deep magic


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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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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).
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.
In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the "Deeper Magic of mercy triumphs over the Deep Magic of the law of justice" (Glover 142).
For Lewis, deep magic is the moral law, the law of fair play, human decency, some deep-seated conviction of right and wrong (Mere Christianity 17-18).
Rating: NON FICTION Deep Magic, Dragons And Talking Mice: How Reading C S Lewis Can Change Your Life by Alister McGrath.