like Einstein! I'm proof that surgery is not a magic potion. There are many ways to sabotage it. -Carnie Wilson

Books are magic: you never know where they're going to end up. -Dan Savage

I'd love to do a modern-day musical that's full of original music. To get your contemporaries to sing and dance without looking foolish and for it to be transformational and magical and all those things a musical is supposed to be. -Danny Boyle

I have always been interested in pushing magic forward. -David Copperfield

I'm really trying hard not to do anything that has been done before. So knowing everything I can about the legacy of magic challenges my team and I to invent new illusions. -David Copperfield

Demonic figures and occult themes have disappeared from modern magic. -David Copperfield

I find revealing the secrets of magic quite reprehensible. -David Copperfield

It is the unspoken ethic of all magicians to not reveal the secrets. -David Copperfield

You have to learn certain skills to present magic. -David Copperfield

You can feel better about yourself in a very short period of time depending on the kind of magic that you are doing. -David Copperfield

What I've tried to do in my stage magic is to take a trick and give it an emotional hook. -David Copperfield

It's really hard to think of one kind of magic as a favorite. I've been really fortunate in that I've been able to perform such a diverse range of things. -David Copperfield

Somehow, magically, I've become an electronic musician, and I have a recording studio that looks like the bridge of the Enterprise. -Moby

Some people are born with a brain that has this weird, magical mathematical thing that makes them an amazing jazz musician. -Andy Richter

I've said this so many times but there's a magic when you have a really good actor in a really good makeup. -Rick Baker

What could make my life better? Oh, if I could only find that magic bottle that lets you never have to sleep. I have so much stuff I wanna do, but… That six or seven hours you have to be in bed with your eyes closed. What a waste! -Robert Rodriguez

The great thing about cake is it doesn't feel like work. You forget about work. Kids, adults, they all get the same look in their eye when they're decorating cakes… That's the magic right there. -Duff Goldman

The thing that I loved about 'Feud,' we froze a moment in time for these families that had never occurred before. That's magic. -Richard Dawson

Of course, when it comes to Japanese role-playing games, in any role-playing game in Japan you're supposed to collect a huge number of items, and magic, and you've got to actually combine different items together to make something really different. -Shigeru Miyamoto

When something exceeds your ability to understand how it works, it sort of becomes magical. -Jonathan Ive

My children are magical creatures and I love them to death. -Jack Black

Even though I make those movies, I find myself wishing that more of those magic moments could happen in real life. -Jane Seymour

In magic, it takes two or three years for me to create a 5-minute illusion for me to get it to the level I want. -David Copperfield

I try to help people realize their dreams by using magic to tell stories that educate, move, and inspire. -David Copperfield

There is no magical reason why I am where I am. And there is absolutely no reason why you can't be where you want to be. If it can happen for me, it can happen for you, too. And it would be a privilege for me to help you get there. -Robin Roberts

There's no magic line between an application and an operating system that some bureaucrat in Washington should draw. -Bill Gates

I'm no wizard, and I don't like being thought of in that light at all. I think of a wizard as being some sort of magician or something, doing something on the sly or something, and I don't want to be thought of in that way. -John Wooden

I don't know what to think about magic and fairy tales. -Richard Dawkins

You learn pretty fast that there is no magic solution to poverty. -Chris Hughes

When you do an interview with me, you're talking to a cheap imitation of the person that I really am. There's no magic in my words, it's just me talking. -John Mayer

Seeing Shakespeare in the Park, for me, it's just this side of feeling like you've witnessed some kind of magic. It's this spell that you're under, to be part of that! -Julia Roberts

When I first started doing my comedy act, I just desperately needed material. So I took literally everything I knew how to do on stage with me, which was juggling, magic and banjo and my little comedy routines. I always felt the audience sorta tolerated the serious musical parts while I was doing my comedy. -Steve Martin

Well, when I was younger, I lied all the time, because once you understand the power of lying, it's really like magic because you transform reality for people. -Louis C. K.

This is not a time for America to 'believe in magic.' This is a time to drive education forward. This is a time to drive the economy forward. This is a time to drive America forward. We must do it together. And we must re-elect Barack Obama as President of the United States. -Jim Hunt

If there is something magic about the collaborations I have with actors it's because I put the character first. -Quentin Tarantino

The leader is the person who brings a little magic to the moment. -Denise Morrison

Lombardi, a certain magic still lingers in the very name. It speaks of duels in the snow and November mud… He remains for many the heart of pro football, pumping hard right now. -Steve Sabol

Soccer is a magical game. -David Beckham

The magical, supernatural force that is with us every second is time. We can't even comprehend it. It's such an illusion, it's such a strange thing. -Anthony Hopkins

I have always loved to read, and now that I have penned 10 novels and a few magazine articles, I have fallen seriously in love with writing stories and seeing them go out into the world. It's magical, you know? -Dorothea Benton Frank

Often the magical elements in my books are standing in for elements of the real world, the small and magical-in-their-own-right sorts of things that we take for granted and no longer pay attention to, like the bonds of friendship that entwine our own lives with those of other people and places. -Charles de Lint

When one of my characters becomes aware of a magical element, it might be because the world is wider than we assume it to be, but it might also be a reminder to pay attention to what is here already, hidden only because it's been forgotten. -Charles de Lint

The beginning of a friendship, the fact that two people out of the thousands around them can meet and connect and become friends, seems like a kind of magic to me. But maintaining a friendship requires work. I don't mean that as a bad thing. Good art requires work as well. -Charles de Lint

I think I've really exhausted the magical. It was a lot of fun, but I've put it behind me for the time being. -J. K. Rowling

One of the magical things about Nashville is just how many incredibly talented people are here and the way they support each other. -Callie Khouri

Oh, I love making independent films, it's such a special, magical thing because you collaborate with a small group of people and everyone's pitching in. You'll see producers setting up the lunch table and the sound guy driving a van. We're all really there because we want to be. -Olivia Thirlby

Nothing is black or white, nothing's 'us or them.' But then there are magical, beautiful things in the world. There's incredible acts of kindness and bravery, and in the most unlikely places, and it gives you hope. -Dave Matthews

Under the veneer of Westernization, the cultures of the Indian world – which have existed for 30,000 years! – continue to live. Sometimes in a magical way, sometimes in the shadows. -Carlos Fuentes

Hey, I fool the camera. I'm a liar, a magician. -Janice Dickinson

One of the great things to pretend is that you're not only alright, you're in great shape. Now to have that come true – I've actually gone on stage depressed and that's worked its magic on me, 'cause if I can convince you that I'm alright, then maybe I can convince me. -Carrie Fisher

If you can see the magic in a fairytale, you can face the future. -Danielle Steel

You just do the best you can with what you've got… and sometimes magic strikes. -Sally Field

After a decade this glum, we deserved a shot of 'Glee,' a show that restored our faith in the power of song, the beauty of dance, and the magic of 'spirit fingers' to chase our cares and woes into somebody else's backyard. -James Wolcott

Stars wide of belt often cultivated a gentlemanly grandeur, a groomed refinement that filtered through their fingertips – the dainty fidgets of Hardy's plump digits, Orson Welles performing magic tricks with nimble dexterity, Jackie Gleason lofting a teacup to his lips as if he were Lady Bracknell – or through a fine set of twinkle-toes. -James Wolcott

Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There's not some trick involved with it. It's pure and it's real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things. -Tom Petty

I'm lucky to have worked in theater all over the world, but there's something magical about Broadway. The audiences are smart, they're educated. They go in ready and they're up for it, they're up for the party. It's a whole different atmosphere. -Hugh Jackman

I like celluloid, I like film, I like the way that when a movie is projected it sort of breathes a little in the gate. That's the magic of it to me. -Gary Oldman

My mother is the most supportive mother in the world, she's magical. -Vin Diesel

There's just some magic in truth and honesty and openness. -Frank Ocean

When you're around kids you can be a little kid yourself and pretend that life is magic and you don't have to be one of those sweaty people going to work every day. -Amy Winehouse

I just thought it was magic that you could stick a bit of paper in some coffee-type liquid and a picture comes out. -David Bailey

Music moves me – duh – and that is like having a window opening on a heightened reality, but the effect is fleeting: When the music ends, the magic, the uplifting, vanishes and the window slams shut. Words, on the other hand, by the nature of how they work, emotions evoked by dint of carefully laid out thoughts, have a more lingering effect. -Yann Martel

I'm a firm believer that lighting affects mood, and twinkly lights on strings bring something magical to occasions ranging from concerts to weddings, though I'm fond of using them as year-round home decor. There's a reason why they're sometimes called fairy lights. When the night is right, there aren't any strings at all. -Erin Morgenstern

I am a fan of magic and fantasy, particularly when it's grounded in reality. -Erin Morgenstern

I liked the idea of having actual magic performed as stage magic, so you could assume that it was just a trick, that something is all smoke and mirrors, but there's that, like, feeling at the back of your mind: What if it's not? -Erin Morgenstern

I am a showman in the traditional sense, but modern, too. I like to use sets and lighting to create magic. -Andre Rieu

For instance, I'm always fascinated to see whether, given the kind of fairly known and established form called popular music, whether there is some magic combination that nobody has hit upon before. -Brian Eno

Recently, I've really responded to books that bring the magic of childhood back to us as adults. -Christina Ricci

I feel like something magical is going to happen, and I feel like all the stars have finally lined up perfectly for Angie Stone. -Angie Stone

Walking is magic. Can't recommend it highly enough. I read that Plato and Aristotle did much of their brilliant thinking together while ambulating. The movement, the meditation, the health of the blood pumping, and the rhythm of footsteps… this is a primal way to connect with one's deeper self. -Paula Cole

My mother introduced me to many different things, and figure skating was one of them. I just thought that it was magical having to glide across the ice. -Debi Thomas

People are always coming up to me, thinking I've got some magic wand that can make them a star and I want to tell them that no one can do that. Making hit records is not that easy. But it took me time to realize that myself. -Dr. Dre

I'm very into science-fantasy, that kind of swordfights and magic and technology thing. -Gary Numan

When I was a little kid – and even still – I loved magic tricks. When I saw how movies got made – at least had a glimpse when I went on the Universal Studios tour with my grandfather, I remember feeling like this was another means by which I could do magic. -J. J. Abrams

Sometimes I wish I were just magically a size 6 and I never had to give it a single thought. -Melissa McCarthy

To be powerful in South America, you have to be transparent and you have to have a very clean reputation. Transparency for me today is a magic word in South America. Power comes from transparency and a track record of execution. -Eike Batista

I beg you I no magician. I can't just wave a magic wand. -Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

I'm like that person who hates going to magic shows – and I love magic, I love wizards – but going to a show where there is any possibility of audience participation is a nightmare for me. -Aubrey Plaza

There's something magical about a woman who feels comfortable in her own skin. -Brooke Burke

I always thought it was strange when these artists like Kurt Cobain or whoever would get really famous and say, 'I don't understand why this is happening to me.' There is a mathematical formula to why you got famous. It isn't some magical thing that just started happening. -Chad Kroeger

There's no quick or magical way to lose weight. You just have to do it the natural way – diet and exercise and stick to it – and be able to do it at your own pace. -Jordin Sparks

You know, 'Project Runway' was a really special show, and we had a great five seasons with it. We loved that show, and we loved the stories that it brought to Bravo and the creativity. And it was a magic five seasons. -Andy Cohen

I love San Francisco so much. I call it the Emerald City and have been coming here since 1992. I have a few old friends that live here, and my aunt and uncle live in Oakland. I think it's a magical city – it's big, sexy and very 'cosmo' with a small-town feel. -Andy Cohen

When we started in television, there was that magic box in the corner of the room, and 'Oh my gosh – look what it's doing!' -Betty White

My first job was at an amusement park in Virginia. It was the worst. I loved the park but once I'd worked there all the magic was gone from it. It just turned into a place I hated and I've never been there since. -Danny McBride

Every creative story is different. And yet every creative story is the same: There was nothing, now there is something. It's almost like magic. -Jonah Lehrer

The biggest thing people tell me is that I'll be jaded real soon and that the allure of filmmaking will lose its magic. Not necessarily the fame, but that special thing you create onscreen. -Dayo Okeniyi

I'm a firm believer that lighting affects mood, and twinkly lights on strings bring something magical to occasions ranging from concerts to weddings, though I'm fond of using them as year-round home decor. -Erin Morgenstern

I love my family and I had a very wonderful, magical childhood. But New Jersey was actually a very cold place. There was such an intense concentration of wealth, and such a low concentration of any actual human happiness. -Ezra Miller

I was very, very little – it was the first time I ever cooked on my own, with my mother's supervision – and I made scrambled eggs. I felt so accomplished, like magic! -Gail Simmons

Not to say people shouldn't get rich from art. I adore the alchemy wherein artists who cast a complex spell make rich people give them their money. (Just writing it makes me cackle.) But too many artists have been making money without magic. -Jerry Saltz

Anyone who relishes art should love the extraordinary diversity and psychic magic of our art galleries. There's likely more combined square footage for the showing of art on one New York block – West 24th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues – than in all of Amsterdam's or Hamburg's galleries. -Jerry Saltz

The greatest work of art about New York? The question seems nebulous. The city's magic and majesty are distilled in the photographs of Alfred Stieglitz and Paul Strand. -Jerry Saltz

Venice is the perfect place for a phase of art to die. No other city on earth embraces entropy quite like this magical floating mall. -Jerry Saltz

Twilight' has a supernatural reference to it with werewolves and vampires. 'Harry Potter' has magic. 'The Hunger Games' is about real people put into extreme situations and circumstances. -Isabelle Fuhrman

