/ quote from 'postmodern magic: the art of magic in the information age' by patrick dunn
19 March 2012
'ultimately, it doesn't matter why magic works, because magic does work; it works with remarkable ease. which brings me to another point: magic is in itself very, very easy. it simply consists of doing what the human brain does every day, that is perceive and manipulate symbols. magic is only difficult because it requires us to perceive and manipulate symbols that most people don't even admit exist. being a mage has much more to do with being a competent human being than it has to do with mastering magic. more accurately, there is more magic in being a competent human being than in warping the fundamental, symbolic nature of reality.'