Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thaumaturgy... Magic!

"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.



  1. Yes!
    You can and you do.
    This is a great little piece!

  2. The ultimate magic.
    Thank you for the new word thaum!

  3. Lost track a bit but I do like your attitude:-)

  4. thaumaturges ... a new word for my vocabulary ... :D

    and like a true "magician" or“thaumaturgist” you pulled off a delightful pen!!

  5. Very charming!

    And thanks for your kind words about my "uniform" prompt haiku. I'm so sorry you're unable to post on my blog. (I could swear that you've posted there on another occasion, but then I have a terrible memory.:))

    Anyway, sometimes switching browsers can help. For instance, sometimes when someone using AOL switches to Explorer they're able to post.

    Thanks again!

  6. yeah, write a poem and magic happens.

  7. Wonderful! Short and sweet and says it all.

  8. Well done! Love the tie in between the two themes to make something greater than the sum of its parts.

    You are an amazing writer/magician!

  9. The Thaum, a magical work unit, like the erg to energy. Who knew? Your blog is so educational it should qualify for state education tax dollars.

  10. That was so quirky...I loved it, thankyou.

  11. Great post. I would like to add artists as well. I think anyone who can 'create' images that evoke their own life and emotion should be considered in the 'magician' category. I know parents create too, but that is different.

  12. i agree creating a poem out of blank paper sure is a magic. :)