There's something magical about spending a Sunday night watching real people at a deli, then watching fake people pretending to be real on TV, then engaging in (arguably) false interaction with (arguably) real people on the Internet. Never at any prior point in time has this been possible. -Diablo Cody

I love the idea that magic and witchcraft and battles between supernatural creatures could be raging all around us but just out of our sight. -Anthony Horowitz

Writing about magic is harder than writing about spies because you're dealing with something that doesn't really exist. -Anthony Horowitz

Being a mother is magical. -Ellen Pompeo

Cobras are magical. They can stand up on just energy alone. -Paz de la Huerta

Actually, I think I'm part of the last generation to grow up believing in magic and fairies and believing I had powers – you know, lying on the ground and trying to have my spirit leave my body – which never happened; still working on that bit. -Alice Englert

Movies are magical. Sometimes it just works, it catalyzes, and everything falls into place, and no one knows exactly how or why. -Roman Coppola

My grandmother had six kids – one died as an infant – and she was dirt-poor, and all her kids got an education. And my mom grew up poor. And they both worked so hard and cultivated so much of their own happiness. I wanted to have that like an amulet. Not like armor, but like a magic feather. Like Dumbo's magic feather. -Lucy Alibar

I grew up backstage and on movie sets, and I thought they were the most magical places on Earth. -Zosia Mamet

I shout at the radio when someone starts talking over the end of a song. Shut up! I don't want to hear that the DJ has just found a mouldy sandwich in the corner of the studio. Nor do I like it when the magic of something you're watching is shattered by an advert for Argos. -Jessica Brown Findlay

I always believe a woman should have 5 non-negotiables that she should stick to when attracting a mate. If the guy does not have these five major things – then she should not give the guy a chance as she's wasting her time. The rest is up to the magic and wiggle room the universe gives. -Patti Stanger

I'm on the Sensa diet. It's a little magic powder based on Dr. Hirsh's clinical trials and studies and it basically signals the brain that you're full through smellology. -Patti Stanger

I did magic at children's parties when I was a kid. -Joe Cornish

I think every fantasy reader secretly believes they know how magic works. -Lev Grossman

There will always be vain, obsessive people who want to own rare and extraordinary things whatever the cost; there will always be people for whom owning beautiful, dangerous animals brings a sense of power and magic. -Susan Orlean

I have a great body, I really do. But I want to be taken seriously as an artist, and wearing anything that shows it off will be a distraction from the music. That's how my signature uniform, my tuxedo, came about. It's classic and timeless. You'll see me in black, white, and a pop of color on my lips. That pop adds a little magic. -Janelle Monae

There's also the tradition of voodoo, the Haitian magic arts, in New Orleans. And because New Orleans is below sea level, when they bury people in New Orleans, it's mostly above ground. So you have this idea that the spirits are more accessible and can access you more easily because they're not even buried. -Sam Trammell

What works for me is knowing the character in an emotional sense. I wish I was more logical but it doesn't work for me like that. I need quite a lot of time; it's why I always worry when I'm doing more than one thing at a time. I hope that some sort of magic will kick in. -Sally Hawkins

People always say a script will be 'brought to life in a magical way,' but for me that has been proven wrong time and time again. -Ginnifer Goodwin

My sister Kim is like Lucille Ball. She's magical in terms of her performance and her writing. -Marlon Wayans

The state of childhood resonates with life inside a fantasy novel. If you have no control over how you spend large chunks of your day, or are at the mercy of flawed giant beings, then the desire to bend the laws of the world by magic is strong and deep. -David Mitchell

I'm not interested in corporate magic or fame. -Ryan Tedder

At the end of the day, it's about the reader's attachment to and belief in the magical elements that make or break magical realism. -Tea Obreht

As a person, I do ascribe to a lot of magical thinking myself. -Lauren Groff

I think movies have much more magic than the theater. Theater can be a magical experience, but movies thrust their subjectivity on you in a more profound way. -Zoe Kazan

If everyone invested in the neighborhood they lived in, the United States would be a magical place. -Anthony Mackie

I've always loved records, even when I was a kid, my parents would buy me records instead of a lot of the other toys kids got. That's what I wanted. I've been collecting records and DJing my whole life, and I thank my parents for that. They had a big record collection and really imparted the magic of it on me. -Mayer Hawthorne

Shooting a film is like a kismet quest. You have thirty days and you need magic to happen. So that's why I wear suits. I'm praying to the gods, and I'm doing everything I can to respect the powers of the world. -Mike Mills

Music has that ability to be a magical thing, and I was like, maybe music is the vehicle that transports us to that other world. -Zack Snyder

If you want to be a writer, just write. There's no magic to it. -Albert Brooks

Love comes to everybody in many different ways. Attraction is always the first thing, no? But love must be more than that. It must be magic. -Julio Iglesias

Don't get me wrong, magic is cool. But a nervous mother singing to her child at night while something moves quietly through the dark outside her house? That's a story. Handled properly, it's more dramatic than any apocalypse or goblin army could ever be. -Patrick Rothfuss

I'm a storyteller, and I have really good material to work with: I've been studying magic and the occult since about 1983. -Deborah Harkness

I'd studied 16th century science and magic. I thought it was strange that people were interested in the same kinds of things my research was about. The more I thought about it, the more intriguing it became and pretty soon I was writing a novel about a reluctant witch and a 1500-year-old vampire. -Deborah Harkness

When I put magic into a book – whether it's a wizard or a crusty old werewolf – I'm asking a reader to swallow a huge leap that is counter to everything he or she knows. An extra big helping of reality makes that leap go down a lot easier. -Patricia Briggs

The magic happens when you take facts and figures, features and benefits, decks and PowerPoints – relatively soulless information – and embed them in the telling of a purposeful story. Your 'tell' renders an experience to your audience, making the information inside the story memorable, resonant and actionable. -Peter Guber

Northern Sweden holds a special kind of magic. It's cold, lonely, and the people are tough and silent, or so the stereotype says. This is Asa Larsson's home turf and I find as much joy in reading her closely observed descriptions of the environment, as in following her intriguing plots. -Camilla Lackberg

In Sweden, we've moved away from the notion that mothers have some magical, special bond with children. -Camilla Lackberg

L.A.'s magic has let me see every level of the dream. -Robert Crais

I don't want to spoil the magic, but it's a very curious thing that honestly baffles me. It's the nearest we'll ever get to playing God, to suddenly produce these fully formed creatures. It is a bit odd. Other aspects you work out more – you rework sentences, you rework imagery. But not characters. -Kate Atkinson

The Vatican is like a huge kind of magician's club. The more you look into it the more awful it becomes. And they're laughing at us. That's when I get angry. -Peter Mullan

When you work with David Lynch, you never know where he's going next and that's exciting. He's like a magician pulling out new tricks. -Richard Beymer

If there are no films or plays of interest to me, I don't go. I know how to go to a museum or a library or pick up a good magazine or I can watch the sun set. I know how to live. There's a whole creation out there full of magic and wonder to be explored. -Phylicia Rashad

Any time women come together with a collective intention, it's a powerful thing. Whether it's sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens. -Phylicia Rashad

I don't make the decision about what percentage of good guy or bad guy I play. For some reason, if I put my energy into the bad guy, that scares people. It's magic. -Rutger Hauer

I just play intuitively and work the same way in the studio. I don't have any magical effects or anything that helps me to get my particular sound. -David Gilmour

Theaters are always going to be around, and doing fine. With computers and technology, we're becoming more and more secluded from each other. And the movie theater is one of the last places where we can still gather and experience something together. I don't think the desire for that magic will ever go away. -Wolfgang Petersen

The first season of 'Community' stumbled a bit because the plotlines too often veered into realism, but that is not a problem anymore. Not when prize episodes concern a campuswide blanket fort, or a secret garden with a magic trampoline. -Rob Sheffield

That's been the most exciting part of the show – incorporating the magic and the acrobats and the singing and dancing to make our 'Pippin.' -Patina Miller

I'm not a writer who looks for the fantastic and the sensational. I like the world we've got. If there is anything special and magical, I have to find it in the ordinary stuff. -Graham Swift

Every Christmas now for years, I have found myself wondering about the point of the celebration. As the holiday has become more ecumenical and secular, it has lost much of the magic that I remember so fondly from childhood. -Whitley Strieber

I am richer than Davy Crockett. I can settle back and do what I want to do. And what I want to do is card tricks and magic. -Harry Anderson

My father made sure that I had lots of levels of education – from ballroom-dancing to painting, commando training, theatre and magic. -Baz Luhrmann

At Microsoft, the magic of software is used to take on very interesting challenges. -Jeff Raikes

Nobody has a magic lamp which can tell you in advance whether what you say will be effective in persuading an audience. -Maurice Saatchi

Something I didn't even know was on my bucket list has been achieved. I have cooked Thanksgiving dinner with Martha Stewart. I vow to follow the gospel of her teachings and do my very best in the remarkably less glamorous kitchen of my own home… without the luxury of magically appearing prep bowls filled by a staff of sous chefs. -Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Indeed, most magicians catch the bug as kids. My first audience was my family in Long Island. My first 'assistant' was my mother, whom I levitated on a broom in our living room. -Criss Angel

I like to say magic is the world's second oldest profession, a mystical and often awe-inspiring spectacle that, throughout the ages, has blended superstition, trickery and religion. -Criss Angel

We are thrilled to work with Fun and share the same sentiment that we want do some really exciting and innovative things for the magic community. -Criss Angel

Houdini connected to people on an emotional level so that when he would escape that straight jacket it wasn't about the straight jacket. It was about people looking at it and escaping poverty. When you have that it's the truest form of magic. -Criss Angel

I came up with the term 'mindfreak' because I didn't like the word 'magician.' I felt like I wanted to coin a term that would be basically the reaction to my art. It would be a mindfreak and so that's why I came up with that. But, many people say I'm really a student of humanity and psychology. -Criss Angel

To me, it's never about the trick. I don't care about how something works. I care about how people feel when they watch it. You know, that – that connection – that emotional connection is true magic. -Criss Angel

You can just go to a magic shop or magic builder and buy what most magicians do, but that's not what I'm about. With 'Mindfreak' on television and 'Believe' live, I want to bring things that people have never seen before. That process is very difficult. It's very challenging, and you never know how long it's going to take – months or years. -Criss Angel

I think we can really use magic in a way never attempted before to inspire these children, help rally their self-confidence and even help them develop social skills. This is a national effort, not just here in Las Vegas. I know we can give them a true passion. -Criss Angel

The magic kit we developed with Idea Village is an extraordinary success in 40,000 stores across America. The TV commercial we shot for it has produced amazing results – unbelievable. -Criss Angel

There are somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 working magic professionals in the world, and since we debuted our Magic Kit, we have sold over 1 million. So it's for people who have a strong interest, but be it for one trick or a lifetime, we will be there for them. We will guide them so they don't waste their money. -Criss Angel

You wind up creating from silence, like painting a picture on a blank canvas that could bring tears to somebody's eyes. As songwriters, our blank canvas is silence. Then we write a song from an idea that can change somebody's life. Songwriting is the closest thing to magic that we could ever experience. That's why I love songwriting. -Rodney Atkins

There's plenty to read about keeping your sanity while raising children, but it's all common-sense stuff about task division and taking breaks and the relentlessly repeated magic of date night with your spouse. What's missing is some 'tude. -Jeffrey Kluger

Los Angeles is a very magical place when you take the entertainment industry out of it. You have beautiful beaches and amazing mountains here. I'm a big rock climber. I head out into the mountains whenever I have free time. It's amazing. -Alex Pettyfer

When I'm in 'Man vs. Wild' mode, it's not pleasure. Every sensor is firing and I'm on reserve power all the time and I'm digging deep – and that's the magic of it as well, and that's raw and it's great. -Bear Grylls

When I'm an audience member I do not want to go and see something that I already know, I want to see something that I don't know. I want to be surprised and stimulated to think about something. I want the magic. I want to be in a situation of uncertainty; that's what excites me. -Meredith Monk

It's a job. When I'm writing I'm going to do it five to six days a week and I'm going to work for four to six hours a day. There's no magic writing fairy. It's just hard work. -Candace Bushnell

I was born in Swindon… a place that always looked west. I found that wherever I go I love to have a room with a view of the western sky. My late brother and I, when we were small, had a room at the back of the house that overlooked the sunset; and both for he and I it was kind of magical. -Justin Hayward

When I'm hiring someone I look for magic and a spark. Little things that intuitively give me a gut feeling that this person will go to the ends of the earth to accomplish the task at hand. -Tommy Mottola

The Rascals are something else. They're up there with the Beatles, and Stones and Byrds. That level of musicality. They have a real chemistry. It is like magic. -Steven Van Zandt

There's a magic that comes from playing entirely to who you are. I've got my specialist subject – in the Mastermind sense – and I wouldn't change it, or who I am. -Chris Ofili

It's hard sometimes to capture magic when it comes to live records. -Josh Turner

I'd do a demo recording by myself, layering instruments on top of one another, and while that's fun, it doesn't have the same impact as getting some great players together in a great studio with a great engineer and producer, then waiting for the magic. -Bernie Leadon

Horses have really distinct personalities, and they're magical in many ways. -Michael Mann

When it comes to serious cuts to major programs like Medicaid, the American people are not calling for leadership but magic. They want cuts with no pain. -Juan Williams

Kids delight in 'magical thinking', whether in the form of the Tooth Fairy or the saints: whether you see these as comforting lies or eternal verities, they are part of how we help kids make sense of the world. -Emma Donoghue

There's something magical about Oaxaca and the vibe of the people. -Mike White

Working with Terry Gilliam was magic – I've been watching his films since I was little. -Paloma Faith

