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magical spell

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n magical spell a verbal formula believed to have magical force "he whispered a spell as he moved his hands","inscribed around its base is a charm in Balinese"
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Quotations

  • Norman Vincent Peale
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    “There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”
  • Jacob Bronowski
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    “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.”
  • James B. Conant
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    “Some of mankind's most terrible misdeeds have been committed under the spell of certain magic words or phrases.”
  • Simone De Beauvoir
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    “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.”

Usage

In literature:

They laugh or cry as he pleases, or rise and fall at his bidding, until he releases them from the magic spell.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Under the magic of her spell, this one became rejuvenated.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
The first whiff seemed to break the magic spell which had hitherto kept them silent.
"The Big Otter" by R.M. Ballantyne
The magic spell was in Latin, of course; but the princess knew Latin very well, and soon she had the magic song by heart.
"Prince Ricardo of Pantouflia being the adventures of Prince Prigio's son" by Andrew Lang
The belief in the magic power of spells and charms is also deeply rooted.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Above them all Woden wove the magic spell Oblivion, the Rest of the war-worn warrior.
"Norman Ten Hundred" by A. Stanley Blicq
I have not found the book of magic spells; besides, it would have profited me nothing.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
The magic spell which binds poetry together is broken.
"The World I Live In" by Helen Keller
It's a magic spell, and when you can spell it out the spell will be accomplished.
"Little Folks (October 1884)" by Various
There is a strong spell of magic over all that strange pool.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
Those glittering orbs held her as if by a magic spell.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
He tamed them with the spell of a magic ring formed of the Rheingold.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
But the attendants, because of their great fear of Eva, dared not to tell the King of the magic spell she had wrought by the way.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
In all kinds of writers we may remark an infinity of stories of magic, spells and sorcery.
"The Phantom World" by Augustin Calmet
He had fallen under the spell of the Magic Land.
"Italy, the Magic Land" by Lilian Whiting
For they thought, of course, that he had saved his house through some magic spell.
"Letters of a Javanese Princess" by Raden Adjeng Kartini
For a reason she never tried to explain, the waterfront seldom failed to cast its magical spell over her.
"The Secret Pact" by Mildred A. Wirt
What had broken the magic spell of his glance?
"Quisisana" by Friedrich Spielhagen
The magic spell threatened to be broken.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
He has the secret of drawing hearts to him as with a magic spell, but he would never, never make a woman happy.
"No Surrender" by E. Werner
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In poetry:

CHRYSANTHUS.
Deeper now I would not enter
Into the secrets of a book
Which are magic spells, I 'm certain.
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
No more invoke the playful sprite
To chill, with magic spell,
The tender feelings of delight,
And anguish sung so well;
"To Sensibility" by Helen Maria Williams
The soft, white hand, that tenderly
My own hand seemed to woo;
All, all your magic spells were vain,
My torpor to subdue.
"The Resurrection" by Count Giacomo Leopardi
You do your work with careful, loving touch, —
An artist to the very core of you, —
You know the magic spell of "not-too-much ":
We read, — and wish that there was more of you.
"Thomas Bailey Aldrich" by Henry Van Dyke
V. Yes, yes, 'twas a charm of such magical force
As Reason herself never wish'd to repel,
For it drew its sweet magic from Sympathy's source,
And Reason herself bows to Sympathy's spell.
"To Mrs. Lefanue" by Sydney Owenson
And I heard the loud trumpets that blew for the fray,
In the spell of their magic and madness was dumb;
And I said, “I will follow by night and by day,
The trumpets are calling -- I come.”
"The Trumpets" by Sam Walter Foss

In news:

Tanglewood's Archival Magic Still Casts a Spell.
Theatre Conspiracy casts enchanting spell with beguiling 'Tower of Magic'.
Each September and October Jan Steele's Palo Alto condominium falls under a magical spell.
Let's suppose that you are a resident of a magical land, a land where alchemists cast arcane spells transmuting lead into platinum and enchanted geese lay oodles of golden eggs.
Drexler not under Magic's spell.
New Orleans Hornets break Orlando Magic's spell 92-89 in overtime.
PBT's 'Nutcracker' to cast its magical spell once again.
Understanding Potter's magical spell as it comes to an end.
Chuck Koplinski / Understanding Potter's magical spell as it comes to an end.
LONDON — Harry Potter's saga is ending, but his magic spell remains.
So there is no curse or dark cloud or magic spell.
The band played The Fox Theatre October 17, and the audience was apparently under the spell of their soul baring magical mix of poetic songwriting, precise musicianship, and some serious rocking.
But she found her niche when she tried her hand at magical realism, giving ups first Garden Spells (2007) and then in succession, The Sugar Queen and The Girl Who Chased the Moon.
Book of Spells," kids practice magic using a Move controller and the special book peripheral called a "Wonderbook," which augments reality so that a child's living room turns into a room inside Harry Potter 's Hogwarts castle.
"When in Rome " (opening January 29 throughout San Diego) is being pitched as a goofy, magical romantic comedy that will cast a spell on you.
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In science:

Audretsch, 2004) (Preface, p x). Physicists use these mathematical black boxes like magic wands, but why the “spells” work we don't really know. Like monkeys in a New York apar tment, we know that pressing the switch turns on the light, but not why.
The emergence of the physical world from information processing
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