"A Thaum is the basic unit of magical strength. It has been universally established as the amount of magic needed to create one small white pigeon or three normal sized billiard balls. The thaum, hitherto believed to be the smallest possible particle of magic, was successfully demonstrated to be made up of /resons/ (Lit.: 'Thing-ies') or reality fragments. Currently research indicates that each reson is itself made up of a combination of at least five 'flavours', known as 'up', 'down', 'sideways', 'sex appeal' and 'peppermint'." ~Terry Prachett
For today, The March Challenge (in honor of Houdini's birthday) wants writers to reflect on 'magic.' Theme Thursday's prompt is 'paper.'
As writers and poets, we are true thaumaturges because we can make magic happen: with a bit of mental legerdemain, along with some pen and paper (or keyboard) prestidigitation, we create pigeons and billiard balls out of whole cloth, and somehow manage to pull word-rabbits out of hats, too. (And smell like peppermint in the process!)
|'Magic Wand' (a collage on paper) - image courtesy of Randel Plowman/a collage a day|
“I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.” ~Steve Martin
“There is something magical in seeing what you can do, what texture and tone and colour you can produce merely with a pen point and a bottle of ink.” ~Ida Rentoul Outhwaite
I can do magic.
From a blank piece of paper
I made a poem.