deep magic

deep magic

[possibly from C. S. Lewis's "Narnia" books] An awesomely arcane technique central to a program or system, especially one neither generally published nor available to hackers at large (compare black art); one that could only have been composed by a true wizard. Compiler optimisation techniques and many aspects of OS design used to be deep magic; many techniques in cryptography, signal processing, graphics, and AI still are. Compare heavy wizardry. Especially found in comments of the form "Deep magic begins here.". Compare voodoo programming.
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Deep magic was known among the Ibo peoples, and Twi was aware of such magics.
Le Morte d'Arthur by Thomas Malory (1485) To find anything worthwhile you need to get lost in a wood, with rising mist, deep magic and the clashing of steel.
But in a moment of need, we only have to believe in ourselves to summon up our own deep magic.
Rating: NON FICTION Deep Magic, Dragons And Talking Mice: How Reading C S Lewis Can Change Your Life by Alister McGrath.
On an excellent recent tape by Deep Magic titled Planetary Roots (issued by the UK's Colour Ride), thinning layers of hypnotic, cosmic patterns dissolve into a shadowy hiss.
Hill and Smith also neglect to discuss here the contrast in LWW between "the deep magic from the dawn of time" (which Aslan also obeys) and "the deeper magic from before the dawn of time.
The concert's first half did provide a wonderful review of the deep magic of Gershwin's songs from 1918 to his tragic early death in 1937.
If you ask me, we all need a dose of deep magic every now and then.
Imagination is the true entree to Narnia and no one could be a better guide into that Narnian world of Deep Magic than Lucy (Georgie Henley).
Conjunto Cespedes: The most celebrated local Latin band since Santana, Conjunto Cespedes brought the deep magic of the Afro-Cuban son for a rare two-night dance party at Mr.
So once again ("Death Before Wicket" is the tenth classic mystery featuring the remarkable Phryne Fisher) she is caught up in a web of blackmail, secrets, lies, and ruthless people who are dangerously dabbling in deep magic.
The White Witch demands Edmund's life in accord with the law of Deep Magic written into Narnia from the dawn of time.