There are some great actors I don't want to meet because I don't want to know how they did it. I don't want to know anything about their personal life, and the illusion, or whatever it is, the shape-shiftery magic stuff that they do, which is my joy. -Rupert Friend

Sometimes, magic is just someone spending more time on something than anyone else might reasonably expect. -Teller

Indian street magic tends to be very gory, blood and guts. One trick is for a magician to take a knife and appear to cut his kid's head almost off. The magician then says to the crowd, 'Well I can continue to cut off my son's head or you can all give me some money.' Then he wanders around and takes 10 rupees from everyone and restores his son. -Teller

In America, magic has never been an important part of peoples' lives. -Teller

Nobody who is a Penn & Teller fan thinks of us first and foremost as magicians, but as a comedy team. -Teller

People do not come to a Penn & Teller show to see a magic show. They just don't. They come to see weird stuff that they can see no place else, that will make them laugh and make the little hairs stand up on the backs of their necks. -Teller

When a magician lets you notice something on your own, his lie becomes impenetrable. -Teller

Every time you perform a magic trick, you're engaging in experimental psychology. If the audience asks, 'How the hell did he do that?' then the experiment was successful. -Teller

Generally, magicians don't know what to say, so they say stupid and redundant crap like, 'Here I am holding a red ball.' -Teller

When I sit here and see that the eight brothers from the neighborhood that I grew up with still have success, it had to be magical. I doubt if you get another 'Wu-Tang Clan.' That might be harder than getting the new 'Jackson Five.' Certain groups you only get one time, and we just happened to be that group. -Raekwon

Trust is a core currency of any relationship. Sometimes our need to control and micromanage everything erodes our confidence in ourselves and others. The truth: People are much more capable than we think. A hearty dose of trust is often what's needed to unlock the magic. Go ahead, have faith. -Kris Carr

Dinner is where the magic happens in the kitchen. -Kris Carr

I kind of blossomed backwards. I got cancer, fell in love and have a magical life. I never imagined it would happen that way, but you just go with the flow, right? -Kris Carr

Eating lighter makes you lighter. No one can wave a magic wand. -Martine McCutcheon

Time travel is such a magic concept. -Matt Smith

I wish that the circuses that were around now felt like they did then. They're not quite as elegant or as magical as they used to be. There was something about the old tent shows, the Big Top, the canvas, the lights, the sawdust, the hay and the animals that's just missing now. Now, it's all urbanized and maybe a little garish. -Francis Lawrence

What interests me about clocks is that everything is hand-made, and yet to the person looking at the clock, something magical is happening that cannot be explained unless you are the clockmaker. -Brian Selznick

I definitely think my work comes from things that I liked as a kid, and things I still like now. Monsters and magic and museums and movies, a lot of things that start with 'M' for some reason. -Brian Selznick

I have for a long time loved fabulist, imaginative fiction, such as the writing of Italo Calvino, Jose Saramago, Michael Bulgakov, and Salman Rushdie. I also like the magic realist writers, such as Borges and Marquez, and feel that interesting truths can be learned about our world by exploring highly distorted worlds. -Alan Lightman

I have always loved magic realism as a form of writing. I have also been fascinated for a long time with the intersection of science and religion. -Alan Lightman

This is the real magic of fantasy fiction: it can feed souls and change lives. -David Gemmell

As in, I think 'Badlands' is one of the funniest films of all time: 'Every day I wish I was carried off to a magical land, but that never happened' is one of the funniest lines in any film. -Richard Ayoade

I've stood outside my house in Montana looking at the northern lights… crackling against the night sky. To me, that's magic. -Christopher Paolini

My earliest memory is aged three, seeing sunlight on water and feeling it was really magical. -Miranda July

Venice, the most touristy place in the world, is still just completely magic to me. -Frances Mayes

Writing is literally transformative. When we read, we are changed. When we write, we are changed. It's neurological. To me, this is a kind of magic. -Francesca Lia Block

Many years ago, in the throes of my struggles on the PGA Tour, I had difficulty even getting into pro-ams. I needed money, so I put together a 45-minute magic show I'd perform at corporate events surrounding the tournament. -Gary McCord

My interest in magic was kindled by Steve Martin, the comedian I'd gone to high school with. -Gary McCord

Oh, I just tend to believe in things when I'm writing them. For instance, when I was writing 'Doctor Dee,' I believed in magic. And when I wrote 'Hawksmoor' I believed in psychic geography. But as soon as I type the last full stop, I'm back to being a complete blank again. -Peter Ackroyd

For a lot of kids, reading is not magical. It's really hard work. -Jon Scieszka

The world's central banks and the International Monetary Fund still have vaults full of bullion, even though currencies are no longer backed by gold. Governments hold on to it as a kind of magic symbol, a way of reassuring people that their money is real. -James Surowiecki

For me, the magic of Hawaii comes from the stillness, the sea, the stars. -Joanne Harris

We're not going to find a magic cure for cancer. We've got to prevent it. -Joel Fuhrman

Why does the past seem so magical, so fraught, so luminous? At the time it was just, ugh, another boring bloody day. But, to look back on, it's a day full of miracles and light and extraordinary events. Why is this? What process do we apply to the past, to give it this vividness? I don't know. -John Banville

You don't just leave Los Angeles. Such a departure requires magical intervention. You can't simply purchase a ticket to another destination. You must disappear. -Kate Braverman

Every decently-made object, from a house to a lamp post to a bridge, spoon or egg cup, is not just a piece of 'stuff' but a physical embodiment of human energy, testimony to the magical ability of our species to take raw materials and turn them into things of use, value and beauty. -Kevin McCloud

Technology and industry have distanced people from nature and magic and human values. -Laura Esquivel

Baking makes me focus. On weighing the sugar. On sieving the flour. I find it calming and rewarding because, in fairness, it is sort of magic – you start off with all this disparate stuff, such as butter and eggs, and what you end up with is so totally different. And also delicious. -Marian Keyes

There is a widespread assumption that simply because my generation of women has the good fortune to live in a world touched by the feminist movement, that means everything we do is magically imbued with its agenda, but it doesn't work that way. -Ariel Levy

The moment that we realize our attention has wandered is the magic moment of the practice, because that's the moment we have the chance to be really different. Instead of judging ourselves, and berating ourselves, and condemning ourselves, we can be gentle with ourselves. -Sharon Salzberg

Meditation is not the construction of something foreign, it is not an effort to attain and then hold on to a particular experience. We may have a secret desire that through meditation we will accumulate a stockpile of magical experiences, or at least a mystical trophy or two, and then we will be able to proudly display them for others to see. -Sharon Salzberg

One of the least arduous but most productive of gardening jobs, the magic of deadheading never fails to delight me. It was a revelation when the principle was explained to me: that flowers are the attempt by the plant to reproduce itself. So if you cut the heads off before the flower turns into seeds, the plant will continue to flower. -Tom Hodgkinson

The terrible thing about the Internet and Amazon is that they take the magic and happy chaos out of book shopping. The Internet might give you what you want, but it won't give you what you need. -Tom Hodgkinson

Spiritual life can certainly follow the pattern one sees in the fake martial arts, with most teachers making nebulous and magical claims that never get tested, while their students derange themselves with weird ideas, empty rituals, and other affectations. -Sam Harris

I have dictated stories from an airport after writing the story out in longhand on the plane that I got from phone interviews and then was applauded by editors for 'working magic.' -Rick Bragg

To me, NASA is kind of the magical kingdom. I was sort of a geek, and you go there, and there are just these wondrously strange things and people. -Mary Roach

Bridging the virtual world with the physical word is really when social media channels come to life and the magic happens. Because whoever coined the term 'social media' didn't do us any favors. It's not really media. It's more like the telephone, less like the TV. -Amy Jo Martin

I've always believed in the power of prayer. One prayer can accomplish more than a thousand plans. That isn't a magic formula, but it's an idea that if you pray, keep praying and then praying some more. -Mark Batterson

What the mortgage bubble was all about was big banks like Goldman Sachs taking big bundles of subprime mortgages that were lent out largely to low-income, highly risky borrowers, and applying this kind of magic-pixie-dust math to these bundles of securities and slapping AAA ratings on them. -Matt Taibbi

'Harry Potter' achieved a very special act of actual magic: it made it completely acceptable for an adult to carry around, read and enjoy a children's book. -Maureen Johnson

Religion is like magic. It is all about tricks. -Michel Onfray

For centuries, magicians have intuitively taken advantage of the inner workings of our brains. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

Let me tell you something about full moons: kids don't care about full moons. They'll play in a full moon, no worries at all. They only get scared of magic or werewolves from stupid adults and their stupid adult stories. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

Being a playwright of any race is difficult, and Lord knows it gets more difficult the further you get from the middle of the road. I don't know what kind of magic my mojo is working, but it's working. -Suzan-Lori Parks

What is magical and mystifying to me about style is not that by seeing we can believe. It is that eventually, we can believe, because we can see… we can embrace change the more we can make it tangible. -Stacy London

Just having the camera, being able to pull back from situations and be an observer, it saved my life… I realised I could find these intimate moments and that people trusted me. That, basically, my camera was magic. -Ryan McGinley

I can cite a few cases of where people have tampered around with magic and witchcraft that they've been very severely frightened and traumatised by some of the outcomes. I mean we are playing with fire, and I had to say that. -Peter Hollingworth

Life would be very dreary if there were no magic. If the real world were only that veil of tears, I just don't think could get up in the morning. -Victoria Moran

I am not into the unrealistic realm of magic realism where birds talk. -Vikas Swarup

My mother was working on her college degree throughout my childhood, and being the youngest in the family, that meant being dragged to a lot of her classes. She majored in playwriting, so I was exposed to theatre from a very young age, and it was just the most magical world to me. -Valorie Curry

Every day you can write a song but some days there is just some magic in the air and something special about the catch; other days you write all day on a song line or idea. -Lee Brice

Fantasy appeals to me and can be very much reflected in my dress – but then, each day is different. Not every day is a magical day. -Daphne Guinness

From the beginning of time, we've told stories, Shamans and Medicine People, and not to be pompous about it, but I feel like that is the lineage I take down and where I come from. There is magic to storytelling. -Lynn Collins

Actors and magicians are both performers, and they represent things that are not necessarily who they are. -Steve Carell

Whatever life lesson I'm going through at any point in my life, projects just somehow magically appear that help me work through it. -Victoria Clark

I really love middle-grade. Middle-grade books have a little more of a magical, light-hearted feel. You can be a little bit more quirky, you can have a little more humor. It doesn't get so dark and deep. -James Dashner

I've lived in many things – boats, caravans, and buses. I've been homeless, I've had no money: everything. But I believe in magic, and having a vision. The tough times made me a warrior. I work hard. -Neon Hitch

As a kid growing up in Southern California, I was a frequent visitor to the Disneyland and developed a deep love of the magic and wonder of Disney. -Kidada Jones

When I write my books, actually, I'm known for very logical rule-based magic systems. I write with one foot in fantasy and one foot in science fiction. -Brandon Sanderson

Good evening, ladies and gentleman. My name is Orson Welles. I am an actor. I am a writer. I am a producer. I am a director. I am a magician. I appear onstage and on the radio. Why are there so many of me and so few of you? -Orson Welles

I've been in the studio when you go through a track and you run down a track and you know even before the singer starts singing, you know the track is swinging… you know you have a multimillion-seller hit – and what you're working on suddenly has magic. -Ahmet Ertegun

My parents sent me from Venezuela to the Convent of Our Lady, a boarding school in Hastings, which was horrible – like Harry Potter without the magic. Sometimes we went into town, and if we were caught chewing gum in our uniform, members of the public would take down our names and report us to the school. -Carmen Busquets

I'm an incurable romantic, and Casablanca's one of the most romantic pictures I've ever seen – the combination of Bogart and Bergman is just magical. -Ken Adam

I miss aspects of being in the Arab world – the language – and there is a tranquility in these cities with great rivers. Whether it's Cairo or Baghdad, you sit there and you think, 'This river has flown here for thousands of years.' There are magical moments in these places. -Zaha Hadid

I think making a movie or a record, the best things happen by accident – and those end up being the magic. Every time I've followed my gut it's been better than when I've tried to do what I was supposed to do. -Zooey Deschanel

Real laughter is spontaneous. Like water from the spring it bubbles forth a creation of mingled action and spontaneity – two magic potions in themselves – the very essence of laughter – the unrestrained emotion within us! -Douglas Fairbanks

He who confesses magic or sorcery shall do penance for the time of murder, and shall be treated in the same manner as he who convicts himself of this sin. -Saint Basil

The magic words 'on the Internet,' if inserted into nearly any sentence, seem to protect it from normal critical scrutiny. -Nathan Myhrvold

I hope people remember me as a guy who brought magic to the people. You know, pushed the boundaries of wonder. -David Blaine

I don't think you can say something is or isn't magic. That's what was cool about Houdini, because he was a magician who had a magic show, but he was also an escape artist, and they kind of, over time, blended together. They both kind of enhance each other, I think. -David Blaine

I remember finding a Houdini book at the library and seeing an image of him chained on the side of a building. He looked so intense and scary, and I couldn't get that image out of my head. That started building up my love of magic. -David Blaine

Whether you're shuffling a deck of cards or holding your breath, magic is pretty simple: It comes down to training, practice, and experimentation, followed up by ridiculous pursuit and relentless perseverance. -David Blaine

Well, I also love magic, which is, you know, different than showmanship. Magic's an art where you use slight of hand or illusion to create wonder. -David Blaine

