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magic: adj. 1. As yet unexplained, or too complicated to explain;
   compare automagically and (Arthur C.) Clarke's Third Law:
   "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from
   magic."  "TTY echoing is controlled by a large number of magic
   bits."  "This routine magically computes the parity of an 8-bit
   byte in three instructions."  2. Characteristic of something that
   works although no one really understands why (this is especially
   called black magic).  3. [Stanford] A feature not generally
   publicized that allows something otherwise impossible, or a feature
   formerly in that category but now unveiled.  Compare black
   magic, wizardly, deep magic, heavy wizardry.

For more about hackish `magic', see A Story About `Magic' (in Appendix A).