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Magic

Let’s play word association.

If I say the word MAGIC, what are the first words that spring to mind?

Harry Potter?or Aleister Crowley?

Tommy Cooper? or Derren Brown?

David Copperfield?or Paul Daniels?

I’ve always been fascinated by magic of all kinds from conjuring and sleight of hand to the kind of ceremonial magic you read about in Dion Fortune and others. I am drawn to the magical even when I know it’s a matter of smoke and mirrors. The child in me adores it.

But there’s another kind of magic that I crave and its the subtle kind that hardly seems to deserve the word.

I’m talking about serendipity and synchronicity. The happy accidents, the weird coincidences. Probably one day they will all be explained and something for me will wither and die. I like the idea that there are always surprises around the next bend in the road and that they are often(but not always) nice ones. 

Einstein once said that coincidences are God’s way of staying anonymous, which I like because it makes God seem like a real gentleman! But it’s these coincidences that make life magical when the other sorts of magic have lost their charm and power.

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January 17, 2009 - Posted by | Cafe Literati, friends, fun, God in our life, life, love, personal, Proverbs and Sayings, religion, Viv's Short Stories | , , , , , , , ,

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  1. Also Einstein said (it seems) that he wanted only one thing: to know god,s thoughts. the rest being details…

    Comment by danu | January 17, 2009

  2. The first thing that springs to my mind is my friend Tony Stevens, who is an accomplished Magician and Comedian. Every year, he hosts/comperes the UK magic circle annual conference in Blackpool. But I agree that there is a subtle undercurrent of real magic in our world, made manifest in those serendipitous moments.

    Comment by kevmoore | January 17, 2009

  3. My father was good at card tricks; I used to thin he was the cleverest man in the world when I was a kid. He’s still up there among the best.
    Einstein is a hero of mine, in so many ways. He did have clay feet though, and was far from perfect. There was a recent dramatisation of his work with Eddington during the first war, and it was very touching about both men and their thoughts and theories. Eddington was a Quaker(which I sort of am) and also a pacifist (which is why I have nevr taken full Quaker membership, because of the 5/10% of me that is NOT a pacifist at all).
    Danu, I like that. Especially the rest being details bits; it’s just such a cool remark!

    Comment by viv66 | January 17, 2009

  4. A great post, Viv, full of magic, kinf of… I enjoyed it very much!

    I never felt interest for magic, I mean the magic of our so called magicians, although I recognise that some of them are fantastic at what they do. I can’t NEVER forget, that they use tricks, and this knowledge totally kills for me the dimension of magic. I can recognise it as an art, but as “magic”, never!

    But as you say, there is a much more subtle kind of magic in our reality, and this does not need any trick. And this is exactly the one I am craving for myself, and the only one I am fascinated by.
    And addicted to!
    This addiction is unfortunately a little bit dangerous. It changes our perception and interpretation of reality. Our basic needs of seredenpity and synchronicity leads to emphasizing “happy accidents and weird coincidences”. There was a time in my life where I really needed that, it was my kind of religion to believe in all that, and with the help of this wonderful mechanism called auto-suggestion, I made some weird magic constructs in my head, which became my reality. I simply made my own magic…
    So perhaps this more subtle magic is simply the result of a more sublte trick called “auto-suggestion”?

    At the end I don’t know what I should believe, if I should believe in magic or not. I wish I could. And I guess I do!

    Comment by Miki | January 17, 2009

  5. I fully understand what you say Miki.
    I invented a concept-machine, much as the idea of a thought experiment like Schroedinger’s Cat. The concept-machine is called a bullshit-meter. You upload it into your consciousness and when you hit a certain level of implausibility and veer too far from the reality shared by the majority of human beings, the bullshit-meter sets off an alarm in the mind. Not great sirens, just a steady beeping to remind you to engage brain before proceeding any further.The bullshit-meter is tuned to be set off by to much auto-suggestion, so you realise when you’ve basically fooled yourself and you have a chance to reconsider.
    The thing is, if you follow the series of coincidences, if nothing else, you have a much more interesting ride than if you follow shared certainties.

    Comment by viv66 | January 17, 2009

  6. You made ma laugh so much with your bullshit=meter!
    Totally agree with your last sentence, a GREAT one by the way!
    And anyway I believe that it’s WE who create reality, and not the contrary. This means: for me nothing is impossible as far as we REALLY want it and have the right ride, as you say… might be my French origins coming through here. We have there a saying:
    “Impossible n’est pas francais!”