When I was about 19, I shot a tape of me doing magic just to people on the streets, and I would edit together all the reactions and I kept pushing this idea, and then ABC came on board and made my first show. -David Blaine

I consider myself a showman, and I love magic, and I love art, and I love performance, and they're all separate. -David Blaine

I'm not particularly interested in painting, per se. I'm interested in a painting that has that mysterious life to it. Anything that doesn't partake of that magic is halfway dead – it returns to its physical elements, it's just paint and canvas. -Caio Fonseca

I have the utmost admiration for makeup artists. It's truly magical what they can accomplish with their materials. The face and the body are really their canvas. -Richard Phillips

Every time I imagine a garden in an architectural setting, it turns into a magical place. I think of gardens I have seen, that I believe I have seen, that I long to see, surrounded by simple walls, columns, arcades or the facades of buildings – sheltered places of great intimacy where I want to stay for a long time. -Peter Zumthor

If it came to a magic genie, I would ask him for two extra wishes. One would be that no one would have to live with the muscular dystrophy disease or any disease. And the second one would be world peace, that we just stop fighting, talk about things, and we could live in harmony once again, like God intended us to do. -Mattie Stepanek

Wes Anderson's mind must be an exciting place for a story idea to be born. It immediately becomes more than a series of events and is transformed into a world with its own rules, in which everything is driven by emotions and desires as convincing as they are magical. -Roger Ebert

There's nothing magic about working with franchisees. What you have to do is help them improve their business. -Greg Brenneman

Just like those little Viewmaster slides, there's a inherent magic that's captured in 3D that you can't get in drawn animation or in CG. -Henry Selick

What stop-motion does best is present real objects magically brought to life in a very imperfect situation; the hand of the artist is there, the electricity of someone touching, massaging and torturing themselves to get life out of an inanimate object. -Henry Selick

The problem is that music is selfish in that you need to make it for yourself, so that you can give it away, and those two things don't jive. I needed to find the right reason to play that had the magic and mystery and excitement that made me want to play in the first place. -Josh Homme

When I saw the Penderecki concert in London, in '92 or '93, I thought there were speakers in the room. It was just strings. But I could hear these kind of buzzings and rumblings, and I was like, 'Where is this all coming from?' And that was just better, to my ears. Odder, stranger, more magical. -Jonny Greenwood

I think what makes Narnia a magical place is that it offers escapism – escapism from a world that is so different from the reality known by the characters and the reality known by the fans. -Will Poulter

All our behaviours are a result of neurophysiological activity in the brain. There is no reason to believe there is any magic going on. -Steven Pinker

A word is an arbitrary label – that's the foundation of linguistics. But many people think otherwise. They believe in word magic: that uttering a spell, incantation, curse, or prayer can change the world. Don't snicker: Would you ever say, 'Nothing has gone wrong yet' without looking for wood to knock? -Steven Pinker

My mother's dad dropped out of the eighth grade to work. He had to. By the time he was 30, he was a master electrician, plumber, carpenter, mason, mechanic. That guy was, to me, a magician. Anything that was broken, he could fix. Anybody anywhere in our community knew that if there was a problem, Carl was there to fix it. -Mike Rowe

My interest was magic, believe it or not. I became an amateur magician and did something like 400 magic shows through my teen years. -David Pogue

My little self-analysis is that consumer technology is the closest thing we have to magic. You push a button and something happens at your command. The things that get me fired up the most have always been the things that seem the most magical. -David Pogue

For me, there is very little difference between magic and art. To me, the ultimate act of magic is to create something from nothing: It's like when the stage magician pulls the rabbit from the hat. -Alan Moore

I've had years of bizarre hallucinogenic magical experiences in which I believed I had communicated with entities that may well have been disassociated parts of my own personality or conceivably some independent entity of a metaphysical nature. Both would seem equally interesting. -Alan Moore

Writing for other artists helped me figure out that magic you have to capture to make everyone connect with a song. -Bruno Mars

Music's the one thing I try not to analyze. I don't want to destroy the magic that has always been there for me. -Dwight Yoakam

To be a mother is a magical experience. The whole body is transformed by this. -Gisele Bundchen

I don't think people need to know what colour socks I'm wearing today; I don't think people need to know what shower gel I'm using. There's too much information in the world, and there's no magic or mystery anymore. -Noel Gallagher

Too little attention is paid to the dark side of incentives. They are anything but a magic bullet. Psychologists have known this for years, but it seems largely hidden from the world of commerce. -Barry Schwartz

Through my research, I found that vulnerability is the glue that holds relationships together. It's the magic sauce. -Brene Brown

Greece is the most magical place on Earth. -Kylie Bax

There's absolutely nothing irrational about me; insane, yes, irrational, no. But my dumbest fear would be spinning in the magic tea cups. Who the hell wants to pay to spin around like a bent yoyo for laughs? -Akshay Kumar

I think magic, whether I'm holding my breath or shuffling a deck of cards, is pretty simple. It's practice, it's training, and it's – It's practice, it's training and experimenting, while pushing through the pain to be the best that I can be. -David Blaine

Go out and collect data and, instead of having the answer, just look at the data and see if the data tells you anything. When we're allowed to do this with companies, it's almost magical. -Steven Levitt

We need a pedagogy free from fear and focused on the magic of children's innate quest for information and understanding. -Sugata Mitra

Phrases that have historical significance or become headlines don't just magically appear in the moment. They are mindfully planned. -Nancy Duarte

Let's dare to release our immature fantasies of a magically faultless U.S. system and a magically protected election process. We have been lucky as a nation, but sometimes continued luck depends on action. -Naomi Wolf

There's something magical about film, it's the ultimate for me, because it's kind of permanent – inasmuch as anything is. When I went to see Buster Keaton when I was about 14 and I came out of the cinema having really laughed at this film which had been made 50 years before, I thought: That's immortality. It's fantastic. -Paul Merton

I'm fanatical about movies: African, European, Viking, Roman. I got into witchcraft and magic from watching 'Bewitched' and 'The Wizard of Oz,' which shows in some of my outfits. I dress to reflect the whole spectrum of the universe. -Afrika Bambaataa

Art is a deception that creates real emotions – a lie that creates a truth. And when you give yourself over to that deception, it becomes magic. -Marco Tempest

The tricks of magic follow the archetypes of narrative fiction – there are tales of creation and loss, death and resurrection, and obstacles that must be overcome. -Marco Tempest

I combine magic and science to create illusions. I work with new media and interactive technologies, things like artificial intelligence or computer vision, and integrate them in my magic. -Marco Tempest

Combining magic with technology is a good way to influence the trajectory of where technology is going and show people what technology could be in our lives and what it shouldn't be. -Marco Tempest

I did magic all my life from the time I was 12, and I like to tap into the magic from history. -Marco Tempest

My products and magic are free, but on the commercial side of what I do, the big tech companies are impressed with somebody like me who can emotionalize a piece of technology. -Marco Tempest

I've always wanted to be a mom because I want to give a kid all of the magical gifts my mom gave to me, such as love and friendship. She and I had this incredible connection that was so unbelievable. -Jennifer Love Hewitt

After 40 years of not playing, I admit I'm totally in love with my guitar. It's a Froggy Bottom acoustic steel string guitar. All I have to do is hit a couple of clean chords and the endorphins are right there. It's like the top of my head has come off and stardust and magic have fallen in. -April Gornik

I'm in love with red. I think it's such a passionate color. Every flag of every country pretty much has red it it. It's power, there's no fence sitting with red. Either you love it or you don't. I think its blood and strength and life. I do love red. I love all colors. Great shades of blue, you find them in nature. They're all magic. -Bryan Batt

I had acting teachers, and one of the things that was encouraged was to keep it fresh, to be spontaneous. That's the magic of film often. -Matt Dillon

I listen to a lot of Chicago blues, I suppose. It reminds me of growing up, I guess. But I'm also obsessed by close-harmony groups. Actually, I'm fascinated particularly by brother duos, how they blend together. The Everly Brothers, the Stanley Brothers, The McQuarrys. There's something inherently magical about harmony. -John C. Reilly

I feel very guilty doing magic because you're deceiving somebody. -Jesse Eisenberg

There's something just magical about flight. Period. -Graham Hawkes

I'm not a fan of simulations. Where, 'Oh, we'll go play a simulation of world peace and figure out how to make peace' and then somehow magically that will get translated into the real world. No, that's not the kind of games that I make. -Jane McGonigal

There's something really magical about having a child – it's like permission to begin again, start over, reevaluate some things, check yourself. Recognize yourself. And that's kind of what happened with me – I realized, in a few places, I was going down the wrong path. -Jill Scott

At culinary school, none of the things we use to define ourselves outside that world – actor, producer, student – none of that matters. It's a magical art form. -Eric Christian Olsen

Studying neuro-linguistic programming is what teaches you how to implant and extract thoughts. Mixing psychology, hypnotism and magic somewhat goes into this area called mentalism, which is what I mostly do. It's magic of the mind. -Keith Barry

By combining elements such as hypnosis, magic, neurolinguistic programming and psychology, I can make it appear that I can hack into people's brains. -Keith Barry

There's something magical about theater. You can live the character every single day to the point where you become that person. -Grace Gummer

'Deadwood' was a magical experience. It was an absolute culmination of everything I've ever wanted to do as an actor as an artist, and I was enormously proud to have been involved with it. -Jim Beaver

If I wasn't an actress, I'd be a designer. I love interior design and inventing things that are practical but also beautiful – looking at a space and creating magic. -Deborra-Lee Furness

I've done everything from cater, wait tables, pre-school teacher, painting, to being Cinderella, Elmo, a clown, nanny, selling hair… I would do kid's parties and entertain and do magic and paint faces and balloon animals. The highlight of my life. -Diora Baird

Consumers want products that tell stories, have magic, and inspire. -Yves Behar

The magic question is, 'What for?' But art is not for anything. Art is the ultimate goal. -William McDonough

I've love the challenge of doing something new. Bollywood is magical. -Indira Varma

Life is going by, and if you don't do something about your dreams and make them a reality and start to love who you are as yourself, then you will not be able to embrace any of those dreams. Who you are is the immense magic. -Ellen Greene

It's a very hard thing for all of us to accept ourselves at all the different stages – the horrible side, the wonderful side, the adorable side – and who you are as a grownup. And then to bring what you learned as a child to that grownup: that is the magic of creativity. -Ellen Greene

Acting is reacting… there's a magic when you're working with another actor. With voice acting, you're doing it alone, all in your head. So, you have to re-create that essence by yourself. It's not necessarily more difficult. It's just a different set of skills. -Josh Keaton

If you go back a few hundred years, what we take for granted today would seem like magic – being able to talk to people over long distances, to transmit images, flying, accessing vast amounts of data like an oracle. These are all things that would have been considered magic a few hundred years ago. -Elon Musk

I believe in the magic of preparation. You can make just about any foods taste wonderful by adding herbs and spices. Experiment with garlic, cilantro, basil and other fresh herbs on vegetables to make them taste great. -Jorge Cruise

The magic of movie-making is that you get to fulfill your own dreams. -Maggie Carey

If I had a magic wand, I would live in a building in New York, big enough so my friends, my family could all have apartments in it. We'd raise our kids in the same space and have backyard barbecues and get old and fat together. -Liz Murray

I think people know Steve Jobs the showman. I think people know the guy who stood up and gave the keynotes. The magician. The salesman. -Ashton Kutcher

I love to bake. There's something very ritualistic about it, kind of magic. -Rachel Miner

That one thing you do give up when you get married is that magic moment of meeting someone, and the sparks and the spontaneity. -Katie Aselton

With Yale, my world got so big all of a sudden. At school, if you could dream it, someone would make it so that you could do it. It was magical. I had a lot going on, as you do when you're 17, and didn't necessarily capitalize on all of it, but it made me see possibility in a way that I hadn't before. -Bellamy Young

Film is a truly magical medium. -Tom Savini

I would like to go back and spend a Christmas with my family and myself when I was five years old and just see what that dynamic would be like. Observe it. I think it would be a magical gift. -Sharon Lawrence

It's been an amazing life. It's really just been the most magical thing for me – and I have these musical friends from all walks of life. -Mavis Staples

Consensus doesn't happen by magic… You have to drive to it. -Christine Quinn

For me, my taste isn't limited to magical films. Whatever I read and I like, I go up for, and a lot of the time it's an American accent which can be quite trying, but I'm working on it as much as I can. -William Moseley

I want to walk the red carpet at the Oscars. I am in awe of the ceremony, and winning an Oscar would be the most magical moment of my life. I want to make that speech and hold that trophy and say, 'This is for you, India.' That's the line I have rehearsed for God knows how long. But that has to be for a Hindi language film. -Karan Johar

As a child, as a cinemagoer, I think there is nothing better than being in a cinema or watching a film. I think it's just a while magical… it almost feels like you're at a big party in India, where you're singing, you're dancing, you're laughing, you're crying, you feel like you're at a wedding because our films invariably cover all emotions. -Karan Johar

I'm a magician. I've learned to do some really cool tricks like levitating myself and melting forks. -Blake Michael

With 'Stardust', I hope what I was doing is giving 30-year-olds and 40-year-olds and 25-year-olds and 60-year-olds a chance to get the same sense of wonder, the same feeling, the same magic, that they got in reading the classic fairy tales as children. -Neil Gaiman

There is a mystique about psychiatry that people think that you have some kind of a magical lens, you know, Superman's X-ray vision into the soul. One of the reasons I left psychiatry is that I didn't believe that. -Charles Krauthammer

In the course of his presidency, Obama has gone from an almost magical charismatic figure to an ordinary politician. Ordinary. Average. -Charles Krauthammer

