I’ve been fascinated by magic since I was little. I ate that slight-of-hand stuff up with a spoon. All the other kids wanted to figure out how the tricks were done, but I preferred illusion and mystery to cold, hard realism.
For me, magic is about wonder and possibility. I particularly like the idea of magical objects. Found in every culture in the world, these objects are frequently represented in books, film and folklore. Large, small or somewhere in between, sometimes a certain word or phrase is needed to invoke its power or you may only need to hold it in your hand. Whatever its configuration, by simply possessing these objects your power is augmented and your limits transcended.
Some of my favorite magical objects:
- Carpets. Not only is the idea of it freaking cool, it stands out as a fast and environmentally sound mode of travel.
- Wands. The key to wielding them is knowing the appropriate spells, but I love the idea that with the right words and a flick of the wrist, you can alter reality.
- Rings. Slip one on and you could become invisible, live forever, grant your heart’s desire or, in the case of LORD OF THE RINGS, go stark raving mad. No risk, no reward!
- Mirrors. The queen in SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARVES totally wasted her opportunity. You have a mirror that will tell you anything you want to know about the universe and you’re worried about your looks? Priorities!
What magical objects do you admire?