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Magic

Stephen Strange (Earth-616) from New Avengers Vol 3 7 001

Magic is the practice of utilizing certain universal energies and extra-dimensional forces whose nature is beyond the scope of the technologically-oriented science of all known sentient races. Using spells and phrases it is often used to simulate other powers, such as reality warping, mind control and elemental attacks.

Mister Fantastic considers magic a science that simply works with a different set of rules (in line with Arthur C. Clarke's Third Law, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic").[1] Doctor Doom has occasionally integrated the talent for sorcery he inherited from his mother into his inventions and schemes.[2]

Sources of Magical Power

Personal Energies - The mental and spiritual powers that mystics and sorcerers develop for themselves (psionic energy, chi manipulation, astral projection, thought-casting, etc.)

Ambient Magical Energy of the Universe - Magicians can tap this power for many effects, such as teleportation and energy bolts. By definition, this is derived from Eternity. These generally involves actual casting of spells and may be limited to the main dimension learned and may not work in others.

Extradimensional Magical Energy - powers gained through the tapping of extra-dimensional energy and by invoking entities or objects of power existing in mystical dimensions, with different physical and magical laws, tangential to our own. Unlike the first two, the entities invoked generally have a say in how or if the power is used.

Items - Magic may also come in the form of items imbued with power, such as the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak. These are often created by powerful sorcerers and extradimensional entities and vary in function and power.

Types of Magic

A full list of Types of Magic can be found here.

Notable Magic Items

A full list of magic items can be found here.

Notable Magic Users

A full list of magicians can be found here.

  1. Fantastic Four #500
  2. Astonishing Tales #8

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