Ideas matter. Legislative proposals matter. Slick campaigns and dazzling speeches can work for a while, but the magic always wears off. -Charles Krauthammer

I'm addicted to New York, and I like L.A., as I have kids there. Sometimes I think New Mexico is the one place where I could almost live there. It helps your acting; there's magic in that place. -Mark Margolis

Every year I spend one month just sailing, but I still work when I'm on the boat. You never separate work from leisure. A boat is like a magic world, like a little island. -Renzo Piano

I always feel like there's something magic in recording studios. There's a reason good music continues to be made in them. It's just some mojo element. -Rick Rubin

I've always been an outsider. When I did magic, I was the only kid. When I worked with Johnny Cash, I was completely out of place in Nashville. And when I started Def Jam, I was the only white guy in the hip-hop world. -Rick Rubin

From the time I was 9 years old, I loved magic. I was an only child, and I think that had a big impact on me. I always had grown-up friends even though I was a little kid. I would take the train from Lido Beach into Manhattan, and I'd hang out in magic shops. -Rick Rubin

There is magic in my universe, but it's pretty low magic compared to other fantasies. -George R. R. Martin

Now that I'm in 'Nashville,' the thing that I'm loving the most is co-writing. You walk into the room and you shake hands with someone you've never met before and you walk out four hours later and you've got this thing… sharing ideas and everything, it's almost magical, like a miracle. -Chip Esten

When the audience enjoys your performance, you feel like a magician who is doing magic. It's a great feeling! -Kailash Kher

For us Indians, I don't think English can ever exude that magic of emotions which our mother tongue can. -Kailash Kher

I've been doing magic since I was five years old, and when I was trying to get acting gigs, I found I could make a good living at it. It's great to kind of shake the cobwebs off and get the feeling of a live audience again. I love close-up magic, the card stuff, the coin stuff, the really up-close David Blaine stuff. -Steve Valentine

When I first came to L.A., I worked at the Magic Castle, and it was so much fun. But the best part of magic for me these days is not having to do it for a living. It's being able to pull a trick out when people least expect it, when they don't know that you do magic. -Steve Valentine

The only genre of movie that I could see making that doesn't have anything magical or otherworldly about it would be a war film. I'm very interested in history, and a war film could be something that would lure me in. -Neill Blomkamp

I don't write diaries and things like that, but I have a fantastic memory. I call that like a magic carpet. I can really concentrate and travel back in the past I don't know how many years from now and evoke that space if I wanted. -Francoise Gilot

The household I grew up in… was rather like an Ovaltine advert. There was a huge fire, a kettle on the fire, the oven with the bread being baked every day, and there was the radio; it was very magical to hear all these wonderful programmes. -Brian Blessed

There's something magical still about it when I get in a darkroom, and you've shot a roll of film and you develop it and you look at your negatives, and there's, like, imagery there. That always stuns me. -Jessica Lange

I love witches and magic and dress-up and make-believe. -Helena Bonham Carter

I always tell girls who say they want to start a band but don't have any talent, 'Well, neither do I.' I mean, I can carry a tune, but anyone who picks up a bass can figure it out. You don't have to have magic unicorn powers. -Kathleen Hanna

I had the most magical childhood, running free and going anywhere I wanted to in my head. -Taylor Swift

A sequel is such a daunting thing, because you don't want to lose the magic and the charm of the first one. -Sandra Bullock

I want witchcraft so bad that I can't stand it. I have wands in my apartment. And I use them sometimes. I walk into the kitchen with my wand, and I come out with something on a platter and I say, 'See, magic happens.' Works every time. -Amy Sedaris

I had a magic kit. I never really followed through on it, but I had my phase of wanting to do it, sure. -Steve Buscemi

Growing up, yeah, I had a magic kit with learn tricks and learn card tricks, but I was never… I used to watch whatever magic special was on as a kid, but then, it's not that I lost interest, but to be a magician, you really, it's really hard work. Learning lines is hard enough; learning sleight of hand, that's real practice. -Steve Buscemi

I haven't made anything I don't believe in. I've always started a movie with a song in my heart, and even when I'm a little unclear about it, something magical happens and it comes into focus in a way that I'm feeling good about. -Nicolas Cage

Often you hear stories about never working with children. I disagree because children still have that residual magical thinking. They haven't had their imagination knocked out of them by turning into adults and life experiences. -Nicolas Cage

I definitely went through my magic phase. I think all little boys do at some point or another – they get fascinated by magic tricks. -Nicolas Cage

If you want to talk about magic, the stuff that blows me away is the stuff that's done close up. -Penn Jillette

I came to magic absolutely hating magic on a very, very deep level. -Penn Jillette

Modern American magic, late 20th century magic, is tremendously disrespectful of the audience. -Penn Jillette

I never wanted to be a magician. I never wanted to be a comedian. I never wanted to be onstage. -Penn Jillette

For the most part, any serious magic show is not using very much technology newer than theatrical lights. -Penn Jillette

Everybody is designing magic iPhone apps that do things that are really, really beautiful, but a really important thing about magic is that the gimmick has to be ugly. -Penn Jillette

All David Blaine is is a good-looking magician. -Penn Jillette

I intend to do the Penn & Teller show until they pry my cheesy magic wand from my cold dead fingers. -Penn Jillette

There are performers who have built their whole career doing magic on TV and can't really perform live at all – don't really have jobs and skills. -Penn Jillette

One of the things that Teller and I are obsessed with, one of the reasons that we're in magic, is the difference between fantasy and reality. That is the subject that, if you have a brain in your head, is always dealt with in magic. The smarter the tricks you're doing, the more that' s an important thing. -Penn Jillette

One thing you learn doing magic tricks for a living is how close every performance of every magic trick is to disaster. There are no robust magic tricks. They're all hanging from a thread – sometimes literally. -Penn Jillette

The only secret of magic is that I'm willing to work harder on it than you think it's worth. -Penn Jillette

The human race is a very, very magical race. We have a magic power of witches and wizards. We're here on this earth to unravel the mystery of this planet. The planet is asking for it. -Yoko Ono

If I could wave a magic wand and be anything, I'd be a really respected, really successful author. That's a hard combination to get, though. I really enjoy acting, and it's easier, frankly. -Christine Elise

Remember travel agents? Remember how they just kind of vanished one day? Well, that's where all the other jobs that once made us middle class are going, to that same magical, class-killing, job-sucking wormhole into which travel agency jobs vanished, never to return. -Douglas Coupland

As a kid, I was into music, played guitar in a band. Then I started acting in plays in junior high school and just got lost in the puzzle of acting, the magic of it. I think it was an escape for me. -Michael J. Fox

Music deals with time and timing. It's so magical, but when you get into it, every little sound and every little space between the sounds, it's critical, so critical. And if it's not there, it not only feels wrong, but it ruins things. -David Lynch

I am here on Earth to express myself, and the many media of art are my magic carpets that allow me the freedom to do so. -Brandon Boyd

There's no one right way to parent, and there's no magic combination of genders that produces the most well-adjusted child. We all do the best we can at loving our kids and building our families. -Jessica Valenti

I probably get a deeper satisfaction of having taken a very good photograph than of having written something very good, a very good story. Maybe it's because the element of magic is so present in a good photograph – luck and magic, but also hard work and being ready and all that. -Teju Cole

Painting is a lie. It's the most magic of all media, the most transcendent. It makes space where there is no space. -Chuck Close

Surfing is like golf: You're always battling, and it keeps knocking you down. There are a lot of wipeouts. But when you stay with it and catch that wave, you really taste it. It's magic. -Dennis Quaid

Words can have the same kind of magic as riffs can. -Stone Gossard

When you're rehearsing, you get really inspired in the beginning, but then it becomes repetitious and you lose the magic. How do you get the magic again? The magic happens when you're not pushing it. -Nadine Velazquez

Reading with my children is incredibly important to me and a wonderful way to spend time together as a family, exploring magical worlds through books and stories. -Frank Lampard

'Friends' was a magical thing, and no one's going to ever have anything like that again. -Matthew Perry

I guess people assume I have some sort of totally magical life, but I'm a working musician, fortunately. I've worked on my craft, and I'm very fortunate I've been able to survive in a very competitive industry and enjoy my success. It's not easy. -Debbie Harry

I learned to surf for 'Soul Surfer.' Surfing is like golf: You're always battling, and it keeps knocking you down. There are a lot of wipeouts. But when you stay with it and catch that wave, you really taste it. It's magic. -Dennis Quaid

I try to become a singer. The guitar has always been abused with distortion units and funny sorts of effects, but when you don't do that and just let the genuine sound come through, there's a whole magic there. -Jeff Beck

Studying whether there's life on Mars or studying how the universe began, there's something magical about pushing back the frontiers of knowledge. That's something that is almost part of being human, and I'm certain that will continue. -Sally Ride

The magic that you find in surf music, I think, is really timeless. You know, when I was very young, I was in a surf band. Surf music is an instrumental music that still means a lot to me, not in an nostalgic way, but as something that really gets to the heart of the guitar itself. -John Zorn

There's no magic for getting into the groove… just banging away at it. Sometimes the lyrics come first, sometimes the music. -Phil Collins

The decision to write full-time meant I couldn't afford to buy a house. A friend kindly offered me the use of his apartment in a thirty-six-story building full of newlywed couples in the southern area of Jakarta. I didn't like my working space at first, but the scenery and everything going on outside have worked their magic on me. -Andrea Hirata

We've let the blade of our innocence dull over time, and it's only in innocence that you find any kind of magic, any kind of courage. -Sean Penn

Do I believe, for example, that by using magic I could fly? No. How would you get around gravity? Impossible. Do I believe that I might be able to project my consciousness into a very, very vivid simulation of flying? Yeah. Yes, I've done that. Yes, that works. -Alan Moore

The ability to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual imagery with just sheets of words – that's magical. That's what I've been trying to strive for – to draw a clear picture, to open up a new dimension. -Mos Def

I believe people are inherently magical and good. -Sophia Bush

There's something really magical about having a child – it's like permission to begin again, start over, reevaluate some things, check yourself. Recognize yourself. -Jill Scott

Without a doubt, even when I play with Black Label, when we have different guys I play with, everyone always brings their own magic, their own flavor to the soup, hands down. -Zakk Wylde

Once your body is in workout-mode, a few days off won't hurt. Muscle memory is magical. If you work out consistently, you can afford to miss a few sessions and your body will gladly pick up where you left off. -Rachel Nichols

I'm really excited for people to be able to see what else I can do besides high heels and magic powers. -Serinda Swan

The natural inclination in all humans is to posit a force, a spirit, outside of us. That tendency toward superstitious magical thinking is just built into our nature. -Michael Shermer

I feel like my secret magic trick that separates me from a lot of my peers is the bravery to be vulnerable and truthful and honest. -Katy Perry

I love Ireland. I feel very at peace there. It's just magical and beautiful. -Eva Green

I think British men build up the idea of us French girls having some magic extra sex appeal so much, they lose their heads. I can't really understand the whole thing – but it makes me laugh. It's such a cliche to think all French girls are well dressed, elegant, sophisticated and sexy. Some are utter slobs, I promise you that. -Eva Green

I always loved putting on shows – when you're the youngest of seven and five are older sisters, you've got to get noticed somehow! I did puppet shows and magic shows… even ventriloquism. My doll's name was 'Dan,' and I used to write these scripts, and my schoolmate hid under the table and supplied Dan's voice. -David Wenham

Filmmaking is such a collaborative piece of art that you can't look to one person – you couldn't look to me, you couldn't say, 'Because Vin's in it, it's this or that…' It's really all of us coming together for that period of time to try and make magic. -Vin Diesel

The magic of Disneyland, walking through the tunnel underneath the train station to Main Street, it just transports you to other places and other times. -John Lasseter

In circuses, there is a lot of magic. Things become other things. -Twyla Tharp

'Elixir' means magical potion, so I wanted to depict the kind of bottle that was used in ancient times, but that looked modern and chic as well. I also wanted it to have a golden tint to evoke the memories of sands and sunsets. -Shakira

People say all kinds of things about the ingredients of songs. But you know they are a kind of magic, in the sense that they may easily include a stain on your bedroom wall… and a variety of mis-recollections. And then you name it after a girl's name that you just made up. -Tom Waits

Movable type seemed magical to the monks who were illuminating manuscripts and copying texts. Certainly e-books seem magical to me. -Paul Theroux

I'm not really interested in music. Music is just a means of creating a magical state. -Robert Fripp

When I was 9 or 10, I had a ten-cent business: I would walk your dog for a dime, go to the store for a dime, empty your garbage for a dime – and then I could use the money to buy tricks at the magic store. -Lily Tomlin

I kind of thought that stand-up comedy would suffer from the Internet because people seem to know more about the craft of stand-up than ever before. I thought it would seem trite. Kind of like if you know more about magicians, you wouldn't love them. -Jerry Seinfeld

You have to think of your brand as a kind of myth. A myth is a compelling story that is archetypal, if you know the teachings of Carl Jung. It has to have emotional content and all the themes of a great story: mystery, magic, adventure, intrigue, conflicts, contradiction, paradox. -Deepak Chopra

I just wanted to be in show business. I didn't care if I was going to be an actor or a magician or what. Comedy was a point of the least resistance, really. And on the simplest level, I loved comedy. -Steve Martin

When I was younger, I was looking for this magic meaning of life. -Temple Grandin

How does one control weight? By not overeating. How does one stay in shape? One plays sports. There are no magic pills here. -Vladimir Putin

