"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

Arthur C. Clarke

"Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced."

Barry Gehm

"Any technology, no matter how primitive, is magic to those who don’t understand it."

Florence Ambrose (Freefall, Stanley)

"It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done."

Terry Pratchett

@alex Magicians know darn well how their magic should work, so I agree with Terry 😁


"Any sufficiently arcane magic is indistinguishable from technology."

-P. David Lebling (quoted in Infocom's _Trinity_ (1986))

@paul @alex

"Programming Perl" has it:

You know the old saying: any technology sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from a Perl script.

@alex Any sufficiently credentialed scientist is indistinguishable from a catholic priest with a torch.

@alex Any sufficiently analyzed magic is undistinguishable from technology - Agatha Heterodyne (Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Foglio)

@alex "Any sufficiently advanced magic doesn't need any paraphernalia (magical technology)."

@alex @alex
It's magic I ain't gotta explain shit

Dungeon Master
"Any sufficiently large amount of incompetence in an institution is indistiguishable from sabotage."

-Me, a while back

@alex "Every little thing she does is magic" --The Police

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