Science: Magician

Even a savage knows that the world is a place of magic; he wonders what huge invisible hand draws the sun down into darkness, with what inaudible, dark charm a man is taken, suddenly and forever, out of the world, into an unreal place. This last trick puzzles even people who know just how all the others are accomplished. When someone dies whom they have known, they may go to witch-doctors called mediums who pretend that by saying hocus-pocus or by going into a trance, they can make dead people say things to people...

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