Growing up, I had really bad skin. I had a skin disorder. Yes, I did. And my mother went to great lengths to try to find something to remedy it. I remember she took a trip to Madagascar and came back with all these alternative, medicinal herbs and stuff. They didn't smell so good, but I think they worked some magic. -Lupita Nyong'o

There is something about acting that's mysterious and magical because there is only so much I can do to prepare, and then I have to just let go and breathe and believe that it will come through. -Lupita Nyong'o

I won't do advertising if they bring a layout and say, 'This is what we want to do,' because anybody can do that; it's not interesting. They've got digital and the computer; it's not taking pictures, it's not magic – it's a picture done by committee. -David Bailey

The earliest paintings I loved were always the most non-referential paintings you can imagine, by painters such as Mondrian. I was thrilled by them because they didn't refer to anything else. They stood alone, and they were just charged magic objects that did not get their strength from being connected to anything else. -Brian Eno

I feel, as an adult, I'm very similar to how I was as a pre-teen. Maybe it's a case of arrested development, but I feel like it's easy to slip back into those shoes, and I feel like if we were all magically transported back to our middle school years, we'd all act like we did in middle school. -Jeff Kinney

I'm very excited to see the wonderful 2-D characters in Poptropica come to life in the form of 3-D toys. When I first held the characters in my hands, it felt like magic. I'm excited for kids to have the same feeling! -Jeff Kinney

I was touched by the magic of music. My way to communicate was through my guitar and music. -Juanes

Our obsessive focus on college schooling has blinded us to basic truths. College is a place, not a magic formula. It matters what subjects students study, and subsidies should focus on the subjects that matter the most – not to the students, but to everyone else. -Alex Tabarrok

The funny thing is, when I ask people with dark skin if they would change their color, they tell me no, and when I ask women if they would rather be men, they tell me no, and I get the same response when I ask people with unusual anatomies if they would take a magic pill to erase their unusual features. -Alice Dreger

I love the magic of movies and television, and I always have since I was kid. -Matt Lanter

A girl must have an indefinable magic, real character, a strong sense of self. Her role is to respond to the brief of a photographer or communicate the vision of a designer – while making whatever she does look utterly effortless and whatever she wears utterly seamless. -Erin O'Connor

Royalty is completely different than celebrity. Royalty has a magic all its own. -Philip Treacy

All good work has magic in it, and addresses the mind in a subtle way. -Duane Michals

I have always found photography magical, and became more taken with it whilst modeling. -Hanneli Mustaparta

Seven is the magic figure, because that's a symbolic figure of my favorite deity, Ogun. -Wole Soyinka

Orange blossom water would make a magical addition to your store cupboard. -Yotam Ottolenghi

Good-quality nuts, toasted in a little butter and salt, make a magical addition to many salads. -Yotam Ottolenghi

I'm very scared sometimes that fashion might attack its own magic by the amount of exposure. -Raf Simons

If God had made a perfect world, it would be a magic trick, not creation, with no meaning or place for us to learn and create. Mankind is not yet ready for a perfect world. We do not know how to appreciate perfection. -Bernie Siegel

When I hear a great country song, I get chills and I want to cry. You feel something. And just sometimes that magic and the stars line up somehow or another, and it creates something that's really, really, really special. -Ashley Monroe

I don't only like rap music. There's everything from R&B to crazy gangster rap, hip hop… everything! But it all blends together nicely. It's like a magical music rainbow. -Kreayshawn

My dad was a Muslim and would pray five times a day. I would pray with him as much as I could, in the morning before school. Sometimes he would tell us moralistic tales about genies, magic carpets and wondrous lands. My mother is not religious – she's just English. -Bat for Lashes

I usually speak with all my drummers so that I write my songs with them in mind, and we'll have bass sounds, choir sounds, and then you can multi-task with all these orchestral sounds. Through the magic medium of technology, I can play all kinds of sounds – double bass and stuff. -Bat for Lashes

My dad's cooking was magic in the kitchen. But eventually over the years, his personality changed and his ability to remember recipes failed. He became paranoid and thought people were stealing from him, when often he was just misplacing things. -Tess Gerritsen

Both religions and musicals work best with energetic and committed believers. Cynicism or detachment would have destroyed the magic – something true of religion, too. -Lisa Randall

I don't think of Home Depot as romantic, but I do think the Christmas wonderland they put up during the holidays is magical. That is what Home Depot is to me, and that is the only romantic thing about it. -Betty Who

People who don't do jazz think it's black magic. But really, it's just a matter of getting used to it. It's fun to gamble. The trick is not to fall back on the things you've done before. -Andre Previn

I arrived at school pensive, introverted, and not very sporty, so magic became a place of mystery and intrigue, an escape for my boyish mind. -Drummond Money-Coutts

Ten years ago, TV cookery shows were about a man or a woman following recipes. Now, it's all about journeys and campaigns and less about the actual chopping and dicing. That's what I'd like to do with magic. -Drummond Money-Coutts

I think that magic, at its root, is a very abstract notion. There's no real, approved definition. And, in that sense, it's like love; you can only see magic by the effect it has on people. -Drummond Money-Coutts

I think there's a huge amount of magic on television, which is slightly vapid: there's no real meaning or message behind it; it is simply a trick. -Drummond Money-Coutts

I've never categorically been a banker. I had two internships while I was at university. The decision was more banking, or magic, and I went with the latter. -Drummond Money-Coutts

Of course, in all magic tricks there's a secret. -Lene Hau

I'm always aiming for some magic in films if I can find a mystical quality either in a song or in a moment or a character's intention. -Jean-Marc Vallee

My first workshop was in Rome, and that was the start of House of Waris. In a little magical atelier, a goldsmith, his apprentice, his stone setter – and that was where it began. -Waris Ahluwalia

What is chic is just to be perfect, like magical, no? -Carine Roitfeld

To me, the magic of photography, per se, is that you can capture an instant of a second that couldn't exist before and couldn't exist after. It's almost like a cowboy that draws his gun. You draw a second before or after, you miss and you're dead – not them. To me, photography's always like that. -Mario Testino

Having kids sets a bomb off in your life. It really makes you examine who you are, what you believe in and what you want to be. And that is magical for creativity. -Jamie Cullum

At 11, I went to live with my maternal nan and granddad temporarily, after my parents separated, and Nan would let me have a go on her piano. My grandparents were like something out of the Noel Coward play, 'This Happy Breed,' and it was magical to hear them sing music-hall songs. -Jools Holland

Design, to me, is part psychology, part sociology, and part magic. A good decorator should know what's going on in someone's marriage and how their kids are doing in school. -Nate Berkus

As I've gotten older, I've wanted to represent Las Vegas more. Represent the Southwest. It's a magical place. The desert. I do understand people's criticisms, but it's a magical place and a beautiful city, even though there are a lot of things that are wrong with it. -Brandon Flowers

I went from being a kid who loved to perform magic tricks to becoming the world's most notorious hacker, feared by corporations and the government. -Kevin Mitnick

In this day and age, when you can use a machine or computer to simulate or emulate what people can do together, it still can't replace the magic of four people in a room playing. -Dave Grohl

Generally, I think most of my writing tends to have some kind of magical element to it. That's the way I can access the emotional life of the character. -Aimee Bender

For me, even in my first book, the pleasures of writing anything magical is that it has to be physical. It has to be grounded and very much in this world. Then, I get to play with all the consequences of this new thing. -Aimee Bender

Alzheimer's is a disease for which there is no effective treatment whatsoever. To be clear, there is no pharmaceutical agent, no magic pill that a doctor can prescribe that will have any significant effect on the progressive downhill course of this disease. -David Perlmutter

I don't like magic – but I have been known to make guys disappear. -Mr. T

Just think for how long humanity was controlled by mystical, magical thinking – the diseases and suffering that led to. We managed to survive, but just barely. It wasn't pretty. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

Everyone has this notion of the Middle Ages – certainly the early Middle Ages – as being this very superstitious era. I think that all eras are superstitious. We all have our magical thinking. -Nicola Griffith

A musical sweeps you along, like you're on a magic carpet ride of sorts. But you have to keep up. -Jefferson Mays

The pretentiousness of literature really annoys me; the way a writer is held as this sort of magical person to be revered on the stage. Everything I do on tour is to try and destroy that pretense. -Chuck Palahniuk

If there are three words that need to be used more in American journalism, commentary, politics, personal life… it's the magic words 'I don't know.' -P. J. O'Rourke

If we could magically transport ourselves back to the young Earth, when it was only a billion years old or two billion years old or three billion years old or four billion years old, we wouldn't be able to survive. We would have a hard time surviving if we were transported to the time when dinosaurs were around. -Sylvia Earle

I do a lot of urban fantasy, which is modern-day cities, but you've got magic, you've got fairies running around, or cryptozoological creatures running around, and I'm pulling very heavily on my background as a folklore major and having done some animation work and all of that, and I'm pulling from the modern fairy tale narrative. -Seanan McGuire

The magical tapestry that 'Midnight's Children' unfolded became a part of a journey of self-discovery as I spent time close to my roots during the shooting. -Satya Bhabha

The real magic is in making the intangible idea, the creative impulse, manifest and live in our reality. -Mark Ryan

My fantasy life was very full. Certainly when I was a kid, I probably wanted to be an actor because I wanted to be a princess, or something magical, and get to dress up magically, and have the kind of life that I hadn't been born into, with magic powers or whatever, and live this wonderful idealised life. -Raquel Cassidy

I feel that when Chad is in the room, I can tap into this other thing where music comes from. I don't know. It's just this really magical, special connection and relationship. -Ian Axel

Dropbox looks really simple to the end user and is extremely magical and just works. But under the hood, the complexity of the technology is huge. The amount of work it requires to store, scale and move this data is pretty intense. -Ruchi Sanghvi

Something magic happens when I get to a club or get on stage. -Koko Taylor

Generally, there are no lightning bolts or magical signs that tell you when it is time to get divorced. When the bad starts outweighing the good on a consistent basis, you may feel that taking the next step is appropriate. It is a very personal decision and most likely should be arrived upon with the help of some kind of counseling or support. -Laura Wasser

There's something magical about a home run. It almost violates the space of the stadium. It's a game of the imagination in some ways. Baseball. -Alex Gibney

Cancer is too real, and too awful, and I can't make it good or magical. I couldn't even read a book where a character had cancer, for a while… But now I've reached a point where I don't think about cancer nonstop anymore, and sometimes I worry about that – I'm going to forget what I went through; I'm going to forget how horrible it was. -Sarah Addison Allen

Magical realism is a blending of the unusual or supernatural into an otherwise ordinary setting. And, to me, this perfectly describes the South. 'The Sugar Queen' involves a lot of magical happenings, but in a very down-home Southern setting. It's full of things that could almost be true. -Sarah Addison Allen

I was staying at the Konchucos Tambo lodge, next to the Huascaran national park, near Chavin. Sitting here on its veranda, I was beginning to see where all those Latin American magical realists get their inspiration from: they don't need to make anything up; they just write down what's around them. -Mark Barrowcliffe

What a costume designer does is a cross between magic and camouflage. We create the illusion of changing the actors into what they are not. We ask the public to believe that every time they see a performer on the screen, he's become a different person. -Edith Head

Guernsey itself was overcrowded, but its cliffs were utterly empty. I spent a wonderful year with a friend, climbing them. It was sheer magic: you went from this pretty, busy village of an island to the sea cliffs and heard nothing but the gulls and the waves. -Simon Mawer

Movies have these transcendent moments where everything is just right, from the dialogue to the music to the lighting to the narrative context; everything is just perfect, and something magical happens – the film breaks through the screen and does something to you. -Jason Silva

Consciousness, when it's unburdened by the body, is something that's ecstatic; we use the mind to watch the mind, and that's the meta-nature of our consciousness; we know that we know that we know, and that's such a delicious feeling, but when it's unburdened by biology and entropy, it becomes more than delicious: it becomes magical. -Jason Silva

I enjoy sports movies that don't sugarcoat. One thing that irritates me about sports movies is that they're like, 'The magic of the ball,' and 'The magic of the stadium.' It ain't that magical. When you get hit coming across the middle at 25 miles per hour, the magic's over. -Terry Crews

I firmly believe that success lies in the combination of both talent and business savvy, and that the magic comes through partnership between both. -Delphine Arnault

We don't have a good legal justification for breaking up the banking system. But if I could wave a magic wand, I'd break up the banking system. -Kenneth C. Griffin

I think everything about my life is magical. I've struggled, and against most odds, I'm truly having the experience of living my dreams. -Bella Thorne

Howard Zinn was magical as a teacher. Witty, irreverent, and wise, he loved what he was teaching and clearly wanted his students to love it, also. -Alice Walker

Eradications are special. Zero is a magic number. You either do what it takes to get to zero and you're glad you did it; or you get close, give up and it goes back to where it was before, in which case you wasted all that credibility, activity, money that could have been applied to other things. -Bill Gates

I don't have a magic formula for prioritizing the world's problems. -Bill Gates

You're never going to get the amount of CO2 emitted to go down unless you deal with the one magic metric, which is CO2 per kilowatt-hour. -Bill Gates

The very idea of supernatural magic – including miracles – is incoherent, devoid of sensible meaning. -Richard Dawkins

I do understand people when they say that you destroy the magic of childhood if you encourage too much skeptical questioning. -Richard Dawkins

There is something cheap about magic that works just because it is magic. -Richard Dawkins

Beginning runners come in all shapes, sizes and pre-existing conditions, so there's no magic formula for determining exactly how much basic running is needed before you start speedwork. Most experts, though, recommend three or four months of preparation. -Don Kardong

'Game of Thrones' isn't all about magic – it's way more about political scheming and family tensions – but to be a part of this exclusive magic club is actually really cool. -Isaac Hempstead Wright