    I forgot yo comment something about Einstein. He was my hero too until I heard that he had been a b*stard with his wife, who, they said, was the real genius in the background…

    Comment by Miki | January 17, 2009

  7. Yes, every genius and hero has feet of clay somewhere, sadly. I guess it’s also a product of the times that she was left to linger in the shadows; women were still fighting their way into the light. So maybe he was just doing what so many men did back then. Me, I’d have been up there with the suffragettes….
    I’m not certain about who creates reality, i feel it’s more of a symbiosis. I get very very cross with the New Agers who basically say that if you wish hard enough you will get what you want…well, that isn’t how they put it but there are books and films out there now, The Secret, and various others and what they say defies the laws of physics, to my mind. I’d rather believe that we are all co-creators of reality because the alternative is that effectively we all become small gods..and when it comes to that, I AM a great believer in Hubris.

    Comment by viv66 | January 17, 2009

  8. As far as I understood, it was not only the fact that she stood in the shadow.This I can accept, as you say, it was different times. But he apparently mishandled her too, kind of… I don’t remember the details

    Comment by Miki | January 17, 2009

  9. I don’t know much about it beyond what I saw on the drama on the TV, but she was also depicted as being rather unstable mentally as well, being prone to severe bouts of melancholy. he has a mistress too, silly man.
    It made me very sad to realise that such a great man had such a poor grasp of relationship dynamics.
    I often think also of Mrs Bach with her 22 children, poor cow.
    Bury me in green,heliotrope and white when I die and then the suffragettes may claim me as one of theirs.

    Comment by viv66 | January 17, 2009

  10. The first thing that popped into my head regarding magic was crystals, since I was just reading your amethyst post. But I really love your idea about synchronicity being magic.

    Comment by shelleymhouse | January 17, 2009

  11. E=mc²/2
    2009 is the end of Einstein’s space-jail of time and Fraud symbol E=mc²
    Joenahhas1958@yahoo.com
    Time is not a structure like space to allow space-to time-back to space jumping claimed by Physicists regardless of what physicists have to say about it because Physics is a business and not necessarily science or scientific and like every business it comes with fraud and fraud is Einstein’s space-time (x, y, z, it) continuum that led to fraud symbol E=mc² and yes I am saying that 109 years of Nobel prize winners physics and physicists are all wrong and space-time physics is based on scientific fraud. When “results” expected and “No” discovery, Physicists rigged Physics for grant money since the start of the industrial revolution. Physics today is at least 51 % fraud!
    r ——————>>Exp (ì w t) ———->> S=r Exp (ì wt) Nahhas’ Equation
    Orbit——–>> Orbit light sensing——>> Visual Orbit; Exp = Exponential
    Particle —->> light sensing of moving objects———— >> Wave
    Newton———>>light sensing———->> Quantum
    Quantum = Newton x Visual Effects
    Quantum – Newton = Relativistic = Optical Illusions
    E (Energy by definition) = mv²/2 = mc²/2; if v = c
    m = mass; v= speed; c= light speed; w= angular velocity; t= time
    S = r Exp (ì w t) = r [cos (wt) + ì sin (wt)] Visual effects
    P = visual velocity = change of visual location
    P = d S/d t = v Exp (ì w t) + ì w r Exp (ì w t)
    = (v + ì w r) Exp (ì w t) = v (1 + ì) Exp (ì w t) = visual speed; v = wr
    E (visual energy= what you see in lab) = m p²/2; replace v by p in E = mv²/2
    = m p²/2 = m v²/2 (1 + ì) ² Exp (2ì wt)
    = mv²/2 (2ì) [cosine (2wt) + ì sine (2wt)]
    =ì mv² [1 – 2 sine² (wt) + 2 ì sine (wt) cosine (wt)];v = speed; c = light speed
    wt = π/2
    E (visual) = ìmv² (1 – 2 + 0)
    E (visual) = -ì mc² ≡ mc² (absolute value;-ì = negative complex unit) If v = c
    w t = π/4
    E (visual) = imv² [1-1 +ỉ] =-mc²; v = c
    wt =-π/4+ỉln2/2; 2ỉ wt=-ỉπ/2 – ln2
    Exp (2i wt) = Exp [-ỉπ/2] Exp [ln(1/2)]=[-ỉ (1/2)]
    E (visual) = imv² (-ỉ/2) =1/2mc² v = c
    Conclusion: E = mc² is the visual Illusion of E = mc²/2 joenahhas1958@yahoo.com. All rights reserved.
    PS: In case of E=mc² claims to be rest energy claims then
    E=1/2m (m v + m’ r) ² = (1/2m) (m’ r) ²; v = 0
    E = (1/2m) (mc) ²; m’ r =mc
    E=mc²/2

    Comment by Joe Nahhas | January 28, 2009

  12. Well, Joe, I look forward to hearing more about this.
    Do let us know when you get the recognition for your theories.

    Comment by viv66 | January 28, 2009

  13. Yes, but can you pull a rabbit out of a hat Joe?

    Comment by kevmoore | January 28, 2009


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