The really magical things are the ones that happen right in front of you. A lot of the time you keep looking for beauty, but it is already there. And if you look with a bit more intention, you see it. -Vik Muniz

'The Magician's Apprentice' was about someone from the low end of society manifesting magical power and how that completely messes up the balance of the whole system. -Trudi Canavan

Love and hate have a magical transforming power. They are the great soul changers. We grow through their exercise into the likeness of what we contemplate. -George William Russell

Hope is the magic carpet that transports us from the present moment into the realm of infinite possibilities. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Knowledge, may it be said, is higher than magic and is more to be sought. It is quite possible to see what is happening and yet not know what is forward, for while seeing is believing, it does not follow that either seeing or believing is knowing. -James Stephens

If a script comes together, and you end up liking the people who are part of it, that's when you can make magic happen. It's a huge combination of trying to find something you think you can deliver on and a director you think you can collaborate with to make a good picture. -Alexa Vega

I feel that every day, all of us now are being blasted by information design. It's being poured into our eyes through the Web, and we're all visualizers now; we're all demanding a visual aspect to our information. There's something almost quite magical about visual information. It's effortless; it literally pours in. -David McCandless

If I had auditioned for 'Merlin' on magic alone, I don't think I'd have got it. Like any kid, I probably had a magic kit, but it's not something I ever pursued. I've never watched a magic show like David Copperfield or used him to base my character on, but I really like David Blaine and Darren Brown. They are doing wonders. -Colin Morgan

Although I don't live there anymore, Scotland is a great place for the people coming over to visit and to tour around the Highlands, because it is a very magical place. -James Cosmo

I grew up listening to Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, and Angela Lansbury, so I grew up wanting to sound like Patti and Bernadette. What I realized, though, is that I can't sound like that, and what makes their performances magical is their uniqueness. -Susan Egan

Soccer presented no challenge to me. Playing felt like breathing: I always had a magical connection to the ball. But it didn't feel like an adventure. Music was more of a challenge and, in the end, felt more interesting. -Pete Wentz

This is why fashion is such a magical part of our lives, for it inspires our decisions without dictating them; it sets the theme but not the limits of our aesthetic. -Simon Van Booy

I understood right from the start that every set of library doors were the sort of magic portals that lead to other lands. My God, right within reach there were dinosaurs and planets and presidents and girl detectives! -Deb Caletti

I never wanted to be a public figure. I feel that I always have to dampen down people's expectations. They expect me to be an oracle, wave a magic wand, sprinkle some slow, sparkly dust on them, to make everything all right. -Carl Honore

Perhaps we believe that everything travels by air, or magically and instantaneously like information (which is actually anchored by cables on the seabed), not by hefty ships that travel more slowly than senior citizens drive. -Rose George

I don't like magic. -Mary Lynn Rajskub

I think there is a little magic in the fact that I'm so totally real but look so artificial at the same time. -Dolly Parton

The thing is I have no ACL. So unless I get surgery, there's nothing really magical that I can do that's going to make it better. I just can get my leg stronger, my muscle stronger and try and support it a little more. But that has a small impact. My knee is loose, and it's not stable, and that's the way it's going to be from here on out. -Lindsey Vonn

'Boldface' is a pilot term, a magic word to describe the procedures that could, in a crisis, save your life. We say that 'boldface is written in blood' because often it's created in response to an accident investigation. It highlights the series of steps that should have been taken to avoid a fatal crash, but weren't. -Chris Hadfield

I never talk much about my family, but my grandfather was friendly with these guys, with magicians and ventriloquists on the highest levels, and I was just… interested. -Ricky Jay

I wasn't obsessed by magic. People say, 'How you can you claim you practiced eight hours a day and weren't obsessed?' Well, people go to a job they don't even like for eight hours a day; it's not obsessive if it's something you like. -Ricky Jay

I was considered a comedy magician. And – how do I put this without sounding egotistical? – it didn't take me long to realize that comedy magicians usually couldn't do comedy or magic. -Ricky Jay

Like every art form, there are jealousies and angers and competitiveness in magic. But there's camaraderie among magicians, whether you perform it for a living or you're an enthusiast. -Ricky Jay

For the most part, magic secrets are available on a level that's overwhelming and frightening, and they are very accessible if you do the tiniest bit of digging. But, that said, there's a certain group of individuals, in which I am included, who are very tight about secrets and don't share them with anyone. -Ricky Jay

I grew up like Athena – covered with playing cards instead of armor – and, at the age of seven, materialized on a TV show, doing magic. -Ricky Jay

The pain is bad magicians ripping off good ones, doing magic badly, and making a mockery of the art. -Ricky Jay

Not only do I lie, I take real pleasure in lying, in the transmission of magic effects. -Ricky Jay

To obfuscate the reconstruction of the effect – when a magician is fooled by another magician doing magic. In my career that's not been the major passion, but it's been the passion of a number of my mentors. The crowning achievement for them would be to create magic good enough to fool other magicians. -Ricky Jay

For me, the most exciting thing is to create good magic that's entertaining for an audience, and it would be lovely if a magician was fooled as well. -Ricky Jay

Dai Vernon, the greatest sleight of hand figure in the history of the art, rarely performed. But he invented magic and had an enormous influence on the whole range of sleight of hand. And so often, the magic he was doing was to fool other magicians. -Ricky Jay

Theft annoys me more than anything else. The purloining of effects from another magician. Some people think it's massive to steal the secrets of nuclear reactors, but to steal a card move is trivial. They're wrong. -Ricky Jay

I love amazing people. I love dazzling them. That's why I think performing magic is one of the greatest things a person can do. -Ricky Jay

I'm much more interested in lesser-known eccentrics and characters and performers. Like Matthew Buchinger, who was born in Germany in 1674, had no arms or legs and yet did magic, and had 14 kids, and made the most extraordinary calligraphy. -Ricky Jay

There's just something that is kind of magical that happens when we sing live. -Liz Callaway

These are stories you hear… of people sitting in a mall and being spotted, and you think it will happen to you. And when you're fresh off the boat, and new in Bombay, you want those kind of things! They are magical fables. You want to, somewhere, be a part of it, something people will read about. But reality is different. -Nimrat Kaur

The sporting fields where Australia's greats began their careers are built and rebuilt with Commonwealth help, as are the halls and community centres where our most of our well-known stars first felt the magic of the stage. -Anthony Albanese

A suit is just a suit: a practical garment, not a ceremonial robe; it can be worn out to dinner with friends or for a visit to an art gallery. Its beauty and craftsmanship are utterly wasted if you think of it as something magical and symbolic. -Russell Smith

Anyone who has set out to invent a purely imaginary story knows that the whole thing is fantasy, from beginning to end; there must be a sense of magic created about the most restrained of naturalism. -Russell Smith

Even as a kid, I saw the world in my own way and thought most things that were different were beautiful and magical. Even things that other people thought were horrifying and disgusting and weird. -Nikki Sixx

Believe in yourself and believe in magic. -Theophilus London

Whatever is on the page is what I'm married to. I'm very prepared. I'm a thespian. I don't like to improv. I don't like to go off course 'cause I think that's where stuff happens. When you stick to the material 'cause it's written so well, that's where the magic happens. -Kevin Hart

Glamour is a beautiful illusion – the word 'glamour' originally meant a literal magic spell – that promises to transcend ordinary life and make the ideal real. It depends on a special combination of mystery and grace. Too much information breaks the spell. -Virginia Postrel

The '60s was a magical time in the music business. So much creativity and talent. I think a lot of it came from the fact that we had grown up before rock n' roll. We listened to all the great songwriters and big bands, songs with great lyrics and melodies. I think that really influenced everybody. -Frankie Valli

There's now, for the first time, a huge gulf between the artefacts of our everyday life and what even a single expert, let alone the average child, can comprehend. The gadgets that now pervade young people's lives, iPhones and suchlike, are baffling 'black boxes' – pure magic to most people. -Martin Rees

The most important advances, the qualitative leaps, are the least predictable. Not even the best scientists predicted the impact of nuclear physics, and everyday consumer items such as the iPhone would have seemed magic back in the 1950s. -Martin Rees

There is no real magic to being a good leader. But at the end of every week, you have to spend your time around the things that are really important: setting priorities, measuring outcomes, and rewarding them. -Jeffrey R. Immelt

Serendipity is nice, but hoping for luck and the magic of happenstance shouldn't be an excuse for a lack of proactivity. I had to learn for myself that waiting isn't a life plan. -Karen Finerman

Poetry, just because it is poetry, doesn't mean it is some kind of magic spell. -Franz Wright

Is there nothing the prodigiously talented Ann Patchett can't do? She's channeled the world of opera, Boston politics, magic, unwed motherhood, and race relations, creating scenarios so indelible, you swear they are right outside your door. -Caroline Leavitt

A colleague once nicknamed me – half mocking – the 'magical stranger' because I get people to tell me things. -Stephen Rodrick

Films can be entertaining without shying away from exploring something. They can be magical and have fantasy, but also can have enough reality that you can be really emotionally invested. -Paul Dano

We try to live by the secret of sevens. A friend, who has been married for over 40 years, told us about this magic. Make and keep a date every seven days, take a night away alone, for yourself, every seven weeks, and schedule an adult-only vacation every seven months. -Summer Sanders

When you bring the scale and precision of data-driven platforms to the brilliance of great media executions, magic will happen. Delivering on that vision for the Independent Web is the mission of Federated Media Publishing. -John Battelle

Google Now supplants the need to open an app by surfacing cards – cards that magically turn into just the information you need, when you need it – without having to go to an app to get it. -John Battelle

My career is one of people involvement. I'm a promoter of the people, by the people, for the people. My magic lies, my people ties, this is what I want to do. I'm in it to win, I cant give in, I can't give up and I cant quit. Victory is mine. Working together works. -Don King

For me, the amazing thing was entering into this amazing world of 'Sesame Street.' We'd be in the kids' room, and there was a door into the soundstage that said '1-2-3 Open Sesame.' I remember pushing that door open and going into this incredible magical world of make-believe. In one episode, I was playing football with Joe Namath. -Kim Raver

A hit show takes Hollywood magic indeed, but it also takes a lot of math and science, plus the study of polls and trends to make and sell a TV show. -Kristoffer Polaha

Everyone finds their own version of Charles Dickens. The child-victim, the irrepressibly ambitious young man, the reporter, the demonic worker, the tireless walker. The radical, the protector of orphans, helper of the needy, man of good works, the republican. The hater and the lover of America. The giver of parties, the magician, the traveler. -Claire Tomalin

Revolutions are of no us;, it is necessary to work on transforming the brain: on sowing a different knowledge/awareness, on creating a new conscience, that is like a magic box full of brains. -Alejandro Jodorowsky

Success begins at that magical moment when you declare to yourself, your friends, and the universe that you believe you can do something different. -Natalie Massenet

Puerto Rico is the perfect meeting place between Spain, the country I come from, and America, the country where I now belong. The meeting point of two worlds where magic can happen. -Jose Andres

By the 1950s The Novel had become a nationwide tournament. There was a magical assumption that the end of World War II in 1945 was the dawn of a new golden age of the American Novel, like the Hemingway-Dos Passos-Fitzgerald era after World War I. -Tom Wolfe

The modern notion of art is an essentially religious or magical one in which the artist is viewed as a holy beast who in some way, big or small, receives flashes from the godhead, which is known as creativity. -Tom Wolfe

'The Black Prism' is a story of emperors and prisoners and magic set in a Mediterranean, 1600-esque world. It's a fantasy story; it's fast and fun and inventive. -Brent Weeks

All I know is movies; I went to school, but movies are my reference point for everything. I figured I'd have to P.A. or intern in the art department. Because the filmmaking process is so many people creating to make one piece of magic, so I've always wanted to be involved. With the acting, I doubted it. -Jordan Ladd

When you are in depression, almost magically, nothing motivates you. -Ji-Hae Park

I was born in the city's general hospital on November 15, 1930, and we lived at 31 Amherst Avenue in the western suburbs. It was a magical place. There were receptions at the French Club, race meetings at the Shanghai Racecourse, and various patriotic gatherings at the British Embassy on the Bund, the city's glamorous waterfront area. -J. G. Ballard

Same with anyone who's been flying for years and loves it still… we're part of a world we deeply love. Just as musicians feel about scores and melodies, dancers about the steps and flow of music, so we're one with the principle of flight, the magic of being aloft in the wind! -Richard Bach

I think what really clicked for me was when I started booking commercials as a dancer… just being on set and seeing every element of production, it was magic to me. -Bree Turner

The magic of landing my first role on Broadway went 'poof' in a matter of a few weeks. -Uzo Aduba

I think that all the talented filmmakers sort of share, I think, a sense of allowing magic to happen; of creating a stable and secure environment for performers to feel they can push to the end of their ability. -Chiwetel Ejiofor

When a writer makes something, it's theirs forever. That is the magic for me. -Ellen Gallagher

I'm not a big fan of doing it because I get really frustrated because I can't do any of the tricks, but I love to watch magic. -Sterling Beaumon

I will admit, I once launched myself at Julie Garwood for a hug, hoping some of her magic would rub off on me… and I have fangirl crushes on Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Linda Howard, and Kresley Cole, among many others. -Lisa Kleypas

I was lucky enough to have an older brother who shared the splatter flicks with me, and I had parents who were cool and involved enough in my life to allow me to see them. I think my folks appreciated that I looked at these movies as a creative outlet… almost like magic shows, if you will. -Adam Green

I've always thought there was something very marvelous and magical about mirrors, and that they are connected to memory as well. -Nicolas Roeg

It is as if my life were magically run by two electric currents: joyous positive and despairing negative – whichever is running at the moment dominates my life, floods it. -Sylvia Plath

I really like supernatural stories, but, to me, 'Witches of East End' is really grounded. It's not just going for the magic tricks and keeping it superficial and action-y. -Madchen Amick

I know 'Vikings' isn't really based in magic, but it goes back to Old World spirituality and different religions, and a lot of voodoo. -Madchen Amick

'Legend of the Seeker' – it has new and interesting creatures and magic, but it's the stories. -Craig Horner

I've always been interested in moments of disbelief… I don't know if they possess any magic, but they do have something. -Dan Colen

People make basic assumptions based on what they have now. But you have to ask yourself, 'Is this really what people are going to be doing in five years?' Very few people ask themselves what they would actually want instead if they could wave a magic wand. -Drew Houston

There was a 'magic rock' my mom would lift up, and under the rock was a bunch of bugs. Roly-poly bugs and worms. Somehow I thought that it was a magical world of insects, and I wanted to go there. It was the same impulse as 'Pikmin' – I wanted to go into that world. -Tim Schafer

When you step out and do a song in a musical, the easier thing to do is make it funny. But when those transitions become necessary, when they aren't camp, that, to me, is magic. I've done musical comedies and enjoyed them, but subject matter that's deeper and more realistic is always what's appealed to me most. -Kelli O'Hara

I still want magic, I find. The old fashioned kind. I don't believe in it, but I still have a hankering for it. -Glen Duncan

Belief is so important in everything. You need to believe in magic. You need to believe in yourself. You need to believe in your family. -Edward Kitsis

The newly released movie 'Noah' features a retelling of the creation story that clearly depicts Darwinian evolution transforming a single-cell organism into a monkey. The movie also seems to show magic in scenes more reminiscent of the occult than of the Bible story. -Aaron Klein

'A Valley Without Wind' takes the idea of dungeon crawls and throws it on its head by casting you as a magic user in this 2D platforming labyrinth of a world. From NPC's to rescue, spells to learn, and a whole civilization you practically need to build back from scratch, this adventure takes to a new world where few other games dare to go. -Rob Manuel

Sometimes it's not always about what you can see or hear but what's under the hood of a game that's most impressive. Between those thousands and thousands of lines of code, magic happens. Sometimes the most amazing feats of gaming wizardry happen without you even noticing. -Rob Manuel

One of the things that always fascinated me about the Renaissance was that it was a time both of great scientific discovery and also of superstition and belief in magic. And so it was a period in which Galileo invented the telescope, but also a time when hundreds were burned at the stake because people thought they were witches. -Marie Rutkoski

In 'Bras & Broomsticks,' Rachel Weinstein gets the shock of her life when she discovers that her mom and her younger sister, Miri, are both… witches! In 'Frogs & French Kisses,' Rachel and her witchy family are back – Miri is busy zapping up ways to save the world, while Mom has gone boy crazy and become a magicaholic. -Sarah Mlynowski

People of my generation in Portugal fell into the magic potion of political ideas. What was very funny about this revolution was that it did not bring wealth to the Portuguese. But it brought language, ideas. You'd go to the fish market, and all the women who were selling fish would call each other fascist, communist. -Maria de Medeiros

For a lot of people, 4chan is their tree house – they go there to hang out. You can actually see the culture shift with time zone. Seeing how threads unwind and unravel is just a thrill, and you can't really share that magic. -Christopher Poole

I'm honestly kind of scared of horror films. My girlfriend always tries to expose them to me. Being in a scary movie and seeing all the fake blood and stuff definitely takes away from the magic and kind of humanizes scary movies to me now, though. -Chris Carmack

I believe that there will be many things that happen to me in my life that I will not be able to explain. Some of those might be magic. I'm not sure. -Chris Van Allsburg

The whole idea of being mesmerized and not in control of your own actions is fascinating and a little spooky. I remember hearing about someone who'd gone to a magic act, and a person in the audience had become hypnotized by observing too closely what magician was doing on stage, and thought it was spooky to lose your consciousness that way. -Chris Van Allsburg

I believe in illusion – I don't believe in magic. -Estelle

I realised how much misdirection is in stunt co-coordinating. It's similar to magic, the tricks we use to make people think the stunt is real. I also have a lifelong fascination with gambling cheats. I'm not one, but I do have a fascination with it. -Steve Truglia

As a close-up magician, I was using gambling cheating techniques. -Steve Truglia

If a magician makes a mistake, it's sometimes forgiven by the audience. If a gambling cheat makes a mistake, they will almost certainly lose their lives – and probably in a horrible manner. -Steve Truglia

In spite of the opinions of certain narrow-minded people, who would shut up the human race upon this globe, as within some magic circle it must never outstep, we shall one day travel to the moon, the planets, and the stars, with the same facility, rapidity, and certainty as we now make the voyage from Liverpool to New York! -Jules Verne

My mother was working on her college degree throughout my childhood, and being the youngest in the family, that meant being dragged to a lot of her classes. She majored in playwriting, so I was exposed to theatre from a very young age, and it was just the most magical world to me. I never really wanted to do anything else. -Valorie Curry

'Modelland' has always been a part of my mind and my heart. I'm excited that you'll be able to read about this magical world that's been living in my dreams for so many years. -Tyra Banks

What a magical thing is the bed, and what a vulnerable, innocent creature is the sleeping human – the human who never looks more truthful or pitiful or benign; the curled-up, childlike dreaming soul who has for a few hours become an angel adrift. -Michael Leunig

'Party Down' was one of the most magical, special experiences of my professional career. Also special in my personal life, too. I made really good friends, and I had just a great time, and it was a great part. -Ken Marino

Exmoor and Dartmoor are sacred, magical places. You find a truer side of yourself there. -Dave Davies

Your hands are not made to type out memos. Or put paper through fax machines. Or hold a phone up while you talk to people you dislike. One hundred years from now, your hands will rot like dust in your grave. You have to make wonderful use of those hands now. Kiss your hands so they can make magic. -James Altucher

There was this wonderful trick of going to the theater with my parents and sitting in the audience under the watchful eye of an usher, and then these other people would come on the stage: They spoke differently and had different clothes and hair. Afterward, they would come back, and they were my parents again. It was magic. -Tyne Daly

I am a great admirer of mystery and magic. Look at this life – all mystery and magic. -Harry Houdini

There were no good bands in my town. You know, there's like this magic town where every kid started a band in high school, and half of them were good and have careers based on relationships built at that time? That wasn't what my life was like at all. -Autre Ne Veut

The Scottish Highlands are incredible. There seems to be magic and poetry everywhere. -Caitriona Balfe

With 'Black Rain,' I spent a lot of time with homicide detectives, and I spent a lot of time with different brokers on 'Wall Street.' It helps get the rhythm of the piece and the tone, and how overplayed or underplayed it might be. That's also the magic of movies: You get to hang out and live these different lives. -Michael Douglas

One of the most magical places on Earth is a small island in the Caribbean called Mustique. With brilliant beaches, warm water, and lush vegetation, this tiny green swath of land is my idea of paradise. -Nina Garcia

I would love to do a track with Will.I.Am. He's always creating amazing songs. I mean, to be honest, Chris Brown has always been amazing, so I would hop on there and let him do his thing and create some magic there. As for a producer, I would love to work with J.R. Rotem. He's my favorite producer out there. -Roshon Fegan

I won't hold any illusions of changing the world or any such nonsense. But maybe, just maybe, I'm helping someone else change his or her life a little bit for the better, even if it just means giving someone a magical place in which to hide. -R. A. Salvatore

Whenever you're writing a book or creating a movie or a game, your first task is to get the reader/audience/player to suspend disbelief, to buy into the logic and boundaries of your world, even though those boundaries might include things like dragons and magic. To do that, you need long threads – of history and culture. -R. A. Salvatore

You don't just magically flip some evolutionary switch somewhere and transmute a quadruped into an upright-walking bipedal human. -Donald Johanson

There really is a certain magic that happens when you're in the studio. And it's important in life to feel that magic: to feel that there is something greater moving all this along. -Jeff Ament

I have been definitely influenced more by Latin American writers than by any other type of writer. They are very close in terms of voice – their humor, their fatalism, their… well, that over-used term 'magical realism.' It's a wonderful term that's just been used so much, we don't know what it means anymore. -Jessica Hagedorn

My aunt took me to see 'Salad Days' when I was seven. This story of a magic piano that infects everyone who hears it infected me, too. It was a Road to Damascus moment in my life. -Cameron Mackintosh

My best friend in medical school was a magician. And we were shown an X-ray of a sword-swallower, and I tried it and failed. Then I got a sword-swallower as a patient, and he taught me. -Hans Rosling

Truman Capote was a magical, beautiful writer. -Lisa Unger

There are still some natural forces that everybody understands. Technology and industry have distanced people from nature and magic and human values. -Laura Esquivel

Don't listen to anybody. Nobody knows the magic bullet. If they did, they'd sell it and make a fortune. Follow your gut. Follow your instincts. Every once in a while, take a chance. -Michael Cudlitz

The reason why people are huge stars is nothing to do with acting. It's the magic. Charisma is a word that's used too often; it's something special, and it's what makes stars. It's luck, and basically, it's genes. -Shirley Eaton

If you take the hard facts of a failed relationship, it's pretty grim. But if you make an album out of it, and if the violins represent all the tears, you create something magical out of something very normal. -Lykke Li

In theater, the show must go on, so you train yourself to be able to nail it every single time because that's what the audience deserves, and that's the magic of live theater. -Corey Reynolds

Once I'm on set, the only thing I'm really interested in is being in the room. Being present. And trusting that what I've done is sufficient, and I'm also trusting that I've also left room for magic. -Lorraine Toussaint

We actors are superstitious creatures. We do all the homework, and we put all of the components together, but there's always one key aspect that we're not in charge of, really, and that's magic. You are always on the lookout for where and how that magic is going to ignite. -Lorraine Toussaint

No one has been buried at Mill Road Cemetery in Cambridge, England, for many years, and so the place has a shady, overgrown magic about it. -Sophie Hannah

When theatre works, it's like nothing else, and when it doesn't, which is often, it's excruciating. It's perhaps not so excruciating when a novel goes wrong, but there is a kind of magic that can and should happen. -Sarah Waters

Vaudeville was characterized by sunny optimism, acts that were uplifting, cheerful, and clean. It provided a fanciful, magical escape, but after Black Friday, the tone of American entertainment changed almost overnight. -Karen Abbott

I didn't want to write a book that suggested that magic good/technology bad. -David Liss

I am saying that while popular culture usually portrays practitioners of magic as separate from ordinary people, often biologically different, many people have habits or customs or superstitions that show magic was once a whole lot more democratic. -David Liss

In my research, what I found most interesting was how common and ordinary magic was to people in the past. -David Liss

In the past, people generally believed they could acquire magic in two ways: through learning the craft, either from another practitioner or from books; or through obtaining magic from a powerful being-think Faust or the classic, demonized witch, both of whom get their mojo from Satan. -David Liss

Magic has been around forever, and it's also been in trouble forever. I'm not suggesting that there was ever a time when the practice of magic was celebrated by those in power. Actually, such practices were routinely demonized by monarchs and organized religions precisely because magic is inherently democratic. -David Liss

I have such awful skin; it doesn't matter what magic serum they think they're putting on – I'll usually break out. -Chris Pine

I love to live in a magical place. -Reem Acra

Life is magically beautiful. And it brings you what is perfect. -Evangeline Lilly

I've just written a very gritty, non-magical take on the King Arthur legend, 'Here Lies Arthur,' and I'm currently toying with some other historical ideas, as well as working with the illustrator David Wyatt on some sequels to my Victorian space opera 'Larklight.' -Philip Reeve

The Metropole Orchestra is like Count Basie or Duke Ellington with strings… it's strings that swing. Strings that swing like Dizzy Gillespie… keep swinging, baby. And when you have all of that special excellence of the Metropole Orchestra, then your music just flies – it soars in a way that's really magical. -Al Jarreau

I am such a do-goody, people-pleasing kid – or I was – I don't think I've ever been fired, not even from an ice cream shop, magician for kids' parties, not even in my early jobs in radio. -Ira Glass

I'm a big Penn & Teller fan. But I myself was never very good; I was a teenage magician who performed at kids' parties. I can still perform a vanish, credibly, and I still, in special circumstances, will make a balloon animal. -Ira Glass

Like most people in radio – and in magic – I'm not cool. I know people who are hip, and I can feel distance between them and me. -Ira Glass

To me, part of the magic of this era is that the very same innovations, discoveries, and technologies that are allowing us to live longer, healthier lives are also creating a healthier economy. -Kathleen Sebelius

Other people can write grown-up, political plays about the troubles in the world. My plays deal with magic and hope. -Colman Domingo

The thing about Red Lanterns is that, while they have light powers and they have a power battery, they also have this weird shamanistic kind of blood magic side to them. -Charles Soule

America is a living idea. It isn't only the tenets of its founding, but also the terms of its future. Every day, we make America. Seeking to preserve and enshrine one vision of this country from one period of its past robs it of what makes it magical: its infinite possibility for adjustment. -Charles M. Blow

Movies started out as an extension of a magic trick, so making a spectacle is part of the game. -Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Part of the magic of a startup is the fear of death. You have only so much money in the bank, and if you don't get to the right milestone before you run out, then the company goes under – it's over. -Scott Weiss

It started when I was eight years old. I first heard the cello on the radio, and I loved the sound. It was such a magical, beautiful sound. I dedicated my entire childhood to cello, practising like crazy. -Stjepan Hauser

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